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Canada squads announced for Olympic Qualifiers

January 30, 2012
Men and women to compete for spots at London 2012

The Canadian Men’s and Women’s Field Hockey Teams will compete in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Olympic Qualification Tournament in New Delhi, India from February 18th – 26th.  This is the final chance for both Canadian National Teams to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.    

The men’s and women’s round-robin tournaments will run simultaneously.  The teams finishing first and second after round-robin play will compete in the final match –only the winner will earn a berth to the Olympic Games.

Team Canada Men will be in for a tough fight against host and top-ranked India.  The Women are also ready for a battle, entering the tournament ranked fourth out of six.  Regardless, Team Canada is focused and ready to compete. 

“We are feeling strong going into this qualifier,” says Women’s National 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.”

“We share the same goal of every team that has been training for the past three years - qualify for the 2012 Olympics,” says Louis Mendonca, Women’s National Head Coach.  “The plan for the next few weeks is to improve the weaknesses that the Pan American Games revealed and to perfect our strengths.”  

“This is our last chance to qualify for the Olympics and our goal is to win,” says Robin D’Abreo, Men’s National Head Coach.  “Our goal is clear but the road to success will not be an easy one – especially as we face India.  We look forward to battling for every point in a fantastic venue in front of some of the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic fans in the world.”

“After our tough loss at the Pan American Games in October, we have been focused on this Qualifier and what we have to do to win,” says Men’s Team Captain Ken Pereira.  “We can’t wait to get on the pitch again.  We are ready to go and get that spot at London 2012!”

The Canadian Men will face India, France, Poland, the U.S. and Italy in their tournament.  For details, visit http://www.fieldhockey.ca/Men2012OQ

The Canadian Women will compete against South Africa, India, Italy, Ukraine and Poland.  For details, visit www.fieldhockey.ca/Women2012OQ.

TEAM CANADA WOMEN
    HOMETOWN
1 Abigail Raye Kelowna, BC
2 Anna Kozniuk North Vancouver, BC
3 Azelia Liu Scarborough, ON
4 Brienne Stairs Kitchener, ON
5 Danielle Hennig Kelowna, BC
6 Diana Roemer Mill Bay, BC
7 Hannah Haughn North Vancouver, BC
8 Kate Gillis Kingston, ON
9 Kate Thompson Vancouver, BC
10 Katie Baker Argyle Shore, PEI
11 Kaitlyn Williams White Rock, BC
12 Kristine Wishart Hamilton, ON
13 Maddie Secco Victoria, BC
14 Natalie Sourisseau Kelowna, BC
15 Sara McManus Tsawwassen, BC
16 Stephanie Jameson Vancouver, BC
17 Thea Culley Rossland, BC
18 Tyla Flexman Vancouver, BC

STAFF TEAM

Head Coach Louis Mendonca Thornhill, ON
Assistant Coach Paul Bundy Vancouver, BC
Manager Stefanie Sloboda Winnipeg, MB
Video Analyst John DeSouza Toronto, ON
Athletic Therapist Noreen Ortilla Georgetown, ON
Physician Dr. Navin Prasad Vancouver, BC
Video Tech Minder Gill Vancouver, BC
TEAM CANADA MEN
    HOMETOWN
1 David Carter Vancouver, BC
2 Adam Froese Abbotsford, BC
3 Jagdish Gill  Toronto, ON
4 Matthew Guest  Melbourne, Australia
5 Richard Hildreth  Vancouver, BC
6 David Jameson  Vancouver, BC
7 Antoni Kindler  Vancouver, BC
8 Mark Pearson  Tsawwassen, BC
9 Ken Pereira  Unionville, ON 
10 Scott Sandison  Mississauga, ON
11 Rob Short  Tsawwassen, BC
12 Gabbar Singh Mississauga, ON
13 Iain Smythe  Vancouver, BC
14 Hudson Stewart  Vancouver, BC
15 Rogier Trip  Wassenaar, Zuid-Holland
16 Scott Tupper  Vancouver, BC
17 Jesse Watson  North Vancouver, BC
18 Philip Wright  Vancouver, BC

STAFF TEAM 

Head Coach Robin D'Abreo Vancouver, BC
Assistant Coach Anthony Farry Canberra, ACT, Australia
Manager Kinder Gill Vancouver, BC
Physician Navin Prasad Vancouver, BC
Psychologist Bruce Pinel Victoria, BC
Physiotherapist Sean Campbell North Vancouver, BC
Video Giles Wheatley
Video Tech Minder Gill Vancouver, BC

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