2011Nov 8

SPAD Student Kendra Lilly – Setting Goals for Success

By SPAD Blogger Andrew Berlingieri

SPAD 3rd Year Student

Kendra Lilly shares her love of curling

Kendra Lilly was born in raised in Sudbury, Ontario and is the skip of her junior curling team. Kendra has won numerous championships and competed in the top curling events across the country at her age. Kendra is a tremendous all around athlete playing soccer, volleyball, track and field, badminton, tennis, flag football, basketball, and of course curling. Kendra recently was asked to speak at a Luncheon known as Guts and Glory. The luncheon has become very popular and is currently in its six year. Below, SPAD gets the opportunity to better know Kendra.

Q. How did you hear/get invited to the Guts and Glory Luncheon?

I found out about the Luncheon because Professor Church mentioned to me that they were looking for a local athlete, involved in the sport of curling. Professor Church put my name forward, and then Randy Pascal emailed me and formally invited me to speak at the event.

Q. What interested you in curling? Why did you choose curling as your sport?

When I was younger I tried almost every sport out there, and at age 4 I started curling. The first team that I was on consisted of 3 of my best friends, so we really enjoyed curling with each other. As I got older, I realized that I loved how much thinking goes into each game that I played. Every game situation is different, and I love how much of a mental game curling is. Figuring out what angles you have to hit rocks at, what shots to play, and the speed and curl of the ice are all aspects of curling that I love.

Q. What have you accomplished with regards to your curling career?

I am a 2 time Provincial Bantam Champion (2007 & 2008), silver medalist at the Ontario Winter Games (2008), 3 time Northern Ontario Junior Women’s Champion (2009-2011), and bronze medalist at the 2010 Junior Nationals.

Q. It was noted that you played many other sports throughout high school; do you think these sports helped you become the curler you are today?

I believe that all the other sports I played kept me physically active, which helped me become a better curler. Also, playing these sports and being faced with win or lose situations, allowed me to practice dealing with my emotions with pressure situations. Keeping your emotions in control in curling is crucial to making shots, and playing many other sports being faced with game changing situations has helped me not be nervous when faced with these types of situations.

Q. What has sport, or more specifically, curling in general taught you as a person?

SPAD wishes Kendra good luck on her season!!

Curling has taught me to become better at time management. Our team travels out of town up to 5 or 6 times a year, so I have to at least one day of classes each time. In the past, when we have gone to Nationals, I have had to miss over a week of classes. This forces me to be independent and get my work done in between games or when I have any spare time. Without time management skills, I would not be able to balance curling and school. Curling has also taught me to keep calm under pressure. Having to throw a shot for the win countless times has helped me keep my nerves under control and be able to perform well under pressure.

Q. Is there anyone that you look up to, who has helped you through your curling experience?

I have had 4 coaches now throughout my curling career and without them, I would not have achieved what I have today. They donated countless hours of their time to the teams I played on, and gave up time with their family and friends to travel to competitions with my team. All my coaches have not only sound technical skills, but also knew a lot about the sport regarding strategy, which has helped me become the curler I am today.

Q. What is your favourite memory/moment from curling?

My favorite moment in curling was at the medal ceremony at the 2010 Junior Nationals when my team was presented our bronze medals. After losing the semi final game and being so disappointed in ourselves, it was nice to celebrate our success over the week. At the time, losing the semi final game was devastating, but looking back now, I am very proud of what my team achieved over the week.

Q. If you could give advice to athletes or curlers in Canada, what would you tell them?

I would say that setting goals is crucial if you want your team to succeed. All my coaches have put an emphasis on setting short and long-term goals so you are able to measure your success. Setting goals forces you to have something to work towards and makes it easier for your team to determine what is limiting you from reaching you goals, and then being able to fix those mistakes.

Kendra will go on to the OVCA Junior SuperSpiel, which takes place in Ottawa, Ontario. From there Kendra will then go to Inter-Regions in hopes of successfully advancing to provincials. On behalf of SPAD we wish Kendra the best of luck

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