Kelsie continues to rise with latest state honour

ON THE RISE: Young Lithgow hockey star Kelsie Whyte has ticked off another achievement in her short career following her selection in the NSW under 13s girls indoor hockey side. Picture: HOSEA LUY

ON THE RISE: Young Lithgow hockey star Kelsie Whyte has ticked off another achievement in her short career following her selection in the NSW under 13s girls indoor hockey side. Picture: HOSEA LUY

Lithgow’s Kelsie Whyte has taken another step towards her dream of representing the Hockeyroos after she was selected in the NSW under 13 girls indoor hockey side.

The state honour is another notch in the belt for Kelsie after she represented the NSW PSSA under 12 field hockey side at the national school championships in Cairns last year.

She also played for the NSW Lions girls at the under 13s national carnival in Perth in September and October.

The young gun was chosen following her excellent performances playing for Orange at the recent indoor hockey state championships.

The Orange side were undefeated until the final where they were beaten 3-1 by Port Macquarie Hastings to finish second in division two of the under 13 girls competition.

As Lithgow didn’t enter a team into the tournament, Kelsie was a welcome addition to the Orange side, as she scored close to 20 goals in six games.

Kelsie was excited to play for her state again at the national indoor championships in Goulburn in January next year.

Rather than personal honours, she is hoping the experience will help her improve and learn new skills.

But the striker couldn’t hide her desire to score a few more goals along the way.

Kelsie plays her with Workies and the Lithgow District side. She is also preparing for another step up in the not too distant future by training with the Zig Zag women’s premier league team alongside older sister Maddy.

STATE HONOURS: Emily Thompson, pictured playing for the NSW Blues field hockey side, has been selected to represent her state in indoor hockey. Picture: SUPPLIED

STATE HONOURS: Emily Thompson, pictured playing for the NSW Blues field hockey side, has been selected to represent her state in indoor hockey. Picture: SUPPLIED

Like all good Lithgow hockey players, Kelsie trains under the watchful eye of experienced coach Wally Gaynor.

Fellow Lithgow hockey guns Emily Thompson and Brandan Horner have also been selected to play indoor hockey for NSW in the under 15 girls and open men respectively.

Brandan Horner playing for Lithgow Panthers earlier this year. Picture: PHIL BLATCH

Brandan Horner playing for Lithgow Panthers earlier this year. Picture: PHIL BLATCH