Enrolling in the Exercise Sports Science Management field at Keiser University was an easy decision for me to make. For as long as I can remember, all types of sports and all kinds of businesses have been true passions of mine. This is especially true for the sport of triathlon or multi-sport events. At the age of nine, I completed my first adult sprint triathlon, which instantly hooked me into multi-sport events. The triathlon consisted of a half mile swim, 12-mile bike, and then a 4-mile run. I came in second place in the youngest age group which was then, the 18 and under females. There were only two of us in it but this did not matter to me. I fell in love with everything to do with triathlons and multi-sport events. Training hard in three disciplines of swimming, biking, and running while maintaining high honors in school work became a lot to juggle at a young age. However, I loved it, so I kept at it and eventually became a junior elite triathlete where I competed in races all over the United States including National Championships and three International Triathlon Union World Duathlon Junior Championships in Italy, Spain, and Germany. In the spring of 2012, I earned my USA Triathlon Professional license and raced as a pro triathlete for the next three years including finishing my first full Ironman event in 2013 at Lake Placid, NY. In 2015, I started my own triathlon coaching company called VIP Tri-Training where I coach adult triathletes of all ages and abilities to compete in multi-sport events. Coaching brings me great joy as it fulfills me. There is a true love and passion for coaching that runs through my veins and into my soul. Helping athletes along their journeys in achieving their goals is one of the most rewarding feelings I have ever felt. Not many people get to wake up and do what they love for work. However, I do and I am extremely grateful for this. Helping others believe in themselves and go after the goals and dreams is a remarkably rewarding profession.
It was through my work as the MWCC Multi Sport Team director that I discovered I have another passion and love for running and designing multi-sport events. Through my time working here, I helped run and put on several triathlons, road races and a century ride. This experience taught me the importance of the many facets and parts that go on behind the scenes to create and execute a successful multi-sport event. I loved designing the courses, contracting out the timing and staging company, getting sponsors, finding the correct venue, creating the logos, PR, finding the volunteers and then making it all come together on race day. Discovering this passion of running and hosting multi-sport events lead me to pursuing a degree in the Exercise Sports Science Management to increase my knowledge in the field and to expand my coaching business to one day host my own multi-sport events.