From a young age I’ve been passionate about performing, people and sport. After telling my (wonderful and very understanding) parents “there are no sports in this family for me” I began artistic gymnastics. At the age of nine I switched to Rhythmic Gymnastics, which was the perfect combination of Sport and Art. I was blessed to experience success at an early age, making the National Team in 1992. During my nine years representing Canada I was fortunate to compete at numerous International and World Cup Events, Junior and Senior Pan American Championships, Four Continent Championships, Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, and World Championships. It was one of my greatest disappointments to not compete at the Olympics Games, and yet one of the best things that has ever happened to me. Everything in life happens for a reason, and I am stronger individual, and learned so much about myself as a person and an athlete. I am grateful of the path my life has taken me on…
Following my gymnastics career I obtained my degree at the University of Guelph. There I took a dance class, which changed the path I was planning on taking (which was pursuing radio & television broadcasting). I returned to one of my dearest passions, dancing! I completed the professional training program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and had the privilege of working as an Independent Dancer in Toronto and Montreal. Uniting my love of movement and spirituality, I completed my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Eoin Finn and became a member of the Bliss Army! I feel so much joy sharing my passion of gymnastics, dance, choreography and yoga as a teacher, facilitator and performer.
My life shifted again as I met my (now) husband Malcolm Howard. In order to be together and to support his Olympic dreams I moved to Victoria – falling in love not only with him, but the incredible west coast of Canada. In the magical way life works the 2012 Olympic Games finally brought me my opportunity to be a part of the Olympics and fulfill my dreams of broadcasting, joining the CTV & BellMedia Network as an analyst for Rhythmic Gymnastics. Following the London Games, Malcolm and I lived in Oxford, England for two years as he completed his masters and rowed for the Dark Blues.
We returned to Victoria, BC with the most wonderful souvenir – our son, Gavin. Our family loves living on the west coast, enjoying all that this beautiful city has to offer.
My greatest joy is helping others recognize the potential within themselves, to help them transform and make their dreams become reality. I love to share my passion for movement, health, positivity and well-being. I believe the world is an incredible place. There is so much beauty all around us, and within us. Be true to yourself. Be open. Smile, share your light, and know how important you are. You are inspiring. You CAN be the change.
Love is all we have. Love is all we need.