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was this true competitiv­e spirit.”

After set­ting records in the 1500 and 3000 me­ter runs and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Mon­treal marathon with MacDonald, the Wil­liamstown farm girl went on to Queen’s Univer­sity to study phys­i­cal and health ed­u­ca­tion. While there, she con­tin­ued to ex­cel in her running and trav­elled to Eng­land to rep­re­sent Canada.

“It was a great op­por­tu­nity,” she notes of her time overseas. “It was great to rep­re­sent our coun­try.”

In 1986, the then 19-year-old at­tended the Cana­dian na­tional cham­pi­onships.

She then moved on to Bishop’s Univer­sity in Que­bec, where she re­ceived her teach­ing cer­tifi­cate and met her fu­ture hus­band, Louis, a cross-coun­try run­ner and triathlon com­peti­tor.

At the time, Cor­nelis­sen joined the Univer­sity of Sher­brooke’s track and cross-coun­try teams and also made the fran­co­phone team that gave her the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in Morocco.

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