Olympic gold medallist visits the Nicola Valley
Former Canadian women’s national hockey team member Katie Weatherston was in Merritt on January 14 for a clinic and photo opportunity with the local peewee girls’ team.
Weatherston, 28, was a member of the Canadian women’s ice hockey team that won the gold medal at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. She also won gold medals at the 2007 World Championships, and at three Four Nations Cup tournaments (2004, 2005, 2007).
Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Weatherston played a multitude of sports during her youth. She actually began her national team career as a member of Canada’s U19 soccer team; however, in 2001, she chose to leave the sport and pursue her dream of playing international-level hockey.
From 2002 - 2007, Weatherston played NCAA Division 1 hockey at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire while earning a degree in psychology and elementary education.
The diminutive Weatherston (5’2”, 135lbs.) had an exceptional freshman year at Dartmouth, scoring 23 goals and adding 24 assists for 47 points in just 35 games. In her four-year college career, she amassed 113 goals and 72 assists for 185 points in just 124 games.
In addition to being a qualified real estate agent, Weatherston is currently the owner and head instructor of the Katie Weatherston Hockey School in Ottawa. It is an all-girls hockey academy which was founded in 2005.
When time allows, Weatherston also travels extensively, conducting clinics and giving motivational speeches to groups of young, aspiring female hockey players.