New ‘Roo Georgia overcomes adversity
WA has its newest Hockeyroo in the form of Georgia Wilson, from Mahogany Creek in the Perth Hills.
The 20-year-old is one of four new faces in the national women’s squad just months after a 15cm hamstring tear stopped her from competing at the Junior World Cup in Chile.
Wilson thought her chances of being promoted to senior ranks had been dashed after the injury.
But the defensive midfielder did enough at a camp in Canberra last week to earn a scholarship alongside Victorian Kristina Bates and Queenslanders Jacqui Day and Ashlea Fey.
“I am very relieved, one happy girl,” Wilson said.
“It (doing the hamstring) was heartbreaking, knowing that I’d worked so hard in the lead-up to the world cup and it just erratically going after no prior problems.
“It was my first soft-tissue injury. I was training with the national program and it went in the last five minutes. I knew there and then it was really bad.
“I was out for 31⁄ months. I thought I’d missed out but then I heard there were four more scholarships up for grabs at camp and so I worked really hard.”
Wilson will not be part of the 18 who are off to New Zealand next month for the Hawkes Bay Cup, but is hopeful of making her debut later in the year.
She is eyeing next year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as major goals.
Striker Kathryn Slattery is the only other West Australian in the Hockeyroos’ 2017 squad, but she will be rested from Hawkes Bay as new coach Paul Gaudoin gets a handle on the 27-strong squad.
“This first year is quite an exploratory type of year,” Gaudoin said. “We don’t know who the best group is yet.”