U18 Girls Lions – Team BC

Sophia Berk

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 16
School: Oak Bay High School
Position: Defense
Current Club: Victoria Lynx Field Hockey Club
Provincial Teams: 2016 U15 BC White Team
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 5; My mom coached in the Junior League.
Biggest Inspiration: My mom (Milena Gaiga) – introducing me to the game of field hockey and coaching me throughout my field hockey career.
Long Term Sports Goals: To play on a university team.
Biggest Sports Highlight: Making a Provincial team.
Accomplished Family Members: Mother – Played Field Hockey for Canada – Olympian 1992 Olympics; Father – sang professionally as a child; Great Aunt – Oscar Award winner

Zoë Bown

Hometown: Ottawa (resides in Kelowna)
Age: 18
School: Kelowna Secondary School
Career Aspirations: Physiotherapist, Veterinarian
Position: Midfield
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 14; Middle school team
Who do you admire most in sport? Dani Hennig and Hannah Haughn have been tremendous mentors and role models in my athletic career. I admire their drive, how approachable they are as coaches/people, and their positive attitudes
Long Term Sports Goals: Play field hockey at U-Sport/collegiate level
Biggest Sports Highlight: U18 Talent ID Junior Development Camp, Field Hockey Canada (October 2017)
Accomplished Family Members: Shaunna Taylor (Mother) CCC, CSPA, MA, PhD (Certified Clinical Counsellor, Doctorate in Health Sciences)
Awards:
– Top 10 Grade 10 Student at KSS
– 2017, Top Overall Grade 11 Student (academics, athletics, citizenship)
– 2015-2018, Honor Roll

Alyssa Brooks

Hometown: Port Moody
Age: 16
School: Dr. Charles Best Secondary School
Position: Centre Mid/Defense
Current Club: Tri-City Eagles Field Hockey Club
Provincial Teams: 2017 U18 BC Lions
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 6; My Aunt played and recommended it to my Mom. I had brilliant coaches from the start that encouraged me to continue.
Biggest Inspiration: Malala Yousafzai because she fought when she knew the odds were against her and never gave up hope, which is a hard task in her conditions.
Who do you admire most in sport? Jamie Dwyer because he loves his sport and plays at a different level. You can tell he’s constantly thinking on the field “what can I do to carry my team.” I admire how consistently he can finish.
Long Term Sports Goals: I would like to receive a scholarship to a great University and continue my passion. I like the programs at McGill and York.
Biggest Sports Highlight: Getting chosen to be in the National ID camp in 2017 with Steph Andrews
Awards: 
– 2015-2018 Honour Roll with Distinction
– 2017, Subject Excellence in Sciences Humaines 10
– 2015-2018 Outstanding Work Habits
– 2017-2018: Most Outstanding Grade 11 Athlete
– Black belt, Shotokan Karate

Alison Drummond

Hometown: North Vancouver
Age: 16
School: Handsworth Secondary School
Career Aspirations: Engineer
Position: Defence/Midfield
Current Club: WVFHC
Provincial Teams: 2017 U15 BC Royal Lions
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 6; My parents enrolled me in Spring League in Grade 1
Long Term Sports Goals: Play for university and Canada
Accomplished Family Members: My Dad is playing field hockey for Canada at the Masters World Cup in Barcelona this summer. He also played for Scotland U16
Awards: 
– 2017 – Most Improved Player
– 2018 – “Most Likely to be playing hockey at midnight”

Leah Fourie

Hometown: North Vancouver
Age: 15
School: West Vancouver Secondary School
Position: Midfield
Current Club: WVFHC
Provincial Teams: 2015 U15 BC White Team, 2016 U15 BC Yellow Team, 2017 U15 BC Rams
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 6; Physical Education unit in Elementary School
Long Term Sports Goals: Play Field Hockey for a University
Biggest Sports Highlight: Winning the U15 Field Hockey National Championships in 2017
Other Sports: Tennis, Skiing, Cross Country, Track and Field

Clare Freeman

Hometown: North Vancouver
Age: 15
School: Crofton House School
Current Club: WVFHC






Camryn Haines

Hometown: Fruitvale
Age: 16
Position: Forward
Provincial Teams: 2017 U18 BC Lions
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 14; One day my friend convinced me to try it and I fell in love
Biggest Inspiration: My best friend – she encourages me every day!
Who do you admire most in sport? Thea Culley and Donna Hebert
Long Term Sports Goals: Play University Field Hockey
Awards:

– 2010 & 2012, Athlete of the Year
– 2017 Calgary Dinos Field Hockey Tournament MVP

Ashley Kowal

Hometown: Kelowna
Age: 18
School: Kelowna Senior Secondary School
Position: Goalkeeper
Current Club: Okanagan Club
Provincial Teams: 2017 U18 Team BC Reserve, Team BC for Ringette
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 13
University: Will be attending the University of Toronto playing for the Varsity Blues
Awards:
– 2016 Duke of Edinburgh – Bronze
Other Sports: Soccer, Ice Hockey, Swimming

Allison Kuzyk

Hometown: Vancouver
Age: 16
School: Little Flower Academy
Position: Forward
Current Club: Vancouver Hawks Field Hockey Club
Provincial Teams: 2016 U15 BC Blue team, 2017 U15 BC Rams (Field Hockey); Team BC Girls Baseball
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 9; My mother had played in high school, and I had a few friends that played and recommended I try it out
Biggest Inspiration: My parents because they are great role models and have inspired/ continue to inspire me in all ways of life
Long Term Sports Goals: To be on the Canadian National team for field hockey or receive a scholarship to a college/ university

Alison Marsh

Hometown: Richmond
Age: 16
School: JN Burnett Secondary School
Position: Midfield
Current Club: Richmond Field Hockey Club
Provincial Teams: 2017 U15 BC Rams
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 6
Biggest Inspiration: My mum because she loves field hockey so much that she continues to play today
Long Term Sports Goals: Continue playing for BC, and play field hockey at University
Awards:
– 2016 & 2017, Top All Around Student
– 2016 & 2017, Top Athlete
Other Sports: Soccer, Basketball, Track, Cross Country

Avery Nystedt

Hometown: Deep Cove
Age: 17
School: Stellys Secondary School
Position: Defence
Current Club: Lynx
Provincial Teams: 2015 U15 BC White team, 2016 U15 BC Yellow team, 2017 U18 BC Lions
Began Playing Field Hockey: In 2011; School team
Who do you admire most in sport? Christine Sinclair, her work ethic and leadership skills are amazing
Long Term Sports Goals: University Varsity Team
Biggest Sports Highlight: Team BC
Accomplished Family Members: Father – Provincial Cycling

Reilly Sinclair

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 16
School: Oak Bay High School
Career Aspirations: Behavioural Neuroscience
Position: Defence
Current Club: Victoria Lynx
Provincial Teams: 2016 U15 BC White team
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 8; I learned of the sport from a friend
Biggest Inspiration: My mom has inspired me the most, because although her adversity has not come through the world of sport, her resilience in the face of the obstacles she has overcome is truly inspiring
Long Term Sports Goals: Use sports as an enjoyable way to stay fit

Kaiden Stanley

Hometown: West Vancouver
Age: 15
School: Collingwood Secondary School
Position: Midfield/Forward
Provincial Teams: 2017 U15 BC White Lions
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 8; Joined Spring League
Biggest Inspiration: My parents have inspired me because of their dedication and hard work in their sports. They support me no matter what
Who do you admire most in sport: Steph Norlander because she is an amazing field hockey player and person
Long Term Sports Goals: Play NCAA or CIS and on the National Team
Biggest Sports Highlight: Making Team BC and winning Provincials with Collingwood
Other Sports: Basketball, soccer, skiing and running
Accomplished Family Members: Dad (Graham Stanley) NHL hockey; Mom (Kyra Stanley) Trampolinist – National Champion
Awards:
-2016 Athletic Award
-2016 & 2017 Honour Roll

Suzie Stone

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 15
School: St. Michael’s University School
Current Club: Victoria Junior Field Hockey Association
Provincial Teams: 2017 U15 BC Stags
Biggest Inspiration: When I was in Surrey at a banquet Thea Culley
why? talked to us about the ups and downs of her career. Hearing her talk about not making the teams she wanted but then constantly trying again and having success, I was inspired to always try my best and not give up if I didn’t make a team.
Long Term Sports Goals: I would like to play field hockey at the university level
Accomplished Family Members: James Stone(Father) – Varsity/University rugby

Nora Struchtrup

Hometown: Victoria
Age: 15
School: Oak Bay Secondary School
Position: Forward/Midfield
Current Club: Victoria Lynx/VJFHA
Provincial Teams: 2016 U15 BC White, 2017 U15 BC Stags
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 11
Biggest Inspiration: My parents because they support me no matter what
Who do you admire most in sport: Lidewij Welten (Dutch national team player), because she has played at a very high level for many years and has incredible vision on the pitch
Long Term Sports Goals: National team and/or European club team
Biggest Sports Highlight:Winning bronze with my team at 2017 Nationals
Other Sports: Weightlifting, track
Awards:
-2016-2017 Honour roll with distinction
-2017-2018 VILFHA division two all-star team
Favourite Quote: “Mind in the freezer body on fire”

Cordel Tromp

Hometown: Pretoria, South Africa (resides in Victoria)
Age: 16
School: St. Michael’s University School
Career Aspirations: Physiotherapy/Sports Science
Position: Center Mid
Provincial Teams: 2016 U15 BC Yellow team, 2017 U18 BC Lions
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 13
Biggest Inspiration: Pietie Coetzee, she holds the record for the most goals scored and she developed her own style to become the best player that she can be
Who do you admire most in sport: Nancy Mollenhauer, she has a passion for field hockey and for life itself. One cannot help but to be influenced by her conduct
Long Term Sports Goals: Represent Canada at the Olympics and on the National team. Coach team after playing
Other Sports: Track, cross-country
Favourite Athlete: Hannah Haughn

 

Reserves

Nicola Leech

Hometown: Cobble Hill
Age: 16
Position: Goalkeeper
Current Club: Cowichan Field Hockey Club






Emily Parkyn

Hometown: Vancouver
Age: 16
School: Sentinel Secondary School
Position: Goalkeeper
Provincial Teams: 2017 U15 BC White Lions
Began Playing Field Hockey: Age 9
Who do you admire most in sport: David Carter
Long Term Sports Goals: National team player

 

 

Coaches

Chris Tyrell

Julie King