Editor’s Note: Tammy Wolf is the first and only Canadian to compete at the world-famous 24 Heures de Rouen(24 Hours of Rouen) powerboat races in France, where her all-female team finished 4th in Formula 2. But long before Tammy was making waves competing in Formula 2 racing, she was learning the ropes across Ontario. And what a place to learn—Ontario boasts some 400,000 lakes, rivers and streams that comprise an estimated 15% of the world’s freshwater, making it an exceptional place to hit the water. In 2013, Tammy’s team is proud to represent Mercury – Canada, a world leader in the marine industry. Thanks to their help, the team will compete in Formula 2 with a Mercury OptiMax 200 XS SST engine. Here, she shares her thoughts about growing up in Ontario, and the critical role that it played in her current success.
Right from the beginning, my life evolved around powerboat racing. As I look back at my childhood, I am very grateful that I grew up in Ontario. Ontario gave me the foundation to become the athlete that I am today. I was privileged to enjoy its natural beauty and, very importantly, have access to its many freshwater lakes. My favourite times as a child were spent up at “the lake” (Go Home Lake on Georgian Bay, Muskoka) flying on top of the water, honing my powerboat racing skills.