Name: Carling Zeeman
CAN Fund #150Women Recipient
Hometown: Cambridge, ON
Best Result: 2016 Olympian, 2015 Pan Am Games 2x gold medalist
On The National Team Since (Year): 2013
Who is one person who has significantly impacted your life/journey?
Tell us how they made a difference and share 3 words that describe who that person is to you.
My parents are the reason who I am as both as an athlete and a person. They have taught me everything from perseverance, to showing grace (as both a winner and a loser). Good things take time, and they are never free – so better to put your head down and get to work!
What is the biggest hurdle you have overcome to get to where you are today?
The biggest hurdle I have had to overcome/am still overcoming, is proving to myself that I am capable of winning. After a disappointing Olympics, I didn’t think things could get worse for me in terms of discouraging results. 2017 I still didn’t make the podium, and in 2018, I caught a buoy which cost me my A-final. For three years I have believed I truly am capable of winning, and each year I fall short. My biggest hurdle is holding onto the belief that I am the best. I just need to prove it to the world.
Best advice you have received?
Keep calm, stay long.
What are your hobbies?
Camping, trying to surf
What is the best part about representing Canada?
The pride of representing a country I love!