Lily chases her dream
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
TALENTED Gladstone 17-year-old Lily Byers has been selected for the Australian Open Inline Hockey Team for the Oceania Titles.
Having played the sport since she could walk, Lily has become one of Queensland's rising stars having been the youngest player ever selected for the Maroons.
Being selected for the Aussie team was Lily's proudest ever moment, but was followed up shortly after by the news that she has to travel to Melbourne for a training camp from February 25 to 27.
This is where you can help out.
Inline Hockey is an expensive sport to play and Lily is trying to raise $500 so she can attend that training camp. Lily, with the support of the Gladstone PCYC and its branch manager Sergeant Marcus Cryer, is asking for any donations or support to help her travel to Melbourne.
Sgt. Cryer who has seen Lily give vast amounts of her own time helping people at the PCYC as a youth leader is asking for the people of Gladstone to help give something back.
"Lily is a fantastic young girl who has got the chance to achieve her dreams, it would be a travesty if we could not get some help for her,'' Cryer said.
"We will take any donations, any little bit that can help her on the way to Melbourne would be well appreciated.
"In the country, communities often come together to help out and people should remember any donation is tax-deductible.''
Lily's parents Margaret and Stan have done it tough in the past to support their daughter's sporting career, but have been stretched by the Gold Coast trip and do not have enough to send her to Melbourne.
"I cried when Lily told me that she had to go to Melbourne for the tryouts because I knew we did not have enough money to help achieve her dream to play at the World Titles,'' Margaret said.
"Lily is a born and bred local girl and it would be great to get some support to help her with her dream.''
Anyone who wants to help Lily out can phone Sergeant Marcus Cryer at the Gladstone PCYC on 49723722.