Dealing with Body Image in Girls’ Sports


“Every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a [gym owner], the hips of a 10 year old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll [boobs]. This is why everyone is…

A Winner’s Mindset: The Difference Between Good and Great


“The difference between a good fighter and a great fighter is mindset.” ~Frank Mir   I find the mental side of sport to be such a fascinating thing. It is so interesting to see how players and teams respond to different situations and pressures, and how body language or communication evolves throughout a match or tournament. Sports psychology even extends…

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…