Goes to show that it doesn't matter where you come from
HOCKEY: There was a double celebration for Gladstone's Morgan Mathison.
The 18-year-old, who is now based on the Gold Coast and plays for Easts in the Brisbane women's competition, was named in the Australian women's team to compete at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October.
"There is so much talent in Australia for this age group and I knew that it would be a really tough team to make," she said.
"I was quite nervous when I got the phone call but I guess it just goes to show that hard work pays off and I couldn't have been more excited to be selected."
Mathison is the only Queenslander in either the Australian women or men sides to play in Argentina.
"When you're so used to competing against someone, its super exciting to come together and compete with them," Mathison said of her new team-mates who were also opponents at junior national titles.
"You learn so many new things from watching and talking to them."
Queensland under-21 vice-captain Mathison was also named the player of the tournament at the Australian U21 Championship in Sydney this week.
Her side won the silver medal at the tournament and were runner-up to New South Wales.
Fellow Gladstone product Hannah Lowry also played in the Queensland side.
Queensland U21 assistant coach Lisa Morgan said Mathison has the complete skill set.
"She has great skill and stamina and has silky skills in her ball control with the stick in her hand," Morgan said.
"She never gets dispossessed and so well balanced."