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.