After 60 years, Canada National Women’s U23 Underwater Hockey Team are making waves as they strive to make their way to the world championship.
Players have been selected from coast to coast, and after extensive land and water training. The U23 team is comprised of the following members:
- Laura Bérubé
- Jessica Brown
- Michelle Chan
- Emily Dressel
- Alexandra Larson
- Marie-Ève Ouellet
- Nadine Perron
Although the concept of underwater hockey is new to most, these members have put their blood and heart into the sport and most have fallen in love with the sport through pursuits such as scuba, free diving and synchronize swimming.
Generally, an underwater hockey team is comprised of 10 players, allowing for four substitutes. With the U23 Underwater Hockey Team’s seven players, six of the girls have set roles they specialize in. “This arrangement and consequent changing of perspectives is extra fun and sometimes tricky,” states Chan. On dry land, each person has voluntarily accepted additional responsibilities that keep their team rolling along with working one to two jobs topped with studies for some.
On top of the training, working multiple jobs and studying, the team works tirelessly to fund their team to pay for registration fees, team uniforms, equipment, travel, food and accommodations.
You can help the team continue to strive for greatness by visiting uwhehteam.com and making a donation.
Canadian Underwater Hockey Championships 2015
When: Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17
Where: Coquitlam City Centre Aquatic Complex – 1210 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Vancity Buzz is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Canada National Women’s U23 Underwater Hockey Team