A Williams Lake soccer player is off to the BC Summer Games.
Paige Outhouse, 12, recently earned a spot on the under-12 North West Zone Team (zone eight) for the tournament, taking place July 17-20 in Nanaimo. The zone eight team combines players from north of 100 Mile House to Fort St. John.
“It was scary [the selection process] but it was exciting,” Outhouse said. “We played a game at the end of every tryout and before that, drills. They were looking for talent, they said, because there wasn’t time to develop potential [in the short amount of time leading up to the Games.]”
Outhouse participated in three selection camps — a preliminary camp in March in Quesnel, a second in Prince George in April, then a final camp May 4 in Quesnel.
Approximately 60 players total participated in the selection process. Fourteen were chosen for the team, along with four alternates.
Outhouse, who’s been playing soccer ever since she could, said she had fun and is looking forward to playing at the Games.
“It was great meeting new girls and trying to work with them and trying to become a better player with the team,” Outhouse said, who also plays in the Williams Lake Youth Soccer Association as a member of the girls’ 11- and 12-year-old youth development team.
The North West Zone team is being coached by Steve Hood, who is the technical director with the Prince George Youth Soccer Association.
Williams Lake’s Tiana Brenner was also selected as an alternate for the tournament.