About Me

V1 Looking DownAt 18 years old I found out I was going blind.
I have an eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. As my vision gradually became more and more restricted, so did my independence.
When I decided to start a family I knew there was a risk of further vision loss. My husband and I decided to risk it. We had a beautiful, healthy baby boy but I lost almost half of my remaining sight. Despite the difficulties I faced I knew I wanted a sibling for our son. Two years later we had a beautiful baby girl and I went almost completely blind.
For the next year I really struggled to deal with my disability and my goals for the future seemed to be over.
The turning point was realizing that I didn’t want my children to grow up seeing me as someone who “couldn’t” do things.
I took up rowing to force myself to be more independent.
It turned out I was pretty good at it, and I loved it! I also discovered that I am extremely competitive.
In 2007 I made the Canadian National Para Rowing Team. I have competed in the Beijing, London and Rio Games and I have won two bronze, a silver and a gold World Championship medal for Canada and in 2010 we broke the World Record. This past summer in rio we won the bronze medal, just 0.29 seconds away from silver.
Sport has given me the confidence to do so many other things, including giving speeches and motivational talks about overcoming obstacles, breaking down barriers about disability and reaching your goals.