My dreams of competing internationally for Canada in cross country skiing began at a very early age. In the 9th grade I began training year round, and the day after my high school graduation I boarded a plane en route to Canmore Alberta where I had made my first Canadian Training Centre team, the Alberta World Cup Academy.
In my two years skiing for the Academy, I had immediate success being named to the 2010/2011 Canadian Junior National Ski Team, as well as qualifying for my debut into international competition at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Otepaa, Estonia. Following the 2010/2011 season, I moved to Thunder Bay Ontario where I joined the National Development Center team there. I spent two more years training with the NDC Thunder Bay team before deciding I needed a positive change to better manage my elite skiing aspirations while working on a University degree.
In 2013, I enrolled at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario. I joined both the Varsity Nordic Skiing and Cross Country Running teams, while pursuing a degree in their Physical and Health Education program. That winter I had the opportunity to represent Canada at the 2013 World University Games in Italy. The experience at the competition was a huge eye opener; leaving Italy I yearned for the opportunity to improve upon my results and be amongst the best.
I am raising money to get to me the training camps and races in which I need to compete in order to be selected for Team Canada at the 2017 World University Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The races involved in earning me a spot on the Canadian team will be a Haywood NorAm (North American race) in Thunder Bay ON in January, Eastern Canadian Championships in Gatineau QC in February, and the Canadian National Championships in Whitehorse YK in March. In addition to these races, I will also be traveling to Montmorency QC in November in order to get some early season on snow training. Travel and accommodation expenses will make up the brunt of my target goal in this campaign, with food during these trips and race registration fees accounting for the rest.
In my four years as a member of Canadian National Development Centers, my training and racing costs were supported by my amazing team of sponsors at the time, as well as working part time jobs in the towns in which I had been living. With your support, I can place full focus on my sport and realizing my full potential. My dream is to represent Canada on the Almaty podium, and you can be a huge part of making that dream come true.