Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

Develop skills at girls-only hockey camp

Former NCAA Division 1 athlete to coach

  • Print
Sarah Zacharias is the program co-ordinator for the Balmoral Hall Blazers hockey development program. This is the first year the school is allowing girls from outside Balmoral Hall to sign up for the camp.

CINDY CHAN Enlarge Image

Sarah Zacharias is the program co-ordinator for the Balmoral Hall Blazers hockey development program. This is the first year the school is allowing girls from outside Balmoral Hall to sign up for the camp. Photo Store

Not only do young girls have the chance to learn hockey skills from a real pro, they’ll also get to learn from someone who was once in their position.

Sarah Zacharias, a 24-year-old assistant coach of Balmoral Hall School’s prep hockey team, is the program co-ordinator for the school’s hockey development program. This is the first year Zacharias is taking the reins of the six-year-old program as Anne Hedley, the original program co-ordinator, is on maternity leave.

This is also the first time in the program’s six years that girls in Grades 6 to 9 who don’t attend Balmoral Hall will be allowed to participate in the preseason training camp.

"We’re hoping that by doing it like this (opening the program up to students that don’t attend Balmoral Hall) that we’re able to increase the level of girls coming out as well as the eliteness of the program," Zacharias, a Balmoral Hall alum, said.

After Zacharias graduated from Balmoral Hall, she went on to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y. After graduating from post-secondary school, Zacharias returned to Winnipeg to coach. She coached the AAA Female Midget Hockey Program for Winnipeg Ice for two years. The NCAA Division 1 athlete also coached spring hockey with the Jets Hockey Development (JHD) program. She also coached with the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy.

"We are working on basic skill development and conditioning and fun stuff as well," Zacharias said.

Zacharias expects that there will be a broad spectrum of skill levels present at the camp.

"Some of them are peewee players, just learning hockey. Others are going to be AA Bantam players," Zacharias said.

However, there will be many coaches, including past Balmoral Hall alumni, on hand to help girls at any hockey skill level.

"Most of the girls that are going to be applying for this camp already have hockey skill, but that’s not to say we won’t take anyone that doesn’t," Zacharias said. "They’ll probably need a little more one-on-one attention, so if that’s the case, then we’ll work with that."

The camp will be held at the Central Corydon Community Centre (1370 Grosvenor Ave.) during the month of September at the following dates and times:

• Fri., Sept. 5 from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.;
• Sat., Sept. 6 from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.;
• Sun., Sept. 7 from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.;
• Tues., Sept. 16 from 8:45 to 9:45 p.m.;
• Fri., Sept. 19 from 7:20 to 9:30 p.m.;
• Sun., Sept. 21 from 5:20 to 7:20 p.m.;
• Fri., Sept. 26 from 5 to 6 p.m.;
• Tues., Sept. 30 from 8:45 to 9:45 p.m.

Each participant must pay a fee of $250. All girls must bring their own equipment to the camp.

Those interested in registering can do so at http://www.balmoralhall.com/discover-balmoral-hall-school/bh-blazers-hockey/prep-hockey-development/

Facebook.com/TheMetroWPG
Twitter: @metroWPG

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Fall Arts Guide

We preview what’s new and what’s coming up in Winnipeg’s new arts season

View our Fall Arts Guide

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

Do you think Canada Post should be responsible for clearing snow away from its community mailboxes?

View Results