SHE may be just 16 years old, but Jade Vanderzwan is already an exciting hockey prospect.
The Canning Vale resident has been selected for the WA under-18 Women’s hockey side to contest the National Championships in Launceston in March.
Vanderzwan said she was slightly surprised to have made the team, given she was two years younger than most of the squad.
“It felt really good, it was a bit of an honour. I wasn’t really expecting to make it because I’m 16 year old, compared to majority who are 18,” she said.
“I was surprised, I was a bit nervous waiting all day for the news, but I was relieved my hard work had paid off.”
The Como Secondary College student and Melville City Hockey Club striker admitted she harboured lofty ambitions of playing hockey in the future and hoped her ninth state team selection would hold her in good stead in the future.
“One day I’d like to play professionally and travel to Europe to play in Euro Hockey League before maybe coming back to play in Australia,” she said.
“It’s always been a dream to represent the Hockeyroos, but we’ll see how we go. It’s a hard stepping stone, but hopefully one day I’ll get there.”