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Holzberger continues development with state recognition

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SUPPORTIVE parents John and Alison Holzberger have always been proud of their talented daughter Jordyn.

Watching Jordyn develop from a promising junior with Hancocks into an international performer always filled the Yamanto-based couple with joy.

Leaving the comfortable surrounds of Ipswich to play and train as an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder showed Jordyn was serious about her hockey.

She's matured into a fine young woman as well as an Australian player of the future.

While representing Australia has been a major reward in recent months, Jordyn has added two other fine achievements to her growing collection.

The 19-year-old midfield/striker was named Hockey Queensland's female rookie of the year and won the People's Choice female award at Sunday's annual function in Brisbane.

Jordyn was still in Perth where she had just helped the Australian Jillaroos under-21 side win a silver medal after losing 2-0 to the Hockeyroos in the nine-a-side International Super Series grand final.

"She was pretty excited when we told her last night," said Alison, thrilled to have Jordyn heading home for Christmas.

"She's done really well.

"She's sacrificed a lot to go to Perth.

"She's very dedicated and she's living the dream. That's what she wanted to do since she was little.

"We're very proud of her."

Jordyn made her debut for the Hockeyroos against Korea in March.

She also played for the Hockeyroos in their Olympic warm-up London Cup event.

Although she narrowly missed Olympic selection, Jordyn represented the Hockeyroos at the Champions Challenge tournament in Ireland.

Jordyn recently retained her spot in the 2013 Hockeyroos squad.

Ipswich Hockey president Margret Mantell said it was fantastic to see Jordyn recognised, having been supportive of Ipswich hockey for many years.

Although based in Perth, Holzberger plays for her club side Hancocks when she can and helps Ipswich Hockey develop the sport at its open day.

"Everyone was really excited," Mantell said.



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