Love, service for hockey honoured in Queen's award
A BUDERIM woman who has dedicated her life to hockey never thought she'd receive such a significant service honour.
Adell Parkyn's impressive history in the team sport spans multiple decades and four pages of handwritten notes, yet her glory days have not been lost.
From an eager 15-year-old picking up a hockey stick for the first time to now, the 86-year-old is finally being recognised for her contribution.
Mrs Parkyn has been named on the Queen's Birthday 2019 Honours List, being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to hockey.
She was humbled to be chosen for the high honour.
"I never thought I'd have something like that,” she said.
"I don't know who nominated me, but it was a real thrill. I couldn't believe it.”
A notable career as a representative player for Queensland and Australia, a team selector for many hockey associations and an inductee in the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame are just a few of the highlights for Mrs Parkyn.
Being the Queensland team captain for three years particularly stood out to her. "I just loved performing, as such, in front of an audience.
"Hockey is a mental game. I loved being about to out-wit other players, it was all in the mind,” she said.
Yet her fondest memories, looking back at her journey, is her family support.