Hi, my name is Kate Van Buskirk and I love to run! I compete primarily in the 1500m but I also race the 800m and 5000m on the track and 5km, 8km and 10km on the roads. I am a hometown Brampton gal but have lived and trained in Toronto for the past 3 years. I've loved running since I was a little girl. I joined my first track club in grade six and developed an instant connection to the sport. Throughout high school my dedication to running grew, as did my success: I am an 8-time OFSAA medalist in track and cross-country, 3 of which were gold. Upon graduating, I received an athletic scholarship to Duke University in North Carolina where I was a 2-time All-American and set an NCAA record.
Since returning home from university, my athletic career has taken off: I was 4th at the 2012 Olympic Trials, one spot short of making the Canadian Olympic team. In 2013 I won the Canadian National Championships and secured a spot on my first ever World Championships team, competing in Moscow, Russia. In 2014 I repeated my victory at the National Championships, qualifying for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. This was one of the most exciting experiences of my athletic career, as I not only made my first major international final, but I won my first international medal for Canada: the bronze in the women's 1500m!
I can think of little that has made me prouder that competing for my country, bearing the word 'CANADA' across my chest, and bringing home a medal for the "true north strong and free". And I want to do it again.
This summer holds both the PAN AM GAMES and the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS for track and field. These are both tremendous stepping stones towards my ultimate goal of competing at the 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES in Rio de Janeiro. My goal over the next 18 months is to earn not only more international racing experience, but also more medals: for myself, for my communities, for CANADA!
I am raising money to help cover the costs associated with striving to be one of the world's top runners. Being Canadian is incredible, but it also means living in a climate that is not conducive to high level training for half of the year. My Pursu.it campaign would raise funds for the following, which are all necessary ingredients to becoming an Olympian:
Warm-weather training camps
Altitude training camps
Travel to races in North America and Europe to achieve qualifying standards
Access to top athletic resources (therapists, coaches, doctors)
Purchase of high-level equipment (altitude training systems)
Training facility access
Every-day living expenses (high quality nutrition, rent, transportation, etc)
Thank you so much for being part of my journey to the Pan Am Games and beyond!
Many thanks to current partners Brooks Running Canada, Athletics Toronto, Klean Athlete, The Runners Academy, Athletics Ontario and Athletics Canada!!!
For more information please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "Pursu.it Campaign"
...or check me out online!
Facebook: Kate VB