Emily Schaefer

Name:  Emily SchaeferEmily
CAN Fund  #150Women Recipient
Hometown:  Sarnia, ON
Sport: Wrestling
Best Result:  Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist 2018

How did you get involved in your sport?
I have three brothers, two of which are older and had tried wrestling in high school. So, when I needed a high school winter sport, I decided to give it a try. In my first year, I won OFSAA (the Ontario secondary school championships), and nationals, and attended the Cadet World Wrestling Championships. So after that I was pretty hooked.

What is your favourite movie?
I love the movie Brave, because it has a fierce, ginger, heroine. I feel like I can relate to her 🙂

If you weren’t a Canadian athlete you would be?
I’m also pursuing a teaching career, so probably that. But I also love coaching and baking…so any of those!

Who is one woman who has significantly impacted your life/journey? 
My teammate and fellow #150Women recipient, Olivia Di Bacco, has significantly impacted my life and athletic journey. As a teammate, roommate, and friend, she has helped me have a better perspective on sport, and allowed me to learn to love the sport we get to do, while embracing the challenges along the way. She is one of the most driven and inspiring women that I know.

Share 3 words that describe who that person is to you.

Our CAN Fund #150Women mantra is being EPIC, what does EPIC mean to you?
To me, being EPIC means persisting through trials, taking risks, and embracing challenges. Being EPIC is being brave and courageous, and fighting for things that your may not think are possible. It means giving yourself an opportunity to be successful beyond what you imagined.

 Instagram: emily.schaefer2