Maddie Secco

Name: Maddie SeccoMaddie
CAN Fund #150Women Recipient

Nickname:  Maddawg
Hometown: Victoria, BC
Sport: Field Hockey
Position: Defender
Jersey#: 22

On The National Team Since (Year): 2011

How many hours do you workout/train/compete on average each day and how many days per week?
Each week, our National Team trains on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays, for four hours each day. We also have meetings and do video analysis throughout these three days.
With our Belgian club teams, we practice an additional two hours on Wednesdays and Fridays, plus play games on Sundays.
On average, we spend 16 hours a week playing field hockey, plus 5 hours on video and tactical analysis (total of 21 hours/week).

What do you value most in your friends?
I am drawn to people who are motivated. It’s inspiring to see others setting goals and making things happen. I love being a part of the journey, and celebrating others’ successes once their hard work pays off.

Best advice you have received?
Get up early and excited for what’s to come! The day awaits you and there are so many things you can accomplish in 12 hours!

Why are you proud to be Canadian?
I have competed in tournaments all over the world. In 2017, I lived in Germany and represented a team there, and this year I’m stationed in Belgium. No matter where I am, the locals respect me as a Canadian and welcome me in to their culture. I feel extremely fortunate to come from a place where people are well-regarded and loved.

Who is one person who has significantly impacted your life/journey? 
My parents

Tell us how they made a difference and share 3 words that describe who that person is to you.
My parents have been my number one supporters. In the early days of my athletic career, they would drive me to practice, spectate every game and often, even volunteer to coach my teams.

They were also high performance athletes, themselves, so they taught me the value of hard work and motivation, and inspired me to compete at the top level.


Instagram: @maddawgmillionaire22