The Provincial Pathway Series
The Provincial Pathway is a series which will follow a select number of FHBC athletes on their journey from the Regional Program through to the National Championships.
If you got a chance to watch any of the Girls Train 2 Compete Regional Tournament last weekend, you probably noticed the Southeast Killer Whales sweeper, Saneh Basra. As a natural midfielder playing back on defence for the tournament, Basra’s powerful hits, exceptional ball control and bursts of speed up the field made her a stand out player in the tournament and a clear selection for the U18 BC Girls Rams.
Basra’s talent has not gone unnoticed this year, as the 16 year old Surrey native was selected to the Canadian Women’s U21 Junior Development Squad. She went on her first training tour with them in Chula Vista, California back in February.
“That was pretty exciting,” Basra recalled. “It showed me a new side of how intense it is; I’d never experienced something that intense. Just seeing the high level, it was a good experience.”
Basra got involved in field hockey when her dad introduced her to the sport ten years ago. She’s played her club hockey with the Surrey Panthers ever since, and is currently in her third year playing with the Field Hockey BC Regional Program. She first joined the program in grade seven, but took a couple years off to focus on track.
Last year, she decided to make field hockey her priority, so she returned to the Regional Program and now uses track as cross-training to help with her fitness. She’s been highly successful in the program ever since, as a part of the U18 BC Rams who won the silver medal at the 2017 National Championships.
“I’ve learned a lot of new things,” said Basra. “Practicing with my club, it was never that serious, but playing in the Regional program and the Provincial program, you have to be serious there and it’s a way to learn new skills with new coaches. It’s also a great way to talk to new people, I like that part.”
Currently in her grade 11 year, Basra hopes to study and play field hockey at the college level after graduation. She also has aspirations to make the Canadian National Team and play for Team Canada in the Olympics one day.
As a step in this direction, she has been invited by Team Canada’s head coach to attend a training camp with them this summer, which will be her first official camp with the Senior National Team. In the meantime, Basra is setting her focus on improving as a team and as a player with the Provincial Program.
“With the Provincial team I would like to come first, last year we came second so I would like to beat the Ontario team,” Basra explained. “I want to try new skills and just be more open and be more confident, last year I was a little nervous every time I played. This year I want to feel a little more comfortable, try being more aggressive and not shy out of whatever I try.”
With her skill set and determination, we can’t wait to follow Basra’s progress through this Provincial season and the years to come!