Etobicoke - Former women’s hockey standout, Justine Treadwell, is using her sport and academic experiences to pursue a career in fitness and wellness as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner.
Justine Treadwell enrolled at the University of Guelph-Humber in 2012 in the Kinesiology program. The Huntsville native joined the Intramural Hockey League in her first year, and attended tryouts for the Women’s Extramural Hockey Team. She would spend the next two years on campus playing hockey, building long-lasting friendships and studying the human body.
Treadwell’s intramural hockey team was highly skilled and very competitive, made up of a number of students from the Kinesiology program. Through her participation in intramurals, Treadwell was able to develop friendships with other students outside the classroom. The team was very successful and won at least one Intramural Hockey League championship.
The Women’s Extramural Hockey Team welcomed Treadwell’s speed, skill and hockey sense with open arms in the fall of 2012 starting off two very successful hockey seasons. In her first year with the program, Treadwell helped to lead the team to two OCCCR tournament finals, and to the OCCCR Provincial Challenge Cup hosted by St. Lawrence College in Cornwall. Humber’s team took home the bronze medal, after qualifying for the event in 5th place. Treadwell was named the team’s Rookie of the Year at the annual spring banquet, and the team was also named the Fair Play Team of the Year.
In her second year with the Women’s Extramural Hockey Team, Treadwell was named as the Team Captain, and would be challenged with creating unity amongst the players outside of hockey, while showing her leadership on the ice. During that season, Treadwell led the team to a number of OCCCR tournament wins, earning them a back to back invitation to the OCCCR Provincial Challenge Cup. Humber was entered as the sixth seed and would end the tournament as silver medalists. Once again, the Women’s Extramural Hockey Team was named the Fair Play Team of the Year, and Treadwell was named as the team’s Most Valuable Player and given the first ever Hockey Heart Award at the annual awards banquet.
By participating in a number of sports on campus, Treadwell learned a lot about time management, and how to balance academics and life outside of school. She was able to develop leadership qualities and communication strategies that she can use in her future when helping clients deal with injuries. She was also able to make great friends and a lot of memories in her short time on the Humber campus.
After leaving Guelph-Humber, Treadwell transferred to York University where she joined their Varsity Women’s Hockey program, and played for the next three seasons. By playing a number of competitive sports and experiencing her own injuries, combined with studying human kinetics in the classroom, Treadwell realized her passion for wanting to help others heal their own bodies. She has lived through the mental and emotional challenges of balancing sports and academics, and was inspired to help others improve and maintain their overall health.
She worked in the wellness field as both a personal trainer and as a Kinesiologist, but chose to start post-graduate studies immediately after receiving her Degree from York University in 2017. She is currently a fourth year student at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, providing treatments as a Manual Therapist and co-owns an online wellness business called The Balanced Method, helping others to become the healthiest version of themselves through online fitness, nutrition and mindfulness programs.
Treadwell currently lives north of Barrie with her partner Johnnie and their twin boys, Johnnie and Jamie. She enjoys running, weight training and cycling as well as playing golf, hockey and baseball. In the future, she hopes to be working as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, growing her online wellness business, and watching her boys play sports on weekends.
Her advice to incoming students includes having self-discipline to focus on school just as much as sports and other activities on campus, to set goals and work to achieve those goals every day, and to go to bed early and wake up early. She believes that any situation can be handled if it aligns with one’s passion.