Worlds!!!

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.

National Winter Games in Newfoundland

On February 29th my Ontario teammates and I flew to Newfoundland to compete in

Me, with my two of my teammates, Sophie and Sally.

Me, with my two of my teammates, Sophie and Sally.

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.

DSC_0138Wednesday was a big day. I raced the Giant Slalom (the GS) and I won the bronze medal! At the end of the race day, they award the medals. When I got up on the podium, it felt amazing.

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.

Me and Catriona Le May Doan.

Me and Catriona Le May Doan.

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!

The slalom race

The slalom race

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The Super G

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Training Camp

On the weekend, I went to Barrie for a training camp for the National Games. We are getting ready for the Special Olympics Canada Winter games in Newfoundland in 2016. The other Team Ontario alpine skiing athletes came from around the province.

We did lots of exercises and drills that work on our muscles. We had a scavenger hunt and we were in teams and had to answer nutrition questions, like about healthy eating, to get a clue.

We did some fitness testing and we broke into groups and talked about our fitness and nutrition goals.

It was really fun and I am looking forward to the next time I get together with the rest of my team.

Here I am with teammates and coaches. Two of the Team Ontario Alpine skiers couldn't make it to the camp. I am in between my friends Sophie and Sally.

Here I am with teammates and coaches. Two of the Team Ontario Alpine skiers couldn’t make it to the camp. I am in between my friends Sophie and Sally.

North Bay Here I Come!

I just found out that I will be going to my 3rd Provincial Winter Special Olympic Games in alpine skiing. It’s in North Bay in January 2015. Some of my teammates from Special Olympics Ontario/London, Danny, Rob and Chris, will also be going.

I hope I get to the podium again.

I hope I get to the podium again.

I will be training really hard over the next few months to get ready for the games. It will be fun to compete and an awesome experience seeing old friends and meeting new ones. I hope someday to make the Provincial team and go to the National Games. The next National games are in Newfoundland in 2016. I’ve been to Newfoundland before. It’s a really beautiful place with nice people.