Alecia Beckford- Stewart is a Canadian athlete who has harnessed her athletic prowess and entered the amazing winter sport of Bobsleigh. Alecia attended the University of Illinois on a full track and field scholarship where she received a Bachelor in Science focus in Kinesiology and Exercise Science as well as a minor in Chemistry. She has competed at the international level as a heptathlete and is currently on the Canadian Bobsleigh team.
Bobsleigh requires speed, power, strength and a desire to improve with every rep, set and step. It is a speed centric sport around chasing numbers down to the hundredth of a second. Alecia trains 6 days a week, about 5-6 hours a day. Her training includes Olympic lifting (squats, cleans, snatches, bench press etc), sprint training, sled pushes, plyometrics, core stability, mental imagery and to seal it all together maintaining a well balanced diet and recovery plan. The bobsleigh season is from October to March and during the off-season months (April to September) Alecia finds a way to balance all the necessary training with working to help support her athletic endeavors. In fact, it is like working two full time jobs and can be extremely physically and mentally demanding however her drive to succeed outweighs the hardships that she may face.
Alecia has aspired toward excellence in sports since the tender age of three starting with gymnastics and evolving constantly within athletics. Her passion has only grown over the years and hopes that a life-long dream of representing Canada in the Olympics will come to pass this February at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. Alecia will head out to Calgary, Alberta which is the home base for Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton and be evaluated during the National Bobsleigh Program team testing camp this August and September. The results from these testing camps will decide the 2017/2018 Canadian National Team and bring her one step closer to being on the 2018 Canadian Olympic team, which will be announced in January 2018. If you would like to follow her journey or help toward her continued success please visit her at https://www.gofundme.com/Bobsledbex