During the past few years the battle of achieving my desired results has been tough while balancing undergraduate studies. I was on the cusp of acquiring the skills and level of performance I have today prior to studies. There is a sacrifice that every athlete has to endure while taking on studies at the same time. I prepared myself mentally for the oncoming decrease in performance while being a student, which helped me to maintain focus and continue to train as much as possible with the new change in daily routine.
After four years of gradually improving my game whilst being a full-time student, the necessary performance level has been reached - I have recently been selected onto the Canadian Development Sailing Squad. My performance and training plan does not change as a result of this new title but simply provides assurance that I am on the right track. I wouldn't have gotten here without the coaches, friends and supporters who have given me the knowledge and skills I have today.
Since making the transition from the books to the boat, I've learned that there is a fundamental difference in how to succeed. Engineering taught me to understand a problem and provide a solution using equations and principles. Principles that take time behind doors learning and understanding to be able to build the right answer.
Sport is similar, sport requires time to understand and perform techniques which put you ahead of the players. Trust the time you put in to training your techniques to let the right answer be up to the actions of the players.
Four years of practicing how to analyze problems from engineering created a tendency to over analyze situations on the water. With help from my coaches, I have begun to peel away this tendency to establish a simple and concrete process for dinghy racing.