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'm both a competitive and chill person, always striving for mastery in whatever I attempt to do. Right now I work at SkipTheDishes, working to make sure restaurants can get more extra orders with marketing materials and a great web presence. I've won a Junior National 110m Hurdles gold medal, lived in Australia for a year when I was 11, and once doubled my meat on a Dave's Triple at Wendy's.
What was your most memorable Canada Games experience?
The team camaraderie in the athlete's village was amazing. Spending all that time with not only my teammates, but also meeting people from across the country in all sorts of sports was a great experience. Oh, and the insane athlete's only tent concert where The Trews ripped it up. It must have been 35C in there, and everyone was singing "I'm Not Ready to Go" at the top of their lungs.
What inspires you? What's your favourite quote?
I'm inspired by anyone who knows things that I don't! People have a lot to teach, and we can all take a moment to learn. My favourite quote:
"A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day." - Aragorn (because LoTR is awesome).
What role has sport played in your life since the Canada Games?
Sport is one of the best ways that I stay happy and balanced. Nothing makes me feel better, or sleep better, than ripping around playing ultimate, soccer, or even just running from point A to point B in the city. I like to sprint from my office to get lunch downtown all the time. It's more fun to run!
What advice do you have for athletes who will participate in the 2017 Canada Summer Games?
My advice would be to come out and compete as hard as you can, but also meet and greet as hard as you can too. You'll be an ambassador from your province, your city, and your hometown and you can share a bit of that with all the other athletes. Oh, and don't do a chocolate milk challenge until AFTER you compete.