Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hot, hot heat in Kamloops!

This week in Kamloops has already flown by. Tonight is our last night in the TRU residences and tomorrow is our final game. We played Saskatchewan (9-0), Manitoba (7-0) and Alberta (3-0) already and tomorrow we will play Alberta again for the Gold Medal! It's very exciting to be back at my fourth multi-sport games, second as a coach. BC and Kamloops has done a fantastic job of hosting. The venue has been spectacular and all the volunteers even more spectacular.

Last night caught up with an old friend, fellow Vike and Olympic super star Steph Dixon and we caught up for an hour or so out on the patio of our residence. She was swimming at UVic (and for Canada) while I was at UVic and we were on Varsity council and volunteered for numerous community events together. She recently took a job and is now coaching swimming full-time in the Yukon. She was here coaching them at the WCSG! It was so insightful and inspiring to talk to someone who has achieved so much in life and still has so much more room to grow. I loved picking her brain because I feel like she really understood where I was coming from. We talked about how others see athletes and olympians and put them on some sort of social pedestal when they win medals. It's not just about winning medals and the sport though. It's about all the little moments and the journey towards those final moments - win or lose. I think it's something that only those that have journeyed it will fully understand. Stepping down from a sport is not a decision the world can understand. It has to be for you and those around you that truly support you, will. It was just a casual conversation about sport, careers, boyfriends, school and the future. It will be a conversation that I know I will remember, though. Sometimes you need someone to humble you and she sure did that for me. Being an athlete is one step in a person's life and career. It's not the only step. I can't wait to see what the future holds for both her and I! :)

Our team had this afternoon off and the games hosted a carnival outside and it ended up being a blast! There were a lot of games, activities and even a great magic show. We are getting ready for the big gold medal game tomorrow and then its an awesome bus ride to Vancouver and a ferry the next morning home!

TEAM BC looking good in BLUE for their game at Hillside Stadium, Kamloops.

This is the most sought after pin at the WCSG and Steph gave me hers in return for a pair of awesome Team BC Shades.

The view from our residence of the River / downtown area. So gorgeous. 

spotted: wolf at TRU campus

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