Tarryn Glasby, a grade 11 student at El Shaddai Christian School in Durbanville, recently became the youngest person to be selected to represent South Africa in the U21 South African Hockey Squad, in the lead up to the Junior World Cup in Germany in 2013.
After the recent National Squad Training Camps and U21 Inter-Provincial Tournament (IPT) held in Pretoria, Tarryn was selected to the 23-player squad to represent SA in the qualifying matches for the Junior World Cup. She is one of five representing Western Province.
Tarryn responded to the news modestly, saying, “Hard work always pays off.”
Tarryn’s mesmerizing skill, executed with scorching pace and lethal finishing, made an impact in 2012 when she represented WP at the U21 IPT in Pretoria, netting ten goals for WP and resulting in Tarryn being named the Top Goal Scorer and also the Most Promising Player.
Tarryn is no stranger to playing in higher leagues, having played in hockey teams one or two age groups higher than her own since primary school. She has represented WP since 2007 and at the tender age of 14 made her WP Women’s Grand Challenge début, turning out for the Durbanville Ladies’ Hockey Team.
In 2010 was selected for the SA U16 High Performance Squad. The following year she retained her SA U16 status with a clinical ten-goal spree as Vice-Captain of the Western Province team at the 2011 IPT. She rounded off this remarkable achievement with three awards: IPT Winner’s Medal, Top Goal Scorer, and The Most Promising Striker. The inevitable call up to the 2012 National U21 Women’s Hockey Squad Training Camps came shortly thereafter.
Tarryn also represents her school team, where she is coached by her mother, Tracey Glasby.