Okanagan Hockey Academy President Andy Oakes today announced that Heather Corliss has been named the OHA Director of Athletic Therapy and Medical Services.
Corliss joins the OHA from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan, where she has served as the Recreation Fitness Coordinator for the past year. She brings an extensive amount of experience to the program, having been involved with Hockey Canada the past four years, working as an athletic therapist for the Canadian National Women’s program. Most recently, she was selected as the team therapist for Team Canada that will compete at the 2015 World Women’s Hockey Championship in Malmo, Sweden. Corliss has also worked with both the National Women’s Under-18 and Under-22 teams.
“Okanagan Hockey is excited to have Heather join our staff as Director of Athletic Therapy and Medical Services,” said Oakes. “Her experience within professional clinics and with teams makes her a great fit for our organization. With her role with Hockey Canada this year on the National Women’s team she gains more experience at the highest level that can be implemented with our players which allows us to continue to improve and develop our offerings to our players.”
Corliss has also served as an athletic therapist for the North Okanagan Knights of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and for the University of Lethbridge Women’s Rugby team. She was also the head athletic therapist for the Warner Hockey School from 2009 to 2011.
“I am very excited to be joining the OHA team and to play a role in the development of their athletes,” said Corliss. “Having the ability to educate and influence athletes at a young age, especially when it comes to injury prevention and injury management, can make a huge difference in their futures' both on and off the ice. Coming from a diverse sport background with a variety of different age groups, I hope to help prepare and strengthen these athletes to keep them healthy during a competitive hockey season and provide them with the information they need to take an active role in their health as they develop as athletes.”
Corliss has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Lethbridge and an Advanced Certificate of Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal College.
OHA helped shape the person I am today in an abundance of ways. The training regime and on-ice practice went a long way in helping me achieve my set goals in hockey, while making the jump to the next level attainable. Ultimately, it was the lessons I learned off the ice that have shaped me the most. From learning to balance school with hockey, to building character and unity with my team. All in all, OHA was the best decision to not only further my hockey career, but also to further myself as a person."