Congratulations to everyone representing Canada at the Junior Pan American Championships

Photo Credit: Rodrigo Jaramillo/PAHF

The 2021 Junior Pan American Championships came to an end last weekend and marked a very important chapter in Canada’s and British Columbia’s proud field hockey history. The Junior Women’s National team brought home the gold medal; the first ever Canadian women’s Pan American gold registered at any level.

Their campaign at the tournament was spotless, without a single defeat or goal conceded. The three goals scored by Canada in the competition came from BC players: Sara Goodman against Argentina in the Pool stage; Thora Rae against Chile in the semifinal; and Anna Mollenhauer in the final against Uruguay.

The Junior Men’s National team also proudly represented our country and province, finishing in 4th place. BC athletes Sean Davis, Johnny Jacoby and Aaron Fong scored in the competition.

Canada was also represented in the competition by umpires Tyler Klenk, a BC umpire for over 10 years now, and Joanne Wudrich from Ontario.

Women’s Team

Bronwyn Bird, West Vancouver
Nora Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Sara Goodman, Duncan
Anna Mollenhauer, Victoria
Thora Rae, Vancouver
Julia Ross, Vancouver
Stefanie Sajko, Victoria
Ishaval Sekhon, Surrey
Nora Struchtrup, Victoria
Lucy Wheeler, North Vancouver

Non-Traveling Reserves

Birkley Anderson, Duncan
Laine Delmotte, North Vancouver
Izzy Fraser, Vancouver
Arden Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Libby Hogg, Victoria
Lonica McKinney, Kelowna
Nicola leech, Victoria
Maddie Mittelsteadt, Victoria
Mikayla Stelling, Vancouver

Men’s Team

Kyle Bishop, North Vancouver
Avjot Buttar, Richmond
Sam Cabral, Vancouver
Nic Cain, Vancouver
Rowan Childs, Tsawwassen
Sean Davis, Marondera (Zimbabwe)
Bhavdeep Dhaliwal, Surrey
Roopkanwar Dhillon, Surrey
Aaron Foong, North Vancouver
Daniel Goodwin, North Vancouver
Johnny Jacoby, Victoria
Manveer Jhamat, Abbotsford

On behalf of the Field Hockey BC Board Members and Staff, a huge thank you and congratulations to the athletes, umpires and supporting team for creating history for FHBC and the sport that we love.

The Junior Pan American Championships start tomorrow; BC represented on all fronts

Thora Rae of the Junior Women’s Team and Tyler Klenk

Canada’s Junior National Teams are currently in Santiago, Chile, where the Junior Pan American Games will take place from August 21 to August 28. Tomorrow, at 11am (Pacific Time), the Men’s Junior Team will start their participation against Mexico; the Women will face Uruguay on the first match on Sunday, at 7am.

Both teams are seeking not only the Pan Am title, but also a spot on the next Junior World Cup that will happen in December, in India. On the men’s side, only the finalists will qualify; on the women’s, the World Cup berth will be given to the top three teams.

Additionally to several BC players on the men and women’s roster, British Columbia will also be represented among the umpires: Tyler Klenk has been selected to umpire in the Junior Pan American Games. He and Joanne Wudrich, from Calgary, are the only Canadians in the FIH International Appointments for 2021 – Klenk will also be umpiring in the Junior World Cup late this year.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Tyler has been umpiring in BC for 10 years now, since 2011. He got his first international appointment in 2016 at the Junior Pan Am of that year, and has already umpired at the Senior Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games and Asia Cup.

FHBC wishes good luck to Tyler, Joanne and all the players and supporting team representing Canada in Chile!

Here is a list the BC players at the Junior Pan American Games:

Women’s Team

Bronwyn Bird, West Vancouver
Nora Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Sara Goodman, Duncan
Anna Mollenhauer, Victoria
Thora Rae, Vancouver
Julia Ross, Vancouver
Stefanie Sajko, Victoria
Ishaval Sekhon, Surrey
Nora Struchtrup, Victoria
Lucy Wheeler, North Vancouver

Non-Traveling Reserves

Birkley Anderson, Duncan
Laine Delmotte, North Vancouver
Izzy Fraser, Vancouver
Arden Goddard-Despot, North Vancouver
Libby Hogg, Victoria
Lonica McKinney, Kelowna
Nicola leech, Victoria
Maddie Mittelsteadt, Victoria
Mikayla Stelling, Vancouver

Men’s Team

Kyle Bishop, North Vancouver
Avjot Buttar, Richmond
Sam Cabral, Vancouver
Nic Cain, Vancouver
Rowan Childs, Tsawwassen
Sean Davis, Marondera (Zimbabwe)
Bhavdeep Dhaliwal, Surrey
Roopkanwar Dhillon, Surrey
Aaron Foong, North Vancouver
Daniel Goodwin, North Vancouver
Johnny Jacoby, Victoria
Manveer Jhamat, Abbotsford

Watch the livestream of the competition here.

Read the FHC article, see the full roster and complete schedules here.

Umpire Field Assessment Opportunity – Community and Provincial Umpire Ratings

There will be an opportunity on the weekend of August 27-29, 2021 for both Community and Provincial Umpires to have field assessments conducted towards formal certification or re-certification. This opportunity is in conjunction with the hosting of the India Club Tournament being held at Tamanawis Park in Surrey, BC over these dates. There are multiple male and female divisions at the India Club Tournament enabling both Community and Provincial field assessments to take place.

Any Umpire who has either taken the Community or Provincial Umpires Course or is an existing Community or Provincial Umpire requiring an assessment renewal can take advantage of this opportunity. To put yourself forward for a field assessment, please contact Gary Sangha at juniors@indiaclub.ca and provide your availability to umpire over the August 27-29, 2021 weekend, as well as your required level of assessment.

Online Community Umpire Course – Summer 2021

The Online Community Umpire Course is now open to all FHBC Members FREE OF CHARGE throughout the summer of 2021. The course consist of a series of lessons and practice questions designed to prepare you for the final quiz. You will need a grade of 75% or higher in order to pass the course.

Course registration for this session closes on October 24, 2021.
Please, contact sportdevelopment@fieldhockeybc.com to obtain the access code.

Registrants will have until October 31, 2021 to complete the course, at which time the current session will expire. Participants who fail to complete the course by the deadline will need to re-register in the following session.

This course is available to those interested in taking the first steps towards being a rated umpire, to umpires that desire a refresher and to umpires with expired certifications. Candidates should be at least 13 years old.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Field Hockey BC office at 604-737-3146 or sportdevelopment@fieldhockeybc.com. For more information, access our Umpire Education page.

Why We Umpire: The Hearts Behind The Yellow Shirts

Article and photos by Field Hockey Canada Staff
Originally posted here

As interest and participation numbers in field hockey grow, more playing and development opportunities are being introduced to players across the country. While playing elite hockey is a goal for many, umpiring is another avenue that is sometimes left untouched. Though it may appear daunting to some, the role has changed not only the lives of those who umpire, but also the pace and shape of the sport itself.

Field hockey in her veins, umpiring as Sacré’s domain

Lelia Sacré was only three weeks old in a photograph where she is pictured being held in the background of an international field hockey match — one her dad was playing in. Born into a hockey family, it’s not a cliché to say that the sport was in her blood from birth: Sacre’s mother played at San Diego State before coaching while her father starred on both the Canadian junior and senior national teams. While the urge to quit came up on several occasions, it was through her parents’ encouragement that she stayed. Eventually, Sacre saw an improvement in her skills, enough to justify her place in the game.

During her adolescent years, Sacre played for a variety of clubs and provincial teams before representing Canada at the 2005 Junior World Cup. Around the same time, she started umpiring on the side for a bit of pocket money and didn’t think much of it until Alan Waterman and Madge Johnson approached her during a national championship.

“They both said, ‘Hey, have you thought about taking [umpiring] seriously?’ and I laughed nervously and said no,” Sacre described. “They told me it was there if I wanted it because they saw something [in me].”

Like many players, Sacre had the persistent goal of making the national team — which she achieved — but it wasn’t until university when she realized her body wasn’t going to be able to hold it. Her dream of playing internationally was over, but the desire to represent Canada was still there.

“That’s when I started to take everything more seriously,” she said. “I got appointed to the junior touring squad in 2012 and…that really exposed me to different colleagues and different styles of hockey. That’s when I knew it was my new pathway.”

Passion for sports turns into global hockey family for Robertson

Megan Robertson was similarly influenced by her parents at a young age, particularly by her mother who has been involved in nearly every aspect of the sport as a player, coach, official and administrator. It was her who first encouraged Robertson to become a certified umpire. Since then, Robertson has gone on to officiate at several international tournaments, namely the last two Pan American Games in 2015 and 2019, and the 2018 Hockey Series Open.

“Each tournament is an important opportunity to represent yourself and your country,” Robertson said. “Being in downtown Toronto [during the 2015 Pan Am Games] was fantastic. I’ve had the good fortune to umpire at the University of Toronto venue a number of times…and it was a privilege to have a ‘home’ Games and share the experience with my parents, my hockey community, and so many Canadians.”

She recalls Lima 2019 as an important competition for her after facing several setbacks that made her question her future, including a knee injury and major illness. Having overcome that turbulent time, Robertson shows a deep appreciation for her experiences around the world and the hockey family she’s grown along the way.

“I have been so fortunate to experience the different cultures of hockey,” she said. “The excitement of little girls in Argentina screaming for Aymar, the emotion of the Korean women winning the Asian Games in Incheon and securing their trip to the Olympics, and the dedication of athletes, parents, and volunteers shoveling the snow from Hawkings Field in Calgary so that we could start our games. All of us are part of the hockey family.”

Umpiring field evolving; more dynamism and athleticism brought to pitch

Umpiring has changed tremendously over the last decade with technology playing a new role in determining correct calls and leaving little room for errors. Athletes are noticeably faster and more dynamic — forcing umpires to approach the game differently in terms of positioning and anticipation.

Sacre recalls experiencing her first video referral at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and describes it as a ‘terrifying’ moment, attributed to her hopes of getting the call right.

“It’s a whirlwind of emotions,” Sacre said. “[Umpires] are there to facilitate the game, not be the showcase. Sometimes umpires forget that they’re there to bring the best out of players, and spectators forget that we’re all human and we make mistakes too. We’re all doing our best because we enjoy it.”

Sacre and Robertson both agree that video reviews and radios have made the game better in many ways. “We want to make the correct decisions for players and for the game and it shows how we can work as a team of officials to get things right,” added Robertson.

Umpires without a doubt play a highly important role in hockey, and with each passing opportunity, the goal is to hone in on existing skills and build upon others. With the pandemic keeping everybody off the field temporarily, there comes many chances for those wanting to pursue an officiating pathway through online methods.

An alternative to playing, umpiring serves as a rewarding way to stay within the sport as games become more competitive and passionate from start to finish.

“We really want to give back and have young umpires coming through saying, ‘This is the pathway and it will be challenging, but it is so worth it’,” Sacre explained. “You appreciate every opportunity that you get that much more because you know how much you’ve had to work for.”

As for advice for up-and-coming umpires and officials, Robertson wants to push individuals to dream big, yet remain truthful in the process.

“Always be yourself. Hockey is an amazing part of life. Finding how it fits with the different goals that you have and how it can push you to be your best will be different for everyone. Listen, learn, and try to help others be their best too.”

Ultimately, by doing what they do, the goal is to inspire more people to pick up the whistle and put on a headset. Behind every yellow shirt on the pitch is the heart and soul of somebody who genuinely loves the sport, and an entire community that backs them.


 

Apply for the FHBC Foundation’s Coaching & Officiating bursaries!

Field Hockey BC is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Coaching Professional Development Bursary and the Jenny John Officiating Professional Development Bursary. The application deadline for both of these bursaries is April 9, 2021, and the recipients will be announced by the end of April.

These bursaries are designed to contribute towards an individual’s professional development in the sport of Field Hockey and are tailored to a value added ‘give back’ to field hockey in British Columbia. They are open to all levels of coach and official, with officiating including both umpires and technical officials.

Each bursary will award up to a maximum of $750. However, if there are multiple candidates accepted, smaller amounts may be considered. Note that applicants must be a member in good standing with Field Hockey BC and an active official or coach within National, Provincial or Club base programming.

Go to fhbcfoundation.com for more information and to download the application forms.


 

Register for our Online Provincial Umpire Course

FHBC is offering an online Provincial Umpire Course through Zoom. This course is open to all Community and aspiring umpires. Please see below for full details:

Date: March 8th & 12th
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Location: Online (Zoom)
Instructor: Tyler Klenk
Cost: $60 for FHBC members and $85 for non-members

There will be two 3-hour Zoom sessions followed by an online exam. To register for this course, please click here. Visit the Umpire Education page on our website for more information.

Please contact Katie Jameson at sportdevelopment@fieldhockeybc.com for any questions related to Umpire Education opportunities.


 

Community Umpire Course curriculum update

Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

Please note that the Field Hockey Canada Officiating Committee will be conducting curriculum updates to the online Community Umpire Course beginning on February 20th, 2021.

The online course will be unavailable while these curriculum updates are being conducted. All umpire candidates currently in progress must complete their lesson and exam by Friday, February 19th, 2021.

The updated Community Umpire Course will be available again online beginning March 22nd, 2021. Please contact sportdevelopment@fieldhockeybc.com for questions.


 

PAHF Course: “The modern game & how officiating is impacted by the evolution of hockey”

Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

Field Hockey Canada has been working with PAFH to create training for Canadian officials.

This Tuesday, October 27 at 8pm EST, PAHF will host the first of hopefully many events. The course is “The Modern Game & how officiating is impacted by the evolution of hockey”. The course will be facilitated by Roger St Rose and Reyah Richardson, both from TTO.

Please access: https://panamhockey.wufoo.com/forms/special-workshop-canadian-officials/

If you have any questions, please contact officials@fieldhockey.ca.

David Auld hangs up whistle from Victoria field hockey

by Ali Baggott

VICTORIA – While 2020 marks an unprecedented year with seemingly little in the island hockey world to celebrate, there is one bright spot worth highlighting. Long-time hockey contributor and umpire David Auld has announced his retirement.

“It is my great honour to congratulate David on his retirement from umpiring,” said Denise McGeachy, past president of VILFHA (ladies league) and current president VIFHUA (umpire’s association). “His dedication to our game has few equals. David always brought a positive attitude to each game and treated all players respect. The umpiring community is richer for his contribution, as an umpire and mentor.

“Apart from the umpiring, David is one of the sweetest, kindest people I’ve ever known. David always had a smile on his face at the beginning – and more importantly, at the end of each game no matter how difficult or bad the weather. To me, this is his greatest legacy to our community – his positivity.”

Auld has been umpiring in Victoria since his arrival from Scotland in 1969 and was certified as high as a Canadian Regional level official. A familiar, smiling face on the field, David is well known for his time spent officiating at the high school, men’s league and, most notably, women’s league games. In 2008, David was named a VILFHA Honorary Member, awarded to only 19 individuals since 1958, for their dedication, service and commitment to building the ladies league.

It was only by chance that Auld happened upon the sport of field hockey, which came to be the good fortune for Field Hockey Victoria. While attending the Jordanhill College of Education, in Scotland, Auld intended to pursue the sport of rugby, while the Director of Education at the college had another suggestion.

“I was told, ‘Auld why don’t you try the sissy’s game’ – grass hockey, as it was called then, is what I picked up and I never looked back,” described Auld about how he fell in to the sport. “It was purely by accident. I just loved the game and I climbed the rank enough to play for a first division team at Jordanhill and eventually a West of Scotland team.”

In 1966, Auld relocated to Canada and Vancouver Island, accepting a two-year teaching contract in Shawnigan Lake at the Cliffside Preparatory School, while his wife, Edna, worked as a nurse in Duncan. There, Auld also played field hockey for two years with the men’s team at Shawnigan Lake School in a league that included the Tigers, UVic and an Oak Bay team.

“At the end of those games at Windsor Park there was always a game right after and people figured that since I was a PE teacher I would know all the rules and I should umpire,” said Auld about how the whistle was first placed in his hand. “I had no qualifications but I was given a whistle and just did it. Whenever the umpire certification process started I did that and I got as far as Regional.”

In the 1980’s, Auld was also on the block to contend for his Canadian rank but during his field rating got injured and was unable to complete the game only later to find out that his age would likely prevent him from being selected for any Canadian-level matches anyway.

“I just went for [the Canadian rating] to improve but I was 46 and they had just dropped the age limits,” added Auld, who then decided to just stick with his regional rating.

Auld did relocate to Victoria with his wife, Edna, in 1969 and was the head of PE at Glenlyon Norfolk School. Edna and David had three children – Fiona Auld, Ian Auld and Caty Petan. Both Fiona and Caty played field hockey at Oak Bay Secondary and competed and won, in different years, at the provincial championships.

Auld’s umpiring career included doing the local men’s and women’s leagues, the premier men, high school girls and B.C. provincial championships. Auld bowed out of men’s league about 15 years ago and spent his last five years of umpiring dedicated to the third division VILFHA women’s league, the players of which he credits as the best to umpire.

Auld credits island officials Chris Wilson, Denise McGeachy, Gillian Batey, Alison Sweeten, Steve Stern and Tyler Klenk for their wisdom, guidance and inspiration over the years. Legendary field hockey contributors Jenny John and Pat Hall were also highlighted as being instrumental in support and laying the foundation for his pathway as an umpire.

“I’ve always admired his love of the game and his love of learning to improve his umpiring,” highlighted Victoria-based Chris Wilson, a 15-year FIH International certified umpire. “I remember almost not a weekend would go by that he didn’t have an umpiring question for me.”

“We had some great conversation about umpiring, rules and style. Also, watching him and seeing him enjoying umpiring a game is always a highlight. He’s been a long-standing member of the Victoria hockey community and has dedicated decades to the betterment of our sport.”

Auld continued as a player with the Castaways men’s team, made up largely of retired rugby players, from 1972-75 and when the team folded he played a large part in forming the Oak Bay men’s team.

Players that were umpired by Auld would not be able to argue the fact that he carried his love of the game on to the pitch rain or shine. His calm demeanor, jolly laugh and fair approach to the sport was always appreciated, while his desire to always pursue growth in his ability was an inspiration to all who remain complacent.


Rapid rounds with David Auld:

Q: The hardest rule for you to implement in your time:

David: I’ve never really agreed or understood this one. If you raise the ball in field play it’s dangerous or you are subject to danger but with a shot of goal there’s no danger. Just because there’s a shot on goal there’s no danger? If someone flicks it or scoops it you see that coming but this rule is just so hard to understand.

Q: Most gratifying thing to call or moment on the field:

David: Feeling that I did a good job on the field as an umpire. Usually I have a good feel but the players congratulate you. I remember umpiring the twins, Clive and Giles Wheatley, in a first division game and their sister, Harriet, came up to me and said, “Mr. Auld that was the best game I have ever seen umpired.” And I never expected that and that was a long, long time ago and I was surprised and never forgot.

Q: The most memorable card you have ever given:

I have very few red cards in my career, never in the women’s league, only in the men’s league. I did give a player a red card for language, poor behaviour, bad sportsmanship and as he walked off the field he was still sort of threatening me but I never forgot it. I’ve also given a couple to a few visiting Vancouver team players who were on the Canadian national team and they were upset about the call and said, “why don’t you just give me a red card?” so I did.

Q: Most embarrassing moment:

David: Well one time at half time I went over to my bag and took off my gloves and had to blow my nose and then when we were ready to start the game my colleague started time. Play went on and I went to blow my whistle and realized I had forgot it on the other side of the field in my bag. I had to wave my hands in the air and make a ‘T’ and it was just a major brain lapse.

That wasn’t my most embarrassing moment, though. I can’t remember the two teams but I was doing the right thing and seeing the attack coming towards me. I curled in to the near post and this one lady was running at the ball and I could feel she was over-running the ball. I thought, ‘she is going to charge in to me’ and I prepared myself. She bowled me right over and ended up on top of me and I ended up with both hands on her chest. My partner, Alison Sweeten, will remember this story because I was so embarrassed.

Q: Some advice you have for the next generation of umpires:

David: Be prepared that you are going to make mistakes and you need to learn from them. Watch top class games with top class umpires.

Q: What would you say to umpires who are maybe just happy staying where they are in umpiring?

David: Field Hockey BC used to send out a questionnaire about your goals and your aims and ask you what you inspire to be as an umpire. And after I couldn’t get my Canadian rating I said that I just wanted to be the best Regional umpire that I could be.

Q: Outside of being on the field, what do you think umpiring has taught you?

David: It’s taught me to be as fair and impartial as I can be in a game and so to in life. Go through life fairly and impartially. It’s helped me with conflict management but over the last five years umpiring third division women that rarely was an issue. It’s taught me to be understanding, too.

Q: Looking back at the many weekends you spent at the field, what do you think you would have been doing if you weren’t umpiring?

David: Edna and I would have been going away on weekend trips and maybe some cycling trips. We used to cycle up island, to the gulf islands. We would have been doing more of that. Edna was always supportive of me umpiring. I used to play cricket and a game would be 6 hours and she would come watch with the kids even though she didn’t know the first thing about cricket.

Q: What was your greatest challenge umpiring?

David: My greatest challenge was when I was asked to do two Canada vs USA men’s games in Victoria in the 1980s. Canada and the USA were up at UVic on a two-week training camp so they had scrimmage games every other day and I was asked to umpire. I umpired with a USA national umpire and I warned him that I might be out of my depth but he came up to me afterwards and said, “I don’t know what you’re worried about, you’re doing fine.”

Q. Best advice given to you:

David: Jenny John once said at a clinic, “never assume that when you walk on the field that players are going to foul. You must always go on to the field and assume that they are going to play the game properly.” I thought that was really good advice and that was 25 or 30 years ago.

Q: Highlight tournaments, games or memories for you?

David: Of course the Canada vs USA games. Also, the Bridgman Cup is such a great tournament and I have been to a few of the B.C. High School championships and I’ve enjoyed that. I’ve also umpired in the Vancouver men’s league a few times.