AST Athlete Journal: Alyssa Hill

With Covid on the rise in Calgary, there was a lot of pressure on us to keep up our Covid protocols during our races in Panorama this past week. Racing is usually a fairly social event for the Alberta Ski Team, as it is one of the few times we get to see our friends from other provinces. While they were still there, we had to be mindful to keep our distance despite our desire to go back to normal. We were all just happy to be able to race, and I would like to thank Panorama and volunteers for putting the race on responsibly and safely. It was great mentally for us to get back into the swing of things in a safe way, and was super fun too! I am very grateful that we do an outdoor sport and were still able to race while staying healthy and safe while following all the protocols put in place. Each team had a different area of the corral and kept far apart from one another, all volunteers wore masks, and all athletes wore masks until we were in the start. As athletes we are continuing to be extremely mindful of the privilege we have of continuing to train in such a difficult time, and are continuing to be safe and social distance whenever possible, and wear masks when not. We now have a large training block coming up since provincial restrictions have solidified, and the whole team is extremely grateful for our opportunities to train in a safe environment, thanks to Alberta Alpine and Panorama. Looking forward to a good Christmas training session, and wishing all those reading a safe and happy holiday season!