Okanagan skaters head to Team Canada selection camp


Some local rockets are among the 142 women invited to the Team Canada women’s program selection camp.

Lake Country’s Jade Iginla and Brooke Disher, who just led Team Canada to a gold medal at the U18 Women’s World Championships in Wisconsin last month, have been invited to the camp.

Iginla, who nearly missed the tournament through injury, had an assist in the gold medal victory and finished the U18 world championships with one goal and two assists. Disher led the team to the gold medal, despite finishing the tournament scoreless.

Sarah Paul from Kelowna and Anne Cherkowski from Vernon are also on the presentation list.

Paul currently plays for Princeton University and played for the U18 rink hockey academy in Kelowna, where Iginla and Disher also skated. Cherkowski had 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 48 games over the past two seasons between the University of Minnesota and Clarkson University.

Summerland’s Steve O’Rourke is one of the many coaches at the camp. He is currently Director of Player Development for the Prince George Cougars (WHL).

During the showcase which will run from August 3-14, the 142 athletes will compete for spots on the National Team, National Development Team and National U18 Team for the 2022-23 season and the start of a new Olympic cycle.

The showcase takes place at the Markin MacPhail Center at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.

The 11-day event will feature on-ice practices, including intersquad games as well as off-ice sessions. The Finland U18 team will join the camp for a few days to play matches against Canada’s U18 women.

After this selection camp, Canada will take part in the cross-border series with the United States for the first time since 2019.

A team will be selected for the Women’s World Championship which will take place in Herning and Frederikshavn, Denmark, from August 24 to September 4.

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