A Highlands athlete is tackling her preferred sport at a maturity level beyond her teen years.
Lucy Nash could be forgiven if she fell into the stereotypical teenage traps of social media and online gaming during the summer school holidays.
However, she instead represented NSW at the National Under 13 Indoor Championships that were held in Goulburn from January 4-7.
Nash’s team won the gold medal at these championships, indicating that they are the number one team in all of Australia.
She was also awarded the coach’s player award while competing with the under 13 squad.
“I was stoked on receiving the coach’s award,” Nash said.
“I really didn’t expect to get the award but it was great to get it.”
While representing NSW, Nash found the competition exciting and learned some excellent personal traits that could be used in everyday life and not just on the sporting field.
“I had so much fun as I learned to work as a team, play together and never give up,” she said.
“It was a really amazing experience, and was an excellent privilege to be involved.”
Winning a gold medal at any level of competition is no easy feat. A number of accomplishments were made on the way to Nash’s pinnacle achievement.
“I’d rate my gold medal victory very high, I’d have to say this is my number one accomplishment,” she said.
“We did come fourth in NSW field hockey while competing at Hobart in the under 13s competition.
“I also represented NSW when competing in Adelaide 2017 for the primary schools NSW squad.
“We placed second there for the pacific school games.”
It was a really amazing experience, and was an excellent privilege to be involved.Lucy Nash
In a chain of events, that fourth placing at the Hobart under 13s competition resulted in Nash being invited to try out for the NSW Under 15 squad.
If selected, the team will play in the National Championships in April 2019.
“I’d love to make it to the team. I want to become a better player and making it to the team will put me on the right path to accomplish that,” Nash said.
“The trials are being held at Unanderra in Wollongong. It’s a two day trial and I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully I can make it into the team.”
Nash may be a mature athlete for her age, but she also has an ambitious drive that is usually seen in an early adult athlete.
“Hopefully one day I can play for Australia,” she said.
“I also want to get into the youth Olympics one day, those are two of my dreams for the future.”