Hockey career gets off to a flying start

Talented teen hockey player Jason Lockett.
Talented teen hockey player Jason Lockett.

Jason (17) won his place as goalie on the team of 16 schoolboys alongside only two other Western Australians, after playing at the national Under 16s championship last year.

As well as being awarded Player of the Series by the South Africans, the Australian team also named him Player of the Game for two out of the three matches.

There was some time for fun during the 17-day stay ” Jason and his teammates visited Cape Town, Table Mountain and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

‘We also went on safaris and saw elephants, giraffes and buffalo, so that was pretty cool,’ he said.

The Year 12 student said he definitely wanted to pursue a professional hockey career.

‘I’ll be trying out for the Under 18s and Under 21s State sides and if I get into the Under 18s, I’ll have the chance to be selected for the Flying Stars Squad for top players.’

Jason has only been playing for about four years, having grown up playing soccer.

He picked up hockey while living in Kalgoorlie with his family, when an ad for the local team caught his eye.

After deciding to try out for the State Under 15s, Jason raced from success to success at his newfound passion, which eventually catalysed his family’s decision to move from Kalgoorlie to Kelmscott.