Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser's greatest triumph: Her son

By ParentsCanada staff on May 11, 2012
Hayley Wickenheiser has competed in both the summer and winter Olympics, won the gold medal in hockey and broken through the gender barrier in that sport. Yet she still counts her greatest accomplishment as being mother to 12-year-old son Noah. 

Noah made his debut when the Canadian Women won gold in Salt Lake City in 2002 and Hayley spontaneously pulled him into her arms and skated around the ice. She may have started a trend! 

Does Hayley log countless hours rinkside as her mother did? “I’m poolside,” says Hayley. “Noah’s a competitive swimmer so I’m a pool mom. He trains five days a week.” Noah prefers his water moving, not frozen. “He tried hockey but it wasn’t his thing. He really took to swimming.” 

It’s way too soon to see if Noah has any Olympic aspirations. “If he does, it will be his idea,” says Hayley, who is prepared to support him if he takes his backstroke in that direction. 

Hayley credits her mother with a lot of her success. “She taught me to go after what I wanted, and to not take no for an answer.” That doesn’t mean to be stubborn, Hayley is careful to note, but rather, to not give up easily and to advocate. “She was always advocating for me.” 

Hayley is juggling motherhood with professional hockey and school (she is working toward her kinesiology degree). She’s also on the mom panel of judges for Walmart’s Mom of the Year Award, which will honour one lucky mom with $10,000 as well as a $100,000 donation to the charity of her choice. Seven finalists will also receive $10,000 for themselves, and a $10,000 donation to a charity of their choice. For more information visit momoftheyear.ca

By ParentsCanada staff| May 11, 2012

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