Youth Olympic Dreams
As I sit here writing my final column, I’m reminiscing over the last ten months, and how much of an impact they have made on my life.
A loss in the semi-finals means Team Canada is playing for Bronze at the First Winter Youth Olympic Games.
As I write this, I am sitting at the Toronto airport, looking out at a plane I will soon be boarding for my journey to Innsbruck, Austria.
Curling has been quite slow since the team was last together in Brandon. I have worked at two camps, and spent some time in coaching seminars in the past few weeks. It’s always great to see the kids out on the ice being so enthusiastic about the sport!
The team got together in Brandon, Manitoba, for one last event before the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.
The team has wrapped up another awesome, busy weekend! The gang was together again in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, Ont., for the JSI OVCA Junior Superspiel.
Just a little over three weeks ago, the team was back together again in beautiful Vancouver, B.C. It was awesome to see everyone again, and get to have some more ice time.
Well, today I made the trek from one coast to the other.
So, another great summer has come to an end, but not without a little bit of fun! Only a few short weeks ago the team was back together in Halifax for the Whitecap Curling Academy.
Since my last post, I have come home from the trip of a lifetime! My trip to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii was absolutely amazing.
So, where do I begin? Since my last post, I have completed grade 11. All of my exams went extremely well, and I have been working full time ever since. Between finishing school, working and training I have been quite busy. I miss curling very much, and I cannot wait until August when Team Canada meets up again in Halifax for the week-long Whitecap Curling Camp.
When I was younger, my mom decided to sign me up for a March Break curling camp. Kids went for about two hours a day for one week to learn the basics of curling. Then, in 2001, I watched PEI’s Suzanne Gaudet win the Junior Worlds as Team Canada, and I told my mom that I wanted to do that someday. She signed me up for my first full winter of curling, and that’s where my Youth Olympics journey began.