A hockey player of Campbell River, Olivia Knowles, has netted an invitation to a virtual Hockey Canada summer camp.
Olivia Knowles is one of 50 players from across the country to be invited to the BFL CANADA National Women’s Development Team Summer Camp, which meets weekly till athletes return to university this fall.
The 21 year-old defensewoman is a senior at University of Minnesota.
According to her university sport profile, Knowles graduated in 2017 from Penticton Secondary School and played for the Okanagan Hockey Academy where she helped the team win the 2017 Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) league championship. She’s also been a familiar face on Hockey Canada teams, including the silver-medal-winning 2016 and 2017 under-18 women’s national teams for the IIHF under-18 women’s world championships.
Gina Kingsbury, director of women’s national teams with Hockey Canada said that it is important to recognize the accomplishment of these athletes being identified in their program at the U-18 and development level since they are a big part of their future moving forward. She added that the virtual sessions taking place allow them to connect and educate their athletes on their development and they are also trying to take advantage of that opportunity to connect their next-gen athletes with their current senior athletes so that they can create a strong tie between generations of their program.
According to a Hockey Canada press release, the virtual meetings will cover a variety of topics throughout the summer including at-home strength and conditioning plans, mental performance plans, nutrition, skating simulations, team-building activities, short-term international competition preparation and meetings with coaches.
The other athletes from B.C. who received invitations to the National Women’s Development Team Summer Camp are Knowles’ Gophers teammates Anne Cherkowski of Vernon and Amy Potomak of Aldergrove, as well as Kate Stuart of Chilliwack, Kendra Woodland of Kamloops, and Kate Reilly of Richmond.