Adventures from the Far East and Beyond

Toronto Raptors – “Canada’s Team” September 25, 2008

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OTTAWA – Just bought four tickets to see the Toronto Raptors play an inter-squad game next Saturday! All for the price of $15 per ticket. How sweet is that? It turns out that Carleton has one of the top university basket ball teams in Canada. I think that they won the title five years in a row but then lost last season. It’s actually funny because I woke up this morning with the intent of buying pre-season tickets to go see the Ottawa Senators play the Habs this Saturday. Got as far as the on-line check out but couldn’t get a hold of my friend to see if she already picked up tickets… will try again later. However, when is the next time that a NBA team is going to be on my campus? Not very likely – so done and done. Very excited to be back warming benches and cheering my lungs out.


Canadian Men’s Olympic Triathlon Team Named June 10, 2008

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VANCOUVER – The men’s 2008 Olympic team has been announced: Two-time Olympian and 2000 gold medalist Simon Whitflied, Paul Tichalaar of Edmonton and Colin Jenkins are going to Beijing!

Watching the triathlon live on the net was still thrilling, hope to watch the event on TV at the Olympics. Was so happy for Simon when he came out of the water first. What a great swim! Colin also had a great swim and cycle. Paul finished 9th – just .7 secs short of 8th place I believe.

This is one of my favorite pictures from Ishigaki. I really don’t think that my smile could get any wider. It was taken right after they arrived at the Ishigaki Airport.

Simon, Colin and I

Managed to get 2/3 of the Canadian Olympic team in one picture. Not bad eh?


Almost on top April 25, 2008

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MONTREAL – Why riot? I just read an article about how Monday night’s celebrations in Montreal soured quickly… People should learn from the Marines fans how to celebrate with class. So many people still talk about how wonderful the celebrations were when the Marines took home three titles in 2005. Volunteers even lined the streets to pick up millions of little pieces of confetti. Now that’s true team spirit for you!

Ahhh… back to the Habs. They took on the Philadelphia Flyers in game one of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Another fantastic game played by the Montreal Canadiens! The Habs were down 3-2 in the last minute of regulation time but Alex Kovalev scored with less than 30 seconds left on the clock. Just 48 seconds in to overtime, Tom Kostopoulos scored the winner to be the Flyers 4-3!! The home crowd must have gone wild!

CHIBA – The home game that wold have put the Marines on top of their league was postponed last night due to rain. It was probably a good thing because it was pretty miserable last Thursday night out in the cold. It wasn’t fun knowing that the players couldn’t do their best in rainy, cold conditions. The team will take on Softbank tonight. The Marines are only 0.5 games away from being on top.


The HABS take game seven!! April 22, 2008

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MONTREAL – The Canadiens took on the Boston Bruins 5-0 in Game 7 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final series just hours ago. My home team, the Vancouver Canucks, didn’t even make it to the playoffs so I have been cheering for my adopted home instead.

Rookie goaltending phenomenon Carey Price (20 years old) made 25 saves and posted his second shutout of the series. He struggled during the last two games of the series allowing four goals in the third period of each game… Whoa!

But he made up for it in full force in the do-or-die Game 7.

Can’t wait for a Canadian team to finally take back the Stanley Cup.


Oh Canada~ and Ishigaki Triathlon April 20, 2008

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I have to admit that this post has been incubating for a while now… so without further ado, here it goes:

When I signed up to volunteer at the Ishigaki BG Triathlon World Cup, I sure wasn’t expecting to hear the Canadian anthem. (To tell you the truth, I can’t recall the last time I heard it not coming from my own mouth.) Watching Simon Whitfield cross the finish line to win his first World Cup in Japan and getting up on the podium was a thrill! Yay Canada!

Back track a couple of days to airport duty – I think I had to do a double take when I looked at the elite athlete list at the Ishigaki Airport. The list had two Canadians on it: Simon Whitfield and Colin Jenkins. I still remember watching news highlights of Simon winning the gold medal in Sydney and then reading about it in Maclean’s – needless to say that I was very excited to meet and greet the Canadian male contingent at the airport! And the best part? Not only are they fantastic athletes but they are wonderful people too! It’s true! All of the volunteer interpreters noticed and they have a fantastic impression of Canadians now. Thanks guys!

Interpreting for Simon Whitfield

In fact, all of the athletes I had a chance to speak to were great. They were really down to earth and almost normal – except for the fact that they like to swim 1.5km, then bike 40km, and finish it off with a 10km run and not think twice about it. (I usually run 6km at the gym and call it a good day.) Needless to say, very impressive. 

The opportunities that presented themselves at the triathlon were really quite marvelous. I happened to be at the right place at the right time and had a chance to interpret for Simon, Colin, Emma Snowsill, Nicola Spirig, Peter Robertson and many more.

One of the most fun interviews was one with Emma for Tarzan, Japan’s leading fitness magazine. For some reason, an editor, a photographer, and writer from Tarzan came to Ishigaki without an interpreter and was going to interview Emma… good thing I was in the hotel lobby. 

The athlete and volunteer dinner was wonderful too where we had a chance to mingle with the Japanese athletes. Ai Ueda must have one of the cutest smiles and Kiyomi Niwata’s English is really quite good. As you can tell, I really don’t have anything bad to say about my time in Ishigaki.

Ai Ueda coming out of the water in Ishigaki

Hope they continue with the BG World Cup Triathlon next year!

Good luck to all those who made it on their Olympic teams. Will be cheering you on from Chiba City.