Former Leeming woman one of select WA group going to Lacrosse World Championships

Leeming local Ashtyn Hiron (left) is currently in the US playing lacrosse for the University of Jacksonville.
Leeming local Ashtyn Hiron (left) is currently in the US playing lacrosse for the University of Jacksonville.

ASHTYN Hiron is one of just three WA players selected to represent Australia at the Lacrosse World Championships in England in July.

Hiron grew up in Leeming but currently attends the University of Jacksonville in Florida after earning an athletic scholarship for her sport.

She has been selected alongside fellow West Australians Rebecca Banyard and Elizabeth Hinkes.

The Lacrosse World Championships represent an important stage for the sport, as it mounts a push for readmission into the Olympic Games.

Banyard, who plays State League lacrosse for Wembley, said she could not wait to attend her third world championships.

“It’s so challenging and exciting to play at the highest level there is in the sport,” she said.

“We started off as quite a small squad, so it feels like we’ve been ‘teamy’ for a long time.

“In October last year the squad travelled to the US to play games against college teams, as well as the English, US and Canadian squads.

“This was a really great way to properly get to know each other’s style of play and how we play collectively, as well as testing out some of our processes and tactics against top-notch competition.”

At the age of 28, Banyard is one of the veterans in the team and has previously coached Hiron, who plays locally for Phoenix Lacrosse Club.

All three women have also represented Australia at the Under-19 World Championships.