Head­ing to the Games

Brook­lyn Childs and Kai­ley Genge have been named to the 2019 Canada Games fe­male hockey team.

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY DAVE KEARSEY [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

Kai­ley Genge has been rack­ing up some pretty good mileage in her hockey trav­els over the past cou­ple of years.

It looks like it was time in­vested wisely when it comes to her quest to be among the elite fe­male hockey play­ers in her na­tive prov­ince.

Genge, a 16-year-old na­tive of An­chor Point, has earned a spot on the New­found­land and Labrador fe­male hockey team rep­re­sent­ing this prov­ince at the 2019 Canada Win­ter Games in Red Deer, Alta.

Genge has been mak­ing the trek from An­chor Point to Cor­ner Brook on a reg­u­lar ba­sis for a cou­ple of years as a mem­ber of the Western War­riors AAA midget hockey team — the de­fend­ing pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship squad that only lost one game in pro­vin­cial play last sea­son be­fore rep­re­sent­ing the prov­ince at the 2018 At­lantic AAA fe­male midget hockey tour­na­ment.

It’s a three-and-a-half-hour drive that the shifty de­fence­man slowly got used to do­ing and it’s now sec­ond na­ture to her, but she’s glad she put in the com­mit­ment and plans on en­joy­ing the re­wards.

“It’s just a sur­real be­ing able to go off and rep­re­sent New­found­land and Labrador at that level,” Genge said Mon­day morn­ing.

Be­ing will­ing to do what it takes and a no-quit at­ti­tude is what Genge be­lieves helped her find her way to the Games. Now that she earned a spot, she wants to put more time into train­ing to en­sure she’s ready to be the tena­cious player she’s feel­ing been known to be.

It’s not about what she’s do­ing or not do­ing on the ice for Genge. She in­sists the team al­ways comes first and she will al­ways be a sup­port­ive and en­cour­ag­ing team­mate no mat­ter what the score­board shows.

“I’m not out there for my­self. I’m out there for the team,” Genge said.

Genge will have some fa­mil­iar faces in the mix when she makes the jour­ney to Red Deer. Brook­lyn Childs of Cor­ner Brook and Car­men El­liott of Stephenvil­le, who plays for Ri­d­ley Col­lege prep school based out of St. Catharines, Ont., will also wear New­found­land and Labrador’s colours at the 2019 Games.

A skilled for­ward with a knack for scor­ing goals, Childs has been a force for the Western War­riors AAA midget team for a cou­ple of years and won the Cor­ner Brook mi­nor hockey’s 2017 se­nior fe­male player of the year.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about go­ing. It should be a good ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Childs, who will be rep­re­sent­ing her prov­ince in hockey for the third time. “It means a lot. … It’s def­i­nitely spe­cial ev­ery time you get to put on that jersey.”

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