Tristan Clemons has earned selection for the Kookaburras national squad and will represent Australia in the Darwin International Hockey Open against Pakistan starting next week.
Clemons was one of four athletes elevated into the senior national squad as new head coach Colin Batch looks to regenerate the Kookaburras outfit for the new Olympiad.
"After hosting an intensive super-camp with 38 athletes and now having a better idea of our playing depth, I believe we have added four athletes who will bring maturity and an extra layer of skill to the current Kookaburras line-up.
"Tristan has been a regular face at an international level over the last few years and has shown he has the talent to progress to the senior squad,” Batch said.
Clemons was elevated alongside Tom Wickham, Matt Wills and Josh Pollard and will form part of the Kookaburras squad in the Northern Territory with fellow West Australians Trent Mitton and Tyler Lovell.
"It’s the start of the new campaign for the Kookaburras; it’s a new coaching staff, a number of new players and some players who have been around the program for a little while but need to establish themselves or re-establish themselves in the squad.
"I believe the team we have selected will be able to show Darwin just why they are ranked number 1 in the world when they take on Pakistan in the four-game test. Hopefully, giving some our younger players more international experience will also help us make our team selection for the Azlan Shah Cup and the World League semi-finals.”
At 29 years of age, Clemons has also made his mark outside of hockey as an award winning research scientist in the field of Molecular Science with a focus in Nanotechnology through the University of Western Australia.
The Bunbury raised keeper – through his academic pursuits – has been presented the Australian Nanotechnology Student Ambassador Award (2012 - 2014) and NHMRC Peter Doherty Australian Biomedical Fellowship (2014 - 2018).
Originally Published at Inside Wais: http://www.wais.org.au/other/news_detail.php?id=9411
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