The 2017 Canada Summer Games will celebrate the Games' 50th anniversary by bringing Canadians together and celebrating the thousands of athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers who’ve been a part of the previous 25 editions.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games, we’ve reached out to Games alumni to share their experiences.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a Sprint Canoe/Kayak athlete from Mississauga, Ontario. I am 20 years old and currently studying Kinesiology at Dalhousie University and a member of the Canadian Canoe/Kayak Team.
What was your most memorable Canada Games experience?
My most memorable Canada Games experience was being able to go watch the other sports and teams compete. We became big fans of the Team Ontario girls basketball team...they were unstoppable. We very rarely get to watch other athletes at the same level as us compete, I think as a sport community it brought all of us a little closer.
What inspires you? Who's your hero? What's your favourite quote?
I am inspired by the impossible, I believe there are no limits to what someone can do and pushing those limits is what I aim to do. My hero would be Adam van Koeverden, he has been one of the best athletes in the world for about as long as I have been alive (he is still young), having that much success for such a long period of time is very inspiring to me. My favourite quote is by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist John Wood,
"What I enjoy most about paddling in a race is winning. But that's not necessarily what I enjoy most about paddling. I get real satisfaction out of training: just spinning along out of doors."
What role has sport played in your life since the Canada Games?
Sport has played a huge role in my life since the Canada Games. I think the main things I have taken away from the Games is the reminder to have fun. I was with my best friends from Ontario and around the county, we were racing fast (having just competed at the junior world championships 2 weeks prior), and we were enjoying ourselves, meeting new people, watching new sports, being a part of the Games reminded us why we love sport.
What advice do you have for athletes who will participate in the 2017 Canada Summer Games?
My advice for athletes at the 2017 Canada Summer Games is to focus on your competition but don't ignore all the amazing things happening around. Go check out a different sport and meet new people!
Are you an alumni of the Canada Games? We'd love to hear your story as we celebrate 50 years of Canada Games. Click here for more details.