Bella Galaise from PEI joins the Newbridge Academy U14 Program
In late fall 2013 Bella arrived home and asked her parents if she could sign up to play ice hockey. She had played ball hockey at school earlier that day with a friend and had fallen in love with the sport. Her parents agreed even though no one in her household had ever played.
Coaches, teammates, and parents stressed the fact that she was very late starting, but the determined Bella did not let those comments discourage her. She took it upon herself to put in the extra time for practice. It wasn’t long before Bella began to make up for lost time, spending hour after hour on her skills. She went on the following year to win provincials with her team while playing an instrumental role in her team’s success.
Unfortunately, late that summer, Bella had a brief set back when she broke her growth plate while playing soccer. After spending the rest of that year in a cast, she began religiously going to physiotherapy in the early winter. She trained three times a week with former CHL star Matt Brenton. She was determined to get back to 100% and return to the ice.
Summer finally arrived and once again Bella went to work. Not one to sit still for too long, she swam, boxed, wrestled, played soccer, baseball, volleyball, and field hockey. That fall she jumped back on the ice to work on power skating and attend basic team practices.
In fall 2016 Bella’s hard work paid off. She was one of a few first year girls to have made the Bantam AAA Mid Isle Wildcats team. That year proved to be an exceptional season of personal development for Bella. Bella and her team had a great season with much success which ended in a heart breaking loss to long time archrival team Western Wind.
Although a great love for the game of hockey, Bella’s passion for all sports is evident. She played on her school’s varsity basketball team, became a lifeguard and swim instructor this past summer, won her second wrestling provincial tournament and collected gold recently with her field hockey team. Further, she won gold at Canada East. She also finished the last year as the top grade 7 participants in her school’s intramural program despite playing in both her school’s band and jazz band.
Academically, Bella has been able to maintain a high average attending French Immersion studies despite her busy schedule and heavy involvement in outside activities. Bella has been described as “a role model student athlete” by her former Phys Ed department’s coordinator.
Although Bella has joined the Bantam Varsity girls half way through the season, her presence has been well received by all of her teammates. Fitting in nicely with fellow defense partners, Bella is ecstatic to have joined Newbridge Academy. She has made some great new friends, she is loving her hockey environment and her school experience. She looks forward to a successful year with like-minded hard working student athletes!