SASI award drives young hockey star

14 Dec 2016

Promising young hockey player Cameron White can look back on the past year knowing he has given his all to the sport and is definitely on the radar of Australian coaches.

A strong year saw Cameron, 24, take out a SASI award at the Adelaide Convention Centre recently for the best performer in the hockey program.

"It's been a fairly busy time for me and was great to get that recognition,'' he said. "And it was good to see the other athletes on the night with their awards.''

An invite to train with the Kookaburras recently proved a top experience for Cameron.

"I learned a lot,'' he said. "It was more of an adjustment of pace and skill and they (players) are more consistent. A lot of those guys are so driven to get to where they want.''

But with changes in the senior coaching position after Graham Reid stood down after the Rio Olympics after the Kookaburras missed the medals, Cameron is not sure where he is placed in the minds of the other coaches.

"That is a hard one. If an international coach is selected for the team I am not sure what their plans would be,'' he said. "They might have other players in mind. But if an Australian coach gets the job they might have seen me and know what I can do. I was happy with the way I trained and I think the coaches were too. Hopefully there will be another training camp coming up again where guys like me are vieing for places.''

A striker from the Grange Royals Premier League men's team, Cameron also has been a regular member of the SA Hotshots team which competes on the national stage. He had also been a regular fixture in SA state teams from under 13s to under 21s.

Cameron also has had a taste of high-level action with the Australian under-23 Futures team which recently competed against New Zealand.

Cameron also paid tribute to SASI coach Tim White.

"Tim's been a great coach and mentor,'' he said.

Cameron will have a short break and then plans to return to training in January 2017.

Cameron White