It has been a few years since buses carrying IIHF staff members, coaches, and campers from all corners of the world rolled into the Vierumaki Olympic Sports Institute in Finland, but last Friday saw a welcome return as the 2022 IIHF Women’s High Performance camp got under way.

There are five representatives from the UK with Claire Rowbotham (Under-18s Team Manager), Josie Lamey (Under-16s Assistant Coach) and players Megan Craig, Abi Minter and Rhiannon Price all in attendance.

The week-long camp, part of the IIHF’s annual sport development program, brings together athletes and coaches from various IIHF Member National Associations to play, teach, and learn from each other in a friendly and inclusive environment.

“We are extremely happy to have these campers joining us after four years without a Women’s High Performance Camp,” said IIHF Council Member and Women’s Committee Chairperson, Zsuzsanna Kolbenheyer.

“We have a few familiar faces and some new ones, but what is especially great is that some of the former campers that were here many years ago have now returned as coaches.

“It is tremendously gratifying to see this as continuity and legacy-building through this camp is what we have been trying to achieve through these camps.”

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