A snowboarder from the South Shore is trying to become the only Nova Scotia woman to be named to Canada’s team of athletes competing at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in February.
Alex Duckworth has been spending her holidays working out at her home in Kingsburg, N.S., after spending the past 18 months training with top Canadian snowboarders in Colorado.
Later this winter Duckworth hopes she'll be wearing Canadian colours for the Olympic halfpipe event. The snowboarding team won’t be announced for another month.
"That will come at the end of January, which is less than a week before we actually take off to go to Sochi," she said. "So it's very last minute, set up in a way where the athletes will really peak for the Games."
Aside from workouts, Duckworth is spending her holiday playing Scrabble with her grandmother and enjoying home cooking.
Kingsburg is a tiny seaside community near Lunenburg. It's best known for its pounding surf, beautiful beaches, and fishermen.
Duckworth got her snowboarding start at Ski Martock, more than an hour away.
"That was enough to get me started and from there I started travelling a bit out West and competing in bigger regional events and the nationals," she said. "And I just kind of built my way up from there."
Duckworth will spend a little more time at home before she gets back into her training. Landing a berth on the Olympic team will hinge heavily on her performance next month at a World Cup event in Quebec.
"It's really easy to get wrapped up in the pressure and the nerves, so it's so important to kind of bring it back and remember why you're doing it in the first place — because we love the sport, and the Olympics is really an opportunity to push the envelope and progress," she said.