Tom heading to the big smoke
SACRIFICE is something Coraki hockey player Tom Brown knows all about.
Not only has he been obsessed with the game since he was four years old in a town known for breeding a number of exceptional players.
But it is was why he took a punt and pulled out of the Australian Under-17 Schoolboys side when he was selected for an overseas tour last year.
He gave it a miss in hopes of competing at another tournament where he could gain selection in a national talent program.
And it paid off with the 17-year-old one of six from across New South Wales selected in the National Futures Group.
It means he has a foot in the door with the end goal being selection in the Australian Under-21 national team.
"I took a punt pulling out of that (schoolboys) team and I'm glad it was the right call in the end," Brown said.
"My coaches helped me make that decision and I'm happy everything panned out the way I'd hoped.
"I'm really stoked for this opportunity and to be part of this program can definitely open up a few doors.
"It will be a higher level of training and commitment but I'll have better access to everything."
Brown is moving to Sydney where he will also be part of the NSW Institute of Sport.
There he will have access to coaches like former Olympian and Australian player Brent Livermore.
"There a few guys from Coraki who have gone to Sydney and I'm really looking forward to playing in the Sydney Premier League," Brown said
"Other than Perth, it's about the strongest grade competition you can play in."