GRACE MENNING

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“You can’t win if you don’t enter”

 

I am a recreational mountain bike racer, and a Mom. I learned to ride in my late 20’s and have always enjoyed the thrill of competition, entering loonie-type races as a beginner. Now (x) years later, I still find it highly motivating to enter an event, such as the Test of Metal, and then figure out how to best train for it.

I became interested in health and fitness in high school, first teaching Rec Centre fitness classes when I was 18. For about 15 years, I not only motivated participants in my classes, but worked and certified in aquatic fitness, prenatal fitness, personal training, and fitness testing. During that time, I graduated with a BSc in Kinesiology from SFU, briefly worked in the Disability Insurance Industry, and then in Corporate Fitness where I developed Workplace Wellness programs.

I currently enjoy watching my kids develop a passion for their sports. Alayna, 12, is a competitive Irish Dancer, and Bryce, 10, is a rep hockey player. My husband, Jay, also competes recreationally in mountain bike races and Fondos.

When I was 37, I tried swimming and decided to enter my first triathlon. Since then, I have earned many age group wins at various triathlons, which motivated me to train and qualify for the Xterra World Championships. I competed twice in Maui with a podium finish in 2013.

After I unofficially retired from Triathlon, I returned to my favourite sport: mountain biking. Most recently, I finished the BC Bike Race with podium finishes each day, and a win in the Masters category for the final Whistler stage. I came 3rd overall in the Women’s Masters Solo category.

As a young person who was not necessarily encouraged to participate in competitive sports, I not only want to set a good example for my children, but also encourage anyone at any age to find something they love and not underestimate their abilities.