The 2022 Canada Summer Games are underway but not all sports were in action this week. Track & field events, diving, and canoe/kayaking are all set to kick off on the backend of the two-week event.
Golf is another sport still waiting to debut at the national event, and Headingley's Grady Chuback is preparing to step onto the big stage. He describes his initial reaction when he found out he would represent his province.
"I was really excited. This was one of my biggest goals since this is something that happens only once every four years," Chuback explains. "I have only heard good things about events like this, and I'll also be going with a couple of friends of mine. So, I think it'll be a lot of fun."
Chuback says he will be playing 18 holes of golf on four consecutive days starting Wednesday, August 17. The golfer notes this is one of his favourite formats but adds he rarely gets to do it anymore. He outlines some of his strategies to stay in tip-top shape throughout the entire event.
"One for sure is sleeping well. I have to get around ten hours of sleep to be energized for the next day," Chuback continues. "On top of sleeping, you have to eat well and keep hydrated on the course. As long as keep hydrated, eat well, and sleep well, you should maintain a good amount of energy throughout the four days."
The local golfer competed at another national event last week but didn't fair as well as he hoped. Chuback missed the cut at Canadian Junior Open but says he will be using that as fuel for what's to come this week. He talks about how he's been preparing.
"I've been trying to find a good balance between rest and golf. I found myself golfing a lot. Most days I'll practice in the morning and the afternoon and then play nine or 18 holes at night," says Chuback. "For one day, I might take a rest day but that rest day could still include some putting or maybe some light work. I've been trying to find a good balance between rest days and work days so when I go I feel prepared but not overworked or tired out at the same time."
Chuback is really excited about the opportunity to represent his province, and he gives thanks to all the Team Manitoba coaches for helping him get to this point. The Headingley native will play his first round in Niagara on Wednesday.