DREAM REALISED: Lindsay Mathison, 16, was selected in the Australian under-16 hockey team.
DREAM REALISED: Lindsay Mathison, 16, was selected in the Australian under-16 hockey team. Luka Kauzlaric

Year that was: Lindsay ready for European tour

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LINDSAY Mathison's goal for a long time has been to break into an Australian side, and in 2014, the hockey player left selectors no choice but to include her.

After five trips away representing Queensland and two national championships, the selection was still a surprise for the 16-year-old.

Now she will get to travel to Europe with the Australian Schoolgirls side to take on teams from all across the continent, and she couldn't be more excited.

"I was so stoked and surprised," she said not long after the selection.

"It is Germany, France, Belgium and The Netherlands."

Mathison is a mid-fielder, and the Australian team will rely heavily on her influence when they arrive in Europe.

But that shouldn't be a problem for the Gladstone player, who had a remarkable average in Adelaide at the Australian Championships.

"I nearly got a goal a game," Mathison said.

"The games were fast. The standard was a lot higher than the usual weekends."

Now Mathison is keeping busy over the hockey off-season trying to lift her game again to keep up with the international level.

But the task will be made easier for her by the fact a lot of her Queensland team- mates make up the Australian side, including her younger sister Morgan included as a shadow.

UPDATE: Lindsay and her family are currently looking at ways to help fundraise to assist her to make the trip to Europe. With three kids who all play hockey for Queensland, the bills for teams are endless.

While Lindsay is working hard to train for the May adventure, she is also working hard to make the costs less for her mum and dad.



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