From Whitby, former women’s hockey team player Sarah Worthington went from student, to Ridgeback to employee. She is currently working for Ontario Tech full-time as a communications coordinator in the office of the registrar, while pursuing her master’s degree in education.
Worthington played for the Ridgebacks for five years during her time at Ontario Tech. Some of her biggest highlights include playing against Brock in the first outdoor game in the OUA for women’s hockey. She was also a part of the first Ridgebacks women’s hockey team to make it to the playoffs.
“My biggest individual highlight would be scoring the first ever Ridgebacks’ playoff goal against Guelph,” said Worthington. “That was such an exciting feeling, I remember trembling with excitement and after four years of hard work to get to the playoffs, that feeling was well worth it. I kept that puck and still have it in the middle of my living room.”
In her spare time, she still loves to play hockey – a passion she’ll always carry with her throughout life. As a guilty pleasure, she loves to indulge in – and binge watch – hours and hours of reality TV. Some of her favorites are the Bachelor/Bachelorette, Sothern Charm, The Challenge, Big Brother and ALL of the real housewives’ franchises.
“I love to travel anywhere hot and beachy during the winter time here. I am one of five with my siblings and have a niece and three nephews who make everything in this life worth it.”
Currently Worthington and her boyfriend Tyler are homeowners in the small town of Zephyr in Uxbridge, with a two-year-old Berneadoodle named Molson.
COVID-19 has definitely impacted her life working full-time and being a student. She has been forced to slow down and discovered that she is much better suited for a life of forced structure and timelines. Worthington is spending her spare time working out while patiently waiting for hockey to be allowed again. She is a die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs’ fan and is keeping her fingers crossed for a Stanley Cup in her lifetime.
“Being a Ridgeback to me is pretty much a lifestyle at this point. I never even thought I would go to university – let alone be a varsity athlete, earn my degree and now be working towards my master’s degree,” said Worthington. “The support of the athletic department during my transition to university is something I often can’t put into words. I am so thankful to Scott Barker and his team for taking a chance and believing in me, when I didn’t even believe in myself. I knew when I graduated that I wanted to help students in some capacity, the same way I was helped and with the same opportunities I was given; I feel like working at Ontario Tech now, I am right where I need to be.”