Andrea LaMantia

ABOUT MEAndrea Newspaper Article pic

Growing in Windsor, Ontario I played just about every sport imaginable. Coming from a family that loved sport and fitness, naturally, I ended up doing same. I attended the University of Windsor, where I studied Human Kinetics and earned my honours degree in Kinesiology while also competing for the University on both the track and field and cross country teams. After finishing my undergraduate degree, my future husband and I ended up travelling extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. During my time in Australia I completed a Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Upon returning home to Windsor, after years abroad, I taught Biology and Chemistry at the College level. From here, my husband and I made a family decision to move to beautiful Horseshoe Valley, Ontario, where we now call home. I continue to teach science at the high school level and coach high school level athletes in both track and cross country. As well, I love cooking healthy, delicious foods and enjoy learning everything I can about how to fuel your body for optimal performance not only as an athlete, but as a mom and wife as well.IMG_3129 IMG_3188

I have a beautiful daughter, and a caring husband, who are also active and appreciate the outdoor lifestyle. My husband has shared his passion of cycling, and in most of our free time we can be found road cycling, mountain biking or trail running either locally or throughout the province. I am currently pursuing a Diploma in Deaf Education at York University after being inspired by my daughter, who is profoundly deaf, to learn all I can to best support her and others now and into the future.

ATHLETIC BACKGROUND

While completing my undergraduate degree, I ran competitively for University of Windsor, both in Track and Field and Women’sAndrea 2 Cross Country. By my fourth year, my athletic ability and hard work was recognized by my peers and coaches naming me captain of the university cross country team.  During this time, I was fortunate to be part of a the competitive cross country team and compete at The Canadian Inter-University Championships.

Andrea 4After strictly running for so many years, I ventured into Ironman distance triathlons. My competitive nature quickly kicked in, and I placed in the top 3 for my age group at Ironman Muskoka. This top three finish qualified me for the Ironman World Championships in 2012.

 

Over my life, I have participated in a multitude of events and below are a few highlights:

Andrea 3Detroit International Half Marathon- 1st place (1 hour 26mins)
– Ironman Muskoka 70.3- 2x top 3 finisher
– Ironman World Championships 70.3 Las Vegas
– Mec Running Series- Half Marathon- 1st place
– Pick Your Poison- 1st place, and multiple top 3 finisher
– Gyeonggi International Half Marathon South Korea- 1st place
– Hunter Valley Half Marathon Australia- 1st place
– Ottawa Marathon
– Tecumseh/Windsor Sprint Triathlon Pro Women- 3rd place  

In the future, I will continue to enjoy the outdoors, race in my spare time and tackle any new challenges along the way.

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