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Exhibiting an all-out style of play, this exceptional athlete excelled in every sport she participated in. Attending St. Patrick High School from 1997 to 2002, she helped claim multiple SSSAA and NWOSSAA titles in basketball, track & field, volleyball and soccer, earning her four consecutive Athlete of the Year titles. A stand-out on the soccer pitch, she won gold with Team Ontario at the 2000 Under-17 Nationals and at the 2001 Canada Summer Games, and earned a spot in the Under-19 Canadian Soccer Team player pool for 2000 and 2001.

On the ice, her talents also shone, with a record of success that saw her as a trailblazer for female hockey players from northwestern Ontario. Playing 9-13 AA hockey in the boys league, she eventually made the transition to women’s hockey, playing with the Thunder Bay AA Queens and the Thunder Bay Intermediate A Comets in the TBWHA and represented Team Ontario Blue at the 2000 U-18 National Championships. Earning a scholarship to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire in 2002, she claimed a number of Eastern College Athletic Conference Hockey League honours playing with the Big Green. A team-leading scorer, she established the school record for the most career and season power-play goals and helped her team clinch ECAC and Ivy League titles and participated in multiple NCAA Frozen Four tournaments.

Named to Team Canada's Under-22 team, she won gold at the 2003 and 2004 Air Canada Cup. Advancing to Team Canada's National Women's Team, she represented her country with distinction winning Olympic gold in 2006 and multiple gold medals at such tournaments as the Four Nations Cup and the 2007 World Championship. Arriving at the 2006 Olympic team tryouts on crutches, and competing against players with World and Olympic experience, through sheer determination, she made the team for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. Her four goals and 1 assist, including the game winner in the semi-final against Finland, helped lead Canada to Olympic gold, the first of its kind for a Thunder Bay-born athlete and the first by a woman from northwestern Ontario.

In 2007, she won a World Championship gold medal followed by silver in 2008. Unable to earn a spot on the 2010 Vancouver Olympic team due to injuries sustained throughout her career, she was selected by her hometown to carry the Olympic Torch and light the community cauldron. This trailblazer of women's hockey continues to be a role-model for young women serving as a coach and operating the Katie Weatherston Hockey School.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 28, 2013

Katie Weatherston

Thunder Bay
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