The Canada Men’s and Women’s National Field Hockey Teams are traveling to India today for one reason: to earn tickets to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The International Hockey Federation Olympic Qualification Tournament begins on Saturday, February 18th. This is the final opportunity for the National Teams to earn Olympic berths.
“We can’t wait to get on the pitch in India,” says Men’s Team Captain Ken Pereira. “We are ready to go and get that spot at London 2012!”
“We are feeling strong going into this qualifier,” says Women’s Team Captain Katie Baker. “On the field, we are competitive and tough. We know what we can do as a team, and we are ready to compete together.”
Follow both teams on their road to London at www.fieldhockey.ca/Men2012OQ and www.fieldhockey.ca/Women2012OQ.
TEAM CANADA MEN: David Carter (Vancouver).. Adam Froese (Abbotsford, BC).. Jagdish Gill (Toronto).. Matthew Guest (Melbourne, Australia).. Richard Hildreth (Vancouver).. David Jameson (Vancouver).. Antoni Kindler (Vancouver).. Mark Pearson (Tsawwassen, BC).. Ken Pereira (Unionville, ON).. Scott Sandison (Mississauga, ON).. Rob Short (Tsawwassen, BC).. Gabbar Singh (Mississauga, ON).. Iain Smythe (Vancouver).. Hudson Stewart (Vancouver).. Rogier Trip (Wassenaar, Zuid-Holland).. Scott Tupper (Vancouver).. Jesse Watson (North Vancouver).. Philip Wright (Vancouver)
MEN’S STAFF TEAM: Head Coach: Robin D’Abreo (Vancouver).. Assistant Coach: Anthony Farry (Canberra, ACT, Australia).. Manager: Kinder Gill (Vancouver).. Physician: Dr. Navin Prasad (Vancouver).. Psychologist: Bruce Pinel (Victoria, BC).. Physiotherapist: Sean Campbell (North Vancouver).. Video: Giles Wheatley.. Video Tech: Minder Gill (Vancouver)
TEAM CANADA WOMEN: Abigail Raye (Kelowna, BC).. Anna Kozniuk (North Vancouver, BC).. Azelia Liu (Scarborough, ON).. Brienne Stairs (Kitchener, ON).. Danielle Hennig (Kelowna, BC).. Diana Roemer (Mill Bay, BC).. Hannah Haughn (North Vancouver).. Kate Gillis (Kingston, ON).. Kate Thompson (Vancouver).. Katie Baker (Argyle Shore, BC).. Kaitlyn Williams (White Rock, BC).. Kristine Wishart (Hamilton, ON).. Maddie Secco (Victoria, BC).. Natalie Sourisseau (Kelowna, BC).. Sara McManus (Tsawwassen, BC).. Stephanie Jameson (Vancouver).. Thea Culley (Rossland, BC).. Tyla Flexman (Vancouver)
WOMEN’S STAFF TEAM: Head Coach: Louis Mendonca (Thornhill, ON).. Assistant Coach: Paul Bundy (Vancouver).. Manager: Stefanie Sloboda (Winnipeg, MB).. Video Analyst: John DeSouza (Toronto).. Athletic Therapist: Noreen Ortilla (Georgetown, ON).. Physician: Dr. Navin Prasad (Vancouver).. Video Tech: Minder Gill (Vancouver)
Source: Field Hockey Canada Media Release