The Power of Vulnerability in Life and in Sport


“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they are never weakness.” ~Brené Brown   A few years ago, I watched a TED Talk by Brené Brown called “The Power of Vulnerability,” and it completely changed my life. Up to that point, I equated vulnerability with weakness. I thought that letting people see…

Rio 4-Star 2017 Recap


"And suddenly you just know... It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings." ~Meister Eckhart   Last week, Melissa and I competed in our first tournament together. In what has probably been the latest start to the season either of us has ever experienced, we traveled down to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the FIVB World…

Interview with Kyla Richey


May is almost over, but that doesn’t mean we are going to skip our monthly interview! This month, I am featuring Kyla Richey. Kyla is a veteran on Canada’s Indoor Women’s National Volleyball team, and I had the privilege of sharing the court (and a house) with her for 3 years. She has played professionally all over Europe, in countries…

The Importance of Routine in Athletic Performance


“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.” ~Mike Murdock   I LOVE routine. I am the kind of person that gets into a rhythm, and I have always found myself to be most comfortable in situations where I am able to develop that. I loved the routine of being in school, with classes in the morning…

My Favourite Beach Volleyball World Tour Stops


"Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport."   With the start of my team’s beach season coming up this week in Rio (yayyyy!!! can’t wait!!), I thought it would be fun to do a little post on my favourite FIVB World Tour stops! Compared to most people in the…

The Importance of Varied Interests as an Athlete


“I do not like the idea of happiness- it is too momentary- I would say that I was always busy and interested in something- interest has more meaning to me than the idea of happiness.” ~Georgia O’Keeffe   I think that no matter who you are, or what you do, the statement of having “too much of a good thing”…

Is the Ketogenic Diet a Good Idea for Volleyball Players?


Today's post is a guest post written by Nicole Springle. Nicole is a Registered Dietitian, and the Lead of Sport Nutrition at the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario. She is the dietitian for the Canadian National Beach Volleyball team, and worked with me leading into the Rio Olympics. We continue to work together today.   Nicole's post is all about…

What’s in My Gym Bag? Beach Edition


I have always felt that the things a person keeps in their purse (or gym bag) says a lot about them. There are some people that keep only the essentials, and some who seem to never take anything out, until it gets too full or too stinky.   I would like to think of myself as an “essentials” kind of…

Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation in Sports


“My principles are more important than the money or the title.” ~Muhammad Ali   What motivates you? What drives you to be your best, and gives you that extra push to get there? Why do you do what you do? Is it money? Admiration? Personal satisfaction or enjoyment? All of us are motivated in different ways, and by different things,…

Mental Blocks in Athletes and How to Overcome Them


"Don't let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks." ~Dr. Roopleen   Have you ever gone through a period (maybe you’re in one right now) where you know that you are perfectly capable of executing a skill, but for whatever reason, you just can’t do it? It’s not that…