Erin Hammett – Athlete
Beginning in Grade 7 Erin Hammett started earning awards for athletic excellence. That excellence reached its pinnacle at the University of Saskatchewan where she became the women’s soccer all-time leading scorer and represented Canada at the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China.Athletic awards started collecting on Erin’s shelf in Grade 7 at Vickers School in 1991-93. Through her middle years, Erin collected two major and one minor athletic award.
On to the next level at Carlton Comprehensive High School, Erin was a part of the 1995 and 1996 Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association’s girls’ soccer championship teams. She also collected Crusader In Action awards for grades 10, 11 and 12. In her final year, Erin was named Carlton’s Ches Leach Award winner for combining academic and athletic excellence, as well as the school’s female athlete of the year. Erin was also competing in other sports at the high school level. She played basketball, volleyball and competed in track and field.
Away from school, the championship honours continued as a member of the Prince Albert Celtic soccer club, Saskatchewan champion under-15 team in 1993 and the provincial championship under-17 teams in 1994 and 1996.
Erin participated in the Saskatchewan First soccer program in 1994 with the under-15 team, and as a member of the U-19 team from 1995 through 1999.
In 1997 Erin represented Saskatchewan at the Canada Games, and two years later was captain of Saskatchewan’s girls’ soccer team at the Western Canada Games in her hometown of Prince Albert.
In 1997 Erin graduated to the university ranks playing at the University of Saskatchewan. The striker was Huskie Soccer’s Rookie Female Athlete of the Year in 1997, a CIAU Canada West Conference female athlete of the week, and a nominee for the University of Saskatchewan’s Rookie Athlete of the Year. In 2000, Erin was honoured in Halifax, Nova Scotia as a CIAU All-Canadian in her fourth year as a Huskie. That same season, Erin was named a CIAU Canada West Conference all-star and a finalist for the Huskie Female Athlete of the Year honour. In all five years at the University of Saskatchewan Erin was awarded an athletic scholarship and was on the Dean’s Honor Role in 2001, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.
Away from university, Erin was also collecting honours with women’s adult teams. In 1999 she was named the Saskatchewan Soccer Association’s Adult Female Player of the Year. As a member of the Ultima soccer team, Erin helped the team to Saskatchewan outdoor championships in 1998 to 2000. Ultima competed in the Women’s National Soccer Championships in Saskatoon in 2000. They also dominated indoor soccer in Saskatchewan winning provincial titles in 1998 to 2001.
After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan, Erin moved to Edmonton and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.
Erin’s proudest soccer moment came in 2001. She received the call to represent Canada at the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China, achieving her dream to wear the Canadian soccer jersey. Erin played in every game for Canada and scored a goal against Poland in the team’s first match.
The Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame is proud to call Erin Hammett one of its own and proud to induct her into the athlete category.
Inducted into the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.