DEVELOPING SKILLS: Queensland Schoolboys representative Jay Pavitt works on his game playing at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.
DEVELOPING SKILLS: Queensland Schoolboys representative Jay Pavitt works on his game playing at the Ipswich Hockey Complex. Inga Williams

NZ trip keeps Jay moving ahead

LIKE many young people his age, Jay Pavitt is grappling with what career to pursue after finishing high school.

Whatever he decides on the study or work front, he has an exciting future in hockey to provide balance in his life.

The St Edmund's College team captain and Hancocks A-grade player is preparing for a busy couple of months on and off the hockey field.

While completing his year 12 studies, he has plenty of sport to focus on.

He'll help his talented school team defend its open title in the Brisbane competition, line up for Hancocks in the Ipswich A-grade finals and continue training for the Ipswich under-18 representative side.

That came after the Flinders View-based teenager recently lined up for the Gold Coast team at the Super League championships.

However, his biggest opportunity in coming weeks will be heading overseas for the first time with the Queensland Schoolboys side.

In the same year he made a Queensland under-18 team in club hockey, Pavitt has been chosen to tour New Zealand in late September. The St Edmund's College student was chosen after impressing for Met West at the state titles.

The quietly spoken midfield/inside player is looking forward to the experience that awaits him.

"It's not a national championships, it's just like a touring side," Pavitt, 17, said.

He's hoping to broaden his hockey skills having shared in the national title success of the Queensland under-18 team this year.

"It will be playing in different environments," said Pavitt, who started with the Hancocks club aged eight.

"Just playing in different circumstances."

Apart from the New Zealand trip, Pavitt is also focused on helping the Ipswich under-18 side at the state titles in Cairns the same month.

The St Edmund's team plays Friday afternoons, adding to his busy training and weekend match commitments.

However, from a successful hockey family, Jay appreciates the extra help he's received from his dad Adrian and older brother Dean.

His mother Sharon is also a representative coach.

Another supporter has been Ipswich Hockey's regional coaching director Neil Shearer.

"Astro does great work here as coaching director," Pavitt said.

Jay understands it's a challenging stage of his life finding a new career.

"It's all up in the air," he said of his future career path.

But while he considers his university options, Jay knows he can always play hockey, and enjoy the rewards it brings.

"Schooling comes first and then next year, I'll see where hockey takes us," he said.



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