#FHCSheCan Stories are an opportunity for Field Hockey Canada to showcase the amazing things that girls and women do in this sport. By featuring some of the inspiring stories of women within our community, we can motivate and empower girls to stay involved and keep playing.
Describe your pathway within field hockey. How did you get to where you are today?
I started playing field hockey in 2015 with A&C and began playing provincially that same year for the u16 B team after lots of encouragement from my coaches. I went to lots of tournaments and showcases in the US where I gained experience and began to take the sport more seriously. I’ve played for Team Ontario at nationals every year since then and I’m now in the u23 age group. In 2017 I was selected for a JWNT talent ID camp where I was invited to train in Chula Vista on my first trip with the Junior National Team. Since then I’ve been to training camps and tours with the Junior National Program in Canada, the US, Ireland, and China. In 2019 I started attending the University of Virginia where I currently play NCAA Division 1 field hockey in the Atlantic Coast Conference and I’m going into my third year.
What were some of the challenges/obstacles during your journey?
When I first began playing field hockey, I was still playing rep soccer and rep ice hockey, so it was a challenge to manage my schedule as well as the stress and injuries that could arise from playing so many high-level sports. In 2018 I suffered a stress fracture in my shin which ended up keeping me out of field hockey for almost 3 months, and as an extremely active person, this was very difficult for me. I’ve found injuries to be one of the biggest physical obstacles but also mental obstacles as an athlete because of the drastic changes in lifestyle you must endure in order to recover properly. By being diligent in my recovery and taking the necessary measures to stay connected to the sport and stay fit, I was able to transition back into playing field hockey fairly smoothly once I was cleared.
What Motivates you?
The countless opportunities field hockey continues to bring me motivates me to keep growing and improving as a player. I strive to play at the highest level possible to challenge myself whenever possible. In the NCAA I get to play against top collegiate programs on a weekly basis which pushes myself and my teammates to become stronger as a team. On the Junior National Team I am motivated by the fact that I am privileged enough to represent my country and play on the international stage. International competition is the highest level of hockey there is and I am excited by the potential Canada has to compete with the best nations in the world.
What do you think is the biggest barrier in women’s field hockey?
The biggest barrier in women’s field hockey is the lack of exposure to the sport. Especially in Canada, not many people know about the sport and it limits the amount of opportunities available. Also with the two main Canadian hub cities being on opposite sides of the country, it makes it difficult to have regular, high-level competition on a consistent basis.
What advice can you give to young Canadian girls wanting to be involved in high-performance hockey?
Take advantage of as many opportunities presented to you as possible. Every practice, game, and tournament is an opportunity for growth as an athlete and will only make you better. Also, make an effort to surround yourself with other people who have similar goals and intentions as you. These are the people who will push you beyond your perceived limitations and help you become the best player you can be.
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