Jocelyn Wynnyk had offers to play hockey at other educational institutions. The athlete chose to attend SAIT, a place she now holds dear to her heart.
Like many young ladies embarking on higher education, the available opportunities are literally worldwide. After a visit to the campus, and a meeting with her future hockey coach, Wynnyk was sold on enrolling at the home of the Trojans.
“I knew right away it was where I wanted to be.”
Originally from Whitehorse, Wynnyk also wanted to be only a short plane ride away. Her mother was battling cancer when she entered her first year in the fall of 2013.
With sports scholarships helping pay her way, the athlete attended and will be graduating from the administrative information management program in a few weeks.
“These were the craziest and best three years of my life.”
Wynnyk committed her athletic abilities to the SAIT Trojans as both a goalie on the ice and as a striker on the soccer field. She said her greatest rewards from playing Trojans sports came in discovering who she is as a person and what makes her happy.
A valuable hockey moment for the goalie consisted of receiving player of the game. The shootout victory was her very first win against NAIT.
The striker also fondly remembers the first goal she scored. Her foot was entangled in the netting, preventing her from getting up and celebrating. Her teammates had to drag her out of the net.
“I have learned so much from everyone at SAIT, and knowing that I will always have a place to call home (the rink or the field) just makes my heart happy.”
In November 2013, her first year of school, Wynnyk’s mom succumbed to cancer. She took a few weeks away from school. The support she received from coaches, teammates and SAIT only confirmed her decision to attend here.
She does not have the dream of a professional career in sports despite enjoying college-level play. However, she would love to be involved in coaching at some point.
“I do aspire to be a professional coach,” she said. With considerations for the national women’s team or for the Olympics. “I definitely see that as something I want to do.”
Wynnyk said she was greatly impacted by the younger female athletes that looked up to her. Along the way, she discovered a passion for mentoring young kids and a desire to help others generally.
“I aspire to [help] each and everyday, ”said Wynnyk.
With no plans to hit the books again anytime soon, she would like to focus on a possible career as a police officer. Hanging up her cleats and skates will allow more time for her to do just that.
“It has been my dream since I was little,” said the student.
Wynnyk frequently popped up in front of the lenses of SAIT’s photojournalism majors during her final year as a Trojan. The gallery that follows showcases the best of what they captured.
About Shayla Deeton and Victoria Vadeboncoeur
As photojournalism majors in the journalism program at SAIT, Shayla Deeton and Victoria Vadeboncoeur worked as photographers for The Press during the 2015-16 academic year.