After a trailblazing 23-year career in Canadian hockey, five-time Olympic medalist Hayley Wickenheiser (who calls Calgary “home”) announced her retirement in January and looks to channel her passion for hockey and sport into a career in medicine. With a kinesiology degree from the University of Calgary, she now has her sights on medical school in the pursuit of becoming an emergency trauma doctor.
“[The emergency room] is a high-action, team environment, where you are forced to think on your feet under pressure, which is exactly like playing hockey in the Olympics,” says Wickenheiser of her new career pursuit. “I feel like it is a pretty good fit and will fill the void that hockey will leave for me.”
Besides education, Wickenheiser is looking forward to skiing with her son Noah. “I am really looking forward to hitting the mountains again after a long time of staying away during my career in fear of injury," Wickenheiser says. She also enjoys exploring and trying new restaurants in Calgary, including Notable (page 46) and The Nash (page 46). “I really like the vibes there, they are two of my favourite places to go.”
In regards to personal fitness, Wickenheiser says that while her daily routine will be different, "one constant will be that I will always try to stay in shape.” Her fitness tips for your own workout routine include:
1) “Find a workout that you enjoy doing, because you are more likely to stick with it. “
2) “Get a buddy. Find a friend to do activities with as they will keep you motivated and will hold you accountable.”
3) “Although it may be hard to start, if you can stick with something for a month there is a really good chance that you will continue it for a long time.”