I am so pleased to present this year’s Love4Gambia runner and fundraiser, Juliane Lacroix!
Juliane was born and raised in Northen Ontario, in the small French community of Hearst. From a very young age, Juliane has been very active and involved in different sports and clubs such as competitive swimming, cross country skiing, soccer, piano lessons, scouts, school council, just to name a few. Juliane is an enthusiastic and dynamic person; she is always willing to try something new!
In 2005, Juliane moved to the National Capital to study Theater and French at the University of Ottawa. During her fourth year, she decided she wanted to be a teacher. She has always loved working with children. Throughout her adolescence she worked as a babysitter, a piano teacher, a swimming instructor and a French tutor. Juliane loves the positive energy in children.
After completing her studies in Ottawa, Juliane moved ‘down under’ for two years, in Newcastle, Australia to complete her Master of Teaching. Studying abroad was one of Juliane’s dream. This is where she started participating in triathlons. She joined a club and automatically fell in love with the sport. During her time in Australia, she not only finished her Masters but traveled around the continent and completed over 20 triathlons and running races.
Juliane returned to Ottawa in 2012 where she soon started working as a Grade 7 teacher. Most of her free time was dedicated to training and racing. She was hooked! In 2013, she won 3rd place in her age-group at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas. Last summer, Juliane completed her first Ironman in Mont-Tremblant and qualified for the Kona World Championships in Hawaii where she finished 7th in her age-group. This woman is unstoppable!
Juliane decided to take a sabbatical year to travel and volunteer around the globe. “Another one of my bucket-list dreams!”, she said. When she found out about the Love4Gambia project, she jumped at the opportunity! She is so excited to be running across The Gambia this fall while raising money for a great cause.
I told her that the experience will change her. She will meet some incredible people along the way. The NSGA support team in the Gambia is the best.
As someone who is also from northern Ontario, I feel a certain kinship with Juliane. I have no doubt that she will be incredible and I can’t wait for our Gambian brothers and sisters to meet her!
Bonne chance Juliane!!