WEEK #9: CASSIDY N.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Cassidy Nicholls and I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I played 5 years of field hockey at York University and graduated with a Specialized Honours Degree in Kinesiology. I am currently working as the KidSport Manitoba Coordinator. KidSport is a national charity which aims to remove financial barriers and help get kids off the sidelines to ensure that ALL kids can play!
I started playing soccer when I was 3 years old. Since then I have tried just about every sport I could, but basketball and field hockey were always my favourite. In grade 11 I made the choice to put my focus on field hockey and was lucky enough to get invited to a junior national ID camp in Toronto. That camp is where I was recruited to play field hockey at YorkU. I captained the team for 2 years and in 2016 was named an OUA All-Star and a first team all-Canadian. In my fifth and final season with York we won the OUA Conference title and won a silver medal at the USports Championship. Sports have always been a huge part of my life and since retiring from competitive field hockey because of injuries I have focused a lot of my passion for sport into coaching my former high school field hockey team.
Besides being active, I love spending time at the cottage, playing board games, and trying to pet every single dog I see.
What qualities of a leader do you appreciate most? Why?
Confidence, with a large helping of self awareness. Being a leader is hard, no one wakes up as a perfect, natural born leader. As a leader, sometimes you need to make tough decisions that ultimately may not make people very happy. You need to be confident that you are making the right decision for the team as a whole, and not let anyone sway that decision. In terms of self-awareness, I think this is so important as a leader! You need to recognize that you won’t always know what to do or you may not have the skills to do it, and that’s OKAY!!!! Ask for help when it’s needed, and take a step back and listen to the needs of the team. No one likes a leader with the “my way or the highway” attitude. The strongest leaders are the ones that ask for help and take full responsibility when they make a mistake.