In this 11th edition, in honour of February being Black History Month and National Girls…
Welcome to our Kaitlyn’s Sport Stories Recap – a weekly feature on what’s been happening in the sport and physical activity world for girls and women in Canada (and beyond)! We’re not even a month into the new year and there is SO.MUCH.HAPPENING!! Read more below.
In this seventh edition, we learn more about: PWHL Montréal’s home opener game, including the hockey trailblazers honoured during the game; and Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez’s run so far during the 2024 Australian Open. We also learn more about the Women’s National Field Hockey Team, what it will take for them to compete in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games, and the final results of the U18 Women’s National Team during the 2024 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship.
The stories of the week show young girls in sport and physical activity that:
- Honouring trailblazers in hockey allows for a moment of perspective about past players, their experiences at the time, and the forward progress that they contributed to that hockey fans can enjoy in the current moment.
- Tennis for girls and women in Canada has been on an upward progress, and names such as Leylah Fernandez continue to become more well-known globally for their talent and how well they represent their country during tennis tournaments.
- The National Women’s Field Hockey team is one win away from qualifying for the Olympics, for the first time in 32 years. This shows that women’s field hockey is growing in Canada and developing more as a sport for girls and women to pursue.
- The U18 Women’s National Hockey Team is full of talent and, undoubtedly, we will likely hear again from many players on that team as they are committed to continuing their hockey careers when entering post-secondary. With the talent and many records set by these players, we are likey looking at our next generation of Canadian women’s hockey players.
PWHL MONTRÉAL HOSTS ITS SOLD-OUT SEASON HOME OPENER GAME
PWHL Montréal hosted their season home opener on January 13 in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,245 fans at Verdun Auditorium in Montréal, Quebec. As part of the commemorative season opener game, the team invited some trailblazers in women’s hockey to be part of the puck drop. Some of the big names included:
- Danielle Goyette
- France St-Louis
- Kim St-Pierre
- Caroline Ouellette
- France Margaret-Bélanger
- Danièle Sauvageau
PWHL Montréal played against PWHL Boston. The game’s final score was a 3-2 overtime win for PWHL Boston.
It was reported that after the first ten games of the inaugural 2024 PWHL season, the total attendance numbers amongst the league and its six teams is 50,856 fans!
LEYLAH FERNANDEZ ADVANCES INTO THE SECOND ROUND OF THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN
In the first round on January 13, Fernandez played against Czech tennis player Sára Bejlek. The game was a win for Fernandez with a score of 7-6(5), 6-2. With this win, Fernandez now moves into the tournament’s second round. She will be going up next against American tennis player Alycia Parks. To follow updates on the upcoming second-round match, click here.
With this strong start, Fernandez could advance to the tournament’s third round for the first time. Previously, the furthest she progressed in the Australian Open was into the second round. Go Leylah, Go!!
FIELD HOCKEY WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TO HOPES OF QUALIFYING FOR 2024 PARIS OLYMPICS
The Canadian Women’s Field Hockey team is one win away from qualifying to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics. During the FIH Olympic Qualifier event in Valencia, Spain, the Canadian women’s team advanced with a 3-0 victory against the Malaysia Women’s Field Gockey team on January 14. A recap of the game can be found here.
The January 13 game against Great Britain’s Women’s Field Hockey team resulted in a 0-2 loss for the Canadian team. A win is imperative for their next game as a two out of three-game win is the criteria to secure an Olympic spot. A victory in the next game would also mean that the Canadian national team will have qualified for the Summer Olympic Games for the first time since 1992.
The Canadian team will have their next game on January 16, facing off against Spain’s Women’s Field Hockey team.
U18 WOMEN’S NATIONAL HOCKEY TEAM TAKES HOME BRONZE MEDAL AND SETS MULTIPLE NEW RECORDS
On January 14, the Canadian U18 women’s team faced off against Finland’s U18 women’s team, and both teams competed for a bronze medal in Zug, Switzerland. The game’s final score was an 8-1 victory for Team Canada.
Many Canadian U18 players also set new records during their 2024 women’s world run and from the bronze medal match:
- Canadian U18 player Caitlin Kraemer set a new record as the all-time leading scorer with the Canadian women’s U18 team, with 34 points after the January 14th game.
- Canadian U18 player Chloe Primerano set two new single tournament records. The first record had the most points by a defender at a single U18 women’s worlds, with 16 points. The second record had the most points by a Canadian at a single U18 women’s worlds, also with 16 points.
- Canadian U18 player and goalie Hannah Clark also set two new records. The first record had the most wins with the Canadian National Women’s U18 team, with 11 wins. The second record had the most shutouts with the Canadian National Women’s U18 team, with five shutouts.
Congratulations to the team!
Kaitlyn’s Sport Stories Recap are written by Kaitlyn Lehbert, a passionate and driven sport advocate for girls and women. Kaitlyn holds her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Brock University. Learn more about Kaitlyn by clicking here!
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