|D.O.B||Sept. 9, 1998|
Meet the Athlete
For me it wasn’t just one moment that sparked the beginning of my journey into cycling. It was going to the weekly kids on bike practice sessions that were put on by a local cycling organization called QCW Lionhearts. Anyone could come with any type of bike that they had and then they were taught skills and had fun through games. The friendships that I made there have lasted through the years and it ignited my passion for the sport. One day I hope to be able to put together something similar to give back and share my passion!
Going to my first national championship in Bend, Oregon was the most pivotal experience I had in this sport. That was the first year I started riding and racing cross, my family decided we would go to nationals and also use it as an opportunity to see friends from when we lived in Oregon. It was nice to meet people from all over the country who had the same passion as I did and to see a race put on, of such a large scale. I ended up taking 3rd in my event and the hunger that put in me to be the best is still in me till this day, 2 National Championship jerseys and 10 years later.
For me all sports were an opportunity to get out my energy and be myself. I was a very energetic kid and I had trouble in school because I couldn’t sit and focus on a piece of paper. I wanted to be up moving around while talking to people and making new friends.
Through sports I learned to discipline myself and become focused. I learned the importance of patience, work ethic and how to take criticism. I was able to better my life outside of sports using the skills I had used to find success in my sports.