Vikes Hennig, Walters-Shumka take top honours for Field Hockey BC


by Ali Lee,

Vikes rookie Kristina Walters-Shumka in action during the 2014 Canada West season.

(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey dynasty showed it’s dominance after sweeping the Field Hockey BC Female Athlete of the Year awards for 2014. Former Vike and current Canadian national team co-captain Danielle Hennig was named the Senior Female Player of the Year, while Vikes rookie and 2014 Canada West All-Star Kristina Walters-Shumka was recognized in the Under 18 category.

Following a summer that saw Walters-Shumka guide Team B.C. to an Under 18 Canadian national championship title, the Claremont grad joined the Vikes program in September. A junior national team identified athlete and a regular starter for the Vikes, Walters-Shumka has had an exceptional 2014 season. She was one of four Vikes named to the conference all-star list in her first season and she helped Victoria claim a CIS bronze medal at the 2014 national championship.

Hennig, who was a part of the Vikes’ last CIS championship banner win in 2008, was honoured as the Senior Athlete of the Year. With nearly 80 international caps to her name since she started in 2010 with team Canada, Hennig helped guide Canada in multiple events this year including various tours to the USA and England as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Victoria technical official Gail Williams was also honoured at the event with the Barbara Schrodt Award presented annually for contributions to women’s field hockey in B.C. Williams has been a long-time volunteer official at multiple Canada West and CIS field hockey events in Victoria.