Hi! I'm Shannon, and I am an Occupational Therapist at St.Amant and I absolutely love triathlons! I am bringing together two of my passions - being an Occupational Therapist and being a triathlete - in hopes of raising money for St.Amant Foundation.
In 2019, I qualified to compete at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Grand Final in August. Unfortunately, the ITU World Championships have been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I had also registered to compete in the Ironman Canada 2020 race in Penticton, B.C., which has also been cancelled. Meeting athletes from all over the world is such a huge part of these events, but sadly, that will not happen this year!
Despite the cancellation of these competitions, I am still training! Friends and family have been asking her “why are you still training?” and “what can we do to help you stay motivated?”
I have decided to continue my training and to complete my own Ironman distance triathlon this August, while fundraising for St.Amant Foundation.
As an Occupational Therapist, I work in two programs: Outreach Therapy for Children (OTC) program providing community Occupational Therapy services to preschool-aged children in their homes, child care centers, and nursery schools; and working with adults with developmental disabilities living in the community at their homes and/or day programs. I am also working to start a Winnipeg-based chapter of Go Baby Go – an innovative early power mobility program for preschool-aged children that is linked to cognitive, social, motor, language and other developmental benefits in young children. I have seen first-hand the benefits of adaptive equipment and leisure activities provided through St.Amant Foundation to optimize a person’s participation in their meaningful occupations and to bring as much joy and leisure into their everyday lives!
Witnessing the cancellation of so many Foundation fundraising events, I remain inspired to pair my passion for triathlons with my desire to raise funds for the Foundation! This has also been keeping me motivated to train this summer, knowing that the funds raised will benefit the people supported by St.Amant.
On a weekend in August, I will complete my own Ironman “virtually”, tracking all of my distances with her triathlon watch, right here in Manitoba. For those of you unfamiliar with triathlons, they are composed of swimming, cycling and running (in that order) of varying distances. My virtual Ironman will consist of a 3.86 km (2.4 miles) swim; cycling 180.25 km (112 miles), and then a 42.2km (26.2 miles) run!
Please consider donating to support my virtual Ironman in hopes of reaching my fundraising goal in support of St.Amant Foundation!