(Photo credit: Heather Goodman)
July 22,2014(ISN) – VANCOUVER, BC – BC has their sights set on Gold as they take on defending
champions Ontario and neighbours Alberta at the U16 National Championships,
July 23-27 at Rutledge Field, West Vancouver. 80 BC athletes ages 13-15
years old will be competing in the Championships on three Women’s teams and
two Men’s teams.
BC has won seven gold medals at U16 National Championships in the past five
years (four Women’s, three Men’s). Despite coming up short last year against
a strong Ontario team, Jenn Chohan, Head Coach of Team BC Blue Women,
believes their strength and experience gives them a competitive edge heading
into this year’s championship.
“Our Blue team is a lot more experienced this year as half the team competed
in last year’s U16 National Championships” says Chohan.
“It will be a challenging championship, but we finished second in the U17
division of the India Club Tournament a few weekends ago, defeating the
Alberta provincial teams”.
Our BC teams are comprised of 13-15 year old athletes who are selected to
represent BC at National Championships based on their participation in FHBC
regional programs and trials.
The 2014 U16 National Championships include ten teams representing the
strongest field hockey provinces in the country: British Columbia (5 teams),
Alberta (3 teams), and Ontario (2 teams).
Players to watch – Team BC Blue Women:
Anna Mollenhauer (#4), Mom played for Team Canada
“It would be a dream to play for Team Canada one day. It would be awesome to
be on the team just like my mom was and to represent my country. My mom has
given me lots of advice regarding field hockey but I think the most
important advice she ever gave me is to always try to be the best you can
be, work hard, respect everyone involved and most importantly have fun!”
Kaitlin (#11) and Kaileigh Chow (#9), twin sisters from Vancouver
Twin sisters from Vancouver who made Team BC for the first time this year.
“We have a healthy rivalry, but I think that makes us better. We push each
other to work harder and be better players. We have been playing together
for so long that we trust each other and naturally know where each other
will be on the field.” – Kaileigh Chow
Sara Goodman (#10), team leader
“Sara has emerged as a leader on the team, bringing good energy and an
overall love of the game to the field every day. She sees the game well and
is so comfortable in the back as sweeper. I am confident when she is back
there.” – Jenn Chohan, Head Coach Team BC Blue
Team BC Blue – Women (Competitive)
Team BC White – Women (Developmental)
Team BC Yellow – Women (Developmental)
Team BC White – Men (Developmental)
Team BC Yellow – Yellow (Developmental)