I was always a hard worker. In high school, I spent long hours each night on homework, competed in Varsity sports, and participated in several orchestras, choirs, and clubs. When I graduated, I decided to narrow my focus. I moved to Calgary and joined a high performance speedskating program where training twice a day, 6 times a week, is the norm. To keep balanced, I enrolled in the Chemical Engineering program at the University of Calgary and took classes on the side.

Over the course of the next 10 years, however, I changed. I learned that working hard and enjoying life are not antonyms. I learned that the journey is more important than any destination. But most importantly, I have learned what it feels like to be fully alive. I have pushed myself so far out of my comfort zone that I found the person I was meant to be. This is what sport is truly about.

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