Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Canadians celebrating with their friends and families this weekend! I hope everyone gets to enjoy all of the delicious food and good company that surround this holiday ❤🦃🍁
This is a time when we get to reflect on and celebrate everything we are thankful for in our lives. I am thankful for a lot in my life, but I wanted to take this time to express to some of the most important people in my life just how blessed I am to have them on my journey and thank them for everything they’ve given me.
Firstly, I want to thank my mom. She has been my role model and support system and she has taught me a lot about values and how to be in the world. Most importantly though, she has loved me unconditionally which I have come to realize is rare and precious in this world. I got to talk a lot about how awesome my mom is in my Mother’s Day post so I’ll keep this one brief ❤ I love you Mom.
Second, I want to say thank you to my best friend. I couldn’t choose just one photo of us so I made this collage of some of our memories over the last year and a half. I’m thankful that I have you and for everything we’ve gotten to do together. I can’t wait to make even more memories with you by my side. You always have my back and you encourage me to grow and improve in everything I set out to do. All you have to do is re-read our books to be reminded of how much I love you and appreciate you. Of all the love stories in the world, ours is my favourite ❤😚
Next, I want to express my gratitude to my coach. I know you’re not great with the sappy stuff so I’ll keep it to a minimum. Over the past eight years you’ve been a major influence in my life and you’ve helped me grow immeasurably as a wrestler and athlete, but also as a person. I’m thankful that I always have you in my corner, metaphorically but also literally! You’re always in my corner when we’re at a tournament together and even when you’re there as a delegate, you’re still mat-side supporting me. I can’t thank you enough for being behind me and supporting me in all of my major challenges on and off the mat. I truly cherish the memories of being on the top of the podium and making history for our club and our province as you are there to give me my medal and stand beside me as our national anthem plays. I promise we’ll get there; that we’ll both get to accomplish our biggest goal together. We’ll make it happen and there’s no one else I would rather have coach me through it all.
And of course I want to thank all of my awesome friends! It means a lot to be surrounded by such positive, driven, and awesome people! I wish I lived closer to all of you, but I’m thankful for how much fun we get to have when we do see each other. I’m happy and thankful to have people in my life who understand me, to share in the struggles and the triumphs, and who make this journey fun and memorable.
It’s been a couple of months since I last posted an update on my training and competition results. The Canadian Senior National Championships were last weekend in St. Catherine’s, Ontario marking the conclusion of the 2016/17 domestic season. I figured now was as good a time as any for some reflection and a wrap up on the last three months.
Since my last post I have been to the Paris Grand Prix in France, the Klippan Lady Open in Sweden, and the Senior National Championships in St. Catherine’s. The great news was that I was in a medal match at all three of those tournaments! Unfortunately, I was on the losing end of those final matches. I won a silver medal in France, I was 5th in Sweden, and I came away with a silver medal last weekend. The last three months have been very busy and filled with challenges – I was sick which affected my training, I had to overcome an injury to compete at Nationals, and I’m finishing the last course of my Masters degree. I’ve met all of these challenges head on and performed despite them and I earned a well-deserved and much needed break! I took this week off everything! No weights, no running, no practice, no diet – just rest and relaxation 🙂
I am a little disappointed about the final result from Nationals, but I am still proud of how I wrestled overall. I think I performed very well and I have identified some growing points and areas that need improvement. I will definitely be sure to work on those areas as soon as I am back on the mats. I want to be constantly evolving and bettering myself as an athlete and a wrestler. There is always something to learn from tournaments, training camps, and daily practice; Nationals was no different.
Some great news moving forward – I will be competing at the Jeux de la Francophonie in Ivory Coast this July! I look forward to getting back on the mats and training for that. I have just started working with a dietitian, Kristin Brown, who will be helping me transform my diet into something that will better fuel my performance and optimize my recovery. I have always had a healthy diet, but thankfully Kristin is well-versed in the science behind nutrition and she knows what my goals are and how we can achieve them together! I’m very much looking forward to reaping the benefits of that 🙂 Another awesome update is that I will be working with Amy Murphy at YogaGrow! Amy is super passionate about movement and physical activity and is going to be helping me strengthen my muscular endurance and increase flexibility through yoga practice. I am super excited to be working with her and she brings so much knowledge from her background as an athlete, a former massage therapist, and years of yoga practice.
One of the things I have been focused on this year is securing sponsors to help me on my journey toward Tokyo 2020. I have some great supporters in my corner and I want to highlight them and give them due diligence! I have decided that the month of April is going to be devoted to thanking them! I am going to dedicate a blog post per week to one of my supporters, putting them in the spotlight and highlighting how they have helped me! So, stay tuned for my first Supporter Highlight post next week on Synergy Training Center 🙂