Personal Background

Name: Shauna Biddulph
Date of Birth: August 7, 1987
Hometown: Calgary/Saskatoon
City of birth: Saskatoon
Residence: Calgary
Language(s) spoken: English, some ASL/French/German/Spanish

Sport-related Background

High Performance Athlete
Head coach: Bob Noble and Jane Rusconi
Swim coach: Mike Morrow
Run coach: Alex Ulaszonek
Riding coach: Alex Grayton, Lee Tubman and Lynne Stephenson
Fencing coach: Denis Fournier

Interview Questions

Why you love the sport of pentathlon?
I love that everyone comes from a different background and therefore has such respect for everyone else in the sport, because no one is great at all 5 disciplines. We all have weaknesses, and I think that maintains a special humility in pentathletes that other athletes don’t have.
When you got involved in pentathlon and why?
They say that you don’t choose pentathlon, but that pentathlon chooses you. I agree! I started learning about pentathlon when I was a dressage working student in Colorado in 2010. I started training in pentathlon in 2011 when I moved to Calgary.
How often do you train (per week or month)?
I train 7 days per week, usually 3 or 4 sports each day.
Of the five sports of pentathlon (fencing, swimming, equestrian, shooting and running), which do you consider your best?
Equestrian
What are your hobbies?
Doing all my daughter’s activities with her, and just hanging out and spending time with her.
Do you participate in other sports?
Dressage.
Are there any other athletes in your family?
My 3 siblings are all athletic but none of them pursued sport at an elite level.
Education?
B.Sc. Toxicology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009
What career would you like to pursue or are you currently pursuing?
I’m still figuring that out!
Future goals (in sport & or work)?
So many.
What is the greatest challenge you have faced?
Deciding whether or not I would start training in pentathlon again after my daughter was born in 2016.
In the moments when I doubt that I want to continue, how do I motivate myself?
I remind myself that I don’t want to have any regrets in life.
How has being an athlete benefited you (positive effects in your life that you would not have had otherwise)?
So many ways. I’ve gotten to live with and learn from other athletes from all over the world. I’ve been incredibly humbled (especially by swimming!) and learned to continue through adversity. I’ve learned to do things because I truly want to do them, and I have so much gratitude for the opportunity and ability to compete in sport at this level.
Best movie I have ever seen is?
Life is Beautiful

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