Hometown: Kelowna, BC

Sport: Swimming

Team: Kelowna West Kelowna Integrated Club

 

3 Words that best describe you: Determined, Hard-working and Competitive

Who is your mentor: My coach Emil Dimitrov. He has helped me get to where I am today.

What are your future aspirations for Swimming: To medal at Senior National Championships this year, and come Top Ten at Canadian World Trials next April in the Butterfly events.

What is your favourite pre-competition meal: Fettuccini alfredo with chicken.

Most interesting place you have competed: It would have to be a tie between Toronto and Montreal. I competed at the brand new Pan Am Sports Center in Toronto and it was the nicest pool and largest facility I've ever competed in. And Montreal has two outdoor 50m pools that are also super fun to compete in.

Additional Sports Played: I played soccer for ten years (since the age of four).

Hobbies (other than sport): Travelling (I've been all over Canada, to Mexico and to the Caribbean so far), and spending time at the beach with friends.

Favourite Professional Athlete or Sport Hero: Christine Sinclair and Michael Phelps

Favourite Fast Food Restaurant: As long as they have french fries I'm happy.

Favourite Movie or TV show: Suits and the Bachelorette

Sport Career Highlight: Qualifying and competing at Canadian Olympic Trials this year.

If I didn’t play sport, I would be: Super sad. I couldn't imagine life without some kind of sport or activity. But career wise, I would like to be an accountant or a lawyer. I'm currently taking my Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Tell us about your performance at the Swim BC AAA long course swimming championships in Victoria Jul 6-10: I spent five days competing at the Swim BC AAA provincial swimming championships. On the first day of competition, I was able to win gold in the 50m butterfly with a time of 28.34s. It was super exciting to start the competition off with a win. The next few days flew by before it was time for my other main event, the 100m butterfly. I swam the fastest time in the prelims that morning and was heading in first for the finals. That evening I swam the final and was able to out touch my competitors and swim to gold in a time of 1:01.89s. It was my first time under 1:02 so it was very exciting. The cherry on top of the meet was swimming the butterfly leg of the 4x50m medley relay on the last day. We snatched bronze and made our team proud. It was a great finish to a great meet!

What are your expectations and plans for rest of 2016: I will be competing at Canadian Senior National Championships in Edmonton August 4-7. I hope to final and potentially medal in my butterfly events. Once I return to Kelowna, I will be taking a few weeks off from swimming before starting back up with school and coaching in September.