Fil-Canadian field hockey goalie eyes 2016 Olympics
VANCOUVER - A Filipina-Canadian has made it as a goal keeper for Canada's national women's field hockey team.
Bea Francisco had no idea what field hockey was all about when she tried out to be part of her school team in the 8th grade. But she made the cut, volunteered to be a goalie and has not looked back ever since.
"I had no idea what it was before and I went there with an open mind and things just happened from there," Francisco said.
Francisco's sport is much like ice hockey except field hockey is played on a grass or turf field. Each team has a goal keeper that prevents the rival team from scoring.
"Sometimes there's a lot pressure on you and sometimes you have to be a leader in the sense you have to direct everyone. So it's a fun position to play," she said.
The young Pinay is now a goalie for the UBC (University of British Columbia) Thunderbirds which recently made history when it won its 3rd National Field Hockey title.
She was also chosen as Canada West goalkeeper of the year for shutting out all but five goals during the season.
Francisco was also scouted by the Canadian National Team to be a goal keeper, the only Filipino Canadian to do so. She has played for the junior and senior national teams and has seen action against Chile and Germany.
"I'm so proud of her. I mean I couldn't ask for anything more for a daughter. I'm so bless to have her and I think she has gone a long way from being a very shy person as a young kid, now she's just so outgoing," said her father, GG Francisco.
But not all is field hockey for Francisco. She's also doing good in university having twice part of UBC Academic All Canadian.
"She's so loyal. Anytime I need her I just give her a call. We have this friendship, it's more like sisterhood," described her best friend Amanda de Faye.
The 3rd year Human Kinetics student has already set her eyes on the 2016 Olympics as part of Team Canada. She urges fellow Pinoys to try new adventures because they might just end up enjoying it.