Natalia Garriock — Top 20 Valley Youth Athlete 2013

Duncan Stingrays
Duncan Stingrays' swimmer Natalia Garriock.
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1. Detail your proudest sports moment of 2013.

2. What’s the most unexpected or surprising thing that happened to you in your sport?

3. Who’s the individual or team you compete against in your sport that you admire most and why?

4. Who’s a favourite athlete or role model?

5. What things have you given up or aspirations set aside in order to achieve your success?

6. How do you see your experiences in sports impacting your adult life?



1. This past summer I placed sixth in the country at Age Group Nationals in my favourite event, 50-metre butterfly. My goal going into nationals was to either make the podium or achieve my Senior National Qualifying Time. The 50m fly was my last event of the meet and I was yet to meet my goal. After my race, I was a little disappointed by my sixth place finish, however I got my Senior National Qualifying time by 0.02 of a second. By getting my senior National time I can now race at World Trials in April.


2. Winning the B final at Western Canadian Championships in February and peeling off more than a second in my best event. I dropped from a 1:04.69 to a 1:03.53 in the 100m butterfly.The World Trials Qualifying time (1:02.52) seemed in arms reach.


3. Ever since I was 10, I have had a rivalry with a girl down in Victoria, Heidi. Our first race together was a 200 I.M. and we both had great races. However, she out-touched me by less then a second. Since then I have been trying to catch her. She is always just one step ahead of me. She loves to compete and is one of the best racers I have ever met.


4. Usain Bolt. He knows how to win better than anyone I have ever seen in a sport. He believes he is the best and works hard for it. Not only is he a great competitor but he keeps his sport fun. He is always laughing and joking even at huge events like the Olympics or Worlds.


5. Balancing a social life with school and sport can sometimes be impossible. By training six to seven times a week you don’t have the time to do things your friends can. Missing out on social aspects of life was hard but giving up track was the hardest choice I’ve had to make. When I got older swimming and track practices would clash so I had to choose between the two.


6. By competing at a high level  I have been recognized by many college coaches down in the States. I signed and achieved a very high athletic scholarship down in Florida at Saint Leo University for four years. Along with getting a college degree, swimming has taught me discipline, time management skills, handling stress, not settling for second best and how to work hard for something you really want.

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