Danielle Lawrie Blog

July 23, 2007

Washington junior Danielle Lawrie is currently pitching for the Canadian National Women's Softball Team as the team gears up for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. She will periodically be writing a blog to keep Husky fans up on her national team experiences. In this entry, Lawrie writes about the team traveling to compete at the XV Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Games open July 23 when the Canadians take on the United States.

We Arrived in Brazil Friday, after a long day of traveling. We flew from Oklahoma City to Atlanta and had a four-hour layover in the airport before hopping on a nine and a half hour flight to Brazil. I don't normally sleep well on planes so I was up the whole plane ride for pretty much nine straight hours.

We arrived in Brazil at 7 a.m. and got all that airport stuff done right away and then headed to the athlete village where we got set up in our rooms and got some good quality nap time. Then we got fitted for our athletic gear, which took quite a while. We got all kinds of different things, including hats, tank tops, shoes, jackets and pants.

We followed that up with a team workout and conditioning, before heading to eat in the cafeteria, which is probably the biggest building here. They have 4 or 5 different stations set-up with the same food choices at each and they have everything you could want. I'm not saying it's all good food because I haven't really been enjoying it but there is quite the selection.

After supper, we all got to head back to our rooms and go to bed. The next morning we had to be up early and have breakfast done by 9 a.m. because we had an early practice. The ride there was pretty neat because we had police escorts that took us everywhere. They led us to the practice field, which was an hour and a half bus ride away. They made sure we weren't held up in any traffic and could get there on time.

We got to the practice field which wasn't in the best condition but you have to deal with what you've been dealt when you play in a foreign country. They had police all around our field, which was a different experience. There were also policemen all around our village. There has to be at least 200 police present throughout the venue.

After practice, we headed back to the village. It was like a tour in itself because we got to see a lot of the country during our hour and a half drive back. We got to see the living conditions of the locals and noticed that there were tons of soccer fields and a few basketball courts scattered around. My favorite thing was seeing the statue of Jesus Christ, which was awesome.

Once back at the village, we grabbed a quick bite to eat, put in a workout and now I'm headed to bed.

I hope all is well in Washington and I'll be checking in soon.

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