First introduced by Hockey Saskatchewan in 1988, the Female Sask. First High-Performance Program was created to promote the development of high quality players, coaches, and officials in order to deepen their understanding of the game of hockey and increase the competitiveness of the sport in our province. The program features three stages for '09/'10 born players to advance through, with rosters for the Northern part of Saskatchewan as well as the South.
At the first stage, Regional Camps were held from February 1st to 5th in Dalmeny, SK, for the Northern roster and Pense, SK, for the Southern Roster. There, players displayed their abilities and pushed the limit of their skills while vying for a spot in the next round. Of the 144 athletes on the original Southern roster, 13 were from Weyburn. That roster has now been refined to a list of the top 68 U16 players in the South, with 8 Weyburn players advancing.
At the second stage, a tournament will be held in Regina from April 5th to 7th in order to further refine the rosters to a list of the top 30 players in Saskatchewan. Those chosen few will be invited to a highly selective Summer camp to be held in August. Aside from the opportunity to develop their skills alongside the best players in the province, many scouts attending each stage of the program also incentivizes athletes to bring their very best performances to the ice.
The 8 Weyburn players advancing to the April 5th-7th Tournament are:
- 2010 Forward Alexis Bauman
- 2009 Forward Peyton Birnie
- 2010 Forward Araya Lasko
- 2010 Goaltender Maci Patterson
- 2009 Defender Kinley Dammann
- 2010 Defender Ireland Koski
- 2010 Defender Arora Lasko
- 2009 Defender Natalie Molde