Atkinson selected for camp

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— Sisi Atkinson is out of school for the summer, but that will not keep the 15-year-old hockey player out of the classroom.

Atkinson, who was the captain of Steamboat's U-15 girls hockey team last winter, has been selected to take part in the Rocky Mountain District Select Girls High Performance Camp, which will be held Aug. 12-17 at the North Jeffco Apex Center in Arvada.

The intense five-day camp will require the athletes to step back into the classroom for several sessions during the week. Of course, there will also be on-ice training sessions, as well as some dryland training.

"I'm very excited," Sisi said. "This is my first time in a camp like this ... I never expected to make it this far."

Atkinson was selected to take part in the camp based on her showing at the Rocky Mountain District Camp, which was held in May in Peoria, Ariz.

Atkinson said the invitations to the postseason camps came as a surprise to her.

"I didn't skate that well at the state evaluations, so I didn't think I had a shot at getting to this level," she said.

Maybe Atkinson didn't skate as well as she had hoped, but she skated well enough to get her name on the list of alternates for the district camp. Atkinson said that when two other skaters ahead of her declined their invitations she got a shot to advance.

"A friend called me to congratulate me, but I didn't find out until after I looked it up on the Web site," Atkinson said. "It was cool because I skated a lot better in Arizona."

Atkinson is looking at the camps as a way to learn some new hockey skills while being exposed to new coaches and elite level players.

Atkinson said she wants to continue to play hockey in Steamboat, but has considered attending a prep school with a solid girls high school hockey program -- something that's not available here in Steamboat.

This summer, she plans on attending camps in Canada and the one in Arvada. If she skates will at the Arvada camps she might earn a chance to represent the Rocky Mountain District at the 2004 Chicago Showcase.

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