So I got exactly two hours of sleep after my video interview last night! I was so tired when I got up this morning I could barely get out of bed! Today was definitely a busy day, up 4:00 am getting ready for breakfast television, we boarded the bus at 5:30 and went to the station, a few girls were selected to talk about themselves, including my roommate who talked about how she woke up and couldn’t see one morning! The interview was something I have never experienced before and it was fun, I was completely comfortable with the cameras moving all around and the directions we were given. After breakfast television we went for breakfast at a lovely park and had bacon, eggs, hash browns, and toast! After we finished breakfast we drove to the CN Tower and were taken to the top for photos and some free time! I always love coming to the CN Tower and looking at the city! We all took time to take some photos on the glass floor and out on the deck, it was so much fun! After breakfast television we were taken to  the Distillery center to do a scavenger hunt, Thank you Rob for setting it up, it was so much fun! We were given lunch at one of the restaurants, they had delicious burgers and fries! Then we were taken to Costa Blanca in the mall!!! They gave us all a $50 gift card to buy anything we wanted!!! I bought this cute orange dress that is so comfy!! Thank you so much Costa Blanca for giving us the gift cards, I know for sure I really appreciated it! After going to the mall all of us hopped back onto the busses and were taken down to be on the Much Music Show, it was so much fun everyone was dancing and laughing, it was fantastic! There were so many of us that we couldn’t all fit behind the chairs by the windows so we had to switch halfway through! Much Music was so “Much” fun!!! 🙂 After the show we got to take some photos and hangout with some of the dancers and beat boxers that competed on the show. After when we go back to the hotel we went upstairs for a briefing and grabbed supper and headed back to our rooms. All in all it was a fantastic day! I had so much fun and can’t wait for tomorrow!!

 

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Well that was one heck of a day… so long but definitely worth it! I wasn’t feeling too well this morning so I didn’t go down for breakfast and had a muffin and some fruit I had in my room. All of us girls were taken up to the top floor where our rehearsal space is and started to get hair and makeup done, at around eleven some of the girls and I were taken to do our interviews….we did not have any hair or makeup done… we were taken back to our rooms and given only half an hour! Luckily I have no issues doing my own hair and makeup! We were then taken down to change and sit in the interview waiting room…this was the hardest part of the day…I sat there for three hours waiting to go for my interview! After my interview I was taken upstairs and separated from the girls and wasn’t allowed to talk to anyone because of the rules, we are not allowed to talk about the interview, which I think is fair 🙂 Lunch was served and from then till now! We were doing hair and makeup, which was almost a crisis, lots of girls were doing their own hair; including me because the hair dressers didn’t have time. We also spent the time doing our photo shoots and video interviews, also we had some training by a guy who was teaching us how to walk….he actually had heels too, I was shocked with how well he could walk!It was a stressful day at times but definitely worth all the long waits to get everything done! I just finished everything about and hour ago, I was so tired I couldn’t stop laughing. The video shoot was so much fun, I had never done anything like that before it was definitely a new experience! Well tomorrow is a busy day so I will get a few hours of sleep and be up at five! Breakfast television tomorrow morning!!! Also ETalk later too! And of course some shopping!!

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5:45 this morning Taylor, Alexis, and I boarded a flight to Toronto and begun our journey for the Miss Teen Canada World national pageant! It has been a long day; I didn’t finish packing till eleven pm last night. Two gigantic suitcases, a carry on, purse, sash, and crown I finally got to leave, a two hour drive a two hour sleep in a Winnipeg hotel and I was at the airport ready to board the plane! I arrived in Toronto at around 8:45, took a shuttle with the girls to the hotel and went for breakfast. Being a few of the first girls there we were put into a room and told to wait until our rooms are ready. Many multiple long hours of hanging out with some of the girls and taking cat naps slowly some of the girls were being taken from the room and put into their own, I helped the girls carry their multiple mounds of suitcases…and I thought I packed too much!! I really enjoyed meeting all the girls tonight; everyone is beautiful and super friendly, it will be impossible to pick one Miss Teen Canada! I finally got my room and met my roommate Ann Marie from Alberta she is really nice and has amazing blonde hair! At around six thirty we were taken upstairs for the welcoming party, at the party we had all our amazing sponsors giving us information about their products. HiTec Canada is sponsoring each and every one of us delegates with a personalized pair of sneakers! Also Golden Glamour Goddesses are giving each delegate a gift bag full of tanning supplies, and they are also coming to the hotel to give the girls eyelash extensions and spray tans if they would like. The delicious cookies we had at the welcoming party were provided by PS by Pretty Sweet! And to top it off we had amazing hair products on display, giving us a taste of what is in our gift bags!! Thank you Schwarzkopf Professional Canada. Also we got to meet Miss Teen Canada 2012, she is absolutely beautiful! The Manitoba girls and I talked with her for a bit and got some advice she told us to be who you are, be honest and speak from your heart. Tomorrow is our photo shoot day, video shoot, and interview with the judges! Time to get some much needed sleep and practice questions!

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Miss Teen Brandon-World 2013 Blog Assignment Number four

First off I would personally like to thank S-trip for being the official Social Media Queen sponsor for Miss Teen Canada-World 2013! S-Trip! Takes student travelers on unforgettable adventures around the world. Celebrate the exciting conclusion of high school in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica or Bahamas with all your friends on Grad Trip. Spend a weekend skiing or snowboarding at one of Canada’s premier mountain resorts on Ski Trip. Experience culture, sightseeing and events in Montreal or Quebec City on Busaway. Make a difference in an underdeveloped country on an impactful student Volunteer Trip. Explore the culture and history of Europe on Euro Adventure. For more information visit www.s-trip.com. If I could chose any destination; anywhere in the world, I would definitely have to choose Italy! I went to Europe this year with my school drafting class on an architecture trip. It was absolutely amazing! I loved the buildings, bridges, artwork and all the detail work; it was spectacular! Out of all the places we went my favorite would have to be Vienna, it was beautiful! I loved the romantic feel Vienna had; I would go back in a heartbeat. My favorite part was looking at all the sculptures and castles, the cobblestone streets were breathtaking I couldn’t get enough! Here is a picture of me at my favorite castle in Vienna, Schönbrunn Palace it was huge, the picture is of the grounds in the back of the castle; you can see just how big it was! And the food and culture was phenomenal! I chose Italy because it would be similar to Vienna in so many ways, the buildings, food and culture would be spectacular to experience the lifestyle there and see if it is as romantic feeling as it is in movies. I thought Italy would be fantastic because of the scenery I saw in the movie “when in Rome” ,Rome would be so romantic and breathtaking! This is a lifetime goal for me is to travel to Italy and visit Rome, as well as other cities in Italy. One of my passions is historical buildings, I love the stories behind them and how they came to be the way they are today, this is why I would love to visit the colosseum in Rome! This trip would definitely have to be taken with someone who I am passionate about, It would be an awesome vacation to take with a fiancé or boyfriend, even husband one day…..this will definitely be way into the future but I am indeed talking about my dream vacation! Right now I would just love to bake in the hot sun on a beach somewhere!! I will die of heat before I ever cover up or go inside….I am blogging in a sweater and sweatpants, slippers and fuzzy socks….my family likes the house cold! Please send me somewhere hot! Anywhere hot; that would be amazing, S-Trip is an amazing company. I love the volunteer trips they have, spending time on a white sandy beach while also spending time with kids in a community building schools and teaching them. As of right now that would be my typical teenage dream vacation! Fun in The Sun 🙂

Janelle Sparrow, Miss Teen Brandon-World 2013!! Thank you for reading my blog 🙂

S-Trip! takes student travellers on unforgettable adventures around the world. Celebrate the exciting conclusion of high school in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica or Bahamas with all your friends on Grad Trip. Spend a weekend skiing or snowboarding at one of Canada’s premier mountain resorts on Ski Trip. Experience culture, sightseeing and events in Montreal or Quebec City on Busaway. Make a difference in an underdeveloped country on an impactful student Volunteer Trip. Explore the culture and history of Europe on Euro Adventure. For more information visit www.s-trip.com.

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Miss Teen Canada-World Blog Network, Assignment Number Three

Trust my marketing team, and you wont be sorry! At Perfect Pitching we give you our best ideas while making sure you are completely satisfied with the results!

For the third assignment, each delegate was asked to describe a 30 second TV commercial for a towel company, this company is called signature towels. They are famous for making high quality monogrammed towels that make the perfect gift! I do have to say marketing towels would be a difficult job, I haven’t seen many…if any towel commercials on tv. but i was definitely up for the challenge! I started by thinking of what age group i wanted to target in my commercial, but i realized that towels are a necessity… we need towels! I narrowed it down and chose to focus on younger kids, ages 6-13, i did this because kids are cute and perfect for promoting anything to anyone! 🙂

My idea for the commercial starts with the frame of a picture perfect family home, beautiful light green siding with white trim around the windows and doors. . Lining the perimeter of the house is a simple white picket fence that gives the house some detail. The commercial would take place in a suburb area of a nice quiet street, the kind of street where the big maple trees hang over the road and create a tunnel feeling as you drive down. scene by scene I have thought of how I would put my commercial together, it is broken down so my commercial is easier to understand.

Scene 1

In scene one there is a Little boy between the ages 6-9 years old playing with his Lego set in a messy bedroom.  In the frame you can see a mix of clothes, toys and a whole bunch of towels all over the average sized bedroom, including the fish tank in the corner of the room, which happens to have an Ironman shirt hanging off the corner. In the background you can faintly water running and a teenage girl singing “Firework” by Katy Perry. The camera moves to a close-up on the boy who is got a scheming smirk on his face and continues to play with his Lego.
Scene 2

In scene two the frame is set on a steamy bathroom where a Girl between ages of 16 to 18 is singing in the shower. The bathroom counter is filled with cosmetics and brushes, and the floor is covered with clothes. The girl in the shower shuts off the water and pulls the curtain back slightly to grab a towel from the bar. She grabs nothing but thin air and instantly lets out a frustrated scream, she yells out her brother’s name, rips down the floral shower curtain and stomps off to her room. The sound of the door startles everyone in the house, except the little boy.  The camera then zooms back in on the boy in his bedroom rolling on the floor laughing, knowing full well what he just did.

Scene 3

In scene three the two Parents are sitting at the kitchen table drinking tea and having some breakfast, consisting of toast and eggs. They just look at each other when they hear all the noise going on upstairs. The mother sighs and says when will this end are they ever going to get along! The father pulls back his chair from the dinning room table and stands up, begins to walk towards the stairs and says let me handle this. The camera fades into the next scene as he walks up the stairs.

 

Scene 4

In this scene the dad goes into the little boys room and scolds him for stealing her towels. He continues to search the room for the towels and discovers that he has not only stole a few towels but a lot of towels! He moves the other clothes and toys that are entangled in the towels the boy has stashed in the corner and forgot about. The camera follows the dad as he puts the towels down in the hallway and proceeds to the daughters room, she answers the door before he even has a chance to knock. She is mad and telling him how she wants her stuff to be left alone! The dad then reassures her and tells her he has a plan that will fix everything.

scene 5

In this scene the dad is seen ordering a Personalized bath towel from Signature Towels for each family member, he gets everyone a different color and gets their names embroidered on them. The little boy gets blue, the girl gets purple, the mom gets cream, and he orders brown for himself. They arrive and he puts them nicely laid out in the bathroom for the kids to use, perfectly lined up and not lost. The camera zooms in on the names on each of the towels, showing their individuality and perfection.

 

 scene 6

In this scene you can see once again the little boy playing with his Lego in his room, and just off the right you can see his blue Personalized bath towel hanging on the end of his bed. The sound of the running water slowly appears again and the teenage girl is heard once again singing Firework by Katy Perry.

scene 7

The camera shows the steamy bathroom, messy with clothes and cosmetics, and the teenage girl still singing her song. The frame zooms in on her personal towel hanging from the rack with her name embroidered on the bottom. Perfectly hers and perfectly not her brothers. In concluding my commercial I would have the girl come out of the bathroom in her towel, showing her name on the bottom, her hair wrapped up in another; walking by her brothers room and sticking her tongue out at him as she proceeds to her bedroom.

The scene is changed back to the parents once again sitting side by side at the kitchen table drinking tea and reading the paper. The image starts to fade out as the company logo starts to be scene….

 

With a budget of $250K I feel like I my company could successfully pitch this commercial to  Signature Towels. The commercial is short and simple, what young teen wouldn’t want a set of their own personal towels! I know I would love it. I have two older brothers and even though my towels are purple…they still use them.

I would like to thank Signature Towels for being a sponsor of Miss Teen Canada! Thank you!

* all of the photos in the blog are from Goggle images*

Janelle Sparrow Miss Teen Brandon-World 2013!

 

 

 

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Princess in the Parade and Free the Children Garage sale!!

Princess in the Parade! I was personally invited to join the Mayor Sheri Decter Hirst in the Travellers Day Parade in my home town of Brandon Manitoba.  I was so thrilled when I received the email and started prepping right away. I started looking for a big princess style dress that I could wear in the car so I can look like a princess for the little ones! I went to the drama department in my school to see if Miss.Butterfeild had a dress I could borrow, I came home with three different options but it didn’t really fit the style I was going for. I then went down to the career center and asked the teacher if I could borrow one of the used grad dresses. At my school they have a program set up where previous grads can donate their used dresses so the new grads can use them if they either can’t find one or can’t afford to buy a new one. Here is where I found the perfect dress! I slipped it on and it fit like a glove! I was so excited; I went back to the drama department and got a crinoline to go under the dress to make it extra poufy. The dress by itself is a beautiful dull blue color that looked great with my skin tone! I wish I could of kept it.

   The day of the parade I got up extra early to do my hair and makeup 🙂 I  also held a garage sale fundraiser this day, at my house for Free The Children; all the money made went directly to my fundraising total. I got up at eight AM to help set up with my parents, I could not do this fundraiser without their help, I appreciate everything they did for me this day, the managed the sale until i got back from the parade. After setting up the sale I did my hair and makeup, put my dress, princess gloves and sash on and got my brother to drive me down to where the Mayor Shari Decter Hirst and I were meeting. My brother and I found the car we would be riding in. The mayor and I took some quick photos together and got in the car. The driver we had was a volunteer and even bought candy for us to give to the kids! I got last minute logos made the day before, luckily NRG signs in Brandon made them for me and I got to put them on the car. They are magnets and I just stuck them to the side of the car and got in. Once the parade started we were on our way, we began throwing candy to the kids on the sides and did a lot of smiling and waving.

I smiled straight for an hour and a half and I got to say my face muscles couldn’t be more ready for the pageant! My face definitely got a workout! After the parade I took some of my signature sponsor cards and a marker and signed some of them for the little ones that came up to me on the sidewalk. They all called me a princess and got to take lots of pictures with me. While I was walking back with my mom I ran into one of the guys I went to middle school with. His name is Bryce and I remember dancing with him in grade six and seven at all the school dances, he would just laugh and smile the whole time. Bryce was so happy to see me and remember exactly who I was; I also remember seeing him come watch his brother at Cadets when I was there. He’s such a sweet guy and always makes me smile. 🙂

I also met a little girl on the sidewalk who was absolutely star struck by my crown. She was so cute when I asked her if she wanted a card she couldn’t speak just nodded her head 🙂 I asked her mom if it would be ok to take a picture of her and use it on my blog, she said yes so here she is. I asked her what her favorite color was and she told me it was pink, she was so sweet, and asked me if I was a real princess.

 

All in all I had a great day riding with the mayor in the parade and getting to meet some new faces on my walk down the sidewalk. I loved getting involved in my community and participating in the parade with the mayor.

Thank you for reading my blog!!

Janelle Sparrow Miss Teen Brandon-World 2013!!

 

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Miss Teen Canada-World Blog Network Assignment Number Two

There happens to be a National historic sight right here in my little Town of Brandon Manitoba. This little hidden treasure is called the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum.Through cadets I spent countless hours helping out at the museum and getting annual tours by the staff, thought the years in cadets I learnt a lot about this national historic sight. This happens to be Canada’s only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of those who trained here and fought for the British Commonwealth Training Plan.

The British Commonwealth Air Training plan was started in 1939 because of The Second World War. Canada was only an ocean away from the scene of fighting in Europe and made a deal in the same year to provide facilities and training for airmen from every part of the commonwealth; which included Canada, Australia, New Zealand, as well as other countries. Canada was suited far from the most of the active fighting and provided lots of wide-open space with good flying conditions. The government of Canada built 7000 hangers, barracks, and drill halls for air bases and training schools all across Canada. Some of those building are right here just on the outskirts of Brandon. There were three training levels that the recruits went through; the training was rigorous and fast. First they went to an Elementary Flight training School which was where they got their first chance to fly, Then they proceeded to a Service Flying Training school where the pilots were separated into fighter and bomber pilots, and then lastly they went to an advanced Flying Training Center before heading overseas. Over a five-year period Canada produced 25,747 pilots, 12,855 navigators, 6,659 bombers, 12,744 wireless operators, 12,917 air gunners and 1,913 flight engineers. I do have to say that that is an impressive number for a five-year period I cant even imagine how intense the training was.

With the 82 Brandon Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron I spent many years and countless hours volunteering at the museum. With my former squadron we cleaned up the hanger where all the historic planes are. Most of my days were spent sweeping the floor and wiping dust of the planes, some of the older cadets got to help take apart the planes with the staff. One of my friends Hannah got to help take apart a Harvard, which was the last training plane the pilots would use before flying fighters and bombers.

This museum is used a lot for cadet events, and fundraisers in Brandon, even when I was younger before I joined cadets I remember sitting up in the planes and watching the cadets practice. In the photo below  i the one marching under the flag wearing the white belt and gloves. I sure do miss being in cadets.

The air museum memorial project committee has come up with a plan for a public tribute to all members of the Royal Canadian Air Force who lost lives in the Second World War. This memorial will be located right here in Brandon, it will be a granite wall with a span of 300 feet! This will be spectacular I cant wait, it has been said the project will begin in 2014. I am personally proud of my tourist attraction sight in Brandon; the museum attracts people from all over the country because of the history and condition that everything is kept in. Also the staff at the museum is constantly restoring planes back to their original condition. And soon the Airport here in Brandon where the museum is located will be partners with WestJet for direct flights to Calgary 😀 I’m so excited in the future I will no longer have to drive to Winnipeg to fly somewhere.

I would like to personally say, ‘Thanks Niagara Falls for sponsoring the Miss Teen Canada World 2nd blog challenge’! Thank you for the lovely opportunity to share my passion for my community

Janelle Sparrow Miss Teen Brandon-World 2013

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2013 Miss Teen Canada-World Blog Network Assignment Number One

TioCoat is on one the sponsors for the first blog assignment, the first assignment is for each on one the delegates to research a green building in their community and blog about how “Green” the building is. TioCoat specializes in roof coating that is guaranteed to last the life of the building; they use something called a White Roof, which helps to lower energy costs on the building. If every building in Canada had a white roof the whole world would be cooler! They use a special coating that TioCoat consists of a polymeric binder blended with pigments and other additives to provide benefits like the protection of roof membrane making the roof last loner and reflecting solar radiation to lower air conditioning costs. I would first off like to thank TioCoat for sponsoring this blog assignment!

So what exactly is a green building?? Well I will tell you! A green building, also known as a sustainable building, is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. With this definition in mind I chose the coolest building I could find in Brandon and that just so happened to be a school. And it just so happens to be 75% underground! And yes it is a fully functional school like any other. This school is called River Heights.

The Brandon School Division decided to build a new school in the River heights area. This decision was decided in March 1976. Due to the fact that there are multiple single family homes in the area the school division worked alongside with the City of Brandon to come up with a new idea of having a Park, School, and Playground all in one. The architect for the building was Mr. Don McFeetors of MacDonald, Cockburn, Mcfeetors. He designed the school to be partially underground, using the earth to save energy. The building is a low profile earthborn structure; this means that the building is at or above ground level and uses earth to cover the building.

As shown above you can see some of the earth covering the school. Earth covers 75% of the schools shell which creates less temperature variation, also with the school being underground there is a reduction of vandalism. The building is also a complementary setting and provides more green space than a conventional school. I know I would love to spend recess up on the roof!! The school is low maintenance and provides passive energy consumption. The earth covering the school provides natural insulation all year round. The Earth makes a temperature lag, in January the building still holds an October temperature so in the summer the building stays cool and in winter its nice and toasty warm. This feature lowers the cost of heating and cooling by 253%

Other energy saving features of the building includes:

Double Doorways

Quadruple glaze windows

Time clocks on car plugs and air change systems

Reduced hot water temperature

Reduced lighting

Gym roof is reinforced to hold the future expansion of solar panels.

I love this school because it can be used by the community outside school hours and they don’t have to worry about vandalism because 75% is dirt and the other 25% is made up of durable materials like brick, concrete and aluminum. The school can also be sectioned off inside so that the community can use the facilities without actually entering the school. Natural light is a key component in an economically friendly building, and it just so happens that the school has a huge skylight dead center in the middle of the school, this light is in the middle of the resource center and provides natural light throughout the entire school. In the picture below you can see just how big the skylight is and on the inside it truly has an effect. Using natural light lowers energy consumption, and also helps make the building greener.

The natural light is truly effective with the open concept of the school; the classrooms are designed to accommodate a wide range of grade levels and they are designed like modules. The wide corridors to help with smooth flow and an open-like feeling, the open floor plan was also created to use less light to lower energy costs on the building. This happens to be my favorite building in Brandon I love the concept of school, park and playground all in one! I spent most of the summer here at the school grounds last year with a little girl I was Nanning and she loved to sit onto of the school on the benches and suntan. In my eyes this Green building, not only because it’s underground but also because it is energy efficient. I would like to thank TioCoat once again for sponsoring this blog assignment 🙂

 

 

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Time to fill you guys in on what i have been up to 🙂

Busy Busy Busy…. I have been on my feet non stop getting myself out there this week, if I’m not at work im going around town to local buisnesses and letting them know who i am. I went to the Mayors office, Mayor Shari Decter Hirst, this week and scheduled a meeting through her secretary for Tuesday! Also i have been exccepted into the Big Brothers and Sisters program here in Brandon, my orientation starts tomorrow and i couldnt be more excited. I get to be a mentor 😀 i love working with kids and know this is a great oppourtunity to lend a hand in my community. Im so excited to be apart of an organization that specifies in being a role model for young children! After i get all the paperwork done i will be able to start. Also throughout this week i have been trying to get pledges for the Kids Help Phone Walk im doing in the next coming week in winnipeg! I am apart of a team from work, Empire Theaters Brandon, to participate in the Walk So Kids Can Talk. This organization is Canada’s largest walk to support child and youth mental health and well-being, Kids Help Phone is there for 6.5 million young people in Canada between the ages of 5 and 20. I love how my work gets involved every year, we wear pink shirts and sell cards to sign for $2 each. Were also holding a rafle for a kids prize basket aswell as an adult one, and during the release of iron man the theater will be doing little games to raise even more money for the walk. So far we have covered more areas of the theater with the pink peaces of signed paper 🙂 it looks amazing to see how many we have sold as a team! I cant wait to participate in the walk and show my support along side my team 😀

 

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Hello my fellow blog readers 🙂

Although skating season for me is over for the year I thought I would look back on my season and fill you all in. Mostly because the snow is still on the ground! I want to talk about my amazing synchronized skating team! Synchronized skating is a team of girls moving together on the ice as one movement at high speeds.The group of girls I skate with are so inspiring and encouraging with everyone on the team, especially me! I thought I would share the story of how I became to be a part of my synchronized skating team, ConnXion. First of all I will give a little bit of background on my skating; I started to skate when I was only three years old and immediately began to figure skate. I loved it! Skating is my passion, I remember being at the rink every day of the week not only for my skating but also for my brother’s hockey. I was a figure skater in Souris Manitoba where I lived for the first few years of my life. But I also “attempted” to play hockey…. It was a rec hockey team and I didn’t play for very long… mostly due to the fact that I couldn’tskate in hockey skates and used my figure skates. And instead of actually playing the game and being focused I would just spin on the ice, completely ignoring what was going on around me. I continued to figure skate for the many years I lived in Souris, then my dad got a job in Brandon, we made the move in 2006. I stopped figure skating due to knee problems and began to take up other sports. A few years have passed by and I started to volunteer with the CanSkate program at my local rink and really started to miss skating. I looked into singles skating again in Brandon but after one season I realized I wasn’t as good as I once was. So I began to look at the synchronized skating program and decided to join the team, for the first year I really struggled with my skating skills and speed to be able to skate with the team. It was too dangerous for me to join in with the team because I would put myself at risk if I fell. I trained beside them for a year, went to all the competitions, got my hair and makeup done every time and acted as a spare, although it was very difficult for me to stand on the sidelines and watch my team skate I knew that if I pushed myself I could skate with the team. Throughout the year my team was so supportive, especially my couch Tammy, who also couched my synchro team in Souris when I was little. I am so proud of myself; I have come a long way! And this year I got to skate with the team and skate every competition and ice show! I also got an award for most improved at the end of the year and couldn’t be happier to have the team I do. Without them I would not be able to be as confident as I am each and every time I step out on the ice. Even when I have a bad day and can’t get the right steps my team is always there to boost me up and tell me I can do it! I can’t wait till September when I can get back on the ice and skate with my team again!!

The photo above was taken at Winterfest in Toronto, Marian is the girl skating beside me 🙂

This is the gang 🙂 my couch is in the middle with the yellow scarf, Tammy. I am third from the left in the front row.

This photo shows exactly what my team is like off the ice 🙂 Energetic and fun!

I Love each and everyone of these girls on the team and can’t wait to see them next year!

 

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