Ellen Pennock is an elite triathlete and this month’s Role Model in the spotlight. We love how Ellen thinks about her impact on the little children who watch her compete, and we think she’s setting a wonderful example.
Q&A with Ellen Pennock
AfL: What is your biggest fear?
Ellen Pennock: My biggest fear would be to neglect the most important things in life for success. And snakes.
AfL: What is your proudest moment?
Ellen Pennock: My proudest moment was racing in front of my home country at the Pan American Games in Toronto this summer. Another proud moment was of my younger brother Russell, when he placed 5th at the Junior World Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2014.
AfL: What is your favourite way to spend time with your family?
Ellen Pennock: Skiing with my family, family walks with our dog, and hiking.
AfL: What is your favourite physical activity?
Ellen Pennock: This is a hard one. I like running on trails for the peace and quiet, biking for exploring, and swimming for relaxation and flow. I do also love to ski because I do it with my family and for the adrenaline.
AfL: Some other little known fact about you that you’d like to share?
Ellen Pennock: My nickname is Steve. I grew up playing basketball, I study Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. And I have a dog named Bear.
AfL: Please tell us in a few words why you’re excited to be an AfL Role Model.
Ellen Pennock: I’m excited to be an AfL Role Model because I want to inspire youth to chase dreams and believe in themselves. One of the most touching moments of my life was at the Pan American Games this year when I waved and smiled at this younger girl in the stands and she immediately lit up. It made me realize how athlete role models can make a big impact on kids’ lives.
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