Future's looking bright for Hattie and Emma
04 Apr 2018
PERSEVERANCE and commitment have paid off in a big way for Hattie Shand who was selected in Hockey Australia's Futures squad - a junior elite Pathway program for players 18 and under.
After missing selection in the past two years Hattie, 18, was spurred on to make the squad in her final eligible year.
Solid games at the recent under-18 national titles in Tasmania pushed her credentials to win a place in the 30-person Futures squad.
''It's really exciting to have made it,'' Hattie said. ''The incentive was always to get here and missing out before I think made me stronger. It has now given me confidence to believe what I can achieve.
''Being part of the SASI program has probably been the reason why I was able to make it. The extra fitness, gym programs, commitment to get better I think played a big part and support from SASI.''
Hattie, from near Naracoorte before settling in the city, says Commonwealth Games 2014 gold medallist Karri McMahon is a player she admires.
''She is special and someone I really look up to,'' Hattie said.
Hattie plays for Adelaide in the domestic premier league and is a first year Exercise and Physiology student at Uni SA.
Emma de Broughe, 17, is no stranger to making elite squads and teams having won selection to the coming Youth Olympics Qualifying tournament in Port Moresby between April 21 and 29.
SASI Hockey coach and Australian Junior women's coach Tim White said both Emma and Hattie had been outstanding to make the Futures' squad.
''For Hattie it is her first national recognition and an important step in her progression as it is for Emma,'' White said.
''Hattie and Emma's hard work over the off season has been rewarded and the next step for both girls is to make the SA team for the under-21 nationals in July.''
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