Sandra Hamilton is mom to 2 boys, 13-year-old Rock and 11-year-old Daniel. Sandra is a former professional basketball player having played for 6 years in England, France and Spain. Prior to that, Sandra played for Brandon University in Manitoba, where she received the Harvey Young Academic Achievement Award for high academic excellence for a student athlete, was named CIAU All-Canadian, GPAC MVP and inducted in the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame. Sandra is also a proud Harry Jerome Award winner, an award where past winners include Lennox Lewis and Donovan Bailey.
The boys keep Sandra busy now, whether it’s shooting hoops, playing video games, watching Daniel compete in Rachael vs Guy: Kids Cook-Off or taking on the roles of producer/director for Chef Daniel’s Quite A Bite.
How are you planning to spend Mother’s Day? Do you have any Mother’s Day traditions?
Sandra: My kids usually make me breakfast in bed. Daniel has an older brother (Rock) and acts as the sous chef. They usually give me a gift of an amazing breakfast/brunch along with their fantastic smoothie–Yum yum! This year we might celebrate it on the balcony if the day turns out to be sunny—if it’s not snowing that is.
What are some of your favourite activities to do with your mom?
Rock & Daniel: We have a basketball hoop at the back of the house. We like to play basketball after supper with some of our neighbourhood friends—we always want our mom on our team because she is really good. She used to play professionally and when my friends don’t know this, they don’t expect her to be so good! The look on their faces is always hysterical. We also enjoy playing tennis, board games and Xbox games. We all are very competitive and have lots of fun!
Can you share with us what makes your mom so special?
Rock & Daniel: She is very good at basketball while most moms aren’t very athletic. She is competitive in a good way. My mom is very cool because whenever we ask her to play a game with us she is on board while most moms are like “Maybe later sweetie.” My mom is special because she can stand the wrath of two boys fighting and arguing and still care for us.
What makes you proud to be their mom?
Sandra: I am proud of my boys because they have a passion for something at an early age. Chef Daniel has an undying passion for cooking, (he will call me up and ask me to pick up a long list of food items I haven’t even heard of!). It’s quite comical really. He started this at age 9 and I’m still not used to it. My son Rock, (just turned 13 years old) has a growing passion for basketball. He is also a science guy and a math guy—and a DS guy—you kids all know what I’m talking about! He loves competing with his brother because he always kicks his butt—but Daniel kicks his butt in the kitchen!
If you could give your tween(s) one piece of advice you wish you knew at their age, what would it be?
Sandra: In everything you do, do it well–practice, practice, practice until you feel you are the best at it!
Photo courtesy of Sandra Hamilton.