Provincial Athlete Feature: Introducing Saneh Basra

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 – bottom right – with the Canadian Junior Development Squad on tour in Chula Vista, California. Photo by Field Hockey Canada.

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.”

Basra – back row third from left – with her Train 2 Compete Regional team, the Southeast Killer Whales. The team placed fourth in the tournament. Photo by Alicia Pereira.

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!

Field Hockey BC President’s Award: Narinder Sangha

Field Hockey BC would like to extend our congratulations to Narinder Sangha for winning the Field Hockey BC President’s Award at the 52nd Annual Sport BC Awards Gala.

Narinder is an absolute legend in BC field hockey terms and is without doubt one of the most dedicated builders and supporters of field hockey across Canada. Whether it is playing , coaching, umpiring, technical officiating, volunteering, or advocacy, Narinder continues to give back to the sport he loves and share his vast knowledge and experience with all. Instrumental in club governance and support with India Field Hockey Club, Narinder still manages to find time to lead the development of the Vancouver Junior League as President and works tirelessly with the City of Surrey to further develop the first class field hockey facilities at Tamanawis Park. It is Field Hockey BC’s absolute pleasure to recognise Narinder Sangha as this year’s Presidents Award recipient.

Congratulations Narinder, and thank you for everything you do!

Apply for the FHBC Foundation Athlete Assistance Bursary!

The Field Hockey BC Foundation is now accepting applications for the FHBC Athlete Assistance Bursary.
This bursary is designed to support female and male athletes in the Learn 2 Train, Train 2 Train and Train 2 Compete Regional Programs. This award provides up to $500 in financial assistance toward athlete development through these High Performance Programs.
Any athlete who is actively participating in a Field Hockey BC Regional Program is encouraged to apply. The application deadline is April 2, 2018 and the successful candidate(s) will be selected by the end of April. Please visit the FHBC Foundation website for more information, or download an application now!

West Vancouver Making Waves in the Field Hockey Community

With the Junior Spring League season quickly approaching, the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club has been busy developing some exciting new initiatives to help promote the sport and keep kids active. Between their Sport for Life program, their Umpiring program, and their recent Contribution to Sport award, this club will be one to watch as the season progresses.

“Sport for Life” Program

With the help of Sport for Life Canada, WVFHC is launching a project to promote athlete development, multi-sport participation and lifelong involvement in sport for all of its members. Their key focus points to implement this initiative are long-term athlete development, promoting key values, encouraging lifelong activity and wellness, and a player-centred approach.

“These values form the basis of the messages and materials that we are producing for our members this season”, explains WVFHC Executive Director, Emma Gibbons. “We are using Spring League as a chance to try out different ways to communicate these to our players, coaches and parents.”

The club will be experimenting with a variety of methods to communicate these values, including “My Player Pathway” challenges, parent and coach newsletters, posters, seminars, codes of conduct and an online campaign. At the end of the season, feedback from parents, players and coaches will be used to measure the effectiveness of the different activities in terms of communicating key messages and promoting sport for life.

“We hope that we can identify some practical ways that we – and other sport organisations – can connect and communicate with our members, beyond just sending emails”, concludes Emma.  “At the end of the day, we want to create a positive sport experience for children which will encourage them to stay active for life”.

Photo courtesy of WVFHC.

Spring League Umpiring Development

The West Vancouver Field Hockey Club is also implementing a new Spring League program centred around umpire development. This program is designed to reward education and commitment, and encourage umpire development within the club.

Before officiating any Spring League games this season, all umpires will be required to attend at least one umpire clinic. An “education” bonus will be given to any umpires who attend a second clinic, and a “commitment” incentive will go out to all umpires who officiate eight or more games throughout the season. In addition, the club has developed a mentoring scheme which allows the umpires to be assessed on field during a game.

International Hockey Federation umpire, Margaux Brand, will be coordinating this program. Visit the WVFHC Umpiring page for more information.

Contribution to Sport Award

In addition to their new programs, the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club is being recognized for hosting the FIH World League Round 2 tournament in April 2017. On March 15th, WVFHC received the Contribution to Sport Award at the North Shore Sport Awards for their dedication to making the World League tournament a success. Throughout this 10 day tournament West Vancouver hosted seven international teams, including Canada. Over 100 volunteers from the WVFHC participated to make the event possible. The Contribution to Sport Award was given in recognition of this huge endeavour and the impressive ability of the club to showcase the sport.

On behalf of Field Hockey BC, we would like to congratulate WVFHC for their accomplishments and for their commitment to developing the sport at all levels. We are excited to see how these programs progress throughout the Spring League season!

Introducing the Field Hockey Canada “One Team Webinar Series”

Field Hockey BC is excited to share the launch of Field Hockey Canada’s “One Team Webinar Series” beginning this week. This program is designed to give all members of the Field Hockey Canada community the opportunity to learn from some of their community leaders. The series is launching tomorrow, February 27th, with a total of eight sessions scheduled in 2018.

Tomorrow’s session will feature KJ Williams, Canadian Indoor National Goal Keeper and Coach, who has recently returned from a FIH indoor coaching program. If you are interested in participating in this webinar, you can register online. More information on the “One Team Webinar Series” can be found on the Field Hockey Canada webiste.

Lorraine Logan: A Pioneer in Women’s Field Hockey

Field Hockey BC would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lorraine Logan, who passed away on January 23, 2018. In honour of her contributions to the field hockey community, we are taking this time to recognize and celebrate everything she did for our sport on a provincial, national and international scale.

Lorraine, residing in Vancouver, first made her way onto the Western Sectional Team after a memorable performance in the second Western Sectional Tournament of the CWFHA at the University of Victoria in April, 1966. She was then selected to the 15 player Canadian National Team which was put together for a seven week international tour in the fall of 1967. This Canadian National squad travelled to Leverkusen, West Germany for the International Federation of Women’s Hockey Associations Conference from September 11-26. Their record of three wins and three losses in six tournament games was recorded as the Canadian women’s best result to date in international field hockey competition. They went on to play seven additional international exhibition games in the Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The Canadians went undefeated on the back half of this tour, capturing six wins and a draw in their final three weeks of competition.

Lorraine (bottom row third from the left) and the Canadian National Team at the airport prior to departure for Germany (September 1967).

As a full-back for the Canadian team, Lorraine was recognized for her relentless tackles on the defensive side and even stepped in as a back-up goaltender, carrying her team to a 3-2 victory in Scotland when netminder Joyce Harris was unavailable. After her time with the Canadian National Team, Lorraine remained active in the field hockey community as an International Umpire. In 1979, she was an umpire for the IWFHA World Championships held in Vancouver, BC. However, Lorraine’s legacy extends well beyond her international field hockey career. She is remembered by UBC Sports Hall of Famer and chairman of the first BC Women’s Field Hockey Federation meeting, Charlotte Warren, as a reliable and hard worker. “When I was the Circulation Manager of the [Canadian Field Hockey News]… and needed hands to collect the magazines from the printers, put address labels on them and take the 750 copies to the downtown post office,  it was always Lorraine who stepped up to the plate… to help out,” Charlotte reflected.

At Field Hockey BC, we consider ourselves very lucky to have had her as part of our community and we are truly grateful for everything she did for the sport. She will be deeply missed, but her legacy will not be forgotten.