U15 Girls Stags – Team BC

Katie Bentley

Hometown: Dublin, Ireland (resides in Victoria)
Age: 14
School: Oak Bay High School
Career Aspirations: Architect/Engineer, Soccer coach
Position: Forward/Midfield
Current Club: Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 6; Field hockey is hugely popular in Ireland, where I grew up.  I played in school and for Muckross Hockey Club when I was small! When I moved to Canada when I was nine, I wanted to continue with it, because it was super fun!
Biggest Inspiration: I am inspired by Jane Goodall because she did so many things to help animals, specifically chimpanzees, and she also did a lot of work in third world countries to help get clean, fresh water and stop deforestation. The things she did, said, and encouraged truly changed the world and for me she changed the way I think of the world, and its living beings
Who do you admire most in sport:I admire Ronaldinho, the Brazilian soccer player, because of his magical dribbling, his perfect passes, his head for the game that always makes smart and generous plays. I also admire his incredible sportsmanship and motivational leadership. Also, I admire Colombian soccer player James Rodríguez because his passes are always accurate, with the perfect amount of ball speed.
Long Term Sports Goals: Play Varsity Field Hockey or Soccer
Biggest Sports Highlights: Making the Island Stags team this year; Winning the Bronze medal as well as the Fair Play award with my soccer team at BC Provincial Championships last summer; Getting the call back for BC Summer Games for soccer this year, but I had to turn it down because of my field hockey commitments.
Awards: 2017, Derek Sewell Memorial Award For Exemplary Leadership and Sportsmanship from Bays United Football Club

Julia Berk

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 13
School: Arbutus Middle School
Position: Defense/Midfield
Current Club: Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association
Provincial Teams: 2017 U15 BC Royal Lions
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 5; My mom coaches in the Junior League and signed me up.
Biggest Inspiration: My mom. She is a good role model who believes that you need to work hard to get better at the things you choose to do
Who do you admire most in sport: Kathleen Leahy – she is a really good player that has great work ethic. She is also super nice
Long Term Sports Goals: To play field hockey at a high level
Biggest Sports Highlights: Being part of the Team BC program
Accomplished Family Members: Mother – Member of the Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Team who participated at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics; Great Aunt – Oscar Award winner

Julia Boraston

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 13
School: Arbutus Global Middle School
Position: Defence/Midfield
Current Club: Victoria Junior Field Hockey League, Lynx 2
Provincial Teams: 2017 U15 BC Stags
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 4; Most of my family plays field hockey, and I joined the Junior League at a young age
Biggest Inspiration: My sister Natalie has inspired me because of all her contributions to field hockey
Biggest Sports Highlight: Bronze Medal at FHC Nationals 2017, VIPL Soccer A cup winners 2018, making the BC Team (2017 and 2018 – field hockey), making the VIPL soccer team (2017-2018)
Accomplished Family Members: Natalie (sister) – Team BC member for 3 years (field hockey

Anais Chace

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 13
Career Aspirations: Electrical engineer
Position: Goalkeeper
Current Club: Victoria Junior Field Hockey
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 12; My best friends started a school team and wanted me to play with them
Long Term Sports Goals: I want to earn my black belt in karate and play goalie in field hockey at university
Other Sports: Soccer, karate

Maeve Connorton

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 14
School: Gordon Head Middle School
Position: Midfield
Current Club: Youth Spring League Field Hockey
Provincial Teams: 2017 U15 BC Royal Lions (Field Hockey), Track and Field
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 8; With friends
Biggest Inspiration: My parents for supporting me and my brother
Who do you admire most in sport: Christine Sinclair for being a team leader and inspiring girls in sports
Long Term Sports Goals: Play for Team Canada
Biggest Sports Highlight: Track and Field Provincials in Kamloops and making FH Team BC and beating a record in the 200m from 1973
Awards: 2015, Gwen Little Award for Most Improved Female Track and Field

Sarah Dragicevich

Hometown: Duncan
Age: 14
School: Cowichan Secondary School
Position: Midfield/Forward
Current Club: Cowichan Field Hockey Club
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 5; My older sister played and I wanted to try it
Biggest Inspiration: Kate Gillis because she seems like such a hard worker and so passionate about the sport
Long Term Sports Goals: To play for a college or University
Biggest Sports Highlight: Making Team BC
Accomplished Family Members: Second cousins have both played in the WHL
Fun Fact: Every week my family and I volunteer with handicapped adults in our community through an organization called Duncan Wildcats. We go to Victoria at the end of June to Operation Trackshoes.

Brooke Furtado

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 14
School: Claremont Secondary School
Position: Forward or Midfield
Current Club: Victoria Field Hockey Association
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 14; My grade five teacher told me I would be good at it.
Long Term Sports Goals: Play on a university team and try to make it on the Canadian National team
Biggest Sports Highlight:Making the provincial team my first year of playing field hockey
Awards:
– 2015-2017: Athletics Award
– 2017: Fine Arts Award
– 2017: Honour Roll

Madison Ketch

Hometown: Duncan
Age: 14
School: Quamichan Middle School
Career Aspirations: Optometrist, nursing
Position: Center Midfield
Current Club: Cowichan Valley Field Hockey
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 5; My older sister played field hockey
Biggest Inspiration: My Dad because he was a great athlete and always pushes me
Who do you admire most in sport: Ellen Hoog , played in the Olympics and has a vast resume of medals
Long Term Sports Goals: Play for Team Canada
Biggest Sports Highlight: Winning Gold at Club India in 2016
Accomplished Family Members: My Sister won Gold in 2014 for Cal-Cup for Cowichan Valley
Awards:
– 2016 First place in duet
– 2017 Second place in dance solo

Julia McDermott

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 15
School: St. Michael’s University School
Position: Defence/Midfield
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 12; Playing in school
Long Term Sports Goals: Never stop playing, even when I’m old
Other Sports: Soccer, basketball
Favourite Athlete: Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames


Elle Nelson

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 15
Position: Forward/Midfield
Current Club: Lynx, VILFHA
Provincial Teams: 2017 U15 BC Stags
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 8
Who do you admire most in Sport: My Dad- he is an accomplished runner and cyclist who has represented team Canada at the triathlon World Championships
Other Sports: Basketball, track and field

Jayden Novak

Hometown: Shawnigan Lake
Age: 13
School: Frances Kelsey
Career Aspirations: Biology
Position: Midfield/Defence
Current Club: Cowichan Field Hockey
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 7; Spring league
Biggest Inspiration: My Papa because he has achieved so much in life
Who do you admire most in sport: Rick Hansen; raised awareness for spinal cord research and he is from my hometown
Long Term Sports Goals: Try my hardest and continue to make higher level teams
Biggest Sports Highlight: Making U15 Stags Provincial Team

Shyana Ringma

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 13
School: Cedar Hill Middle School
Position: Forward/Midfield
Current Club: Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association
Provincial Teams: 2017 U15 BC Royal Lions
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 7; A family friend played so I joined
Who do you admire most in sport: Kate Gillis because I have worked with her before and she was so supportive and helpful.  She has accomplished so much from a young age and is an amazing field hockey player that I love to watch
Long Term Sports Goals: Playing field hockey for Team Canada
Biggest Sports Highlight:Making Team BC last year and being selected for the Team Canada TID Camp
Favourite Quote: “Work so you don’t look back thinking you could have done better”

Ines Tang Ciccateri

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 14
Position: Midfield/Forward
Current Club: Victoria Junior Field Hockey Club
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 10
Biggest Inspiration: My brother has inspired me the most because he is such a committed and determined athlete
Long Term Sports Goals: To play field hockey at a university level
Biggest Sports Highlight: Making Team BC!
Other Sports: Volleyball, track & field, cross country
Favourite Quote: “I’m scared of failure all the time, but I’m not scared enough to stop trying” – Rhonda Rousey
Awards: 2017-2018, Div 3 All Star Team

Brooke Taylor

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 15
School: Glenlyon Norfolk School
Position: Midfield/Defence
Current Club: VJFHA
Biggest Sports Highlight:Winning 3rd in last years national tournament
Other Sports: Ultimate, ski racing



Maryn Unger

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 13
School: Monterey Middle School
Current Club: UVic Train 2 Train
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 9
Biggest Inspiration: All Olympic athletes! Tessa Virute and Scott Moir, Penny Oleksiak, Andre De Grasse because of their incredible commitment to their sport
Long Term Sports Goals: Would like to play at the varsity level
Other Sports: Soccer, dance, volleyball, track and field, skiing
Who would you most like to meet: The President of the International Olympic Committee!

Beatrix White

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 13
School: Mount Douglas Secondary School
Position: Midfield
Current Club: Victoria Junior Field Hockey Club
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 5; My mother signed me up
Long Term Sports Goals: To play in university or at the national level
Biggest Sports Highlight:Played on the senior girls field hockey team in grade 8 at Glenlyon Norfolk School and went to provincials
Accomplished Family Members: Mother – ran track and cross-country for Div. 1 team (Loyola University); Great uncle – played on the Nigerian national field hockey team

Reserves

Keira Ho

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 13
School: Cedar Hill Middle School
Position: Midfield
Current Club: Victoria Field Hockey Association
Began Playing Field Hockey: In 2013; Through a friend
Long Term Sports Goals: To become a coach/play for Team Canada
Biggest Sports Highlight: Accomplishing a tomahawk for the first time
Favourite Quote: “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations”

 

Coaches

Krista Thompson

Kyla Kirby