Goalie goes to hit the ice

Central Leader - - NEWS - By LAUREN PRIESTLEY

While most 16-year-olds are mak­ing beach plans this sum­mer, Grace Har­ri­son will be hit­ting the ice.

The Mt Eden ice hockey goalie left for Canada last week for two months train­ing with the Toronto Lea­side Girls Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion in prepa­ra­tion for next year’s world com­pe­ti­tion.

Har­ri­son plays for the New Zealand Ice Fernz and re­turned from a three-game vic­tory over the Aus­tralian un­der-18 women’s team on De­cem­ber 11, less than 24 hours be­fore she flew out again.

The St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege stu­dent says it is busy jug­gling school life and ice hockey com­mit­ments but the pay-off would be a fu­ture in the sport.

Her time in Canada is piv­otal to that dream, she says.

‘‘It’s a huge op­por­tu­nity to get some high qual­ity goalie train­ing and plenty of time on the ice. Canada is one of the pow­er­houses of world ice hockey.’’

The New Zealand Ice Fernz are ranked 25 in the world and will take on Aus­tralia, Great Bri­tain, Italy, South Korea and Poland in April at the IIHF Women’s World Cham­pi­onships.

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