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Kaitlin takes on the world

2015 Graduate Kaitlin Nobbs scores another outstanding Hockey achievement

2015 Graduate Kaitlin Nobbs has scored yet another outstanding Hockey achievement, having been selected earlier in the year to the 2016 Rio Olympic Squad. Now Kaitin is set to take on the world, as she is one of the 18 players that have been selected for the Junior World Cup team. 

The women’s Junior World Cup will take place in Santiago, Chile in November this year. Kaitlin was selected as one of an 18 member squad by Head Coach Tim White and the national selection panel. 

Tim White said it was a very difficult selection process because of the number of talented athletes Australia has produced nationally in the under 21’s age group. Kaitlin and her team mates were selected based on their performances across  a number of events that have occurred throughout the year such as the National Futures Camp, the Junior World Cup qualification camp and the Junior World Cup Qualifier on the Gold Coast, the Under 21 Australian Championships in Sydney in April, the National Training Centre Challenge in Canberra in May, the National U/21’s England tour, and most recently at the Australian Hockey League which took place in Perth over the weekend. Kaitlin and the team leave for Santiago on Sunday, 20 November.

Last December Kaitlin was chosen as one of four players who were awarded scholarships to train full time in Perth, as part of the 26 national senior squad athletes who prepared for the Rio Olympic Games in Perth. Although Kaitlin wasn’t ultimately one of the final16 players chosen in the 2016 Australian Olympic Team, it was certainly a wonderful recognition of her talent, skill and dedication to the sport. She gained valuable experience training alongside the senior squad. 

Kaitlin is following in the footsteps of her parents. She has hockey in her blood. Kaitlin’s dad Michael Nobbs played in the 1984 Los Angeles Games and coached the Indian men’s hockey team at the 2012 London Olympics. Lee Capes, Kaitlin’s mum and PLC Sydney Sports Teacher, was a hockey gold medallist at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

In 2015, Kaitlin was recognised at The NSWCIS Awards, winning the 2015 Jeanette Buckham Award for Outstanding Individual Sportswoman.

Kaitlin will continue to study nursing and train at Curtin University in Perth throughout 2016, but she has her sights set clearly on winning the Junior World Cup and representing Australia at the next Olympics. 

Go Kaitlin!

Kaitlin and Lee Capes 2015
Image: Kaitlin Nobbs with mum, Lee Capes (Olympian and acting Head of Sports at PLC Sydney). 

Kaitlin in action for Australia
 Image: Kaitlin in action for Australia

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Kaitlin in action at PLC Sydney.

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Kaitlin received the 2015 NSWCIS Jeanette Buckham Award for Outstanding Individual Sportswoman.