Local athlete Kate Ollerhead will compete in the Canadian U16 Women’s National Championships in British Columia next month. PHOTO SUBMITTED
Sackville has produced some very good soccer players over the years, with the most recent addition being Kate Ollerhead, who is heading to the Canadian U16 Women’s National Championships in Kamloops, B.C. Representing New Brunswick, from Oct 9 - 14, is Codiac First Touch Girls Premier Division team. This team draws players from Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview, Cocagne and Sackville. Ollerhead has played on this team for the past three years and is this year’s co-captain.
Born and raised in Sackville and Woodpoint, Ollerhead is a Grade 11 student at Tantramar Regional High School and has been playing on the lady Titans soccer team since her Grade 9 year. She was a member of the U15 women’s New Brunswick team and the U 16 women’s New Brunswick team, which competed in New England and across the Maritimes throughout April, May and June. During the winter she continues to develop her skills and knowledge of the game by training two or three times a week at the regional development program at the Sports Dome in Moncton. She is a committed and dedicated player.
To fund this trip to British Columbia, the girls need to raise $30,000 over the next few weeks. This challenge is being met with fundraising activities such as bottle drives, packaging groceries plus encouraging private and corporate donations. If anyone would like to contribute to Ollerhead’s quest, phone 536-2637 and she will pass along all donations to the fundraising committee. The team has already raised approximately 50 per cent of their goal but still have a long way to go, so any donations toward making this dream a reality would be very much appreciated.
Ollerhead has admired and looked up to another Sackville soccer player, Kate Crawford. Ollerhead was Crawford’s ‘name bearer’ during the Sackville Sport’s Wall induction ceremony in 2010 and continues to wear her #14 on her jersey.
Crawford says, “The experience of playing in a national competition is like nothing else and it is really difficult to get the opportunity to compete at this level. That national championship experience always helps to develop a better player and it is a stepping-stone to many other opportunities. Kate is a very strong offensive player. She will gain a tremendous amount from this experience.”