Colleen grew up in Calgary and was a multi-sport athlete, playing soccer, volleyball, basketball, and water polo. After high school, she played varsity volleyball at Queen’s University where she received her Bachelor of Applied Science in Biomechanical Engineering. Colleen went on to play professional volleyball in overseas leagues for four seasons. Recently, she completed her Master of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering degree from UBC.
Being a part of the sport community in Calgary shaped who she is in so many ways. In addition to teaching her a healthy and active lifestyle, sport gave her a community of coaches, teammates, and so many others, including volunteers, parents, and supporters, who helped her grow into the person she is today.
Sport taught her important life skills including how to set goals, be disciplined, and handle criticism and setbacks. It taught her courage, and the importance of failure in the learning process.