2011Jan 26

SPAD Student Athlete: Kendra Lilly curling her way to the top!

By: Cole Julien – SPAD Blogger

Kendra Lilly, 2nd Year SPAD student sizes up the shot

Kendra Lilly is a 2nd year Sports Administration student and is the skip for the Laurentian Varsity Curling team, but that’s not all. Kendra is also ranked as one of the top junior curlers in Canada and has represented Northern Ontario at Junior Curling Nationals for the past two consecutive years and will do so again this year. I was lucky enough to sit down and interview Miss Lilly and ask her some questions about the game of curling.

Q: How old were you when you started curling and what inspired you to continue curling at a competitive level?

A: I started curling when I was 5 years old, and I continued to curl because I enjoyed the game and probably more than anything because I’m a very competitive person.

Q: What is it that you like most about curling?

A: I guess the thing that I like most about curling is that it gives me opportunities to travel all over the country, and that it requires a lot of thinking and strategy so every game is different.

Q: What is like to compete at the National level?

A: It feels pretty amazing representing your province at the national level. The atmosphere is much different than any other event, and curling 12 or more games in a week can make for a very tiring week. All in all, it’s a very exciting event and I hope to be back next year representing Northern Ontario once again.

Kendra is competing at Nationals this week- Go Kendra!!

Q: What would you say is your greatest curling achievement?

A: My greatest curling achievement would have to be placing 3rd at last years nationals in Quebec.

Q: What does the future hold for you in curling?

A: Next year is my last year of juniors so I hope to make it back to Nationals. After that, I will probably take the year off because of my internship/fieldtrip, and the following year I hope to play on a competitive women’s team.

Kendra will be competing in this years Junior Curling Nationals in Calgary, Alberta from January 29th – February 6th. On behalf of SPAD I would like to wish Team Lilly good luck throughout the weeklong event.

**You can follow Kendra and the rest of Team Lilly throughout the National Competition at http://www.curling.ca/championships/juniors/

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