Cyndy Slade chosen in Aussie side to play New Zealand
FORMER Iluka resident Cyndy Slade has been selected in the over-45 equivalent of the Hockeyroos to play in New Zealand.
Slade, who would have been known to her Maclean High schoolmates as Cyndy Burns, now lives in Armidale but traces her passion for hockey all the way back to the Clarence Valley.
She will travel to New Zealand to represent Australia in May next year.
"I like to think of it as being selected for the Hockeyroos, just an older version of the team," Slade said.
"I played hockey during my school years in Grafton but I started playing club hockey again after I had my children at age 33.
"I now play with my 21-year-old daughter and it is a great honour to be chosen in the Australian team again."
Slade was also selected for the side in 2009 and 2011, but this will be the first time she has made the tour.
"Touch wood that it goes ahead as I am really looking forward to playing in New Zealand," Slade said.
"The first time I was selected we were set to play in Hong Kong, but the global financial crisis hit and it was cancelled," Slade said.
"Last year we were going to play the tournament at the Gold Coast but I ruptured a calf muscle and couldn't play."
Slade is a regular at the over-45 carnivals and plays for her new home region of New England.
She was picked in the side after playing well at the Masters in Melbourne where she played against all seven states and territories over a period of 12 days.