Over the years, Lindsay Hamilton learned to balance her personal and professional endeavours to craft a life of adventure and success.
The anchor joined The Sports Network (TSN) in September 2016 as a host for SportsCentre, but her television career began much earlier.
In 2008, Hamilton became the first host of the Family Channel. Over the course of five years, she interviewed some of the entertainment industry's biggest stars, including Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.
"I've always loved talking to people and learning their stories. On the Family Channel, I was trying to go the extra mile and learn as much as I could," she said.
Other than broadcasting, Hamilton is passionate about sports. During her time at McMaster University, she dipped her toes into sports journalism, which led her to an array of opportunities.
Over the last few years, Hamilton hosted the 2015 Pan Am Games torch relay, covered the Rio 2016 Olympics for CBC, and hosted both the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia for TSN.
During these positions, she learned a lot about herself and what it takes to carve a path in the broadcasting industry.
"I've learned that determination and perseverance in any industry is important, but I've also learned I have a great work ethic," Hamilton said. "But mostly, I recognize that I am so passionate about what I do."
"If you have a spark for something, don't ever let it go. Whether it be a job or a hobby, don't let an arduous path get in your way and strive to be the best person you can be."Lindsay Hamilton
When asked what she loves most about her job, Hamilton said it's connecting with fellow Canadians and hopefully inspiring the next generation.
"Having the ability to go on-air and work with a team to deliver news and content that matters to Canadians is such a privilege," she said.
"I really believe in the power of sport. The valuable characteristics that sport can teach; the way it can bring people together; and how sports can improve your physical and mental well being. I love that I am able to share that power of sport through my job," Hamilton added.
However, Hamilton revealed that while she's had a positive work experience so far, the industry can have challenges.
The host had to navigate the challenges a highly competitive industry can present, but she stayed determined and never gave up — a learning she wants to pass on to all women.
"If you have a spark for something, don't ever let it go. Whether it be a job or a hobby, don't let an arduous path get in your way and strive to be the best person you can be," Hamilton said.
This advice is especially true for women working in traditionally male-dominated industries, like Hamilton is.
Women in sport have to have thick skin, but Hamilton says it's more about "a humble competence" and trusting that you have a place in the industry.
"Work hard and be kind. The more we see women in these roles, the more inspired and empowered younger women will be to do the same," she said.
Although Hamilton has worked for her success and optimistic mindset, it hasn't always been easy. During major events, she can work from morning until night, as well as evenings and weekends.
Looking after her physical and mental health is a key part of her wellness routine, which helps her with productivity at work.
"When I'm really busy or if there's a lot going on in my head, I have to carve out time for fresh air and movement. It helps me operate at full capacity," she explained.
"There will be days where you just can't do it all. You can't get all the work or chores done. And that's OK. It's the ebb and flow of life, which is normal, so just focus on being happy."Lindsay Hamilton
Hamilton added that asking yourself simple questions during the day can also go a long way.
For example, asking yourself if you've been drinking enough water, eating well and sleeping enough can act as personal checkpoints to keep you feeling your best.
Additionally, the TV host shared that most importantly, you have to be kind to yourself on off days.
"There will be days where you just can't do it all. You can't get all the work or chores done. And that's OK. It’s easy to be our own worst critics but it’s important to also be our own cheerleaders and coaches and remember long term growth is the goal," Hamilton said.
The Mississauga, Ont.-native is from a family of five children, and she called her siblings her "best friends."
Earlier this summer, Hamilton and her sister celebrated their mom’s birthday by taking her to Greece which she said was "a really special trip that [she] will remember forever."
And earlier this year, she went down under, covering the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
"It was an honour covering the men’s World Cup and I’m so passionate about now sharing the Women’s game to audiences across the country," Hamilton said.
"Hosting pitchside for the biggest standalone women’s sports event in history is a dream come true. These women are remarkable athletes and I’m thrilled that the tournament is already hitting historic milestones and viewership is on the rise."