Without describing every detail from the beginning, let’s try and make a long story short..
I am from Windsor, Ontario, and I have been involved in the sport of track and field since the age of 12, taking to both the long and short distances. I dabbled in other school sports, but enjoyed the individuality of track and field, and realized the short school season was not enough for me. I realize now how dedicated and motivated I was even at such a young age. I was introduced to the local Windsor Legion Track & Field Club, and was excited to learn of what this sport could offer me!
Introduced to the Hurdles
Attending St. Joseph’s high school in Windsor, I was introduced to the hurdles in grade nine, and instantly knew it was for me. I found it both challenging and exciting, with a little bit of uncertainty due to the nature of the physical obstacles to overcome on a consistent basis! By no stretch of the imagination was I the fastest or the strongest, but I had the drive and I had the support around me encouraging me to strive for my best. I reached the Ontario Championships all four years of high school, coming away with one bronze medal in grade 10 in the 80m hurdles.
Once a Lancer, Always a Lancer
Excited to start my varsity career, I knew without a doubt I would be attending the University of Windsor in the fall of 2006 and joining a national calibre track and field team! Throughout my varsity career, I competed in the 60m, 300m, 60m hurdles, 4x200m relay, and 4x400m relay. As a Lancer, I met amazing people, posted incredible times, and developed not only as an athlete, but as an individual as well. In five short years as a Lancer, I had some remarkable achievements, both on and off the track. I captured 16 Canadian Interuniversity (CIS) medals, was a four-time Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Most Outstanding Performer, five-time CIS All-Canadian, 2010 CIS Track Athlete of the Year, and was part of the 3-time women’s National Championship team! My studies were equally important to me: two-time University of Windsor Top Student Athlete, 2010 OUA Woman of Influence, and 2009 Top 8 Academic All Canadian.
A New Focus with No Regrets
I graduated from the University of Windsor in June 2012, but knew that my athletic endeavours were far from over. After completing my Canadian and Michigan nursing board exams, and officially becoming a Registered Nurse, I decided to put my upcoming nursing career on hold to focus solely on my athletic dreams. In addition, after much success in the 100m hurdles, my coach and I decided to make a huge switch to the 400m hurdles! Although I enjoyed all nine years I competed in the 100m hurdles, and even made my first national team in 2010 for the event, I have not looked back since. I strive to hold no regrets in my athletic career and switching events was no exception. For me, something new posed a fresh challenge and increased the drive needed in this sport, and switching to the 400m hurdles did just that.
In my first season as a 400m hurdler, I won bronze at the 2012 National Championships, was ranked 92nd in the world, and saw my time improve by almost two full seconds in just three months. I continued to improve, and by the end of the 2014 season, I had made four national teams, was twice the national champion, and had a career high world ranking of 33rd! Although I did not see my time improve in 2015, I represented Canada once again at the NACAC championships, achieved the Olympic standard, and ended my season ranked 47th in the world.
I am headed into the OLYMPIC year with big goals!