Sister act takes a step towards Rio in UK tour
TWEED sisters Madison and Savannah Fitzpatrick have moved a step closer to their Rio 2016 dream after being named in an Under-23 Australian hockey side to tour England.
The sisters from Casuarina are part of the future of Australian Hockey and have represented Australia on numerous occasions to throw their hats in the ring for Olympic Hockeyroos selection.
The Fitzpatricks’ Under-23 side is already in England and will kick off a series of competitive fixtures in Nottingham between now and June 27.
The tour is designed to provide exposure to a high-level of competition against British and Dutch counterparts in a similar manner to hockey’s Champions Trophy, which begins on June 18.
The Dutch are the Number One-ranked side in women’s hockey and Australia’s national junior coach Craig Victory said the side was hard to pick given the wealth of junior talent, but those selected would receive crucial experience against some of the world’s best sides.
“We are very much looking forward to our tour to England. It is a significant opportunity for our athletes as we play quality international teams, Great Britain and Netherlands,” Victory said.
“This was naturally a very difficult selection given the nature of the Under-23 age range and some very talented young girls coming through our system.”
Victory said Australia’s aim for the tournament was to build junior experience to hit the ground post-Rio, with the Fitzpatricks and 13 others in the side eligible for the Junior World Cup, which begins on November 24 in Santiago, Chile.
Hockeyroos Olympic selection will be finalised after completion of the Champions Trophy later this month.