Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Ontario, Canada
Weapon(s) of choice: 2017 Kawasaki KX250f
2017 Skidoo Freeride
What’s an average day for you like? An average day for me really depends on what I'm doing. I work as a legal assistant so one day I could be in a court house and the next day I could be riding my dirt bike.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? With regards to motocross, I'd say the most difficult part for a beginner is learning the foundations of riding a bike. I see too often girls who are racing who have terrible form. I am still technically new myself but I really focused on learning the proper form going over jumps, into corners, etc before entering a race. I still make a few mistakes myself with not having my elbows up but form is imperative and can really help to limit the chances of injury. I also think that a difficult part for a beginner is just not being scared of the bike, a lot of girls will switch from two stroke to four stroke because they are scared of the two stroke power, yet not thinking that a four stroke has just as much power PLUS all of the torque in there too. Not being scared is super important, if you're scared, you'll be rigid and make mistakes.
The easiest thing... I don't really think there is anything easy about this sport for a beginner... But it is really easy to make friends in this sport, every one is so nice and helpful!
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best thing about being a female in this sport is that so many women are friendly and willing to help. I have made better friends through motocross than I have my whole life. There is no drama, just friends.
The worst thing, I would say is that sometimes there aren't enough women who sign up to make a full women's class. There also isn't a lot of incentive for women to race in some series, but it is getting better!
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I would like to see more incentives for both ladies A and ladies B classes. A lot of the incentives (prizes, payouts, etc) are for the ladies A (pro) classes in the bigger series. It would be nice to have the same type of incentives, just not as big of course, for the lades B classes as well. I think it would help push the ladies in the B class.
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? My personal style again, depends on what I'm doing. When I am working at the law firm, it's professional. But my casual is usually just jeans and a t-shirt. Pretty basic... I really like Harley Davidson clothing haha.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? FXR Racing for sure for my motocross gear and I'm not just saying that because I am sponsored by them, I have always loved their gear. It's very comfortable and colourful.
Stepping out, Harley Davidson, Guess, Lilly Pulitzer, Lucky Brand.
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I feel as if that "feeling" good, makes you "look" good. I personally have been working on my fitness and stamina a lot for the upcoming motocross season and as I am working out and improving my physical fitness, I am feeling a lot better about myself both mentally and physically. Being your personal best for me, is always trying something new, pushing myself and putting in the work.
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Very dangerous. Motocross is one of the most dangerous sports in the world.
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. Not yet. I've bailed pretty hard, got some pretty gnarly bruises but overall I try to be a very safe and cautious rider. My boyfriend bailed pretty hard a few years back off a downhill double, got a huge concussion and actually forgot who I was for 24 hours. It was crazy.
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? The adrenaline. There is no better feeling than being lined up at the gate with 30 other women. I love it. The adrenaline for me, helps my Generalized Anxiety Disorder so for me, motocross is my medication! haha.
What is your favorite trick? I don't do FMX!
Do you own any other toys? I have a 2017 Skidoo Freeride 137 which I ride in the winter. I just bomb around in the powder. I have been snowmobiling all my life, since I was 3. I also have a 2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD Duramax Diesel, not much of a toy but its my moto hauler in the summer.
What gets you pumped up for the day? Well, I love what I do. I love working in the law firm, and I am actually applying to law school in the UK for fall of 2017 so when I'm working at the firm, what helps me get pumped up is learning something new, meeting someone new or helping someone. When I'm racing, I'll jump up at the crack of dawn knowing I'll be riding my bike haha I love it!
What are three things you could not live without? My dirt bike, hair straightener & my boyfriend.
What are your expectations for this activity/sport? Well, in January of 2016, my goal was to race at least ONE motocross race and clear a double. I did WAY more than that. I moved from ladies B to ladies A half way through the season and came 2nd place overall in ladies A for the season. I raced TWO national caliber events and placed 5th at the Madoc National in ladies intermediate. I killed it last year and I'm so proud of myself.
For 2017, I want to improve on my riding overall, I will be taking professional training in the spring. I plan on racing the full Canadian Womens Motocross National series in July and August and plan on racing a national event in Quebec as well. I don't plan to win any of these events as they are HUGE but I just want to experience new things and race with women who are way faster than me so I can push myself to stay with some of these girls. I really want to be consistent with my form, racing and ability this season.
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? HANDS DOWN my boyfriend. Back in 2011 before we started dating in 2012, I had a pretty bad crash on a bike into a tractor blade so I was totally against dirt bikes. In 2012, he helped me learn properly and encouraged me to ride. He has been a huge support and he is the reason why I have excelled so much in the last year. Also, my sponsors, St. Onge Recreation, Horizon Networks, FXR Racing, Mototape, SheShreds & Spy Optics.