It’s been a big couple of months for Sara Goodman.
In November, she was named Field Hockey BC’s Under 15 Female Player of the Year. And this month, she and three other Cowichan Valley players were named to the national junior development program for 2015.
Goodman was presented with the U15 Player of the Year award at Field Hockey BC’s annual banquet in Vancouver, having learned earlier that she would be receiving the honour.
"I got a letter in the mail where they told me I’d be getting the U15 top female athlete," Goodman recalled. "I was really surprised; I’d never gotten anything like that before. I was happy with myself. My hard work paid off."
Goodman played for a wide range of teams in 2014, including Cowichan ladies and junior teams, the Cowichan Secondary School Thunderbirds, and the provincial U15 Blue team that won the silver medal at the U16 national championship. Her coach with that team praised her leadership abilities in addition to her talent.
"Sara is a young athlete who leads by example, has a competitive drive, excellent work rate, and a team-first mentality," the coach wrote. "This helped bring the team together both on and off the field. She continually asks for feedback and understands there is always more work to be done."
Along with her Cowichan Thunderbirds teammates Robin Fleming and Brittany Smith and 2014 Cow High graduate Stefanie Langkammer, Goodman was named to the Canadian Women’s Junior Development Squad for 2015 by Field Hockey Canada.
"It’s super exciting," said Goodman, whose long-term goals include playing for the national team and for a university team.
Goodman, Fleming and Smith were part of the Cowichan Secondary team that finished ninth at the provincial AAA championships this fall, despite winning five of their six games.
"It was kind of unfortunate," Goodman said. "I think we deserved a higher placement than ninth."
Those three players will be part of the core when Cowichan makes another run at the provincial title next year.
"I think we’ll still be a strong team, even though we are losing three very competitive Grade 12s," Goodman said.