Christie's hockey talent blossoms
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A BRAVE decision to turn her back on a promising athletics career a few years ago has paid off for outstanding hockey talent Christie Davidson.
The 16-year-old has formerly showcased her speed on the track at state and national athletics meets but, since reaching high school age, has instead channeled her efforts into hockey.
Her rapid rise through the ranks reached a new high this month when she represented Queensland at the national 16 years schoolgirls championships in Canberra.
Davidson and her team-mates came within minutes of securing the national title, going down 3-2 to NSW in the final after having led for most of the match.
However, even bitterly cold conditions and the loss of the title in such circumstances could not dampen Davidson's experience.
'I had so much fun, it was the best experience,' Davidson said yesterday. 'I did expect it to be hard but didn't expect to go as well as I did and I got good field time.
'It was much higher than club standard, it was very quick ... it was good to know I could lift for the occasion and I learnt a lot.'
Davidson and her Queensland team-mates must have wondered what lay ahead of them when they contested their first match in wind, rain and sleet and lost an earlier encounter to NSW 5-0 but the girls rallied to come agonisingly close to claiming the title.
Davidson said she was thrilled to represent her state ? her highest achievement in hockey.
'I've always been a shadow (selection) or named in the talent identification squad but never before made the (final team),' Davidson said.
Davidson said she would love to again don the Queensland colours in the future but for the moment is more concerned with helping the Meteors A2 and A1 women's teams in their bids for Gladstone premiership titles.