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Summerland private school announces ‘first-of-its-kind’ hockey academy

New academy will hold its on-ice programs at the Summerland Arena
Unisus Hockey Academy has announced the launch of a new program for scholar-athletes. (Uninus School)

A first-of-its-kind hockey program for scholar-athletes in B.C. has opened in Summerland.

The Unisus International School announced this week the launch of its own hockey academy, with registration now open for students born between 2011 and 2014.

Officially known as the Unisus Hockey Academy, the school says it will combine its International Baccalaureate (IB) program with an athlete-development system.

“The Unisus Hockey Academy is dedicated to nurturing the talent and ambitions of Scholar-Athletes in British Columbia,” said Silke Otremba, a spokesperson from the school.

Representatives from the school confirmed the academy’s on-ice programs will proceed at the Summerland Arena, with a “significant amount” of ice time already secured during the day.

Along with on-ice training, Unisus says the hockey academy will include off-ice workouts, video training, as well as personal development and strategies for college recruitment.

“Our goal is to empower young athletes to reach their full potential and become well-rounded leaders on and off the ice,” Otremba added.

With its on and off-ice programs that combine academics and athletics, Unisus says the new program is the first of its kind in the province.

In its announcement, the school invited students from all grades to enroll in the scholar-athlete development program.

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