WINNIPEG, Man. – The puck is ready to drop on the 2013 Female World Sport School Challenge, with eight teams from across the country taking to the ice at the Iceplex in Winnipeg starting tomorrow.
The first-ever Female World Sport School Challenge features preliminary round action Thursday, Feb. 21 and Friday, Feb. 22, while placement games and semifinals are Saturday, Feb. 23. Medal round games are set for Sunday, Feb 24, with the battle for bronze at 10:15 a.m. CT and the puck dropping on the gold medal game at 1:30 p.m. CT.
St. Mary’s Academy is hosting the tournament, welcoming fellow Winnipeg school the Shaftesbury Titans, along with Banff Hockey Academy from Banff, Alta.; Edge School for Athletes from Calgary, Alta.; Fort Frances High School from Fort Frances, Ont.; Okanagan Hockey Academy from Penticton, B.C.; the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy from Kelowna, B.C.; and Rothesay Netherwood School from Rothesay, N.B.
Tournament passes to the 2013 Female World Sport School Challenge are just $25 each, while individual game tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. They are available for purchase at the Jets Gear store in the Iceplex or St. Mary’s Academy.
This year’s Female World Sport School Challenge includes a special appearance by Canada’s National Women’s Team alumna and Winnipeg native Jennifer Botterill, who will be the guest speaker at the event banquet Friday, Feb. 22, with the reception at 6 p.m. CT and dinner at 7 p.m. CT at the Victoria Inn on Wellington Avenue. Local TSN reporter Sara Orlesky is emcee of the event banquet, which is open to the public. Tickets are available for $50 each by stopping by the Iceplex or contacting either Kathy Bumstead at 204-926-5866 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tim Rafter at 204-926-5882 or email@example.com.
The Female World Sport School Challenge is a brand new event that is expected to become an important venue for elite female players attending prep schools to compete in front of scouts from post-secondary institutions across North America, including from Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), as well as scouts from Canada’s National Women’s Program.
The event has been developed in line with a commitment made by Hockey Canada to help sport schools across the country as they create learning environments for players that are both encouraging and competitive, while promoting a positive balance between academic and athletic achievements. Hockey Canada is also dedicated to offering these specialized schools flexible infrastructure so that they can help their student-athletes reach their goals of being the best they can be, both on and off the ice.
Hockey Canada currently supports 15 sport schools across the country through formal partnerships that enhance learning opportunities while developing hockey skills. This year’s Female World Sport School Challenge host team, St. Mary’s Academy, has been an official Hockey Canada sport school since 2011, establishing a respected and reputed program, with teams that participate in games and tournaments across Canada and the United States.