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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

20 Questions with Lauren Babineau!

We would like to introduce you to the newest member of Team Infinit - Lauren Babineau! Lauren is native to British Columbia and competes in Triathlons locally and internationally. Throughout her career in Tri's, Lauren has been named the 2013, 2014 and 2015 BC Provincial Sprint Distance, Olympic Distance and Duathlon Champion. She also earned a bronze medal at the ITU World Championships (Age Group 20-24). We've asked Lauren 20 questions below so we could get to know her! Enjoy. 

1. Who do you admire the most in sport?
I started following the sport of triathlon because of Mirinda Carfrae. Both of us don’t have a formal background in swimming, cycling, and running, however her active and tenacious childhood resonated with my own upbringing…which planted the ‘triathlon seed’ in my mind. I admire her fierce competitive nature, ability to dig deep, and resilience to keep working towards her goals.

2. Were you involved in sport before Triathlon?
I was always active growing up; I was the student who easily got an A+ in gym class.
I did everything from dancing to rugby, basketball, volleyball, tae-kwon-do, swimming, and more! However soccer was the one that stuck the most – I played soccer from the age of 5 all the way to 21

3. Why did you decide to make the switch from soccer to triathlon? Aside from Mirinda Carfrae's inspiration, what made you fall in love with the sport of triathlon?
Triathlon being not just one sport - but three - perfectly fits my driven, Type A personality. It highlights my dedication. My resilience. I like having to work for it. Triathlon is physically challenging - pushing my own beliefs to their limit again and again. Triathlon is mentally challenging - pushing my own beliefs to their limit again and again. It makes me feel like a badass. It's thrilling. It's caused some of the highest-adrenaline filled moments in my life. The happy endorphin's are great!

4. Biggest accomplishment/Proudest moment so far in your athletic career?
World Sprint Championships (2013) Bronze Medal (20-24)
Provincial Champion Sprint Distance, Olympic Distance and Duathlon (2013, 2014, 2015)

5. Who is your role model?
He’s my hero, my teacher, my inspiration, my biggest fan, and most importantly, my dad.
As a kid, I wanted to be like my dad. Today, I still do.

6. What did you want to be when you were younger?
James Bond

7. What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Do more of what makes you happy and don’t care what others think.

8. Where have you travelled to outside of Canada?
World Duathlon Championships Portugal, Spain
World Triathlon Championships, London & Chicago
In 2011, I lived in Bermuda, working as a Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor at the Fairmont Southampton. I’ve also done two Caribbean cruises where we travel to various destinations along the route.

Quickfire Questions:

9. Favourite song to listen to while training/before competing:
HyperParadise - FLUME

10. Country you want to visit:
I would love to do some of the classic climbs through the French Alpes and Pyrenees

11. Cooking, baking or take out? 
Cooking for sure! BBQ'ing is up there for me as well (12 months of the year!). I like to know what goes into my food. 

12. Favourite food:
Lately I have been addicted to ‘Glory Bowls’ – they are easy to make, endless options for variety, and deliver an abundance of nutrients in one delicious bowl!
(Named after a favourite ski bowl at Whitewater Ski Resort in Nelson, B.C., it embodies healthy, fun West Kootenay living.)

13. Favourite 'cheat meal'?
Hmm I don't consider it a cheat meal however... But I love making the biggest (and therefore messiest) homemade burgers

14. Favourite TV Show/ Movie:
Suits and House of Cards

15. Favourite Book:
I am not one to finish a book that I don’t enjoy… So whatever book I am currently reading means it is a good one! Right now I am working my way through is Moneyball

16. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island?
An axe, rope, and my brother

17. Hobbies?
Anything outdoors and active! I can’t wait to try kiteboarding this summer! Hiking, rock-climbing, paddleboarding, skiing (water and snow), yoga, etc. However when I do chill out, I love a good camp fire, watching movies, and making a mess in the garden and kitchen!

18. Favourite animal? 
My dog - Kaya. She is the most energetic Springer Spaniel I have ever had. She makes me laugh (out loud) every day.

19. You win the lottery, what do you do? 
Travel! And bring any family and friends who are game along with me

20. What are your social media accounts?