Name: Kelsie Hendry
Sport: Athletics (Pole Vault)
Hometown: Saskatoon, SK
Favorite Sports Memory: My favorite memory was feeling the energy of the fans as I walked into the stadium at the Beijing Olympics. This is what I had been waiting for and dreaming of since I had watched my Olympic heroes do the same. And what was even more special was that amongst those people was my family, who had given me unwavering support all my life.
How you got involved in your sport: One of my best friends was a pole vaulter and suggested I give it a try.
The moment you knew you wanted to represent Canada: I knew when I was 10 years old…I had Olympic birthday parties, with the rings on my cake.
Favorite Quote: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
CAN Fund Testimonial: I would not be where I am today without CAN Fund. CAN Fund provides me with the opportunity to train in better weather conditions, so I can be better prepared for the competitive season.
Best Result: Bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, 6th at the World Indoors in Qatar.
Share one valuable tool that you use on a daily basis that helps you to be the best athlete you can be: I focus on being in the moment.
Who is one person in your life that has impacted your career and what was it that they taught you: My mother and her ongoing support have made me into the athlete that I am today. She exposed me to sports at a young age, facilitated my sporting endeavors when I was young, and supported me emotionally throughout the years. She made me believe that I can do anything that I am willing to work for.
Have you read any articles or books or watched any videos or movies recently that really inspired you? I have followed the inspirational father-son Team Hoyt, who compete in marathons and triathlons. I just had the opportunity to meet and hear Dick speak, and anyone who learns about their story can’t help but be motivated.
Fun Facts: I have a fish phobia. I have never lost my luggage in all my travels-knock on wood.