#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 was introduced to field hockey watching my older brothers play from the sidelines for Vancouver Hawks. Eventually, I was old enough to get off the sidelines and after our family moved to Chicago, Illinois and I played with Windy City Field Hockey under Barb Liles and Olympian Katie Beach. During this time, I trained and competed with the USA junior national teams and graduated high school a year early to attend Princeton University.
Over my four years, we were 2x Ivy League Champions and had two Elite Eight and two Final Four appearances in the NCAA tournament. I had advanced standing with the University and was also able to take a semester off to live and play abroad in Holland at SCHC. In my final season at Princeton, I was named a Honda Sport Award Finalist, First Team All-American, Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and was selected to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team and Mid-Atlantic Region First Team.
In August 2018, I had the opportunity to join the Canadian program at a training camp with Giles Bonnet. I made my officially capped senior debut for the Canadian Women’s National Team in a six-game series in China in January 2019. That spring, I traveled between Belgium to train with the team and New Jersey to defend my thesis and graduate. Over the summer, we finished in second place at the FIH Series Finals in Valencia and at the 2019 Lima Pan American Games, where we were finalists for the first time since 1991. In the fall of 2019, I joined the rest of the WNT in Belgium and signed on as a player and coach for KMTHC in Mechelen along with fellow Canadian Karli Johansen. We competed in the Honour Division for our club in addition to training and playing with the WNT in preparation for our Olympic Qualifier. I was a part of the team that competed against Ireland in the two-game series for the Olympic berth and lost in overtime sudden death shootouts.
In December 2019, I joined the Canadian Women’s National Indoor program and played my first cap during our tour to Belarus. After we paused during COVID, I rejoined the WNT in Vancouver. Coming back to Vancouver has brought me full circle, where I’ve been able to give back to the Vancouver Hawks as a lead coach while simultaneously training for the indoor and outdoor Pan Am Cups, our World Cup qualifiers.
What Motivates you?
The relentless pursuit of better. My parents always encouraged us to fully commit to whatever we set our minds to, to seek excellence, and to give back at every opportunity. As an athlete striving to qualify for two World Cups and upcoming Olympic Games, I believe these values have served me well as a teammate and competitor — to reach for greatness despite the setbacks and challenges set in our way. For me, that means asking how I can serve my teammates on and off the pitch. How can I serve the program, my country, the sport of field hockey, and the future players better?
Could you share a highlight or key moment in your career that you are proud of?
Beating the USA 2-0 at the 2019 Lima Pan American Games to advance to the championship for the first time since 1991.
What do you think is the biggest barrier in women’s field hockey?
Field hockey is already a comparatively small sport in North America. Add gender inequity in support and visibility to that and you have a massive barrier to the growth of women’s field hockey. Throughout my career, we’ve always had to work five times as hard to get half the coverage. Growing up, I woke up at ungodly hours to watch the early morning time slots for women’s sports and loved seeing kickass athletes I could aspire to be like. It’s so important for young athletes not only to watch their sport being played at a high level, but also to see unapologetically strong female athletes competing on the international stage.
What advice can you give to young Canadian girls wanting to be involved in high-performance hockey?
Dream Big. Surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed and want to help drive and guide you towards your goals. At the end of the day, your community — your teammates, coaches, family, and friends — are who you play for and what makes it all worthwhile.
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