South West hockey players shine in BMR Academy

Two South West hockey players continue to shine as BMR Coaching Academy continues their development.

Towns player Rachael Dowling and Boyanup player Callum Emmerson have recently returned from a tour in New South Wales.

The local young guns formed part of the BMR Academy's first ever touring team, which took to the field for six games while also checking out the Australian College of Physical Education and the Sydney Swans facilities in the week-long trip.

The BMR Coaching Academy has been set up by a group of country WA parents to provide opportunities to young hockey players to develop their hockey and life skills.

Coaching coordinator Jerome Buck said the tour was about showing players what it would be like to be part of a state or national team.

He said the academy was about using their passion and determination to succeed in the sport and life.

"The program shows what it takes to be at that level on and off the field," he said.

The tour included playing against other teams as well learning to become self sufficient.

"It was a challenge but a good experience for all 14 players who went," Buck said.

"They were able to meet a wide range of people and develop relationships on and off the field."

Dowling is a founding member of the BMR academy and will be a development coach for under 16s team for the upcoming FHE Cup International.

Perth will host the FHE Cup in November with teams from Malaysia, Singapore and Japan competing against Australian teams.

Dowling will also play for Bobby's Coaching Australia in the under 18s tournament.

Emmerson, who lives in Collie and has just started his development journey will play in the under 16s team.

Buck said both players were amazing people and he looked forward to seeing how they grow.

"They both have the passion and desire to reach the highest level," he said.

Buck said the cup would be a great experience for the WA players.

The FHE Cup will be on November 25 to December 1.

The academy are hoping to take players to Singapore in 2020 a development tour.

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