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Hockey referee and linesman, warranty co-ordinator at WesSteel


Accomplishments: McGurry has been a hockey official for the past 10 years. She began as a player at age six and played two years at Neumann University in Pennsylvania. McGurry is now a Level 4 official who is among 16 from across Canada assigned by the IIHF to work international events in 2013-14. McGurry will work as a linesman at the World Women's Hockey Championship Division II Group B qualification in Mexico City in March.

"It's such an honour and it's really rewarding because there's so much that goes into it that people don't always see, like starting young and working all those minor hockey games. And you have to be as fast as the best player on the ice," McGurry said.

In Manitoba, she has worked as a referee and linesman in Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's hockey, the Manitoba Women's Junior Hockey League, the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League and in the both male midget AAA and bantam AAA leagues. She says Hockey Manitoba director of officiating Grant Heather has been a big part of her development. "He's always encouraged me to be the best I can and perform at the highest level I can and that's been very motivating."

1. Favourite workout?

My favourite type of workout is circuit training. Using a combination of body weight, dumbbells, agility/speed drills, cardio and core exercises, I find that I can get a great workout done in about 45 minutes and feel completely exhausted afterwards.


2. Favourite workout song?

It varies based on what mood I'm in that day but some of my favourites are Mumford & Sons, Tegan & Sara, Ed Sheeran (and various chill artists like him) and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, the ultimate air-guitar, head-banging, road-trip song.


3. Fitness tip?

Always warm up, then stretch. Always cool down, then stretch.

After a short cardio warm-up of jogging, bike, elliptical etc., do some dynamic stretching to get your muscles stretched while still keeping your heart rate up. After your workout, always cool down using a similar method as your warm-up. After the cool-down cardio, stretch again using some dynamic stretches as well as static stretches. This routine keeps my muscles from being too sore the next day and reduces my risk of injury substantially.


4.What's in your fridge?

I can't go wrong with a peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich on multi-grain bread. Even though peanut butter can be on the fattier side, it is high in protein and the banana helps deal with pesky calf and foot cramps with its potassium. It's easy to make and can be eaten on the run.


5.What's your guilty pleasure?

No question my biggest weakness is a Pepsi Slurpee from 7-Eleven. Any of my friends will tell you I'm a Slurpee-aholic and proud of it. I try to cut back during the hockey season but nothing beats a post-game Slurpee after a tough game.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 18, 2014 D16

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