Exciting 20-year old striker Courtney Schonell has been rewarded with selection to Australia’s national women’s hockey team the Hockeyroos after an impressive string of form.
While the immediate focus is on July’s Games in Tokyo, Head Coach Paul Gaudoin said the selection panel’s decisions were also made with the 2022 Commonwealth Games and next Olympic cycle in mind.
“Courtney (Schonell) joins Amy Lawton and Karri Somerville as athletes in our squad who are 20 years of age or younger. Throw in Aleisha Power, who is 23, and they represent the exciting present and future of the Hockeyroos,” said Gaudoin.
“Their enthusiasm, desire and hunger to not only represent the Hockeyroos but compete and succeed is contagious.”
“This squad includes some of the most exciting and talented young players in world hockey and gives us a fantastic blend of youth and experience.”
Schonell, a product of the NSW Institute of Sport, is a talented striker who has been a member of the Jillaroos (Australian Under 21 squad) and National Development Squad.
“Courtney demonstrated at the selection camp that she has a quality skill set, wants to compete and is ready to step into the Hockeyroos program and take her game to another level,” said Gaudoin.