SLt Hamm represents Canada at international cross-country skiing competition

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Navy News / April 4, 2019

When Camille Hamm was three years old she learned how to cross-country ski. She started competing when she was eight.

Now a Sub-Lieutenant (SLt), she was part of a team of Canadian university athletes that participated in the 29th Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, from March 2 to March 12, 2019.

“The experience was absolutely amazing!” said SLt Hamm after returning to Canada.

“The cross-country race courses were some of the most challenging that I have ever had the opportunity to compete on and participated in what was some of the most competitive racing field that I have ever raced in.”

SLt Hamm says competing in cross-country skiing has allowed her to push herself and become a person that is focused and determined to reach her goals. Though she didn’t win any medals, she said she is very happy with her performance overall on the international stage.

Difficulties and disappointments only motivate her to do better at her next training intensity session or race, she says. Maintaining this perspective has helped her in her career as a Naval Reservist.

“As a Reserve Force member as I am constantly placed in situations where I must problem solve and often work in stressful situations,” she said. “The lessons that my sport has taught me have allowed me to persevere and continue to work through tough times.”

Her job as a Naval Reservist has also allowed her to become a stronger competitor as well.

“Mental toughness is a skill that is developed a lot throughout Naval Warfare Officer Training. Learning to work in conditions with sometimes very little sleep and a lot of stress forces you to adapt and learn how to perform in these environments,” said SLt Hamm.

“All of the skills that I have acquired in the Reserves have definitely carried over into the other aspects of my life and have helped me become a more driven athlete.”

The 2019 Winter Universiade was the highest level of competition SLt Hamm has ever participated in.

“I feel very proud to have represented our country at such a large-scale event,” she said. “I get the same feeling of joy and pride putting on my naval uniform as I do putting on my team Canada race suit and lining up against other top athletes.”