ALL Saints’ College Year 12 student Karri Somerville will jet to Chile at the end of November after earning selection to the Australian Jillaroos competing at the Hockey Junior World Cup in Santiago.
The 17-year-old impressed selectors at a recent Australian Hockey League tournament where she helped the WA Diamonds record a fifth-place finish.
Karri has been playing hockey for eight years and said she enjoyed being part of a team and meeting new people.
This year she was selected for the WA under-18, under-21 and senior (WA Diamonds) women’s teams.
“I love the sport and it would be an awesome experience to one day play with the Hockeyroos, but at the moment I am enjoying the opportunity of training with the national team as part of our preparation for Chile,” she said.
Jillaroos head coach Tim White said he had selected a team that provided flexibility across a range of lines and boasted a mix of experienced players and emerging talent.
”Obviously it was a very difficult selection process given the number of talented athletes we have in the under-21 age group, however we have looked at performances from across the year and feel that the athletes we have chosen are the ones who will give us the best chance of success at the Junior World Cup,” he said.
Held every four years, the Junior World Cup is a platform for talented young athletes to showcase their hockey skills at an international level.
Sixteen countries will compete at this year’s event, held from November 24 to December 4.