Extending the dynasty

Boldt leads sensational new Valkyries era

With an emphasis on perseverance, Stacey Boldt is ready to take on the role of starting quarterback for the Saskatoon Valkyries, extending the club’s legacy as one of the great Canadian sporting dynasties of the early 21st century. With a profound appreciation for the efforts that the club has made in sporting equality, the chance to continue and contribute to an exciting time for the franchise is one that Boldt is very excited about.

In her debut this season as the Valkyries starting quarterback, she led the club to a commanding 75-0 triumph against the visiting Winnipeg Wolf Pack. The win was certainly a remarkable statement about the Valkyries desire to become the first club in Canadian female football history to claim five consecutive championships. In reflecting on the victory, Boldt comments on the hard work involved to maintain such a high standard of gridiron excellence,

“We have put in a lot of work as a team to get to this point. It was great to come out with the first win of the season. I already have so much confidence in my teammates and to finally be able to see what we are capable of doing on the field was a huge confidence booster for myself.”

Boldt builds on Bloomquist’s remarkable legacy as Valkyries quarterback. Bloomquist was certainly a remarkable figure, redefining the potential of women as football players. Boldt wants to build on her legacy, continuing to help the re-imagining of women as the heroic football archetype denied them in decades past.

Serving in a backup capacity to Bloomquist during the 2014 campaign, Boldt could not have asked for a better mentor. Even earning some playing time at the quarterback position last season, Boldt displayed some of her instinctive talents, showing that she was a star in the making. Through it all, Boldt has always remained in admiration of Bloomquist, commenting on the positive impact she has left on her as a teammate, teacher and friend,

“Candace has been a great mentor for me the last two seasons. She has such a great work ethic and did (and still does) so much for the team on and off the field. Those are definitely some big shoes to fill. Candace and coach Palmer have really helped my development over the past three seasons.

My first season practicing at QB, I was not having much success, and was feeling very uncomfortable. They really pushed me and encouraged me to keep at it. I am very thankful to have had their guidance and support these past three years.”

Armed with a strong supporting cast, Boldt possesses the maturity to understand that with so much depth, there is no pressure to always make the big play. She can approach things sensibly, but still help establish the tempo of a game right from the start. It is part of a collective effort that Boldt hopes shall culminate with the opportunity to make history with that treasured fifth consecutive title.

“Our team and organization is extremely dedicated. Our players, coaches, management and volunteers put in so much time and commitment day after day and to be able to come out of the season with our fifth championship would be amazing.”

“All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated”

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