Jane Channell is not just a proud SFU alumni, but a 2018 Winter Olympian. During her SFU years, Jane participated in Varsity Track and Field and Varsity Softball. After graduating in Spring 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography, she moved to Whistler to pursue the sport of skeleton. Seven years later, she reached her goal of competing for Canada in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. Jane is currently training to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics, and in her down time works for an environmental consulting company.


Q: How have you had to adapt your work life? What has been easy/hard?
A: I’ve had to do some remodelling―my kitchen table has turned into my office and my living room has turned into my gym. It’s definitely not ideal as I’m tripping over equipment all of the time, but for the time being it works! One difficulty is finding that work-life balance. Always having my work computer out has made it difficult to keep my regular work hours. Work is blending into my regular life. Same with having my gym equipment in my living room. It’s been hard to find balance.

Q: What are you doing for fun?
Meeting up with my friends for socially distant walks and exploring the neighbourhoods we all live in has been fun. Being forced to use technology to its fullest has also been great to keep in contact with my family.

Q: How have you been keeping yourself entertained? What are you watching/reading?
I honestly don’t have much time between work and training. But if I have something on in the background it’s probably Schitt’s Creek or New Girl.

Q: How are you staying connected with family/friends?
Using technology has been hugely helpful! It’s been fun to have virtual family dinners.

Q: Advice for current SFU students during this time of physical distancing?
Make sure to get some fresh air. Feel the wind, rain or sun on your face and let it ground you. Breathe in and have gratitude for the present moment.

Q: Anything else you would like to say?
The support SFU gave me during the loss of my boyfriend and SFU Quarterback, Bernd Dittrich, back in 2009 was incredible and helped me get to where I am today. It makes me so proud to be an SFU alumni and a part of this amazing community.