Name: Conlin McCabe
CAN Fund Recipient Since: 2014
2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, Men’s Eight
Hometown: Brockville, ON
How does being a CAN Fund Recipient make a difference for you?
CAN Fund has had a significant impact on my journey. Firstly, I used CAN Fund to travel from my hometown of Brockville back to the Training Centre in Victoria BC. Secondly, I used CAN Fund to help me outfit and tune my road bike. We have added road biking to our training program and CAN Fund has allowed me to stay on the road. Finally, CAN Fund allowed me to purchase other training equipment; weight lifting shoes, running shoes, cycling gear and rowing gear.
Share 3 words to describe what CAN Fund is to you:
Excellence, Opportunity, Belief.
Think of someone who has impacted your life. Share 3 words on who they are to you:
Chris is my high school rowing coach and had a profound impact on my development as an athlete but even more importantly as a young man. He laid down the foundations for me to be able to pursue the sport of rowing to the highest level. Chris taught me the importance of hard work and humility. Countless times he showed me how valuable these character traits are.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Remember where you come from – Doug Marshall (Chris’s Father)
What was your breakthrough moment?
Moments will pass by very quickly in high performance sport. Everyone always talks about “seizing the moment” for me learning over a countless number of races to “stay in the moment” has given me the confidence to perform under any kind of pressure.
Share 2-3 things you are grateful for:
I’m grateful for my coaches and support staff who day after day show their relentless pursuit of excellence. I am also grateful for my parents supporting me in whatever I wished to pursue.
What is the best part about representing Canada?
I’m so proud to be Canadian. Working every day to wear the maple leaf on the world stage and hoping that I can make someone else proud to be Canadian by having our national anthem played after a victory. That would be a memory I would cherish for the rest of my life.