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A Busy Month For The NAIT Ooks In Preparation For Their Season

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First off, I am so excited to be writing this blog as the 2014/2015 season has started for the NAIT Women’s Hockey Team! After months of patiently waiting, it’s hard to believe that season is underway. 

The first month is always the hardest as well as the busiest for us as we are starting to get back into routine, into game shape and get the new players set in with the team too. This month consists of a lot of practices, fitness testing, exhibition games and tournaments as well as a trip to Vancouver to play some University teams there. I have never been to BC before so I am quite excited to go on the trip, especially when it’s with a great group of girls. 

Since my last blog, I made a trip home to Manitoba to get one final visit in before season starts and I don’t get to go home again until December. The trip was unexpected and flights just happened to be on for SUPER cheap, so my Dad said book it and I went home for five days! Every trip I take home is unreal and it is always so nice to be with family and friends but this trip was one of the best since I have been in Edmonton. I picked a pretty great weekend to go home since it was August long and many events were happening in my small little hometown of Elkhorn, Manitoba. It was Western Weekend which involves horse races, little concerts, slo-pitch and beer gardens. Everyone in town basically attended it so it was nice to all be in once place at once instead of running around having to visit many different places. 

Also during the month of August I was instructing the NAIT Hockey Camps that we put on every summer for a few weeks. I love having a job where I get to spend most of my day on the ice teaching little kids skating and new skills. We always have wide age ranges and it is very neat to work with kids from age 5 and up to 14. Speaking of coaching, I am now signed on with a AAA St. Albert Bantam girls team who I will be coaching with whenever I am available due to our busy schedule with NAIT. I am very excited to be taking part in this role as I have wanted to coach in my future and this is a great stepping stone to be taking. 

That is all I have for now and I am so anxious to fill you guys in on this upcoming season. I know it’s going to be a good one and that there will be many stories to be told! 

Keep in touch,

Sherri Bowles, NAIT Women’s Hockey #15 

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