BMX wasn’t always my passion. I only picked up a bike at the age of 15. I was actually a gymnast from the age of 3-15. I tried many sports throughout high school but I always loved the individualism of BMX.
I picked up the basic skills for BMX fairly quick. Some would say I was a natural but my brother says it was just his coaching. After being on a bike for one season I qualified to become a member of Team Ontario. The following year I was off to Adelaide Australia for my first World Championships as a junior elite with the National Team.
Since I've moved to BC, I have made the effort to try and give back to the sport. I am a club coach at one of the local tracks, Ridge Meadows. Every Monday night, along side 2 of my teammates, I help coach either Learn to Ride clinics for beginners or Intermediate/Expert clinics for the more experienced riders. It is an awesome opportunity to get to know the local kids and families as well help them with their skills. This year I have started offering Private Coaching for the ladies. There are quite a few girls in the sport in BC and I want to help them excel to their potential.
I am now a member of the Canadian National BMX team living and training full time in Vancouver BC. In two weeks’ time I will be competing at the World Championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This season didn’t start off the way I would have liked due to sickness but now I feel stronger then ever. I am looking forward to the opportunity to prove that to everyone. I have attended all the World Cups this season and I feel my skills and race knowledge are improving every race. I believe that the World Champs will be my time to shine and I believe in myself. I hope you do too.
Due to this year being the beginning of the Olympic Qualifying Calendar it is important that I attend as many races as possible. Although it might look like all fun and games, it isn’t a free ride to these races and finding the funds to cover my season is proving to be a significant challenge. For Worlds I am looking to cover my flight, project fee and food which come to a total of $3000.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. Hope you come along for the ride.
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