Eve Grenier Athlete Ambassador
Eve is French-Canadian and is showing promise as a young triathlete at only 15 years old. She tells Sundried about life as an up-and-coming athlete.
Have you always been into sport?
Yes! I started swimming when I was only 3 years old and have continued it to now as a 15 year-old. I also started playing tennis around the age of 6 until I was 12 years old. For tennis I was at a provincial level so it took a lot of investment. I dropped tennis at the age of 13 to focus on triathlon where I perform pretty well. I've always liked running. Since primary school, I was part of the cross-country club. I could not live without sport! I need to move!
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
My father was already doing triathlon before I started. At that time I was still playing tennis. I went to see him at one of his triathlons and I loved it! So I asked him to do the triathlon the following month. It was a great experience even though I finished last. I loved the combination of the three sports.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
It would definitely be when I had the chance to compete in the 2016 Quebec Games. What's more, I was only in my first year of triathlon. It was such a great experience to compete against other regions of Canada. There was not just competition but we made new friends from other clubs which means I see friendly faces when I do other triathlon competitions.
And your proudest achievement?
Honestly I do not have one yet, but when I'm older I'd like to compete at a national level and even go to the Olympics. But if I had to find one I would say that I am very happy to have been able to take part in the Quebec Games.
Have you ever had any racing disasters / your toughest race yet?
I've never really had any racing disasters, but some races are certainly tougher than others.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I overcome setbacks by trusting in myself. I tell myself not to be discouraged and to keep going.
What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?
Do what you love in life. Do not be afraid of criticism and go for it and do what you want in life without obstacles.
What are your goals for 2018?
Improve my performance in triathlon and get in the top 10 for under 17s. Also, to be part of the Quebec team and compete for my region.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
One of the world's greatest triathletes, Gwen Jorgensen. She is a very inspiring athlete for young people who play sports. For me, she is a great role-model because she's a mother and manages to juggle family life with excelling in sport. Even though she has now left the world of triathlon to look after her baby, she remains a dedicated and inspiring athlete for me.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
Sundried is a brand that helps others and is based on strong values. I find it important to be able to help others because I know that when I'm in trouble, there will always be someone there to help me. So helping others is very important.
My favourite pieces from the Sundried collection are the cycle socks because it is important to wear good quality socks during long bike rides. Also, the women's Ruinette running tights and the Grande Casse running jacket because you have to be comfortable when running.