Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Kassia Skorzewska
OTTAWA, Ontario – When they say sports runs in the family, it truly does.
Chloe and Amy Doherty are sisters who play for the Ravens at Carleton University. Chloe plays for the women’s soccer team while Amy plays for the women’s hockey team.
Growing up, both sisters played multiple sports. Prior to hockey, Amy played baseball, soccer, was a competitive swimmer, and took part in dance.
While at Sacred Heart High School, Chloe took part in soccer, track and field, volleyball, touch football, and rugby.
“I like to keep myself busy, and those sports happened at different times of the year, so I was able to keep myself busy with all of those sports, and I loved meeting new people throughout those sports as well,” Chloe said.
“I think it creates a bigger perspective for all the other sports. You get to see what other athletes go through and you get to see what you are capable of as well in different sports, which is fun to do,” she added.
Equivalently, Amy played for the Ottawa Lady Senators and the Ottawa Lady 67’s around the age of 14.
While the Lady Senators were one of the first teams Amy played for, her experience with the Lady 67’s was much better.
“We were kind of the underdog in Ottawa, so it was really good when we went to Provincials, which is when all the teams in Ontario got together, Nepean was supposed to beat us, and the Sens were supposed to beat us, and we went the furthest,” Amy said.
While Amy was still in high school, Chloe moved to Jacksonville, Alabama, to play soccer for the Jacksonville State University of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
“When I started to get to the end of high school, everyone was looking at university, and the team I was on, the goal for a lot of us was to play NCAA soccer, so when we went to different showcases and tournaments, we were all looking for NCAA schools,” Chloe said.
“And then Jacksonville State ended up reaching out to me after one of our showcase tournaments, and I had several phone calls with them, and ended up going to visit there, and I loved it, it was a great visit for me, and that’s what ultimately made me make the decision to go there,” she added.
While at Jacksonville, Chloe recorded eight points in her two years.
“I learned a lot about myself there. Because you go from playing at a club that you play every single game playing 90 minutes, and then you go to university thinking that that’s going to happen as well, so university changed my perspective, and I was able to learn a lot about the discipline and motivation that I had,” Chloe said.
“I realized how badly I wanted to play, so I realized that I was willing to do anything to try and play and improve as a player. So that situation never happened for me before, so I was able to learn and grow from that, and I am a way better player today because of that,” she added.
Back home, Amy committed to the Ravens women’s hockey team for the 2018-19 season.
“For me, I always knew that I was a homebody, I like to stay at home and everything, and I knew when Chloe went away to school that her being so far away made me realize that I wanted to stay closer,” Amy said.
“And I liked Carleton, I always played here when I was younger, so it was a familiar setting for me,” she added.
While the 2018-19 season marked Amy’s first year in university, it also marked the year she got surgery on a recurring hip injury.
“The one that I’ve been dealing with for the past three years is I had a hip problem. I didn’t really know what it was for a long time, and then when I came here, they finally figured out what it was, so I had a lot of modified training, and a lot of therapy up until May, when I got surgery for my hip,” Amy said.
“I finally played my first game this year, so that was exciting. I went through a quick recovery, just, I think with all the help that I received here, that that’s why the recovery was so quick and the positive mentality I was getting with everybody was good,” she added.
Throughout the time of her injury and surgery, Amy felt the support from her team.
“The team was really, really great. The day of my surgery, which I didn’t tell a lot of people when it was, I got a text from almost everyone on the team saying good luck and everything, and when I would see them in the summer a couple months after surgery, they would all be so excited that I was walking around or doing stuff,” Amy said.
“And also having Justina Beard, who was injured at the same time that I was, we would always motivate each other to keep getting stronger, and if one of us was hurting, to make sure we got therapy, so just always having that constant support behind you is really helpful,” she added.
At the beginning of this season, Chloe made the decision to move back home and continue her university and soccer career at Carleton.
“Throughout my experience at Jacksonville State, I decided to come back home because I realized it wasn’t worth it as much anymore to be so far away from home, and I wasn’t as happy as I think I should have been throughout my university experience,” Chloe said.
“I always heard that university is supposed to be the best four years of your life and you’re supposed to be making memories that you’ll never forget, and I felt that I wasn’t truly experiencing that, and that’s when I made the decision to come home and go to Carleton,” she added.
For Amy, having her older sister back home and attending the same university as her is everything. For Chloe, she feels thankful to be back home with her sister.
“University is an experience that you’ll never forget, and it’s truly amazing to be able to experience it with my best friend,” Chloe said.
Growing up as sisters, Chloe and Amy were close, but when Chloe moved away to university, Amy became closer to Chloe.
“When we were younger, we always didn’t get along as much as we do now. We were pretty different when we were younger, she was more outgoing and I was more on a schedule, and she just wanted to do what she wanted, so we weren’t best friend like, but we were still super close,” Amy said.
“We would do everything together just cause we could, but now, ever since she went off to school, we just got so much closer because when she left, it was like, oh, where did my sister go, and now that she’s back, I’m so grateful for that,” she added.
The sisters’ love for sports also allowed them to spend quality time together.
“I remember her always scoring on me when I was a soccer goalie, and I would get frustrated because she would make the net so big, and I’m like seven years old, like I can’t cover up a 30-foot net, and she would just score and score,” Amy said.
“And we would basically keep each other busy with every sport. If we were done playing soccer, we’d go play football, if we were done playing football, we’d go play baseball. I think being so athletic was good for the both of us,” she added.
Although the sisters don’t play the same sport now, they understand the need for a workout and have grown off of each other in their respective sports.
“If one of us is going to the gym, we’re dragging the other person to come with us. Even if they don’t want to, we try to always motivate each other to go to the gym, or to go on a run together, or to bike together,” Chloe said.
“Even at the High-Performance Centre, (HPC), if we have free time together, we try to go workout at the same time, and we’re just constantly pushing each other to be the best players that we can in each of our sports,” she added.
Growing up together has also allowed the sisters to know each other’s personality.
“Some people don’t get to see the true personality of Amy. She is, hands down, the funniest person I know, we make each other laugh all the time, she makes me laugh all the time, and she is such a positive, uplifting person. She always tries to make the best out of everything and to make someone feel better, and she is so strong,” Chloe said.
“She’s been through a lot. Going through being in pain for three years, going through surgery, and being back on the ice way earlier than she was supposed to, I am super proud of her for that, and I’m super proud to have her as my sister,” she added.
“Chloe is the most positive person I know. It’s almost irritating sometimes when I’m in a horrible mood and she has nothing but positive things to say about anything that’s going on, and even if her team loses, she has nothing but positive things to say, and she’s always very outgoing. If she has a plan and something else comes up, she has no problem with going with the flow and doing what everybody else wants to do even if it’s not what she wants to do,” Amy said.
“She’s also one of the most hard-working people I know. There’s no one that could ever say that Chloe didn’t work hard that game, or Chloe didn’t work hard that practice, she’s always giving it 110% no matter if she has a good day or a bad day, and I think that’s something that a lot of people strive to give that much hard work and dedication, so it’s really good that she’s like that, and I hope I can be like that,” she added.
To be attending the same university and to be playing for the same program as each other is special to each sister.
“Our relationship as sisters has really grown, I think. We used to argue quite a bit, not about anything big, but just little bickering and stuff, and it’s grown so much ever since she left, that I realized how grateful I was to have such a great sister,” Amy said.
“I know a lot of people don’t get to experience that, whether their siblings move far away, or their siblings and them aren’t close, and we’re pretty privileged that we’re so close in age, we’re only 14 months apart, so, it’s really nice and we’ve really grown as people and sisters,” she added.