May 2021

Dear Field Hockey BC Member, this issue of CornerShot will cover the celebration of the Masters Week, FHBC Foundation bursary application, Provincial Talent Identification Programming and more!
Provincial Performance Talent Identification Programming
(Summer 2021)
FHBC Provincial Performance Talent Identification Camps will be hosted this summer to provide an opportunity for athletes to be evaluated and identified as Targeted BC Provincial Athletes. This programming is occurring in lieu of the 2021 FHC National Championships and the FHBC Provincial Athlete Program.

Top athletes in the province will be placed on the FHBC-Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) Provincial Targeted Athlete List, which is submitted annually to the Provincial Government and CSI by FHBC.

Athletes on this list are eligible to receive support and benefits through Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSIP), including free access to select gyms around the province, high performance sport education, discounted products and services, and more. Provincially Targeted Athletes may also be eligible for the FHBC Elite Program.

Targeted athlete evaluation information will be shared with the Field Hockey Canada (FHC) National and NextGen Programs to help FHC plan their talent identification cycle (expected to next take place during the Fall 2021).

For more information, click here.
Apply for the FHBC Foundation Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary
FHBC is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary. The application deadline is May 31st, 2021, and the recipients should be announced in June.

The Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary is designed to support female athletes under the age of 12 and focuses on assisting with the costs involved in playing field hockey at the club level. Five awards of up to $100 will be made annually. However, if, in any one year, there are candidates requiring greater financial aid, larger amounts may be considered (to a maximum of $250).

This is a legacy fund gift held in perpetuity with the FHBC Foundation following the passing of Allyn Murison who was passionate about getting young female athletes involved in our great game.

Go to for more information and to download the application forms.
Athlete Sponsorship Opportunity
More Rewards, along with partner Save-On-Foods, has announced the More Rewards Fueling Sport program to provide sponsorship, fundraising, and cost saving opportunities to local elite athletes and youth teams across Western Canada.

Click here to learn more!
Athlete Evaluation Methodology Webinar RECORDING
In cased you missed our Athlete Evaluation Methodology Webinar, which happened on May 13th via Zoom, you can watch the recording HERE. The recording is also posted on our Online Field Hockey Resources page.

The purpose of this webinar is to help our community understand how athletes are evaluated in a high performance talent identification setting. This webinar is targeted at Club Coaching Leads, especially those who may be looking to nominate Club athletes to FHBC’s talent identification program, or any FHBC Member interested in learning more about the evaluation process.
Amateur Sport League Fund is now open
viaSport is now accepting applications for the Amateur Sport League Fund (ASLF).

This fund is intended to provide one-time financial relief, based on need, to help amateur sports leagues and/or teams with operational costs during the pandemic so that they are able to sustain critical sport pathways into the future.

Eligible not-for-profit and for-profit organizations are those that:
  • Are registered, majority owned and/or operated in B.C.
  • Organize or compete in league play at the provincial, national or international level
  • Do not compensate athletes as employees
  • Can demonstrate at least 30 per cent revenue loss due to the impacts of COVID-19

Note: School, post-secondary and esports leagues and teams are ineligible

For more information and see the application guidelines, click here.

Happy Masters Week!
Alison McGillivray
Alison McGillivray, from North Vancouver, plays for the North Van Mariners and is a member of the Canada Masters Field Hockey Committee. She has represented Canada in two Masters World Cups – 2015 Canberra, in Australia, and 2018 Terrassa / Barcelona, in Spain.

Field Hockey BC spoke with Ali about her experiences with the Canadian Masters team, the importance and the role of the Masters Committee and how our field hockey members can join the team!

Alison’s Career

Alison started playing field hockey when she was 23 and was immediately “hooked”. “It was great to have something to do on a Saturday (other than watching my husband play rugby) and I loved the game although it took me a while to get used to it (some might say I have still not figured it out!)”. She then joined the Meralomas, multisport club which offered social activities.

Between playing, umpiring and enjoying the atmosphere of Connaught Park, Alison saw field hockey becomes a very large part of her life. “I started a field hockey program at Little Flower Academy and coached there for 25 years as well as doing some coaching in the junior league”. As as Masters player, she had the fortune of participating in two Masters World Cups (Canberra in 2016 and Terrassa in 2018). Currently, she plays for the North Van Mariners and umpire in the women’s and the junior leagues.

The Importance of the Masters Players

“There are so many women participating in the Vancouver Women’s League who are in the 35+ age group. They have a passion for the game, skill (many of them play in the top divisions) and a desire to keep involved in a wonderful sport”. McGillivray also points out that many of the volunteers positions in the leagues across BC are occupied by by Masters’ athletes who understand the importance of giving back to the community. Additionally, coaches and umpires are often Masters as well. “I see Masters athletes as role models for young players, showing them that field hockey is a game for life and not just up to a certain age.”

“During league play I have difficulty differentiating a ‘Masters’ player from anyone else on the field. It is wonderful that leagues consist of players of all ages”, Alison says. With the growth of the Masters program, those who are older will find even more opportunities to play, “which is always good!”. There is an annual tournament in Victoria and the Vancouver International Tournament has had a masters’ division for several years now. As the pinnacle of a Masters career, there is always the opportunity to compete for Canada at different age levels in the outdoor or indoor World Cups. “One aspect that I really enjoy about Masters competition is it brings players together from different clubs. People that you compete against in usual league play become your teammates.”

The Masters Committee

“The FHC Masters Committee was started by Ian Baggott whose vision sent a women’s over 50 and a men’s over 50 to the Canberra World Cup in 2015. It now is a group of volunteers who meet on a regular basis with Susan Ahrens of FHC to encourage Masters participation on both the domestic and the world stage. Right now, the focus is on the 2022 World Cups, in Nottingham, Cape Town and Tokyo for outdoor competition, and Virginia Beach for indoor hockey.”

“There were many players who fit the category of “Masters” long before it became a popular term. I know that leagues everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to the women who played, organized teams to go to tournaments and spent countless administrative hours making sure that everyone, no matter what age, could enjoy the sport.”

Players 35+ are encouraged to visit the Canada Masters website. This following link will take you to a registration form on the site that will ensure that you receive the latest information the Masters initiatives:

The FHC Masters Committee is starting to organize for the 2022 Outdoor and Indoor World Cups and more information will be coming out soon about the tournaments. To conclude, Alison simply asks our members to “please, think about participating!”

Indoor World Cup 2022

February 15-20 – Virginia Beach, USA
O40 W & M / O45 W & M / O50 W & M / O55 W & M / O60 W & M (added)

Outdoor World Cups 2022

August 12-21 – Nottingham, England
O35 W & M / O40 W & M

October 1-10 – Cape Town, South Africa
O45 – O55 M / O45 – O65 W / O55 M Spirit of Masters / O55 – O65 W Spirit of Masters

October 19-29 – Tokyo, Japan
O60 – O80 M / O60 – O80 M Spirit of Masters

If you are interested in or have any questions about the Field Hockey Canada Masters program, please don’t hesitate to contact Alison at
Heather and Clive Wheatley
Heather and Clive Wheatley, from Victoria, are members of the Victoria Rebels and have both represented the Field Hockey Canada 50+ in the 2018 Barcelona World Masters, being flag bearers at the opening ceremony!

Heather Wheatley - “Representing Team Canada and the opportunity to wear our country’s colours at an international tournament was surreal and a life time event”.

Clive Wheatley - “Carrying the Canadian flag with her at the opening ceremony was the most memorable moment for me.”

Read the full feature here.
Gurjit Sidhu
Gurjit Sidhu (on the right), from Abbotsford, is a Burnaby Lake Field Hockey Club / Gobind Sarvar member and has represented the Field Hockey Canada Masters 50+ team in the 2018 Masters World Cup in Barcelona/Terrassa, Spain.

“I would tell people to Enjoy the opportunity to represent your country. There is no better feeling. The whole experience was so enjoyable would definitely recommend for those who can and enjoy the sport to make an effort to try competing in such an amazing event.”
Gord Plottel
Gord Plottel (on the right), from Vancouver and a member of the Vancouver Hawks Field Hockey Club, was the captain of the Field Hockey Canada 60+ team in their first participation on a Masters’ World Cup, in Barcelona 2018.

His experience with Masters’ field hockey has allowed him to revive the competitive challenges and also enjoy the social element of the sport, connecting with athletes around the world.

“Like the Men’s National Team, we play our hardest on the field, but, unlike them, we get together with the opposition for a beer after the game!”, Gord says. “It’s that combination of competition and camaraderie that makes Masters’ hockey appealing to older players.”
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