My name is Stacie Ritchie, I’m 24-years-old and I grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario. After I graduated high school, I went to Lakehead University in Thunder Bay for three years and got a BA degree in political science/pre-law. After I graduated from university, I went to Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. for two years and got a diploma in journalism-print. After completing my education, which I did almost a year and a half ago, I moved to Ottawa in hopes of finding a job in my field.
I was born four months premature at a pound and a half, the second smallest baby born at that time (in 1986) in Canada. At 3 months old, I had to get a tracheotomy (a tube that is inserted in the neck to help a person breath) put in to help me breath because my windpipe was, and is, half the size of what it should be. I had a few surgeries performed on me to make my windpipe bigger, and when I was five-and -a-half years old, the trach was taken out. As a young child, I was very sick due to being born so prematurely and my immune system being weaker. I had pneumonia 23 times by the time I was four, and once when I was nine.
As soon as my trach was taken out, I got to play my favourite sport, hockey, and I was the only girl on the team. I also played soccer, basketball, baseball, football (only with my brothers) and volleyball growing up. Sports is one of my passions, specifically hockey and football (the CFL of course). Another one of my interests are movies, which I go to almost every weekend.
As for what I hope to accomplish in the future, I want to take my passion for sports and be a sports writer for either a newspaper or a magazine some day.