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New Zealand hockey scholarship for Smith
SEVENTEEN-year-old Owen Smith could not believe his luck when he found out he would get a scholarship to study and play hockey in New Zealand.
Smith had grown up in Lautoka but took the opportunity to join Cathedral Secondary School last year in the hope of upskilling himself in his favourite sport.
"I am actually excited, I haven't been this excited in my life, I just want to go to New Zealand and fulfil my dream and play hockey, get a job and I might spend my life there," he said.
Owen is the younger brother of Fiji men's hockey national representative Alsace Smith and in a family filled with hockey players; he dares to dream big and hopes that time will help him fulfil his dream of being the best hockey player he can be when he departs the country this weekend.
"I have been playing since I was in primary school. It's a family game. I wanted to come to Suva to improve my hockey so I had to find a school in Suva to make my hockey better.
"I just want to thank my parents especially for helping me go through and my uncle back in New Zealand he has been helping organise my scholarship and to my friends for encouraging me to do the right thing and not to spoil my scholarship," he said.
Geotech Marist men's hockey vice president Paul Fraser said Smith was the first player the club had sent on an overseas scholarship.
"He played for our club alongside his brother (Alsace). The club identified his potential and through our contacts in New Zealand where the club has previously toured three times and managed to score in a hockey scholarhip for Kelston Boys High School in Auckland.
He added that they were proud of the success of the process and hopes Smith would "lead the way to get others across".
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