Fast and Female

Marie Claire flying high
 Update April 8, 2017
She answered the original questions again, are you good with cats now, Emily?
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Hi Petie,
Lovely to hear from you. I hope all is well at home. 
How did you end up in the sport of cross country skiing?
Well I was in grade 1 and Mrs. Pettinger let my sister and I burrow skis, boots and poles from McDougall School so that we could part-take in Jackrabbits that year. Then naturally, my all-star racing career began in Grade 2 at the Humphrey Classic Classic. From there the rest is history..
What accomplishments are you most proud of? [these can be sport related- but don't necessarily have to be!]
 
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This one is a tough one. In 2014 when Claire, Shayna, Charlotte and I won OFSAA gold for the relay race. More than anything that was just such a great memory to share with my best friends.  Outside of skiing life I am probably most proud of my schooling, I cannot wait to be a nurse someday. 
What major goals are you working towards right now?
This question reminded me that I need to update my goals list.....
Graduating. But really trying to keep balance in my life. Trying to remain active/happy in a bunch of ways (skiing, rock climbing, kayaking, running, weights, yoga, swimming, dancing, volunteering) and to stay on top of school work (without letting it freak me out). 
If you had 3 tips for people what would they be? [some tricks, tips, or solid pieces of advice you've learnt over the years].
 
1. Keep balance in your life. Balance between school, sports and social life - Peter says you cannot do all 3, I say give it a try! See if it works for you. There will be certain days and times for the year when you can only do 1/3 and other days when you can fit in all 3! 
2. If you are doing something that doesn't make you happy, then why are you doing it? Why waste your time? Is it really that important? (This was roller skiing for me.)
(Please note that school is important and you cannot quit that until you are done high school.) 
3. Always work on your forward lean. It's very important in classic and skate.
4. Eat lots of chocolate, it will bring you great joy. 
 
What's something people may not know about you?
Well, in recent years I have started to white water kayak. It is extremely challenging and frustrating, but also a lot of fun. I recommend it to anyone who can swim! 
There you go Peter! Hope to see you sometime this summer - if you need any help with ski practice let me know and I will try to come and help out!!! FYI - I will not be roller skiing, so any other dry-land training :) 
Love 
Em
 
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This is Emily's story during her time on the team:
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                          Emily Beirnes (far left holding skis), right after finishing
                          a classic race at 2014 Nationals. Claire on the far right.
 
Here are my responses to Pav's questions!
1- How did you end up in the sport of cross country skiing?
 I got into cross country skiing at the age of 6 thanks to my grade one and two teachers, Mrs. West & Mrs. Pettinger at McDougall public school! They lent me skis & encouraged my mom to sign my sister & I up for the Jackrabbit Program at Georgian Nordic. 

 

2- What accomplishments are you most proud of? [these can be sport related- but don't necessarily have to be!]
 I am most proud of how far my technique has come since I started skiing. It's something I love to work on & have worked on very hard for the past number of years.  I do still have a lot to go but we are working on it!
 
3- What major goals are you working towards right now?
   My goals that I am working towards currently are continually perfecting my double pole, offsetting with my left side, getting into university & eventually medical school. 
 
4- If you had 3 tips for people what would they be? [some tricks, tips, or solid pieces of advice you've learnt over the years].
 
1 - don't look at the results of your 1st race each season
2 - make a race plan, nothing fancy but what works for you
3 - when two skating, punch the sky before crunching to poles, helps with timing a lot 
 

5- What's something people may not know about you?

  I am not a fan of cats