Goalie goes to hit the ice
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.