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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
The amazing 13 year old Abby referees boys and girls soccer, is a goal keeper and has confidence you won’t believe. You will hear her highs and lows, tips on dealing with conflict and great advice for those wanting to give refing a try.Read More
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.Read More
In high school, these super awesome sisters were basketball legends and community leaders. By the time they hit Grade 12 they knew they weren't ready to hang up their sneakers. Hear how they leveraged their skills off the court to get noticed at the Varsity level.Read More
Have you ever heard 17 year old football players tell each other I love you? Coach Steve Scarrow has. After coaching for almost 30 years, Steve dishes on everything from how to build a team culture (while yelling), playing time and sports parents. Love this guy.Read More
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!
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
This week we hear Alwyn's thoughts on the importance of team-building in soccer. She shares ideas on how a strong team captain can support a team, how they should be chosen and lessons we can all learn from the leadership skills of Christine Sinclair and Harry Kane.
Our weekly interview features multi-sport athlete Alexander who has just returned from the Ball Hockey National Championships. He shares the pain of defeat and how his team was able to regroup after a really tough loss to come back for the win.Read More
Carson is a track and field athlete who is going places! He even got to race against his hero Andre De Grasse last year! Hear his motivational story about how he has been able to excel through team building in an individual sport through mentorship and goal setting on both his club and high school teams.Read More