My Experience at the 2011 Para Pan-American Games in Guadalajara Mexico

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My experience at the Para Pan-Am Games was memorable from start to finish.  The Canadian team as a whole were all so bursting with energy and excitement every day prior and during the competition.  Canadian flags coloured our walls and windows and the spirit of Canada spread further into the athlete village and sport venues with the maple leaf on our chests.  On the track Team Canada did amazing!  We earned as a team 16 medals with a number of personal bests and positive learning experiences. It was wonderful to be a part of my team mates’ successes as we …
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Overcoming Obstacles

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At a very young age, our family struggled to explain the learning and communication difficulties I was experiencing.  After years of inquiry and medical appointments, I was finally diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, Cone-Rod Dystrophy.  Over the years, my vision has progressively decreased and I may eventually be completely blind.  Despite the uncertainly of what lays ahead, I pick myself up and keep going.  I try to adopt a positive view and approach to life.  Everyday there is some form of obstacle to overcome, whether that is in school, when learning tools or instruction is unclear or in the …
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Benefits Gained from Sport

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Through my fitness and sport participation, I have gained self-confidence, organization, social skills, tenacity, patience, assertiveness, leadership, creativity and passion.  For example, t hese attributes are required to maintain years of the training demands, along with the pressures of improving performance/ personal best times, and reach the podium.  With each new sporting achievement comes a new goal to aspire towards.   Fundamentally, participation in sport benefits my health and it also spills over into my school life.  These same attributes help me achieve high academic performance as well. Organized amateur athletics and fitness have been a major part of my life.  …
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