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Stefanie Langkammer — Top 20 Valley Youth Athlete 2013
1. Detail your proudest sports moment of 2013.
2. What’s the most unexpected or surprising thing that happened to you in your sport?
3. Who’s the individual or team you compete against in your sport that you admire most and why?
4. Who’s a favourite athlete or role model?
5. What things have you given up or aspirations set aside in order to achieve your success?
6. How do you see your experiences in sports impacting your adult life?
1. My proudest moments in 2013 would be winning Nationals in the summer with an amazing team for the third summer in a row. Second would be when my school team won the Bridgman Cup in November for the first time in 11 years. It was such a memorable experience to finish my Grade 12 year after a shootout and aggressive game. Coming out on top was a great feeling.
2. Something that I will never forget throughout all of my years playing are all the amazing coaches I’ve had. Each and every coach has different tricks and strategies. Getting endless hours of practices and games with them, I have learned so much. From school field hockey having Jen Budding and Gill Braun, to spending my summers with Bubi and Jen Cohan along with Leila and others. Being invited to a National I.D. camp with Robin D’Abreo. Spending most of my time being coached by Krista Thompson, whether it being on a team or small group sessions. I am so appreciative of all the time each coach has given me throughout the years.
3. The person I love playing with and competing against the most is Claire Seeliger. Playing against her is always a challenge but we push each other and always have fun even when we’re on different teams. Being on the same team as Claire is definitely better, especially when we get to travel and billet with each other. The best part is having a friend who is always there for you on and off the field no matter what.
4. Two of my biggest role models would have to be Jen Budding and Gill Braun. These two have been the biggest part of my high school field hockey. I’ve been playing for Jen for the past three years on her team. Jen is an amazing coach and no matter what the circumstances she supports her team to the fullest — always there for us whenever we needed her. Gill came to coach our team one year ago and I think that was one of the best things that had happened to me. Gill will go out of her way to do anything for anyone and when she’s on the field it’s 100% field hockey. Due to a new job she was unable to coach us, but she was always there texting us after every game and made a special appearance in our final day of provincials. Thank you both for making my high school field hockey years the best they could have been.
5. Since field hockey is such a huge part of my life, I definitely had to decide if I was going to play or push it aside for something else. It took a while to figure out a way to balance everything. Missing school and not being able to attend family and friend events tend to be missed most of the time. When people in your life are always there for you, it’s not hard to make the choice to play and do something you love.
6. Field hockey has had a huge impact on my life since a very young age. I can’t see myself giving up on it anytime soon. Playing university field hockey is something I hope to do, this coming fall. This sport will always be a huge part of my life no matter how old I am. I hope to continue to coach and give others the experience I had when I was young.