Just when you think you are going to be fulfilling your Olympic dream, a global pandemic comes along and ruins your plans.
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Lithgow's Lachi Sharp was due to step out with the Kookaburras at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in July, something he's been working towards in his hockey career.
But the Australian squad had to be re-selected for team and luckily due to a lot of hard work and training, Sharp has been re-selected to represent Australia.
"It had to get re-selected and there was one change, so it wasn't automatic," Sharp said.
Sharp attended a super camp in November with National squad players and also the development squad players.
The camp consisted of four games and from that they selected the 27 players for the Olympic squad.
"It's been a challenging year, with no international competition the super camp in November was really our only chance for international intensity matches," he said.
Sharp said that going into next year was still a bit of an unknown situation.
"We are scheduled to play New Zealand in Perth in April, and then we are scheduled to travel to Europe after that, so we will just have to play it by ear at this stage," he said.
Sharp said despite the break due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Australian teams goal continues to be "to win an Olympic Gold Medal".
To do so, the team will be training hard when they resume in early January.
"The postponement of the Olympics has somewhat spurred us on and made it even more special for us, so we will be going into Tokyo in good stead to compete for the gold," he said.
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