Cassie Hawrysh

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    An only child born to Ray and Kathy Hawrysh, Cassie was raised in Brandon, Manitoba. A French immersion student from K-12, Cassie went on to graduate with distinction from the University of Regina - School of Journalism in 2007 with her BA in Journalism 

    Athletically, Cassie is a former varsity volleyball and track and field athlete – but is most recognized as a Team Canada World Cup Skeleton Racer.

    After one season as a left-side hitter on the University of Windsor Lancers (Windsor, Ont.) Volleyball team she transferred out west and pursued a career in track and field - competing as a heptathlete and relay team member for the University of Regina Cougars.  There, she would be named a 4X All-Canadian and Team Captain in her senior year. Cassie ran for two more years competitively post-university; focusing solely on 400m Hurdles, and her career in the Media Sector.

    A spur of the moment move to Calgary in 2009 launched her Skeleton career and Cassie spent the first few months convincing herself that sliding head-first at 140km/h wasn’t a crazy idea. As it turns out, it was a little crazy – but she loved it and somehow, it felt entirely natural. With numerous podium finishes, the 2013/14 Canadian Championship title, two World Cup medals and having had the honour of being named as the 2014 Canadian Olympic-Alternate Cassie knows exactly what it takes to achieve big goals in the pursuit of passion, and aims inspire everyone around her to relentlessly push towards their greatness!

    Cassie’s elite background, in a variety of sports (volleyball, track and field, and skeleton), has played a vital role in her athletic career. She is a Journalism graduate and energetic motivational speaker. When she’s not coaching or motivating the next generation of athletes and encouraging everyone she meets to chase their passion, Cassie enjoys staying healthy and active through many other sports too, no matter the weather: wakeboarding, weight lifting, cycling, rock climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and recently took a shining to the intense martial arts practice of Muay Thai kickboxing.

    I have been a proud member of Kidsport since September 2015 and am more inspired to help promote giving the gift of sport each with each and every event I attend and athlete I meet. Knowing the impact sport has had on my life, and how much it helped me to become the powerful woman I am today, I am committed to helping ensure that no kid is left on the sidelines!