Katie Baker’s field hockey legacy now extends to Cornwall.
The town recently inducted the Argyle Shore native into its Hall of Fame where she joins two-time Summer Olympian Jared Connaughton of New Haven and the home-grown Adam McQuaid, a Stanley Cup winner with the Boston Bruins in 2011.
And it’s recognition which Baker, 30, is most appreciative. The town contacted her about six months ago with the news and she made the trip from her home in Vancouver, B.C., to Cornwall.
“I think induction means a lot in terms of celebrating and honouring accomplishments. All too often we are faced with the tough things in life, and to have people together to celebrate is something very special. I think it’s a huge honour to be in the Hall of Fame alongside my schoolmates Jared Connaughton and Adam MacQuaid,” Baker wrote in a recent e-mail interview with The Guardian.
“The ceremony was a lot of fun as everyone is there to celebrate. There were lots of great accomplishments recognized there besides my induction, and it was nice to see all of the other accomplishments and contributions being made into the community. There was also about half of Argyle Shore in attendance, so that was really special for me.”
A midfield stalwart on Team Canada's senior team, Baker (usually the lone member east of Ontario) more than stood out among the country’s best field hockey athletes from Ontario and British Columbia.
During her time (she retired in October 2012) Baker played 114 international games, became captain of the senior women’s squad in 2010, played for Canada at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and twice made the Pan American Elite team.
Her final match for Canada was a 3-0 win over Poland in February 2012 at the FIH Road to London tournament in India.
The sport, which she started playing in junior high school, has taken her to several countries, including pro field hockey in Belgium and two universities (Saint Mary’s and UBC).
Still, said Baker, time marches on and she must, too. And besides she has been and always will be tied to P.E.I.
“I do miss playing, but my priorities have now shifted. When I started to want other things in my life, I knew it was time to move on. P.E.I. is an incredible place to be from, and the amount of support and encouragement has been second to none.”
Baker returns to B.C. Sunday.