Shiarna Tarasenko selected for Australian under-18s ice hockey World Championships in Poland in January

Multi-talented: Shiarna Tarasenko has been selected in the Australian under-18s women's ice hockey team. She is also a talented netballer and was chosen in the Parramatta-Auburn Metro League squad. Picture: Andrew McMurtry
Multi-talented: Shiarna Tarasenko has been selected in the Australian under-18s women's ice hockey team. She is also a talented netballer and was chosen in the Parramatta-Auburn Metro League squad. Picture: Andrew McMurtry

Shiarna Tarasenko will get a second taste of international ice hockey when she lines up for Australia at the under-18s Women’s World Championships in January.

It will be the third campaign for Australia but first in the world group after previously playing qualification tournaments.

Shiarna, 16, said it was “pretty awesome” to claim a place in the squad again.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and fight that we’ll have to put up, and the intensity and skill level we’ll have to put up,” she said.

“Last year wasn’t a breeze but I’m looking forward to the challenge and push.”

Australia will come up against the likes of Great Britain, Denmark, China, Poland and France in Poland between January 6-12.

While getting to travel, it won’t be a holiday with the focus on hockey and representing Australia, and the team on the ice two to three times a day.

“Words can’t even describe [what it means representing Australia],” Shiarna said.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to play for your country. All those feelings flood forward like ‘I’m really doing this’. It’s pretty huge.”

Shiarna is also a reserve for the Sydney Sirens team but has been playing high-level netball after being selected in the Parramatta-Auburn team one metro league team.

Having also just started year 12, Shiarna said she has to prioritise her pursuits.