Name: Marshall Hughes
First time CAN Fund recipient
Nickname: Marshy Baby
Hometown: Waverley, NS
Sport: Sprint Canoe Kayak
Best Result: 10th at Sr.world championship. Silver Medalist Pan Am Games , 2019
On The National Team Since (Year): 2013
How many hours do you workout/train/compete on average each day and how many days per week?
On average about 6 hours a day 6 days a week. But we have been knows to do an extra training on the 7th day of the week every now and then.
Share three words to describe your Olympic journey.
How did you get involved in your sport?
My parents signed me up as a cheap summer daycare when I was younger. Turned out to be the most expensive daycare that I never grew out of!
How does being a CAN Fund recipient make a difference for you?
Recently I’ve made the decision to pack up my things in Nova Scotia and move to Quebec. I did this in order to take that next step towards shaving milliseconds off our four persons team race. It’s getting to that point where the difference between 1 and 10 are all within a second apart, so every bit counts. With this move however, I’ve left the luxury of living rent free at my parents home. Now adding a third of a carded athletes yearly income to my bills with rent as a new expense. By being a CAN Fund athlete, my rent in Quebec will be covered. Allowing my to focus solely on the reason I moved, putting everything I have into training with my teammates from all across Canada on a day in day out schedule.
Best advice you have received?
Come race day you are as prepared as you can be. Nothing you do will improve your level so just race the best you can.
When was the moment you knew you wanted to represent Canada?
When I was in my summer daycare paddling program and saw all the older athletes who would train at home and travel the world for competitions. I always looked up to them and wanted to be just like them!