I grew up in the northern city of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Throughout my childhood, my parents Rick and Heather, made sports a priorty outside of academics. Between the ages of ten and seventeen I competed in artistic gymnastics, where at my peak I was training close to 20 hours per week and competing at the National level. I chose to continue gymnastics until I graduated from high school in 2003.
I moved to Lethbridge in 2004 to persue a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology. This is where I met my boyfriend and certified Personal Trainer, Chad Brandt. Chad showed me a new relm of fitness through the newly formed fitness community called CrossFit. Chad and the sport of CrossFit introduced me to movements of powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, and Kettlebells that I was unfamiliar with before. I became instantly hooked and went on to compete in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 CrossFit Games Qualifying competitions.
In 2010, I decided to persue my new found passion for Olympic Weightlifting even further. It was in July of that year that I dedicated 100% of my training to the sport. Currently I train 5 days per week and have the short term goal of qualifying for the Canadian National Championships in the 53kg female category. The qualifying total for the 53kg category is 129kg and my current best total as of November 2011 is 126kg.