January. Heading back to Canada after a nice Christmas break at home in Bermuda with my family meant that I was starting my last semester of my undergraduate degree at Brock, and I can't believe how fast it went!
January also involved being a Plenary Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Niagara Student Leadership Summit that took place at Brock. For this speech I presented a 40 minute talk about my life, my journey of being an athlete, the hardest obstacle I have ever had to overcome and how I overcame it and what advice I have to give someone who feels they can't achieve their dreams because they think the obstacles in their life are too big to overcome. I accepted this opportunity with a lot of enthusiasm, as this was right up my alley: helping people see that they are capable of achieving anything they want and that their dreams can become a reality!
My family hosted another fundraiser event for me at RED steakhouse. It was a great night and I am so grateful for the amazing support I have received and continue to receive. RED did an amazing job, as usual, and I really appreciate everything the staff did that night.
April. My birthday month! We got back from camp on my birthday, April 3rd, and I headed right back to Brock to complete my final week of classes. It was certainly a bittersweet week as it has been my life for the past 6 years. In my last TR and Physical Rehab class, which was my second to last undergraduate class ever, I had the honor of being asked to speak about my life and give my classmates an idea of what it is like to live with a disability. This was to also give some perspective of the clients we will be working with as TR practitioners in the future. It was truly an honor to be able to speak and also an emotional moment for me.
I'd like to give a shoutout to my trainer in the gym for my last semester. Trevor, thank you so much for all of your help...and for the awesome t-shirt :) (I hate running)
This racing season will then continue on and we will head to Arizona, Switzerland, Brampton and Ottawa Ontario and then to London, England for the 2017 World Para Championships. Oh...and also...A RACE IN BERMUDA! Yes, that's right! The Bermuda Track and Field Association is hosting an international meet on July 1st, which will showcase Bermudian athletes against others from around the world. I am very excited that a para race will be included and will be having a Canadian racer come down to join me!
I am also extremely grateful and humbled to say that Tokio Millennium Re has signed up to sponsor me again this year. It means the world to me to have their continued support and I am forever thankful to them for giving me the opportunities to continue training, competing and representing Bermuda.
I think that has caught you all up to speed...until next time...
Jessica & the Pink Panther
-Desire, Dream, Vision-