Athletic background! (list it ALL! Go back to little league please!)
I’ve tried just about everything….
As a kid mostly Hockey and Karate and then later was a part of both teams for the University of Victoria
Highschool track and rugby
For fun golf, squash and now Crossfit
My favourite: coach, teacher or mentor, what they taught me – give me a shining moment/memory:
My Karate teacher as a kid. Through 10 years of being taught by him he taught me a lot. He definitely taught me a lot about focus, determination, hard work and patience.
There were lots of moments that stick out in my head but for whatever reason the one that sticks out the most is when he called me out in from of many different classes for one of my weaknesses. I remember that it was embarrassing at the time, but the drive it gave me to work on the things I dreaded was like no other. It taught me that you cannot ignore your weaknesses and the only way to become a better all around athlete is to face challenges head on.
Glory days! My favourite athletic memory:
There are a few but one of the best was going to the Soke Cup in Toronto (World Championships for Chito-ryu karate) and winning medals. It was pretty cool to think that I was one of the top fighters in the world in my age group and weight class for my style of Karate. That was a full year of lots of hard work, dedication and ups/downs but I could have never done it without the support from my family and coaches.
My biggest athletic heartbreak, and what I learned:
At that same tournament I was winning one event by a comfortable margin after the first couple rounds. In the medal round I got too excited, thought I had it all wrapped up and had a couple mental mistakes, which cost me a medal. I probably learned more from this than winning. I learned to always remain calm, never look too far ahead and always focus on the task at hand.
My family taught me:
Everything! I would not be where I am today without them. They taught me the importance of hard work, dedication and balance in life. Besides all of this they taught me to always strive for what you want. No matter what it is, or what anybody else says if it is something you are passionate about or want out of life don’t let anything stand in your way of achieving your goals. Of course there will some bumps in the road but that’s to be expected. Just keep your head down and keep working.
Currently working on (goals, events, PRs, whatever you like!):
Right now is a fun time for me. I am working on remaining active and having fun doing it. After years of being competitive or dedicated to school it is nice to just focus on having fun through sport. And after doing Crossfit for a while now it’s nice watching numbers go up and times go down but my only goal is to keep having fun doing it.
My wish for each of our athletes:
As a Chiropractor my wish is for everyone to be able to move safely and efficiently. I would love to see a world where our athletes knew how to move properly, have an understanding of how their bodies work and how to be the best athlete they can be while being safe.