Bunbury man holds his breath for Hungary

UNDERWATERHOCKEY: Bunbury man Jamie North has been given a trip of a lifetime after he was selected to represent Australia at the underwater hockey World Championships.

North has been playing the sport since he was a child when his friend introduced him to the unusual sport.

The tactical game involves six people per side in the water battling it out to get the puk in the tray.

North said he loved how competitive the sport was as well meeting new people.

North will be travelling to Budapest in Hungary for the competition which happens every two years.

He has played national and Tran Tasman competitions but never the World Championships.

“I am really excited, usually you have about six months to train but I only have about two and half,” he said.

While North usually plays the full back position he will most likely be a forward or wing for the Australian under 23 team.

He said the full back position had a lot of responsibility of how the game was run and you always had to be on your game.

“In the forward position I can just take the puk and run with it – I have nothing to lose,” he said.

The competition will run for two weeks and begins on August 17.