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VANCOUVER – Field Hockey Canada today confirmed the roster of nine athletes and three staff members nominated to represent Canada as part of Under-18 Field Hockey Team set to compete in the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games from August 16 to 28.
Among this roster is Victoria’s Harbir Sidhu, a youngster who has made quite an impact in the Victoria men’s league with the Tigers and in the Vancouver Premier League with the Victoria Selects. Sidhu is the lone island player to crack the squad.
“Above all else, Canadian International field hockey athletes aspire to compete successfully for Canada at the Olympic Games,” says Jeff Sauvé, CEO of Field Hockey Canada. “The opportunity for these nine athletes to compete in a major Youth Games, organized by the International Olympic Committee, will serve Canada well in the future. In the short term, this will be an amazing opportunity for these hard-working and talented young men.”
The team will compete in a new adaptation of field hockey, called Hockey 5s, which is meant to be a high-scoring, fast and physical form of field hockey. It is played outdoors, on a smaller pitch enclosed by small shin-high boards.
“We want to be skillful, hardworking and we want to do whatever it takes to win,” says head coach Inderpal Sehmbi. “We have picked nine good players who all have different elements they bring to the table.”
“In this game, because you can score from everywhere, everyone has to be a threat.”
Canada qualified for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games by winning a silver medal at the 2014 Youth Pan American Games in February, and was then selected by the Canadian Olympic Committee as the lone men’s team sport to represent Canada at the Games.
“We have our Canadian Olympic Committee to thank for making this opportunity come to fruition,” adds Sauvé. “It is a great source of pride that we are the team sport of choice representing Canada at the Youth Olympics.”
Canadian Under-18 Youth Olympic Field Hockey Team
Name / Hometown
Arshjit (Amrit) Sidhu / Abbotsford, BC
Balraj Panesar / Surrey, BC
Braedon Muldoon / Ottawa, ON
Brandon Pereira (Captain) / Surrey, BC
Floyd Mascarenhas / Mississauga, ON
Harbir Sidhu / Victoria, BC
Parmeet Gill / Brampton, ON
Vikram Sandhu / Vancouver, BC
William (Liam) Manning (GK) / Ottawa, ON
Head Coach – Inderpal Sehmbi
Team Manager – Scott Sandison
Athletic Therapist – Elwin Lau
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Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ Ambleside Park (West Vancouver, BC)
Join the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club at Ambleside & Rutledge Fields for a fun-filled day. The famous Orca Festival returns this year, with both a Mixed Social Division and WVFHC Family Division.
To join this “Family Tournament”, you have to form your own team with family & friends, come up with an original team name, and dress the part.
Social Division: 14 years and older, mixed teams, 7-aside, 25-minute games
Family Division: All ages, mixed teams, 8-aside NO goalie, 25-minutes games
The Family Division will emphasize sportsmanship, creating scoring opportunities for the young ones and new players. There will be great prizes for the little ones, best dressed team, most original name, etc. to be handed out at the award ceremony (at day’s end)!
Registration includes: lunch, games and prizes for the kids, music, award ceremony
REGISTER NOW for this amazing event that will create life long memories!
Registration Fee: $250 per team / $25 for individuals (Social Division, looking for a team)
MORE INFO / TO REGISTER: http://goo.gl/jw5zKP
Registration Deadline: August 15th
Any questions, please contact Ronald Prins, email@example.com.
Following a busy season of men’s, women’s and junior league, local clubs stay in check with their skills by hosting local summer drop-in sessions. The drop-in hockey sessions have been hosted for a long-time by the Rebels and Sailors hockey club and monies raised helps the club’s operational budgets!
Whether you are interested in trying it out or looking to stay on top of your skills or just want a run around, the drop-in hockey sessions can be catered to you!
WHO: Mixed Recreation
RECOMMENDED: Men, Women (age: 14+)
WHERE: UVic Water-based Turf
REBELS SUMMER DROP IN:
TUESDAYS, 6:30-8 pm
June 24 – Aug 26 (no session Jul 1)
Bring Light and Dark Shirt
SAILORS SUMMER DROP IN:
THURSDAYS, 7-8:30 pm
July 3 – Aug 23
Updates on schedule changes will be posted on VILFHA.ca
More info: VILFHA@gmail.com
Congratulations to all of the teams this year for qualifying for the Playoffs and to the Sailors for winning playoffs!
NOTE: REVISED TIMES BELOW
The Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association is building up to their annual Spring League season that runs from April to June and every year they kick off the season with “Come Try the Game Free” sessions to encourage the Victoria youth to try the game at no cost! Sticks, balls and coaching will be on hand as well as vendors selling equipment for those interested in registering for the season!
It is vital for all members of the sport to continue the growth of hockey and that starts at the grass roots level! If you know anyone with kids that might be interested in sending their son or daughter please pass this information on! We are a field hockey community and need to continue to work together to grow this game.
Participants can register online in advance and participate in either (or both) sessions. Details are below:
REVISED TIMES BELOW:
SESSION 1: Sunday, March 2nd (10-11 am)
SESSION 2: Sunday, March 9th (10-11 am)
WHO: New players, boys and girls aged 5-15
LOCATION: UVic Rubber-based Turfs (Field 2/3)
REGISTER ONLINE HERE: http://goo.gl/xKnXjD
If you are interested in volunteering to coach or help out at either of the two sessions please contact Mark Baggott, President, Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association at firstname.lastname@example.org
MORE INFO: victoriajuniorfieldhockey.ca