Evin Ballantyne


Personal Background

  • Name: Evin Ballantyne
  • Date of Birth: August 26, 1988
  • Height: 5’8”
  • Hometown: Baden, ON
  • City of birth: Kitchener, ON
  • Residence: Baden, ON
  • Language(s) spoken: English
  • Email: evin.ballantyne@gmail.com

Sport-Related Background

  • National team member since:
    2017
  • Head coach: Team Canada Coach
  • Swim coach: Self
  • Run coach: Self
  • Riding coach: Cindy Ballantyne
  • Fencing coach: Callum Butterworth

Interview Questions

Why you love the sport of pentathlon?

I love the variety of sports, and enjoy each sport for different reasons.

When you got involved in pentathlon and why?

In 2013, I was looking for a way to get in shape. To try a Pentathlon was on my bucket list, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

How often do you train (per week or month)?

Anywhere from 40 to 100 hours a month, depending on my free time and events I’m preparing for.

Of the five sports of pentathlon (fencing, swimming, equestrian, shooting and running), which do you consider your best?

I will always be an avid equestrian.

What are your hobbies?

I still show horses competitively, Course Design at a select few shows, and volunteer with the University riding circuit.

Do you participate in other sports?

I still show horses competitively.

Are there any other athletes in your family?

My sister is a professional horse-back rider.

Education?

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science.

What career would you like to pursue or are you currently pursuing?

I’m currently pursuing a career in software development.

Language(s) spoken:

English

Future goals (in sport & or work)?

I’d like to show a horse at the 1.20m height in show jumping, earn my Senior Course Designing Card, develop and sell at least one piece of software, and compete in the finals at a World Cup in Pentathlon.

What is the greatest challenge you have faced?

Earning my Computer Science Degree was my biggest challenge and accomplishment.

In the moments when I doubt that I want to continue, how do I motivate myself?

I remind myself, not why I got into the sport, but the places it took me and the people I met when I decided to just go for it and try it.

How has being an athlete benefited you (positive effects in your life that you would not have had otherwise)?

Biggest reason: I’m just a happier person when I feel fit enough to take on the world. If feel like if I can compete with the best of them, I can do anything.

Best movie I have ever seen is?

I despise the idea of a favourite movie. I have several movies I like for different reason. I like Shawshank Redemption for it’s excellent acting and story telling, Potemkin for it’s revolutionary editing montages, Pixar movies for their whimsy, Strangers on a Train for the suspense, and Citizen Kane for it’s writing. If I want to feel sad, I watch Pan’s Labyrinth. If I want to laugh, I watch Naked Gun. If I want a nice balance between thinking and action, I’ll watch The Matrix.

Funded in part by:

  • Government of Canada
  • Canadian Olympic Committee
  • CI Investments
  • Dynamic Funds
  • Fidelity
  • National Bank Investments
  • Government of Ontario

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