On Wednesday, Hockey Canada announced the staff for the National Women’s Team that will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Among the staff named was Okanagan Hockey Group’s Manager of Athletic Therapy and Medical Services, Heather Corliss.
“I am very excited to be joining the National Women’s Team on this journey,” said Corliss. “To be able to represent Canada and be part of the Olympics is both an honour and a dream come true. I would like to thank the Okanagan Hockey Group for all of their support and for allowing me to play a role in the development of their athletes over the past three years.”
Corliss will serve as an athletic therapist and will take a leave from OHG beginning on May 19. She joined OHG in 2014 from the University of British Columbia.
The Burns Lake, B.C. product has previous experience with Team Canada, having served as an athletic therapist with the National Women’s Team at the World Championships, as well as with the National Women’s U18 team and U22 team.
Corliss will work alongside former OHG Manager of Athletic Therapy and Medical Services, Christine Atkins, who was also named an athletic therapist for the team.
Atkins worked with OHG from 2010-2014 as an athletic therapist, an assistant director of athletic therapy and later the director of athletic therapy and medial services. She is now at the University of Calgary’s Sports Injury Prevention Centre.
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