Age no barrier to world cup level

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Growing older is not limiting Lynne Dickie, of Mossburn, from taking part in the highest level of competition in her favourite sport – next month she will represent New Zealand in the 55-plus age group in the Masters Hockey World Cup in Terrassa, Spain.

This is the fourth world cup Dickie has played in since the inaugural one in 2012.

Dickie said she wanted to play hockey for as long as she was able to, and was looking forward to representing her country again.

“My saying for years has been ‘age is no barrier’ and I’m sticking to it.

“Sport is for life they say nowadays.

“While I can still run and compete, I will.

“I’m not into crochet yet,” Dickie said.

Her love of the game kept her playing while many of her contemporaries had retired.

“It’s the best game – I love it.”

The competition at the world cup was very serious.

“It’s hockey first – it’s not a social time.

“It’s very competitive.

“It’s not the old masters thing where you are down at the pub every night.”

Australia was the top seed for the tournament, with New Zealand seeded fifth.

There were nine teams divided into two pools.

The average temperature of Terrassa for August ranges from a high of 28 degC to a low of 19 degC.

The Mataura club member was pleased with her preparation for the tournament, but the weather was much cooler than it would be in Spain.

“This winter weather has not been great for trying to simulate the Spanish conditions.

“We’re trying to train for the heat.”