Lissa started paddling at the age of ten at the Deux-Rives Canoe Club. She later joined the Sherbrooke Canoe Club and started training seriously. She was inspired by Canadian paddling icon Caroline Brunet to pursue her dream of becoming a National Team kayaker. She moved to Pointe-Claire to train and says watching canoer Tom Hall train to win an Olympic bronze medal in 2008 had a big impact on her.
Her first year on the national team was in 2009 and since then Lissa has competed on several World Cup tours and World Championships. She placed eighth in K4 at the 2013 U23 World Championships and 11th in K4 500m at the 2017 Senior World Championships.
She now lives in Gatineau, QC and when she is not paddling, Lissa enjoys downhill skiing, and spending time around the lake with her family.
Why canoe kayak? Because you can do it in a group and individually.
Canoe or kayak, why? Kayak, it’s the perfect balance.
Nickname: Lissa Bissa
Role model: Roger Federer
Favorite training: Sprints and strength training
Pre-race meal: Pasta
Post-race meal: Steak
Off-season interest(s): Alpine skiing, drawing
Other sport(s): Alpine skiing, tennis, climbing
Guilty pleasure: Ribs