Heidi Brings The Heat

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Our Kelowna Yoga team recently had a chance to sit down with The Hot Box Yoga Ambassador and Team Canada Baseball Pitcher Heidi Northcott before she heads off to Japan. Although she’s undeniably modest, Heidi is a elite Athlete with a rare talent that has allowed to rise to the top of the sport.

What was your first introduction to baseball?

I was 18 months old when my Dad was the pitching coach for the Junior Canadian National Team and we watched the World Junior Baseball Championship in Brandon, Manitoba. After that I was always at the diamond watching either my dad or two older brothers play and I started playing rookie ball when I was 5 years old.

Were you always a pitcher?

Yes, pitching has always been my favourite position. However I grew up playing second base and first base as well. I still play first base for Team Alberta.

How has baseball evolved over the past 20 years when it comes to women?

Baseball is a male dominated sport and therefore I think women’s baseball tends to fluctuate in popularity and numbers. We also have a hard time competing with softball and understandably so. Softball is always thought to be baseball for girls but it really is a completely different sport. The size of the diamonds, size of the ball and the pace of the game are all different. I would say that on the world stage however, the competition in women’s baseball is steadily increasing.

Bull Durham or Field of Dreams?

That’s a tough one! But I’m going to have to say Bull Durham.

Tell us about the World Championships!

The Women’s World Cup of Baseball is being held in Miyazaki, Japan August 31-September 7. It is an eight team tournament; Japan, USA, Australia, Canada, Venezuala, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands will be competing. Canada is ranked 3rd in the world while Japan is the two-time defending world champion.

What do you do to prepare for competition? How does yoga help?

I do weight training at Okanagan Peak Performance, throw long toss and weekly bullpens. In July I will start playing regularly with Team Alberta based out of Edmonton. Yoga is also a part of my training routine and I try to get in the yoga studio as frequently as possible. In the off season I practice more power based but during the season I prefer a slower yin based practice to allow my muscles to recover. Although the physical aspect of yoga helps me become a better athlete, I find the metal aspect extremely beneficial as a pitcher. The breathing techniques and thought control learned through practicing yoga helps me relax on the mound in high stress situations.

Who is your all-time favourite baseball player?

Randy Johnson

What is your ultimate goal in baseball?

My ultimate goal is to become a dominant starting pitcher on the world stage and to represent Canada at not only future World Cups, but at the 2015 Pan American Games. And once I achieve those goals, I would love to help Canada win a gold medal at the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 Pan American Games.

Where can we find you on social media?

You can find me on both Instagram and Twitter: @heidinorthh

Can we see you play in Kelowna?

Unfortunately no, the closest I will be playing to Kelowna will be at the Senior Women’s National Championship held in Surrey, BC August 14-18.

Thanks Heidi!
ॐ ☮ ♥︎ KY

Heidi will be attending The Hot Box Yoga‘s Vancouver Grand Opening on July 1 at Wesbrook Village , UBC. If you are in the area come say hello!20140624-064026-24026996.jpg

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