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Bowles Helps Coach at Alberta Winter Games

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Merry Christmas Blog Followers!

I am a little late at writing this blog, but you can thank my busy schedule and exam week for that! It’s been a crazy month so far but I am now happy to say that I am done exams and I arrived home in Manitoba last night to be with my family and friends for the holidays! Yesterday was a very long day as I drove home instead of flying. The good thing was that I had one of my teammates, Karli Reeve, to spend the whole drive with since she is from a town in Saskatchewan that is just an hour away. Her driving scares me most of the time, but hey, we got home! 

As for hockey, we ended the first half in not a bad spot, first place! It is obviously a great feeling to end in the position we did, but we still know going into second half that it will take a lot of hard work and dedication to remain on top. We have a young group of girls this year and I think it is awesome that our hard work paid off, but the second half will be challenging and take even more hard work because each team comes back with more intensity than first half. Some teams also change up a bit due to marks in school and new people coming in, so we really won’t know what to expect either. 

The NAIT Ooks Women’s Hockey Team had our annual December Cup Challenge again, and nothing new, I didn’t win this again. I am hoping that next year in my final and fifth year, that I can actually win it, it would be quite fantastic. This year we split our team up into three different teams. We had the trash talkers, team minions and then my team was team old school greasers. We were by far the best dressed and ended up coming in second place overall. Throughout the week we did a skills competition, broom ball game, swimming competition, best dressed and then a Christmas ornament decorating competition. It was so much fun and the team always gets right into it because the winner actually gets a trophy. I have yet to know what it feels like to hold the trophy, but like I said, next year will tell! 

During this month I also got the opportunity to help coach at the Alberta Winter Game tryouts for the bantam female group. It was an awesome experience and I had a great group of girls that I coached. They brought back many memories from when I was their age and taking part in events like this, but also, they made me feel old!! This month also brought our Breast Cancer Fundraiser. Our team wore our pink socks, pink laces and some girls even taped their sticks, all in support of breast cancer. Our team did very well with the fundraising aspect of it and it always feels good to give back! 

That is about all I have for now. I am looking forward to spending the holidays with those close to me and catching up with everyone back home. I don’t get much time in Manitoba so I need to soak up all the time I can! I am looking forward to the second half of the season and I am also looking forward to keeping you all updated on it! 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and Happy Holidays! 🙂

Sherri Bowles, NAIT Women’s Hockey #15

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