Mark Wallace Grade 12, Cowichan Secondary School
Signature sports moment of 2012: The highlight of my season were two of the races I had at Crankworx, Whistler. In the Garbanzo downhill, I placed fifth and Canadian Open downhill, I also finished fifth. It was exciting for me because I rode really well, I had lots of family and friends watching me, and I got to share the podium with Steve Smith, who won both races.
Coach’s words of wisdom: Todd Schumlick (my trainer) says, “It’s all the little things that make a difference. There’s not one big thing you can do.’’
Biggest obstacle to overcome: I am fortunate that I haven’t had a big obstacle to deal with because of the support from my family, good coaching, and great riding close to home. Luckily, I have only had a few minor injuries that have not caused any big problems.
Best teammate ever: I’d have to say that during this last season Steve Smith was the best teammate because he’s someone I look up to and he always makes me do things I don’t feel ready for. I’m OK with him being faster than me for now, but one day I look forward to beating him!
Benefits of being in high-level sports: There have been many — traveling parts of the world, meeting many people all over the world who share my passion for biking and it’s also taught me that hard work goes a long way.