Sport Canada defines ‘Nextgen’ as athletes who are 5-8 years away from an Olympic/World Cup podium. The Field Hockey Canada Women’s Nextgen national program is a collection of young athletes from across the country. These players train and compete in their regional training centres located in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. It’s from this athlete pool that coaches draw for the Junior and Youth international competitions. The Nextgen pathway also serves as the development pipeline for the senior Women’s National Team.
Women’s Junior World Cup – December 5-16, 2021
Team Canada earned the top spot out of the Pan Americas by winning the Junior Pan American Championships, defeating Chile, Argentina and Uruguay en route to a gold medal. Argentina had won seven of the previous eight iterations of this event, with USA winning one in 2008. This year’s win will go down in history as the first Canadian Junior Pan American gold for any Team Canada. This is also the first outdoor Pan American gold for any Canadian women’s program. The Junior World Cup will take place in Potchefstroom, South Africa from December 5 t0 December 16, 2021. Pan American rivals, Argentina, Uruguay and USA will all be in the field in Potchefstroom come December. Canada even has a date with Uruguay in pool play. See the schedule below; more information will be posted as the tournament nears.