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This article was published 06/12/2021 (293 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Julia Bilous is a 16-year-old Grade 11 student at St. Mary’s Academy who is a dedicated and hard-working student.

She’s equally dedicated to playing hockey with the school’s Flames Prep program (which is separate from the school’s WWHSHL team).

“School is going well,” she says. “It’s very busy right now with school, tests, and hockey, but things are going well. As far as a favourite subject goes I have always liked math and the sciences. I like biology and I have been enjoying physics more as of late.”

Supplied photo Julia Bilous, a 16-year-old player with the SJA Flames Prep program, hopes to earn a scholarship to play hockey at a Canadian university.

Julia enjoys playing with Flames Prep.

“Our head coach is Larry Bumstead. We have a good close team. This year has been fun because we have been able to travel,” Julia says. “It’s been a real positive year, no drama. I will be friends with these girls forever.”

Julia recently made the shift from playing forward to playing defence and she’s enjoying the transition.

“I have been playing hockey since I was five. During all those years I played forward. This year I made the move to defence and it has been a fun journey. Defence is a lot more stressful and you have to think a lot more,” she says.

“On D you are a part of the second-last line of keeping the puck out of your net. At the start, the importance of skating backwards was challenging, but lots of edgework and training has helped a lot. I am having a lot of fun.”

Julia lives in Royalwood with her dad Jeff, mom Candice, and brother Jack, who plays high-level hockey with The Rink Hockey Academy.

“I want to thank my mom and dad for always supporting me through my journey,”  she says. “They have always been very supportive for any decision I have ever made.”

Julia works hard in the classroom with a 99 per cent average and she also works hard on her game.

All the effort is focused on achieving a specific goal.

“I have been thinking about it a lot recently. I want to play college hockey and try to secure a scholarship to play. Ideally I would like to stay in Canada.”

I have no doubt that she will.

Julia has this to offer other athletes:

“Keep working hard. Don’t let anyone get you down. Keep trying your best and don’t give up on your dream.

Troy Westwood

Troy Westwood
Westwood's Sports Heroes

Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Troy Westwood writes about Winnipeg’s unsung sports heroes every other week in the Canstar Community News weeklies.

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