Rocky trio skates way to Australian representation
ROCKHAMPTON national representative inline hockey player Shaun Russell believes if you can master skating you have a good shot at inline hockey.
"It just depends on how well you can skate,'' Russell said.
Russell, 19, and fellow Rocky Skate Club members Amy Melksham, 17, and Vincent Kemp, 18, will roll out for their respective Australian teams at the Oceania Championships in Auckland late next month.
This will be Russell and Kemp's first appearance for Australia while Melksham joined the national junior ladies team at the 2005 Oceanias on the Gold Coast and played at the Junior Worlds in Canada last year.
Russell, who was selected at the nationals last October, first started rolling around on skates as a two-year-old before taking up inline hockey in 1996. He has been a Queensland representative every year since 1999.
He is relying on individual training to keep up to speed with the Australian 20 years and under team.
"You have to keep the fitness up and teach yourself to play with anyone of any style.''
Melksham, a former speed skater, has a world of experience on her side for Australia's senior women's team while Kemp, in the 18 and under division, only returned to the sport last year.