AGE is no barrier to playing competitive sport.
Echuca’s Ian Wright is proof of that.
In the last 12 months he has represented both his state and his country in hockey.
‘‘It’s pretty exciting to get to represent your country at any level,’’ Wright said.
His crowning achievement was his recent trip to Glasgow as a member of Australian Southern Cross 70s masters hockey side.
The team competed in the Grand Masters Hockey European Championships in late August.
The side put up a fantastic performance across the tournament, advancing to the grand final.
Unfortunately for the team, they fell at the final hurdle, dropping the game in agonising fashion by a single goal.
‘‘We got beaten in the final one-nil. They beat us in the last five minutes with a bit of a soft goal,’’ Wright said.
‘‘It was a really hard fought game and we gave it our best. But unfortunately, that’s kind of hard to come back from at that stage in the game.’’
While the result didn’t go the way the side would have wanted, Wright was happy to spend the time in Scotland while playing the game he loves.
While his national duties are important, Ian also counts his time as a Victorian representative highly.
Victoria, NSW, Western Australia and Queensland all competed at the state tournament in Hobart this year.
Victoria produced a strong tournament, making the grand final against Western Australia.
The team again performed strongly, locking the game up at two-all at a late stage before running into trouble late in the match.
‘‘Unfortunately for us, we ran out of reserves, which makes it really hard. When you come up against a team like WA who played a really good tournament, it just makes it difficult.’’
A late goal to the Western Australians saw Victoria go down two goals to three.
While the result didn’t go his way, Ian was pleased to have a strong tournament against quality opposition.
‘‘Getting silver in a state championships, it’s pleasing. Would have been nicer to win, but we just have to work hard and be better next time.’’
And there isn’t a lot of time to prepare before his next major tournament.
His attention now returns to the green and gold, as the Australian side heads off to the world championships in July next year.