By Naomi Booth
Gina Kawalchuk placed 55th out of a field of 143 competitors at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Championship tournament May 17-20 in Savannah, Georgia, USA. Play was impacted by inclement weather, and the humidity, a hallmark of the deep south, was also a factor for Kawalchuk.
Kawalchuk has been playing since she was a child, when she went golfing with her parents every weekend. She graduated from LCI in Lethbridge and is currently attending the University of Great Falls. Her coach of two years, Nick Jankiewicz, travelled with Kawalchuk to Georgia for the Championship.
Kawalchuk has a great strategy when playing competitively: “Don’t get lost in the pressure, it’s all about the experience gained.” She said that people should play to have fun, simply because, “Everyone plays better when they have fun.”
Competing with yourself is a better approach as you can focus on your personal best, Kawalchuk said, and use the experience to gain better performance as you build on your own skill set.
Kawalchuk will graduate in two years from University of Great Falls, where she is majoring in Elementary Education. Kawalchuk works at Magrath Golf course when on break from university, but she has no firm plans for professional golfing.
At this time of year when farmers are in their fields seeding their crops, it’s important that they remember weed control if they want a good crop. Just like in the fields across Alberta, if taxpayers want a good crop of choices come election time, it’s important to weed out those who wish to be Politicians and leave behind the Statesman that will give them a better chance of principled representation.
A Politician is a person who is experienced in politics and spends much of their time on political affairs; Statesmen on the other hand, are good managers of policy and its effect on the people they represent. Not only are there differences in skill sets between the two, often their intentions can be polar opposite of each other.
Politicians will only debate the cost of a plan or policy; Statesmen question the wisdom and consequences of the plan or policies. Politicians spend a majority of their time justifying to their constituents what they’ve done; Statesmen don’t worry about justification, their only concern is guaranteeing a future for their constituents.
Politicians accept a party ideology without consideration for the long-term effects that it will have on the people they serve – good or bad. Statesmen often exhibit a great deal more ability in directing the affairs of government towards the best interest of their constituents. In matters of great importance to public issues, a Statesman will always put the needs of their constituents and their responsibility to them ahead of party or personal gain.