Fort St. James athlete Sophie Davis is headed to the B.C. Winter Games this year.
Davis was selected to play defence on the northwest zone’s under 16 female hockey team.
Davis attended tryouts in Terrace on January 3-5 and candidates were evaluated on ice skills, game sessions and fitness testing.
Davis said the tryouts were tough and she did not know any of the other girls but after the two ice times and the fitness, she came out near the top of the group.
Davis had what it takes, even though she is only 13 years old and the tryouts consisted of girls from 13 to 15 years old. Those born in 1999 and 2000 can try out for the team in their zone for the chance to represent the zone in the provincials.
The team will be heading down to Mission, B.C. for the provincial competition February 19-23.
Leading up to this, Davis has been playing with the Prince George Cougars Bantam Female Rep Team for two years and she said it has made a big difference in her skill level, especially her stick handling. The young defensive player travels to Prince George for practices and games about two times a week, which can be tiring, but she loves the sport, especially the friends she has made and for the competition.
The team has so far been having a successful year, according to Sophie’s mom Morgan Davis and the Cougars recently won a tournament in Kamloops. They now have their sites set for the bantam-level provincials, and will be facing off against Williams Lake to make it there.
Up to and including the pee-wee level, Davis played on Fort St. James teams made up mostly of boys.