Birthdate: January 12, 1992
Hometown: Manotick, ON
Canoe Club: Rideau Canoe Club
Sport: Women’s kayak
Coach: Chad Brooks
Natalie is from Manotick, Ontario and she grew up training at the Rideau Canoe Club. Her first ever race was a C1 200m race at the Carleton Place Canoe Club when she was just 7 years old. She finished last and even managed to tip right before the finish line! Despite this, Natalie fell in love with the sport and worked hard to achieve her dreams, and she did! Her first year on the national team was in 2017.
She came 11th in the 2017 Senior World Championships in the K4 500m event, her first World Championships!
Natalie’s goal is to race in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games!
Why canoe kayak: I love Canoe Kayak because I get to be out in nature floating on water and it is an amazing community to be a part of!
Describe the sport in one word: Graceful
Quote: “Encourage, lift and strengthen one another. For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all.” – Deborah Day
Pre-race meal: Oatmeal with natural peanut butter and banana and a green tea
Post-race meal: Mango smoothie
Off-season interest(s): Camping, travelling, movies & music
Other sport(s): Martial arts & dance
Guilty pleasure: Salt & vinegar chips
TV show: Game of Thrones
Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Book: The Time Traveler’s Wife