The Mounties: Hayley Wood
5/8/2020 11:02:19 AM
hayley_mainIt took fourth-year biology student Hayley Wood until her final year at Mount Allison to join the badminton team. From Richmond, PEI, she played competitively in high school and chose to pursue other interests outside of the classroom until this year.
“I was always scared it would be too much while going to school,” she says. “I had a few friends ask me to play this year and I figured ‘why not?’ might as well have fun in my last year.”
At a young age, she picked up her uncle’s old badminton rackets and tried out the sport. She continued to play from elementary through to Westisle Composite High School. She won provincial championships in singles in both Grade 11 and 12.
Wood says what she enjoys most about the sport is how much fun she has playing and also the teammates she has met along the way.
“Badminton teams are typically smaller and you get really close with your team members,” she says.
She feels her greatest strength in the game is her positivity.
“I am a really positive person,” she says.
Wood was awarded Athlete of the Week honours recently when she went 5-1 in an ACAA competition at Dal AC, including a second-place finish in mixed B doubles with partner Will Ngo, and first place in women’s B singles.
“I was honestly very taken aback by the award,” she says. “I was also pretty pumped.”
Wood believes becoming a student-athlete in her final year at Mount Allison has improved her university experience.
“I have found a whole other side of Mount Allison and of myself being a student-athlete,” she says.
Wood was on the executive of and was a student photography assistant with the University’s marketing and communications department. She also runs a successful photography business on PEI, Blushing Captures, where she specializes in weddings and portraits.
Majoring in biology and minoring in psychology, Wood plans to return to the island to attend UPEI’s accelerated nursing program with the future plan to become a doctor.