World Cup on Wotherspoon's horizon
MURWILLUMBAH product Dylan Wotherspoon has earned selection in the 2011-2012 Australian Junior (under-21) Hockey Squad following an outstanding series for Queensland at the recent national junior men’s hockey championships in Perth.
Wotherspoon is one of four Queenslanders selected in the squad – the others are Brisbane pair Jake Farrell and Daniel Beale and Cairns player Kane Posselp.
The long-term aim of the squad is to contest qualifying matches next year with the objective of qualifying for the 2013 Junior Men’s World Cup.
But Wotherspoon doesn’t have to wait until next year before wearing Australian colours.
His team will travel to Malaysia in November to compete against the likes of New Zealand, Korea, India, Pakistan and Malaysia in the international Sultan Johor Cup.
Wotherspoon learned and honed his remarkable skills playing for Murwillumbah primary and high schools and the Redbacks in the Tweed Border competition.
Like many budding sporting stars living in the country before him, Wotherspoon was forced to leave home to further his sporting career.
He relocated to Brisbane last year to play for East Brisbane in the powerful Brisbane Hockey League and take up a scholarship with the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS).
Despite being away from the family, Wotherspoon is enjoying his new life.
“I’m stoked to be picked in the national squad so the move up to Brisbane has been the right move for me,” he said.
“Life’s good. I’m mixing with some terrific players and people at East Brisbane and I’ve got myself a good part-time job handling consignments for Raptis Seafood Wholesalers at the Brisbane Fish Markets.
“The job fits in perfectly with my training which is six days a week at the academy and then the once-a-week stick-and-ball session I manage to fit in with East Brisbane.”