The amount of support I received after World Championships in October (and still continue to receive) has been absolutely incredible and I am so grateful for it! Coming away with a medal at world championships (and ParaPan American Games) has given me so much confidence and motivation to become stronger and faster.
After world’s I returned to Brock University to continue on my journey here to becoming a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. I was greeted with a class presentation worth 20% of my final mark the morning following our return…the life of a student athlete….one day you’re racing on a track in Doha Qatar…the next you’re sitting in front of a classroom in Canada presenting about social factors influence on leisure. It can be a bit of a hectic life at times but I wouldn’t want to have it any other way :)
I was able to go home to Bermuda on December 13th after my exams were complete for a whole 3 weeks!! Needless to say I was a very happy girl! The saying “You can take the girl out of the island, but not the island out of the girl” is certainly true. There is no better feeling than returning home and being surrounded by family! You definitely appreciate every second you get to spend with them when you spend the majority of the time away from them.
And then just like that, 2015 came to an end! It seemed to be over in a blink of an eye...I started the year racing in Australia and I ended it with 2 medals around my neck from two big competitions and a ranking of 3rd in the world in the 100m. 2015 is definitely a year I will not be forgetting any time soon and I am so grateful for all the experiences I had that are making me more confident and a better athlete.
I will be traveling back to Bermuda in a couple of weeks, as I have a week break from Brock. During that week I have been asked to speak at the International Women’s Club of Bermuda luncheon, the annual meeting at WindReach and then we are hosting two fundraiser events…so it will be a packed week! My coach and his wife are also going to be coming down for the fundraiser events where my coach and I will be doing some presentations.
A HUGE thank you to my coach, his family, my family and friends, my sponsor Tokio Millennium Re, Bermuda and everyone else who is supporting and encouraging me along this incredible journey! Having a support system like I do is absolutely amazing!
So here’s to the continuation of this journey into a Paralympic year!! Let’s do this…I am SO READY!
Oh and P.S. I think I have found something new to race in!! ;)
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