Sport: Biathlon - the combination of cross country skiing and marksmanship
My Blog: http://biathlete.blogspot.com/
I train full time as a member of the National Biathlon Senior Development Team in the mountain town Canmore, Alberta. I am motivated to achieve my goals and am constantly looking for the extra details to push me to the top. I have been Canadian Champion 6 times and have my sights set on the 2014 Olympic Winter Games! I was recently awarded the Pacific Western Brewery’s Hometown Heroes Award and am proud to represent Prince George leading up to the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
Where I started?
I have been interested in sport my entire life, and began cross country skiing when I was 8 years old. I have a passion for racing, and when I was 10 years old I began competing in Biathlon. When I was 11 years old, I began following my first official training plan revolving around the biathlon season. I started with a 225 hour per year plan which my biathlon coaches (Jeremy Campbell and Fiona Coy) had constructed. Without their dedication, biathlon would have never become a part of my life. At the time I was also competing in triathlon, and had not made up my mind on which sport to pursue. All I knew; I wanted to compete at the Olympics. I raced in both Biathlon and Triathlon until I was 15. At that point I decided I would make Biathlon my priority sport. I loved all the sports I was doing, but I had to start concentrating more on sport specific development.
The next season, I won three gold medals at the 2009 Canadian National Championships. I am currently competing as a senior and working hard for a National team spot. I have never second guessed that I wanted to work hard and see how far I could push my limits. I have experienced so much traveling and competing in Biathlon and regardless of my final destination, I am thankful for the opportunity, health and support to pursue my Olympic aspirations!
Through Biathlon, sport has become a lifestyle for me. During the past 12 years, Biathlon has grown from a fun sport to a full time job. By training at a professional level, I am constantly striving to improve my skills as an athlete and bridge the gap to the international podium. I am always making and redefining my goals. It is satisfying to accomplish a height and push the bar one step higher. It is a long way to the top, but the reward is indescribable. I am interested to see how far I can go and am willing to push my limits to achieve my full potential.
I can train as hard as I can, and spend as many hours possible focused on succeeding, but at the end of the day, I need the support of a team behind me. I am so thankful to have the opportunity, health, and support to pursue my goals. I face a significant amount of challenges and I realize I couldn’t do it by myself. Without my support network I would never be able to reach my full potential. I want to mention the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club, Pacific Western Brewery, Prince George Ramada Inn, National Firearms Association, Prince George Rod and Gun Club, and of course Stride & Glide Sport as outstanding supporters in our community. Thank you!