Favourite person to ride with?
Really anyone who wants to explore the mountain and has a positive attitude!
Where’s your favourite place to shred?
My favorite place to snowboard is Whistler Blackcomb. There is so much terrain, you can really ride whatever you want. There aren’t very many places like that.
Who inspires you?
Torah Bright and Kelly Clark. Torah has hands down the best style in girls snowboarding and is always having fun. Kelly has to be one of the hardest working athletes and it shows in her riding and ability to keep progressing the sport.
What has snowboarding taught you?
Snowboarding has taught me independence. With all the travel I’ve been able to do through snowboarding I learned to take care of myself from a young age. I started travelling with the national team when I was about 14 and everyone was much older than me. They already knew how to cook and do laundry, etc. So I had to learn pretty quickly how to fend for myself. Learning to problem solve when things go wrong and work things out on my own is a huge asset to me now.
How do you mentally prepare yourself for a contest?
Dance party at the top of the halfpipe always calms my nerves. I try to visualize the run I want to do during the contest, it’s almost like landing another practice run when you can visualize yourself landing the tricks you want to do. Right before my run I’ll listen to some good songs and just tune out everything else.
What’s your favourite part about competing?
My favorite part about competing is the rush I get at the top of the halfpipe before dropping in. Then when you land the run that you wanted there is no better feeling.
Fill in this statement: I snowboard because… it makes me feel free and like anything is possible. There are so many things you can do on a mountain and its so fun searching out different routes to go down a hill. No run is the same if you don’t want it to be.
How did you get into snowboarding?
I got into snowboarding just before I turned 8. The ski hill I grew up on had a small park and it was snowboarders only (probably to keep them off the rest of the hill). I saw people going off jumps and that’s all I wanted to do. I started skipping ski lessons in the afternoon and renting a snowboard until finally my parents let me snowboard full time at 8. Then we got our first hand cut halfpipe at our ski club and I was hooked.
What’s the best contest you have ever been to?
US Open hands down is the best contest every year. There are so many people that come out to watch and the pipe is always the best of the season. It’s a unique contest because it actually allows riders to ‘snake’ the pipe finals, which is always my favorite part.
When did you decide to give up school or a job to ride full time?
I actually have completed 2 full years of university at Queens University and I am still working on chipping away at my degree by doing 1 or 2 courses during the spring/summer. As for a job I work all year round running a summer camp’s social media/blog to be able to go to all the contests and training opportunities I can.
What do your parents think about your career?
My parents are very supportive of me as long as I am happy doing it and can support my career myself. They are always willing to help me out whenever I need them.
Where would you hold a contest that doesn’t already have one?
I would hold more contests in Canada! I think we need more high level and low-level halfpipe contests in Canada that young kids can come watch or participate in and get them pumped to ride halfpipe. When I was growing up I had so many local halfpipe riders to look up to because there were so many fun contests everywhere.
Favourite park/pipe to ride?
Vails pipe during and after the US Open is so fun. Although right now I am currently riding COPs pipe and it is pretty on point.
What is the greatest snowboard trip you’ve done and why?
Best snowboard trip I’ve ever done would have to be Japan this year. It wasn’t the most organized trip but the snow was amazing. We had a world cup close to Sapporo so we stayed in the town for a week and then rented an RV for another week. We ended up going to a different resort every day and on the days there wasn’t any fresh snow we hiked to find some and built a jump. Even on our ‘day off’ we still found a little spot off the side of the highway with a little cliff to drop. With so many contests it was nice to just get back to the riding.
Is there any place in the world you have not yet been snowboarding but have always wanted to?
I would love to go to Chile, I’ve never been there and I’ve heard some great things.
What’s your best travel tip?
Neck pillows are life. Get yourself a good one and it will change your travelling life. Also extremely fashionable.
Funny travel story:
There are too many funny stories that happen on the road, really hard to pick just one. I think the one that keeps me laughing still to this day happened when I was on a flight to Finland. We had just boarded the plane and I had an aisle seat and had sat down, done up my seat belt and was waiting for take off. The guy in the other aisle seat to my left started talking in a different language and making large hand gestures so it caught my eye. I looked over and he seemed to be talking to me so I tried to tell him I didn’t understand what he was saying because I can only speak English. He continued to talk loudly and making gestures to his undone seatbelt. Unsure of what he wanted I asked him if he needed help with his seatbelt, he continued talking and gesturing so I slowly leaned over and did his seatbelt up for him. He then stopped talking and just stared at me. I looked at him and said ‘is that what you wanted? Right?’ He then tapped the person in the next seat and start pointing at me raising his hands in confusion and the lady in the next seat was just laughing. Clearly he did not want me to do up his seat belt and was just talking to his wife… that was a good start to an 8 hour flight.
Where’s your one bucket-list spot to travel to?
I don’t really have a specific place I want to go to because I want to go everywhere. It’s on my bucket list to go traveling with no board bag, just a backpack.
Which place had the best/weirdest food?
I am not the most adventurous eater so I can’t say that the weirdest food is also the best food. The weirdest food has to be in China though, although I didn’t try much of it at all and just stuck to rice and the pizza buffet… Japan had pretty decent food and that was strange for my taste buds but again didn’t stray too far off what I was used to.
How do you follow your nutrition plan on the road?
I find it extremely difficult to stick to what I normally eat if I am somewhere like China, Japan or even Spain. I usually pack lots of healthy snacks! It is much easier to stick to a certain diet when you are renting a place with a kitchen because then you can buy what you want to eat and cook for yourself.
Who is the best travel buddy on the national team?
Mercedes Nicoll! She always keeps things fun and light. Nice to have someone on the road to laugh with, and if you know Mercedes it can be hard to get her to stop laughing.
What music do you have on your playlist?
Taylor Swift, J-Biebs, Destinys Child, Eminem, Wild Rivers, Coleman Hell and lots of remixes.
If there was one song to introduce you as your theme song, what would it be?
I honestly have no idea, I feel like depending on what you’re being introduced for you would have to have different songs. My favourite song to drop into the pipe right now is Fuel to the Fire by Rationale. It has a slow start and then just builds up and gets me pumped.
When not riding, I’m:
Trying to spend as much time outdoors as possible! I also really enjoy creating/building/making things so I often pick up some random hobby during my time off. Most recently I’ve been doing wood burning art and making coaster sets.
In five years I hope to be:
I’ve got a few ideas in the works that are exciting to me but not to be shared just yet! However, I do hope to still be having lots of adventures around the globe.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
You have to go into things already thinking you can do it; even if you don’t the first, second, third time you have to keep that mentality. Someone once told me ‘Fake it till you ARE it’, I’m pretty sure it was from a TED talk. Confidence can take you a long way.
Favourite place you have ever been to and why?
My favorite place in the entire world isn’t that far from me, it’s my family farm. I have a very large and close family (16 cousins on my Mothers side, 12 on my Dads) and everyone is always up there together, which is what makes it so special. Take away the people and it’s still one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s been in my family since the late 1800s so some of the buildings are really old and beautiful. It’s the perfect mix of everything, trails through the woods, apple orchards, a beach and great people.
Other than snowboarding, do you have a favourite sport?
Tennis! I love playing tennis and watching it; it is one of those sports you can play at any age.