My journalism career has come full circle.
When I began pursuing the option of print journalism as a career, I was a first-year student at the College of New Caledonia. The year was 2000 and I had recently completed my high school education at DP Todd Secondary School.
Here I am, seven years later, back in my hometown, only this time with a Bachelor of Journalism Degree and a couple full-time jobs already under my belt. What happened between the fall of 2000 and the present is five years, or 10 semesters of post secondary education, including the final three years completing my degree program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. I’ve also been through two one-year newspaper stints, beginning at the Lacombe Globe, a weekly newspaper in Alberta, and more recently the Williams Lake Tribune.
While some people treat a return home as a step back, I see it as a move in the right direction.
The obvious difference separating Prince George from my two previous stops is the larger population, but that’s not the only aspect about Prince George that makes it appealing for any sports thirsty reporter.
With two junior hockey teams, basketball at the University of Northern British Columbia and volleyball at the College of New Caledonia I’m already breaking a sweat. That covers just a portion of the sports scene in this city, as all the major sports and a variety of secondary activities have a presence here.
Like other cities of similar size, Prince George has proven it has the ability to host top notch sporting competitions and its done so in a northern climate. Most recently the CN Centre played host to the 2007 RBC Royal Bank Cup. Next month the Aquatic Centre is hosting the B.C. Summer Swimming Provincials while next year the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre, a new state-of-the-art facility slated to open in September, is hosting the provincial B.C. Colleges Athletic Association basketball championships for men and women.
My interest in sports may not come as a surprise to those who know me. For as long as I can remember I’ve followed sports. I can remember watching Joe Carter on the television screen jumping around the bases after hitting the winning home run in the 1993 World Series, even though I was only 11 years old at the time. I can recall the excitement in B.C. less than a year later when the Vancouver Canucks made their last run to the National Hockey League final.
On many days, I’m a walking sports advertisement. My wardrobe at home features a variety of sports shirts. I have hats, jackets and other memorabilia of my favourite teams. And I’m passionate about those teams.
I also don’t shy away from playing sports. I’m aware many sports reporters are stereotyped as jocks and I won’t deny the fact I am. Growing up in this town I played such sports as fastball, volleyball, golf and tennis.
My role at the Free Press is to report on the sports scene in this city. While watching sports comes naturally for me, I’ll also do my best to show you I can make a pretty decent sports reporter as well.
If you have any sports tips you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 564-0005 Ext. 108.