Let me start by saying that Commonwealth Games was a really inspiring experience. I gained so much from being there and am really grateful to everyone involved for the opportunity. A medal was something I dreamed about, but it was a tall ask and not something I expected. Coming away from the Games with that moment is an incredible feeling.
I can't put everything I feel about the Games into words, so I figure I'll share a few photos and impressions from the whole experience. Thanks to all for the support, encouragement, and love leading into and following the race. Reading all your positive messages has overwhelmed me in the best way possible!!
1. Being part of the first gender-equal Games! It was really cool to be at a Games with an equal number of medal events for men and women. This is a big step forward, and I felt buoyed by this fact all week long.
2. The full integration of para and able-bodied sports was really cool (and incredibly inspiring for me). I can't overstate how important this was. There is no reason that I can see for there to be separate competition weeks for the different disciplines.
3. Spending the week with my teammates Emily and Leandre. I really admire both of these athletes, and they made it so fun for me (thank you!!). Our staff were amazing, and the entire week felt like the definition of high performance (thanks Dan, Tara, Adam, Kris, and all others who helped out!).
4. Being draped in the Canadian flag after the medal ceremony was a moment I will never forget. My heart was so full.
5. Having my family (parents and aunt) there to share the experience with. They made it infinitely more special!
6. Walking the village and hearing the different languages spoken and seeing the different training routines.
7. The volunteers!!! They were so happy, helpful, and excited. I can't believe how many volunteers there were. Thank you all!
That's all for now - thanks for reading and supporting :)