While all of Castleton’s student-athletes train throughout the year, there is a select group with the vigor and drive to compete year-round. A two-sport athlete in cross country running and alpine skiing, Shelly Audette ’15 was one of these superior Spartans in her time at Castleton.
“Being a part of two teams at Castleton was one of the best decisions I have ever made because it helped to create some of the best memories and friendships,” said Audette. “My teams and coaches made me feel at home.”
According to Audette, Castleton’s Vermont setting and state of the art facilities were ideal for her athletic experience.
“Castleton is the perfect location for skiing because of the variety of mountains nearby. There are many great running areas around campus,” she said. “The weight rooms were perfect for training and had a variety of different machines to work different muscle groups. I was very motivated to exercise with all of the different options available on and off campus.”
For Audette, all of the travel opportunities she had to race both cross country and alpine ski highlighted her student-athlete experience.
“It was a chance for the team to compete and bond,” she said. “I also greatly enjoyed all of the break week and pre-season training.”
Just a year after earning her degree in elementary education, Audette is now a Kindergarten teacher at Newport City Elementary School in Newport, Vt.
“I believe that the work ethic and determination that being an athlete created is one of the main reasons why I am a teacher today,” said Audette.
Most notably, she said the strong discipline she developed from being a two-sport athlete has proved beneficial in her professional life.
“Being a student athlete helped to motivate me to give 100% in everything that I do, and to never give up even when the task may seem difficult,” she said.
After several top 10 cross country finishes in her senior season, Audette was also named the team MVP. Today, she said she continues to race in half marathons and also volunteered as a pacer in the Vermont 100 mile race.
Despite competing in what are largely considered to be individual sports, Audette said the team mentality and Spartan attitude are what made her four years so successful.
“To be a Spartan is about being a part of something special and being a part of a community of student-athletes who are dedicated to their team, their academics, and their own personal health. It means you work together to be successful, and you don't let little obstacles get in the way of achieving a goal. Being a Spartan also means you support each other,” she said.