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"The way of the guilty is crooked, but the conduct of the pure is right." (Chapter 21, verse 8)
K. C. Hill
This letter is to thank everyone who contributed to my awesome experience and made it possible to go to the 2004 World Outrigger Canoe Sprint Championship in Hilo, Hawaii, Aug. 7-17.
I just got home a couple days ago, and looking through my photos I get to recap on this amazing trip. From the opening ceremonies, walking in representing the Canadian Junior Girl Team, to the cultural night where we got to see some outstanding cultural dances and shared a little bit of ours, through a line dance. We got to meet people from over 20 countries in less than 10 days.
Special thanks to:
My team: Amy Ross, Calley Fraser, Kayla Cherry, Leigh Koladka, Sydney Van Loon, my coach Hugh Fisher, team manager Mary-Jane Abbott, chaperons Shelly Fraser, Denise Van Loon and Sue Ross for pulling it together and really making this a memory that will last for ever. "It wouldnt have been as much fun without you guys."
Ann Chiasson, Windermere Sea to Sky Realty and Bruce Steward, Nesters Market by pulling through at the last minute to cover some financial costs and for continuing to support the young athletes of Whistler/Pemberton.
Roxy/Quicksilver for donating shorts and bathing suits to the Girl Team as part of our casual team uniform.
Dave & Lauren Boyle for letting the Girl Team stay at their very comfortable cottage up at Lillooett Lake for a pre-training camp.
My grandmothers, GG and Marguerite for being the best fans anyone could have.
Teammates who allowed me to stay at their home in Pemberton many nights throughout this summer which saved on driving for my family.
Finally, my family for supporting without boundary my desire to pursue many challenges my heart takes me.
This trip was one of those once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget. Thanks again to everyone who contributed in any way to make this trip as successful as it was.
2004 Canadian Outrigger Canoe Girl Team