WOW! So much has happened since my last post. I ran a pb, I carried the Pan Am Torch and I just got back from the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. I am still feeling the effect of jet lag, which explains why I’m writing this post at 5 a.m.!
So for a quick recap….I ran a personal best at the High Performance Meet in Ottawa on June 19th and lowered my time by 3 hundredths of a second. It was nice to do it at home in front of my parents and my coach, Craig Taylor. This was the first time Craig saw me compete this season.
The following week, I had the amazing opportunity to “light up Sparks St” (clever right?) with the Pan Am Torch. I “low key” felt famous for a whole 10 minutes! I ran through a human tunnel surrounded by an entourage of cameramen, police officers and event organizers, then went up on stage and lit the cauldron. What an awesome experience. I felt so proud to be Canadian and so honoured to have had the opportunity to be part of this event. Thank you to those of you who came out and showed your support for the Pan Am Games.
Last but not least, I went to South Korea to represent Canada at the 2015 World University Games. These Games are widely recognized as the second largest multisport games in the world after the Olympics. I stayed at the Athletes’ Village which housed more than 9,000 student-athletes and officials from 170 countries during the 12 days of competition. What an experience. It was so amazing to see people from different backgrounds and cultures come together through sports. I still can’t believe all the work that must have gone into creating this memorable experience for all of us. The South Koreans went out of their way to make us feel welcome.
After a few days adjusting to the new surroundings, it was time to get down to business. Unfortunately, I did not perform as well as I had hoped to. Well, let me not sugar coat it – I ran one of my worst races of the season. I was more than a half second off my best time. I was extremely disappointed after the race but the reality is, an athlete’s journey is full of ups and downs. We learn as much if not more from our downs than our ups. It takes slow races to teach us what we still have to learn and to help us improve our craft. I’ve taken the time to reflect on what happened and have added this experience to my album.
It is always an honour to represent Canada and I am thankful for the opportunity to line up against some of the best athletes in the world. This experience has reinforced my passion for the sport and my desire to aim for the top. I do not take this for granted. I know that I am exceptionally lucky to be able to pursue my dreams and to have such an amazing support system.
I am now gearing up for the last stretch of the season. I am off to Europe in a week for a few more meets. I am looking forward to applying the new lessons I’ve learned and to enjoying the ride!
Check back in at the end of the summer!