I have been doing biathlon for 12 years. Initially it was just yet another way to get outside and do something challenging and fun, but it has grown into something much more and has been my life and my passion for the last 7 years.
There were two events that really shaped the passion and drive that I have today. The first was my World Cup debut, which was actually at World Championships, as a junior age athlete in 2008. The thing I remember the most, other than how nervous I was, is how fast the best women were skiing. In that moment I knew beyond a doubt that that was it I wanted to do. A year later I won my first international medal at Summer Junior World Biathlon Championships. It was my first international gold medal, but the thing that mattered to me the most was the sound of the Canadian anthem playing as I stood on the podium.
Since then I have come a long ways. Being the top Canadian woman in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the first Canadian woman in Olympic history to qualify for a pursuit was the highlight of my career: this accomplishment was the result of hard work, excellent coaching and priceless support.
Now my sights are set on a higher goal - a top 16 performance in Sochi for the 2014 Games. It won’t be easy, but I believe in big dreams and combined with your support I know the hard work, motivation and passion that helped me begin this journey can bring me to the next level.
After the Olympics I married the man of my dreams (who also happens to be an excellent biathlon coach) and took a season off during which our son was born. I have been enjoying the challenge of juggling motherhood with full-time sport and thanks to a lot of support from my amazing family I have made steady progress over the last three years. I have currently completed two thirds of my Olympic qualification and after one of my best ever training summers I am headed into the Olympic season primed for some personal bests and more.
When I am on the start line Sochi I want to know that I have done everything possible to be the best I can be. And that is why I need your help. This year my winter training camps and team fee alone add up to $7500. The most important of these camps is coming up soon and will be 2 1/2 weeks of training in Norway before the season begins. This crucial time training on real snow makes a huge difference and I need to be at my best right from the get-go this season to secure my spot on the Canadian Olympic team. With your help I know I can do it.
One of the coolest things about this campaign is the givebacks. I have been the recipient of a lot of generosity over the last six years so I'm really stoked to have some awesome ‘’thank yous’’ for all of you who want to join my personal Olympic team. Whether it is a postcard from on the road, a signed World Cup bib, a personal Skype chat or a song for me to you, I hope my givebacks inspire you and that your support can help me inspire nation. Thank you!