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This past weekend I headed to North Battleford, Saskatchewan to take part in Sask Biathlon Provincials.  When I returned home from Sochi and saw that I was going to be able to take part in our provincial competitions and I was excited for many reasons.  I hadn’t been to a provincial competition in a long time and it is at events like these I first found my love of skiing and shooting. I also felt it was important to bring my Sochi experience back to my home province, after all these are my people.  It was a amazing experience.

To be honest I was a little nervous for the first competition, I am not normally a nervous person and it quickly dissipated but I didn’t know if I would meet everyones expectations of what a Olympian skis and shoots like.  If people had high expectations I wanted to be able to reach the bar. I wanted to shoot 10 on 10 but it was not to be.  That being said with my season being essentially over and my guard down and I wanted to make myself available.  I did my best to meet the Olympian image outside of the competitions, signing everything possible, taking photos and answering any questions that I could shed some light on.  I was even asked if I “make a substantial amount of money”  I side stepped that answer as I wanted to keep the young athletes motivated.

Although I would have loved to compete at the last World Cups this season I also really wanted to be at Provincials and promote my sport, lifestyle and share my experiences. By the end of the day I had completed my second  Q & A of the year and hopefully passed on the message that with hard work anything is possible. Many people thanked me for my attendance but truly I had to thank them for their excitement and energy, it was endearing and motivating to see so much excitement.

The message I really wanted to get out there was that Olympians are just like everyone else.  The big difference is that we found our passion and worked hard at it, but we eat, breath and laugh just like everyone else.  I am just an ordinary person that was able to accomplish something special because I was able to combine and focus the support, encouragement and efforts of so many people.  The list of people that have been part my journey to become an Olympian is longer than any blog I have ever written I would scared to leave anyone out.

 

Starting the race with the youth of Sask.  Mass Start!

Starting the race with the youth of Sask. Mass Start!

One of many photos - Go Green and White!

One of many photos – Go Green and White!

This kid was flying around the track!

This kid was flying around the track!

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We freezing.

This season has broadened my perspective, I hope to write a blog in the next week summarizing my season, my thoughts and outlook for the future. But that will take a few comes of coffee and clear mind.

Now get outside and ski, there are great cross country ski conditions throughout our vast country.

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