St. Mary’s Academy to host 2014 Female World Sport School Challenge


by Kristen Lipscombe

January 20, 2014, CALGARY, Alta. (ISN) – Hockey Canada announced Monday that St. Mary’s Academy will host the 2014 Female World Sport School Challenge, scheduled for March 13-16 at the MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg, Man.

This marks the second annual tournament, and the second time St. Mary’s Academy has hosted the Female World Sport School Challenge. This year’s event will bring together girls’ prep teams from eight sport schools across the country, including host St. Mary’s, along with fellow Winnipeg schools Balmoral Hall and Shaftesbury Hockey Academy; Banff Hockey School from Banff, Alta., the Edge School for Athletes from Calgary, Alta., and St. Francis Xavier High School in Edmonton, Alta.; along with the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna, B.C., and Rothesay Netherwood School from Rothesay, N.B.

The tournament will feature preliminary action March 13 and 14, the relegation round and semifinals March 15 and both the bronze medal and gold medal games March 16. The Edge School for Athletes will look for its second straight gold medal at the 2014 Female World Sport School Challenge.

“Last year, we introduced the first-ever Female World Sport School Challenge to great success, and we look forward to seeing this event continue to develop and grow,” said Mandi Duhamel, manager of female development for Hockey Canada. “Sport schools are an excellent way for young women to excel both on and off the ice, and this event showcases the talent and potential of these exceptional student-athletes, while giving them a chance to compete against each other at the highest possible level.”

The Female World Sport School Challenge is an important venue for elite female players attending prep schools to compete in front of scouts from Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) post-secondary institutions.

“As one of the ‘newer’ sports schools in Canada, St. Mary’s Academy has quickly developed into a premier program for dedicated young women in Winnipeg, both on ice and academically,” head coach Larry Bumstead said. “We were thrilled with the opportunity to host the inaugural event in 2013, and are equally excited to welcome the top Canadian players to Winnipeg for the second Female World Sport School Challenge. The St. Mary’s Academy community and our team have embraced this tournament and invite the hockey community to support national female hockey.”

The World Sport School Challenge and the Female World Sport School Challenge have been developed in line with a commitment made by Hockey Canada to help sport schools across the country create learning environments for players that are encouraging and competitive, while promoting a positive balance between academic and athletic achievements. Hockey Canada is also committed to offering these specialized schools flexible infrastructure so that they can help their student-athletes reach their goals of being the best they can be, both on and off the ice.

Hockey Canada currently supports 17 sport schools across the country through formal partnerships that enhance learning opportunities while developing hockey skills. This year’s Female World Sport School Challenge host team St. Mary’s Academy has been an official Hockey Canada sport school since 2011, establishing a respected and reputed program and teams that participate in games and tournaments across Canada and the United States.

MEDIA NOTE: Please contact St. Mary’s Academy communications coordinator Gina Borkofski at (204) 478-6046 or for more information or interview requests.

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