Shooting goals, achieving goals
LISMORE hockey player Cassie Avery is shooting for the stars and shooting goals while keeping her feet firmly on the ground.
Earlier this year the 13-year-old competed in the Southern Cross open women's tournament at Toowoomba and Ipswich in the lead-up to the Queensland open championships.
The Glee midfielder has shown her versatility, playing as a striker and in the half line.
"It was a harder, much faster game," Cassie said.
"Some players were around my age but most were 18 and over. I really enjoyed it and I think it made me a bit stronger.
"In May, I was selected in the Tweed-Border open women's No 1 representative team and competed in the Queensland open women's championships in Brisbane."
Her Tweed coach this year is former Australian representative Sharon Buchanan.
Cassie made the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Under-16 team but was declared too young to play in the Australian All Schools team to compete in Tasmania.
It begged the question: How can a 13-year-old represent at State open women's level, yet be too young to compete at All Schools?
Cassie competed at the Queensland Under-15 girls championships in July, then made the State team to compete in the Australian Under-15 championships in Canberra in October.
In 2010, she was recognised by the Australian Olympic Committee for her sportsmanship and ability.
Cassie's long-term goal is to compete at Olympic level.