Student Athlete Feature: Emily Power
Meet Emily Power, a student athlete.
In this sixth student athlete feature, we introduce you to Emily Power – a third-year Biological Science student at the University of Guelph, and a player on the Guelph Gryphons women’s lacrosse team.
Tomas Karageorgos is the sports reporter for EMERGE News NOW, and conducted a Q&A with Emily to talk about how she has been staying active during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What was your routine like, pre-pandemic?
When we’re in season, which is during first semester, we practice Monday through Friday for two hours every day. For games on the weekend we either play on Saturday or Sunday – and whatever day we play on, we would have two games on the same day.
How did you balance school and lacrosse?
It’s a little difficult but I think it was harder adjusting to it in first year – on top of adjusting to university, prioritizing what you’re doing. Missing class isn’t going to help anyone, but it doesn’t help when you’re already trying to keep up with things. The key was being in class and then just making sure I can get ahead of my assignments wherever I can.
How have you been keeping in touch with your coaches?
Right now we don’t have training plans. At the start of first semester we were actually able to practice as a team up until honestly into November, I’m not sure exactly when we had to stop practicing. I have been in contact with my coach Sam and we are getting a program towards more of the end of the semester and for the summer – just to keep up with our fitness with hopes that next fall we’ll be playing again.
What do you miss most about playing?
Definitely just being able to take a break from everything and just going to the field every day and hanging out with all the girls on the team is super enjoyable. Also, a lot of my time spent off the field I also spend with the girls on the team. Not being able to see them as much as I’m used to, it’s hard but we make it work.
What memories will stick with you after you graduate?
I think looking back, you complain when you have those 6 a.m. days at the field, especially when you’re getting later into the season and it’s snowing, freezing cold and you have to wake up at 6 a.m. Or if everyone’s hanging out late at night and you can’t hang out with people because you know you have to wake up. Looking back, I wish we were still having the 6 a.m. practices in order to be able to play. I’d rather take every practice be at 6 a.m. and play rather than not being able to practice and not being able to play – so just appreciating being able to play first of all. And honestly everything, just all the memories with the team, like we’ve had so much fun hanging out together whether it’s at practice or outside practice, during our games at OUA’s.
I just really hope that next year we can play because it could be my last year and it would really suck to only get two years out of it, seeing that it’s that one of my favourite experiences at university so far. I really hope that I get to play again and just make more memories with the team.
Watch Emily’s feature here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o41yvpWwyPE&t=772s