Ice hockey Sports Scholar straps on his skates for 2015 World Championships

10 December 2014

After an award-studded year in 2014, Macquarie University Sports Scholar Cameron Todd is preparing for another eventful year as part of the 2015 Senior Men’s Ice Hockey Australian Team to compete at World Championships in Reykjavik, Iceland, and the Senior Men’s Australian Team to compete at World Championships in Tampere, Finland.

This follows multiple achievements in 2014 including winning a Silver medal at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships Division Two in Inline Hockey, being offered the captaincy of the San Diego Junior A Team to play tournaments in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) during Australia’s ‘off season’, and achieving two Macquarie University Half Blues Awards.

Cameron commenced 2014 with a training camp at the Institute of Sport in Finland, where he was selected to compete in Jaca, Spain, at the Junior World Championships in Ice Hockey. He captained the Australian team and placed fourth at the event.

After Spain, the Sport Scholar returned to Australia to continue his second year of a Bachelor of Human Sciences with a major in Human Movement and Neuroscience, while also travelling to compete in two more World Championships.

Cameron represented Australia in Belgrade, Serbia at the Senior Men’s Division Two in Ice Hockey, with Australia placing fourth, and in June he represented Australia at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Senior Men’s Championships in Pardibuce, Czech Republic, where he won a Silver medal in Inline Skating Hockey.

After several major injuries mid-2014 – including a shoulder tear, aggravation of an earlier stress fracture to his back, and impact fracture to his knee – Cameron successfully recovered and was offered the captaincy of the San Diego Junior A Team to play tournaments in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) during Australia’s ‘off season.’

“My San Diego Junior Representative Team is hoping to make finals in the Western States Hockey League and go on to playoffs in the USA. I will return to Australian early 2015 for training camps to prepare for Worlds and to commence the third year of my degree at Macquarie University. I also plan to play in the Australian Ice Hockey League competing against interstate teams commencing April 2015” said Cameron.

While Cameron was on exchange in the USA, Cameron was awarded two Half Blues Awards in Inline Skating and Ice Hockey at the Macquarie University Blues Awards ceremony, which his family accepted on his behalf.

“Macquarie University has provided me with the best possible opportunity to achieve both my academic and elite athletic goals offering schemes to assist athletes, with recognition and support with representative commitments as well as financial and academic scholarships” said Cameron.

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