About Me

A bit about me

Hi. I’m Andrea. Nice to meet you.

At the age of 27, I was working in Vancouver as a hotel manager, chasing my corporate ambitions and having no experience in organized sport. Feeling a little stuck in life, a family friend suggested I try rowing. I auditioned for a Talent Identification Program, and was told I indeed had the makings of a future athlete.

There was one catch. I had to quit my job before I’d even set foot in a boat.

Someone had to talk me out of this - so I called up my sensible parents. Instead, they told me to go for it. You never want to wonder “what if?” they said. Go and see how fast you can be.

And so, only eight years later, I had overhauled myself into a Rowing Canada National Team athlete, two-time World Cup medalist, and Olympic gold medalist in the Women’s Coxed Eight at the Tokyo 2020 Games. But the path to success is never a straight line.

My transformation from couch potato to Olympic Champion was not easy. One of my biggest setbacks was when I was struck by an SUV while biking. I spent the next few years navigating lingering cognitive and mental health issues.

Failing forward quickly became my motto as I braved injuries, underperformance, the firing of an abusive head coach, falling out of the boat more times than I care to admit, and (oh yeah) a global pandemic and a historic Olympic postponement. But along the way I also learned valuable lessons on handling failure, burnout, uncertainty… and the power of sisterhood.

Our uniquely female-coached crew went on to win Canada’s first W8+ Olympic gold medal since 1992. In just one year, we rebuilt our program with an athlete-driven culture of trust, support, and communication, championed by our new rally cry: “We Redefine Excellence.”

When not working out in spandex, my time is spent volunteering with the non-profit organization Classroom Champions where I speak to underfunded classrooms, sharing the lessons in sport that go beyond the field of play. I’m also a passionate advocate for Safe Sport and gender parity. But I’m happiest doing what I do best – speaking with corporations and classrooms worldwide about my Olympic experience and nurturing a culture of success.

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