Nicola Wealth’s partnership with CAN Fund #150Women aligns two organizations with a commitment to superior performance and a mission to inspire excellence. Becoming a CAN Fund #150Women recipient helps ease the financial burden for female athletes so they can focus on reaching their full potential.
Each week Nicola Wealth will be featuring a CAN Fund #150Women Recipient as they prepare to represent Canada on the world stage. This week we spoke with Malindi Elmore on her EPIC journey to rekindle her dream after 17 years, breaking records in her sport, and the impact of being a CAN Fund #150Women recipient.
Hometown: Kelowna, BC
Multiple CAN Fund #150Women Recipient
Malindi first made her mark as a middle-distance runner, making her Olympic debut competing in the 1500m event at the 2004 Games in Athens where she first became a CAN Fund recipient. After ten years on the national team and two more quadrennials of trying to qualify for a second Games, Malindi made the decision to hang up her spikes in 2012 to pursue life outside of sport.
Malindi graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, earned a Master of Environmental Design from the University of Calgary and has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from UBC Okanagan. In 2018, nearly seven years after her retirement and mother of two boys Charlie and Oliver, Malindi returned to competitive sport as a marathon runner.
In January 2020, a month shy of Malindi’s 40th birthday, she broke the Canadian women’s marathon record running a 20:24:50 and qualifying for the Games this summer. Remarkably this was only Malindi’s second marathon ever. Watch for Malindi on Friday, August 6 as she competes for Canada in what will be her second Games appearance.
What does it mean to you to represent Canada?
I feel so privileged to represent the best country in the world. There is so much pride in stepping on the line wearing a maple leaf on my vest. I feel so much support from the community of runners across Canada and know that they are all behind me when I race. I want to do my family, friends and community proud and feel like when I run, I am running for everyone.
What are your words to live by?
Sometimes doing your best is not enough, sometimes you must do what is required.
How has CAN Fund #150Women made an impact on you?
Being a CAN Fund #150Women is an amazing honour. I love the idea of women across Canada supporting other women in their goals to be the best they can be in sport. It means a lot to me that people care about what we are doing and are enthusiastic contributors – it takes a village and we have an amazing network. I am delighted to be back doing a sport I love and thrilled my body and mind continue to be able to perform at a high level.
Follow Malindi’s journey @MalindiElmore on Instagram and Twitter @150Women