Tell us about yourself!
My name is Nelly Toulouse – Abitong. I’m 15 years of age, and in grade 10. I’m from Sudbury, ON, Canada. What I like to do is play sports, like baseball, basketball and volleyball for fun! And of course hockey. My hockey story started off when I first stepped on the ice at the age of three years old, thanks to my father. I’ve been playing house league ever since. This year I’m playing for the U18 Espanola Eagles, I’m very proud to be with this time from now on, it’s a great team. Also this year I went to tryouts for AA & A Sudbury Lady Wolves. I did well but got cut, all I can say is that they work hard.
What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?
What made me want to be a WHL Ambassador is that there is so much more than what we know about women / girl’s hockey and I would like to know more about it also. I’ve wanting to be apart of something special and knowing that I got to that point would be an amazing accomplishment.
What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?
What I am looking forward to most is being able to spread, on and off social media, that hockey is way more than just a sport, once you’re with a team they’re your family and always will be.
What’s something not a lot of people know about you?
Not many people know that whenever I tend to feel really awkward, I tend to laugh out of nowhere which can be funny and also make other people laugh, or they look at me weird. I also sing when I’m in a good mood! “Hey Alexa, play country music.” I also enjoy watching Netflix.
If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?
Natalie Spooner. Why? because she’s so inspiring, her and so many other female athletes prove that they can play male-dominated sports.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?
“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back.”
What’s your dream for women’s hockey?
I want more people to understand the many benefits of hockey. Hockey allows girls to clear their minds of academic and social pressures, to literally skate off the tension that’s accumulated in their muscles. Hockey gives us girls a satisfying, enjoyable way to develop our talents and skills.
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