CULBURRA’S Barbara Muldoon is one hockey player who has not let age get in the way of playing at an elite level.
Muldoon has been selected in the NSW over 55s women’s masters team after impressing selectors at the trials in early August.
Muldoon is in her first year playing for St Georges Basin Hockey Club after moving to the Shoalhaven last year.
She travelled to Parkes with the Shoalhaven No. 2 masters representative team on July 27 and 28 to play in the State Hockey Championships, where her team finished second in their division.
She had to play at these championships to be eligible for the state team and travelled to Newcastle for the trials two weeks ago.
Here she was tested on her fitness and skills against 30 other women vying for a spot on the over 55s team.
Muldoon said she was pleased with how she performed.
“I was confident I guess, but you never know until you get the email,” she said.
Muldoon will now travel to Adelaide with the NSW team to play in the Australian Women’s Masters Championships on September 27, where she will play against all other states.
This is not the first time she has represented NSW, with Muldoon previously making the over 50s team.
She also made the Australian shadow masters team when she played in her 40s.
“At the end of the tournament they do name an Australian masters team. But at the end of the day it is about the camaraderie with the women in your team, and going away to play and meet new people from other states,” she said.
“It is just great to be competing at a national level and to represent my state.”
In preparation for the tournament, Muldoon has been training six days a week to improve her fitness.
Muldoon praised the hockey facilities in the Shoalhaven and said the Bernie Regan Sporting Complex is some of the best turf she has played on.
“It (playing in the local competition) has been a way for me to meet different people as well as coming into the Shoalhaven where we didn’t know anybody,” she said.