Mike Weir: coming out swinging

Growing up in small-town Sarnia, Ont., Mike Weir's childhood was all about golf in the summer and hockey in the winter. Although we would have loved to see him on the ice, his claim to fame was becoming the first Canadian to win the Masters Golf Tournament in 2003. However, there's more to Weir than green blazers, photo ops and chumming with pals such as Tiger Woods. He insists that he is first and foremost a husband to his wife, Bricia, of 13 years, and dad to Elle Marisa, 9, and Lili, 7.

By Melissa Brazier

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Mike Weir: coming out swingingIn 2004, he and his wife started the Mike Weir Foundation, which assists and supports Canadian children and family charities through fundraising initiatives and substantial donations. For example, selling Mike Weir tour hats during the Bell Canadian Open helped raise enough money to build nine new birthing rooms at BC Women’s Hospital. “One of the Foundation’s priorities is to make sure more children in Canada get the best start in life,” says Weir, “Children are the most valuable of all resources.” Living now in Draper, Utah, Canadian Family caught up with Weir to hear his views on the modern dad and what he and the Weir family is up to now.

On balancing family and golf:

“Constant travel is a part of all professional sports but especially golf, because we travel all over the world for tournaments. The PGA Tour schedule is the longest schedule, so it’s very important to me to find the proper balance between the number of dates I play each year and the time I’m able to spend at home just being a dad. My family also travels to about six to eight events per year, and we try to make family vacations out of some of the special tour stops, like Florida, where we go to Disney World together.”

On quality time:

 

“As a professional golfer, it’s obviously important to me to try and be the very best that I can be,
but being the best father and husband I can be is an even higher priority for me. For example, it’s important for me to make time for family activities. We enjoy going to Barnes & Noble
for reading nights, as well as outdoor activities such as skiing.”

On how the Mike Weir Foundation was born:

“Bricia and I understand just how fortunate we are to have two healthy and happy daughters and for me to be able to play a game I love for a living. I didn’t get to this point in my life on my own. I have had a tremendous amount of support over the years from many people, and we wanted to create the Foundation to offer that same support to families in need.”

On his latest “baby”:

“We are launching a new fundraising initiative this year called the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids, and we’re all very excited about it. It’s a national program with golf courses hosting their own fundraising events to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network. My hope is that this program will grow each year into a very important annual coast-to-coast fundraiser for the charity.”

On wisdom for the modern dad:

“I think it’s important to not be so focused on achieving all of your goals that you miss out on the day-to-day joy of seeing your kids grow up. As we all know, it happens way too fast. We all work hard to try and make the best lives we can for our families, but it’s also very important to enjoy time spent together as they grow up.”

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