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 a female athlete so she can focus on reaching her 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 Carling Zeeman about being a Canadian athlete and the impact of being a CAN Fund #150Women recipient.
Hometown: Cambridge, ON
CAN Fund #150Women Recipient
Carling has been on the national rowing team since 2013 and is a force to be reckoned with in the women’s single scull. She is a 2x Pan Am Games gold medalist and multiple world cup medalist.
Carling made her Olympic debut in 2016 at the Summer Games in Rio where she finished among the top 10. Fast forward to today and she is currently ranked 6th in the world and has qualified Canada’s spot in the women’s single scull and is currently preparing for the Games this summer.
What are your words to live by?
To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
Tell us about your journey to be the best in the world?
Things worth fighting for don’t always come easily, and I have learned that through my rowing career. In 2017 a coach once told me you either sink or swim. Obviously, I chose to swim, and that has been the best decision for me as an athlete. I train 6 days a week, about 5 hours a day and to be at my best I train with the men’s squad which entails a daily grind of losing, rowing more minutes than my teammates and rising above what I thought I was capable of to prove I have a seat at the table. If I could leave one legacy, it would be that girls, specifically, are capable of so much more than we ever give them credit for and I’m on a mission to prove it.
How has being a CAN Fund #150Women Canadian female athlete made an impact on you?
Being a CAN Fund #150Women recipient is a pretty cool thing; you’re part of this group of phenomenal athletes across Canada, some with Olympic medals, some destined to get their medals in the years to come. You’re brought together by this incredible bond, knowing that other athletes have made the same commitments to their sport as you have. Knowing that the support comes from women supporting women is even cooler!! Sometimes we need reminders that people are behind us and supporting us, and this female initiative is so empowering!!
Follow Carling’s journey: @Carling_Zeeman on Instagram and @ZeeMonsta on Twitter.