by Ali Lee, Vikes Communications (with files from Field Hockey Canada)
ISN – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes are well represented on the three lists of national team players announced over the past two days, Dec. 4-5, by Field Hockey Canada. By the numbers, 13 players were named to the senior women’s national team, of which three are former Vikes; 15 players were named to a senior development squad, of which two are current Vikes; and 39 young athletes were named to a junior development squad, of which four are current Vikes.
Vikes rookies Lindsay Cole, Jenna Dhillon, Kristina Walters-Shumka and Stefanie Langkammer were all named to the squad of 39 deemed the junior development squad, while third-year defenders Rosie Beale and Kathleen Leahy were named to the senior development squad. Former Vikes Danielle Hennig, Thea Culley and Kaitlyn Williams continue to be pillars on the senior national top squad with Culley currently holding the cap record (118) for current, competing athletes. Hennig nears 80 international matches, while Williams has backed Canada 47 times in goal since 2011.
Walters-Shumka, Beale and Leahy were all Canada West All-Stars after their 2014 conference silver medal performance. Leahy was further honoured as a CIS Championship Tournament All-Star following the Vikes’ 2014 CIS bronze-medal win over Guelph in Toronto in November. Cole, Dhillon, Walters-Shumka and Langkammer have all been a part of a junior development camp at some point over the past couple of years, but for Beale, this is the Claremont grad’s first crack at the national team program. The senior development squad is reserved for players who are considered close to breaking through to the women’s national team and are continually making progress towards senior international competition.
The women are entering a year of competition during which qualification for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio, Brazil is up for grabs through two qualification pathways. The first being the World League tournament, the second being the Pan American Games, which Canada hosts in Toronto in the summer of 2015.
In preparation for these two tournaments, the WNT will take part in many test tournaments throughout the year, for which – as will be done for World League and the Pan Am Games – specific touring rosters will be named.
After a year with multiple opportunities to showcase their skills, thirty-nine athletes from across Canada have been named to the 2015 Canadian Women’s Junior Development Squad (JDS). Athletes on the JDS were identified by the Women’s National Program through various areas of competition including the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Championships, the Under-16 and Under-18 Provincial and National Championships, and through performance in various National Development Camps through the year. As a part of the JDS, these thirty-nine athletes will now have the opportunity to continue training under the direction of the National Program and alongside their peers, all of whom have been identified as the country’s best young female field hockey players. Members of the JDS will also have the opportunity to compete for Canada throughout 2015 and into 2016, a year in which Canada will be attempting to qualify for the Junior World Cup. Specific touring rosters will be selected ahead of each competition.
The WNT, SDS and JDS work in contiual syngery. Click here for an infographic illustrating the National Program player pools.
2015 Women’s National Team (FULL LIST)
Danielle Hennig (UVic Vike from 2008-2011)
Kaitlyn Williams (UVic Vike from 2007-2012)
Thea Culley (UVic Vike from 2003-2007)
2015 Senior Development Squad (FULL LIST)
Kathleen Leahy (UVic Vike from 2012 – Present)
Rosie Beale (UVic Vike from 2012 – Present)
2015 Junior Development Squad (FULL LIST)
Lindsay Cole (UVic Vike from 2014 – Present)
Jenna Dhillon (UVic Vike from 2014 – Present)
Stefanie Langkammer (UVic Vike from 2014 – Present)
Kristina Walters-Shumka (UVic Vike from 2014 – Present)