The Olympic dream has come true a lot sooner than expected for women's Black Sticks rookie Kelsey Smith

The 21-year-old is a shock inclusion in the Black Sticks squad for Rio after only making her debut late last year.

Smith impressed coach Mark Hager at the recent Champions Trophy and says her selection hasn't sunk in yet.

Smith says it's really overwhelming but so exciting and she never thought it would really happen.

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She says she learnt of her selection after receiving an email from coach Hager.

Smith says she was in bed talking with her flatmate when the email popped up.