Jaynae hopes to play for her country
A RELATIVE newcomer to hockey, 11-year-old Jaynae Josefski has exceeded all expectations in the sport.
Her dedication toward getting the best she can out of herself has been recognised because she is this week's Yaralla Sports Club Junior Sports Star of the Year nominee.
The Yaralla Hockey Club youngster started playing just three years ago and said the $500 prize-money would come to good use, but not straight away.
"Save it for the future,” she said.
Jaynae's development has gone in leaps and bounds this year as she played in the under-13 competition for the first time.
As if this is not challenging in itself to play among girls up to two years older, Jaynae made the Gladstone under-13 representative side.
Juggling school and sport poses no problem for the young centre or forward.
"I train three to four times a week during hockey season and my homework I do between and after training sessions,” Jaynae said.
Jaynae was selected in the Port Curtis schoolgirl's team and she was then chosen for the Capricornia side that travelled to the Sunshine Coast for the state championships.
Jaynae then became the only female player in Gladstone to make the Queensland schoolgirl's team.
She competed in the School Sport Australia 12 Years and Under Championship in Cairns last month when the team finished undefeated with five wins and a draw.
The way she is progressing there is no surprise that Jaynae is aiming for the highest honour.
"I would like to play for Australia,”she said.
THE RISE AND RISE OF JAYNAE
Club: Yaralla Hockey Club
Started playing: three years ago
Gladstone under-11 team
Gladstone under-13 team
Port Curtis schoolgirl's team
Queensland schoolgirl's team