WHAT IS YOUR ROLE/POSITION IN MOTORCYCLING?
I am the Team Manager for the Canadian Arenacross Team, Cycle North Racing. I have 5 Canadian Arenacross Championships to date. I also have been chosen as the Motocross Of Nations Team Manager for Team Canada for 2016. I also have an amateur racing team which has 32 riders this year, it varies between 25-35 depending on the year, in which my families dealership sponsor local riders in British Columbia competing in the motocross circuits here. My rider also won the Canadian Women's West Coast Motocross Championship which she has rode for me since she was 13 years old so it was a very proud moment for me and her.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO MOTORCYCLING?
My family has owned a dealership which my parents started in 1985 and my 2 brothers and I have always worked there for our parents and recently bought the dealership from them. Power-sports truly is my passion but the motocross side of it is where my heart lies. We have always been around racing and motorcycles, it truly is our lifeline.
WHAT IS YOUR OBJECTIVE, YOUR GOAL?
My goal is to be the first female Team Manager to compete at the Motocross of Nations and to make a name for myself, that a female can break barriers and be a leader in motocross. I feel very proud to be the first female to have the role of Team Manager for Canada and I want to show to my Country, the CMA and the FIM that I can do a great job. I want to be able to show the ladies in this sport that their is a voice for them and that they can accomplish anything they want to, in any sport.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE/ENJOY IN MOTORCYCLING?
I enjoy the structure in racing and the challenges that each rider faces and to help them overcome them. I feel accomplished when one of my riders fulfills their goals. I enjoy the family aspect of it, the families camping at the track each weekend with their families and the bond between the rider and their parent.
WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND MOTORCYCLING?
I would recommend motorcycling to other girls and women because there is no other sport like it. You compete against yourself and the other girls on the starting line. It is not a team sport, yet you see the girl high-fiving each other, encouraging the younger riders to get better and when the younger ones start to surpass their mentors, there is no ego or jealous only support and a feeling of being so proud of the other girl. It takes confidence, guts and pure mental strength to line up and race and I think they are lesson for not only racing but for a girls future, for life.
DO YOU HAVE A ROLE MODEL/MENTOR THAT ENCOURAGED YOU?
I must admit it was due to my upbringing that I got involved but once I learned more about the sport I grew to know very special people in this sport. One of the most important people we have in our sport in Canada is also the most underrated, Marilynn Bastedo works tirelessly to make sure things run properly to little or no credit. I really look up to her and have a lot that I can learn from her wisdom, kindness and knowledge of the sport.