Tell us about yourself!
Hi, my name is Reese Williamson and I am 11 years old. I will be turning 12 in July. I am from Sudbury, Ontario. Right now, I am practicing hockey at home most days, as well as going to school online.
I started skating when I was two years old. After doing can skate when I was three and quickly making my way through the levels, I started playing hockey when I was four. I played with boys for the first three years of hockey.
When I was six, my dad took me to watch a Sudbury Lady Wolves game and I knew that was where I wanted to play. I wanted to be a Lady Wolf. At seven, I tried out and made the Novice team as a minor player. For the past five seasons I have continued to play for the Sudbury Lady Wolves and I love every minute of wearing that Jersey.
What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?
The chance to be able to represent girls hockey everywhere is pretty cool. When my dad showed me Women’s Hockey Life and all the different stories they do and how they’re helping girls in hockey, it made me wonder how I can help too. I also think the ability to do this will give me the confidence to show that I have what it takes.
What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?
I think one thing I really look forward to is getting to know other girls from around the world that love hockey as much as I do. I also look forward to learning from all the coaches and older players that are involved. I think this will be really fun that will help me become a better player and allow me to help players that are younger than me when they have questions or need help.
What’s something not a lot of people know about you?
I love all sports, but I don’t think that would be surprising.
• When I’m skating and concentrating, I sometimes grind my teeth. I used to chew through my mouth guards.
• I was really strong at gymnastics and was chosen to join a competitive team but when given the choice between competitive hockey and gymnastics, it had to be hockey!
• I love home renovation shows. HGTV is my favourite channel.
• I love cooking dinner for my family.
• I am very superstitious for hockey and other sports that I play.
If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?
I think it would have to be Rebecca Johnston. She was also a Sudbury Lady Wolves player and grew up in Sudbury. I have met her a couple times and she is super nice. It’s great to have someone to look up to who played where I did. It shows that I can be as successful as she is. I think having dinner with her would be so fun, but I’d probably ask too many questions.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?
In life and in hockey, I was always taught to never give up. Defeat is not an option.
What’s your dream for women’s hockey?
I would like to see women’s hockey viewed on the same level as men’s hockey. Just because we are a different gender, or have long hair, doesn’t mean we are weak, or we can’t do it. Living in Sudbury, we always have to play against the boys in our league games. We have won just as many games as we’ve lost and that shows that we are equal. I hope that we can all work together to continue to prove we are just as strong. I want to be a hockey player, not a girls hockey player.