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Athlete Update: Jake Brayshaw on Graduating High School, Learning to Adapt and Training for Team Canada

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How do I start an update on my last year without mentioning the huge curveball that turned our world upside down? Oh, Covid, thank you for all the self-learning you have given me, but you can head out any time now.

What a wild time it has been. The only thing that seems consistent is Team Canada telling us about another change of plans. Learning how to adapt to change is something that I have vast experience in due to me living with a disability, however, this new kind of uncertainty has become kind of a nuisance. As with everyone, I am trying to find the good in these times and keep growing – hopefully, for the better.

When the pandemic first hit I was graduating high school and my main goal was making the senior national swim team and heading to the Olympics in Tokyo. Now, a year later, I have completed my first year of engineering online and still have hopes of making it to the Olympics, which are now being held this summer in Japan (fingers crossed). To date, there haven’t been any swim meets or Swim Canada training camps this season. Paralympic swim trials have been rescheduled and cancelled twice, so the only thing that’s been consistent has been my training, and I have been killing it!

Oh, and food…

When I think about my favourite snack to fuel me, it’s got to be either Rancho’s dried mango, jalapeño pistachios or their cashews. I do enjoy the sweeter stuff as well, but we can’t be telling my coach about the cappuccino almonds.

Another staple for me while training and travelling is a seed granola that my mom has been making me for years. Because there are no nuts in it, the granola was always in my lunch when I was a wee lad in public school. I still love the granola, and with nuts not always being allowed on planes, I would always keep a stash for snacking on. You can break the granola up into big chunks and eat it straight up or crumple it up on yogurt or with your favourite nut milk. Try my recipe!

Going forward, I have high hopes for swimming for Team Canada in Tokyo this coming August and also continuing my goals in my second year of university – we will see what the future holds.

To end things off, here’s one of my favourite quotes. I feel this is relevant to anyone living with a disability or anyone else navigating challenging times:

“My advice to other disabled people would be: concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you from doing well and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically.”

~ Stephen Hawking


15 Responses to “Athlete Update: Jake Brayshaw on Graduating High School, Learning to Adapt and Training for Team Canada”

  1. Jackie Hellingson

    Dear Jake: You are amazing! Keep inspiring others and go after your dreams. I know your Grandpa is SO very proud of you and with very good reason! All the very best wishes for your success now, and in the future.

    Reply
  2. Carole Chicorli

    Dear Jake, You are such an amazing inspiration with your determination, your discipline, your achievements and your wonderful positive attitude. I wish you all the very best in all your endeavours. I am a friend of your Aunt Jane who is so proud of you! Here’s to you Jake!

    Reply
  3. DTKB

    GO JAKE BOB!!!!!!!
    Ever since you were wee you NEVER let your disability prevent you from doing the things you love!!!!! You are a true inspiration to ALL. . .We are always cheering you on and THANK YOU for being a constant light in our lives & a reminder to all, that if you put your mind & heart in something, you can achieve ANYTHING!!!!

    Reply
  4. Luella and Larry

    Hi Jake
    Whatever you do and whatever you achieve will reward you forever. May your dedication, commitment and mental strength bring the results you’re striving for. You and your very supportive family will ensure you reach the best. Enjoy as you are. We add that you’re pen is also enjoyable and powerful. All the best

    Reply
  5. Jon W. Spelman,

    It was so inspiring to read about your talents, but most of all about your positive attitude. You might have got a lot of your positive attitude from your grandfather, Darryl McCullough, who is a close friend of mine….even if I live in Texas. Remember. an attitude is no more than a “habit of thought.” So you must have formed some great habits with your athletic accomplishments. In athletics you have to condition both your body and your mind. Evidently you are doing both quite well. Good luck and God’s speed to you at the Olympics! –Jon Spelman, Waco, TX PS – You’ve got a great name; my youngest son is called Jake.

    Reply
  6. Alida van Boven

    Wishing you all the best with your great goals. Keep on practicing and may you be chosen for the team. Keep looking up and being so positive. You can achieve far more when you strive to do your best and look toward your potential. God’s Blessings!

    Reply
  7. Heather and Brad

    We are cheering you on Jake! Always fans. Your words of inspiration are going to help us look to the positive everyday. We are so proud.

    Reply
  8. Heather and Brad

    Hi Jake
    We are huge fans! We are all cheering you on and are so proud of you. Your words of inspiration are sure helping us look to the positive everyday. You are awesome!

    Reply
  9. Don&Norma

    Hi Jake wish you all the best and that all your hard work it always pays off ,with the support of your wonderful family and friends you will be there. I’ll tell you the same thing I told our own kids keep your head up and your nose clean 🧽. Good luck.

    Reply
  10. Gramma Gwen GG

    Congratulations Jake so proud that you have finished your first year of University, Hope you enjoyed it !
    Regardless if there are Olympic Games in Japan or not………You are a winner……..it is in your genes.
    Cheers,
    Gwen

    Reply
  11. Ontario Grace Peeps

    Oh my goodness Kiddo, you better stop reading all these sweet messages, as they may make that head of yours too big, and it’ll slow down your time…get back to the pool! 😘
    Seriously, you and your supporting cast are impressive, motivational and most importantly, humble and kind.
    With this weird world we’re living in, I hope your first year of University was memorable for good reasons and that you’re enjoying this journey to your next adventure. We are always cheering you on Jake. Love you. ❤️

    Reply
  12. Aunt Jane & Uncle Pete

    We have loved you since you were a ‘dear wee soul’.. You continue to inspire us with your dedication, courage and positive attitude. We are SO proud! Also congrats on finishing up your 1st year of university.
    We will be watching!!!

    Reply
  13. gg Aunt Kay

    You are amazing Jake We are all cheering you on in Lindsay.. A big thank you to Grampy for keeping us in informed GOOD LUCK JAKE

    Reply
  14. Barbara Carruthers

    Hi Jake. I have been a very close friend of your Auntie Jane and Uncle Peter. Met Janie back at University.
    So I certainly know you through her and am awed by your strength, determination, talent and spirit. I this been a difficult challenge getting through this year but it sounds like you have managed to be on top.I wish you all the best in anything that you aspire to and I will be well informed by your very proud Auntie.
    Barbe

    Reply

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Athlete Update: Jake Brayshaw on Graduating High School, Learning to Adapt and Training for Team Canada

Posted by & filed under article.

How do I start an update on my last year without mentioning the huge curveball that turned our world upside down? Oh, Covid, thank you for all the self-learning you have given me, but you can head out any time now.

What a wild time it has been. The only thing that seems consistent is Team Canada telling us about another change of plans. Learning how to adapt to change is something that I have vast experience in due to me living with a disability, however, this new kind of uncertainty has become kind of a nuisance. As with everyone, I am trying to find the good in these times and keep growing – hopefully, for the better.

When the pandemic first hit I was graduating high school and my main goal was making the senior national swim team and heading to the Olympics in Tokyo. Now, a year later, I have completed my first year of engineering online and still have hopes of making it to the Olympics, which are now being held this summer in Japan (fingers crossed). To date, there haven’t been any swim meets or Swim Canada training camps this season. Paralympic swim trials have been rescheduled and cancelled twice, so the only thing that’s been consistent has been my training, and I have been killing it!

Oh, and food…

When I think about my favourite snack to fuel me, it’s got to be either Rancho’s dried mango, jalapeño pistachios or their cashews. I do enjoy the sweeter stuff as well, but we can’t be telling my coach about the cappuccino almonds.

Another staple for me while training and travelling is a seed granola that my mom has been making me for years. Because there are no nuts in it, the granola was always in my lunch when I was a wee lad in public school. I still love the granola, and with nuts not always being allowed on planes, I would always keep a stash for snacking on. You can break the granola up into big chunks and eat it straight up or crumple it up on yogurt or with your favourite nut milk. Try my recipe!

Going forward, I have high hopes for swimming for Team Canada in Tokyo this coming August and also continuing my goals in my second year of university – we will see what the future holds.

To end things off, here’s one of my favourite quotes. I feel this is relevant to anyone living with a disability or anyone else navigating challenging times:

“My advice to other disabled people would be: concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you from doing well and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically.”

~ Stephen Hawking


15 Responses to “Athlete Update: Jake Brayshaw on Graduating High School, Learning to Adapt and Training for Team Canada”

  1. Jackie Hellingson

    Dear Jake: You are amazing! Keep inspiring others and go after your dreams. I know your Grandpa is SO very proud of you and with very good reason! All the very best wishes for your success now, and in the future.

    Reply
  2. Carole Chicorli

    Dear Jake, You are such an amazing inspiration with your determination, your discipline, your achievements and your wonderful positive attitude. I wish you all the very best in all your endeavours. I am a friend of your Aunt Jane who is so proud of you! Here’s to you Jake!

    Reply
  3. DTKB

    GO JAKE BOB!!!!!!!
    Ever since you were wee you NEVER let your disability prevent you from doing the things you love!!!!! You are a true inspiration to ALL. . .We are always cheering you on and THANK YOU for being a constant light in our lives & a reminder to all, that if you put your mind & heart in something, you can achieve ANYTHING!!!!

    Reply
  4. Luella and Larry

    Hi Jake
    Whatever you do and whatever you achieve will reward you forever. May your dedication, commitment and mental strength bring the results you’re striving for. You and your very supportive family will ensure you reach the best. Enjoy as you are. We add that you’re pen is also enjoyable and powerful. All the best

    Reply
  5. Jon W. Spelman,

    It was so inspiring to read about your talents, but most of all about your positive attitude. You might have got a lot of your positive attitude from your grandfather, Darryl McCullough, who is a close friend of mine….even if I live in Texas. Remember. an attitude is no more than a “habit of thought.” So you must have formed some great habits with your athletic accomplishments. In athletics you have to condition both your body and your mind. Evidently you are doing both quite well. Good luck and God’s speed to you at the Olympics! –Jon Spelman, Waco, TX PS – You’ve got a great name; my youngest son is called Jake.

    Reply
  6. Alida van Boven

    Wishing you all the best with your great goals. Keep on practicing and may you be chosen for the team. Keep looking up and being so positive. You can achieve far more when you strive to do your best and look toward your potential. God’s Blessings!

    Reply
  7. Heather and Brad

    We are cheering you on Jake! Always fans. Your words of inspiration are going to help us look to the positive everyday. We are so proud.

    Reply
  8. Heather and Brad

    Hi Jake
    We are huge fans! We are all cheering you on and are so proud of you. Your words of inspiration are sure helping us look to the positive everyday. You are awesome!

    Reply
  9. Don&Norma

    Hi Jake wish you all the best and that all your hard work it always pays off ,with the support of your wonderful family and friends you will be there. I’ll tell you the same thing I told our own kids keep your head up and your nose clean 🧽. Good luck.

    Reply
  10. Gramma Gwen GG

    Congratulations Jake so proud that you have finished your first year of University, Hope you enjoyed it !
    Regardless if there are Olympic Games in Japan or not………You are a winner……..it is in your genes.
    Cheers,
    Gwen

    Reply
  11. Ontario Grace Peeps

    Oh my goodness Kiddo, you better stop reading all these sweet messages, as they may make that head of yours too big, and it’ll slow down your time…get back to the pool! 😘
    Seriously, you and your supporting cast are impressive, motivational and most importantly, humble and kind.
    With this weird world we’re living in, I hope your first year of University was memorable for good reasons and that you’re enjoying this journey to your next adventure. We are always cheering you on Jake. Love you. ❤️

    Reply
  12. Aunt Jane & Uncle Pete

    We have loved you since you were a ‘dear wee soul’.. You continue to inspire us with your dedication, courage and positive attitude. We are SO proud! Also congrats on finishing up your 1st year of university.
    We will be watching!!!

    Reply
  13. gg Aunt Kay

    You are amazing Jake We are all cheering you on in Lindsay.. A big thank you to Grampy for keeping us in informed GOOD LUCK JAKE

    Reply
  14. Barbara Carruthers

    Hi Jake. I have been a very close friend of your Auntie Jane and Uncle Peter. Met Janie back at University.
    So I certainly know you through her and am awed by your strength, determination, talent and spirit. I this been a difficult challenge getting through this year but it sounds like you have managed to be on top.I wish you all the best in anything that you aspire to and I will be well informed by your very proud Auntie.
    Barbe

    Reply

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