Time dragged on but eventually they started calling sports to start loading the plane. My stomach was doing flips, this was it!- My first ever plane ride on my own, not to mention it was a charter; I could definitely get used to this. Alpine Skiing was called first since they were doing it in alphabetical order so I swung on my backpack and headed to the entrance. On the flight, I slept, played sudoko, slept, and then arrived.
Im not saying i’m superstitious but skiing was cancelled on the first day since Purden mountain was in downpour, the date just so happened to be Friday 13. Would this be the conditions for the next week? Luckily it wasn’t and I think everyone was thankful for that! We did however have to then wait for the buses to be available again and that meant waiting for three hours on the hill. To keep warm we went into the day lodge. Once we got back to the hotel, we were soon bustled to the pep rally that was held for Team BC, there we were greeted by cowbells, flags and lots of noise! You could get blue face paint, Team BC tattoos and photos with a selection of props. The Hockey girls also taught us several cheers that was used constantly through out the week. But that wasn’t all the grand excitement for the day still to come were the opening ceremony…
How do I begin to explain what the opening ceremony were like? They know how to put on a show! It was just so spectacular and amazing to walk out as an athlete where we were paraded around in the blinding lights with the home crowd.
It was such a buzz and be there, I think thats when I really realized what Canada Games was and it was then that the excitement really built up in me.
After going all out on my second run and then seeing that my combined time was the fastest came with a lot of mixed feelings the biggest being joy, followed by relief, surprise and excitement. Next were the medal ceremonies, behind me on the podium where the medalists provinces Bronze (Ontario), Silver (Alberta) and Gold (BC). We all got cuttings of trees as well as the shiny new medals that had a very intricate pattern on either side. It was all quite surreal.
After a rest day (which we really needed) we were back to a 5am start, it was race day number two and this time it was Slalom. Purden was quite a bit icier than the first couple of days but luckily it was still a bluebird day and there was no trouble with the visibility. The Slalom that they set had quite a few spots to really look out for, I took the first run a bit cautiously than I had liked and it showed on the scoreboard, I was in second place. But I was going for double gold since I had already done it once, I was going for another. For my second run I left nothing at the start gate, I went all out, yes Slalom isn’t my strong suit nor my favourite out of all five disciplines but I got into my rhythm and just skied. After that run I was still in second but I was still immensely happy about my performance over the week.
Thank You Prince George for hosting a highly enjoyable games and welcoming Canada! WE ARE…. BC!!