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Alyvia Wilson: A Rising Star in Tamworth's Hockey Scene

In the realm of sports, certain individuals stand out not just for their skill, but for their dedication and relentless pursuit of excellence.

Among them is Alyvia Wilson, a name synonymous with hockey prowess in Tamworth and beyond. Alyvia achieved a significant milestone by earning a spot on the U18 NSW Blues Hockey Team.This achievement will see her competing at the upcoming Nationals in the Gold Coast on 3-11 July 2024, a testament to her skill and determination in the sport.

Alivia said "I've also earned a spot on the New South Wales Blues Hockey team. The selection process involved multiple trials, but I'm thrilled about the opportunity."

A Moore Creek, Tamworth resident, Alyvia Wilson began her hockey journey with her commitment to training and to her sport. Alyvia shared her recent accomplishments in hockey, starting with her being selected to be part of the IGSA team earlier this year. "We attended the trials in early May," Alyvia recalled. "It was a full day of skill assessments and technical evaluations. Fortunately, I was selected to join the IGSA team."

This was just the beginning of Alyvia's success story. Out of the numerous talented athletes vying for spots, Alyvia was among the 16 chosen, including two goalkeepers. "It was a highly competitive process," Alyvia noted, reflecting on the challenging selection criteria. "I'm honoured to have been selected."

Alyvia acknowledged the pivotal role played by her coaches, Greg Doolan and Jake McCann, in her development. "Greg Doolan, especially, has been instrumental," Alyvia emphasised. "Despite being based in Tamworth, he travels here (in Armidale) for our training sessions."

Alyvia's sporting achievements extend beyond IGSA accolades. She has also secured a place in the CIS Hockey Team, setting her sights on the All Schools Carnival, where she aims to showcase her skills on a broader stage. Moreover, her prowess has not gone unnoticed at the national level, as she earned a spot on the U18 NSW Blues Hockey Team. Beyond hockey, Alyvia Wilson has shown versatility and athleticism in other disciplines. Her title as the NEGS Cross Country -17 Years Age Champion highlights her all-around capabilities and dedication to athletic excellence.

Alyvia's journey to success is not just a personal triumph but also a reflection of the supportive environment fostered by her educational institution, NEGS. When asked about the response from her peers at school, Alyvia expressed gratitude. "They've been incredibly supportive," she said warmly. "Their encouragement means a lot."

The NEGS community support has also been pivotal, particularly through initiatives like the Athlete Development Program. "The NEGS community support has been incredible," Alyvia affirmed. "From organising transportation to arranging accommodations for tournaments, they've truly gone above and beyond."

NEGS' emphasis on holistic development through its Athletic Development Program has played a pivotal role in nurturing Alyvia's talents, instilling in her essential values of discipline, teamwork, and perseverance.

Ella Kenny, Head of Sports at NEGS, emphasises the school's commitment to nurturing both academic and athletic excellence. She praises Alyvia's achievements as a testament to the school's supportive environment and the students' dedication to reaching their full potential.

As Alyvia Wilson continues to make waves in the hockey world, she not only brings pride to Tamworth but also serves as an inspiration to young athletes across the region. As she prepares to represent her school and region on national platforms, Alyvia Wilson embodies the spirit of a true sports star in the making.

As our conversation drew to a close, Alyvia offered advice to aspiring young athletes. "Just go for it," she encouraged. "Take that extra step, that extra 1%, as Coach Doolan often says. You never know where it might lead you." With her eyes set on future tournaments and championships, Alyvia Wilson is undoubtedly a rising star in NSW hockey to watch out for.


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