LIMA, PERU – Former NAIT Ooks women's soccer player Kelsey Mitchell earned a gold and silver medal in cycling at the 2019 Pan Am Games this past weekend in Lima, Peru.
A product of the RBC Training Ground program, Mitchell put down her soccer cleats and got on the bike when Cycling Canada came calling following her convincing tryout at the national combine. Fast forward 15 months after getting on the bike for the first time, Kelsey has captured several provincial and national medals and earned a spot on the Canadian National Team.
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