GRAFTON doctor Andrew Terrey knew he was good enough to play hockey at a high level from an early age.
Selection in the Australian over-60s team for the Masters Hockey World Cup next year in Newcastle has confirmed it.
In his youth Terrey represented NSW at under-21 level, played first grade hockey for Sydney University and was rewarded with a University Blue.
But his studies and career as a doctor put his hockey ambitions on the back burner and at 27 he quit the sport for a decade.
On his return to hockey he found the workload of a country doctor meant he could not commit the time to fitness and skills needed to play at an elite level.
"It's only been in the past five years I have been able to devote the time to training you need to play at this level," He said.
Terrey was part of the NSW team which won the national over-60s title in Cairns last month without conceding a goal.
"There were nine NSW players selected in the national team," he said.
"I was surprised to be picked, but it's a great honour and pleasure."
He said the standard of the hockey and fitness of the players in the state team required time and discipline.
"I was working 50 to 60 hours a week for donkey's years," he said.
Terrey puts in 150 to 200km per week on his bike, training with the Grafton Cycle Club.
He plays in the local men's hockey competition including several Premier League games this season to help get his skills up to the high standard required.
"It's taken me this long to get the fitness and skills together to make an Australian team," he said.
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