Ready to take on the world
Libbey-Jean Hay could skate into the record books next month.
The 13-year-old has won a five-day trip to Canada to play in an ice hockey skills tournament.
She will test her skating, puck handling and shooting skills against 27 of the top teenage players from around the world at the Quebec City tournament, organised by the International Ice Hockey Federation.
“It’s going to be quite challenging, but fun,” she says.
Points will be awarded for the level of skill in each discipline with the title going to the best all-round player.
Libbey-Jean went up against several girls from around the country for the spot and earned enough points to qualify by a comfortable margin.
The Epsom resident started figure skating when she was five but decided ice hockey was the sport for her in 2004.
“I’m a defender, so I like shutting people down and getting the puck off them.”
She says her figure skating gave her an advantage in hockey.
“I have to skate backwards towards the goal, so it helped a lot.”
Libbey-Jean is unsure how she will go at the competition because it is the first time the tournament has been held.
However a trip to Canada last year playing in a mixed team might give her an edge.
“They have amazing rinks and the level of hockey is so much higher,” she says.
Libbey-Jean’s father Grant Hay, who is president of the Auckland Ice Hockey Association, says the competition is a “fantastic” development.
“They can compare skill levels with players from all over the world.”
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Skatergirl: Libbey-Jean Hay is set to take on the world’s best at a skills competition in Canada next month.