Jan Rossiter was born in Cork, Ireland to an Irish father and Czech mother. He grew up in Kingston, Ontario – a town with a rather Irish climate and no ski club. While completing a degree in Physiology at McGill University he was introduced to cross country ski racing. He then moved to Ottawa to complete a program in respiratory therapy at Algonquin College. Jan is currently living, working and training in Kingston, Ontario.
Jan’s skiing accomplishments include being named MVP of the McGill Nordic Ski team, coaching this team in 2009/2010, and completing the Canadian Ski Marathon – Coureur des Bois Gold – three times.
At work in the hospital setting Jan sees the emotional and financial toll that smoking, inactivity and disease take on our society. Besides direct patient care, he is also interested in research in respiratory and environmental physiology.
Jan speaks English, Czech and French (all poorly). He has worked in the past as a cross country ski, canoe, kayak and backpacking instructor, and holds numerous certifications in these disciplines. He will be looking for gainful employment at the end of the 2014 ski season.