Where it all began
Growing up in the Canadian Rockies Alyssa’s passion for competitive sport began on two skis and steep icy terrain. She competed as a high-level ski racer and it was during her off-season dry land training sessions that she was eventually introduced to cycling and running for fitness. Following 10 years of successful ski racing, she retired in order to pursue her academic career.
While doing her undergraduate studies at St. Francis Xavier, Alyssa’s passion for competitive sport continued and she swam on the varsity swim team. Now living in Ottawa, you can regularly find her training and competing in local marathons and Ironman events.
Alyssa completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from St. Fx in Antigonish, NS. It was here that she began honing her coaching skills through the strength and conditioning program, working closely with both the men’s varsity football and basketball teams. Her passion and hard work in academics was rewarded in her final year of studies when she was one of a select few in her graduating year to be chosen to present an honours thesis at the Atlantic Conference for Sports and Exercise Scientists.
Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Alyssa moved to Ottawa for her Master’s degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Ottawa. Now living in Ottawa Alyssa enjoys working in the region as a physiotherapist and bike fitter and from time to time being out on the road with various local college sports teams.
Alyssa firmly believes that her background in competitive sport shaped her philosophy in rehabilitative medicine. She has a particular interest in women’s sport and performance and brings a unique perspective to the bike fitting community being one of the only bilingual women fitters in the region.
She subscribes to the idea that movement is medicine and wants to help people achieve their goals whether that’s finishing their first triathlon or just being strong enough to walk around the block.