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Cowichan Secondary's athletes of the year honoured
She's been playing the sport for almost as many years as she is old. More than half her life, truth be told.
It all started when six-year old Stefanie Langkammer went to watch her cousin play field hockey. Something about the game was so compelling that she couldn't not play the sport. And boy has she played it.
For starters, she's the captain of Cowichan Secondary's field hockey team. And she was invited to attend Canada's Youth 17 national camp last November and February and is attending the one this August. Participation in the camps can lead to a position on the national team - her end goal.
Langkammer's prowess and love for field hockey led to her being named her school's female athlete of the year earlier this month. Other athletes honoured included: Josh Charles, male athlete of the year; Michelle Pewarchuk, scholar athlete; Sarah St. Cyr, sportsperson of the year; Sophia Murray, junior female athlete of the year; and Noah Charles, junior male athlete of the year.
"Stefanie was chosen because of her level of play and the fact that she's been recognized provincially and nationally for her abilities," said Brad Skene, athletic director for Cowichan Secondary.
"I like everything about it," Langkammer said. "You're always being pushed to do things that you think you can't and then you find out you can."
While some athletes of the year play a variety of sports, for Langkammer, it's just field hockey.
"I thought it would be cool to do another sport, but with training and my job at Thrifty's, it's just too much," she said, adding that the national team is based out of Vancouver and trains year round. "I've become really good at time management, I don't know the last time I had a free day, it takes a lot out of you."
While some students focus on academics, it's well known that the skills learned through athletics can lead to success on and off the field.
"Being an athlete and doing team sports teaches you about a lot of things, commitment, focus, dedication, teamwork, how to handle successes and failures," Skene said. "It builds character, there are lots of experiences that you can use as a foundation for success in the future."
Langkammer said that playing field hockey has taught her invaluable lessons about herself and equally as important, how to be a team player.
Next up for Cowichan Secondary's athlete of the year?
She's headed to the University of Victoria this September and while she wouldn't say it, it seems like almost a shoe-in that she'll make the university's field hockey team.
"I'm ready to see what I can do in life, it's all coming together."