Six SWAS stars gear up for Pacific School Games

Meet the six South West Academy of Sport hockey players who’ll experience the energy, excitement and sportsmanship of an international sporting event when they fly the flag for WA at the tenth Pacific School Games.

Charli Wickseed, Emily Antonovich, Georgina Dowd, Jack Tosana, Ky Fisher and Louis Tunstill have all received the green light to compete at the upcoming multi-sport competition taking place in Adelaide later this year.

From December 3 to 9, they will be among about 4000 school-aged students competing at a high level across 11 sports, with competitors set to travel from around Australia as well as overseas be part of the action.

Already nine countries are confirmed to attend the Games – China, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Fiji, Macau, Singapore, New Caledonia and the Philippines, with more to be announced in the coming months.

The Games, which are organised by School Sport Australia, will boast the flavour of a junior Commonwealth or Olympic Games and come complete with a mascot, theme song, opening ceremony and the chance for participants to showcase their skills on the world stage.

There will also be the opportunity to take part in educational and cultural experiences.

SWAS hockey head coach Russell Harvie said the SWAS athletes were training twice a week in Perth in preparation for the event, with the annual international FHE Cup in Perth next month also set to offer a warm-up for the event.

“It will be fantastic for them to play other states as well as international teams,” he said.

The call-up of six SWAS hockey players to teams contesting the Pacific School Games is the latest in a long line of achievements for the academy’s high performance hockey program.

Earlier this year, for example, 13 young sports men and women in the program were selected to play for West Australian under-15 and under-18 sides.