SBOTD Presents: Hayley Meyer, BDB Writer
Hi, I’m Hayley! I’m pretty bad at talking about myself, so here’s my best shot! I’m a small-town girl; right down to country music, jacked up trucks and cowboys. Growing up nobody in my family watched much for sports; just the Saskatchewan Rough Rider games that were on TV. It wasn’t until five or so years ago that my cousin really ‘introduced’ me to hockey (I knew what it was, I’d just never watched a game or anything like that!) and needless to say I fell in love. Naturally, her favorite team became my favorite team – Go Pittsburgh! [and Edmonton!] – and hockey has since become a ridiculously huge part of my life. I’m also a total music junkie – I play guitar, sing and write my own music!
(1.) In three words, how would your friends describe you?
Fun, Honest and loving (That’s a direct quote right there! I had to text and ask!)
(2.) Who are your favourite athletes or sports teams to watch?
I’m a big Oilers and Penguins fan… but I definitely have a soft spot for the Staals (Who doesn’t?) and the Schenn brothers (They’re Saskatchewan boys!) and with Jordan Staal being traded to Carolina, I will probably be trying to catch a few more of their games this season!
(3.) Peanut butter: crunchy or smooth?
Hmm… smooth. I’m thinking I’ll go with the smooth.
(4.) I love SBOTD but I pay my bills by:
Being a broke college student! But really, working part time – including but not limited to waiting tables, washing dishes, working in an assisted living…
(5.) What’s in your DVD collection and/or what’s your favourite book?
I actually don’t have a huge movie collection! I really liked Immortals, Harry Potter, LOTR… stuff like that. As for books? Too many to list! Mitch Albom’s books are all incredible… and I’ll leave it at that before I have a list ten miles long
(6.) Growing up, did you have a role model or someone who inspired you to be who you are?
My mom was a huge role model for me growing up – even though it’s pretty cliché. She’s a strong, independent person and even though it took me a while to realize everything she’s done and overcome I think it’s made me appreciate everything even more because of it! And of course, I got into the whole Avril Lavigne thing when I was thirteen or fourteen… right down to the tons of black eyeliner and pink streaks in my hair. BUT I did learn from all that that it’s okay to not be like everybody else, so there was something positive from it all!
(7.) What are your hobbies outside of sports?
I love to sing and play guitar – I actually perform and write my own music. It’s been a huge part of my life and one of my passions for as long as I can remember. I played basketball and floor hockey and danced through high school as well as doing some acting.
(8.) What song do you sing at karaoke – or would you sing if you had to?
Probably something country; Shania Twain’s pretty classic… or something with lyrics that are easy to remember!
(9.) If you won a million dollars in a lottery, what would you do with it?
Pay off my student loans and my car! After that, I would probably give some money to my family, and stick some away in savings… do a little traveling ,then donate to some charities – the MS society and the Canadian Cancer Society are definitely on that list. Nothing too exciting… except after paying off my car I might sell it and buy something a little nicer!
(10.) If you could interview any athlete, who would it be and why?
That’s tough… First choice would be Jordan Staal – when I was really introduced into watching hockey (my cousin was a Pens fan and so voila – as am I!) he really stuck out to me. I love the way he plays the game offensively but keeps such a defensive mindset, he’s got incredible skating and puck-handling ability; he’s definitely one of my favorite hockey players. I think he’s pretty underrated as a player, and I can’t wait to see what he’ll do in Carolina.
(11.) If you could be a fly on the wall in any sports team locker room, which one would it be and why?
I think it would be really interesting to see what goes on in the Oilers locker room. They’re a rebuilding team, and it would be cool to see how the players interact when there’s a game at stake and how they would handle either a win or loss as a team. Same would go for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders (Canadian Football League).
(12.) Is there a motto, saying or core truth you try to live by?
“Always Love and Love All Ways” Kind of a way to remember to keep everything in perspective and to remember what’s important in life.
(13.) Are you single, dating, or locked down? What do you notice first about the opposite sex?
Somewhere between single and dating, so I’m just going to say taken, haha. As to what I notice? Depends on the person, I think.
(14.) What’s your idea of the perfect date?
Something pretty relaxed where there’s the opportunity to actually get to know somebody – going to a movie doesn’t really give you that opportunity (in my opinion!) I like hockey, football, music, food… even something simple like hanging out, eating some takeout and playing video games
(15.) What has been your proudest accomplishment to date and what are your goals for the future?
Probably anything to do with school or my music as of right now – I’m still 19, so I’ve got lots of time for bigger accomplishments! Ideally I’d love to end up working for the NHL – be it for a team, doing hockey-related sports casting on ESPN or TSN, or even doing the in-game play-by-play for a team’s website. Hockey’s something I’m passionate about and doing what I love for a job is basically the goal! With a little music on the side, of course.
(16.) Name something you do when you’re alone that you wouldn’t do in front of others.
Sing really loudly and obnoxiously to terrible music?
(17.) What are your three biggest pet peeves?
Hair on clothing! I can’t handle it, and I’ve been known to pick a hair off of a random person at a concert…
Anything that makes that scraping, nails on a chalkboard sound
(18.) If you had a round trip ticket to any destination in the world, where would you go and why?
Probably Ireland – a lot of my family is there that I haven’t had the chance to meet yet!
(19.) What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
Don’t be afraid – there’s a whole world out there, and sometimes you have to fall down a few times before you get where you’re supposed to be. You just have to keep picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and moving forward. And the pink streaks? Really wasn’t a good choice. Neither was the blue.
(20.) What’s your most memorable moment as a sports fan?
Tie between seeing the Penguins win the Stanley Cup, watching the Oilers play the Vancouver Canucks this season (it was my first NHL game), or Team Canada winning the gold in the 2010 Olympics
(21.) What are your guilty pleasures?
Chocolate. Lots, and lots, of chocolate… Disney Movies – the old ones, like the Little Mermaid, Hercules, etc… but it’s not really a guilty pleasure. Anybody who knows me knows I have a soft spot for them!
(22.) Name five items you couldn’t live without.
Pen and paper (Does that count as one?)
A bunny hug – I live in Canada, it gets cold!
(23) What do you want to be remembered for?
For following my dreams and passions, for being a good person, for being persistent and passionate about what I believe in, what I want, and those around me. There’s a lot of things that I’d hope to be remembered for someday
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