Hometown: Calgary, AB
Ski Club: Foothills Nordic Ski Club
DOB: Apr 20, 1990
Academia/Work: Athabasca University, Sciences
Favorite Race: 10km Pursuit
2011/2012 Season Goal: To compete at World U23 Championships in Turkey
Words of Wisdom:
"A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor" ~ African Proverb
Born and raised in Calgary, Marlis began skiing like most kids, trailing after her parents in Kananaskis Country. Although she was often plied with the lure of snacks, Marlis quickly grew to liking the sport. Her early ski trips were spent with Team Loki, an enthusiastic group of Masters racers, and she has many fond memories exploring Silver Star and the Canmore Nordic Center trails. Marlis later joined Foothills Nordic’s JackRabbit program and took to the racing concept naturally. Marlis is a poster child for athlete development in Alberta as she advanced and found success at all events from local, regional and provincial races to National and International Championships. Marlis was a member of the Alberta Ski Team and the Canadian Junior team as well as represented Alberta at the 2007 Canada Winter Games. Marlis has represented Canada at the 2008, 2009 and 2010 World Junior Championships as well as at her World Cup debut in 2009 at the Callahan Valley in British Colombia.
Since graduating high school in 2008 with top grades at National Sports School in Calgary, Alberta, Marlis moved to Canmore to train with the Academy and commit to training full-time to achieve her skiing goals. Marlis is a well-rounded athlete, finding success as both a distance and sprint racer. In January 2010 at the World Junior Trials in Val Cartier, Quebec Marlis won a Silver medal in the Skate sprint. At the same event, Marlis won the Junior Women category by over a minute in the 10km Classic discipline and placed 6th in the Senior Women Category.
With her eyes on the 2012 U23 Championships in Erzurum, Turkey, Marlis is eager to get this season underway and begin the hunt for more international success. Outside of training, Marlis can often be found with a cup of tea in hand, doing homework in order to attain a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Athabasca. Marlis is extremely hard working and generous with a level head on her shoulders, which is admired by her teammates. This experienced leader on the Academy will be looking to add to her established career.
2008, 2009, 2010 – World Junior Championships Team
2009 – Junior Women Aggregate
2008 – Junior Girl Aggregate
3 years on Junior National Team
12 medals at National Championships, 7 Gold