Three rep teams in just 10 months

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - REXINE HAWES

‘‘It's very dif­fer­ent but they say peo­ple who play hockey pick up lacrosse due to sim­i­lar wrist move­ments.’’

Court­ney sport.

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.

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