Lacrosse Boot Camp

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Lacrosse Quest 24


  • Start: 7.00pm Friday April 27th 2012

  • Finish: 7.00pm Saturday April 28th 2012

  • Location:South Fish Creek Recreational Centre, Calgary

  • RTP Fundraising Target: $50,000

  • RTP Fundraising Actual: $1,510

This was going to be the week of lacrosse. First I had to get some gear then it was a week at Springbank for "Lacrosse Boot Camp". On Thursday I was meeting with the Lacrosse Quest 24 committee and on Saturday it was off to the Dome for a Roughnecks game.

Monday morning I was down at Edge Sports in Cochrane. The previous Saturday, Gord told me to come back at the beginning of the week and he would see what he could do. I met him in the shop and I emptied out my hockey bag. He just shook his head. My shoulder pads were from the 1930's and my elbow pads wouldn't fit a 9 year old. I also had to change my mask from hockey to lacrosse. By the time we were done Gord had kitted me out in a new set of shoulder pads, arm slash guards, wrist protectors and lacrosse gloves. The new gear felt great and I was ready for action.

I went home and showed Sue. She was very impressed. My first session of "Lacrosse Boot Camp" was at 2.00pm at the school and I didn't want to be late. I arrived at Springbank at 1.30pm and met Katie. Katie is a phys-ed teacher and has been a great supporter of Marathon Quest 250. It took me 20 minutes to get all the gear on and in the correct order but I was ready to go. I marched out onto the gym floor and was a little surprised. All the grade 10 students were wearing shorts and T-shirts. No shoulder pads, elbow pads or kidney guards. No problem.

We started off with some warm ups and then it was on to skills training. Katie has asked Kyle to be my personal trainer. Kyle is a talented player and he showed me how to catch the ball, cradle it and shoot. We played a game and the kids were terrific. I went home full of enthusiasm and Sue motioned that I sounded like I used to sound after coming home from a marathon at a school.

There wasn't much to rest however. Sue was off to England for three weeks and I had to get her to the airport. She was heading over for three reasons: to see Calum in London, visit my sister Sally on Dartmoor but most importantly spend time with my mum, Terryanne. I dropped Sue off, gave her a big kiss and then it was home for a hot tub. My muscles were killing me.

The rest of the week went by in a flash. Every day it was off to Springbank for "The School of Lacrosse". Kyle had me shooting at targets and running passing drills. I took face offs and played goalie. Friday came and Jeremy from the Cochrane Eagle came out and took some shots. My week was over and I wished Kyle all the best in his lacrosse try-outs.

My lacrosse week was complete with a trip to the Dome on Saturday and a Calgary vs Edmonton game. Shawn Cable, one of the organizers of Lacrosse Quest 24, had lined up a box and we all met at the Loungeburger before the game. My buddy Lau and Jeremy came with me. It was Lau's first game and he's thinking of signing up to play in Lacrosse Quest 24. If he did it would be his second Guinness World Record after Netball Quest 61. The game was pretty even until the fourth quarter when the Roughnecks "Crushed the Rush" and won 16-9. All in all, an excellent week of lacrosse.

Quote of the Day

"Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries"
James Mitchener

Lacroose Boot Camp at Springbank School with my personal trainer Kyle

Lacrosse Boot Camp

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