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Introducing Team 2017 - The Women's Team!
By:  Team XC Ottawa   (2016/11/21)


This year the XC Ottawa women's team far outnumbers the men. It is great having such a motivated and diverse group of women to train, travel, compete and socialize with. With diverse outside interests and commitments such as graduate studies, med school, government work, freelance work and parenting this group is certainly unique. They also work hard and have fun doing it! Watch out for them on the trails this winter.


What I do when I'm not skiing

Health promotion research & communications

Maintain website with evidence-based health, nutrition, & sports nutrition information

Cooking and baking . . . I love creating new recipes!

Volunteer xc ski coach at Nakkertok Nordic

Skiing highlights/accomplishments

Gatineau Loppet winner 2009 (skate) & 2010 (classic)

NorAm top 10's

Winner, Craftsbury 25k classic, 2016

2 World Masters xc ski championship medals

Favourite Ottawa-Gatineau Trail

Burma (trail #3) in Gatineau Park;  Eastern Canadian Champs 5k course (Nakkertok)

Favourite Race

Eastern Canadian Championships at Nakkertok; Gatineau Loppet 50k classic or skate

Favourite Workout

Hill repeats - any hill really, but Gatineau Park’s  Penguin hill or the climb from P12 are the longest and most scenic!

Racing Goals for this Season

Top 10 results at NorAM events

Top 3 at Gatineau Loppet

Top 10 in the American Birkibeiner

Personal Sponsors

Rossignol skis, boots, and bindings

Exel poles

Social Media

I write and share information about nutrition, health, and physical activity on:

Website: http://www.sheilakealey.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/skeila;

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sheilakealey/


What I do when I'm not skiing

I'm currently at medical school at Western University in London, Ontario, so when I'm not training I'm usually in class or studying ...or napping!  Netflix is another much-loved past-time, as is sharing a meal with family or friends.  

Skiing highlights/accomplishments

Selected to the 2017 Canadian team for World University Games

Competed for Carleton University Ravens for gold at OUAs (North Bay) and silver at Nationals (T-Bay) in the CCUNC relay.

Favourite Ottawa-Gatineau Trail

I love skiing the Morall loop at Nakkertok when there's fresh snow.

Any kind of crust skiing (ex. off of Burma trail) is also awesome!

Favourite Race

Easterns are my favourite set of races because we're on the home trails, there's a fantastic atmosphere, and they give out great lunches :)

Favourite Workout

That's a tough one...probably a max aerobic speed workout!

Racing Goals for this Season

Maintain my fitness while in school and enjoy the racing experience!

Personal Sponsors

Exel Poles

Who inspires you?

Training partners are #1 for this, for sure.  No one can make you go faster than that person who's just ahead of you!


What I do when I'm not skiing

School (Master's in Environmental Studies at Queen's, specifically doing work at coffee shops)

Riding my bike

Eating delicious food

Getting speeding tickets in the Gatineau park (hopefully this past time is over)


Skiing highlights/accomplishments

Top ten women in Gatineau Loppet 2015

Competed and coached Queen's University Gaels Nordic Ski Team

Favourite Ottawa-Gatineau Trail


Favourite Race

Easterns...always fun to race back at Nakkertok.

Favourite Workout

4:4s...easy to remember...

Racing Goals for this Season

Have fun and ski fast.


What I do when I'm not skiing

Working as a Patent Examiner - Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Being “Maman”

XC Ottawa treasurer and founding member

Skiing highlights/accomplishments

Member of World Cup teams for Canadian World Cups 2010, 2012

World University Games 2001, 2003

Winner Gatineau Loppet 2010, 2013

Winner, Craftsbury marathon (50k classic) 2016

Favourite Ottawa-Gatineau Trail

Frank's (17) and Highland (8) - Gatineau Park

Favourite Race

Gatineau Loppet 50km classic (point to point course); 10km skate (Lappe and Nakkertok are favourite courses)

Favourite Workout

Long skis on single track trails; short intervals with a group on race courses; trail running

Personal Sponsors/Supporters


Caldwell Sport


Racing Goals for this Season

Get to the start line (and finish line...preferably quickly) at:
-Eastern Canadian Championships, Nakkertok
-Gatineau Loppet 51k classic
-American Birkebeiner 50k skate


What I do when I'm not skiing

I work as a food inspector, read too many books, and play bridge.

Also a graduate of Carleton U in food science (2013).

Skiing highlights/accomplishments

11th in Senior Women skate sprint at 2014 easterns, 11th Open Women in 15km classic at 2015 easterns, won three medals for Carleton U in the team sprint at Nationals.

Favourite Ottawa-Gatineau Trail

No favourite, I enjoy all of them.

Favourite Race

Long distance classic/Easterns

Favourite Workout

zone 4 ski striding intervals - 4 minutes or longer

Personal Sponsors


Other Facts

Was a competitive swimmer for 8 years, specializing in the 50 back initially, but later moved towards 200 fly. Also have raced in running, track, open water swimming, and sailing. One of the few competitive skiers from Deep River, ON.


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