Hockey player gets ready for European tour
LINDSAY Mathison is five months away from touring Europe with the Australian schoolgirls under-16 hockey team, but already she is getting ready.
The preparation is not only physical and mental, but also financial for Lindsay and her family.
From the moment they knew she was in the team, the Mathisons began working out ways to get Lindsay to Europe.
Then, Chris Trevor stepped in to help.
Along with his former coach Chris "Choppy" Close, Trevor offers three signed Queensland State of Origin jerseys each year to help people in need.
When the pair heard about Lindsay, they kept aside one of the jerseys for her fund-raising.
"We like to help individuals realise their sporting dreams," Trevor said.
It was a sweet moment in two ways for him, having campaigned for the Gladstone hockey turf for several years before it was installed.
"From my perspective it is great to see Australian players coming through because I argued the case very strongly for the turf," he said.
"Now we are starting to see champions."
For Lindsay, all the fuss is a surprise.
Now over the initial shock she had in August when she was selected, the magnitude of her success is becoming apparent.
"It helps you realise how big an achievement it is and that other people recognise that too," she said.
"I thank family and friends, Meteors Hockey Club, Gladstone Hockey Association, Chris Trevor, all the people who have helped me financially and also people who have helped sell fundraising chocolates."
Following her selection, Lindsay is taking a fresh look at her future and her career prospects and what options she faces financially.
Lindsay thinks a scholarship might suit her best.
"I was thinking about getting a scholarship in America but I don't know how that leaves me with future Australian teams," she said.
Origin jersey raffle:
- First place: Maroons jersey - Toni Shannon
- Second place: $100 gift voucher - Peter Rowam
- Third place: $100 gift voucher - Mick and Sandy Hayes