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WEEKLY ROUNDUP APRIL 7-13

Clark, Lacquette and Shirley invited to national women’s hockey selection camp Saskatoon forwards Emily Clark and Sophie Shirley, as well...

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP MARCH 31-APRIL 6

Aikens and Canadian rugby sevens team sweep Emirates Invitational With no competition in nearly a year, there may have been...

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“IT’S HARD TO DREAM SOMETHING IF YOU CAN’T SEE IT”: NEW INITIATIVE BENEFITING LOCAL FEMALE COACHES

Written by Matt Johnson for Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan Through spending most of her life growing up in sports, Emily...

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP MARCH 17-MARCH 23

McMorris makes Canadian history in big air With a two-run total of 179.25 points, Regina’s Mark McMorris captured gold and...

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CLARK, LACQUETTE NAMED TO HOCKEY CANADA TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

With files Hockey Canada Emily Clark and Brigette Lacquette are among 35 players invited by Hockey Canada to attend the...

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SASK DIVING COACH AND ATHLETE HONOURED IN NATIONAL AWARDS

With files, photos and video from Diving Plongeon Canada Two Saskatchewan diving connections were honoured with Diving Plongeon Canada Awards...

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BIATHLETE PLETZ NAMED TO JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

With files from Biathlon Canada and Biathlon SaskatchewanPhoto courtesy of Sask Games Council Regina’s Logan Pletz is one of 16...

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PANDEMIC PROVINDING UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES FOR DZAKA

Ghana-born and Saskatoon-raised coach Mavis Dzaka first joined the Huskies Athletics track and field program as an athlete in 1999...

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FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February is Black History Month and Canada, as well as Saskatchewan, has a long history of Black athletes and coaches...

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CANADA TO PLAY IN GROUP A AT OLYMPICS AS WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM MEETS FOR VIRTUAL CAMP

The Canadian women’s basketball team, led by Saskatchewan-based head coach Lisa Thomaidis, will face off against South Korea, Serbia and...

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ERICA GAVEL TO SERVE AS VICE-CHAIR OF CANADIAN PARALYMPIC ATHLETES’ COUNCIL

Prince Albert wheelchair basketball player Erica Gavel is "humbled and honoured" after being selected to her new role as the...

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CSCS JANUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER

The latest edition of the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan newsletter is now available. Read it HERE.

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ADVISORY ON COVID-19

January 18, 2021 Updates Disease Update As we move into 2021 the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 world-wide is...

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BOBSLEDDER BEN COAKWELL BUILDS TRAINING GYM IN HIS GARAGE

Moose Jaw Oympian Ben Coakwell, a member of the the Canadian bobsleigh team, temporarily swapped his bobsleigh helmet for a...

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5 QUESTIONS WITH OLYMPIC HOPEFUL KENZIE PRIDDELL

Before training was shut down, you had moved to Montreal to train with the national synchronized swimming team, how did...

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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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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.