Carly Jackson will soon be heading to Calgary to vie for a spot on Canada's Under-18 team that will be competing at the 2015 IIHF women's championship in Buffalo, N.Y.
AMHERST – For Carly Jackson, there’s something special about minding the net.
“You always get to be part of the game,” the 17-year-old goalie from Amherst said Monday.
“I like being able to contribute, and help as much as I can.”
Her position between the posts has been made even more special by a recent invitation to attend the upcoming selection camp for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, taking place Aug. 7-17 in Calgary, Alta.
That means she’s being considered for the roster that will wear the red and white at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., next January.
Jackson is one of six goalies and 42 players from across the country invited to the prestigious camp being held at Hockey Canada’s home arena.
“We take pucks to the head occasionally,” she added with a chuckle of doing everything she can to keep that hard rubber disk away form the goal line, no matter what team she’s on.
Her hockey resume includes playing with the Cumberland County Midget AA boys, as an affiliate for the Weeks Major Midget boys, for Team Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Challenge Cup and for Team Atlantic at the National Women’s Under-18 Championship.
Jackson said it first sunk in that she’s taking small steps on the road to a big dream when she attended a recent national strength and conditioning camp. It was held in Hamilton, Ont., in May for 53 of the top young female players from across the country.
“I just clued in, and realized that this a huge opportunity,” she said. “I plan to take in everything I can and do my best.”
Jackson said she’s preparing for the upcoming selection camp by “training hard, resting up … and eating properly.”
“A lot of young girls’ dreams is to play for Team Canada at the Olympics and win the gold medal,” she said. “That’s definitely a goal for me.”
Two other Nova Scotian female players have been invited to an upcoming selection camp. Blayre Turnbull, 20, of Stellarton and Jessica Wong, 23, of Baddeck are in the running for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team.