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Sheila Kealey

If you are from the Ottawa/Gatineau region, chances are you have probably seen Sheila Kealey running, biking, swimming, or skiing. She has also probably sped past you at an alarming pace whilst smiling ear to ear and probably offering some positive encouragement. If Sheila feels pain, she sure hides it well.

When it gets down to the nitty gritty of race results, Sheila has more than a few to boast about. She has 2 World Masters XC Ski Championship medals, and aims for top 10’s on the NorAm Circuit. In 2013 Sheila was the first inductee into the “Gatineau Loppet Trail of Legends” Hall of Fame, and was CBC Radio-Canada/LeDroit personality of the week in recognition of this award. This recognized Sheila’s contribution for helping promote cross country skiing, and both the number of times she has participated in the Gatineau Loppet and for her outstanding results over the years (Sheila has finished among the top 4 women in the Gatineau Loppet event 16 times). Arguably a beast at all race distances, Sheila is partial to 15km pursuits. She is personally sponsored by Rossignol.

As a member of XC Ottawa, Sheila is not only a role model for her teammates but she enjoys promoting physical activity to youth through coaching. She has a Masters degree in Public Health (Health Promotion), and works with researchers investigating how diet influences health and disease. Sheila has coauthored the cookbook and nutrition guide, Food For Thought: Healing Foods to Savor. Sheila also maintains a twitter account and a website where she writes about nutrition, physical activity, sports science, and tasty nourishing foods.

HometownOttawa, Ontario
Personal Sponsors:Rossignol, Infinity, New Balance Ottawa
Best Results: 1 silver, 3 bronze medals at World Master's Championships, 2011
3rd, 53km Skate, Gatineau Loppet 2011
5th, Haywood NorAm mini-tour Orford, 2011
1st, 53km Classic and 23km Skate Gatineau Loppet 2010
1st, 53km Skate, Gatineau Loppet, 2009
4th, 15km Classic and 10km skate, Eastern Canadian Championships, Gatineau QC, 2009
1st, NCD Race Series Open Women, 2008 & 2009
10th, Canadian Nationals 2008, 30km Classic
1st, CAN Rollerski Championships, 2006
Performance Goals: Top 10 performances at Canadian Nationals
Top 5 performances at Canada Cups
Top 3 at Eastern Canadian Championships
Top 3 at Gatineau Loppet
Other Pursuits:Nutritional epidemiology & health promotion research, mom
Skate:V2 XL98R carbon-fiber
Classic:V2 920, V2 Aero SC (combi)

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Sheila's Articles...

XC Local 11 Reasons (& more!) to run the Jim Howe Memorial XC Race this Saturday  (2016/10/12)
Race Report Uphill Double Pole Rollerski Time Trial  (2016/08/28)
XC Local April 7 Skiing  (2016/04/07)
Race Report XC Ottawa reunites at XC Ski Nationals Distance Race  (2016/03/30)
XC Local Mooney's Bay 5 km Mass Start  (2016/03/07)
XC Local Help Team XC Ottawa raise funds for the Little Angels Blood Cancer Fund  (2016/02/11)
Health An Athlete’s Guide to Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season  (2016/01/13)
Travel-Tourism Winter or not, cross country skiing thrives at some venues  (2015/12/28)
Nutrition 6 Healthy Morning Meals: The Science Behind Breakfast  (2015/09/16)
Athlete Diary Early Season Update  (2015/07/03)
XC Local Thea's Race 2015  (2015/03/10)
Race Report Eload/Emend Marathon Race Report: Gatineau Loppet Weekend - My Strangest Race Ever!  (2015/02/17)
XC Local Eastern Canadian Championships   (2015/01/26)
XC Local eLoad/eMend XC Ottawa Duathlon Cancelled  (2015/01/09)
Workout of the Week December 23 Sprint Practice  (2014/12/23)
Race Report Silver Star!  (2014/12/11)
XC Local Ready to Race: XC Ottawa 2014-15 Season Preview   (2014/11/17)
XC Local Fall Racing Highlights - Karl & Megan Running in Finland  (2014/10/30)
XC Local Run the Chelsea Challenge on Thanksgiving!  (2014/10/10)
XC Local Dave's Strength Machine  (2014/09/30)
Athlete Diary Summer Vacation: Bromont, Vermont, and Connecticut  (2014/08/17)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Do Athletes Need More Protein?  (2014/05/07)
XC Local XC Ottawa at the NCD Awards Banquet  (2014/05/02)
Ski Gear XC Ottawa reports on the Jessie Diggins Gold Line for Women  (2014/03/14)
Race Report Skiathlon at Olympic/Junior/U23 Trials at Canmore Noram  (2014/01/15)
Race Report Silverstar and Sovereign Lakes NorAm Report  (2013/12/12)
Race Preview XC Ottawa Continues the Early Season Training Camp Tradition at Montmorency   (2013/11/18)
Race Report Climb to the Castle Report  (2013/09/17)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest The Iron Needs of Athletes: Who Needs More, and How to Get it Through Your Diet  (2013/07/22)
XC Local Introducing Team XC Ottawa 2013-2014  (2013/05/26)
XC Local Gatineau Loppet 2013 Preview  (2013/02/11)
Race Preview Early Season Racing Plans for XC Ottawa  (2012/11/25)
Ski Gear Buying or Selling Used Skis? Check Out the Racers Edge  (2012/10/08)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Some Inspiration for Healthy Eating  (2012/08/10)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest 21: Will beet juice improve endurance performance?   (2012/06/24)
Race Report Nationals Team Sprint  (2012/03/18)
XC Local Yoga and Pilates for Cross Country Skiing  (2012/01/03)
Race Report NorAm Sovereign Lakes Race Report  (2011/12/12)
Athlete Diary Silverstar!  (2011/12/04)
Race Report Chelsea Challenge 2011  (2011/10/10)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol 20: You carefully fuel your workouts, but how does the rest of your diet stack up?  (2011/08/20)
XC Local Fast & Female Ottawa - What a Day!  (2011/06/13)
XC Local Fast & Female Coming to Ottawa June 12  (2011/05/11)
Environment California Contrasts  (2011/03/28)
Race Report Masters World Cup Wrap Up  (2011/03/13)
Race Report FIS Masters World Cup Report - Day 1  (2011/03/06)
Race Preview Off to Orford!  (2011/01/27)
Race Preview Silverstar Update - The Racing Begins!  (2010/12/09)
Race Preview XC Ottawa Early Season Preview  (2010/11/06)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol 19: Food Rules  (2010/09/08)
Workout of the Week Great dryland drills to get ready for xc ski season  (2010/07/21)
XC Local Fast & Female Camp Fortune  (2010/04/11)
Race Report Haywood Ski Nationals – A fun and successful day at the team Sprints  (2010/03/15)
Race Report Orford Loppet and Quebec Cup Report  (2010/02/15)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol 18: What should I eat before I workout?  (2010/01/08)
Race Preview Silverstar Update: Ready to Race!  (2009/12/11)
Gatineau Park Pictures of Skiing December 1  (2009/12/01)
Training Log Training for XC Skiing in October: What I did last week. . .  (2009/10/25)
Race Report Skinouk Cross Country Run  (2009/10/19)
XC Local Peri's Olympic FUNdraiser Run a Great Success! Story and Pictures  (2009/09/27)
Athlete Diary A Well-Rounded Summer  (2009/08/31)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol 17 - Energy Bars: What to look for, real food alternatives, and a great recipe  (2009/07/13)
Other Sports Ottawa Race Weekend: Inspiration in Pictures  (2009/05/27)
Race Report 2009 Gatineau Loppet: Finally, a first!  (2009/02/18)
Race Report 2009 Vermont SuperTour Race Report and Photos  (2009/02/08)
Gatineau Loppet Sponsor Sheila for the Gatineau Loppet to support Little Angels  (2009/02/05)
Race Report Nakkertok Invitational 2009  (2009/01/24)
Race Preview Silver Star Update and NorAm Sovereign Lakes Race Preview  (2008/12/05)
Race Preview A preview of the early racing season  (2008/11/26)
Athlete Diary Training update, loop time trial, and decaf coffee  (2008/08/24)
Training Training Log: Making the best of summer distractions  (2008/07/14)
XC News Athlete Blogs: An Update  (2008/06/01)
Photos and Videos Pictures of great skiing April 10  (2008/04/10)
Training A Balanced Workout  (2008/03/22)
Race Report 2008 Canadian Ski Nationals: Pictures and Report for Medium Distance Skate - March 19th  (2008/03/20)
Photos and Videos Nakkertok Cookie Race - some pictures  (2008/03/01)
Race Report Ski-O!  (2008/02/25)
Race Report Haywood NORAM Cup Valcartier - Pictures from Pursuit Races  (2007/12/15)
Race Report Race Pictures from Sovereign Lake, B.C.  (2007/12/01)
Athlete Diary Athlete Diary: Racing is Starting.  (2007/11/27)
Photos and Videos We skied this morning! (November 20th)  (2007/11/20)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol 16 - Superfoods for Athletes Series: Tomatoes  (2007/09/20)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol 15 - Superfoods for Athletes Series: Blueberries  (2007/07/25)
Ski Gear Rollerski Reviews  (2007/07/06)
XC News Athlete Blogs and Websites  (2007/05/31)
Race Report Thea's Race Report and Photos  (2007/03/14)
Gatineau Loppet Keskinada 2007: Sponsor Sheila and support the Bone Marrow Transplant Fund  (2007/02/12)
Race Report E Load Marathon Race Report: Mt. Orford Loppet  (2007/02/12)
Photos and Videos 2007 Canmore World Championship Trials Photos - Men's 15km Free  (2007/01/29)
Race Preview 2007 Haywood/NorAm FIS World Championship Trials in Canmore  (2007/01/26)
Athlete Diary Athlete Diary: Winter has FINALLY arrived!  (2007/01/19)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol 14 - Can your eating habits affect global warming?  (2007/01/12)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol 13 - Tips and Recipes for Traveling Athletes  (2006/12/09)
XC Local Photos of great skiing in the Gatineau Park - Dec 2nd!  (2006/12/02)
Race Report 2006 Silverstar Report #4 - Sprint Action + Photos!  (2006/11/26)
XC News 2006 Silverstar Report #2  (2006/11/22)
XC News 2006 Silverstar Report #1  (2006/11/20)
XC News Team XCOttawa training on snow!  (2006/11/13)
Athlete Diary Athlete Diary: Working on Weaknesses  (2006/08/23)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol 12 - Grabbing a Healthy Byte on the Internet: A Guide to Finding Nutritious Recipes  (2006/08/09)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol 11 - Chocolate – a Valentine's tradition is good for the heart  (2006/02/14)
Race Report Mount Orford 30km Classic - Race Report  (2006/02/13)
Gatineau Loppet The Keskinada Archives  (2006/02/09)
XC Local Sponsor Sheila for the Keskinada and support the Bone Marrow Transplant Fund  (2006/02/01)
Race Report Race Report: Nakkertok Invitational  (2006/01/22)
XC Local New Courses for the Keskinada? An Interview with Claude Laramee  (2006/01/17)
Photos and Videos 2006 WJT Val Cartier Race Pictures  (2006/01/05)
XC Local Karhu-XC Ottawa Boxing Day Time Trial a Success  (2005/12/27)
Race Report Canmore Report 1  (2005/12/02)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol 10 - Tips for fighting colds and flu  (2005/11/30)
Workout of the Week Rollerski Time Trials  (2005/10/25)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol. 9 - Food Psychology: What is controlling your eating?  (2005/09/29)
Athlete Diary XC Ottawa Athlete Diary: Sheila Kealey  (2005/09/15)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol. 8 - Five Nutrition Myths Uncovered  (2005/07/29)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol. 7 - Fast Fuel for Busy Athletes  (2005/06/29)
Workout of the Week Intro to Plyometrics  (2005/06/21)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol. 6 - How to Assess Your Diet  (2005/05/10)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol. 5 – Beth Mansfield Interview (Part 2)  (2005/04/10)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol. 4 – Beth Mansfield Interview (Part 1)  (2005/03/31)
Race Report 2005 American Birkie Report: Sheila Kealey  (2005/03/01)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol. 3 – Beating the Bonk!  (2005/02/15)
Workout of the Week Staying Sharp During Race Season with Zone 3-4 Intervals  (2005/01/11)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol. 2 - Eat in Colours  (2004/12/10)
Training 2004 Silver Star Training Camp Report  (2004/11/29)
Sheila's Nutrition Digest Sheila's Nutrition Digest Vol. 1 - Refueling for Recovery  (2004/11/06)
Athlete Diary Sheila's Summer Racing Plans  (2004/07/10)
Sports Science Pre-season dance class helps skiers' back pain  (2004/03/01)
Gatineau Loppet 2003 Keskinada FIS Marathon Cup Race Report - A First Person Report  (2003/02/18)
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