Nicole Neish going to University Games

The following was taken from today’s Winnipeg Free Press

By: Ashley Prest

Posted: 11/30/2013 3:17 AM

Nicole Neish




Canada’s biathlon team coach for the 2013 Winter Universiade (world university games); learning assistant with the Government of Canada

Accomplishments: After ditching dance to raise a rifle when she was 15 years old, Neish became hooked on the sport that combines cross-country skiing with marksmanship. She learned, trained and competed as a member of the Canadian Cadets organization where she now coaches. Neish was selected as the head coach for Canada’s biathlon team for the 2013 Winter Unviersiade, which starts Dec. 10, in Trentino, Italy. The 10-member team includes Jessica Biggs of the University of Manitoba. Part of Neish’s healthy lifestyle is walking her dog, walking home from work, cycling and running. In addition to that, Neish continues her personal biathon training by going to the shooting range once a week and cross-country skiing regularly. She said she was thrilled to be selected to Team Canada as a coach and may find herself this winter lured back into competition at the masters (25+) level.

1. Favourite workout?

I’m really into hot yoga. Not only does it increase flexibility and helps prevent injury, but it’s a great workout. It’s also a much needed break from the cold during the winter, when I spend the majority of my time outside coaching.

2. Favourite workout song?

I like a mix of rock, punk and some dance. I really like the Foo Fighters, Green Day, White Stripes, Weezer, The Ramones and of course AC/DC. I like a good beat to help me to keep a steady tempo for running and skiing, which keeps my motivation up and ensures a constant speed as I get into longer distances.

3. Fitness tip?

Cross train. Varying your workouts helps to develop similar muscle groups, it keeps training fun and prevents overuse injuries. You don’t have to be an expert at everything, so have fun trying different sports and workouts.

4. What’s in your fridge?

Lots of fresh vegetables. I enjoy making hearty vegetable soups and vegetarian chili and freezing it in individual sized portions for a quick healthy meal or snack anytime.

5. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Cheese of any kind, from a truffle Gouda to a jar of Cheez Whiz, I love it all. I would be pretty devastated if I ever happened to develop lactose intolerance.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 30, 2013 D16