How would you describe your experience at your first ever Paralympic Games?
“I have to admit that participating in the Opening Ceremony was quite an exciting experience. The energy felt within the stadium is hard to describe… the spirit of competition, the anticipation of playing our first game, the pride of being able to participate and the enthusiasm of the spectators from across the world hits you all at once.
After becoming a part of the women’s national team program and participating at a few international tournaments, it was clear to me that my goal was to become a part of this amazing team. Ultimately, my goal was to represent Canada at the Paralympic Games. My dream was finally realized after many years of training and perseverance.
…the spirit of competition, the anticipation of playing our first game, the pride of being able to participate and the enthusiasm of the spectators from across the world hits you all at once.
There were several highlights that I experienced with my teammates. The journey towards London, in itself, was an experience that brought us together. On the other hand, attending the men’s gold medal final with my husband was an intense moment. To see the Canadian flag hoisted was a moment filled with pride.
I will do everything I can to retain the privilege of representing Canada at the next Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016. Before then, there is the World Championship in 2014 and the Parapan American Games in Toronto in 2015. Let’s say I believe that I will be better prepared for the Rio Paralympics by having learned lessons from the London 2012 Games. Regardless, I am sure the Games will be memorable, colourful and bright, and certainly an opportunity to show the entire world what the Canadian women’s team is capable of accomplishing.”
– Elaine Allard, player for the Senior Women’s National Team