Qld state team for our Kalum

GYMPIE South State Primary School hockey talent Kalum Warhurst has broken through to claim his first ever appearance in a Queensland State Schoolboys representative hockey side.

The Queensland side is now destined for national competition in Newcastle, New South Wales, later this year.

Warhurst received a rare ticket to join the elite side following the recent Queensland State Schoolboys Hockey Championships hosted by Maryborough, during which he competed as a member of the Wide Bay outfit.

The young player gave the selectors charged with the job of handpicking the best talent Queensland had to offer little choice in giving him the green light after producing some of his best form to date.

Gympie Hockey Association publicity officer Desli Adams said Warhurst had done himself proud.

“He has done himself, his school and Gympie Hockey proud,” she said.

“He is a very talented and sought after young player.”

Adams said Warhurst competed last week in the Club State Championships in Bundaberg with the Gympie Under 13 representative side as part of the emerging player's ongoing preparations.

Warhurst was unavailable for comment yesterday as he enjoyed more competitive hockey in Cairns as a member of the Under 15 Gympie boys representative team.

Despite being young, Warhurst has had a chance to catch a glimpse of what a future in the sport can offer after brushing shoulders with Australian hockey royalty.

Olympian and current Kookaburra player Brent Livermore was a fixture of a popular coaching clinic held in Gympie last month.

The clinic followed closely on the heels of an earlier visit by a respected Queensland hockey coach.

Warhurst, along with his fellow club players, enjoyed the opportunity to show off their skills and take on board some words of wisdom from Livermore - now certain to linger in the back of his mind as he proudly represents Queensland in Newcastle.

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