Three rep teams in just 10 months
‘‘It's very different but they say people who play hockey pick up lacrosse due to similar wrist movements.’’
The self-proclaimed ‘‘competitive’’ young woman has, in the past 10 months, been selected to play in representative teams for hockey and cricket.
Twelve months ago the Year 13 Matamata College student added lacrosse to her sporting repertoire and has been selected to play for New Zealand in the U23 team.
Hawkings was introduced to lacrosse through a hockey teammate and easily adapted to the sport.
‘‘It’s very different but they say people who play hockey pick up lacrosse due to similar wrist movements,’’ she said.
She plays lacrosse with a Matamata club team, the Waikato team and now the national team.
The opportunity to trial for the U23 team came just over a month ago.
‘‘I didn’t expect much, but afterwards they asked if I could trial for the U23 team.
‘‘It’s very overwhelming, in 10 months I had made three rep teams for three different sports.’’
Her training will start in just over a week, and on June 13 the U23s will travel to Jeju Island in South Korea to compete.
Prior to this, the U23 team will play in a tournament against the NZ U19 Festival Team and the NZBlax team before each representative team departs to compete in different parts of the Hawkings loves world.
Hawkings has no doubt the team will do well.
‘‘I am stoked with the girls who have been chosen, they are a good group and we get along very well.’’
Hawkings has always loved sport. She has represented Thames Valley and Waikato in doubles tennis with team mate Melissa Wenslick. She has also in the past played netball and would love to try rugby.
‘‘I like giving new sports a go. I keep telling my parents I want to try another sport but they keep telling me, ‘no Courtney, you physically can’t’,’’ she laughed.
‘‘I am getting fit, lacrosse has lots of running, I am never too tired to keep going. It’s challenging, it’s very competitive and pushy.‘‘
Hawkings would like to explore tertiary sports scholarships either in New Zealand or in the US for one sport. But she can’t decide for which one.
‘‘People ask me all the time if I have a favourite sport. I love them all.’’
Teenager Courtney Hawkings is a talented sportswoman, now showing promise in lacrosse and will compete with the NZ U23 team.