From back to front: Morgan Couture, Rory Wood, Victoria Sutherland and Jennifer Simonis.

From back to front: Morgan Couture, Rory Wood, Victoria Sutherland and Jennifer Simonis.

Bantam Girls try out for High Performance

Four of Sooke's Bantam girls hockey players tried out for the High Performance program in Nanaimo in the first weekend of January.

On January 4 and 5, in Nanaimo, four of our house Bantam girls hockey players  went to do the try-out for the U16 girls team.

During that weekend, 60 of the most talented players on the island, got together for a very hard and intensive training,and at the end,  20 of them are selected to make a team to play at the “Winter Games” in February.

Morgan Couture, Victoria Sutherland, Rory Wood and Jennifer Simonis went there. They had to do a “fitness” evaluation, skills evaluation and game play is well.

“It was very hard, and tough… but it is a very great experience to be able to play with very good hockey players,” recall Morgan Couture.

At the last day, the coaching team met with each one of them, to let them know if they did make the team, and if not, what they should work on.

Unfortunately, none of the Sooke’s Bantam players made the final cut, but it was very nice to see that  Sooke was well represented by some very talented players, who weren’t afraid of the competition.

This High Performance Program is designed to nurture the skills of BC’s hockey talent. This annual BC-wide competition is for players who want to advance to the 2014 BC Winter Games (held this year between February 19 and 23 in Mission BC). Program testing focusses on both on-ice and off-ice components. On-ice looks at individual and team tactics; off-ice training and explores proper warm up and cool down techniques, nutrition for high performance athletes, strength and conditioning, mental preparation and fitness testing.

According to  the website, the Female High Performance program “is incredibly important as a goal for gifted female athletes that do not yet have the opportunities of Junior and professional hockey that the males do.”

Submitted by Melanie Dube, with notes from

ADDENDUM: The Sooke Minor Hockey website recently announced that female player Drue Julien madethe U16 Vancouver Island Team! Drue was the only Sooke girl to make the Vancouver Island team. Congratulations Drue!


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