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Skating on the Canal and D.I.F.D

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Hello again! 

It is extremely hard to believe another month has gone by and what a busy month it has been. It was a month filled with stress- as a journalism student again this is pretty common-, with fun practices, and a day of purple. 

This past week, our coach decided to truly embrace the fact that we live in Ottawa, which hosts the largest skating rink in the entire world. Instead of making of us practice on the our home rink, we got our skates, hiked down to the canal, laced up, and joined many tourists on the rink. To truly challenge us though, one of the players brought volleyball to merge two sports at one time. The skate ended with hot chocolate and beaver tails, maybe not the best post-workout food, but a nice way to end the best practice of the year. 

My team is approaching the last two games of our regular season and the game this past Sunday brought out a fairly big crowd. It was our annual DIFD, Do It For Daron, hockey game, with a large sum of the proceeds going to the DIFD charity. The team filled the entrance of the dressing room, taping their sticks to fashion a dark purple colour, in memory of Daron Richardson, a 14-year-old who took her life in 2010. DIFD is raising awareness about youth mental health illnesses and encouraging young people to ask for help when needed. The reason why we find this event so important, especially in a hockey atmosphere, is to tell young people that anyone can have a mental illness and being “tough” is asking for help. The event had many fans dressed in purple, cheering loudly as we took on the Montreal Carabins. Although we didn’t win, the event was enough to put a smile on all the girls’ faces. 

I’m heading to San Diego on Thursday, so I will have more to write about next time. I will keep it short and sweet, happy reading week to those of you that have it coming up! 

See you in a month! 

Jessica Thompson

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