Header Photo and story by Raegan Hedley
Camryn Roadley calls herself an introverted person, but her titles show her confidence when it comes to golf.
“I love that it’s a sport where I don’t need to talk and I don’t need to be aggressive,” says Roadley. “It just kind of fits well to my personality.”
2015 was a busy year for the 17-year-old golfer: she won Golf Manitoba’s Female Golfer of the Year Award, won the Manitoba Women’s Amateur Championship, traveled to Florida for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships, traveled to Australia for the Srixon International Junior Classic, and qualified for the 2017 Canada Summer Games at the Western Canada Games with Team Manitoba.
“Camryn is a very confident person,” says Garth Goodbrandson, director of player development at Golf Manitoba. “To think that she’s 17 years old and she has played in the Manitoba Games, Western Canada Games, and the Canadian Junior Championship shows she’s a very experienced player.”
Goodbrandson didn’t waste any time putting a training squad together. After coaching players for the 2009 and 2013 Canada Summer Games, he knows the key is starting two years out.
“For the 2009 Canada Games, we had like 14 or 15 players, and the majority of
those players became top amateur golfers. Three of them are now trying to play the [PGA] tour,” says Goodbrandson.
“I know the importance of preparing the players as well as you can, but it’s equally as important to enjoy the moment.”
Roadley is one of 4,000 athletes and coaches who will be part of the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Roadley went to the 2013 Canada Games when she was 14 years old. She says it was a bit overwhelming going so young, but she says she’s seen growth — especially after the Western Canada Games last year.
“I’m excited to hopefully play even better, and now I have a year of University experience too, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
This edition of the Canada Games is in Roadley’s hometown, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“No matter where it is, it’ll be a great event, but Winnipeg as a big city is going to do a great job with it,” says Roadley.
Golf is just one of the 16 sports in the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
“I remember meeting all these athletes from different sports and places, and it’s just such an amazing atmosphere at the Canada Games, which is why I want to keep participating.”