Sport

Jordyn honoured with chance to carry torch for Australia

Australia's Jordyn Holzberger and Grace Balsdon of GB battle for the ball during the Women's Hockey match on day one of the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
Australia's Jordyn Holzberger and Grace Balsdon of GB battle for the ball during the Women's Hockey match on day one of the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival. Craig Golding

WHILE 2012 might have been a career year for Yamanto hockey player Jordyn Holzberger, 2013 is shaping up to be even better.

Last night the 19-year-old Holzberger carried the torch for Australia, literally, leading a procession of torch-bearers into last night's opening ceremony at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival 2013.

She led eight Australian junior athletes carrying torches to the cauldron before Australian rower Alexander Hill lit the Olympic cauldron at the Sydney Interment Centre at Darling Harbour

Speaking to The QT before the ceremony Holzberger said she had high hopes for the year.

"I'm really excited and really proud," she said of carrying the torch.

"The coach came in and told me I'd be carrying the torch in front of the entire team.

"I had no idea before that. They all clapped and applauded me when it was announced. It was all pretty exciting!"

I had no idea before that. They all clapped and applauded me when it was announced. It was all pretty exciting!

While Holzberger missed out on a spot in the London Olympic team last year, she said having such a prestigious position at the Youth Olympics went some way to making up for it.

"It was definitely disappointing to miss out on making the Olympic team, but being given the honour of carrying the torch is amazing.

"Hopefully it will be the start of a great year.

"Our main goal for the Youth Olympics is to come away with the gold," she said.

They started their campaign yesterday with a 3-0 win over Great Britain.

However, the competition isn't the year's only top-level junior world competition. The World Cup will be held in Germany in July.

"There will be a lot of focus this year on the Junior World Cup this year too," Holzberger said.

"It'll be a big tournament and I think we can do pretty well in it."

But despite the two junior tournaments being held Holzberger is hoping 2013 is the year she cracks the senior squad for good.

"We've got the Junior World Cup in July, but after that there are some senior games later in the year and I definitely want to try and get into the senior team."

We've got the Junior World Cup in July, but after that there are some senior games later in the year and I definitely want to try and get into the senior team.

Holzberger now lives in Perth as part of her scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport, while her family remains in their Yamanto home.

Her performance on the pitch yesterday was praised by coach Craig Victory.

"Jordyn Holzberger was really ideal for us carrying the ball," Victory said.

In the other women's fixture on day one China was too good for the USA prevailing 5-2.

The Jillaroos will be returning to the field today to take on the USA before facing China on Saturday.

 

Jordyn Holzberger

  • Age: 19
  • Teams: Australian Hockeyroos, U21 Australian Jillaroos, Queensland Scorchers
  • Best advice: "Train and play like it's your last time on the pitch."
  • Hardest thing you've ever done: "The beep (fitness) test!"
  • Favourite movie: Forrest Gump

Topics:  hockey, jillaroos, jordyn holzberger, sydney youth olympic games




Man accused of indecently assaulting health worker

A view of the Ipswich Hospital from the corner of East and Court Street. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

It's alleged the attacker threatened the woman with a knife

Woolworths latest: Uncertainty hangs over Ipswich site

NSW and Victoria to be hit by retrenchments

UPDATE: Dramatic in-car footage as Raceway car goes airborne

Dramatic Aussie Car rollover at Queensland Raceway on Saturday.

In-car footage shows dramatic high-speed crash

Latest deals and offers

Harry's MasterChef exit makes way for all-Noosa grand final

Harry Foster congratulates MasterChef finalists Elena Duggan and Matt Sinclair after a closely-fought semi-final.

YOUNG Rocky-born cook now working in his dream job in Tasmania.

Kim Kardashian West bemused by selfie 'drama'

Kim didn't expect her naked selfie to cause the stir it did

Alicia Vikander hasn't been home since Oscars

Alicia Vikander "hasn't been home" for nearly nine months.

Tom Hiddleston not worried about relationship attention

Attention doesn't bother 'authentic' Hiddleston

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field to expand family?

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field want more children.

Licking incident bars Ariana from performing at White House

Ariana Grande has been blocked from performing at the White House

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles