I got my start in skiing at the age of three. It was a beautiful blue bird winter day and instead of wasting it away inside, my mom decided to take me out skiing around the corner at the London Ski Club (Boler Mountain). One day is all it took for skiing to make its way into my life for the next twenty-five years and counting. According to legend I left the hill that first day kicking and screaming because I didn't want to be done skiing. The next day my Mom brought home all new skis and equipment. Overwhelmed with excitement, I jumped up and down on the couch before falling and breaking my arm. The first injury, but not the last as I skied the whole first year in a cast.
The In Between Years
I got serious about ski racing at age 14 when I began attending the National Ski Academy in Collingwood, ON. It is here at the NSA that I learned my current work ethic towards training, competing and education. I credit the NSA with instilling high values in all areas of my life and getting me to where I am today.
After moving on from the NSA and my second year on the Ontario Team I decided to add another challenge to the rigors of competing and training; education. In the Fall of 2002, I accepted a ski scholarship to the University of Alaska, Anchorage and moved to the true great white north to pursue a degree in aviation and compete in the NCAA.
During my career at UAA I had a mix of athletic and academic results from Team MVP to Cancellor's List. In the Fall of 2006, I obtained a BS in Aviation Technology with honours from UAA.
Moving to Alaska was the best decision I've ever made to date. Alaska is where I found myself and the things I truly enjoy on this planet. Some of the things I enjoys are cross-country, downhill and road biking, rugby, rock and ice climbing, kayaking, hockey, squash, backpacking, hiking and finding new things to add to the list.
With my alpine racing career coming to an end and graduation from the University of Alaska, Anchorage following the next semester, I talked to a couple of people who were doing ski cross and saw a few of races on TV. There was nothing but positive energy being given off by the sport, so why not give it a try?
I had success early on by placing 4th in the US Championships (April 2006). The next race I went to was the X-Games last chance qualifier (Jan 2007). It was there I met Cam Bailey (Creator of the Canadian Ski Cross Team). Cam talked about what the tentative plans were in Canada and that I should consider coming to the tryout camps. This sounded great, the only problem was I just started working at what I consider a dream job (working for a heliski company) and had committed to the season. So after skiing buttery big mountain powder lines and working 16 hour days in the middle of nowhere, Alaska (1 hour small plane ride in or out) I returned to civilization and started training for the tryout camps and was later named to the inaugural Canada Ski Cross Team.