Local student represents Kingston on Canada’s U18 Junior National Field Hockey team

Kingston’s Hailey Bauder in action during Canada’s U18 Women’s Junior National Field Hockey UK tour from March 21 to April 1, 2024. Submitted photo.

One local athlete has just seen her journey in the world of field hockey reach new heights as she travelled ‘across the pond’ representing Kingston and Canada in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

Hailey Bauder, a grade 12 student at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, recently travelled with Canada’s under 18 (U18) Women’s Junior National Field Hockey team to the United Kingdom (UK). The trip took place from Thursday, Mar. 21 to Monday, Apr. 1, 2024. But Bauder’s field hockey journey started long before that.

Bauder started playing Field hockey at 12 years old, having been introduced to the sport by Dawn Tye from Sydenham, South Frontenac Township, and the Kingston Royals Field Hockey Club. She never could have thought then that some day she would be travelling to the United Kingdom to compete with the National League, Bauder expressed, and especially with two of her closest friends, Katie Tye, and Gates McAllister.

In an interview with Kingstonist, Bauder made sure to credit all her mentors for helping her to this point, starting with Dolphins Field Hockey coach, Zeeshan Minhas, who challenged and pushed her to be a better player. She also thanked her Holy Cross teachers who provided guidance and support, and helped offer her lessons and leadership skills she will continue to use throughout her life. She thanked Ms. Brown, Mr. Sarris White, and Ms. Mulvenna, and Ms. Daniel. She concluded the thanks with Kelly Dixon, who she is grateful to have by her side when she is in need, and Bauder could not thank her teachers and peers enough for all the support through her journey.

“The experience of being a member of the national team has been very memorable and exciting. I had the opportunity to learn from different coaches and meet and build relationships with new teammates. I have had the opportunity to travel overseas and experience new cultures and play other countries,” Bauder stated.

The national team spent a total of 11 days in the United Kingdom, starting off their journey playing Scotland’s junior national team. Canada’s team played the Wales team a total of three times, and they came out with one win, a tie, and a loss, the latter occurring after a goal was recalled in the final minutes of the game. Despite the loss, the team left Wales and the tour feeling accomplished.

“We were hopeful to win the last game or end in a tie; however, we grew as a team and developed new skills throughout the tour. We learned how to play together and left with great memories and friendships,” Bauder added.

Bauder intends to continue to play field hockey in the future. She will be returning to Holy Cross next year and hopes to attend the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) with the team and help improve the team’s record from the previous year. She wants to help encourage younger students to try new things, and to never give up, she expressed.

“When things don’t go your way, and you want to quit, push through and think of the future and positive things you have learned and accomplished,” encouraged Bauder.

Rylie Snider is the inaugural member of the Kingstonist NextGen team, dedicated to fostering the passion and knowledge of local youth writers and reporters while highlighting the vibrant sports, arts, and social scenes of the younger generations in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.
A Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School student, Snider is dedicated to keeping people updated on everything going on in our schools, and her coverage focuses on everything, from local sports and theatre, to fundraising events and opportunities for students in the area.
For more information on the Kingstonist NextGen team, email Editor-in-Chief Tori Stafford at [email protected].

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