GLASGOW: Good role models and a rich family tradition.
These are the two factors, according to 22-year-old Georgia Nanscawen, that have made women’s hockey a thriving sport in Australia.
Nanscawen, whose parents are deeply rooted in sport, hopes to one day emulate her senior, Casey Eastham.
Eastham was a member of the team who won the gold at the last Commonwealth Games in New Delhi four years ago. She is back to steer the team to a fourth gold in Glasgow.
Australia also won the gold in the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Games and 2006 Melbourne Games.
“I look up to Casey because she is a lovely person … she’s good at what she does. She was named the Young Hockey Player of the Year in 2009. I’m inspired by that and want to follow in her footsteps,” said Nanscawen.
“Women’s hockey is quite popular Down Under. Many take it up because of the strong influence from their parents and Australia has a very good hockey programme.”
Nanscawen and Eastham are members of the team who finished runners-up to Holland in the World Cup recently. Nanscawen, however, failed to get on the score sheet.
“It is my job to get the goals but I failed to produce the goods at the World Cup. I am ready to make up for it at the Glasgow Games,” she promised.
If Nanscawen lives up to her promise, then Malaysia can expect to bear the brunt of her fury.
Australia take on Malaysia in their opening Group B match on Thursday.