As a two-time All-American, Amanda attended the University of Tampa on a swimming scholarship as a national collegiate athlete. She progressed onto graduate school at the University of Calgary where she completed her M.Sc. and PhD in kinesiology while specializing in adapted physical activity. During her graduate studies, Amanda helped implement a sustainable competitive swim program designed specifically for young athletes with Down syndrome. Her research seeks to use sport and exercise as a means of rehabilitation for diverse populations including individuals with intellectual, developmental and emotional disabilities. She is currently exploring ways to tackle secondary health conditions such as obesity in adolescents and adults with various intellectual disabilities. Along with her passion for disability, Amanda loves to embrace the great outdoors and includes among her favourite activities swimming, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding.
Adapted Physical Activity; Down Syndrome; Intellectual Disability; Exercise Interventions; Obesity