Name: Alysia Rissling
How does being a CAN Fund Recipient make a difference for you as you prepare for February 2018?
With CAN fund I immediately was able to upgrade the quality of material I use to prep my equipment for a race. The fund helps to alleviate the stress of financial uncertainty. We don’t know what our team fees will be for the Olympic season but at least I know I’ll be prepared for whatever number they throw at us.
How did you get involved in your sport?
I got involved in bobsleigh after my university basketball career ended and I knew I wasn’t ready to give up being an athlete yet. Having previously been invited to a recruiting camp I called the provincial team for information. I knew my speed and power as an athlete was relevant to being a good bobsledder and that it was a sport that you could get into when you are older… and I really like going fast!
Best advice you have received?
The best advice I have received is perfection doesn’t win races, consistency does. -Helen Upperton
What is your favourite thing about being on the road with your teammates?
We travel with so many people you are guaranteed to always have one person near you that either A) can make you laugh or B) has candy
Why are you proud to be Canadian?
Specifically in bobsleigh, I am so so proud to be a Canadian, a nation that believes that women should have every opportunity equal in sport and helps us try to gain these rights rather than suppress us from resources.