ATHLETES

DENNY MORRISON

Denny is a world class speed skater who has competed in 4 Olympic Games. His journey has not been easy. After battling a stroke and a horrific motorcycle accident, he’s back, he’s focused, and he’s ready to show the world dedicated he is to becoming the best.

Q – Outside of your sport, what is your favourite way to sweat?

Probably playing any other sport. Volleyball has always been a favourite of mine and squash is up there too. I like how different they are from speed skating but still require that high level of focus.

Q – Which Canadian athlete do you think would make the best ninja?

I think a rock climber named Aaron Sadlier could make the best ninja. He’s a speed skater turned rock climber. Who knows what Canadian athletes will turn up at the next Olympics when rock climbing is introduced though!

Q – What is the scariest thing you’ve done that was way out of your comfort zone?

Crashed my motorcycle. Other than that, probably jumping over a wide crevasse with a long, long drop in between. This, along with bungee jumping and ski diving are all things I’ve done but are still within my comfort zone though. The process of getting married might be the most accurate (but least appropriate) answer.

Q – What does community mean to you?

To me, community means being a part of something bigger than myself and my day to day tasks. Community is able to accomplish different, bigger, challenging and exciting goals that both require everyone to work together, and also bring everyone together, for the betterment of community itself.

RACHAEL MCINTOSH

Rachael is a decorated Canadian Heptathlete with big dreams. Her dedication to her sport is inspiring and we are fortunate to see that dedication in the work she does with us. The 4-time Canada West Champion hopes to one day represent Canada on the Olympic Stage.

Q – Outside of your sport, what is your favourite way to sweat?

I love to play hockey outdoors in the winter! Hockey has always been my favorite sport to watch and play.

Q – Which Canadian athlete do you think would make the best ninja?

I think Georgia Simmerling would be an awesome ninja. She has been to both the Summer and Winter Olympics, and is totally fearless! I would not want to race Georgia on a ninja course.

Q – What is the scariest thing you’ve done that was way out of your comfort zone?

I would have to say driving with my dad on his motorcycle. I am not a big fan of speed, especially when you’re just sitting on the back with no control, but it still a fun way to bond with my dad so I pretend being brave.

Q – What does community mean to you?

To me, community means to be surrounded by people who are there to help one another and lean on when you need support. A community believes in one another and works together to achieve greatness!

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