- by Sharon Loewen
Join us for the following events!
Get your guess on. Can you guess how many squash balls, tennis balls and badminton birdies are in the jar? Closest wins a prize, and if you guess the exact number, you get a BONUS PRIZE
You have all day to try your skill at Plinko and win some prizes! Everyone wins a prize. Then head to Tipsy Yoga at 7:30 pm. It is $20 and you can register at the Front Desk
10:00 am-12:00 pm - GREEN CARROT JUICE SAMPLES (also soon to be available in the Ice Café!)
4:00-6:00 pm - UPC DINNER AND WINE SAMPLES & TRY OUT OUR NEW BEER FLIGHTS AT OUR BEER FLIGHT BAR IN THE LOBBY!
Check out our pop up shop in the Aquatics Lounge today with Soul Stoked, Young Living Oils, Zuieke Clothing, and Sugarplum Craft Show table
5:00-7:00 pm - Don't miss a WWC private shopping event at Interior Illusions with complimentary drinks and appetizers. They are located at 100 Princess St. The invitation is attached and guests are welcome to join you!
Think you can beat our Management Team in a basketball shooting contest!? Just try it.
10:00-10:30 - Challenge Squash Pro, Trevor
10:30-11:30 - Challenge Membership Director, Sharon
11:30-12:00 - Challenge Jessica and Jeff
4:00-5:00 - Challenge Tennis Pro, Peter and General Manager, Rob
5:00-6:00 - Challenge Aquatics Supervisor, Christine (Don't think she can beat you while pregnant!? Think again!)
KIDS, dress up in your Halloween costumes today for a Halloween scavenger hunt, colouring contest and costume family skate!
FAMILY CARNIVAL! Features bouncy castles, and fun fun games! $20 and you need to register at the Front Desk in advance!
Don't forget, members can bring guests for free all week!
- by Sharon Loewen
Thank you to everyone who referred their friends, family and peers to our complimentary 60 day VIP Member trial in September. We had 30 VIP’s join us for a complimentary trial membership in September. Many of you might have joined our Club after taking part in our Trial and I’m sure you have found that having 2 months to try it out has been a great way to realize how this Club works for you and your family.
We take your referrals as a personal compliment, as we know that our members are more than happy to send people our way if you are satisfied with what we offer. We not only enjoy getting this validation, but it warms our heart that our members can enjoy everything they love at the Club, with their friends. I enjoy seeing our members play tennis together, join a yoga class together, or enjoy a class of wine while watching swimming lessons. (You can do that here? Yes you can!)
At the end of the day, you are better at marketing our Club than I am (but don’t be trying to steal my day job!) because you are living & breathing it.
Thank you, and congratulations to those who will be receiving $200 in Club Bucks next month with their referral joining the Club!
- by Sharon Loewen
I recently read a quote from LA Clippers Basketball player Blake Griffin. "You have to fall in love with the process of becoming great". It's a great insight into how much work goes into one moment. If you are a 100m world champion sprinter, it's a year of work for 9.7 seconds. If you are an MLB player, it's 4 months of preparation and spring training for 162 Games. Either way, the work and preparation required should be motivating & invigorating. So let's make it fun! Our friends at Evolution Hockey embrace this philosophy by having their hockey players cross train in Tennis, Badminton and Squash. It's so great to see them enjoy the competition and have fun with something new. I encourage all of our members to try to something new at our Club! You never know, it is likely to improve your game, hand eye coordination, or just reinvigorate your love of sport and competition.
MEMBER APPRECIATION WEEK
We are excited to have some fun from October 21st - 27th! Stay tuned for details.
- by Sharon Loewen
I read a great tweet recently that I wanted to share:
“In youth sports, every good team needs more than talent. Each player should be valued by coaches/parents for what they bring- it could be heart, vision, consistency, work ethic, leadership, character, determination, humility or building confidence in teammates. That all matters.”
This was from Michael Langlois (@prospectcomm), founder of Prospect Communications Inc. and is an issues and media advisor for clients including athletes, coaches and amateur sports organizations.
It has me thinking about value. About what you bring to the table. We are living in a world where there is a lot of pressure to win, to be the best. In many cases, kids and adults are setting unattainable goals that inevitably lead to burnout, disappointment, overtraining and injuries and then leaving a sport that they are skilled at and gave them so much joy at one time in their life. I also hear a lot of ‘I’m not good enough’. Not good enough to go to Yoga, or a spin class, or Adult Tennis night?
Instead of thinking about how you can’t beat one of your training partners, think about what value you bring to the group, and use it!
When I started training as a track and field athlete I was told that I was a shot putter- based on my body type. I was strong, not thin. I was determined to be a sprinter though. So I trained for both. I worked with our group on the track and was inevitably at the back of the pack. But I worked hard and finished the practice, and then moved to shot put at the end of my running practice while everyone went home. I continually raced but never made a final. Then one day, I broke through. I ran a race and beat my training partners and I never looked back. You see, I brought value to our training group through consistently pushing them to be better, and through that, I gained value by always trying to be better. By the time I was in University track and field, I was the hardest worker and saw the results. Through it all, I never took a single one of my training partners or competitors for granted, because I know one day they would break through. So we worked off each other, and we were stronger individually, and as a whole.
So when you are playing that game of badminton, trying to get to that goal squat weight in the gym or hoping to achieve that ace in tennis, remember the value you brought to the table and what your training partners and workout buddies bring to you. Because it all matters, and leads to greatness, in one form or another.
NATIONAL COACHES WEEK SEPTEMBER 21st - 29th, 2019
Thank you to all of our coaches at the WWC especially our Head Professionals and their coaching assistants!
Elliott Beals and Thien Vo in Badminton
Trevor Borland, Nichole Mailey and Anika Alexander in Squash
Peter Otto, Olga Berdynskykh, Angela Earl, Robert Kennedy, Iverson Guan & Ekaterina Zhupanova in Tennis
Sarah Low-Ying, Debbie Synkiw, Christelle Gregorchuk & Kevin Dawe in Figure Skating
And to all the other coaches out there working hard to help their athletes, many on a volunteer basis!
Thank you for all that you do.
- by Sharon Loewen
Did you know that September 15th was ‘Terry Fox Day’? I wanted to reflect on Terry, what he has done, and how we can keep his memory and legacy going, in our lives and our Club.
“Today we got up at 4:00 am. As usual, it was tough. If I died, I would die happy because I was doing what I wanted to do. How many people could say that? I went out and did fifteen push-ups in the road and took off. I want to set an example that will never be forgotten.” ~ Terry Fox
Growing up in Thunder Bay Ontario, I was always very aware of Terry Fox’s story. Terry unfortunately had to end his marathon of hope 18 miles outside of Thunder Bay, and succumbed to his disease shortly after. There is a monument of Terry that overlooks beautiful Lake Superior. It is a tourist destination but also a place to do some reflection. As I age, I fondly remember visiting Terry’s monument and what he fought for. Terry’s marathon of hope started in St. Johns New Brunswick in 1980 but continues to inspire millions and millions every year. When I think about overcoming injury, or finishing that tough workout, or building up the motivation to even get to the gym, I should think about Terry. He ran the equivalent of a full marathon every day with an artificial leg. He ran in pain, and unbeknownst to him, with cancer spreading to his lungs. He stopped because he had to, not because he wanted to.
To honour Terry’s legacy, I believe he would want us to fight. Fight for cancer survivors, fight for cancer research, and fight every day as we try to beat our personal goals like he did. You don’t have to run a marathon every day to make a difference, in your own life and others.
“I’ve said to people before that I’m going to do my very best to make it, I’m not going to give up. But I might not make it… if I don’t, the Marathon of Hope better continue.” ~Terry Fox
Maybe next year we will run our own WWC Terry Fox Run, and honour Terry’s legacy. What do you think?