Hockeyroos midfielder Jane Claxton says bringing up 150 caps for Australia is a proud moment which is symbolic of her hard work and dedication to the national team.
Claxton will bring up the milestone in Australia’s Four Nation finals match on Sunday in Osaka, Japan.
The durable 25-year-old, who hails from Adelaide, debuted against Korea in Perth in April 2013 and has brought up the rare milestone in quick time.
“When you first debut you don’t really think about reaching a milestone like this,” Claxton said.
“I think 150 caps for your country, you have to be around a long time to do it and play consistently.
“That’s something I’m proud of that since I debuted I haven’t missed too many tournaments along the way except for injury.
“It’s a proud moment to be among the rare few that have reached that milestone for Australia.”
She added: “It’s a symbol of all the hard work you’ve done, not just when you mad the team but before you made the team and all the miles you put in.
“It shows you’re a consistent performer in the team. It reflects all the hard work and dedication you’ve put in.”
Claxton has played at an Olympic Games, a World Cup and two Commonwealth Games and listed some of her highlights to date.
“I think a lot of the highlights end up being the tournaments you win, the medals you win, those special moments, especially something like Glasgow where we won the gold medal in the dying moments of the game,” she said.
“To go from losing the game to winning, it was very memorable.
“As well as the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games this year where I played a different role as a leader in the team with more pressure on me.
“To know we got a positive result in the end with such a young and inexperienced team, those two experiences, while they were vastly different, are both very special in my career.”
The Burnside product added that she’s loves every minute of being part of the national programme.
“The time does fly by when you’re having fun,” she said.
“I feel like it was yesterday I moved to Perth and I was a young kid in the squad.
“It does go so quickly so these milestones give you a chance to reflect and appreciate what I get to do every day as a job.”