Barrhaven Lions Club Supports Kayla Maduk

I was so excited when the Barrhaven Lions Club called me in to share my ‘journey’ leading up to the World Championships with them.  I told them about how I set my goal and how I plan on achieving it.


I felt very comfortable being in the room with about 30 adults.  They seemed very interested and asked lots of good questions afterwards.

I am always asked   “how areyou able to handle school, training and being a normal teenager?”  My answer is…”if you want to get something done, ask the busiest person to do it”. 

I also never look at it as ‘missing out’ on normal teenage things since everything I do is a choice.  MY choice!

I explained how sports, training and competition gives Youths confidence and skills to balance their life.  Once you have the self- confidence you can go out and help others do the same.  That’s why I love coaching so much.  It’s amazing seeing the light go off in someone’s eyes when they figure something out or if they are suddenly are able to do something after working so hard.  It’s great seeing them feel good about themselves 🙂


I was so appreciative that they donated a large cheque of $200. to help towards my training and travel fees for Spain.  Thank you so much.  The funds will go to good use and I’ll let you know how I do when I get back 🙂


The Barrhaven Lions Club is working very hard at promoting the Youth is the community.  That is also why I had the honour of carrying in the Canadian Flag at the Flag Parade last July 1st.  The Barrhaven’s Lions Club made it a priority to promote Youths in the community.

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Canada Day 2013 – Carrying in the Canadian Flag in the Flag Parade

 After the meeting I spoke with a few of the members about Leadership programs for Youths and I’m hoping to work with them in the Spring.  I am very involved with Leadership programs at my high school as well as doing my own leadership program in Elementary Schools.

I organized a three day Leadership Camp for John McCrae Secondary School for 63 students

Going to the World Championships for my second time is just as exciting as it was the first time.  I always focus on the ‘journey’ and how I have grown as a person through each step of the way.  I can’t wait to see what happens after Spain.