As They Grieve A Lost Season, Canadian Student Athletes Look Hopefully To 2021 »


This story is a part of Learning Curve, a HuffPost Canada sequence that explores the challenges and alternatives for college students, school and post-secondary establishments amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 


The COVID-19 pandemic compelled universities to close down their campuses final March, but it surely wasn’t simply lecture rooms that closed. Gyms, coaching amenities and arenas had been additionally impacted, throwing the rest of the athletic season, and the upcoming educational yr, into query for scholar athletes.

Kelsey Wog, a swimmer on the University of Manitoba and U Sports’ 2020 feminine athlete of the yr, mentioned she felt like she was waking up from a dream when all of her plans for the yr got here to a sudden halt in March. She hoped to check out for a spot on the Canadian Olympic staff this yr.

“When COVID-19 hit, it was super overwhelming at the time because we were being told, ‘Oh, you can’t train anymore,’” she mentioned.

Within the span of about 10 days, trials had been postponed or cancelled, Canada pulled out of the Olympics and the games got postponed till 2021.

Watch the video above to see how Wog and different Canadian scholar athletes are discovering methods to proceed coaching and cope with out their sport in the course of the pandemic.



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