My 2017 Christmas cards are now ready! They are pictures of my pets, Merlin and Ginny. You can see them by clicking on this link.
I told you back in June that I had won the Special Olympics Ontario Female Athlete of the Year. The Awards Ceremony was just held in Toronto and it was wonderful. We had a light dinner and then the awards. My boss, and ski coach, Taylor Ablitt, was named Ontario Male Coach of the Year. He could not make it to the ceremony so I accepted his award for him. It was a fun night.
Every year we have an Athletes Banquet and it is so much fun. We have a nice dinner and every athlete gets a medal. Then, each sport presents an award to their athlete of the year. This year, I got the award for skiing. Then the 4 of us that went to the World Games got the awards for male and female athletes of the year. I was so surprised. The Sportsperson of the Year this year was Kristov. We are in fitness class together. He is really funny and nice. After the awards, there is a dance. I got to dance with lots of people and then came home and went straight to bed because the next day I had a soccer tournament in Oakville.
On my birthday, Angela and Ollie gave me a cool gift. It was for a blue weekend. That sounds like something sad but it was not. First of all, blue is my favourite colour.
So on the weekend, I took the train to Toronto again and first we went to a Blue Jays game. I wore my Jays jersey. The next day we went to see the Blue Whale exibit at the ROM. It was really interesting and I learned new things. I love science. That night I had my favourite cocktail. A blue lagoon. Angela and Ollie always take me to fun restaurants.
It was another fun weekend in Toronto.
Now that I am back at home life is back to the way it was. I am back at my full-time job and they missed me while I was away. I am back to my other sports – right now that is basketball, rhythmic gymnastics and indoor soccer. Did I tell you that I am part of a team going to the Provincial Games in soccer in July? It is in Peel Region.
But even though the World Games are done, I am not done with working out and eating healthy. I am going to keep working out 3 or 4 times a week and I am going to keep eating really healthy. I feel strong and healthy and I want to stay like that.
I think that soon I would like to share some of my favourite healthy recipes with you.
I was at work doing my regular jobs and I was asked if I could help out with something on another floor so I said yes. When I got down there, it was a surprise send-off party for me right before I go to the Special Olympics World Games!
My boss, Taylor, gave a speech and wished me luck. All my coworkers were there so there were over 100 people.
When I was in high school, there was a cancer campaign every year. Saunders teacher Jamie Clark runs it every year. Now, there is a Saunders Alumni Cancer Campaign. It is run by the Greenway family.
It was a beautiful day. It was at Springbank Gardens. There was food and a silent auction and I bid on and got a Corey Perry autographed jersey!
I have the best news! I made Team Canada and I will be going to the World Games in March 2017! I am so excited. I will go to Austria from March 14th to the 25th. I will meet some new friends from all over the world.
I went to my first training camp at the end of May with lots of other Team Canada athletes. I have ski coaches and David Stickland is my training coach for when I am at home. Normally, he is my soccer coach. It was really good to meet lots of my teammates at the camp.
They had really good fitness stations and we worked really hard. We got to do yoga as well. The next camp will be somewhere on a mountain in Canada when the snow flies. I am hoping maybe it will be in Banff, Alberta. I cannot wait.
I was just in a fashion show with my dog, Merlin. Merlin is a Bichon Frise. He is nice and white and puffy. The fashion show was a fundraiser for the Humane Society.
I went for a fitting to get my outfit to wear and Merlin had to go for one too. He doesn’t like to wear clothes but he had to get used to it.
We practised our walk and our pose. When it was time, we went onto the stage. The MCs asked some questions about Merlin. I think Merlin was a good model!
On February 29th my Ontario teammates and I flew to Newfoundland to compete in
the Special Olympics Canada National Winter Games. There are 12 Ontario Alpine athletes competing against athletes from across the country.
On Tuesday, March 1st, we had the Opening Ceremonies. I was part of the Parade of Athletes going into the ceremony. Team Ontario’s slogan was Rock On. We all marched in behind the Team Ontario sign. Team Ontario was very big. Team Yukon and North West Territories were very small. At the ceremonies, there was a band that played and a lot of us got up and danced.
Thursday was a rainy day so our races were postponed. We went to watch some of the indoor sports. We saw figure skating, floor hockey and speed skating. I cheered on some of my friends in other sports. It was good to see how well they were playing. I met Olympic Champion Speed Skater Catriona Le May Doan. She gave us some advice on competitions.
We had a bit of fun and had to kiss a cod. It is called getting “screeched in” in Newfoundland and we were all laughing at each other with the fish. Now we are all honourary Newfoundlanders.
On Friday, I was back to skiing. The rain was done and it was snowing and really cold. In the morning I raced the Super G. In the Super G, the gates are far apart and so you can go really fast. It’s a longer race too. In the afternoon, I raced the Slalom. In the Slalom, the gates are really close and it’s a super tight course. You have to make really sharp turns. Guess what? I won a silver in the Super G and in the Slalom, I got a gold medal!
I was feeling awesome when I got the silver and proud when I got the gold. I was a little bit shocked. My dad was one of my coaches so he was there and my mom and my sister, Angela were there watching and cheering me on. After I won my medals, we facetimed with my sister, Jackie so she could see my medals.
On Saturday I was sick and so I missed the closing ceremonies. We flew home on Sunday and then I missed a week of work because I had pneumonia.I had to wait to show people my medals, because I was sick.