Team NB Canada Games 2011: Leanne Gallant

There are few things that are more Canadian than the game of hockey. It is recognized as our country’s national winter sport and we continually produce some of the best players in the world.

There are few things that are more Canadian than the game of hockey. It is recognized as our country’s national winter sport and we continually produce some of the best players in the world.  So when New Brunswick’s female hockey team, led by Leanne Gallant, takes to the ice at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, they will have the eyes of the nation upon them.

Woodstock’s Leanne Gallant, 18, has been playing hockey since she was six. Her years of practice and devotion have earned her the position of team captain on her provincial team. But getting to her level of play doesn’t come easy. Every time she laces up her skates, she goes for it.  “It’s such a hard sport to master,” she explains. “You have to be very dedicated and have a good work ethic. As long as you’re positive, you work hard, and you stick to all your training programs and nutrition, you will excel for sure.”

Despite all of her hard work Leanne believes in Keeping It Fun.  She values teamwork and is thankful for the relationships hockey has allowed her to develop. “My favorite thing is that it’s a team sport and that everyone has to work together. You make friendships that will never be broken – they’ll last forever.”

Whether she is setting goals for sport or school, Leanne sets her sights high and strives for excellence. She is currently studying at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario, and is planning to go on to pursue medicine. “I’m really interested in my academics and I want to be a doctor. Next year, I’ll be going to university at Northeastern in Boston and I’m taking pre-med courses.”

If school and sports weren’t enough, she also finds time to Give Back to her community by volunteering at a summer hockey camp as a coach. “Myself and one other person will be with the kids all day, helping them tie their skates, and teaching them small techniques. The age groups range from novice to bantam.”

True Sport wishes Leanne the best of success at the 2011 Canada Winter Games and congratulates her on her outstanding achievements and goals for the future!