Happy Masters Week: Heather & Clive Weathley

Clive and Heather carrying the Canadian flag at the 2018 Barcelona World Masters opening ceremony

Heather and Clive Wheatley, from Victoria, are members of the Victoria Rebels and have both represented the Canadian 50+ in the 2018 Barcelona World Masters, being flag barriers at the opening ceremony. Heather also played in the 2019 Hong Kong Indoor Masters over 45’s.

Heather Wheatley

“Representing Team Canada and the opportunity to wear our country’s colours at an international tournament was surreal and a life time event”. Aside from being the flag barrier at the opening ceremonies along with her husband, Clive, Heather also fondly remembers “setting up my sister, Sharon Rajaraman, for our first goal…a tournament I will never forget!”

She played in the 2018 Barcelona World Masters over 50’s, where Canada placed 14th, and the 2019 Hong Kong Indoor Masters over 45’s, where Canada placed 4th. “These international events are very well organized and bring together the hockey communities from around the world… you realize it is a huge hockey family”, she says.

“As we grow our Masters programs, we will have more age categories representing Canada at these events. I encourage others to join from across the country for the upcoming indoor and outdoor teams.

Additionally to playing for the Rebels in Victoria, Heather is also on the Wildcats Premier team. In order to continue to play competitively, she has been working hard and staying fit, which has allowed her to enjoy some special moments and cultivate old and new friendships.

Clive Weathley

Representing Team Canada in the 50s division at the 2018 Barcelona World Masters was a an experience Clive will never forget. “We all recognized it was an honour and privilege to be representing our country and gave it everything we had in the 35 degree heat.”

The tournament, hosted by Club Egara from Terrassa, had 16 countries competing in the 50+ division. “. It was eye-opening to see the quality of international masters hockey.”

Although Clive had higher expectations than the 14th place finish, he enjoyed his time in Spain making new friends and sharing the moment with his wife, Heather. “Carrying the Canadian flag with her at the opening ceremony was the most memorable moment for me.”

Reaching the Canadian Masters team wasn’t an easy task. is a competitive selection process to qualify for the team, requiring players to stay fit a keeping their skills sharp. “I am super motivated to try out for the team again and represent Canada in Cape Town, South Africa – the Masters World Cup, originally scheduled for 2020, was postponed until 2022 –, and encourage anyone to give it a go!”

Provincial Performance Talent Identification Programming (Summer 2021)

Field Hockey BC (FHBC) is pleased to announce information regarding the upcoming FHBC Provincial Performance Talent Identification Program. FHBC Provincial Performance Talent Identification Camps will be hosted this summer to provide an opportunity for athletes to be evaluated and identified as Targeted BC Provincial Athletes. This programming is occurring in lieu of the 2021 FHC National Championships and the FHBC Provincial Athlete Program.

Top athletes in the province will be placed on the FHBC-Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) Provincial Targeted Athlete List which is submitted annually to the Provincial Government and CSI by FHBC. Athletes on this list are eligible to receive support and benefits through Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSIP), including free access to select gyms around the province, high performance sport education, discounted products and services, and more. Provincially Targeted Athletes may also be eligible for the FHBC Elite Program.

Targeted athlete evaluation information will be shared with the Field Hockey Canada (FHC) National and NextGen Programs to help FHC plan their talent identification cycle (expected to next take place during the Fall 2021).

 

Camp Information:

Cost: $105

Please note that all nominated athletes will be expected to attend the camp that they are eligible for. Only current FHC NextGen athletes will be exempt from this summer’s Provincial Performance Talent Identification Camps.

The staged trials for the Provincial Program outlined in the Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project will be implemented in the next Provincial Program Identification cycle, in 2022, when the focus will be on selecting Provincial teams.

 

Athlete Nomination Form Submission & Athlete Registration 

Athletes interested in attending the Provincial Performance Talent Identification Program this summer, MUST be nominated by a coach. Any level of field hockey coach may submit a FHBC Athlete Nomination Form, including but not limited to a Club coach, FHBC program coach, national coach, Academy coach, High School coach or out-of-province Coach. Note that due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a past field hockey coach may also submit the FHBC Athlete Nomination Form.

Steps to register:

  1. A coach nominates an athlete using the FHBC Athlete Nomination Form: click here.
    FHBC Athlete Nomination Forms will be accepted between May 19 – June 2, 2021.
  2. Following the receipt of a FHBC Athlete Nomination Form, each nominated athlete will receive a formal invitation from FHBC (via email) outlining HOW TO REGISTER online for the appropriate Provincial Performance Talent Identification Camp. Formal invitations to register will be sent within 3-business days of receipt of the nomination. Please check your Junk or SPAM folder for an email from katie@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com.
  3. Nominated athletes will be able to register online for the appropriate Provincial Performance Talent Identification Camp between May 26 – June 14, 2021.
  4. Registered athletes will receive specific camp information (including camp schedule, safety information, etc.) in the week leading up to their camp.

Please contact katie@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com with any questions.

Happy Masters Week: Gurjit Sidhu

Gurjit Sidhu (right) and Langdon Kitagawa

Gurjit Sidhu (on the right), from Abbotsford, is a Burnaby Lake FHC / Gobind Sarvar member and has represented the Canadian Masters 50+ team in the 2018 Masters World Cup in Terrassa, Spain.

“Putting on the Canadian jersey and scoring goals versus teams like Argentina will be something I’ll never forget. I enjoyed every moment with my fantastic teammates and coaches, friendships that will last a lifetime”. Representing Canada is something only a select few people will ever do. Gurjit enjoyed his opportunity to the fullest, finishing as the teams joint top scorer at the tournament.

“I would tell people to Enjoy the opportunity to represent your country. There is no better feeling. The whole experience was so enjoyable would definitely recommend for those who can and enjoy the sport to make an effort to try competing in such an amazing event.”

Happy Masters Week: Gord Plottel

Gord Plottel (right) playing for the Canadian 60+ team against the USA 60+ in Vancouver, in June of 2019

Gord Plottel (on the right), from Vancouver and a member of the Vancouver Hawks Field Hockey Club, was the captain of the Canadian 60+ team in their first participation on a Masters’ World Cup, in Barcelona 2018.
 
His experience with Masters’ field hockey has allowed him to revive the competitive challenges and also enjoy the social element of the sport, connecting with athletes around the world. “Like the Men’s National Team, we play our hardest on the field, but, unlike them, we get together with the opposition for a beer after the game!”, Gord says. “It’s that combination of competition and camaraderie that makes Masters’ hockey appealing to older players.”
 
According to Plottel, aside from staying involved in the sport, playing Masters’ hockey has provided him a goal for fitness and continued athletic improvement regardless of age. Playing competitively is an incentive to “get out for a run in a rainy morning or learn a new hockey skill”. As Gord points out, “ it provides a valuable opportunity to exemplify the ‘long’ in Long Term Athlete Development”

Apply for the FHBC Foundation Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary!

FHBC is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary. The application deadline is May 31st, 2021, and the recipients should be announced in June.

The Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary is designed to support female athletes under the age of 12 and focuses on assisting with the costs involved in playing field hockey at the club level. Five awards of up to $100 will be made annually. However, if, in any one year, there are candidates requiring greater financial aid, larger amounts may be considered (to a maximum of $250).

This is a legacy fund gift held in perpetuity with the FHBC Foundation following the passing of Allyn Murison who was passionate about getting young female athletes involved in our great game.

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

Athlete Evaluation Methodology Webinar RECORDING

In cased you missed our Athlete Evaluation Methodology Webinar, which happened on May 13th via Zoom, you can watch the recording HERE. The recording is also posted on our Online Field Hockey Resources page.

The purpose of this webinar is to help our community understand how athletes are evaluated in a high performance talent identification setting. This webinar is targeted at Club Coaching Leads, especially those who may be looking to nominate Club athletes to FHBC’s talent identification program, or any FHBC Member interested in learning more about the evaluation process.

Elite Program

The Elite Program was borne out of the Provincial Athlete Pathway Review Project that took place in 2020.
You can acess the PDF of the project’s Final Report here.


The Elite Program is a high-performance program designed to provide individualized support to athletes that have been identified just below the NextGen level, and is comprised of athletes that have been selected to the FHBC – Canadian Sport Institute Targeted Athlete list, but are not actively training in the FHC NextGen program (either not selected to NextGen or have opted out). The program is designed to support athletes in their goals to reach the National team level.

The CSI Targeted Athlete List is updated yearly. The next opportunity for evaluation will be through a series of Provincial Talent Identification events. Please note that the Elite Program is separate from the Provincial Program.

Support for Cowichan field hockey player Kayla Dosen and family

We ask you all to read the message below with care. If you have the chance, please consider assisting Kayla and her family in this fight. Together, we can help Kayla win this!

“Kayla Dosen is a caring, outgoing and spritely 15-year old girl who loves sports (especially field hockey), music and spending time with her friends and family.

Kayla was recently diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia and has now been transported to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver for further testing to determine the next steps for treatment.

Kayla’s parents, Megan and Rob, have travelled with her to Vancouver to be by her side. As you can imagine, this ordeal will be nothing short of a long road ahead with many unexpected expenses. Any support for the family at this time of need is greatly appreciated!”

To donate, access https://www.gofundme.com/f/d7wk7-support-for-kayla-dosen-and-family?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp%20share-sheet

Vancouver Island Technical Development Program – Registration Open


THE VICTORIA PROGRAM IS FULL. SPOTS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR THE PROGRAM IN DUNCAN.


Registration is now open for our 6-week Island Technical Development Spring program. These programs are open to male and female athletes born in 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006.

The program details are as follows:

Duncan

Day/Time

Date Range

Cost

Location

U16/18

Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00pm

May 6th – June 10th

$140

Cowichan Sportsplex

Victoria

Day/Time

Date Range

Cost

Location

U16/18

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00pm

May 5th – June 9th

$140

University of Victoria

Register now: https://www.fieldhockeybc.ca/fhbc/regionals.php/
(Please select ‘Development’ under Program Level)

The deadline to register is Friday, April 30th. However, please note that registration is limited to maintain an athlete to coach ratio of 8:1, and will be on a first come-first served basis.

These programs will continue to follow viaSport’s Return to Sport Phase 2 guidance and FHBC’s Responsible Return to Play guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Full physical distancing (3 metres) will be maintained throughout the program.

For more information on these programs please visit our Female program page, or our Male program page.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Jameson at katie@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com.

Southeast & Interior Technical Development Programs – Registration Deadline Extended

Field Hockey BC would like to announce that registration for the Interior and Southeast Technical Development Programs (U14, U16 and U18 boys & girls) has been extended to Monday, April 4th.

Please note registration is limited to maintain an athlete coach ratio of 8:1. All registration will be on a first come-first served basis.

INTERIOR

U16 Interior Girls (Born: 2005, 2006 and 2007)

  • 6 sessions, Sundays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, April 11th – May 16t @ Mission Recreation Park

U18 Interior Girls (Born: 2003 and 2004)

  • 6 sessions, Sundays, 2:30 – 3:00 pm, April 11th – May 16th @ Mission Recreation Park

SOUTHEAST

U14 Southeast Boys & Girls (Born: 2007 and 2008)

  • 6 sessions, Saturdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, starting April 10th @ Tamanawis

U16 Southeast Boys & Girls (Born: 2005 and 2006)

  • 6 sessions, Saturdays, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, starting April 10th @ Tamanawis

U18 Southeast Girls (Born: 2003 and 2004)

  • 6 sessions, Sundays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, starting April 11th @ Tamanawis

U18 Southeast Boys (Born: 2003 and 2004)

  • 6 sessions, Sundays, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, starting April 11th @ Tamanawis

SOUTHEAST PROGRAM ELIGIBLITY
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program is open only to athletes associated with clubs located in the SE region (Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Richmond, Surrey, etc.).

 

For more information and to register, access the following links:
Male Technical Programs – http://ow.ly/gl6v50E5IGQ
Female Technical Programs – http://ow.ly/c14Z50E5IHJ