How to build a killer team culture with Paralympic Snowboarding Coach Candice Drouin!

Ever wonder how to manage conflict and build a positive team culture on a team that is comprised of athletes who compete individually? This interview with Candice Drouin explains just that. Her career has taken her from being a National level Snowboard athlete, head coach of the Canadian Paralympic Snowboarding team in Sochi 2014 and now administrator with Canadian Sport Institute.

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How to manage conflict and build a winning hockey team with Coach AJ Sander.

Ever wonder how to manage conflict on your hockey team? AJ Sander is a 37 year award winning veteran hockey coach who has used his years of experience to develop concrete systems to help his teams manage conflict. AJ takes a proactive approach to both anticipate and address pitfalls that come up during the season. The result has been countless trips to Provincials and 6 Provincial gold medals not to mention hundreds of loyal and happy athletes. AJ shares his thoughts on everything from managing cliques, developing athlete leadership, building team chemistry, clarifying roles and developing goal alignment.

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Women in Sports Leadership

In honour of International Women’s Day tomorrow, I'm stoked to release my interview with the amazing Coach Anne Gillrie-Carre (lovingly known as Coach GC). Anne has a crazy passion for female sports. She’s been coaching basketball for 43 years… yes you read it correctly - FORTY-THREE YEARS! I sat down with Anne at the tail-end of an exhausting 45 game season of high school girls basketball to hear her thoughts. Two days post-season, she tells me she’s missing it already and ready for reflection. Prepare to be inspired. 

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Cliques. How to mange them in any sport.

Morgan's played A LOT of sports in her 17 years. After graduation in June, she'll move to Idaho to play fo the University of Idaho Women's Soccer Team. Morgan believes that CLIQUES are one of the biggest sources of conflict in sport. Listen in as Morgan gives a first hand account of how they impact team sports and how to manage them on your team.

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What it Takes! How GIVING BACK over the holidays will help your team MOVE FORWARD.

There is a long history of athletes and coaches giving back over the holiday season. Oprah tells us "you have to give back to move forward." In this video we hear from athletes involved in Soccer, Hockey and Basketball. Hear their thoughts on volunteering and giving back over the holidays and how they believe this helps with team building. Be sure to watch until the end to be inspired and learn how volunteering can help your team!

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What it Takes! How OBSESSION can change your life with Gabriel Lee part 2.

Having PASSION is great and will take you far but according to Gabe Lee, founder of Gaberinc, OBSESSION is the only way to achieve excellence. This video is the second in my 2 part series. As a community leader, Gabe has passed his teachings on to countless young basketball players. By the end of this video you will learn how to develop and leverage obsession in one aspect your life to meet your full potential in everything you do.

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What it Takes! Life lessons from 15 year old girl who grew up playing hockey with the boys.

The youth sports world has segregated boys and girls. Some girls are saying no to this and making traditionally male teams co-ed. Are you curious about how this shapes them as athletes? In this video, I interview accomplished hockey player Katie Chan who played hockey on a predominantly boys team from age 4 to 13. At the age of 14 she committed to the exclusive Colgate University home to one of the top hockey programs in the world. Katie shares the highs and lows of her time playing with the boys and the life lessons she’s carried forward.

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What it Takes! Secrets to building Resiliency with kids living in Foster Care

Are you curious about how to help kids who are in foster care? In this video, I visit Krista Wilson who has been a foster parent for 20 years. During a conversation in her foster home she shares practical strategies to support foster kids as a coach, teacher or adult living in their community. She talks about how you can help build resilience in kids in foster care with love and patience.

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Secrets to Communication in Basketball and LIFE with Gabriel Lee

Gabe Lee, founder of @Gaberinc shares how he leveraged learning English as a second language to become a masterful communicator. His curiosity and drive to master communication took him from being an observer to becoming a community leader in Youth Basketball impacting hundreds of young people. You will learn how you too can navigate almost any situation with his simple communication tips and tricks.

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Sports Moms in Cars Getting Coffee

This week, I hit the road (where sports parents are most comfortable) to chat with Stephanie Kennedy - #momto4 - coach - blogger - entrepreneur and sports parent extraordinaire to hear her top 4 tips for making it all work. Strap yourself in to hear what she has to say.

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Secrets to Team Building in Football with Tony

Check out our fabulous interview with Football & Rugby Phenom Tony.
Football and Rugby are not sports without complications. The high contact nature can raise emotions. Tony shares his stories of how his team manages to stay together during the toughest times with the support of his awesome coach. Be sure to listen to the end to hear who has inspired Tony the most... you may (not) be surprised!

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Thank You Coach!

This week is National Coaches Week. We pay tribute to the amazing and inspirational work that coaches provide day in and day out. Our YouTube video will inspire you and move you.

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Top 4 secrets to success in a Try-Out

On a windy day on the dock earlier this week, I interviewed Grade 12 volleyball players Hannah and Leah. We last met as they were wrapping up their club season in April. Fast forward 5 months and they are excited for their last year of high school volleyball and are strategizing how best to make an impression on the coach at try-outs.

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Secrets to Team Building with U-Vic Varsity Field Hockey Sisters Delaney and Georgia

This week we meet Varsity Field Hockey athlete sisters Delaney and Georgia Booker from the University of Victoria. Their team just kicked off another amazing season. After winning Silver at Nationals two years in a row, this year they are going for the GOLD! Hear their team's pathway to success which in addition to hard work ON the field is hard work OFF the field doing team-building activities supported by the strong leadership of their coach.

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