What is it like to be a multi-sport athlete?

What is it like to be a multi-sport athlete?

Sisters' Kassidy and Kennedy Turcotte play three sports within the ranks of Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC).

If you've ever watched Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder sports, they are familiar faces at the badminton courts, curling rinks and golf links.

But get this, in her first year of post-secondary sport, which was 2015-2016, Kassidy, now 22, also played women's volleyball for the Lakeland College Rustlers. Four sports? Could that be an ACAC record?

Following her cup of coffee with the Rustlers, in which the team qualified for post-season action, Kassidy transferred to Concordia to continue her studies.

Since then, she has golfed her way to women's individual gold in 2019 and back-to-back ACAC silvers in 2016-2018.

In 2017-2018 there was another Turcotte on the golf podium with cousin Hailey Turcotte stepping up for bronze while wearing Grant McEwan University colours.

Kennedy swung her way to silver this year at the ACAC Golf Championships held in Coal Creek Golf Course in Ryley, Alberta, with a three-day total of 245 compared to her sister's 240.

The best finish for Kassidy in her many appearances at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) golf championships was a 9th this past year in October at the Continental GC-St-Laurent in Ste-Victoire De Sorel, Quebec.

She shot a 248 while Kennedy was not far behind at 252 for 12th position in the 22-player field.

Switching over to badminton, It was bronze status in women's singles badminton for Kassidy in 2018-2019 and another bronze in women's doubles with teammate Kaylee Morris at her side. In mixed doubles, it was another bronze in 2017-2018 with Braxton Wong.

A badminton team championship was also won last year by Concordia...so that gives Kennedy also an ACAC medal for the mantelpiece.

The sisters returned to the ACAC Badminton championships, which were held this past weekend at NAIT.

Asked if playing four sports at the collegiate level is unusual, Kassidy replied: "My dad is really athletic, and we had the opportunity to play all of the sports growing up in Falher, Alberta." Kassidy also tumbled her way in gymnastics for 13 years.

Standing only 5-foot-1 ½, Kassidy said: "Good things come in small packages."

Of her venture into the world of a post-secondary student/athlete, Kennedy, 19, and standing 5-foot-2 ½, said, "I really didn't have an idea what I wanted to do (after high school graduation). Then Kassidy said, "Why not come to Concordia, and we can play golf and badminton together?"

Curling was not mentioned until this year. This will be her first year throwing the rocks in the college ranks.

"I curled growing up and my sister. This year she said, "We could use another player, so I pulled out the shoes and broom and started curling."

Up next is the sport of curling with the finals to be held Feb. 28 - Mar. 1, 2020, in Red Deer at the Red Deer Curling Club Pidherney Centre.

"No matter the sport, we play well together. We have never really competed against each other in a sense. If I beat her or is she beats me, it was "Good job!" It has never been a competition, especially in golf, as it is an individual sport."

Asked what the key is to be a multisport athlete the girls responded:
"Time management. Commitment. Being coachable. Never give up," replied Kennedy.

"For me, it has been a student/athlete. Putting school work first and then sport. Time management is difficult. Each sport takes as much as you can and always look for improvement," said Kassidy.

Published by the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC)