Further Personal Information
||Milton, NS, CAN
||Athlete, Education Professional
||Mechanical Engineering - University of Calgary: Canada
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She first tried the sport at the University of Calgary's cement velodrome at age 12.
|Why this sport?
||A family friend told her mother about a children's track cycling program at the University of Calgary and she signed up for it.
|Name of coach
||Jacques Landry [national]; Erin Hartwell [national], USA
||She has at least two training sessions per day, either both on the track or one on the track and the other in the gym.
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself." [Henry Ward Beecher] (olympic.ca, 30 May 2015)
||To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (cyclingmagazine.ca, 21 Jan 2016)
||BREAK AND RETURN
She took a break from cycling after the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but was lured back in 2014 by the changes in Canada's national cycling programme, which included the hiring of national sprint coach Erin Hartwell, the construction of a world-class velodrome in Milton, ON, and the possibility of having a team sprint partner. She has cycled with Kate O'Brien, a former national bobsleigh team member, since May 2014. "I did not intend to come back. I thought I was done, but then I started to miss it. It all came together serendipitously. I came back and I started hearing rumours about this bobsleigh girl Kate who was trying it out and I got really excited." (thestar.com, 05 Dec 2015; torontosun.com, 19 Jul 2015)
SOLE FEMALE SPRINTER IN LONDON
She was the only female sprinter on the Canadian cycling team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She was coached by former Olympic sprinter Tanya Dubnicoff at the beginning of her career, but they separated a few years before the 2012 Games, which left her preparing her own training regime ahead of London. (thestar.com, 05 Dec 2015; torontosun.com, 19 Jul 2015)