John McBryde Celebrates his 80th at UBC Wright Field

On March 9, 2019, the day that John McBryde turns 80 years old, he will be out on the pitch playing for his men’s league Vancouver Hawks team. As one of Field Hockey BC’s longest active members, it seems fitting that his 80th will be spent playing the sport to which he has dedicated so much of his life!

John McBryde, still in action at 80 years old!

John was born in Maryborough, Australia and was the captain of the first Australian National Field Hockey team to win an Olympic medal when they took bronze in Tokyo, 1964. In the late 1960’s, John came to Canada and became the Head Coach of the Canadian Men’s Field Hockey team. He also served 25 years on the FIH Equipment Committee and currently acts as an Advisor on the Canadian Masters Hockey Steering Committee.

John has dedicated himself to the growth and development of field hockey for over 60 years and throughout that time, he has never stopped playing. Field Hockey BC would like to invite our community to come out to John’s game on his 80th birthday in celebration of everything he has contributed to our sport. John’s Vancouver Hawks team plays at 3 pm at UBC Wright Field on Saturday March 9, 2019. We hope to see you all out there supporting one of Field Hockey BC’s most iconic players!

John McBryde (left) and Don Paterson at the 2016 Grand Masters World Cup.

Information and images contributed by Don Paterson

Introducing the NEW Provincial Coach Education Pathway

Field Hockey BC is thrilled to announce the launch of our brand new Provincial Coach Education (PCE) Pathway! These courses will be run FREE OF CHARGE for all FHBC Club Coaches.

In partnership with West Vancouver Field Hockey Club, Field Hockey BC is running three pilot courses over the next two weeks. Over 40 coaches attended the PCE FUNdamentals and Learn 2 Train classroom sessions this week and will be out on the pitch for practical training next weekend.

These courses are designed for community club coaches to improve their technical and tactical field hockey knowledge. By providing community coaches with these tools, our goal is to provide greater field hockey development opportunities for club teams. More information on the PCE Pathway can be found on the Field Hockey BC website.

Next week, Field Hockey BC will be inviting all clubs to get involved and take advantage of these free courses! Ready to get started right away? To browse the courses that will be offered, visit the PCE Courses page. If you would like to learn more about the different PCE courses offered by Field Hockey BC, please contact John Sacre or Julie King. If you are a club administrator interested in organizing a PCE course for your club, please contact Donna Cumming.

Field Hockey BC 2019 AGM: February 9, 2019

The Field Hockey BC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on February 9, 2019 in the City of Burnaby. The AGM venue is the Burnaby Lake West Complex (Meeting Room #1) and the meeting is slated to commence at 1pm PST.

All pertinent documentation will be uploaded in advance of the AGM to the ‘Documents’ section of the Field Hockey BC website. Please note that a Nominations Form (Board of Director Elections) has been added at this time with a deadline date of January 25, 2019.

Register for the 2018-2019 Learn 2 Train Program!

Registration is now open for the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island Boys and Girls Learn 2 Train Program! All athletes born between 2006-2009 with some prior field hockey experience are invited to register. Registration will remain open until October 10, 2018 at 12 p.m. Visit the Online Registration Page to secure your spot!

There is no trial for the Learn 2 Train Program. Full program payment of $200 will be collected upon registration. The Learn 2 Train Program will consist of 15-20 hours of on-field training with FHBC certified coaches. Training schedules for each region can be found here.

Visit the Learn 2 Train page of our website for more information! Still have questions? Contact Melody at melody@fieldhockeybc.com or 604-730-7220.

Support the Men’s National Team at the Red Caribou Classic!

 Come out and support the Canadian Men’s National Team at the 1st Annual Red Caribou Classic!
This fundraiser, hosted in partnership with the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club, will support the Men’s National Team on the road to the FIH World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India. The event will take place at 6 PM on Saturday, September 29th at Hugo Ray Park in West Vancouver.
Tickets are free for children under the age of 15 and $20 for adults, with dinner and a drink included in the entry fee. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Men’s National Team.
For more information or to purchase your tickets, click here!

Register for the Southeast Girls Regional Program Trials!

Registration is now open for the Southeast Girls Regional Program Trial! All U15 and U18 female athletes on the Lower Mainland residing South or Southeast of Vancouver are invited to register for the trial. Visit the Online Registration Page to secure your spot!

Trial registration will be open until 12 pm on Wednesday, September 12 and costs $10 per athlete. The trial will take place at Tamanawis Park on Sunday, September 16 from 5-7 pm (U15) and 7-9 pm (U18). Selections will be announced the following Wednesday.

The Southeast Regional Program is a 40 hour program which will run from October to April. Program cost is typically $600-700 per athlete. Selected players can expect 1-2 training sessions per week with highly trained coaches, and the opportunity to play in the FHBC Regional Tournament in the spring, which is the selection point for Team BC. For more information on eligibility, registration and selection process, click here.

Registration for trials in surrounding regions will be open in the coming weeks. Click here for a full schedule of trial dates and locations by region.

Sport for Life Coaching Course: Physical Literacy Movement Preparation

Field Hockey BC is exicted to announce that Sport for Life will be partnering with the Vancouver Hawks to deliver a Physical Literacy Movement Preparation course!
Just in time for fall season, this course is being offered to field hockey coaches as a sport-focused workshop. The course will take place at Eric Hamber Field on Saturday, September 22 from 4-7 pm. Participants will complete two e-Learning modules in preparation for the practical training session.
This course is ideal for individuals coaching youth and adolescent teams, with a focus on warm up techniques, injury prevention and overall movement skills. If you would like to learn more about the Physical Literacy Movement Preparation course, click here. Visit the Sport for Life CAMPUS site to register.

Club Championships: Week 3

Field Hockey BC is coming up on our third and final weekend of Club Championships, with the U18 Boys and the U15 Girls rounding out the action this weekend!

The U18 Boys Club Championships will be taking place at the Cowichan Sportsplex in Duncan, BC on June 16-17. We are excited to announce that live updates will be available all tournament long at https://fieldhockeybc.altiusrt.com/. Schedules, rules and field locations can be found here.

The U15 Girls tournament is being held in Chilliwack, BC on June 16-17.  The games will be split between two locations, Townsend Park and Chilliwack Secondary School. For schedules, rules and field locations, click here.

Field Hockey BC would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our hosting clubs:

– Chilliwack FHC (U15 Girls)
– Vancouver Hawks FHC (U15 Boys)
– West Vancouver FHC (U18 Girls)
– Richmond FHC (U13 Girls and Boys)

These events would not be possible without the support of you and your volunteers. We would also like to thank all participating players, coaches and umpires for your hard work and dedication to our great sport.

Good luck to all teams competing this weekend!

Provincial Athlete Feature: Train 2 Train Girls

The Provincial Pathway: Introducing Savina Purewal and Laine Delmotte

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.

The Team BC U15 Girls Rams are lucky to have two exceptionally talented midfielders in Savina Purewal and Laine Delmotte.

Savina Purewal

There’s no stopping Savina Purewal once she gets her momentum going. Playing from either the center or outside midfield position, the speedy Surrey native dominated with the Southeast Jaguars at the Train 2 Train Festival, earning a spot on the U15 BC Girls Rams.

Purewal, who has played field hockey since she was five years old with the Surrey Sharks and India Club, is going to her second National Championship this year in her fifth year with the Regional Program, starting at the Learn 2 Train level back in grade 4. She is also a gifted soccer player, but has always seen field hockey as her number one.

“I feel like I’ve always had more passion for the game,” Purewal explained. “Field hockey just gives me this awesome adrenaline rush and it makes me feel really good.”

Savina Purewal – left – in action against the Pink Panthers at the 2018 Train 2 Train Festival.

Between the long hours of training, Purewal still manages to get out in the community about once a week and volunteer with her leadership class at school and with the City of Surrey. Despite her busy schedule, the 14 year-old is always out there working hard with her sights set on playing in the Olympics one day.

“I think my main motivation is that I want to represent my country, I want to represent my family, my friends and everyone who’s supported me,” said Purewal. “I just really want to continue playing on that path and maybe play for Team Canada and go to the Olympics, that’s my motivation is to one day be standing up on the Olympic podium with a medal.”

As a young athlete with big aspirations, Purewal is doing all the right things to achieve her goals in the early stages of her career. After winning the gold medal with the U15 BC Girls Rams last year, she was selected to attend the U15 National Junior Development Squad Camp, which she hopes to be invited to again this year.

“I learned so much. Steph Andrews, the National Team coach was a really good coach and all of the girls were good, it just showed me once you’re at that high level you have to always be on. Once you’re at the top it’s hard, it’s really competitive because everyone is good. Everyone is at that same level.”

Although she’s already had exposure to the National Program at a young age, Purewal remains focused on the process, starting from the Regional Program and working through to the Provincial level. She recognized the Train 2 Train Festival as her primary focus because to her, it is the first and most essential step in moving on to the next level.

Savina Purewal – front row second from the right – with the Southeast Jaguars at the 2018 Train 2 Train Festival.

Between this Provincial season and the coming years, Purewal has a vision for what it will take to reach that next level and to continue her development as a player and a leader.

“This year [Nationals] would be in Toronto and I think that would be an awesome experience, but I also want to step up and be a captain and take initiative because I’ve experienced it last year as well,” stated Purewal. “Next year I want to do Train 2 Compete for the three years and I want to keep making the Provincial team because that one pathway is really important. Making the provincial team and then showing well at Nationals is really important for getting invited to the actual Junior Development Squad and then working up from there.”

Laine Delmotte

The composure and ball control of the North Shore Acaemy Dragons’ Laine Delmotte was unmatched at the Train 2 Train Festival. In her second year training at the North Vancouver Academy, she will be attending her second National Championships this year with the U15 Girls Rams.

“It was really exciting and fun,” said Delmotte of her first National Championship Festival. “I was kind of nervous at first, but I really enjoyed it because I had a few friends from the start which helped me make more friends.”

Delmotte comes from a family full of field hockey players. She started playing for the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club she was six years old because her older sister and older cousin were involved in the sport.

Laine Delmotte – right – at the 2018 Train 2 Train Festival in action against the Polar Bears. Photo: Chris Wilson

After spending a year in the Regional Program when she was in grade 7, Delmotte joined the Academy the following year when she started high school. The Academy players train every other school day as a replacement for their Physical Education class.

“When I did the Regional Program I didn’t have many friends because I was in grade 7 so Academy is nice and it’s more training as well,” explained Delmotte. “With the Regionals I had more conflicts because Academy is during the day.”

Also a high level soccer player, Delmotte keeps busy with her sports, but sees field hockey as her number one sport. In the long term, she intends to pursue field hockey and hopes to get a scholarship to play in University.

The center midfielder, who narrowly missed a medal at the 2017 Nationals with the BC Girls White Lions, is excited for the upcoming Provincial season, especially having the opportunity to travel with her team for Nationals this year.

Laine Delmotte – back row fifth from the right – with the Academy Dragons at the 2018 Train 2 Train Festival.

“I’m looking forward to the weekends of training, they’re just fun and I like how they’re long training sessions. I’m looking forward to traveling a bit and bonding with the team more, because last year we couldn’t have a hotel or anything.”

The skill and maturity of these two athletes is sure to make them players to watch through this year’s Provincial season. Make sure to follow their progress leading into July’s National Championship Festival in Toronto, Ontario!