Sarah Ytsma, A Chatham-Kent Athlete Who Came baCK
Chatham-Kent sends athletes across Ontario, Canada, and the globe each year to compete athletically. Sponsored by baCK to Chatham-Kent, we’ll be featuring local athletes who have left Chatham-Kent, and are now baCK, living, working, and staying connected to our own vibrant sports community in CK.
This week, we feature Sarah Ytsma (Sides). A former NCAA softball player, who is baCK in Chatham-Kent working as a chiropractor, and owner of CK Performance Health. Here are Sarah’s responses to our baCK to Chatham-Kent athletes interview:
1. Where did you grow up?
2. What is your favourite Chatham-Kent pastime?
Family time in Erieau – swimming, boating, fishing
3. What did you do after high school?
4 year Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Wayne State University – played Division II softball for the Warriors.
Doctorate of Chiropractic degree at Logan College of Chiropractic – Maryville University Division III Softball Pitching Coach, U12 St.Louis Magic Fastpitch Assistant Coach for 2 seasons. Fastpitch instructor at St.Louis Baseball & Fastball Academy 3 years.
4. What are you doing now?
Currently own/Chiropractic & Acupuncture provider @ CK Performance Health with my husband.
5. What has made you happiest, or been the best surprise about moving baCK to Chatham-Kent?
Being back in C-K has been a fantastic experience. The community is very supportive of our business, and keeping things local. I am close to my family and most of my closest highschool friends are also local. We love camping in Rondeau, going to Kingston Park and Paxtons bush, and spending our summers in Erieau with the family.
6. What would you tell someone who is considering living in Chatham-Kent?
Give it a chance! There is lots to do in Chatham-Kent. And people want to support local. The more business we have locally, the more people will stick around.
7. Why did you choose to move baCK to Chatham-Kent?
Initially I moved back because of family. And being an athlete, I knew that people knew my name, and hoped that would help my chiropractic business become successful.
8. Describe your current sports involvement?
Currently I coach girls fastpitch doing private lessons and clinics for learning to pitch. I also play for the Kent Bridge Huskies Womens Fastball team as well as Windsor Wildcats. I play YMCA Competitive volleyball and avidly work out and run. We treat a lot of runners and athletes in the office with chiropractic, acupuncture and laser.