WEEK #4: MICHAELA H-B.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m currently in my first year at McMaster University studying Life Sciences and graduated from St. Augustine CHS in 2019. Throughout high school, I competed on the field hockey, volleyball, and slo-pitch teams and created my most cherished memories as an athlete. My favourite memory is winning the YRAA slo-pitch championships in grade 12 with my incredible coaches and teammates! Another highlight of my high school experience is being named Female Athlete of the Year from grades 9 to 11. In addition to competing, I was the president of St. Augustine’s Athletic Council and organized events that supported the athletic program, such as intramural tournaments and school-wide fundraisers.
My passion for sports developed when I began playing competitive softball at a young age. I immediately felt a sense of camaraderie and support from my teammates, who are still my best friends today! While immensely improving my confidence, my experience playing softball allowed me to recognize my love for collaborating with other athletes to achieve a common goal. This motivated me to constantly grow as an athlete and compete in other team sports throughout my life. Even now that I am in university, I still prioritize my passion for athletics through playing intramural volleyball, joining the residence running club, and volunteering with McMaster’s athletic program.
Who is a female role model to you? Why?
Anneliese McFadden was my physical education teacher and field hockey coach in high school and has been an instrumental female role model in my life. Mrs. McFadden constantly encouraged me to take on leadership roles in the St. Augustine community and is one of the main reasons why I developed from a timid student to a confident athlete throughout high school. I admire the passion she demonstrates in everything she does, the way she emphasizes the importance of young women being leaders in today’s society, and her dedication to ensuring those around her thrive into the best versions of themselves. These are important qualities of a leader that Mrs. McFadden has inspired me to exemplify in every aspect of my life.