Field Hockey Canada > Regional Identification Camp focuses on the "Next Generation"

The Women’s National Program continued the exciting process of identifying potential national team athletes building to the 2016 Junior World Cup and beyond to the 2020 Olympic Games.

An identification camp was held over the holiday break from December 27 to 30 in Guelph, Ontario and focused on junior athletes primarily from Eastern Canada. The 27 athletes at camp represented Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba. This opportunity was one of two Regional ID Camps planned for across the country, with the second to be held in Vancouver, BC in May 2014, focusing on athletes from Western Canada. All athletes attending will be competing for invitations to a national camp to be held in Vancouver in August 2014.

The Program was lead by WNT Assistant Coach, Robin D’Abreo, who was impressed with the talent on show.

“The opportunity to see our athletes first hand is always invaluable.” stated D’Abreo, who will lead the Junior Program. “I’m excited about the potential of these players and, given a dedication to quality time on task, what they are capable of accomplishing on the international stage. The group is beginning to understand the significance of the opportunity that lies in front of them and the commitment it will take to earn the privilege of one day being called an Olympian.”

Ian Rutledge, Women’s Head Coach and Program Director commented “The East Camp is an important opportunity to continue the identification and development of our next generation of players who have an exciting program ahead of them over the next few years.”