Wally Foreman Foundation scholarship recipient Georgia Wilson was yesterday named as a member of the 2017 Hockeyroos squad, following a comeback from injury which prevented her from competing in the 2016 Junior World Cup.
WFF scholarship applicants are required to detail their short-term and long-term goals when requesting consideration for support, with Wilson in October last year having listed her immediate goal as national representation "within 12 months".
Wilson was one of four new athletes introduced to the squad including Victorians, Kristina Bates and Jacqui Day and Queenslander, Ashlea Fey.
Speaking of her selection Wilson said "I am extremely excited to finally be given the opportunity to train permanently with the National program for 2017."
"It's one step closer towards playing for the Hockeyroos which has been my long term aspiration as a child and the feeling is still very surreal."
Selections were made following a week-long super camp at the AIS in Canberra, where 42 athletes were in attendance.
Hockeyroos Head Coach, Paul Gaudoin said "the camp was an excellent opportunity for us to look at both our national quad and the development squad as we looked to select an additional four new players to the senior squad for 2017."
"In the end, Jacqui, Ashlea, Kristina and Georgia proved that they had both the ability and the determination to add depth to the current Hockeyroos roster."
He stated that Georgia's selection was based around her consistent performances in the lead up to the Junior World Cup.
Georgia was selected to attend the Junior World Cup in South America late last year however was ruled out late in the piece due to suffering a hamstring injury.
She said that "after the initial heartbreak of my injury, I knew that my rehab and recovery was going to be vital in ensuring my future ability to play at a high level."
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