News and Announcements
from your Happy Falcons Reindeer & Elves …
A great big Falcons congratulations go out to Tessa Everett and Corrie Guraliuk for being recognized at this year’s FHBC annual award banquet. Tessa was awarded the Female U15 Athlete of the year award for her work and performance at Nationals this summer. Tessa was also selected as part of the Tournament 11 – an all-star team from across the country.
Corrie Guriliuk received a volunteer award for her work as manager of the U18 boys teams where she went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that boys on her team who were staying on for the national junior development camp had a place to stay between the two events.
Congratulations Tessa and Corrie!
Come out and have your voices heard at this year’s AGM and help shape YOUR club! We are looking for new ideas on the Executive and roles from Vice President to member at large are available.
Date: Wednesday December 12th
Location: South Delta Rec Centre – Arctic room.
All welcome…you don’t have to want to be on the executive to come!
While the days are getting shorter and wetter it’s time to think of warmer times – Spring field hockey season!!! Registration is now open for the 2019 Spring Junior season. You can register via the following link"https://teampages.com/forms/19274-Registration-Junior-Season-Spring-2019
And don’t forget to register before January 1st to get the 10% Early Bird discount!
VANCOUVER, BC — Field Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee officially announced the athletes nominated to represent Canada in the U18 Men’s Field Hockey competition at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG). The field hockey competition will take place October 6-14, 2018 in Buenos Aries, Argentina.
Canada enters the competition as reigning silver medallists and will look to reach the podium for a second consecutive Youth Olympic Games. Canada will be up against stiff competition as the hosts, Argentina, won the Pan American qualifier and Australia will be returning to defend their gold medal from four years ago.
For those unfamiliar, the field hockey competition at the Youth Olympic Games takes the form of Hockey 5s: a fast-paced, high scoring and physical form of field hockey played outdoors on a smaller pitch enclosed by shin-high boards. According to head coach, Geoff Matthews, his team is ready to take on the world at the Youth Olympic Games.
“We have an extremely talented group of athletes,” he said. “They’ve made huge strides since the qualifier. They have been pushed domestically by their peers through selection camp and the guys are at a whole new level now.”
Canada came third at the Pan American qualifying event in March, reaching the Youth Olympic Games behind Argentina and Mexico. Although qualification was always the goal, Matthews said he knows the team will be looking for redemption and will be wanting to prove that they belong on the Olympic podium.
“Sitting in the crowd and watching the gold medal game, I could tell it was a disappointment for the guys,” Matthews said. “The type of disappointment that sticks with you. I could tell they really wanted to be in that gold medal game and the Youth Olympics is our chance to redeem ourselves.”
While this is a great competition for young athletes, there is a higher purpose of the Youth Olympic Games and Thierry Weil, CEO of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), echoed that sentiment in an FIH statement.
“The Youth Olympic Games are a fantastic opportunity for the world to see the future of our sport, whilst also giving these athletes the first taste of Olympism,” Weil said.
Matthews agreed and said that this event can be a great launching point for young careers.
“The Youth Olympics gives these young athletes an opportunity to excel on the international stage,” Matthews said. “It’s a chance to prepare them to make the jump to the next level of hockey.”
“What an honour for our athletes to represent our country in a multi-games experience and be part of the larger Team Canada contingent in Buenos Aires,” Jeff Sauvé, CEO of Field Hockey Canada, said. “On behalf of Field Hockey Canada, we thank the Canadian Olympic Committee for providing this invaluable opportunity for our athletes.”
The 12-team men’s YOG Hockey 5s competition features Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Vanuatu and Zambia. The competition takes place October 6-14, 2018 in Buenos Aries, Argentina.