Written by Shelly Newman Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00
The North Shore School District announced that Frankie and Maddy Conklin, ninth- and 10th-graders respectively, competed over the summer at the USA Field Hockey Showcase and were chosen to represent New York in the USA Field Hockey National Tournament.
“We are very proud of our daughters, as this is a huge accomplishment in the field hockey world,” Mr. and Mrs. Conklin commented.
At the National Futures Field Hockey Tournament held in July in Virginia Beach, Frankie played hard as her team went on to receive the bronze medal. She said, “My greatest accomplishment has been playing in the USA Field Hockey
National championship two years in a row and finishing in the top three teams in the tournament [both times]. My goal would be to play in the Junior Olympics on the National Field Hockey Team.”
While Maddy proudly watched her sister win bronze at the National Futures Field Hockey Tournament, she also achieved a high feat by being chosen to play in the Junior Olympic Games. After a tough week in competition in Michigan against the best players in the United States, her team went on to win the prestigious silver medal! Maddy stated, “Being chosen to participate in the Junior Olympics was an important accomplishment because it proved to me that training and dedication really does pay off! It was an honor to be in the Junior Olympics and play alongside 130 of the best field hockey players in my age group [under sixteen years old] across the country.” Maddy added, “My goal is to play field hockey at the Division I level in college.”
After their stunning victories, the Conklin sisters emphasized that they work hard on the field with their teammates as well as off of the field together. They wanted those reading this article to know that they both have Cystic Fibrosis (CF), an inherited disease that hinders pathways in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. They stated, “Part of our daily routine is taking medications along with chest physical therapy. Being successful in field hockey is even more meaningful because not all teens with CF are as fortunate as we are.” They concluded by saying, “We hope that we can be role models for younger children (including our 8-year-old sister) and families of newly diagnosed Cystic Fibrosis patients as we continue to show them that there is life and hope outside of CF.”