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One Stride at a Time: Hayley Wickenheiser
My project is on Hayley Wickenheiser, and influential hockey player. She has inspired many girls and women to play hockey and is one of the most famous female hockey players.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing I learned about Hayley Wickenheiser was that until she was thirteen years old, she played solely on boy hockey teams. Often, there was no available dressing room for her! Playing with boys made her courageous and she became skilled at hockey.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I learned from Hayley Wickenheiser that even though some people may have doubts, you must be determined. Hayley Wickenhieser never stopped playing hockey, because hockey is her passion. As she said:"I really believe that if you truly love the game, you will work hard at it, and it won’t feel like hard work."
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
In my life today, there is no prejudice against girls playing hockey. Now, there are girl hockey teams and seeing a girl holding a hockey bag is no surprise to everyone. We are extremely fortunate to not be criticized for playing any sport.