Newbridge Academy adds Fiona Smith-Bell to initiate Girl’s Hockey Development Program
Fiona Smith-Bell, a member of Hockey Canada National Women’s Team from 1994 to 2002, has joined Newbridge Academy’s hockey program staff. She will be an instructor for the in-school hockey program for students in grades 3-12 as well as taking a leadership role in the development of a curriculum that is focused on the development of a well-rounded female athlete. Newbridge Academy’s hockey program students benefit from an hour-long hockey session five days a week in addition to a daily physical education classes.
While playing for the National Team, Smith-Bell earned seven International Gold Medals including two World Championships in 1997 and 1999 and an Olympic silver medal in 1998 in Nagano, Japan. She has extensive coaching and development experience in both male and female hockey from grassroots to international levels, including being a skills coach for the Hockey Canada U18 Women’s Team development camps.
Smith-Bell recently moved to Fall River with her family because of her husband’s job with the RCMP. She will join the Newbridge Academy community with her two sons Kian in grade 10 and Jaxon in grade 7.
“I’m excited and honoured for the opportunity to work at Newbridge Academy! I’m very much looking forward to working with the experienced and knowledgeable staff, and to contributing to the female hockey development program. I am particularly excited to meet and work with the young female athletes who choose Newbridge to further their academics and pursue their athletic dreams,” said Smith-Bell.
Thursday, August 30, Newbridge Academy will be hosting a day for girls in grades 3-9 to come and experience the hockey program and spend the day with Fiona Smith-Bell and members of the Female Varsity Hockey program. For more information and to register for this event.