Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - September 2015
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Name: Michelle Salt
Sport: Para-Snowboard, Para-Cycling
Level: National, Olympic

1. What are some of your accomplishments? 

- 9th at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi in Snowboardcross. 
- National Para-Snowboard Champion for 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons. 
- 3rd at Canadian IPC Para-Snowboard World Cup in 2014-15. 
- 4th at Para-Cycling World Cup in Germany in July 2015. 

2. How long have you competed as a Para Athlete? 

4 years ago I was in a near fatal motorcycle accident where I broke numerous bones, needed 28 units of blood, and lost my right leg 10 inches above the knee. Upon finding out about my leg after coming off life support, I decided that I wanted to become a paralympian. I narrowed down my sports to snowboard and cycling.  3 months after leaving the hospital, I was back on my snowboard and on a bike. I'm now going into my 3rd year of competing in Para-Snowboarding and first year in Para-Cycling.

3. What was the hardest part about transitioning into para-sports?

Learning to do everything all over again has been the most challenging. I had 12 years of experience in snowboarding prior to my accident so I figured it would be a cakewalk getting back onto my snowboard and bike. But in reality it just didn’t work the same way any more. I’ve learned to adapt and with the help of technology and a great support system, I've figured it out and become competitive again.

4. Did you compete in sport prior to your accident?

From the time I was 7, I was competitive in track and field and played basketball throughout my youth. As an adult I got more into long distance running and competed in my first fitness competition just 2 months before my accident.

5. What are you most grateful for since your accident?

The support I've received from the community, from all the medical professionals that played a role in saving my life and in my recovery, and the sports world. I am extremely thankful to be able to go back to the things that I love.

6. How has your training at the Athlete Factory played a role in your successes? 

Thanks to Sr S&C Coach Robin Bauer, Dr. Evan Schmidt and the Athlete Factory team, I have seen a huge difference in my strength, endurance and overall performance. Their expertise and knowledge is something that I was lacking in my physical preparation leading into my seasons. We now have a long term in place to get me on the podium in both the Winter and Summer Paralympics.

7. What advice do you have for young female athletes and amputees? 

Everyone's journey will have struggles but try to focus on your accomplishments. Rick Hansen once told me "attitude is everything" and I believe that's the start to achieving great things.

Continual Development
We place a high degree of importance and focus on on-going development of our staff. This fall more of our staff embark on Masters and PhDs!
  • Coaches Tamara Jarrett, Derek Weber, Sandro Rajic and Tad Desimone will be pursuing their Master’s in Strength and Conditioning through the University of Saint Mary’s UK.
  • Coaches Robin Bauer, Richina Foggo and Olivia Mohtadi will be pursuing their Professional Master’s in Elite Performance through The University of Central Lancashire researching rotational power, performance psychology and injury prevention respectively, in relation to our Performance Director Paul Balsom's doctorate research.
  • Coach Dan Balsom is pursuing his Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance through The University of Central Lancashire researching change of direction, also in relation to Performance Director Paul Balsom's doctorate research.
  • Operations Manager Sean Bahry is pursuing his Masters in Sports Administration through Canisius College, US.
Also, Coach Jessica Leemans just completed her 2nd post graduate degree with a Masters in Health and Human Performance specializing in Strength and Conditioning. 
January Learmond, RMT

January Learmond is graduate from Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapies in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She just moved to Calgary and is extremely excited to start her career in conjunction with the team at The Athlete Factory!  January originally went to college for Business Administration and after 9 years in administrative roles in medical and business offices she decided to pursue her dream of working as a health care provider.  That is how her journey into Massage Therapy started!  
January has since completed 2500 hours of practical application of massage including; MET's bone mobilization, fascial integration, hydrotherapy, and exercise rehabilitation.  An osteopathic approach to looking at the whole body instead of chasing pain and symptoms helps her provide clients with an efficient and effective way of treating their dysfunctions. It is January’s pleasure to work together with each client and their coaching teams in order to achieve their highest performance goals.  
In her free time she enjoys working on stained glass projects, hiking, mountain biking, reading/writing, doing yoga, and photography.

Visit our reception or call 403 255 7703 to book your appointment today!

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Holiday Hours
- Monday September 7th 9am-4pm

Performance Assessments
- Wednesday September 2nd - 5:30pm
- Tuesday September 8th - 7:30pm
- Saturday September 26th - 10:00am

Athlete Memberships available for $30/month! 
Factory Fix:
High Intensity Circuit Session has moved to a new time!

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. every Saturday

New clients welcome!


Nick Blevins and Gordie McRorie named to Canada's National Rugby Team set to compete in the Rugby World Cup this month.
Kirstie Kasko wins 4 medals at the Para PanAm games in the pool. 3 silvers and 1 bronze and set the Canadian record in 100m back. 
Catherine Karruthers won a silver medal in the 80m hurdles at Junior Canadian Nationals.
Geneva Roach won gold in the Open Women's Slalom at Canadian Nationals. She also secured a silver in Tricks, and won Gold in Jump, Trick and Slalom at the Canadian Open, her first professional tournament of the year.
Rachel Barlow, Julia Fox, Sharnae Sedres and Kennedy Morgan of Calgary Foothills Soccer 01’s won the U14 Tier 1 Club Provincials and will be off to Club Canadian Nationals in the fall.
Rachele Polinelli with Calgary Foothills Soccer 01’s won U14 Tier 2 Club Provincials.
Brynn Masikewich made the All Star Team for U15 Basketball Nationals. Alberta went on to finish 5th in the tournament.
Summer Masikewich represented Alberta on the U17 team.
Good luck to all hockey boys headed off to camps!

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