Jan Rossiter was born in Cork, Ireland to an Irish father and Czech mother. He grew up in Kingston, Ontario (Canada) – 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’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.
In 2013/2014 Jan took a sabbatical from work to undertake the ambitious task of qualifying for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He has since gone on to represent Ireland at the 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden; the 2017 World Championships in Lahti, Finland; and is currently preparing for the 2019 World Championships in Seefeld, Austria.
During the 2016 season Jan returned to school to complete an MSc. in Medical Simulation at the University of Hertfordshire (UK). At work in the hospital setting Jan saw the emotional and financial toll that smoking, inactivity and disease take on our society. Besides direct patient care, he is also interested in teaching, medical simulation, simulation debriefing, wilderness medicine, and 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. Jan has worked in hospitals in Ontario and New Brunswick as a respiratory therapist and medical simulation technologist. He currently lives in Calgary, Alberta and works across the Canadian west and north for a medical simulation company.
In a different life, Jan would have liked to have been a dry stone waller.