Local hockey teen skating to glory?

Katie Ferguson: Lake Cowichan teen named to select B.C. Games hockey team

Lake Cowichan hockey player Katie Ferguson heading to the B.C. Winter Games in February playing for the Vancouver Island zone all-girls team.

Lake Cowichan hockey player Katie Ferguson heading to the B.C. Winter Games in February playing for the Vancouver Island zone all-girls team.

Lake Cowichan has a hockey player heading to the B.C. Winter Games this February.

Katie Ferguson, 14, who attends Lake Cowichan School has just earned a spot on the Vancouver Island zone team for the games, taking place Feb. 20 to 23 in Mission.

Ferguson was chosen to represent Vancouver Island following a tryout camp earlier this month in Nanaimo.

“About 58 girls showed up and they chose 12 forwards, six defenders and two goalies,” said proud mom Deb Ferguson. “It’s really exciting that Katie is getting to go to the Winter Games.”

Mom Deb sees this as the next step up in her daughter’s developing hockey career.

“It’s incredible. Katie chose that she really wanted hockey to be her life about three years ago. She’s worked so hard and all her dedication has paid off.”

That dedication is symbolized by regular car trips to Victoria where Katie practises with her regular bantam A team in B.C.’s capital.

“We drive to Victoria sometimes five days a week. It shows her dedication to get out of school and head down there all the time,” said Deb.

“Most of our games are in Victoria as well although some are in Nanaimo. The bantam girls team that she’s on is a higher performance rep team and there’s only two on the island. We do a lot of travelling and if her team makes provincials we’re going to Fort St John in March.”

Prior to that, the Ferguson clan will head to the Lower Mainland in a bid to see her daughter be crowned the province’s best alongside the rest of the island’s elite.