Jayna Hefford

Name: Jayna Heffordjayna-hefford-headshot
Sport: Hockey
Hometown: Kingston, ON
Nickname: Heff

Favourite Sports Memory: The engagement of Canadians during the Vancouver Games in 2010.

How you got involved in your sport: My older brother played, and my parents were both involved in coaching. It was always a passion for me.

The moment you knew you wanted to represent Canada: Watching the first Women’s World Hockey Championships in 1990 on television. I knew then I wanted to play for Canada.

Favourite Quote: “The heart carries the feet, not the feet the heart.”

CAN Fund Testimonial: CAN Fund helps athletes chase their Olympic journeys by supporting them financially, and have always believed in the power of the Olympic dream. CAN Fund is about supporting today’s dreams and inspiring the next generation of Canadian athletes.

Best Result: 2010, 2006 & 2002 Olympic Gold Medalist

Share one valuable tool that you use on a daily basis that helps you to be the best athlete you can be: I try to stay in the moment. By focusing on one day at a time, the training and time management is not as daunting.

Who is one person in your life that has impacted your career and what was it that they taught you: I had a coach for much of my minor hockey years (Beth Duff). She taught our team the importance of being better people, not just athletes. She instilled discipline and respect, and introduced us to mental training, physical preparation and technical tactics.

Fun Facts:
I have my motorcycle license – but I only ride a vespa!
I love watching live music

Speaking Topics:

  • Whatever it Takes – The Road to Gold