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Women's Basketball Canadian Tour

Vancouver, British Columbia -

DIARY ? Day 6 (8/21/99) - Jill Blazek

Not wanting to waste any time on our last day in Vancouver, Whitney, Kelly and I decided to go to the Vancouver Aquarium. Everyone else decided to sleep in so we decided to get up at 9:00 so we had plenty of time to see everything. We got misleading directions from some man on the street so we decided to take a cab instead of walking.

As we walked through the aquarium I was so amazed, Kelly was laughing at me because I was taking pictures of everything. There was a Beluga Whale show that we saw at the end or our tour. We picked the perfect spot to sit as everyone around us got soaked. I love to see ocean life and I'm going to have a ton of pictures to prove it!

We just beat Simon Fraser for the third time, 74-66. We got down again but we made a comeback. It wasn't pretty, but we pulled it out.

It has been a great trip thus far, filled with many great and funny memories. The team unity has been extremely positive for us as we go into another season in a couple of months. I will cherish these memories and good times with my teammates, my friends, for the rest of my life.

- Jill Blazek, #11

DIARY ? Day 6 (8/21/99) - Assistant Coach Angela Jackson Jackson

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. Although I have been to numerous cities that are considered to be a ?tourist attraction?, I don't believe I have really been able to appreciate the scenery.

As you may already know, it rains the majority of the time, although the sun has shined since we arrived. It is very green with countless beautiful trees. To see the sun shine off the waterfalls seems to have a calming effect on me. Watching the sun set behind the mountains with snow on the peaks seems so unnatural. Beauty is the only word I can use to describe it.

When we decided to take this tour, we figured we would also take the opportunity to learn more about each other. Becky Cummings is the adventurous one. Maxann Reese doesn't take risk, or to be blunt, is the scared one. One of the fulfilling experiences has been to watch Nikki, Becky, Maxann and Kristen interact with their families. In this setting, Vancouver seems to be like ?magic?.

Today is the first day there was no planned tour for sightseeing. I took the opportunity to sleep in and take some time for myself. However, I did go back to Robson Street for souvenir t-shirts, for my friends and family. I am known as the t-shirt queen. Anytime I go somewhere, I come back with an arm full of t-shirts. That way no one will ask to wear mine.

I knew we were lodging in a four star hotel, so this is where I was going to start my rigid workout routine. I was correct in assuming that the work out facilities were going to be top notch. The only problem is I have just heard about it. I feel I have gotten my workouts in though. I have hiked six miles around Stanley Park and walked to Gastown and back to the hotel which is roughly four miles. Lastly, I hiked around Whistler Mountain. I'm not sure the workouts are what I had in mind, but it is the most consistent workout I've had all year.

To sum up my journal, I promised myself that when we got to Vancouver I was going to take the games as extra practice. Work on the things we wanted to do or correct for the 1999-2000 season. Although I know it is August and that these games don't count against our won-loss record, I am still very competitive. When it comes down to it, I don't like to lose, even in August.

- A.J.



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