Mackay product Teneal Attard has been named in the Australian Hockeyroos side to contest the London Olympics.
Mackay product Teneal Attard has been named in the Australian Hockeyroos side to contest the London Olympics. Contributed

Second is better

FORMER Mackay high school student Teneal Attard said her game has improved enormously since the Beijing Olympics and she is delighted after being named in Australia's women's hockey side for the London Olympics.

Attard, who was born in Mackay and played for Brothers, moved to Townsville in her early years and attended William Ross High before returning to town to finish years 11 and 12 at St Pat's College.

It will be Attard's second Olympics following her selection for Beijing four years ago and she told The Daily Mercury being picked for London's team is much sweeter.

"For Beijing I had only been part of the squad for three or four years," she said. "I was hopeful of making Beijing but I hadn't cemented my place in the side at that point.

"This time around I've been part of the squad for eight years and I'm also part of the leadership squad.

"I'm really proud to be announced in the team and very proud I've been selected for my second Olympics. It's just amazing to be part of an Olympics team and I can't wait to get over there."

Attard said she has lifted her game to a higher level in recent years and is ready for the challenge of the Games.

"Technically I've started to learn new skills and the team has also," she said.

"Since Adam (Commens) has come in we've worked on the fine technical skills needed in our game.

"In the build-up to the Games we'll be working on our attack and defensive patterns, attack control and finishing off the back end of matches strongly."

Attard, despite her history of injuries said she felt as fit as ever after recently playing her 150th match for her country.

"Because of my injuries I've missed around three years so I feel as good now and as fresh as I ever have," she said.

"I've really worked on my strength, agility and fitness over the past few years and things are starting to pay off for me.

"My game just feels like it's gotten so much better, I feel my speed on the ball has increased and I'm ready for the challenge of the Olympics."



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