The Athlete of the Month is our way of acknowledging a BC-located athlete who has displayed outstanding performances in their sport and deserves recognition. Athletes chosen monthly to be the face of Canadian Sport Institute Pacific will receive a celebration feature on our website and a gift from 2XU.
Each athlete selected as Athlete of the Month receives a small token of congratulation sponsored by 2XU. CSI Pacific would like to thank 2XU for their generosity and support of the program.
September 30th, 1980
Place of Birth:
Keith Wilson (Husband)
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
- Olympic Bronze, Rio 2016
- 2x World Champion
Reason for Nomination
A three-time Olympian, Catharine Pendrel is one of Canada’s most decorated cyclists winning medals at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, and World Championships. Based in Kamloops, Catharine has been registered with PacificSport Interior BC and Canadian Sport Institute Pacific for more than ten years and recently was named Canadian Cyclist’s Canadian Cyclist of the Decade (December 2019). Currently, Catharine is ranked top-15 internationally in mountain bike, and before the pandemic was gearing up to qualify and prepare for Tokyo 2020.
What does it mean to you to be a 3x Olympian?
It still shocks me to hear sometimes. It means hard work was rewarded with some amazing experiences.
How did you first get in to cycling?
My brother Geoff thought I should give it a try. I definitely wouldn’t have stuck it out in the early days without his help.
Being announced Canadian Cyclist of the Decade is a huge accomplishment, how did you celebrate?
It was just after Christmas so with family and training for another decade of bike adventures.
Did achieving that title fuel you into more motivation to succeed, or are you feeling like you’ve accomplished what you’ve needing to?
I am definitely happy with what I have been able to achieve with my career, but sport always provides you with new challenges you want to overcome. I feel like I could keep learning how to improve my entire life. It has never been about the rewards, but about the challenges and curiosity about improvement.
How has the postponement of Tokyo 2020 affected your life?
Big time! Not just Tokyo, but zero races I can plan for with certainty. My ability to train has not been greatly impacted, but my focus has had to dial back towards looking for daily successes and enjoying the moment and training for the sake of training.
Is Tokyo 2021 still in the picture?
A good question. I had planned on retiring this season, but I am not sure I am finished yet 😉
What is about Mountain Bike that makes it your preference of cycling?
Mountain biking offers so much variation. Every course is totally different and reflects the area you are visiting. I also like that it is an individual sport where I can push myself to my maximum, but also get to enjoy travelling and training with teammates and I like the duration of the event. 90 minutes is perfect for me… most days. I can push hard the entire time which is engaging, but also have to be smart to finish strong and of course it’s fun!!!