Gold medalist speaks at SC
time Olympic gold medalist Marie-Philip Poulin was the guest speaker at Monday evening’s Spring Athletic Assembly at Stanstead College, where she shared her experiences as a member of Canada’s national women’s hockey team.
Poulin scored the tying goal and overtime winner in Canada’s gold-medal game against Team USA at Sochi 2014 as well as the winning goal in Canada’s Vancouver 2010 gold-medal performance. Studying at Boston University, she was recently named captain of the BU Terriers for the 2014-15 season.
A native of Beauceville, Quebec, Poulin told the students about watching the 2002 Olympics and knowing in her heart that one day she would be there. She also knew that she would have to work for it.
Part of the work was learning English, which was tougher at times than training for hockey, she said. But being able to speak two languages, she said, was incredibly important.
Poulin took a year off of her studies to train for the 2014
Olympics, just part of the mental, physical and financial sacrifices that amateur athletes make. All that work led to the final gold medal game at Sochi, where Canada found itself down 2-0 with five minutes left to go.
“One game, 60 minutes, and you can see your dreams disappear,” she said. “But we never stopped believing in each other. The confidence we had as a team kept us going.”
Poulin told the students to surround themselves with good people. Embrace stress and use it to their advantage. And remember the people who pushed you through the tough times.
“Remember at the end of the day why you started,” she said.
Poulin was introduced by friend and former Team Canada teammate Sarah Vaillancourt, who has two gold medals of her own (Vancouver 2010, Turin 2006) and is now head coach of girls hockey at Stanstead College.
The evening also saw the presentation of athletic awards for the spring sports term.
Jordan Norris of Ogden, Que. won the Donald Ross Trophy for senior boys rugby for his skill, speed and explosive power. Jessica Tomeo of Hatley, Que. won the Roger Marino Cup as the controlling force behind the success of the senior girls rugby team. The two also received Major S awards.
Major S awards in rugby also went to Jacob HochstrasserBorsari of Newport, Vt. for hisdedication as a student of the game, and to Malcolm Wood-Downey of Magog, Que. for being such a critical role player on the team the past four years as well as a superior representative Stanstead College rugby. The final Major S for rugby went to Emily Norris of Ogden, Que., whose hands were all over virtually every single try the team scored.
A Major S was also handed out in tennis to Chris Smith of Orford, Que. who had an impeccable season as the top male player. He and Paulina Guerra of Plano, Texas won the Tennis Shield for 2014.
Senior S awards for rugby went to Grant Baird of Ottawa, Ont.; Grenville Lines of Pembroke, Bermuda; Roger Peng of Taichung, Taiwan; Geneviève Quirion of Lac-Mégantic, Que.; Carly Standish-Wallis of Ayer’s Cliff, Que.; and Julia Gilpin of Wemindji, Que.
The Sportsmanship Award for senior boys rugby went to Ray LePabic of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The senior girls rugby Sportsmanship Award went to Jacqueline Zhang of Yantei, China.
Senior S awards for tennis were presented to Paulina Guerra, Gemma MacDonald of Mt. Steward, PEI, and Alex Dejordy-Butler of St-Charles-de-Richelieu, Que.
Athletic Director Rob Fisk is seen here with the winner of the Ella Hoy Trophy,
Olympic gold medalist Marie-Philip Poulin, who scored the winning goal in the Women’s hockey final in Sochi, spoke at Stanstead College’s Athletic Assembly.
Alex McKinney, seen here with Robert Fisk, was awarded the Reg Newton Trophy.