Vancouver, BC – The Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Team has announced the roster of players that will compete for 2016 Olympic qualification at the World League Semi-Finals in Valencia, Spain from June 10th-21st, 2015.
Of the eighteen athletes named to the touring roster, sixteen were a part of the Women’s National Team that finished second to host Ireland at World League Round 2 in Dublin in March.
The World League Semi-Final is an Olympic qualifying event from which the top three finishers of ten teams earn spots at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
With its appearance in the final and the second place finish at World League 2, Canada assured itself two opportunities to qualify for the 2016 Olympics; the first being a top three finish at the Semi-Finals, the second by winning the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto this summer.
In Valencia in June, Canada is grouped with host Spain, as well as Argentina, China, and Great Britain in Pool A. Pool B consists of Germany, Ireland, South Africa, Uruguay, and the United States.
Canada’s first match at the World League Semi-Finals is on June 10th against China at 5:00pm local time. Canada’s full schedule and results are available at the Field Hockey Canada website.
The Women’s National Team plays four test matches against Ireland from May 23rd-27th, at the new Pan Am Fields at the University of Toronto, site of the 2015 Pan American Games, before heading to Spain for World League.
Women’s National Team Touring Roster – World League Semi-Finals
|Abigail Raye||Defender||Kelowna, BC||124|
|Alex Thicke||Midfielder||Vancouver, BC||8|
|Amanda Woodcroft||Midfielder||Waterloo, ON||20|
|Beckett Frisch||Goalkeeper||Calgary, AB||3|
|Brienne Stairs||Forward||Kitchener, ON||69|
|Danielle Hennig(VC)||Defender||Kelowna, BC||88|
|Hannah Haughn||Forward||North Vancouver, BC||83|
|Kaelan Watson||Forward||Richmond, BC||31|
|Kaitlyn Williams||Goalkeeper||White Rock, BC||56|
|Karli Johansen||Defender||North Vancouver, BC||37|
|Kate Gillis(C)||Midfielder||Kingston, ON||124|
|Maddie Secco||Midfielder||Victoria, BC||51|
|Natalie Sourisseau||Midfielder||Kelowna, BC||67|
|Sara McManus||Defender||Tsawwassen, BC||77|
|Shanlee Johnston||Defender||Vancouver, BC||20|
|Stephanie Norlander||Forward||North Vancouver, BC||17|
|Tegan Stairs||Forward||Kitchener, ON||16|
|Thea Culley (VC)||Forward||Rossland, BC||127|
Women’s National Team Touring Staff – World League Semi-Finals
Head Coach – Ian Rutledge
Assistant Coach – Stephanie Andrews
Team Manager – Carrie Trumpy
Video Analyst – Stefanie Sloboda
Athletic Therapist – Amanda Halls