After graduating from Notre Dame College School in Welland, ON, I began my undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at McMaster University. It was not long before the demands of elite training meant that I had to spend most of the year at the only world class velodrome in North America, located in Los Angeles. Thankfully, the Engineering Department at McMaster was flexible in allowing me to learn the course content through textbooks and online notes, which meant that I could pursue both my academic and athletic goals simultaneously.
In June of 2012, I graduated from McMaster with a B. Eng (with distinction). While at my convocation ceremony, I received the official email from Cycling Canada informing me that I had been selected to represent Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games. This was a day that I will never forget.
Balancing my studies at McMaster and cycling on the National team was no easy feat, but as I have learned, I thrive when faced with a challenge. In September 2012 I embarked on a new challenge as I began my studies towards my PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California while training and racing to prepare for the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games, and the 2016 Rio Games.