WEEK 26: EMILY R.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name’s Emily, I’m a recent graduate of Western University’s finance program, born and raised Calgarian, but spent four years in London, Ontario trying to figure out where my life would go after my degree was finished. I never expected it to be a pandemic, but I’m doing my best to make the most of it. My true passion is in the world of sports, which I’ve been connected to since I was very young. I’ve been playing ringette for 15 years now, as my primary athletic outlet. I’ve been to multiple nationals and have won bronze and silver medals, was given the Individual Achievement Award by the Canadian Ringette Championships the first time I attended, I’ve captained Team Alberta, and received the Western Canadian Ringette Championships Legacy Scholarship. I’ve also played on the Western varsity team and received the Athletic Scholar Award for academic and athletic achievement with the university.
Outside of playing sports, while I was at Western I volunteered with the live sports broadcasting team at Radio Western. I was part of the very first All-Women’s Broadcast, where I colour commentated a Western Mustang’s women’s hockey game with an entire crew of women (including producer, social media management, and photography) — a first in Canadian history. For my efforts throughout the season, I was awarded the Elliotte Friedman Most Promising Volunteer Award from the station. I did play-by-play and colour commentary for men’s and women’s hockey, produced articles and interviews of a variety of university sports, and covered the first women’s hockey Rivalry Series between Team Canada and Team USA during their three game series across North America.
With my passion for furthering women’s sports and newfound quarantine time, I recently created a podcast called ‘Even Strength’, in order to highlight and celebrate stories and insights of people involved in women’s athletics. You can find it on Spotify and Apple Podcasts by searching the name. I also love to take advantage of my “backyard” by hiking and exploring in the Rockies and I climb at local gyms. I’ve also played box lacrosse as a goaltender for six years, played badminton in junior high for three years, and coached U9 and U14AA ringette for three years.
What would tell a girl who is thinking of dropping out of sport?