Recently By Anna Rice
"Not now. Not yet." I told myself. There was still work to be done; I still had to fight for the win and the chance to reach the medal rounds over world No. 3 and local superstar Saina Nehwal.
The individual badminton tournament is now well underway and Canadians are doing great so far.
As my roomie Grace Gao tried to get her mind off the competition for a short while, she asked me how the Commonwealth Games compare to the Olympics.
Over the course of our conversation I came up with five differences that I've noticed, based on my experiences at the Athens and Beijing Olympics, and the Melbourne and Delhi Commonwealth Games.
I never thought those words would sound so sweet, but after more than 35 hours of travel they absolutely did. There were about 30 Canadian athletes, coaches and journalists on board representing the sports of badminton, squash, athletics, cycling, shooting and weightlifting.
In my first blog entry in this series I lamented how India has always eluded me. Now, she seems to be trying her best to do it again: engineering failures, incomplete residences, flooded streets and an outbreak of dengue fever to name a few of her tactics.
Sports Day in Canada is the brainchild of three organizations that have come together to support all levels of sport, from the grassroots beginner all the way up to the Olympic medallist. The CBC, TrueSport and ParticipACTION have joined forces to help communities recognize the power of sport and how it supports healthy lifestyles, builds social bonds and strengthens our national spirit.
While in Paris last week for the badminton world championships, I took the opportunity to ask two of my friends from the Indian team what they thought.
In my 10 years on the Canadian badminton team, I've traveled to more than 50 countries, but never to India. Don't get me wrong - it wasn't by choice. I've been dying to go. I've even had the visa stamp in my passport, the plane ticket bought and the accommodations booked. But on four different occasions, the trip fell through.