One of your favorite dragon boat races/experiences: One of my memorable races was the Lachine Knock Out in 2015 at Lachine, Quebec, Canada. The race set up was different from any other race I’d participated in, making the experience unique and fun. I raced with the Outer Harbor Premier Women (now True North Premier Women) – an amazing group of strong, supportive, passionate and ferocious athletes! This was our final ‘build’ year and we fought for every millisecond on the race course to beat out the other teams and make it to each subsequent round. The heart, unity in purpose and sheer grit that day was a rush and made it a phenomenal experience!
What do you hope to bring to the team as a coach this season? I’ve stuck with dragon boat racing for over a decade and in different countries because it’s a great way to get outside, stay in shape and meet some interesting people. I’ve always been inspired by other paddlers – seeing their grit, having them push me to level up and be my safety net if I fail, and to hear about their experiences and how it has shaped them. I hope to pay that forward as a coach: inspire our athletes, particularly our female athletes, to be stronger, teach them how to train safely, and to help them reach their goals (e.g., unassisted pull-ups – you know who you are ;P). Individually we are capable of so much, and as a team we can lift ourselves up so much further.
A non-paddling hobby: There’s life outside of paddling?! I enjoy baking bread and trying out new recipes.
- 16 years
- College team: Iron Dragons, University of Toronto
- Club team: TNPC Premier Women