Chantelle ChurchASHI spoke with Chantelle Church regarding the upcoming World Outdoor Ballhockey Championships in Barrie, Canada.

Chantelle stated, “It always an honor to wear a team USA jersey but I am extremely honored to be named the Captain of this team. To be chosen by a group of your peers and coaches means a lot. I have great coaches and team mates and hope that I can help lead this team to a championship.I really feel that the team has improved a lot since the camp back in February. The coaching staff was really interested in knowing our concerns, how we thought things were going, what we needed for help and they came to our next camp well prepared. I think the ladies went into our last camp eager to learn and left with things to work on.”

01. How did you prepare for the upcoming WOBHC in Barrie, Canada?
I have always had an issue with speed. I try to push myself to run harder. Recently I was able to play in an outdoor tournament as I usually play indoors. During that same tournament I played a couple games in the men’s novice division since tournament play is on a different level than our leagues. I also mentioned to my teammates that I was playing center for the WOBHC. The guys on my league teams have been doing a great job helping me get some playing time at center and trying to give me tips since I’m usually not a center.

02.  What characteristics should a leader possess in order to get the most out of the team members?
I think each captain is picked for possessing different qualities that the team needs for success. But I do believe this quote sums up what a leader should be…”A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” John C. Maxwell. A leader should put 100% into each and every practice or game. Be confident in the team and lead by example. As a leader you have to care about the success of the team and your teammates.

03.  What are your goals for this championship?
The goal is to win the championship. If you are not there to win then why bother showing up. We have worked hard at getting to where we are. We can’t stop now.Another goal for this championship is to help build the Team USA brand and its players. As a captain I have to help guide the players into the evaluation for the next World’s team.

04.  Can you tell me about yourself? Hockey experience, what teams you have played for?
I started score keeping at a rink back in 1997 and within a year I fell in love with roller hockey. A few years later decided to give deck hockey a try and have been hooked since. I play on three teams at Plainville Indoor Sports in CT. I started playing tournaments late 2006 or 2007. I have been playing for the Mid-Atlantic Shot blocks since. I have been the captain for the last couple of years.  In 2009 I was part of the Team USA squad that went to Prague, Czech Republic. Then in 2013 I was also part of the team that represented the USA in St. John’s, Newfoundland. And now I am part of the Team USA B squad heading to Barrie, Canada.

05.  What are the challenges this team faces going into this event?
I think one of the biggest challenges we face is the amount of time we have had playing together. We have all played against each other but many of us don’t play together. I think we are all good players and we should be fine once we get that first game under our belt. Another challenge will be scoring.  We don’t have a lot of scoring power up front so we are going to have work hard for goals.