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Field Hockey Canada announces U18 National Team

February 15, 2023 | Field Hockey Canada |

Next Generation of Canadian superstars will play a test-series in France

Field Hockey Canada is thrilled to announce the Under-18 Women’s National Team that will travel to France in April for a training tour and test series. Formed yearly, the U18 National Team will train and tour in preparation for moving up the NextGen ladder towards the Junior National Team. This U18 cohort is next in line to progress into the Junior ranks and prepare for Junior Pan American Championships and Junior World Cups in years to come.


The U18 team is led by head coach Chris Tyrrell and assistant coaches Andrea Gibson and Sofia Walia. The team returns five athletes from last year’s U18 National Team and brings up nine athletes that took part in last year’s U16 test-series versus the US. Tyrrell said that the international game is played at a higher level and that it’s really important to get these competition elements for player development.

“The game is faster and more demanding than the level junior athletes are typically exposed to domestically. The players are fitter, they make better decisions, they make less errors, and more is required tactically,” Tyrrell said. “Experiencing this firsthand is an invaluable lesson that there really is no substitute for.”

According to Tyyrell, the international exposure at this level also prepares these athletes for what it could be like at the senior level.

“[These tours] give a small window into what it might be like to be a senior international player. Not everything is the same of course but we want the players on these junior teams to aspire to one day be representing Team Canada on the biggest stage,” he said. “That’s a big dream and these junior tours can give athletes a feel for what the practicalities of living that dream might be.”

Stay tuned for more coverage of this team as they prepare and travel to France for their training tour and international test-series.


Amanda AdamsVictoria, BCFWDLynx FHC
Sierra BlackburnKitchener, ONMIDA&C Academy
Sydney BlackburnKitchener, ONMIDA&C Academy
Nadine BrenninkmeyerWest Vancouver, BCMIDWest Vancouver FHC
Wynn BrownVancouver, BCDEFLynx FHC
Anais ChaceVancouver, BCGKLynx FHC
Emily Rose ChisholmBurlington, ONMIDGOA Reds
Stella Goddard-DespotNorth Vancouver, BCMIDWest Vancouver FHC
Prabhleen GrewalCalgary, ABFWDKing XI FHC
Lindsey HillsNorth Vancouver, BCMIDSea to Sky FHC
Maddie HunterVictoria, BCFWDLynx FHC
Stella MalinowskiVancouver, BCMIDVancouver Hawks FHC
Rylie NovakVancouver, BCMIDVancouver Hawks FHC
Georgia Grace ReynoldsVancouver, BCDEFPolar Bears FHC
Ella RideoutVancouver, BCDEFSea to Sky FHC
Calista SchwartzVancouver, BCDEFVancouver Hawks FHC
Rebecca StoneVictoria, BCMIDLynx FHC
Sasha StreuVancouver, BCGKVancouver Hawks FHC
Brooke WalshStratford, PEIMIDField Hockey PEI
Brooklyn WiddessKelowna, BCFWDKelowna Secondary School
Hailey BauderKingston, ONDEFDolphins
Ella BonnellMilton, ONMIDA&C Academy
Chantal FlaminmanRichmond, BCMIDVancouver Hawks FHC
Alicia LungVancouver, BCMIDVancouver Hawks FHC
Keira MasonVancouver, BCDEFVancouver Hawks FHC
Chris TyrrellDublin, IREHead CoachVRC Jokers
Andrea GibsonCoquitlam, BCAssistant CoachSea to Sky FHC
Sofia WaliaSurrey, BCAssistant Coach

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