Lissa Bissonnette

Name: Lissa Bissonnette Lissa Bissonette
CAN Fund #150Women Recipient
:  Lissa Bissa
Hometown: Sherbrooke, QC
Sport: Flatwater kayak

On The National Team Since (Year): 2009

How many hours do you workout/train/compete on average each day and how many days per week?
I train in average 5 hours a day, 6 days a week. We have 2 workout on the water and one work out in the gym or running.

If you weren’t a Canadian athlete you would be?
I would help kids find their passion. I studied to be a mathematics teacher in high school. I believe we forget often that kids are the future of our country and we need to give them the best tools to make decision for themselves.

How does being a CAN Fund recipient make a difference for you
Since I’ve been 18, I had to move out of my parent house to focus on training. So I had to manage training, work and school. I got lucky that I met people on my road that help me thru my journey. I found a job that understand my commitment and my dream and keep me motivated. With CAN Fund I can arrive 100% at every training. I have the proper equipment to train and race. And it upgrades my training environment by helping me move until Tokyo 2020 in my training center.

Best advice you have received?  
The best advice I receive is from one of my past teammates Émilie Fournel. She always reminds me to have fun and focus on me and not the other. At the end of the day I race for me and against myself.

How did you get involved in your sport?
I start paddling to get over my fear of water. As a child I would often drown in the pool, and I started to hate swimming. Now I still don’t like to be underwater but I like the fact of being in control of this element.

What is your favourite movie?
The avengers, any superhero movie.

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