Langara nursing student cheered on BC Lions as Felion

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Langara nursing student Caitlin Sanford joined the Felions as a hobby outside the classroom. Photo by Karly Blats.
Langara nursing student Caitlin Sanford joined the Felions as a hobby outside the classroom. Photo by Karly Blats.

For the last two years, nursing student Caitlin Sanford balanced a full-time class schedule with being a Felion for the BC Lions.

Sanford, 24, is in her third year of nursing at Langara and said being on the Felions Dance Team kept her sane and gave her a hobby away from the classroom.

“I honestly have no idea how I managed to schedule everything in but I did it,” she said. “The Felions was sort of a distraction, just having that time to socialize too was almost helpful in a way.”

Being a Felion is hard work 

The Felions Dance Team consists of 35 women who practice every Sunday during the football season. Alexandra Severyn, Felions coordinator, said in an email she advises Felions on how to juggle an academic timetable while being on the team.

“Every young women is different and priorities differ,” she said.

Before trying out for the Felions, Sanford said she never thought seriously about being on the team and was “baffled” when a co-worker of hers suggested she audition.

Sanford let the idea of being a Felion linger for a year while she worked out and practiced her dance moves. The death of her father in the winter of 2011 was what got Sanford serious about becoming a Felion.

“I just needed a distraction and to have something positive in my life,” she said.

Severyn said Sanford was a dedicated Felion with an easygoing attitude who always seemed to enjoy herself. Unfortunately this year’s tryouts didn’t go in Sanford’s favour but she said not making the team is a relief in a way.

Looking to the future 

“It’s nice to be able to focus on my future more, on nursing and family,” she said.

Sanford’s guidance to anyone balancing a packed schedule is not to let stress manage their life and try to remain positive.

“The biggest thing is not to be too hard on yourself. You can’t impress everyone and it’s just important to do what you love.”

Reported by Karly Blats

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