My path as an athlete is somewhat unordinary. As a child, I grew up in Aylmer Québec. Skiing was my first love for a sport. I never considered myself as extremely active, but skiing was something I could do non-stop! I always looked forward to our weekends at the cottage and the hills at Mont-St-Marie.
My love for skiing kept me fuelled to achieve my instructor and coaching levels at a young age. Not racing as a kid was and is still something I regret… I later got a chance to take up racing but on a snowboard. Needless to say, I wasn’t going to miss my chance again!
I’ve been competing for about 10 years now. That’s right, I was 22 years old when I picked up a new sport and decided I was going to go to the Olympics one day! Of course, it wasn’t easy. My background in skiing certainly provided basic skills I would need on a snowboard. (Believe it or not, they are very similar in feeling). Alpine snowboarding is an amazing sport! Just like my weekends skiing were so anticipated, carving on an alpine board is something I really look forward to.
I’ve now achieved my biggest dream of being an Olympic athlete. Winning world cups was always on the list. Last season, in December of 2011, I became the first Canadian women to ever win a World Cup in alpine snowboarding. To medal at the Olympics remains one of my many goals, this is now what I pursue and what fuels me to continue.
Hope you find your passion and pursue it!