Tuesday, July 5, 2011 | Women's Hockey
Carleton Ravens captain and Olympian with Team Germany, Sara Seiler (Miesbach, Germany), has been selected to participate in the first International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) High Performance Women’s Camp in Bratislava, Slovakia from July 5-12.
Seiler will represent Germany at the camp, which is part of a long-term project designed to improve the quality of women’s hockey worldwide by increasing parity in the sport.
Player ambassadors and coaching mentors from the top four nations (Canada, the U.S., Sweden and Finland) have been assigned to act as a sounding board and resource for players and coaches from nine other countries over the next two and a half years.
“[Seiler] has the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the first elite women’s high performance hockey camp,” said Ravens head coach Shelley Coolidge. “She will be learning from and training alongside some of the world’s best coaches and female players.”
“Along with [Seiler] growing as an individual player, she will grow as a leader and have the opportunity to share skills, training techniques and mental skills with everyone in the Ravens’ program,” she added. “The mentorship that is being led by the IIHF will not only benefit our athletes, but all of the young players in our community that our student-athletes work with.”
At the camp, players like Seiler will be put through physical testing and mixed together for on-ice sessions. After that, the ambassadors and mentors will keep in touch with players with the hopes that women’s hockey programs will see significant improvement in future international competitions.
Canadian women’s team captain Hayley Wickenheiser and former Olympic team coach Melody Davidson are the primary player and coach ambassadors for this project.
Six senior teams and six under-18 teams will send 17 players and five staff to the week-long camp.
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