Hi, I’m Megan or Meggles. Since I was 8 years old I have wanted to be a Hockey Goalkeeper. My number one goal was to make it into the New South Wales Hockey team. After being selected into the squad I had to attend try outs and wait for the announcement on 18 July 2017. At 10:03am, I saw my name on the Hockey NSW website; I was selected into the Under 13 NSW Lions. It was the most exciting day I can remember.
We thought I achieved this four-year goal and then we realised that I can’t be part of this elite team unless I could come up with the money. Being selected was the first hurdle and now we are being tested on how much I really want this goal. Since the announcement, I have increased my training, my fitness and have spent the last couple of weeks trying to raise the money to fulfil my dream, this is where you can help me.
In total I need to fundraise $4,000 by 5 September 2017, for my player levy, uniform, airfares, accommodation, meals and transport. I have been lucky enough to have already raised $1,000 from the generous sponsors and I am hoping that you can help me raise the $3,000 I still require to be able to get me to the National Championships in Western Australia from 28 September 2017 to 8 October 2017.
Being a Goalkeeper is not the position that many people want to or can play. For starters my role is to stand in the way of a ball that is as hard as a rock being pelted at me, with ten players with wooden sticks running towards me trying to get this hard white ball in the goals behind me. If that is not intimidating enough, then you have to have the mental strength to deal with your team giving you ‘that look’ when a goal gets through. This requires someone that can have the right self-talk to know that a goal scored against your team is a whole team’s mistake and not just me, who is the last line of defence. Lastly, there is the baggage, I have to carry around; a smelly kit that is the size of another human. I admit I’m a little bit crazy and that is what makes me so right for being in this role and it is my dream to get to the National Championships and set new goals for my Olympic dreams.
My Bio Summary
2013 Northern Districts Hockey Club Under 9’s
2014 Northern Districts Hockey Club Under 11’s – Joint premiers
2014 Broken Bay CSSS – Polding Trials
2014 Sydney Hockey Representative Under 11’s – Runners-up Kim Small Shield
2014 Baulkham Hills Hockey Club Indoor Hockey
2015 Northern Districts Hockey Club Under 11’s – Semi finalists
2015 Broken Bay CSSS – Polding Trials, Possible and Probable’s list
2015 North West Sydney Hockey Representative Under 11’s – State Championships, Semi finalists
2015 Northern Districts Hockey Club Under 11’s – Runners-up
2016 Northern Districts Hockey Club Under 13’s – Semi finalists
2016 North West Sydney Hockey Representative Under 13’s – State Championships, 8th
2016 Broken Bay CSSS – Polding Trials
2016 North West Sydney Hockey Representative Indoor Under 13’s – Indoor Hockey State Championships, 3rd
2017 Maitland Hockey Club Under 18’s
2017 Maitland Hockey Club Women’s
2017 Regals Hockey– Division Two
2017 Hunter Region Independent School Representative – ACCES Trials
2017 Newcastle Hockey Representative – State Championships and NSW Squad Selections
2017 NSW Under 13’s Lions Representative
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