8-year-old Celeste Boxall of Hamilton Teams Up with Olympians

Hamilton’s Celeste Boxall, 8, was one of 100 young female hockey players (many from Hamilton) to join Olympic gold medalists Cassie Campbell and Vicky Sunohara for the first ever all-female Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey Festival.

Campbell and Sunohara, members of Canada’a Women’s National Hockey Team, and Boxall, seen in the photograph, met at the Powerade Centre in Brampton this past weekend (June 2 – 4) for a unique camp.

Participants take a non-technical look at the sport, according to organizers.

“The Festival is being held to stress to parents, coaches and players the values of respect and responsibility and that positive attitudes towards healthy competition, teamwork, and fair play are just as important to youngsters as the development of hockey skills,” said Fred Lautenschlager, manager of sponsorship and promotions for GM of Canada, which is supporting the program.

Brampton was the second of six cities across Canada to host a festival this year. St. Catharines will hold one one August 18 – 20.

Since 1999, over 27,000 children ages five to eight have attended Safe and Fun clinics, and more than 240,000 parenting manuals have been distributed to hockey parents.