After competing with the WA Women’s Country Team in South Australia in August, Esperance Hockey Association player Alli McArthur has been selected for the national team.
The 19-year-old is now set to head to Fiji in December, after being invited by Hockey Australia to play with the under-21 women’s team.
Ms McArthur found out just weeks ago, after receiving a phone call from Hockey Australia.
“I did not expect that whatsoever,” she said.
“The selectors watch everyone during the competition week and they pick people out from there.
“I was actually really overwhelmed; I had no idea and I didn’t even think it was possible.”
Ms McArthur has played hockey for more than a decade, working with the Association to coach junior teams and umpire games.
Despite her success, Ms McArthur said she still enjoyed playing casually and the competition was a good challenge.
“The state competition was really good,” she said.
“It was really good and I really enjoyed the pace and the level that we were competing at.
“It hasn’t really changed anything for me, I still enjoy playing casually and not taking it too seriously but I do like doing these competitions every now and then.”
Ms McArthur is expected to fly to Fiji on December 6, her first visit.
“I have never been to Fiji so that’s exciting as well,” she said.
“I haven’t seen the itinerary yet but I know that we do have a few days to relax there after we’ve been competing for the week.”
Having been overwhelmed by the support of friends, family and teammates during her selection for the state team, Ms McArthur extended thanks to those who had ‘pushed’ her.
“It was really overwhelming when I was selected for the state team because I had no idea that so many people were behind me and how excited they were as well,” she said.
“I haven’t really been telling many people about Fiji yet, I haven’t spoken to that many people about it but the people I have told have been really excited.
“I’d like to thank all of the people who really pushed me to go to Berri.
“I was in the process of pulling out but people convinced me to go – I wouldn’t be going to Fiji if I hadn’t competed in Berri which is pretty cool.”