Chelsea Thornton has returned home from the Australian Hockey League championships in Perth with a silver medal.
Traditionally a goalkeeper, Chelsea proved her versatility when she was selected to play in the field as a striker for the state’s under 13’s side.
Chelsea’s mum Kate said she enjoyed the whole experience and learned a lot throughout the two weeks she was there.
“The amazing experience that Chelsea had will be one of her sporting highlights for years to come,” she said.
“It was great to see so much talent in one place and her team and coaches were just awesome.”
Chelsea also managed to get some tips from some of the country’s best hockey players.
“She loved meeting all her heroes from the men’s and women’s teams from the Arrows and the Waratahs which included players from the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos,” Kate said.
“This included our local girl Georgie Morgan.
“Chelsea received some fantastic advice from both goalkeepers, Jocelyn Bartram and Nick Holman.”
Chelsea also played for New England at the recent under 15 state indoor championships.
Her focus now turns to preparation for the state under 13 indoor championships next month.
The championships will be held on the Central Coast.
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.