On Sunday I was sent to Beausejour, MB to get a photograph at the 52nd Annual Power Toboggan Championships. I got there later than I had planned, but was still able to take a few minutes to walk down the pit area and watch the various teams work on their sleds.
Lots of noise, and colourful outerwear.
I noticed that there were a few women on the teams, but none seemed to be dressed to race any of the sleds. I grew curious about the idea that there were few women racers and I wandered around until I found Amy. She had a racing number on her back.
I thought I would ask if I could take a photo and have a chat. Turns out she is from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, and has been sled racing for three years.
What does it take to be a good sled racer? "Fearlessness, courage and grit. You have to really really want to win regardless. Fearlessness is the biggest thing."
What kind of advice would you give other women who would like to race? "To go for it. A lot of women stand on the sideline and say 'I could do that,' they should get on, because it's a blast. If you like speed, it comes naturally. If the sleds are set up right, it's not that hard to do. It's a blast."