Hockey camp prepares kids for big stage alongside Olympians

Members of Under 13 boys team the Flames.
Members of Under 13 boys team the Flames.

BASSENDEAN, Maylands and Dianella kids who competed at Hockey WA’s Under 13 camps are in line to play on the same field as Olympic gold medallists.

More than 250 players have the chance to compete at the Under 13 national championships, which would take place simultaneously with the Australian Hockey League (AHL).

AHL is one of the biggest national tournaments and features players from the Kookaburras, Hockeyroos and other State players.

Hockey WA chief executive officer Peter Churack said it was an honour for WA to host the under 13 national championships.

“Our Hockey WA Super Camps served as the first stage in the selection process for the State team which will compete at the Under 13 Championships and were a success,” he said.

“Furthermore, these camps are vital to ensuring that our young athletes continue to learn, improve their skills and build friendships with people from across the State throughout their ongoing development.

“It will hopefully serve to inspire the next generation of world-class Australian athletes as well.”

He said he expected big crowds to turn up and watch national stars take the field.

“In WA we have a proud tradition of success at the AHL and our Thundersticks and Diamonds are already in the history books as two of the most successful teams in the tournament’s history,” he said.

“I am sure our players will rise to the occasion again this year.”

The AHL 2016 will be held in Perth from September 29 to October 8.