The BC Summer Games will take place in Nanaimo this year from July 14-20.
Twelve-year-old Hanna Schulze of Rossland will participate as a player on the U12 girls Kootenay zone soccer team.
“I’m really looking forward to playing as good as we did in practices and games and to get to know my team better,” said Schulze.
The team consists of 14 girls and two coaches and they have been practicing together since tryouts in mid June.
The girls attended four weekend camps in preparation for the BC Summer Games tournament, two in Cranbrook and two in Nelson.
“At one of the practices we played the older girls…and actually beat them,” said Schulze who believes the team has progressed since tryouts.
Schulze played soccer when she was younger but explained it as more of a social pastime until she picked it up again last year in a house league.
This year she played on the rep team and enjoys a more advanced level of soccer which got her to where she is now, playing for the Kootenay team at the BC games.
Although the U12 girls don’t have an official team name, their colours are black and yellow and they sometimes refer to themselves as the Bumblebees.
Schulze’s goal is “to have fun and play soccer,” but she did admit it would be nice to win and become the first ever Kootenay South girls team to receive a medal.