Local hockey players sharpen their skills with three-time Olympic gold medalist

 

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Meghan Agosta instructs players at her hockey school July 17.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Meghan Agosta instructs players at her hockey school July 17.

Meghan Agosta signs an autograph for one of the participants in her hockey school, held July 14-18 at the Libro Centre. She held a camp the previous week in Windsor as well.

Meghan Agosta signs an autograph for one of the participants in her hockey school, held July 14-18 at the Libro Centre. She held a camp the previous week in Windsor as well.

Participants in Agosta’s High Performance Hockey Academy go through a drill July 17 as Meghan Agosta watches.

Participants in Agosta’s High Performance Hockey Academy go through a drill July 17 as Meghan Agosta watches.

By Ron Giofu

 

Young hockey players from Windsor-Essex County – and some even beyond – got a chance to improve themselves thanks to an Olympic gold medalist.

Meghan Agosta, a member of the Canadian Olympic gold medal winning teams in the last three Winter Games, held her annual Agosta’s High Performance Hockey Academy July 14-18 at the Libro Centre. Agosta, originally from Ruthven, said the Amherstburg camp was sold out with 63 participants. There were 58 participants in the same camp held the previous week at the WFCU Centre in Windsor.

The weeklong camp saw both on-ice training and off-ice training and featured instruction not only from Agosta, but also from other instructors that play professional hockey or have played in the CIS. Instructors included Vanessa Davidson, who plays professionally in the Canadian Women’s Hockey Association, and Agosta’s husband Marco Marciano, who is currently the video coach for the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

“This year has been a big year for us,” said Agosta. “It’s exciting.”

Both boys and girls were part of the camp with Agosta stating the camp is geared to let them have fun and let them return to their teams better hockey players.

“I try to teach the kids what I learned through my career,” she said. “My biggest thing is skating but we work on everything including skating and skills.”

The importance of education was also talked about, she added, as participants were reminded that scholarships could be obtained if a person is good enough in both sports and the classroom.

Agosta said the students were willing to learn and have fun. She was enthused by the strong number of girls that were part of the camp, believing that national women’s programs in Canada and the United States have helped women’s hockey to grow not only around this area but around the world.

Sponsors included Domino’s, Holiday Inn, Hometown Family Pharmacy, Tim Horton’s, Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, Zippy Print and CCM Nike.

Students that took part enjoyed themselves.

“It’s a lot of fun. You get to learn a lot of things and have fun at the same time,” said Erica Fryer. “(Instructors) are really outgoing and fun to be around.”

Haylee Dick said the camp was challenging but enjoyed it as she said they got to learn a lot about the game.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Kristen Swiatoschik.

Meghan Anton came from Waterloo to be part of the camp in Amherstburg.

“It’s a great time,” she said. “Everyone should join it.”

Gioria Didiocco and Kiera Jackson, from Leamington and Wheatley respectively, said it was definitely worth the drive to come to Amherstburg every day for Agosta’s camp.

“It’s enjoyable for everybody,” said Didiocco.

“We learned a lot this week, added Jackson.

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