Yet another great opportunity for a talented local female soccer player as Jenna Hellstrom joins Canada's Women U-15 team for a 10-day training camp in Sunrise (Florida) under head coach David Benning. Hellstrom, a member of the Panhellenic Storm for the past several years, has been involved with the provincial soccer program for the past several years and joins 23 other young ladies from across the country as four national youth teams are holding camps in the weeks following the BMO National Championships Nutrilite All-Stars.
Already quite busy with the Storm, now more than halfway through their CGSL (Central Girls Soccer League) season, Hellstrom will join some familiar faces on her southern expedition. "I know six of the girls from Ontario with the provincial team, but I don't know any of the other girls yet", said the fiesty fullback after practice Wednesday night at Laurentian.
Although her speed (Hellstrom qualified for OFSAA track & field in the 100m and 200m races) has allowed her to excel locally at both striker and through the midfield, the Lasalle Secondary junior has found her calling card provincially as a defender, a position which capitalizes both on her quickness as well as natrual aggressiveness in making the tough challenge on the ball.
As for the player herself, she's not all that fussy where she plays. "I like inside mid a lot, but I'm OK with right fullback too", said Hellstrom. "You have to adjust quickly - as an inside mid, you have to both attack and defend, but as a right fullback, my first priority is always to defend."
Looking forward to the overall level of competition, Hellstrom is excited about the possibility of donning the Canadian jersey, even if only in exhibition play against Florida high-school opponents. Her time away from the Storm will see Hellstrom miss a pair of league games as Panhellenic travels to the GTA on August 7th and 8th, facing North York Hearts Azzuri and Unionville-Milliken.
There will be little time for rest as league play will keep Hellstrom and her local teammates busy right through until the end of August, with provincial tryouts slated for September once again this year.