After securing the gold medal with the NSW under-21s women's indoor hockey team last month, Sydney South goalkeeper Zoe Newman has been selected in the Australian under-21 side.
The 19-year-old from Gymea was previously a member of the Australian All Schools team and now plays for Ryde in the Sydney Women’s Hockey League Metro League 1 competition, the highest division in NSW hockey.
Hockey Australia announced the 2019 squads for the open and under-21 squads earlier this month, giving Newman and five of her NSW teammates well deserved recognition. They will travel to the Czech Republic in November, with a training camp in Wollongong in October to prepare them for the trip.
Newman said she was stoked to be chosen but wasn't yet sure of who they will be playing.
"It's great for the team that there were six NSW players chosen by the scouts at Goulburn and the team should gel together faster," she said.
Newman has been part of the NSW under-21 indoor team for four years where the team has won and successfully defended their title at the national championships. The team's dedication and efforts of their coach, manager and Hockey NSW has paid off in gaining this opportunity for Zoe and her teammates.
Participation in the Sydney South team in the NSW open women's championships at Narellan resulted in Zoe's selection in the NSW under-21 squad. Trials and selections for the 2019 NSW under-21 team will be undertaken in March and April this year.
Zoe has also been part of the coaching group for Sydney South for both outdoor and indoor representative teams over the last few years.
Zoe also has a hockey scholarship with the NSW Institute of Sport. She trains five times a week at Homebush with the squad and balances this with architecture studies at UTS and her casual jobs with two local businesses.