Canada’s best young female hockey stars are in Winnipeg to compete in a first-of-its-kind Hockey Canada competition.

The first Female World Sport School Challenge is underway at the MTS Iceplex and will run until Sunday.

The competition pits female high-school hockey players from all over Canada against each other.

Meike Meilleur plays for the St. Mary’s Academy Flames and said she wants to move up in Canadian hockey but getting recruited is tough.

"One of the reasons we try so hard is to get recruited, to get noticed by schools or universities," said Meilleur.

Jennifer Botterill, a four-time Olympic medalist with Canada’s women’s hockey team, is the ambassador for the event.

Botterill said seeing the support for female athletes at the high-school level is reassuring.

"It’s great to see schools get involved and invest in their athletes," said Botterill.

The competition runs until Sunday and tickets are available at the MTS Iceplex.