I have always had a passion for sport; as an athlete, a coach/trainer, and a fan. To me, however, it was never enough to simply understand who was the best based on their performance - I needed to understand why. What was it about a given athlete and their individual training or inherited physiology that gave them an edge? Similarly, I've long had an interest in understanding how the lifestyle decisions we make on a day-to-day basis (e.g. physical activity participation, choice of sport) affect our current health and risk for chronic disease.
My motivation and desire to pursue exercise science as a career really developed during my time as a graduate student at York University, where I was fortunate to train in the Human Performance Lab and Chronic Disease Unit. It was here that I developed expertise in fitness assessment and performance evaluation, testing professional and Olympic level athletes as well as firefighters and others working in physically demanding occupations. I also gained an understanding of the cardiometabolic alterations that occurred with exercise training, and the applications that this had for both health and performance.
My post-doctoral work in the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Lab at UBC allowed me to continue understanding the cardiovascular effects of novel exercise perturbations, including prolonged and adventure-based sport.