Growing up in Thunder Bay this two-time Olympian first got introduced to gliding down snow covered hills through the skiing in the schools program. It was while attending a World Cup event at Big Thunder in the late 1980s that he was introduced to the world of Nordic skiing, and he never looked back.
Going on to dedicate two decades to the sport, he spent the first part of his career specializing in ski jumping. Rising through the ranks he served on the national team representing Canada at events around the world. Claiming a 1995 junior national title, he earned a spot on the Canadian team competing at the 1995 Nordic World Ski Championships held in Thunder Bay. The youngest member of the squad he finished as the top Canadian in the K90, placing 39th overall and the second best Canadian in the K120. That same season he competed as the only Canadian ski jumper at the 1995 World Junior championships.
Claiming a 1998 national title, he decided to make the transition to the challenging sport of Nordic combined. Quickly making his way on to the national team, he spent the next decade representing Canada at four World Ski Championships, two Olympic Winter Games and numerous World Cup, Continental Cup, and Grand Prix events.
Making it on to the podium in World Cup B events, in 2003 he became the lone Canadian to compete full time in Nordic combined on the World Cup A circuit. Narrowly missing the chance to attend the 2002 Olympics, he set his sights on the 2006 Games. Moving his way up in the rankings, he became the first Canadian to qualify to compete in Nordic combined at the Olympics since the 1988 Calgary Games. Retiring following the 2006 Games in Torino he turned his attention to coaching and trying his hand at speed skating. Coming out of retirement to try to qualify for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, he did just that, becoming Canada's only representative in Nordic combined in Vancouver.
Being credited with bringing the sport of Nordic combined back to Canada, and given his commitment to sport and the Olympic movement, this dedicated athlete was named to the Athlete Commission of the Canadian Olympic Committee and served as an Athlete Service Officer at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Combining his athletic career with academics, he earned his Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and has recently returned home to Thunder Bay to attend Lakehead University.
Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 27th, 2014