Alison started her swimming career with the Pickering Swim Club in 2001 at the age of 7. At the age of 13, in her first 800 freestyle, she achieved qualifying times for Jr. and Sr. Provincials, Age Group Nationals and Easterns. She continued to qualify in the 200, 400, and 1500 Freestyle at those levels as well. Alison currently holds 2 individual records at the club and 1 relay record. The records are in the 8 & U age group for the 200 Backstroke and the 17-25 age group for the 1500 Freestyle and the 200 Medley Relay.
After graduating from the club in 2012, Alison moved to Hamilton for the Honours Commerce Program at McMaster University. While she was there, she swam competitively with the Varsity Swim Team for 3 years and assisted the women’s team in placing top 3 in the Ontario University Association (OUA). Throughout her years of swimming with the team, she volunteered at High School Swim Meets to help improve the swimmers’ strokes. She also volunteered at Adult Triathlon Clinics to help improve their freestyle techniques for the open water portion.
In the 2015-2016 academic year, her love of swimming continued as she became Assistant Coach and Team Manager for the McMaster Varsity Swim Team. During her fifth and final year at University, she worked with the Hamilton Aquatic Club, coaching the Novice group. Alison has also been involved in coaching at the McMaster Maurader Swim Camps coaching age group swimmers for the past 3 years. Alison is currently completing her NCCP Swimming 101 course to help improve her coaching.
For the 2018-2019 season, Alison will. be coaching the White and Blue groups.