I think a sliding sport was always in my destiny, as I was twice offered the chance to try Luge growing up. In 2007 at the suggestion of a friend, I finally threw myself down the icy track on a skeleton sled and loved it from the first curve!
My first year of international racing! I competed on the North America’s Cup Circuit and had a break out season, earning 4 podium finishes and placing first overall on the circuit; 45th in the world.
Once again I competed on the North American Cup Circuit, this time landing 7 podium finishes and placing 2nd overall on the circuit; 49th in the world.
I started the season with one of my proudest achievements, 3rd place at Canadian Champs, against Canadian skeleton veterans like Melissa Hollingsworth! I was named to the InterContinental Cup circuit, but unexpected external circumstances bumped me from the team. While disappointed, this made me hungrier than ever for the next season.
As the saying goes “when it rains, it pours”. I was hungry and ready to earn a spot on the InterContinental Cup team but was sidelined with a hamstring injury throughout the whole offseason (February to October). With lots of rehab, patience and deep water running, I rallied back and had accomplished my goal of being named to the InterContinental Cup squad! My most successful season to-date concluded with two Gold Medal finishes, two 4th place finishes and placed 6th overall on the circuit; 27th in the World.
Competing on the European Cup and North American Cup circuits, I focused on refining my mental game, race preparation and testing new equipment. I placed 13th overall on the European Cup tour (despite only competing in half the races), 2nd Overall on the North American Circuit (only competing in ¾ of the races), and a silver medal at Canadian Championships; 36th in the World.
In the summer of 2017, I was long listed for the Canadian Olympic Skeleton team, meaning I was identified as having potential to qualify for the Olympic Games! I gave everything I had, but saw the pressure of an Olympic season challenge me mentally and ultimately impacted my sliding. I finished the season ranked 6th in Canada, 3 spots shy of what I needed to qualify.
Amazingly the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation was able to continue to hold races through the COVID-19 pandemic. There were changes and races were voluntary in nature (meaning points and rankings didn’t count this season). I was able to make a long-time goal come true and had my debut on the World Cup race circuit for 2 races! My best result was an 11th place in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
After 14 years in the sport, my goal is to take all the lessons and experience I have gained and put everything I have towards earning a spot on Canada’s Olympic Skeleton team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China!