Kirsty was born and raised in North Vancouver, BC. She grew up participating in many sports including track & field, cross country running, swimming, waterpolo, mountain bike racing, ice hockey, field hockey, soccer, tennis, skiing, and basketball. Kirsty eventually found her passion for running and went on to receive a full athletic scholarship at Villanova University for Cross Country and Track.
Kirsty graduated summa cum laude from Villanova University in 2005 with a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics. During her time at Villanova she was a 4 time NCAA All-Academic recipient, 4 time Big East Top Scholar, 2 time XC All-Mid Atlantic, and captain of the women’s cross country team in 2004.
Since graduating from Villanova, Kirsty represented Canada at the World XC Championships and NACAC XC Championships. From 2006-2008, Kirsty trained with the Canadian National Triathlon Center and competed in ITU Olympic Distance Triathlons.
In 2009, Kirsty suffered torn cartilage in her hip that put her out of competition from 2009-2011. After surgery and extensive rehab, Kirsty returned to full training in 2012.
Kirsty received a Master's in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University in May of 2012. While at Columbia, Kirsty served as a graduate assistant coach for the varsity track and xc teams.
In 2013, Kirsty returned to triathlon racing and earned her professional card from Triathlon Canada. She went on to race her first year as a pro in Ironman 70.3 events in 2014. Check out the racing section to see Kirsty's past results and upcoming races for 2018.