Skaters big heart

Local hockey is doing its part these
days to be community-minded.

Cayman’s youth roller hockey players
recently participated in a three-day camp focusing on improving individual
skills with an emphasis on players evaluating their own performances.

Proceeds from the camp went to the
Cayman Juvenile Diabetes Organization and Tampa All Children’s Hospital for
Pediatric Cancers and Blood Disorders supported by Vincent Lecavalier of the
NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and his foundation.

Local hockey figure Nigel Windsor
(a youth hockey coach and goalie in the adult hockey league) coordinated much
of the efforts for the camp. In his mind benefiting the charities was a big
learning step for the kids.

“Everyone’s efforts came together to
make this year’s camp a success,” Windsor
said. “The beginnings of understanding all the instrumental roles charities
play for kids is there and supporting them is truly moving.

“We have also instilled in those
taking part recognition of what they’re supporting with perhaps some of them at
some point doing the same for others further down the line.”

The kids were also involved in
another camp recently where they brushed up on their skills. A host of kids participated
in an Easter hockey camp partly sponsored by King’s Sports Centre and volunteer
coaches from both the adult and youth hockey leagues.

Windsor was a coach
at the eater camp and said the kids were impressive.

“These really are a superb group of
younger people,” Windsor
said. “To be given the privilege, by them to impart knowledge and outside
perception is very humbling.”

Robin Holmes, volunteer coach from
the youth league, expressed his delight with the camp.

“For the players to have time to
skate and reflect on fundamentals is what they need,” said Holmes. “They don’t
normally get the time for this kind of repetition.”