WATERLOO - Wilfrid Laurier and Women’s Head Coach RICK OSBORNE
are proud to announce that two Golden Hawks athletes, goalie Liz Knox
and defenceman Andrea Bevan
, have been chosen to participate in the 2007 National Women’s Under-22 Team Conditioning Camp.
The camp takes place from May 25th to 27th in Calgary, Alberta. The 46 participants were announced by Canada’s National Women’s Team head coach/general manager Melody Davison, as well as the National Women’s Program head scout Wally Kozak. Those chosen are among the country’s top 21-and-under female players.
Knox, a Stoufville native, has completed her first year playing on the Golden Hawks as a goaltender. She was recognized as the Team Rookie of the Year for 2006-2007. Originally from Collingwood, Andrea Bevan
has played defense on the Golden Hawks since 2004. In her time at Laurier, Bevan was named a member of the CIS All-Rookie Team in 2004-2005, and has since gone on to be recognized as the 2006-2007 OUA Most Valuable Player, as well as being a member of the OUA First-Team All Stars in 2006-2007 and the CIS First-Team All Canadians.
Knox and Bevan will be training among 15 individuals who played on Canada’s 2006-2007 National Women’s Under-22 Team, as well as two players with National Women’s Team experience.
The focus of this three-day conditioning camp will be on skating techniques, using no pucks on the ice. The players will participate in fitness testing and skating drills occurring both on the ice and dry land. In regards to these training styles, Head Coach RICK OSBORNE
reports that both players are “positioned to take advantage of this experience thanks to the dry land training program that [Athletic Therapist] Jamie Carlson
has implemented with [the] team.” Osborne further recognized the dedication of the Athletics staff by noting that “Both [therapists] Jamie and Jenn Childs are always so willing to help with the mentoring process for these athletes.”
The camp will additionally prove to be useful in getting to know the players, providing them with further off-ice training techniques and nutritional guidance. Hockey Canada officials will also observe the performances of the players at the camp. Using the 2006-2007 evaluations (including Knox’s performance at goalie camp in June) in addition to these performances, officials will make observations for the selection of the National Women’s Under-22 Team of 2007-2008.
“Andrea and Liz are both world class athletes who have really worked hard for this opportunity,” says Osborne. Laurier is proud of the achievements of its athletes and looks forward to seeing Knox and Bevan prove themselves in the upcoming days.