By Lt. John Ojo, AA/PIO
California State Prison, Solano
When you hear names like Jessie Owens, Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Carl Lewis or Usain Bolt, Olympic greatness comes to mind.
Each an extraordinary athlete in their own right, they pursued their passion with consistency and determination. The same can be said for CDCR’s very own, Correctional Officer Patricia Hamashin. She currently works at CSP-Solano and has been competing in the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) for many years.
The WPFG is a biennial athletic event, open to active or retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world. The WPFG Federation is an arm of the California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF), an American non-profit organization.
Officer Hamashin is a lifelong athlete, competing in gymnastics at the high school and college levels. During her college years, Officer Hamashin ventured out and took a weight lifting class and fell in love with the sport. She began weightlifting routinely and would often practice posing in the local gyms.
Her newfound passion drove her to become a Personal Trainer. As a Personal Trainer, many of her clients were cadets preparing to attend the Richard A. McGee Corrections Basic Training Academy. This encouraged her to apply. She graduated from the academy on May 26, 1997.
Officer Hamashin recently attended the WPFG in Los Angeles. During the games there were over 9,000 athletes competing in different sporting events, including: track & field, swimming, softball, and body building. Additionally, the games offer law enforcement specific events, including: The Toughest Cop Alive, K9 showcases and shooting competitions.
Officer Hamashin’s event, the women’s body building competition, comprised female athletes from 70 different countries including Japan, South Africa, China and Mongolia. At the end of the competition, Officer Hamashin walked away with a gold medal. Officer Hamashin is a collector of all things gold, and has roughly 23 gold medals.
Officer Hamashin’s mantra is to find something that you love to do no matter what it is. She believes when you do what you love, it has a profound impact on your overall happiness. So whether it’s walking, running, cycling, or collecting Gold Medals, find your thing and turn your passion into a lifestyle.
For more information about employee wellness, go to http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Wellness/index.html.