JUST three years after taking up hockey, Rose Valley's Isabella Sandy has been presented with a prestigious honour.
Isabella received a State Representative Award in recognition of her selection to represent NSW in the 2013 Australian Under-13 Girls National Hockey Championships.
A keen equestrian participant, Isabella was encouraged to take up hockey by a friend and her natural ability has enabled her to skyrocket to almost instant stardom.
"I really enjoy playing hockey as it's a really enjoyable team sport and while I enjoy horse riding, hockey is definitely my favourite," Isabella said.
Her representative career to date includes teams such as South Coast field and indoor under-13 and 15s, Combined Independent Schools, the New Anglican School Spots under-16s and Opens to name a few, before also making the NSW team for the national titles.
Despite her team's 3-2 win in the final against Queensland, the national titles were somewhat bittersweet for the 13-year-old, as she missed the final two games after breaking her finger.
"It wasn't even done on the hockey field," she said. "We were throwing a vinyl football around at training and I was hit on the finger and broke it. So I missed the final two games, but at least we won."