Stefanie Langkammer Grade 11, Cowichan Secondary School

Stefanie Langkammer takes aim during an indoor hockey game. - Don Bodger/file
Stefanie Langkammer takes aim during an indoor hockey game.
— image credit: Don Bodger/file

Signature sports moment of 2012: 2012 has been an incredible year for me in field hockey and has brought me many achievements. In April, I played for the U17 Junior National Team, we competed with the U.S. in a challenge match. Later that month, the Island Cats won gold in the Regional Tournament. In May, I went to California with the Cowichan Crusaders and we brought home the gold medal. June, I received Grade 10 female athlete of the year at the school sports banquet. July, I played for Team B.C. A. We travelled to Calgary to play at Nationals and won gold. In November, my school team Cowichan T-Birds placed second at Provincials. The best moment of the year was playing in the Bridgman Cup in Victoria with the T-Birds. We were in the quarterfinal game, down 2-1 and next to zero time left. I got our team a short corner and scored off it, making the score tied. We then went into strokes and won the game, bringing us to the bronze medal game where we won!

Coach’s words of wisdom: Krista Thompson has coached me many times and given me countless hours of training. The one thing that really stands out is her telling me and my teammates: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”  I will never forget that!

Biggest obstacle to overcome: The biggest obstacle for me to overcome is the countless hours of training that I do in Victoria and going to Vancouver on weekends in the spring to train. I have learned over the years how to better balance it all and continue to move forward.

Best teammate ever: The best teammate I have ever had is Claire Seeliger. Claire is very supportive, caring and one of my best friends on and off the field. We have played together for the past five years. We have a very similar style in the way we play. We can read off each other when it comes to plays and work really well together. We spent a lot of time driving and training on our many trips to Victoria and Vancouver.

Benefits of being in high-level sports: Progressing each year to higher levels has benefited me in so many ways. I’ve had many different coaches who have taught me different styles and skills. They continue to challenge my ability to try new things. I am able to bring these skills and use them among the different teams I play for.

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