My principal sport is "sprint kayak" in which I race 200m, 500m, and 1000m events and my ultimate goal is to compete at the Olympics. Marathon kayak is a little different; races are anywhere from 20-40km. I am going out of my comfort zone racing 22.5km at marathon worlds but I am really excited! My sprint coach Peter Martinek is a strong believer that long distance paddling improves our fitness for our short sprint races. We do 24-36km paddles every single Saturday in the Fall and Spring. The workouts are gruelling lasting 2-3 hours on the water. I can't do these practices without being mentally tough as well. My training also includes running, swimming, crossfit, weights and cross country skiing. This amounts to roughly 21 hours per week, so while I also attend university I have little time left for part-time jobs to support myself.
My sprint season finished this past week and I brought home 3 medals from Nationals. 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze. I am really happy with my success this summer and I hope to continue that success into the fall when I compete at Marathon Worlds.
I am also hard of hearing and my goal is to be a great role model to others like me. I want other people to know that they can't let a disability get in the way of their dreams. There will be many challenges along the way but I will not give up.
Please support me to show that you believe in me!
Here is a link to the official document naming me to the team!
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