"For me being a Kaur means holding my own, being confident and strong. I play basketball at the collegiate level. At first glance, I look like I have it all together, but I like anyone has had setbacks, devastation, and even loss. As a Kaur, I feel I have the tools to get past life’s hurdles. This unflappable tenacity is what Kaur represents to me. I pour hours of my time into training and practice for basketball, while taking a full course load to pursue a degree in nursing, working, and being an active participant in our family life. My parents, who were both exceptional athletes during their time, are completely supportive of my playing basketball and have never missed any of my games. Sports are a huge part of our family life, we are an athletic family. I have a hearing impairment, which makes me work even harder. I have been put under greater scrutiny, labelled, and teased because I was different. It makes me work harder, be more competitive and fierce. This has had obvious benefits, my younger self was shy and even embarrassed that I was different than other kids. As I get older and harness that I am unique and not defined solely by my hearing, I gain more confidence. My linkage to my faith comes from an interest in religion comes from how my parents raised me, attending Khalsa camp (which I have attended since I was eight years old) and from my maternal grandparents. Tragically both of them passed away in an automobile crash when I was in Grade 8. This was one of the most challenging chapters of my life. Grieving is an every day process, especially seeing my mom lose both her parents. Both were pillars in my life. They shared and celebrated in my sports life and helped raise us. They shared stories and taught us so many new things, lessons and concepts they learned in their lives and suggestions of what we could do. I had a special bond with my Nani ji, when I was in competitive swimming she would wake me up, took me to practice and swim meets and would give the best massages. She didn’t buy into the outdated dogma of girls not allowed to play sports. When my mom was a girl, Nani ji encouraged her to play sports. She didn’t care what others thought. I think she wanted us to be ourselves and be provided the opportunities she didn’t have to pursue. I think she would have been a great athlete. I now play basketball games in honour of my Nani ji. Before a game, I listen to simran, do my prayers. I think about both Nani ji and Nanaji and how they are cheering me on in spirit. I also think their death spurred more inclination to ensure I spend time with my Baba and Bibi. They live in England so having them in my daily life is challenging. Baba ji having Facebook and chances to FaceTime provides chances for us to connect. "