Thank you to everyone who contributed to my personal development as an athlete and to the development of women’s canoe as a discipline. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the following clubs for their donations and support: the Burloak Canoe Club, Balmy Beach Canoe Club, and Pickering Rouge Canoe Club.
Finally, thank you to Jim Farintosh for all your years of guidance and support- you were, and always will be, an invaluable coach and friend.
At this time, I have hung up my paddle to further my education at Osgoode Hall Law School. You can still catch me on the water coaching dragon boat, or, on a calm day, taking my C1 out for a spin off the shores of Lake Ontario.
Allow me to introduce myself, as well as introduce the evolving sport of women’s canoe. I am a high performance female sprint canoer training out of Toronto, and have represented Canada with pride and success on the international level many times.
My debut in sprint canoe came in 2009; my first C1 race at our Canada Games team selection trials. I finished second last, but as a left-side paddler, I made Team Ontario. Those Canada Games gave me the opportunity to paddle with more experienced canoers and was my motivation to be a better paddler. Sprint canoe offers the perfect balance of challenge and reward as a sport that required balance, strength, and technical finesse.
During my competitive career, out of the four disciplines of sprint canoe, only women’s canoe was a non-Olympic event, and therefore remains unfunded by Sport Canada. The vast majority of my career was self-funded (paid for out of my own pocket). Donations helped defray the costs of participating in international events, as well as other costs associated with my training and competition each year. The International Olympic Committee has yet to confirm that women’s canoe will be an event in the 2020 Summer Olympic Program.