After 40 years of playing hockey, Lynne Dickie is representing New Zealand for the third time, as part of a team set to play in the Hockey Masters World Cup in England.
Dickie, who had been playing hockey since she was 13, was selected in March for the over-50s team.
She said she was looking forward to playing in the tournament and facing new opponents after only ever playing against Australia.
New Zealand had Ireland, Wales, Australia, and England in their pool, she said.
The Mataura club player attended a training camp in Auckland at the start of the month, where the team met and trained, she said.
The team worked on set plays and building combinations during the training and games they played, Dickie said.
"We made a lot of progress in a weekend."
Because team members were spread across the country, everyone had to maintain their individual training regimes, she said.
Dickie said she kept fit by competing in the Southland-wide division two competition, running and going to the gym.
There will be 13 nations at the tournament, most from Europe.
New Zealand will be sending three men's teams and two women's teams to take part in the various age groups.
Women will compete in the over-40 and over-50 age groups, while the men will compete in the over-40, over-45 and over-50 competitions.
Dickie was one of three over-50s women from the Southern region making up the 16-person team.
The New Zealand teams will arrive in England on August 11 to have a few days of preparation and adjustment.
The tournament will be held in Canterbury straight after the London Olympics.
The tournament will run from August 14 to 24.
- The Southland Times