Chatham-Kent’s Ally Oulds, Making CK Proud
This week, we feature Chatham’s Ally Oulds. Oulds is a runner for the Western University Mustangs track and field team. Previously, Oulds competed for Team Ontario, and Team Canada, including a 5th place finish at the 2017 U20 Pan American Championships in the 400m hurdles.
Here are Ally’s responses to our baCK to Chatham-Kent athletes interview:
1. Can you describe what support you’ve felt from your hometown/Chatham-Kent while you’ve been away?
My parents always come to watch me race no matter where my meets are (whether it’s a 1-hour drive to Windsor or a 5-hour flight to Edmonton), I always receive good luck texts from my grandparents, and Peak Athletic Training usually posts my meet results on Instagram/Facebook.
2. What do you enjoy about coming home to visit?
I enjoy seeing my family when I come home, I also enjoy seeing my friends that go to school in other cities/in the states that I don’t get to see very often. I also enjoy that you can see someone you know almost everywhere you go in Chatham, which I don’t experience in London.
3. Would you consider making Chatham-Kent home again some day?
I would consider making Chatham-Kent home again some day, I enjoy the small-town feeling and like that I can see my parents, papa, cousins, aunts, and uncles whenever I want.
4. What advice would you give to young athletes baCK home in Chatham-Kent?
Advice I would give to young athletes still in Chatham-Kent is that it’s a great opportunity if you get the chance to leave Chatham for athletics, especially if you have the opportunity to pursue a sport in post-secondary. The exposure you get playing a college/university sport is a great opportunity to improve your performance and see some elite-level competition. But, always remember your roots and where you came from!