From Youngster to Leader at Team Canada Tryouts: Bianca Chevarie
Canadian Lacrosse Association – When Bianca Chevarie tried out for the Canadian Women’s Senior Field Lacrosse Team at 15 years old, she did not expect to become the youngest player to make the team. With Team Canada, she brought home a silver medal from the 2017 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in England.
Now 18-year-old Chevarie is among the top 25 players trying out for the Canadian Women’s U19 Field Lacrosse Team that will be competing this summer in Peterborough. She attended the first two evaluation camps, in December and January, and will be attending the last one this June.
“It has been super awesome considering my last tryouts for Team Canada I was the youngest and I was there to learn and to observe and it put me in awe that I was playing with those girls. When the U19 tryouts came up I was super excited for it, to play with girls who were my age,” shared Chevarie, who plays midfield.
“You can see the team growing and girls growing and being able to play together when you don’t even know some of the girls. I think everyone brought it to tryouts and showed that they really wanted to be on the team. The coaches definitely pushed us. Some days there were games for two-three days straight, and everyone was gassed. The coaches could see it, but everyone was still trying to work together and work hard.”
With nearly five months between the second and third evaluation camps, Chevarie talked about the importance of staying on top of her game during the break. Chevarie, who attends Everest Academy and has committed to Syracuse University for field lacrosse, is practicing and working out every day.
“I know just like me, everyone is doing their best to stay on top of themselves between this break. Everyone is working hard, everyone is going out to run, everyone is still playing. They want to make sure that when we get back in June that it’s not even going to be a decision for the coaches whether or not they are going to make the team, it’s a ‘they’re on the team, there’s no doubt about it.’”
Chevarie anticipates that at the upcoming evaluation camp in Syracuse from June 21-30 the coaches will be implementing plays they’ll want to see in the World Championship. Older and already a Team Canada alumna, Chevarie said she feels more confident at these Team Canada tryouts than when she was 15.
“Now I can even step up and be a leader to some of these girls because I have some experience underneath my belt.”
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