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LONDON 2012: School cheers Hockeyroo Jade
By Ian Paterson

Jade Close & Team
WESTFIELDS Sports High hockey players are jumping out of their skins watching former student Jade Close in action on the hockey pitch at her first Olympics.

Training hard in the morning before school, the next crop of hockey champions hopes to one day emulate Close's achievements.

Hockey co-ordinator George Manou watched Close come through Westfields and knew she had the right stuff to go all the way.

"We always knew Jade had something special and when she came here to play she had that drive and determination to go all the way and it's great to see her achieve what she has," Mr Manou said.

Close is the first Westfields hockey graduate to make it to the Olympics and the school couldn't be prouder of her efforts.

"It's not only great for herself but also for the school. We can say to the kids, 'look here's somebody who went through Westfields and they have made it; you can do that, too'," Mr Manou said.

Aden Smith and Billy Graf, two members of the hockey program, have been selected in the NSW under-13s squad and they are on the way to achieving their own dreams of representing Australia at an Olympics.

Close, a striker for the Hockeyroos, played her first match on Sunday, where the Aussies had a 1-0 loss against New Zealand.

The Hockeyroos bounced back on Wednesday with a convincing 3-1 win over world number three Germany.
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Wednesday 2nd August 2012

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