ST. GEORGE – St. George local Drew Frost and her soccer teammates finished in sixth place, improving the previous team’s 10th place finish at the last Canada Summer Games.
“It was fun. I loved it,” said Frost. “(The coaches) were pretty proud.”
They started off the tournament playing Team Nova Scotia, who Frost said they hadn’t beaten previously. They tied that game at zero.
They faced off against Team British Columbia in their final match of the tournament. It was a tough game that they struggled through, ending their time at the Canada Games held in Niagara, Ont.
In eight days, they played four games, leaving the team some free time to explore the area and meet athletes from around the country.
“We went everywhere together, we didn’t really leave each others’ sides,” said Frost. “Pin trading with people from other provinces was a lot of fun. It got pretty competitive.”
Pin trading primarily occurred in the area between residences where various athletes gathered, according to Frost. Exchanging your province’s pin with athletes across all sporting events has become increasingly popular at national and international competitions.
The trading starts conversation between athletes, forming connections that enrich the experience of competitions like the Canada Games.
Though the soccer field required light travel from where the team stayed, many parents made the trip to Niagara to support Team NB, including Frost’s. Most Team NB athletes were preoccupied with their own busy schedules, leaving scarce gaps to watch their fellow provincial teammates compete.
“Not many people get this opportunity. I was thankful I got to go,” she said. “I got home, and I just didn’t want to be home, I wanted to be in Niagara Falls.”
The 2022 Canada Summer Games were likely the only Canada Games Frost will experience as she will soon age out.