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.
|Personal Sponsors:||Rossignol, Infinity, New Balance Ottawa|
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
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|