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23:50, Aug 26 2014
Georgia Mason
BUSY TEEN: Georgia Mason

Georgia Mason's hockey and rugby timetable for next week is mind-blowing.

The 17-year-old Southland Girls' High School student will be playing for three different sports teams in four different cities.

Not only is she representing Girls' High in hockey and rugby as well as the Otago Spirit women's rugby team, but she is in the middle of her year 12 exams.

"I'll study on the plane and at airports all weekend," she said.

Despite travelling to Timaru, Dunedin, Palmerston North and back to Invercargill during the next week, Mason said the amount of training and time on the field was not much different to any other week.

"It's just that it's in different parts of the country."


On Monday, Mason is playing hockey for Southland Girls' High School in Timaru.

At the end of next week she will be in the Southland Girls' High School's first XV at the national top-four rugby finals in Palmerston North.

She also made time in her schedule to play for the Otago Spirit women's rugby team in Dunedin.

While she loves playing hockey, rugby is her first commitment, she said.

Her goal was to play for the New Zealand women's team, but she must wait until she is at least 18 before she qualifies, she said.

In order to succeed at sport, young people had to fully commit to their team.

"Definitely do it ... don't do it half-heartedly," she said.

She will be among thousands of secondary school students throughout the country competing on sports fields and in stadiums.

Eight others in the Girls' High team are also involved in a second sport next week.

Louise Calder, Patricia Hopcroft, Alena Saili and Jessica Dermody are playing netball in Invercargill before flying to Palmerston North on the morning of the rugby team's first game.

After Lauren Brown and Lauren Christie finish their commitments at a football tournament in Dunedin, they will fly from there to Palmerston North.

Two of Georgia's team-mates at the Timaru hockey tournament - Jacqui Chamberlain and Molly Wheeley - will catch a bus from the South Canterbury town to Christchurch and fly from there to Palmerston North.

The other 19 in the Girls' High rugby team fly to Palmerston North on Thursday next week.

The Southland Times