Team SK Canada Games 2011: Rae-Ann Williamson

The 2011 Canada Winter Games will have many Canadians glued to their televisions as young athletes from across the country represent their home provinces in a variety of sports.

The 2011 Canada Winter Games will have many Canadians glued to their televisions as young athletes from across the country represent their home provinces in a variety of sports. Regina native Rae-Ann Williamson and her team will take to the ice in Halifax in hopes of winning the gold medal for Saskatchewan in female curling.

Rae-Ann started curling at the age of ten. Now, at 16, she is thankful for all the experiences and opportunities the sport has given her.  For Rae-Ann, curling is first and foremost about Keeping It Fun and developing positive relationships. “I like the family value of it,” she says. “When you curl, it’s one big family. I go to the rink and everyone knows my name, that’s probably the best part of it all.”

Curling is a social sport.  Hard feelings between opponents and poor sportsmanship are very rare. As Rae-Ann describes the pleasant nature of her sport, it becomes obvious why it is one of Canada’s most celebrated sports. “Curling is very much of a friendly game. It’s competitive, but it’s friendly. You’re always talking with the other skip when you’re out there. It’s very much a manner game. It’s taught me respect and good manners. Respect for the team we’re playing.”

Just like any sport, it’s important to make healthy choices in order to perform at a peak level. Rae-Ann knows that nutritious foods are the fuel that will keep her going while she’s on the ice.  “Proper nutrition is very important,” explains Rae-Ann. “Sometimes we’ll have up to two or three games a day. You need to be eating right to be able to withstand two and a half hours of curling, especially for the sweepers, which is very important because it keeps you awake and full of energy.”

Rae-Ann would like to thank her friends and family for their support and her coach Wayne Michaluk for his dedication to the curling team.  “Our coach was a big part of all this. He’s the one that got us up every Saturday morning at nine o’clock to come out to practice and for strategy lessons. He’s the one that booked all the nutrition dates for us. He was a big, big help.”

True Sport wishes Rae-Ann the best of success at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, and in the future!