What was Kaitlyn McElroy ’03 Doing at the Tribeca Film Fest?
Dick’s Sporting Goods sponsored a fantastic short film of Kaitlyn McElroy ’03 that was shown at the Tribeca film festival last April.
Join Kaitlyn on campus for her induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The awards ceremony will take place on September 24 (4:00 – 5:00 PM) during Alumni Weekend. She will be joined by four other inductees: Christopher “Skip” Chandler ’76, Fred Judkins ’62, Luba Lowery ’06, and Martha Newell Maier ’91. Pack your dancing shoes, running shoes, hiking boots, cameras, and come back to reconnect!
Alumni Weekend | September 23-25
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Kaitlyn McElroy was born in Northhampton, MA, and started Nordic skiing at age three. Despite living with chronic pain as the result of a congenital back condition, Kaitlyn skied competitively at Gould Academy and Bates College. During her time at Gould, she earned a spot on the New England Junior Olympic Team four times, the Maine State Team twice, and took first and second place wins at the NEPSAC Championships.
At Bates she continued competing in skiing as well as track and field. During her four years there, her Nordic skiing took her to the NCAA Division I Team, the US Junior World Team, and placed 4th in the Junior Olympics. In 2005, she had an accident that ended her career in Nordic racing. Although no longer able to ski competitively, Kaitlyn moved from the woods to the water and began a new career in whitewater kayaking. Within her first year of picking up the sport, she made the US National Team. She went on to make the US National Team eight more times, took the podium five times at the World Cup with silver and bronze medals, was a two-time medalist at the Pan American Games, a three-time silver medalist at the World Dragon Boating Championships, and was a twelve-time US National Champion. She has continued her professional athletic career competing in four other sports and winning over 25 international medals.