Carolyn became a coach after an outstanding 15-year triathlon career which included five straight World Championship competitions from 2004 to 2008 and a first-place finish at the 2008 World Cup in Richards Bay, SA. That same year, she competed at the Beijing Olympics, finishing in the top 30.With her competition days behind her, Carolyn turned her hand to coaching the sport she loves. She obtained her NCCP certification at the National Training Centre and was appointed head coach for Canada’s first-ever Para-triathlon squad in 2014. Carolyn also holds a BSc. in Kinesiology and is a registered acupuncturist.
Carolyn has coached around the world, guiding many young Canadian triathletes to countless major international events including the World Championships and Paralympics. She was responsible for leading three Para-triathletes to the sport’s Paralympic debut at the 2016 Games in Rio where Canada’s Stefan Daniel won a silver medal in the men’s standing classification.
Carolyn’s coaching philosophy has been built around four key words: intent, perseverance, patience and communication. Staying true to these four key words in her daily training environment has resulted in numerous awards and accolades, including the 2015 Triathlon Canada Elite Coach of the Year, 2015 Sport BC Female Coach of the Year, 2016 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award and 2016 Triathlon Canada Elite Coach of the Year.