Thursday, October 5, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Mackay schoolgirl Skye Vaughan relishes a challenge on the hockey field or basketball court.
With her steely determination, athletic prowess, vision and will to win the dual Queensland representative is well equipped to show her wares.
At the age of 14 the versatile Vaughan is regarded as one of the State’s most gifted sportswomen with an impressive list of achievements at an elite level.
When she’s not keeping close tabs on strikers as a talented high fullback on the hockey pitch, you’ll find promising hooper Skye creating mayhem as a basketball guard.
“I enjoy the different challenges and have been lucky enough to wear the Queensland colours in both sports,” the hard-working Vaughan exclaimed.
“Both complement my competitive instincts and keep me motivated to learn and improve,” she revealed.
The St Patrick’s College student demonstrated her skills at last year’s Hockey Australia Under 13 Girls National Carnival in Hobart – steering her undefeated Queensland Cinders team to a deserved championship title.
With a dedicated Skye in superb form, the Cinders chalked up impressive wins over NSW Stars (2-0), Tasmania (4-0), Northern Territory (6-0), Queensland Embers (1-0), South Australia (3-1), Victoria Venom (1-0), Victoria Volt (5-0) and Western Australia Lightning (2-0) and drew 0-0 with NSW Lions and 1-1 with both ACT and Western Australia Storm to top the standings.
A product of the Mackay Norths Hockey Club, Skye has quickly established herself in A Grade and with the J League Rising Stars and Queensland Under 15 Indoor Hockey squad.
On the basketball court, Vaughan is part of an exciting young crop at the Mackay Meteorettes where she burst into prominence as a ten-year-old.
Last year she helped the Meteorettes reach the final of the Basketball Queensland Under 14 Girls State Championship where they were toppled 70-45 by the Southern Districts Spartans.
The talented guard will also spearhead a powerful St Patrick’s College side at the Champion Basketball School of Queensland Juniors tournament on the Gold Coast.
Skye will team up with fellow Queensland North State reps Lily Mapp, Maggie Thorburn and Alley Simpson as the Mackay school attempts to replicate the recent championship-winning deeds of their senior basketballers at the same prestigious event.
If skill and determination count for anything, then the sky is the limit for this teenage titan who dreams of representing Australia at the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.
By Chris Karas
Dual Queensland representative Skye Vaughan is one of the brightest prospects on the State hockey and basketball scene