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Year Awarded: 2008
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Casey Eastham - Hockey

Casey began playing hockey at the age of 5. Casey made her first state team for school aged 12., and played with Albion Park Bowling Club women's hockey team 1st division from the age of 13.

Casey represented NSW women's hockey from age 13 in the U15's (aged 14), U18's (aged 13-16), U21's (aged 15-18) and Open's (aged 17-19). and in 2005 made the U21 Australian Junior World Cup team aged 16, where she was named 5th best player for the U21 division in the world at that tournament.

In 2005, 2006 and 2007 Casey was the recipient of a Layne Beachley Aim ForThe Stars Foundation grant, and in 2006 was selected in the Australian Hockeyroo's women's team. In January 2008 Casey was selected in the squad of 24 for the Beijing Olympics, and in June was named in the team of 16 that went to Beijing.

Casey, who has more than 40 national matches to her name, was the youngest member of the Hockeyroos in Beijing, and is now preparing for the 2009 Champions Trophy tournament. Hockeyroos coach, Frank Murray, declared that Casey 'will be one of the best in the world in time'.

The 17th Women's Champions Trophy (tournament is structured in a round-robin format comprising of the top six-ranked teams in world hockey, concluding in finals matches determined by the final ranking of the competing teams) will be held in Sydney from the 11-19 July. The tournament will not only attract the world's best hockey players, but also international delegates, guests and tourists. With no World Cup scheduled for 2009, the Champions Trophy will be the premier international hockey event of the year.

Mentor:  Sharon Buchanan OAM
Hero:  Jacqueline Pereira OAM

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