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U SPORTS 2019 FISU Games | Getting to know Aidan Kirkham

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Getting to know your Team Canada 2019 FISU Winter Universiade athletes: Aidan Kirkham, Cross Country Skiing

U SPORTS sits down with the athletes set to don the maple leaf at the World University Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia in our interview series “Getting to know…”

Name: Aidan Kirkham
School: Carleton University
Sport (years): Cross Country Skiing (9 years)
Program: Environmental Science
Hometown: Kanata, Ont.

  1. What are your thoughts on representing Team Canada at a major international event, and most specifically at the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade?

Totally stoked, it is a great honor.

  1. Is this the first time you have been selected to represent Canada on the international stage or at the Universiade? Current track record (national and/or international)?

First time representing Canada on the international stage and first time at Universiade. Currently place in the Top 10-30 at Canadian Championship events.

  1. What are you most looking forward to in Krasnoyarsk, Russia outside of the competition?

Experiencing Russian culture. This will be my first time out of North America so I am excited to see how different Russia is from Canada/USA.

  1. What are your personal and/or team goals for this Universiade?

Personal goals would be to finish in the Top 30 in the 10km classic/10km skate. Team goals would be to help my team achieve the best result possible in the 4×7.5 km relay.

  1. Do you have a nickname in your sport?

The AK, AK.

  1. What are you listening to right now / what is your pump-up music?

A wide variety, don’t really have a pump up song.

  1. Current favorite TV show?

Trailer Park Boys.

  1. What message would you like to share with Team Canada followers / the U SPORTS community?

The sport of cross country skiing isn’t just a bunch of old people leisurely shuffling through the woods or in a field. It is an awesome sport where you get to be outside, push yourself to your limits, stay fit and meet great people. Plus with two techniques, various race formats and race distances ranging from 1.5 km to 50 km, there is a style of race out there for everyone to enjoy.