Walsh vying for national coaching spot

Hilary Walsh is pictured on the sidelines during the 2019 Senior High Provincial Tournament hosted by Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador.
Hilary Walsh at the 2019 Ultimate NL Senior High Tournament.

Local coach and player Hilary Walsh is in the running to be part of the Team Canada coaching staff for the U20 World Junior Ultimate Championships in 2020.

Walsh took part in a prospect camp for female-matching players in Toronto in June, where she and other potential coaches helped evaluate athletes on endurance, skills, drills and scrimmages. Close to 60 athletes from across Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec plus four potential coaches attended the two-day, 10-hour event.

In total, about 10 people are in the running for the coaching spots on the junior women’s squad.

“It was incredible to see the level of talent, enthusiasm and drive at that age group. It was as if every disc was catchable and every point was universe,” said Walsh. “As a Newfoundlander, it was great to gauge the level of talent in Canada and know that players I’ve coached and seen play at our tournaments can compete. It’s just about getting out there.”

Walsh is Ultimate NL’s youth grade school co-ordinator and coaches the junior and senior high school teams at St. Bonaventure’s College. She applied for the national coaching staff in May.

Coaching staff are expected to be notified before team tryouts begin in November.

The 2020 World Junior Ultimate Championships will be held in Malmo, Sweden next July.