For one of Canada’s top beach volleyball players, what was supposed to be a year of excitement, firsts, and making her Olympic dream come true was turned upside down.
The postponement of Tokyo 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic was both a reality that athletes around the world had to face and something Brandie Wilkerson, a former York Lions star, had never anticipated.
“It was absolutely heartbreaking and I think I cried the first day. I was pretty upset and sometimes it will come up again. I’m like, ‘oh my gosh, I’ve been working years for this. This really felt like this was gonna be my year’,” Wilkerson told Olympic.ca.
Just a couple of months after the International Olympic Committee made the unprecedented announcement in March, Wilkerson faced another challenge – finding her voice against racial injustice during the global Black Lives Matter movement.