Team YT Canada Games 2011: Dahria Beatty

Whitehorse native Dahria Beatty has been skiing most of her life. While most three-year-olds were learning the alphabet, Dahria was already learning how to strap on a pair of cross country skis.

Whitehorse native Dahria Beatty has been skiing most of her life. While most three-year-olds were learning the alphabet, Dahria was already learning how to strap on a pair of cross country skis. Thirteen years later, she has been selected as one of the talented young athletes who will compete at the 2011 Canada Winter Games as a member of Team Yukon.

Whether she is skiing on the trails of her home territory or competing half way around the world, you can be sure that Dahria will Go For It. As an accomplished skier, her drive and dedication for her sport have established her as an athlete to watch. “Last year I qualified as a member of the Canadian National Junior Team,” she says. “I was able to represent Canada at the Junior World Championships in Germany in 2010. There were only four girls on that team. It was one of my proudest accomplishments so far.”

Despite the thrill of competing, Dahria really likes to just Keep It Fun. She is passionate about her sport and looks forward to every opportunity to be outside on her skis. “I really love skiing. Not just the racing, but just being able to go out and ski. Just the fact that you can go out and ski for about two hours, or however long, and be completely by yourself with nature. It’s really peaceful.”

Skiing is an amazing cardiovascular activity. Dahria’s training allows her to Stay Healthy and to compete at her maximum potential. “I usually ski about six times a week, and in the winter my training is completely specific to skiing. I do strength and intensity training, and I work on technique.  I also like to play basketball as a way of cross-training.”

Reaching Dahria’s level of competition does not come easy, but with hard work and a positive attitude, it is possible.  “It takes a lot of training, dedication and patience. Skiing has taught me that even if you don’t have a good race one day, you don’t give up. One event won’t be the end. Sometimes that’s an important thing to learn – how to lose. Keep your love for the sport going and keep training and you’ll see results.” 

True Sport wishes Dahria the best of success at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, and in the future!