Being an indoor hockey goalie requires agility and additional skills that Cassidy Fernandes acquires from other sports.
“For indoor playing goalie, it’s easier with the gymnastics because I’m more balanced and I also play soccer so I can kick the ball really hard when I’m a goalie,’’ said Fernandes, a Grade 12 Cowichan Secondary School student who just turned 17 on Jan. 5.
She started doing gymnastics at age 10 and has been to provincials the last two years on the school team, with a third time pending this spring.
Fernandes has played soccer since she was six and is currently with the U17 Silver Cowichan Lion Hearts while also suiting up for the school team in Grades 10 and 11 and soon in Grade 12.
She’s made some great strides in indoor and outdoor field hockey.
“I started last year,’’ Fernandes, who went straight to the goalkeeping position, said of the indoor game.
“My mom was a goalie. It’s really hard. You face a lot of shots.’’
She occupied a forward spot in the outdoor game for the Cowichan Secondary team that surged to second in the provincials.
“Last year, we didn’t even make it to provincials,’’ she said.