This summer I was fortunate enough to land my dream co-op placement as an intern with Canada Basketball. It was the perfect combination of basketball and technical skills that I’ve been yearning for… and most importantly, it was the summer for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Going into my work term I was eager to learn what my working hours would consist of. I am so thankful for the amazing supervisor that I have (the assistant coach of the Women’s National Team) and the great staff that made my transition welcoming & smooth. Three and a half months later, I can confidently say that this has been the most dynamic work experience I’ve ever had. It was a lifestyle to learn from as I could spend half my days in the office and the other half on the court / in the gym.
To have a job like this and gain an insider’s perspective on the growth of Canadian sports was amazing. The Canadian women’s team qualified for this summer’s Olympics at Rio and gave it their all. This team was composed of the world’s top talent and some familiar names if you follow sports. Although they may not have received the result they wanted from the Olympic tournament (narrowly missing out on the semi-finals), they gave it their all and I know they are aware of the great impact they’ve had on Canadians across the world, especially females. It is clear that sports can be used as a catalyst for change in businesses, lifestyle and youth development. Having people with great competitive spirits and character to look up to for the younger generation is an important part of this influence.
All in all, it was a truly remarkable experience and I’m enjoying the last few days of my internship before classes commence again. From a commerce student’s perspective, it was great to see the hard work and immense production that is needed to send out the best athletes in the country to represent you in world competitions. Looking forward to seeing everyone again in the fall and making new connections. If you see me around campus, I’d love to chat DECA/life if you have any questions. Here’s to making the most out of the rest of the summer!