Olympic women and college women have lot in common

Kylie MacHattie
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This past Olympics the women were a force to be reckoned with. In terms of medal haul, the Canadian women owned the podium. The Canadian women's curling team set an Olympic record for no losses during the entire tournament, the women's hockey team struck gold yet again, and the women proved themselves to be just as daring in the snowboarding, skiing and skating events.

Summerside's own Heather Moyse made Olympic history as a repeat gold medalist in the women's bobsleigh. At the College of Piping we crowded around the television quite anxious and nervous and watched her runs. I'm sure our cheers could be heard as far as Sochi (along with the rest of Summerside).

The Canadian women not only made a nation proud but set a new standard internationally. The polite nation as we're known for, suddenly wasn't so sorry anymore. Their strong results are the product of a lot of dedication and determination. 

A similar resolve has resulted in a lot of success for women at the college. Sarah Simpson, a piper, was the only invited female player at two amateur solo piping contests last year. These two contests only invite the top 10 amateur players in North America.

Two years ago she also won the CLASP contest in Scotland. This contest is an open amateur contest, which has competitors from not only Scotland but Europe and North America, too. This August Sarah will compete at the MacGregor contest in Oban, Scotland. This is the most prestigious piping event held for people under the age of 22. 

Our Highland dance instructor, Kearsney Smith, has won the South African national championships multiple times and has done very well at the World Championships in Cowal, Scotland. I suppose technically she is not a Canadian citizen, but she is definitely an adopted Canadian and a big player at the college.

These are just two examples of many strong women and girls at the college. Well over half of our students are female, and there are plenty of rising stars coming up. Competitors like Sarah and Kearsney inspire them, just as a nation has been inspired by our Olympic women like Heather Moyse.

Canadian girls rock! 

Organizations: College of Piping, Sarah

Geographic location: Summerside, Scotland, North America Europe Oban Cowal

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