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PNR RailWorks Helps Fuel Athlete’s Dreams

Cross-country skier Erin Tribe competes on an elite level with the help of corporate sponsors like PNR RailWorks.

When it comes to taking on big assignments, cross-country skier Erin Tribe is not unlike her sponsor, PNR RailWorks: She trains extensively, prepares thoroughly and executes with the precision of a winner.

Erin, a native of Barrie, ON, is an elite competitive skier who races in various sprint and distance events. She has participated in Canada’s Olympic Trials and the Canadian National Championships, and she’s received several awards in the last few years for skiing and leadership. As one of her corporate sponsors, PNR RailWorks helps Erin with the monetary costs that come with being an up-and-coming athlete, such as travel expenses, race entry fees and living year-round at a special training facility.

Canada has four such facilities, and Erin trains at the National Development Centre (NDC) in Thunder Bay, ON, the town where she first strapped on skis at age 6. As many as a dozen athletes from across Canada are selected annually to train at the centre.

When she’s not training, she’s competing, and she wrote to us from the road between races at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, NS.

“I am so thankful to have PNR RailWorks on board,” she says. “I compete individually on the snow; however, it takes a team to create success in sport. You are part of that team. Your support and belief in my abilities fuel my success. I have big goals, and your sponsorship is fundamental in having the resources I need to achieve the level of excellence I want to reach. Thank you very much!” You can also see and hear Erin express her gratitude to PNR RailWorks and other sponsors in this video.

Among Erin’s goals are competing for Canada on the World Cup circuit and as an Olympian. The super skier might not be far off. She has raced against World Cup and Olympian racers.

As for her Olympic aims, Erin is targeting the next Winter Games, which come around in February 2014. Canada, of course, played host to the 2010 Games, where the country achieved its greatest winter Olympics performance: 26 medals. (That included the most gold medals ever won by one country in a single Winter Olympics: 14.) Erin was there, having been selected for the honor of being a “forerunner” who prepared the track before each race and cleared the course afterward.

Track Erin’s progress through the NDC website.