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Lincoln County’s Charlie Caldwell, who enjoys the fast-growing equestrian sport of polocrosse, recently turned 14 and was selected to play on the USA 16 and under team, which has been invited by New South Wales to compete in July in Australia.
Charlie’s brother, Harry, was selected to be an alternate on the team. Charlie and Harry are the sons of Rob and Joanna Caldwell of the Coldwater community.
Polocrosse is a team sport that combines polo and lacrosse. Played on a field on horseback, the sport sees each rider use a cane or fiberglass stick to which is attached a racquet head with a lose, thread net, in which the ball is carried. The ball is made of sponge rubber and is approximately four inches in diameter. The objective is to score goals by throwing the ball between the opposing team’s goal posts.
“I am super excited to have this amazing opportunity,” he said. “Everyday I am training hard to be prepared, working diligently, exercising horses and also doing chores to help raise the funds.”
Each team member is required to find donors to offset the expense of the outbound tour. Contributions to Charlie’s campaign can be made at www.gofundme.com/99250c.
World Cup contenders Braxton and Garret Hamlin, who are also local, have been helping Charlie, as well as his brother Harry, train for the polocrosse events. Braxton and Garret are twins, as are Charlie and Harry.
The local polocrosse team will have a quadrangle scheduled over the Fourth of July in Harvest, Ala., at the Tennessee Valley Polocrosse Club facility. In that tournament, the U16, U21, USA squad team, and the Australian U21 team will be competing.