The Leaside Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year for 2017 is Mariah Hinds. The Leaside Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year is awarded annually to an athlete from or associated with the Leaside community who has had an exemplary year performing their particular sport.
Mariah played four years as a Toronto Leaside Wildcat: One year at Midget AA and three years on the Junior team. Mariah was one of the most impressive defensemen playing in the 20-team Provincial Women’s Hockey League. In her second year with the team, she led the entire league in scoring by a defenseman. In her final season of Junior hockey, Mariah was recognized with an invitation to the Team Canada U18 camp and made Team Ontario Red, the top team in the Province to compete at the U18 National Championship. With Mariah anchoring the Team Ontario Red blue line, the squad won the National Championship by a score of 4-1 over Team Quebec. This victory made Mariah the first Toronto Leaside Junior Wildcat to win a national championship. In her final season with the Junior Wildcats (2016/2017), Mariah was offered and accepted a full-scholarship to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for Lindenwood University in Missouri, where she is currently studying and anchoring their blue-line.
A great and well-deserved honor for a former Jr Wildcat who always represented the program well in the community and on the national stage. Congrats Mariah!