Gawler Strikers’ Laura Kingsmill has put another feather in her already accomplished hockey cap, after she was named in the initial squad for the South Australian Women’s Under 21 side.
Kingsmill has had a raft of accomplishments, playing in state sides since under 12s.
However, this year she was intending on taking a break from state duty – but it was not to be.
In addition to the state selections, she has represented Australia as a part of the Australian School Girls’ Under 16 side, and the Australian Under 21 Country Women’s side.
However, despite the desire to take a break, Kingsmill said it was a nice feeling to have been considered despite taking an extended break.
"It's nice that I've been still considered after not playing for this level for a couple of years, knowing that I can still perform at that level," she said.
Kingsmill has made a change in her hockey game, by playing in Adelaide for Forestville, a club she has said helped her “fall in love with the game again”.
“I’ve got a new club in Adelaide who've made me fall in love with it again, I’m still playing it up in the Barossa which is really fun as well,” she said.
May 1 will be the first day where Kingsmill will feature in the information session and initial training for the state squad, before testing is underway on May 3.
The state squads will then take part in a series of four practise matches across June, commencing on June 7, and the final game on June 28.
It's nice that I've been still considered after not playing for this level for a couple of years, knowing that I can still perform at that level.Laura Kingsmill
With the sacrifices that come with state squads, she couldn’t help but thank her family for her selection in another side.
“I'd like to thank my family, they've made a lot of sacrifices for me,” she said.