During the week of 22nd July the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees women’s hockey team ran it’s summer camp at the Minto Sports Complex on the campus of University of Ottawa.
The Gee-Gees girls’ hockey camp provided a great opportunity for players and goaltenders between the ages of 6 to 16 to learn about the game and improve their technical and tactical skills. The camp goal was to provide each participant with an enjoyable and memorable hockey experience through high quality instruction, led by members and Head Coach Yanick Evola of the women’s hockey team.
The Gee-Gees hockey camp offered an introduction to nutrition, agility training and physical training, including power skating, puck handling and shooting sessions. A number of other activities were also scheduled throughout the camp, including a game inspired by Red Bull Crashed Ice, as a number of the Gee-Gees women’s hockey team members have competed in the real event, including 2 time winner, and graduating Gee-Gee, Fannie Desforges. Once again this year, goaltenders had the privilege of training with Gee-Gees goaltender Cassie Séguin, a former member of the under-18 national team and added this year, Erica Howe, goalie for Clarkson University in the NCAA.
After the camp, Gee-Gee’s Head Coach Yanick Evola, spoke about the importance of giving back to the community and wanting to do even more.”I am really happy how involved we are in our community. Our players are a big factor in the growth of our program and they understand the importance of giving back to the community and they love doing it.” Maude Laramée, 2nd year Gee-Gee added, “It’s a great experience for me and my teammates because we create friendships with the kids, they learn from us, and we learn from them too. And at the same time we’re helping the community.”
Parents of camp participants were quick to throw their support behind the camp and Gee-Gees program, “The counsellors were full of enthusiasm and smiles start to finish. My daughter enjoyed herself and learned a lot. She’s already talking about next year’s camp.” Another parent added, “My daughter loved the camp, she’s asked me 6 times since yesterday to watch Carley (Porcellato) play.” He was very thankful for the Gee-Gees creating such a positive impression on his daughter.
The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees along with community partners will be holding other camps and clinics this summer. The City of Ottawa at the Fred G. Barrett Arena, Goulbourn R.C. and Potvin Arena, view this poster (PDF) for more information about these camps and clinics. And the Ottawa Girls Hockey Association at Jim Durrell Arena on August 17th and 18th, for more information visit the OGHA website.
The below video was produced by the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees women’s hockey team.(added 1 August 2013)