Joelle Young signs letter of intent (Brad Dalke photo)
Kamloops, BC—usually when you think of a Thompson Rivers University WolfPack athlete from Fort McMurray, Alberta you associate them with the baseball program.
But going into the Fall 2016 sports season, you can add swimming to the list of sports Fort McMurray student/athletes are involved with at TRU. Head coach Brad Dalke and the WolfPack are pleased to welcome Joelle Young to the fold effective September 1st.
She is a 100 and 200 meter breaststroke specialist who also swims the 200 meter Individual Medley. “The reason I chose Thompson Rivers is because it wasn’t like any other school,” Young said when asked about why she is coming to Kamloops. “I had heard great things from people who have attended TRU and heard how good the teachers are. When I toured the campus, I met a few teachers and went to classes. It was amazing.”
The 5’3” Young will be taking courses aimed at earning a Bachelor of Arts at TRU.
“The school felt like a perfect fit,” she added. “The campus is beautiful. It’s a great facility at the training centre (Canada Games Aquatic Centre at the Tournament Capital Centre). I loved training at the pool. A lot of the time I was touring around, I had never been to Kamloops before so I was amazed at how nice it was.”
Young was looking at the University of Alberta, the University of Manitoba and her hometown Keyano College.
She has been swimming competitively for 11 years, mostly under the direction of her mother Carla who is a coach with the Young Aquatic club in Fort McMurray. She is looking forward to working with Coach Dalke: “ I have done well over the years being coached by my mother but I believe Brad is an amazing coach and runs a great program. I have only heard great things about him and I cannot wait to training through him. I think a change in coaches is a great opportunity and will be a good change.”
“I feel my strengths are that I don’t like to quit when I start something,” she says. “I’m always determined to keep going even if I have a bad race. I go back to training wanting my goals more than ever.”
During her visit to Kamloops, Joelle trained with returning swimmers Jagdeesh Uppal (Kamloops, BC) and Taylor Carmichael (Merritt, BC). “They were so nice,” she said. “I can’t wait to train with them full time.”
Says coach Dalke: “This young lady is a Breaststroke specialist who has a great deal of athletic ability. In Fort McMurray, she split her time between playing ringette and swimming. She has a great attitude and possess an excellent work ethic. We’re really excited to have her swimming with TRU.”
The WolfPack’s other committed swimmer for the 2016-17 Canada West season is Gabrielle Dagasso (free/butterfly, Kamloops, BC-St. Ann’s Academy/Kamloops Classics swim club).