Meet Danae

Danae has been working with Health in Focus since the fall of 2012 when she was just breaking in as a Junior Elite Triathlete.  In the spring of 2013 she became one of our first Sponsored Athletes!  Having now graduated to the Senior level she has grown so much as an athlete and we are excited to continue to work with her as she achieves more in her career.

Connect with Danae on Instagram: @danae.morris


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Name:  Danae Morris
Age:  20
Born: Ottawa, ON
Sport:  Triathlon

How old were you when you began your sport?  11

What made you first interested in your sport?  
My dad was the one who convinced me to participate in the Picton KOS Triathlon. I already had a little bit of running experience as I had participated in multiple elementary school road races. My dad biked and ran with me to help me prepare. Without his patience and encouragement, I would never have fallen in love with the sport.

What are your goals?  
To one day race in the world triathlon series and represent Canada.

Who is your coach?  
Randy Zabukovec

Who inspires you?  
I am inspired by Carolyn Murray, who coached me when I trained in Victoria last winter. After training under her humble spirit and infectious enthusiasm, I began to see the grace and confidence that she exudes in the triathlon setting and in all of her interactions. Her character and insight inspire me to approach each training session with a positive attitude. She taught me that being an athlete is something to be cherished, and this inspiration has helped me form a healthy outlook on the sport. I am also greatly inspired by Randy, my coach here in Kingston. Without his patience, wisdom, and selfless spirit, I would not love the sport to the extent that I do today. He has helped me in ways that I will never be able to repay. For this I could not be more grateful, and as a result my inspiration continues to grow.

What has been your highlight so far?  
This past summer when I competed in my first race with girls from countries outside of Canada. I had a swim that landed me in a good position heading onto the bike, but with some tough luck my shoe fell off and I ended up riding with only two other girls. We suffered on the bike and lost time, but the highlight was when I got off, determined not to let that gap define my race. I eventually passed girls from the pack I missed, and learned that no matter what goes wrong in a race, it is important to never give up…ever!!!

Do you have any other talents or interesting facts about you?  
Hmm…none that I can think of!

Your favourite…
Food: Sweet potatoes
Candy:  I’m not a big candy person, but does cake count??
Sport (Besides your own):  Cross Fit. I don’t train or participate in any way, shape or form, but my brother is a competitor and watching his journey always fascinates (and humbles) me!  
Holiday:  Easter
Movie:  10 Things I Hate About You
Animal:   Seals

Do you have any words of wisdom or final thoughts?  
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

What has this sponsorship provided you or how has it helped you on your journey?
Without regular massage treatment, little nagging pains would easily turn into bigger and more chronic issues. This sponsorship has allowed me to address those worrisome aches and pains that are inevitable with training, and help me to recover from my training. Through regular treatment, I have learned how important it is to know and understand my body, and that even if everything is feeling “okay” there is always something that needs to be worked on. I could not be more thankful for this sponsorship; it plays an integral role in my health, recovery, and confidence as an athlete.