The end of 2019 is right around the corner. As many of us say, I can’t believe another year has passed. Even more so the older we get the faster it all seems to move, especially if we have kids. With the advent of a new year and new decade I sit down and think about what the last 365 days have brought.
There were a lot of highlights this year, a number of challenges, some set backs, and some successes along the way. 2019 started with the launch of my first youth Floorball league. I’ve been teaching classes for years and had grown the demand and interest to a point where the league was the next step. While it was a small turnout I was very pleased to see it happen, and to see the kids grow and evolve. The biggest part of this was how much fun the kids had. This was an important step because part of my goal is to build leagues in addition to classes. Overall seeing more kids participate in programs throughout the year has been a highlight.
Later on in the year I was honored to be invited to the U19 World Floorball Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I was honored to be included in the event not only as a spectator but to be there to help promote the sport in Canada. As part of the festivities I was able to run a few clinics for kids in the area. The highlight was cheering on the amazing athletes, and partake in an amazing event.
I was also honored to present at the National Parks and Recreation Association’s National Conference in Baltimore. Throughout my career in recreation I’ve been able to attend a number of recreation conferences, but this was my first National conference, and first time presenting. This was a wonderful experience and a great way to connect with other parks and recreation professionals. It didn’t hurt that the keynote was Hall of Fame Baseball player Cal Ripken Jr.
The biggest challenge to the year was deciding to launch my own line of branded Floorball sticks. I think there’s a lot of value in having more Floorball brands out there, and in a new market that’s even more important. Each brand brings with it their own voice, style, and approach. While I may not agree with others on their approach, the key is having multiple voices out there. My main approach has been to focus on education, instruction, and development of the sport. I’ve done this by providing a variety of resources in the hopes of helping others learn, teach, and play Floorball. The addition of retail allows me to better serve customers. The support from people within my community has been wonderful. Seeing kids who are in my programs get excited about it has been a blessing.
There’s a lot more to come in 2020 and I’m excited for what’s to come. I thank everyone for following along and for their support. I hope I’ve brought value to you and I hope my work is helping get more people involved in Floorball. I’m passionate about this sport and I love the journey I’m on. If there’s a way I can help you please let me know. Here’s to a new year!