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Canadian national softball team (I)

Updated: 2006-08-25 09:59


alison bradley
Alison Bradley

1) How do you get motivated to train each morning?

Ali: I am motivated because I want to get better and be the best that I can be. And, I know that all my teammates are working just as hard.

2) What else beside your sport keeps life interesting?

Ali: As a teacher, everyday is interesting because you never know what to expect from your students. I also enjoy being active, reading, playing musical instruments and spending time with friends and family.

3) What is your diet like when you train? What foods do you miss the most?

Odie: As a team, we try to follow the 90/10 rule - 90% of the time we eat healthy. We try to eat a balanced meal with at least 3 of the 4 food groups and avoid as many fatty foods as possible. I definitely miss eating pizza and desserts the most.

4) What did you want to be when you were a kid? When did you change your mind or decide to pursue it all the way to the Olympics?

Odie: I think my first ambition was to be a nurse or flight attendant or something. My first Olympics dreams were actually in 1984 when I was watching swimming because I was a competitive swimmer at the time. I decided I wanted to be a softball Olympian as soon as it was declared an Olympic sport.

Robin Mackin
5) When did you know you were able to become a potential Olympian? How did that moment feel?

Robin: When I was invited to the selection camp for the Senior National Team from the regional camp. It was one of the most exciting moments in my life.

6) How would you like to be remembered?

Robin: A respectful competitor, good teammate, hard worker and good person.

7) What is your own personal greatest achievement?

Angela: Representing Canada at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

8) Who are the people that have meant the most to you through the years? Why?

Angela: My family because they have supported me throughout my career and they are always there for me.

9) What do you listen to before going to bed? How about while training?

Noemie: Before going to bed, I like to listen to calm music because it helps me relax. When I train, I listen to music that motivates me and gets me going.

10) What kind of goals are you setting for yourself now? 2 years before the Olympics start?

Erin McLean
Erin C: The only thing we are focused on right now is qualifying for the Olympics at Worlds this summer.

11) How do you feel about them being in Beijing?

Erin C: I'm excited because I know they will put on a great show.

12) Who are the athletes you like to compete with most? Who are the athletes you like to train with the most?

Noemie: When I compete, I like going to war with teammates that don't fear anything, that are goal oriented, and never quit working. I like to train with athletes that are able to push me to get better and find new limits.

13) What movie do you want to watch before the start of the Games? How about after? Why?

Lauren Bay
Lauren: Before the games I'd like to watch 'Miracle' and 'Remember the Titans'. They are so inspirational and after I watch them I can't wait to get on the field. After the games I would like to watch any sappy movie - any movie about friends and good times since I'll miss my friends so much because it's over.

14) Do you read a lot? What book can you relate to the most?

Lauren: Yes, I love to read. I'm not sure which book I relate to the most, but a couple of my favourite books are 'Bringing Down the House' and 'Freakanomics'.

15) Who is your role model?

Kaila: Coach Sippel is my role model. Through her actions everyday she inspires me to bring my best self to the park and be a champion.

16) Would you consider yourself the best? Who is better?

Kaila: No I wouldn't consider myself "the best". There's always someone better than me - training hard to beat "the best" is why I love to compete.

Sheena Lawrick
17) If you were trapped on a desert island for the rest of your life, would you still train and practice as much as you do now?

Sheena: No, softball is fun because it's a team sport. It would be boring by myself.

18) What are you most self-conscience about?

Sheena: My height.