Teen set to take world floorball stage

World stage: Northam Senior High School student Mackenzie Sargeant is Switzerland bound for the Floorball Women's World Championships. Photo: Eliza Wynn.

World stage: Northam Senior High School student Mackenzie Sargeant is Switzerland bound for the Floorball Women's World Championships. Photo: Eliza Wynn.

A 16-year-old Northam student has secured her place in the 2019 Women's World Floorball Championships in Switzerland.

Mackenzie Sargeant will fly out to Finland next week for a two-week training camp before representing the country on the Australian Women's side.

The teen, who has previously competed in Thailand for the Women's World Qualifiers, said she was not guaranteed a spot on the team despite representing the team earlier this year.

"I went to Melbourne in June for trials where I had a three-day training camp - I trialed pretty well," Mackenzie said.

"I tried my hardest and it obviously paid off. I didn't expect to be named even though I had been away with them before.

"I've improved a lot in my skills and fitness since the last time I went away with the team. I've mainly just had a lot more time to prepare."

Mackenzie said at the height of her preparations she would be going down to Perth four times a week, as well as undertaking personal training sessions in Northam. She will be the youngest member of the team.

The Australian Women's Floorball team will playing matches from December 7- 15 and are in a pool against Thailand, Singapore and the USA.

Mackenzie said she was quietly confident heading into the competition.

"I think our pool will be tough but we should be able to do it," she said.

"Our aim is to get into the top 10. I think all the teams will be tough but we have a good chance. We beat Thailand in the qualifiers but I think they've been training really hard."

Her mum Stacey, who along with dad Rob have supported their three children in their floorball endeavours, said she was proud to see Mackenzie playing at such a high standard.

"To be at this age and playing for your country is amazing," she said.

"And on top of it, to also be named in the under 19s team to play in Sweden next year is an added privilege."

Mackenzie thanked the mentorship of both the Australian men's and women's players for helping develop her floorball game.

The 16-year-old also acknowledged Northam Senior High School teacher Leith Woods for her contribution to the sport.

"Leith Woods has been massive in my floorball career so far - I can't wait to play alongside her."