Charlotte to realise national dream
Rising Albany teenager Charlotte Edwards will fulfil a childhood dream when she plays for Australia next year following a breakthrough performance at this month’s Australian Country Hockey Championships in Shepparton.
Edwards was one of the six representatives from the Lower Great Southern Hockey Association who took part in the annual country champs, with her WA women’s team finishing in fifth place.
Playing as a fullback, Edwards was a shining light at the tournament for WA, and her ambition of being selected to play for Australia has now become a reality.
The news was still a big shock for the 17-year-old, who will travel with Hockey Australia to Borneo in January as part of an international tour.
“This was my first time playing in the State team,” Edwards said.
“It was very surprising, I put it (interest form) in for a ‘what if’ and I didn’t expect much to come from it.
“I’m pretty nervous. I’ve never played at this level of hockey before let alone for Australia.
“But at the same time, I’m really excited. It will be an awesome experience.”
The Albany Senior High School Year 11 student said she had already noticed the improvement in her training since returning to her A-grade team, Manypeaks.
“I started off at half back but moved to fullback for the rest of the carnival,” she said.
“I feel most comfortable there.
“We spoke with the coach after the announcement and they are sending out a fitness plan soon, so we have to follow that.
“I had my first night for training back home and I brought what I’ve learned with the State team back here and I can already tell the difference.”
Charlotte was raised in Dumbleyung and began playing hockey in Kukerin at a young age before the move to Albany for high school.
She said getting accustomed to the hot conditions in Borneo for the trip was going to be one of the biggest challenges.
Albany players Heath Cremasco (2018), Georgie Powis (2016) and Renae Parsons (2015) have all represented the Australian country hockey team previously.
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