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CSCS SEPTEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER

The latest edition of the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan newsletter is now available. You can read it here.

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5 QUESTIONS WITH OLYMPIC HOPEFUL ADREA PROPP

How did you adapt your training to deal with the postponement of the Olympic Games, the cancelling of competitions and...

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CCES Publishes Covid-19 testing procedure FAq for Athletes

(Ottawa, Ontario – July 23, 2020) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) recently resumed urine sample collection...

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5 QUESTIONS WITH OLYMPIC HOPEFUL MICHELLE HARRISON

How have you adapted your training to account for the postponement of the Games and trial competitions, as well as...

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5 QUESTIONS WITH PARALYMPIC HOPEFUL SHELBY NEWKIRK

How's training been going? Training has been going really well. It has definitely changed due to COVID-19 and the pools...

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CCES to Resume Urine Sample Collection

As athletes and sports return to training and provincial health restrictions are lifted, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport...

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Advisory on COVID-19

June 30, 2020 Updates Disease Update The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is over 10 million with over 5.5...

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Statement from the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute (COPSI) Network regarding the announcement of a $5 million investment by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and Own the Podium (OTP) for the phased return to high performance sport in Canada.

"Across the country, the COPSI Network has continued to support high performance athletes and coaches from a distance during the...

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CSCS April 2020 Newsletter

The latest edition of the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan newsletter is now available. You can read it here.

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COC and CPC thank IOC for its decision to postpone Games to 2021

IOC has given Tokyo hopefuls worldwide the clarity they need about the immediate future TORONTO/OTTAWA – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)...

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Team Canada will not send athletes to Games in summer 2020 due to COVID-19 risks

TORONTO/OTTAWA (March 22, 2020) – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), backed by their Athletes’ Commissions,...

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Saskatchewan Sport Awards Finalists Announced

Sask Sport named eight Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan registered athletes as finalists for the 2019 Saskatchewan Sport Awards Wednesday. The...

Game Plan
Bell Let’s Talk Session – Recap

At the end of January, people across Canada joined in conversations promoting mental health awareness as part of the Bell...

Game Plan
Coach Education – Start training today

Game Plan and the Coaching Association Canada (CAC) are excited to announce that our fall application is now open! We are looking...

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Follow Sask. athletes to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games with cheeronsask.ca

Looking for news and information on Saskatchewan athletes, coaches and team staff on the road to the 2020 Olympic and...

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The 2020 Prohibited List is Now in Effect

Ottawa – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) reminds the Canadian sport community that the World Anti-Doping Agency’s...

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Canadian Paralympic Committee opens new round of grants in support of Paralympic sport development programs

Ottawa – The Canadian Paralympic Committee officially launched the application process for the 2020-21 Paralympic Sport Development Fund on Wednesday, inviting...

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Future Best Deadline

Future Best is designed to assist athletes who are involved in an intense level of training and competition with the...

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High performance Development Grant Deadline

The High Performance Coach Development Grant supports Saskatchewan coaches who work with high performance athletes and are committed to upgrading...

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High Performance Development Grant Deadline

The High Performance Coach Development Grant supports Saskatchewan coaches who work with high performance athletes and are committed to upgrading...

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5 QUESTIONS WITH PARALYMPIC HOPEFUL SHELBY NEWKIRK

July 10, 2020

How’s training been going?

Training has been going really well. It has definitely changed due to COVID-19 and the pools being closed, but I’ve been able to try out some cross-training activities that I would not have tried otherwise, including rowing and hand cycling. I’ve also had to get really creative with ways to keep training at home, but it’s been a fun challenge.

You’re a top-level athlete, a university student and the owner of two businesses. How do you balance all those things?

It is definitely a balancing act and I’ve really had to work on my time management, but I absolutely love swimming and running the businesses so I make time for both. I will often be working on orders while traveling to competitions or training camps, and answering business emails and inquiries at the pool before practice. I’m someone that always likes to stay busy so I really like having so much on my plate.

What inspired you to create your two businesses Crafty Prairie Girl and Accessible Life?

I have wanted my own business for as long as I can remember. I have been crafting and making different creations since I was a kid and as I got older and my style became more defined, I decided to just go for it and share my creations with others by starting my own business. My favourite part of my Crafty Prairie Girl business is making cute creations that make others smile. I created my Accessible Life store to share products that I made to help me be more independent and to make life more accessible for others. I wanted to make products that are functional but also stylish.

You’re pursuing a major in physical education and you’re a coach with the Saskatoon Lasers swim club. What’s drawn you to these instructor/teaching roles?

I struggled a lot in school and always seemed to have to work way harder to do the same amount of work. As a result, I never enjoyed school that much and remember often being frustrated and discouraged when trying to learn. While this was a hard time for me, I learned a lot of strategies that worked for me and that I try to implement into my teaching/instructing for others that my be struggling like I did. Additionally, I want to work with schools to help make them more accessible for all students no matter their individual abilities or disabilities. Especially for physical education classes where students with disabilities are often left out or not included in meaningful ways.

With all these different things on your plate, what do you do to relax and have a break?

I’ve always been someone that likes to keep busy and find it difficult to slow down or relax, but every day I take time to do something that is relaxing in my own way. Often I will do some designing, listen to some of my favourite music and light one of my favourite candles. Even when I’m relaxing, I’m still typically doing multiple things at once, but I try to do things that I don’t have to do but am simply doing because it is something I enjoy. Everything I do I love so much, but I find it is still super important to take breaks and to challenge yourself by trying new things and doing different projects in order to avoid burn out or losing my love of everything I do.