Mission residents Dawson Chalifoux and Shonly Wallace were both named to the Team BC lacrosse squad representing the province in the 2015 Female Midget National Championships in Calgary, Alta.
The tournament kicked off on Tuesday July, 21 and will run until Saturday, July 25.
Chalifoux, 16, said the current 20-girl team was selected over the course of a three-day camp held at the end of May.
“It was a lot of hours, from 8 a.m. to dinner time. It was game after game,” said Chalifoux, who was named assistant captain of the squad.
Chalifoux was a part of Team BC squads the past two years, with the midget girls team that brought home gold in last year’s national championships in Whitby, Ont. as well as the bantam girls that took silver in the 2012-13 nationals.
The girls said, since naming the roster, they have practiced almost daily, met with a food nutritionist and completed team building exercises.
“We broke boards, karate-style,” said Chalifoux.
Wallace, 14, said she began playing lacrosse just a few years ago. This is her first time playing on a Team BC squad.
“I really hope we win gold. We have the potential,” said Wallace, adding, “I’m glad to support Mission.”
As for competition, Chalifoux said Team Ontario would likely be their top opponent. The bantam and midget teams Chalifoux played on for Team BC faced Ontario in both gold medal matches the past two years.