Brooke Disher keeps making moves in the hockey world. Less than a year after she played for Team B.C. at the 2019 Canadian National Women's U-18 Hockey Championship, the former Fort St. John resident has been invited to Hockey Canada's National Women's U-18 Summer Camp.
Disher was one of 59 players invited to the camp, where she will compete for a spot on Team Canada at the 2021 IIHF U-18 Women's World Championship.
"It is pretty crazy. It's definitely a dream of mine and I've been working toward it for a long time, especially the last couple of years," Disher said.
Disher is coming off a performance at the national championships where she played in all five games, and at 15 was the youngest player on the team. Team B.C. went 3-2 at the tournament.
Playing defence, Disher was second on her Okanagan Hockey Academy Female Prep team last season, scoring eight goals, eight assists, for 16 points in 24 games. The team finished with a 13-8-3 record, good for fourth place out of eight teams in the CSSHL.
Once again, she'll have her work cut out for her, as she is one of only six players born in 2004 invited to the camp. She is one of six players from Team B.C. to be invited.
"I'm going to work my hardest to try and make the team, but just to be a part of the whole thing, to learn from the coaches and these incredible players will be awesome," Disher said.
Of course, with it being 2020, no hockey camp is straightforward. The National Women's U-18 Summer Camp will be a virtual camp, consisting of one-to-two weekly sessions, where the athletes will perform drills, view presentations, and be evaluated as it goes along.
"I'm not sure what to expect from the camp this year, there will be a lot of presentations I think and more learning-based. It's pretty crazy," Disher said. "Obviously, I would have loved to go to the regular camp in August, but it's cool to say you're a part of the first virtual camp."
In the meantime, Disher isn't letting her foot off the gas. Currently in Penticton, she's been getting on the ice three to five times a week the past couple months, and doing dry land training and working out at the gym as well.
She doesn't know what will happen in regards to the 2020-21 CSSHL Female Prep season, but she can't wait to get back to practicing and working out with her team.
"I'm definitely ready to get back with the team and hoping to play some games in the fall," said Disher.
The 2021 IIHF U18 Women's World Championships are set to take place in Linkoping and Mjolby, Sweden, January 5 to 12.
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