Mitchell sticking it to the competition with hockey call-up

NAVY Seaman Mitchell Waters has taken up a stick to beat our allies.

Seaman Waters, 22, who grew up in Maryborough but is based in Western Australia at HMAS Stirling, will represent the Australian Defence Force in hockey.

He is among an elite group of service men and women selected to represent the ADF in sports competitions around the world.

On September 30 he will fly to the UK where his hockey team will take on the best of the British bunch.

"It's a great opportunity ... it also gives us the chance to meet other allies and realise it's not all about war," he said.

Seaman Waters said he was "stoked" to be selected for the squad and said training took a lot of hard work and determination.

"You need to be active, you can't just think the opportunities will come to you," he said.

As for advice to future recruits?

"You need to be fit and train hard," he said.

Former Maryborough man, seaman marine technician Mitchell Waters from Submarine Training Systems Centre in Western Australia, will be travelling overseas to compete in an international hockey competition.
Former Maryborough man, seaman marine technician Mitchell Waters from Submarine Training Systems Centre in Western Australia, will be travelling overseas to compete in an international hockey competition. LSIS James Whittle