Steve's Statement

Submitted by: Alicia Bell

Steve Morely's Success Story

I first met Alicia in 2001 when she came to Dalhousie University to embark on a degree in Kinesiology. She came across as a typical nineteen year old away from home for the first time, a little overwhelmed in the big city that we call Halifax. She joined our track and field club in the fall of 2003, and I was by then quite impressed with the young lady that she had turned into.

What struck me was how much she was giving back to the sport that she has been a part of for so long. At the ripe old age of 21, she was coaching high school kids. She wasn’t just coaching them; she was coaching them with a maturity, grace and skill of someone well beyond her years.

This past summer, she took on the responsibility of being a provincial coach for 38 athletes that competed at the 17 and under National Championships. All during that time she was training herself, so that she could be a part of the Canada Games experience. It was to our province’s great deficit that she made the decision to leave Nova Scotia to pursue opportunities in Ontario.

Within a week of her arrival in Ottawa, she had joined a track club, and immediately started coaching in that system.

The qualities that I find most refreshing in my dealings with Alicia are in no particular order: her straightforward approach, her compassion and caring for others, and a willingness and need to excel in whatever she attempts.

She leaves behind quite a void to fill in Nova Scotia, and while we wish her well, we hope that sometime soon she’ll be able to return. Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.

-Steve Morley
Distance Coach, YHZ Track