Broken Hill resident Donna-Lee Wynen is in South Australia to continue her pursuit of a life-long goal.
She will take part in the SA hockey trails for the over 55s, a mission that has been in motion since picking up the game at the age of 12.
“I am pretty excited,” Donna-Lee Wynen said. “I’ve never trailed for state.
“While I am young and fit, I want to give it a go. I haven’t given up on the dream.”
Donna-Lee, 58, and other participants will put their talents to the test in the first stage of today’s three-hour trial.
She decided to give the SA state trials a crack in 2020 but could not attend due to COVID-19 impacts.
The trails could feature drills and mini-matches to help selectors choose players to represent the state in future tournaments.
The go-getter said she didn’t know what to expect but knew she would put in a 100 per cent effort.
“I have no idea what I’m up for,” Donna-Lee said. “I will turn up with child-like enthusiasm and give it my best shot.
“I want to be here to inspire people – it’s never too late to give it a go.”
Donna-Lee has been working hard ahead of the trials to improve her skills and fine-tune her knowledge of the evolving sport.
She wants to use skills gathered from the Hockey Performance Academy (HPA), run by former International South African hockey player Lauren Penny.
During the HPA program, Donna-Lee has enhanced her first touch, pre-scanning and leading skills.
“The game’s changed a lot,” Donna-Lee said. “Those are the things I’ve learnt in the last nine months and want to take into the experience.
“It’s been great having this mindset, tactical, skill, fitness training to make it a more viable opportunity.”
The monthly program helps players set goals and regular check-ins with the head trainer.
Donna-Lee’s recent hockey career has included competing in Dubbo and Bordertown matches.
Previously, she had played in Broken Hill’s mixed competition when it was active four years ago.
Before moving to the Silver City, she played for a Sydney based side for 16 years and went to interstate carnivals when she was in the under 21 squad.
In the future, Donna-Lee would like to see a local competition return. She would throw her support behind any interest but is aware of the challenges.
“Of course, I would love it,” she said. “It takes a lot of work to get something like that off the ground and get the support.”
Donna-Lee hopes to make it to the next phase of the SA trials and said she would make another attempt next year if necessary.