posted on January 24, 2015 21:32
The Hockey Australia National Junior Squad has been named for 2015, providing
opportunities for emerging international athletes to refine their hockey abilities in the
build up towards the 2016 Junior World Cup and 2018 Commonwealth Games.
In 2014 Ben was named by Hockey Australia in the National Futures Group for the
second consecutive year – one of only four Australian keepers. The National Futures
Program is concerned with the “Identification and fast-tracking of outstanding young
talent that may transition straight into the senior team” and, following a year playing in
Victoria’s Premier League under the guidance of two former Olympic Keepers (George
Bazely and Lachy Dreher) and ex-Australian Hockey Legend Jay Stacy and participation
in International games against Japan, India and New Zealand in December, Ben is
transitioning to a new life of competing demands, balancing his sport(s), training,
competition demands and University studies.
Ben’s selection followed an intensive selection process where players were assessed at
the 2014 national under 18, under 21 and Australian Hockey League championships,
Asia development tour and in a series of national junior camps across the year, including
the youth development camp on the Gold Coast later in the year.
Ben’s selection culminates a successful year in which he was a key player in a number of
team successes including the U21 Australian Hockey Championships, Australian
University Championships, the inaugural City vs. Country Championships and the Attack
Sports Hockey 8’s Carnival here in Albury and brings him one step closer to his goal of
playing for Australia.
From his early days playing with Wombats Hockey Club Ben continues to train hard
towards his goal of playing for Australia and with selection in the National Junior Squad
and classification by Hockey Australia as an “Emerging International Athlete” he is one
step closer to his dream. As a sportsperson with Epilepsy, Ben is a role model for other
aspiring sportspeople showing that with determination, commitment and perseverance,
no hurdle is too high or challenge too great.