Natalie Sourisseau (middle) is one of three Kelowna players on Canada's national women's field hockey team which is looking to qualify for the Olympics next year in Brazil.

Kelowna threesome pushing towards Rio

Abigail Raye, Danielle Hennig and Natalie Sourisseau part of Canadian women's field hockey team trying to qualify for Brazil

A trio of Kelowna products are all expected to play key roles as Canada’s national women’s field hockey program focuses on the next round of qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

KSS grads and national team veterans Abigail Raye, Danielle Hennig and Natalie Sourisseau will join Canada June 10 to 21 in Valencia, Spain for World League Round 3—also known as World League semi-finals.

Ten teams will be competing, with the top three countries punching their tickets to Brazil next summer.

After Canada’s recent top-two finish at World League 2 in Ireland, the current group of players on the national team feels well-equipped to take the next step.

“A lot of things came to a head at the right time—player form, player confidence, player experience,” says women’s national team head coach Ian Rutledge.

“That’s the beauty now, we know what we can achieve. We just need to make sure we cement it to memory and look to reproduce it the next time we play.”

For those that do not finish in the top three at World League semi-finals, there is another pathway to the Olympic Games through the continental qualifiers.

For Canada, which is a part of the Pan American Hockey Federation, the continental qualifier is the 2015 Pan American Games, which will be held in Toronto July 10 to 26.

Raye, 23, is a defender who has compiled 124 international caps.

Hennig, 24, is a defender with 88 caps, while Sourisseau, 22, is a midfielder with 67 career caps

 

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