Qualities I Admire in My Favourite Coaches


"Players respond to coaches who really have their best interests at heart." ~Mike Singletary   Being involved in sport for so long, I have played for A LOT of different coaches. They all had different levels of experience, both as players and coaches, different approaches to the game, and different coaching styles. I have played for some of the most…

What Does it Mean to Be a “Professional?”


“Professionalism shouldn't be defined by a persons paycheck, role or title. It should be defined by a persons work ethic." ~Janna Cachola   There is a certain level of prestige associated with being labeled a professional. It generally implies a higher level of skill, or money, or experience, but what I want to talk about today is the act of…

Managing Expectations (From Yourself and Others)


"Pressure can burst a pipe, or pressure can make a diamond." ~Robert Horry   One of the major challenges that athletes face is dealing with pressure. It is pretty much par for the course in a performance-based industry, and some people are definitely better at managing it than others. Some people thrive in pressure situations, while others just want to…

My Path to the Olympics: Part 2


"Hold the vision. Trust the process." ~Unknown   Before reading this post, check out Part 1 here!   After a lot of deliberation and discussion with my husband, I finally decided that I had to leave the indoor National Team behind, and try to qualify for the Olympics on the beach. I would be 30 years old going into the…

My Path to the Olympics: Part 1


"Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in." ~Bill Bradley   Over the past 6 months, I have gotten several questions from young athletes regarding how I became an Olympian. There is obviously a lot that goes into qualifying for the Olympics, but I thought that I would go over my story, and outline the…

The Challenge of Being a Strong Woman


“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” ~Madonna   In honour of International Women’s Day yesterday, I felt that it was an appropriate time to do a post highlighting what I feel to be a very important issue facing women today. Being a strong woman is a challenge we…

Interview with Rebecca Pavan


Today I am introducing a new segment of the blog, which are Interviews. Once a month, I will post some Q&A with an athlete, coach, etc. to highlight what some of the high-level performers in the sport are doing. Hopefully you can use these interviews as a tool for your own personal growth, and to take a look at some…

The Trap of Feeling “Good Enough”: Complacency in Athletes


"Good is not good when better is expected." ~Vin Scully   Raise your hand if you know someone like this: very successful, has a lot of natural talent, and is at the top of their division. This person has gotten used to being good, and they like the so-called “status” and recognition that comes with it, but they have become…

What Will Your Teammates Remember About You 10 Years From Now?


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~ Maya Angelou   When I was a young athlete, I was not a good teammate. I know I was a good kid; I was kind and respectful, I worked hard, and I was inclusive,…

Is Being Tall a Prerequisite for Being a Good Volleyball Player?


“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses- behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” ~Muhammad Ali   The simple answer is no.   From the day I started experiencing success in volleyball, there were murmurs that it was because of my height. It’s fair to…