Strathmore's very own Tamara Jones fights for her chance to represent Canada at the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
Jones is first a devoted wife, mother, and daughter. At 28 years old her dream of competing in the Olympics and doing what she loves may soon be a reality.
Her first loves are her husband and her two boys, but she has always held a special place in her life for skateboarding. As a wife and mother it can be hard to find time to train. It is not always easy, but she finds a way. As winter approaches, training has to move indoors, which can make it a little more difficult, but Jones is determined to not let anything stand in her way of achieving her dream.
She started skateboarding at 13 and competed until the age of 20. She took part in the X-Games, Super Girl, Maloof Money Cup and more.
With the support of family and friends, she was able to travel the United States to compete, and was ranked as the top female in Canada. She won three of four DC national contests during her years of competition.
The International Olympic Committee announced last year that skateboarding was going to be added to the lineup of events at the 2020 Olympics in Japan. Jones was beyond excited and she has been working steadily to make getting there to compete a reality.
Jones said, "Right now life is crazy, and overwhelming juggling family, a house, and trying to fit in skating and all the other people who need me. One thing I am sure of is I wouldn't have it any other way, bring it on!"
Jones is heading to Montreal this weekend for an official Olympic qualifier. She is excited to see all of her friends in the skate community. She cannot wait to represent Strathmore, and says she is feeling confident and comfortable on her board.
Jones has been fundraising tirelessly this year and is thankful for all the help she has received. So far her Facebook page is up for people to visit and to see what and where she is heading next. There is no funding in Canada for lone athletes to attend qualifying competitions, which they must do in order to secure a place on the Olympic team. She must compete in multiple events over the next year and a half and finish as one of the top three women in order to earn her spot on the Olympic team.