Field Hockey Canada and Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) today confirmed the athletes and coaches named to Team Canada for the XXth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland in July.
The Canadian women’s team has been nearly entirely renewed at the end of the last Olympic cycle, with four players returning from the group that played in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi: Thea Culley (Rossland, BC), team captain Kate Gillis (Kingston, ON), Abigail Raye (Kelowna, BC), and Kristine Wishart (Hamilton, ON).
“Field hockey at the Commonwealth Games is rich in history and incredibly competitive,” says Team Canada Chef de Mission, Chantal Petitclerc. “With many of the top teams in the world in attendance in Glasgow, Canada is sure to face some tough matches, but I am sure they will hold their own against the experienced international teams they will face.”
“The Commonwealth Games are a significant milestone in any athlete’s career,” said Coach Ian Rutledge. “We now have a final group that will do its part to represent our program and country with pride.”
“The Commonwealth Games is a benchmark event for our Women’s National Program,” said Jeff Sauvé, CEO of Field Hockey Canada. “The Games present an opportunity to battle some of the best Nations in the world. Even more than that, it is an opportunity for a fearless group of our best athletes to validate the commitment they make to a daily training environment.”
“Congratulations to the players who will make up the Canadian women’s field hockey team at the Commonwealth Games,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “I look forward to seeing this team excel on the pitch in Glasgow, as our teams have done so often before.”