SULLIVAN Monique < Back  
Sport Cycling - Track
CGA Canada   
Gender Women
Born 21 Feb 1989 in Calgary, CAN
Height1.68 m
Weight 50 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Milton, NS, CAN
Occupation Athlete, Education Professional
Languages English
Higher education 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
Training Regime 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.
General Interest
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)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (cyclingmagazine.ca, 21 Jan 2016)
Other information 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)