I grew up in a small town in rural Newfoundland where there wasn’t much to do as kids except play in the expansive outdoors. I became interested in cross country skiing after watching the Lillehammer Olympics on TV and begged my non-athletic parents to buy me a pair of skis and a membership to the local Nordic Ski Club. Shortly after, a marathon runner high school teacher, who has since been inducted in the Newfoundland Labrador Athletics Association hall of fame, Mike Greene, told me that I was terrible at sports but that I had the right build for running and that I should give the cross country team a go. And that was the beginning of my active and athletic lifestyle. Highlights of my high school athletic career were representing Newfoundland and Labrador at the 1999 Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook for Biathlon and winning the Provincial High School Cross Country Ski championships in 2000.
With three other siblings in my family, going to Memorial University was the most logical choice as it represented the lowest tuition cost and least expensive travel. There I complete a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (Nutrition) and was a member of the varsity cross country team. I also continued to compete at the Provincial and Atlantic level in Cross Country Skiing while also dabbling in mountain biking and adventuring racing.
I joined the Canadian Armed Forces after finishing my degree and served nearly 12 years as a Logistics Officer specializing in Food Services. I represented the CAF at the World Military Cross Country Championships in 2008 and in 2010 and continued running throughout my military career. In 2012 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and was subsequently medically released from the CAF several years later. In that time I complete a Post-Graduate certificate in Quality Management and a Masters in Technology Management from Memorial University.
These days I call Kingston, Ontario home. Kingston is a great active community. While it lacks in snow and cross country skiing, it has a great running and cycling community and has the medical support that I need to keep my disease in check. Its also a great place for my husband and I to raise our two young children. I continue to compete in local running races and spend as much time as possible outdoors being active with my kids, walking, exploring, riding bikes, playing at the park or simply just playing in our yard.