Being the last line of defence isn’t the most glamourous position on the field hockey pitch, but nobody does it better than Kim Smith.
Outstanding team results are a reflection of her contribution at centre defense.
Smith, 16, a Grade 11 student, was especially on top of her game during last year’s provincial AAA high school tournament.
She’s one of the reasons why Cowichan soared to second place.
Coach Gillian Braun noted she was an “amazing player’’ and had her on the field for every minute of the tournament.
“I first started Grade 10 year, Jen Budding put me there,’’ said Smith. “I’ve been playing there ever since.’’
Smith had an amazing 2012 all-around with appearances on a victorious Cal Cup team, regional competition and more leading into a continuation in 2013 with the U18 indoor tournament and outdoor game action with the Victoria Lynx Div. 1 and 2 sides.
“I think I prefer outdoor more, but indoor’s just as fun and it’s almost more intense than outdoor because it’s such a short field (gym),’’ said Smith.
She also coaches young indoor players and outdoors in spring league.