Jorja Gillis is in the 9th grade at St Michael Catholic School. She lives in Lansdowne, Ontario and is currently billeting in Niagara Falls with a great local family. Jorja is thrilled to be recognized by Niagara Orthopedic as a featured athlete and would like to thank Darius and the amazing staff at Niagara Orthopedic for helping her to stay physically strong.
Jorja’s love of sports began at an early age. She has been actively involved in sports since the age of 3. Jorja loves playing hockey and C1 paddling. Although her passion is hockey, she spends her summer on the water competing in regattas at a national level as well as continuing her hockey skill training. She attended CanSkate at the age of 3 and was hooked. She played her first hockey game at the age of 4 and hasn’t stopped. She played for the Gananoque Islanders Team for IP. She played for the Kingston Ice Wolves and the Belleville Bearcats for her young hockey years. She was a dominant force on her teams. Jorja built up the courage to try out for the Kingston Gaels boys AAA team and made it! She was the only girl on the team and in the organization. She enjoyed playing against the boys because it pushed her to be a better player both physically and mentally. Jorja skipped her Bantam level hockey and went to play midget level at Ontario Hockey Academy in Cornwall. At the age of 13, Jorja experienced living away from home, playing hockey, a shoulder injury and the restrictions of Covid. She didn’t let this stop her and continued her training at home. She played for Team Ontario in The War of The Roses Tournament in Edmonton last summer. She is currently playing u18 for the Niagara Rapids AA during the 2021-2022 season. The youngest member of the team. She loved the challenge of playing against older girls. Jorja has had some great coaches throughout her hockey years and attributes some of her success to their support.
Jorja is passionate about paddling as well. She competes in numerous regattas at a national level during the summer months. She enjoys C1 racing and enjoys this challenge in the off season. She has placed first in numerous regattas and hopes to attend Nationals this summer in Nova Scotia. Jorja continues to work hard and train in her sports.