Meeting Lynn Fraser via the new normal, I was all smiles.
The reason? You could tell just by talking to the Brewcity Bruiser skater that she was passionate about her sport.
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"Nothing can prepare you for it. Your adrenaline is (crazy). From like the littlest player to the biggest player, if you can really learn how to use your body. Your size really doesn't matter. You can still be super effective," said Lynn.
Like the rest of sports and the world, the Bruisers have been put on hold.
Taking away the FaceTime, teammates usually get three times a week.
"I mean you miss that, you miss the actual FaceTime with your teammates. And that goes without saying, anybody who is staying in isolation in their own house with their family, it gets old," said Lynn.
Lucky for Lynn, the Bruisers have found a way to keep things fresh and stay in shape.
Using Zoom to host workouts, 16 skaters and myself, got to work. It didn't take long for me to realize whether it's on the rink, or in quarantine, these women will make you hurt.
"We still struggle to get exposure right, we still struggle for people to take us seriously," said Lynn.
I might not join these ladies for another workout, but I will be looking forward to watching them put their skates back on and let someone else feel their pain.