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Team Canada: Tara Watchorn’s Debut at the World Championships

Day 2 of World Championships

Winterthur – Switzerland

Today marks the second day of the 2011 World Championship Tournament and our teams eighth day in Winterthur, Switzerland.  It has been a long journey for us after a 3 game evaluation camp in Toronto, 2 exhibition games against the US in Ann Harbor, Michigan and a week worth of practice here in Winterthur.  

The evaluation camp was something different for our National Women’s Program.  However, it met the expectations of our coaches and scouts, creating a competitive environment for the best players in the country to compete and try and earn a spot on the twenty-one-player roster.   

Early in the morning on the 6th of April, I was privileged enough to be one of the 21 players to be selected to the 2011 Women’s World Championship team.   My feelings at the time are hard to describe.  When you work so hard for something your whole life and the pieces finally start fitting together, there isn’t a better feeling in the world.  Although I made my national women’s team debut at the Four Nations Cup in November I am one of 5 rookies to play for this world Championship team along with Spooner, Wakfield, Laroque, and Slusar.  It is an amazing honor and I am just trying to soak in every second of this experience.  

Our team has made great strides since that morning of selections.  After splitting two grueling games against the US and a tough week of practice here in Switzerland, we have come a long way and our play is starting to show it.  Over the last week, along with our two-a-day practices, we have had a couple days off in order to explore the town, relax and go sight seeing.  On the 13th we traveled as a team to see Rhine Falls before going out to eat at San Remo.  Apparently Rhine Falls is one of the biggest waterfalls in Switzerland and it was gorgeous! 

Like most days off with Team Canada, there is normally a workout in disguise.  Today our workout consisted of walking up hundreds of stairs around this beautiful waterfall.  Guess it could have been worse.

Yesterday was our first game of the tournament against the host country and they sold out the rink making for an amazing atmosphere.  With roughly 3000 fans watching our game we came out flying and it wasn’t long before we were on the scoreboard.  They played us tough and the game got a little “chippy” at times.  The game ended in a 12 – 0 victory for Canada and we are now one game closer to our final goal.  

Tonight the match up is against Kazakhstan.  Although they lost to Finland last night, rumor has it that their goalie is pretty good and we are looking forward to another game to get better as a team.  It is a quick turn around for us today as we play at 4 PM this afternoon.  So instead of doing our usual pre game skate, we spent this morning playing soccer in one of Winterthur’s nice parks.  Now that everyone is awake and has had a chance to get our legs moving, we are ready to go for tonight’s match up.  

Although it has been 15 days already, the time has flown by and the most exciting parts are still yet to come!  Stay tuned for the rest of the tournament as we try to win gold at the 2011 World Championships.

– Tara Watchorn


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