Linda Wong

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Linda Wong is a runner through and through but it hasn't always been that way.  With a few encouraging words and guidance from peers, she laced up her first pair of shoes just over 10 years ago and hasn't looked back.  Now, with over 150 races including a few ultramarathons, she's passionate about paying it forward and encouraging others to lace up that first pair of shoes by sharing in her experiences, lessons learned, and new roads to discover. 

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Cassie Hawrysh

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Cassie Hawrysh is a former Professional Skeleton Racer with the Canadian National Team, who is currently the Skeleton Head Coach at the Whistler Sliding Centre’s - Sliding Development Centre in Whistler, BC.

Through her 8 year career in as a Skeleton Racer, Cassie celebrated highlights that include:

  • Winning both Calgary and Whistler to take the Canadian National Championship title in 2013/14
  • Two World Cup medals and a 2012/13 World Cup ranking of 8th overall.
  • Being named the Canadian Alternate Sled in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Cassie’s elite background, in a variety of sports (volleyball, track and field, and skeleton) has played a vital role in her athletic career. When she’s not trackside coaching the next generation of winter athletes, Cassie enjoys staying healthy and active through many other sports too, no matter the weather: wakeboarding, weight lifting, cycling, rock climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and recently took a shining to the intense martial arts practice of Muay Thai kickboxing!

She has also learned a lot about the importance of nutrition over the years and incorporates healthy eating into her everyday routine. Her biggest focus is always to eat specifically for her body. Vegetables, protein, and good fats work best for Cassie; while staying consistent with portion size and mealtimes. After a long training session in the gym or hiking up and down the mountain-side sliding track, a cold glass of chocolate milk helps her maintain her energy levels and stimulates proper recovery.

You can find Cassie on Twitter, Instagram and her blog.

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Teague Sherman

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“Speed Kills” is one of the most common sayings in football. That’s why Winnipeg Blue Bombers Linebacker, Teague Sherman, dedicates each day to becoming a faster and more efficient runner – whether he is on the field, in the gym or on the track.

Teague has a long history of playing football, including a five-year career for the University of Manitoba Bisons, where he was named the first team all-Canadian in each of his final two seasons with the team.

In 2012, Teague was more than ecstatic when he was asked to join the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as Safety. During his second season with the Blue Bombers, he started 13 games and recorded 55 tackles and 5 forced fumbles. Now having a true taste of the CFL, Teague is more focused than ever on becoming a more powerful football player. To help achieve this, Teague started training with Adam Decker out of Sport Manitoba and has already seen improvements in his speed and power. Along with Adam, Teague is working with nutritionist Chris Hyde, who is also a believer in the power of chocolate milk, and has built it into his diet.

Nutrition and eating right is clearly a very important component to Teague’s day-to-day training, which is why chocolate milk has always been his go-to recovery beverage. In fact, he has always wondered why recreation centres don’t have chocolate milk in their vending machines, specifically for after workouts.

Teague is all for promoting the power of chocolate milk in any way he can!

You can find Teague on Twitter.

Jeremy Hopwood

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Jeremy’s main focus as an athlete is triathlon and duathlon. In 2017, he won the M35-39 Standard Duathlon World Championship along with 4th and 7th respectively for his Age Group in the Sprint Duathlon and Long Course Triathlon World Championship events. Throughout the year Jeremy races on a regular basis at both running and multisport events.

Keeping active is a daily part of Jeremy’s routine whether it be running or riding to work or running or riding with his kids to the local playground. He is always keen to support local races and events and can be found most Saturday mornings at Richmond Olympic Park Run, either as a volunteer or runner.

Having fun when racing and training is something Jeremy values, whether it's a Halloween race in costume, thanking as many volunteers as possible, leading a December running challenge or organising a social run and gathering.

In 2018 Jeremy will be an active in the Vancouver run scene, racing at several local events during the spring in the lead up to the BMO Vancouver Marathon in May. He'll then be transitioning to the triathlon season and supporting the BC triathlon & duathlon race series before targeting a late season Ironman triathlon with the aim to qualify for the AG race in Kona 2019.

You can find Jeremy on TwitterFacebookInstagram, Strava, and his Blog

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DJ Lalama

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DJ Lalama is a professional football player for the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. This is his first year as an Alouette after having spent the 2016 season between the Edmonton Eskimos (Drafted DJ in 2016 in the CFL Draft) and the University of Manitoba. DJ parlayed his strong college career into a mini camp invite from the New York Giants of the NFL. As a member of the Alouettes, DJ recorded 10 special teams tackles in only 12 games. As a Manitoba Bison, DJ set a school record for most tackles in a single season with 72.5 his senior year and would go on to be named the Top Defensive Player in USports.

During the offseason you can find DJ giving back to the Winnipeg Community through multiple charity works and youth football camps. He also serves as a personal trainer, health and fitness consultant and a digital marketing and media coordinator - all while working toward completing his MBA. Through his line of work as both a professional athlete and a personal trainer, DJ understands the importance of recovery and names it as the essential ingredient towards improving performance. Say hello to Chocolate Milk!!

DJ started playing football at a very young age, playing for the Fort Gary Lions for 7 years and the St. Paul’s Crusaders AAA high school team for 3 years.

Athletic Highlights:

College:

  • 2016 USports Presidents Trophy Winner (top defensive player)
  • 2016 Canada West Top Defensive Player
  • 2016 USports All Canadian
  • 2016 Canada West All Star
  • 2016 Academic All Canadian
  • 2016 CFL Draft Pick
  • 2015 East West Bowl

High school:

  • 2010 Provincial Football Team Captain
  • 2010 Football All Canadian
  • 2010 Doug Brown football and overall achievement scholarship recipient
  • 2010 WHSFL and WHSHL All Star and MVP
  • 2010 Elite Training Center Most Valuable Player
  • Academic All Canadian Football Athlete

DJ graduated from the University of Manitoba with honours in Kinesiology and Recreation Management and minors in both Psychology and Business. His next step academically is working toward his MBA while playing in the CFL as football doesn't last forever!

You can find DJ on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

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Gilmore Junio

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Gilmore Junio is a world-class long track speed skater living in Calgary, AB. Gilmore started his speed skating career at the age of 13 as a short track competitor. After fracturing two vertebrae in a competition just two weeks prior to the Short Track Junior World Selections, Gilmore switched gears to train with the Olympic Oval’s long track team. Later that year he made the Junior Worlds for long track.

At his first Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Gilmore finished 10th in the 500m. However, what he might be remembered for most was what he did for the team. Gilmore gave up his spot in the 1000m to teammate and renowned speed skater, Denny Morrison, after Morrison had fallen at the Olympic Selections. Morrison would go on to win a silver medal and the two shared that incredible moment with Canada.

Gilmore has won multiple World Cup medals including two gold medals in the 500m. He finish the 2015/2016 World Cup season ranked 3rd Overall. Gilmore is hoping to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Gilmore is a proud Calgarian who enjoys giving back to his community and he has partnered with charities like Right to Play and United Way of Calgary.

Training as an elite athlete, nutrition is an incredibly important part of Gilmore’s regime. “Chocolate milk is a vital part of my training program… it helps me recover and be ready for all my training sessions,” says Gilmore. “I am so excited to be an ambassador for Powered by Chocolate Milk.”

You can follow Gilmore on Twitter and his blog

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Nikki Scott

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Nikki Scott is the mom of two little boys and a huge believer in the power of recovery. In 2005, she broke her back in a serious car accident and was told she would never be able to run or be active again because she would always be in too much pain. After 2 years of full-time physical therapy, she was no longer willing to believe that and set her sights on running again. With her doctor's support, Nikki joined a clinic at her local Running Room and began the slow process of learning to run again.

Every run was a struggle, but she was determined to work hard despite being the slowest runner in her group. Eventually, Nikki found she was getting stronger and able to run further. Getting into better shape was making it easier to manage her pain, even though her body would never be the same. With the support and encouragement of her clinic instructors, she completed her first half marathon in May 2008.

Since then, Nikki has continued to run because of the positive impacts it has made in her life. Recovering from her accident taught Nikki the power of believing in herself, which has helped her run farther than she ever thought possible. She has completed 19 half marathons, 3 full marathons and 2 ultra-marathons since. Nikki is a firm believer that it's not speed that makes a runner successful, but how hard you work to reach your goals. A big part of Nikki's success has been in learning how to recover properly after training or racing. Chocolate milk has always been her favourite way to refuel and it doesn't hurt that her boys love it too!

You're most likely to find Nikki at run club or a local finish line with a chocolate milk in hand and a smile on her face. You can also find her on her blog, www.slownewfast.com where she writes about her life from injury to ultra, and on Twitter.

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Gillian Clayton

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Gillian Clayton lives in Comox, BC, and works part time as a physiotherapist. Previously a CIS gold medalist varsity soccer player, Gillian started running marathons in 2004. She taught herself to swim in order to complete in her first half-Ironman in 2010. Gillian raced as a professional triathlete in 2012 — and won the 2012 Ironman Canada — after just 2 years of racing as an amateur in triathlon.

In 2013, she and her husband welcomed a beautiful baby boy into their life, and then their second boy in 2016. She raced 'for fun' while pregnant, doing short distance triathlons! As a new mom, Gillian has a new perspective on life and sport, and is frequently writing about her efforts to balance training, racing, and mom-hood.

Some of her top achievements include:

  • Women’s Amateur Winner & 5th place overall in Ironman Canada 2011
  • Top 50 Women’s finish at Ironman World Championship 2011 (with a top 3 women’s fastest run split) 2011
  • Ironman Canada Pro Women’s Champion 2012
  • Vancouver 1/2 Iron Champion 2012 
  • 12th place ITU Elite World Championship Long Course Triathlon 2012
  • 3rd place in Ironman Mt. Tremblant
  • 4th place in Ironman St. George
  • 5th place in Ironman Lake Stevens
  • 4th place Goodlife Victoria Marathon 2012
  • 12th place Goodlife Victoria Marathon 2014
  • 10th place GoodLife Victoria Marathon 2016
  • 1st place 5th St Mile race, Courtenay BC (with a broken arm!) 2014

With a dedicated training schedule amongst mom-ing, working, and everyday living, Gillian is a strong advocate for chocolate milk as part of her recovery regime. "When I train to compete, I train a lot – 20 hour training weeks mean I am constantly sourcing out chocolate milk. It is a big part of my hydration – I might as well hydrate and fuel at the same time. When you do as many double and triple sessions as a triathlete, having something that aids recovery and gets you on to the next workout sooner is crucial.”

You can find Gillian on Twitter, YouTube and her blog.

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Greg Burnham

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After spending 40 years as a couch potato, Greg caught the fitness bug. Progressing from 10ks to half to full marathons, from student to marathon clinic leader, Greg has taken the next logical step and signed up for not one, but two ultra-marathons in 2013 (in addition to a dozen other races). Whether it's on the street or the trail - if there's a bib and a timing chip, Greg will be there especially if there's chocolate milk at the finish line for recovery. Greg is thrilled to be a part of Powered By Chocolate Milk's Athlete Ambassador Program.

You can find Greg on Twitter and his blog.

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Crystal Higgins

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Crystal Higgins is a private practice registered dietitian and nutrition consultant in Vancouver, BC. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons.) in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia and completed a comprehensive internship program in Fraser Health Authority (2006-2007).

Throughout her career, she has worked with a wide variety of clients, from busy working professionals to seniors and young students. Her experience in nutrition includes working as a nutrition tour leader for Overwaitea Food Group, promoting healthy living in BC schools and facilitating lunch-n-learn presentations. Currently, she is working with Medisys Corporate Health, helping local executives navigate the world of nutrition.

In addition to her role as a nutrition ambassador for Powered By Chocolate Milk, Crystal is also the featured dietitian on Empowered Health – a local health inspired show on Chek TV – and her nutrition segments are featured on the Vancouver Sun website.

As a BCRPA certified group fitness instructor at Steve Nash Fitness World, Crystal also understands the balance between nutrition and exercise, and brings experience teaching both small and large fitness groups. 

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Steph Langdon

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Steph Langdon is a Registered Dietitian, entrepreneur, and the owner of Something Nutrishus with a BSc. in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan. She has played volleyball for Team Saskatchewan, Team Canada, the U of S Huskies and two professional teams in Finland, which has helped her understand the nutrients and fuel needed for health and performance. Steph is passionate about health, wellness, and the enjoyment of food. With more than four years counselling experience, expertise working with thousands of people in presentations/workshops, as well as personal experience as a busy student-athlete, she understands the daily struggles, nutrition concerns, and confusion that people face as they strive to live their best life. Along with her role with Powered by Chocolate Milk, Steph works as a consultant for the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Forces, Lead Pilates Saskatoon, and SaskMilk as well as various freelance jobs.

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Jen Rawson

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Jen Rawson is a Registered Dietitian. She has a passion for encouraging others to live a healthy lifestyle while finding balance in their life. She has an “all food fits” philosophy and tries to promote eating mindfully.

Jen also has a passion for fitness, which started when she signed up for her first half marathon. Since then she has gone on to run six half marathons and recently completed her first full marathon. When she’s not running she’s at the gym lifting weights or in the yoga studio.

Jen’s passions for both nutrition and fitness sparked her interest for sports nutrition and she enjoys working with individuals and groups to discuss their specific needs.

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Jorie Janzen

Jorie is no ordinary dietitian.  Her high energy, dedication, motivation and humor have allowed her to work with high performance athletes, corporate wellness and individuals coaching them to go beyond survival mode to create a life, a business of both success and significance.

Jorie received her undergrad degree at the University of Manitoba and furthered her education with the prestigious 2 year International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sport Nutrition and obtained her ISAK Level 1 Certification.  To add to all of this...Jorie has become a Life/Executive Coach!

Jorie has been working and mentoring in the field for over a decade.  She works for the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba as Director of Sport Dietetics.   She was past president of and continues to participate on the Sport Medicine and Science Council Manitoba Board, past co-chair of Dietitians of Canada Sport Nutrition Network and current provincial executive representative, and is the founder and co-chair of the Manitoba Sport Nutrition Network Inc.  With each and every work opportunity, Jorie coaches her clients to live to their ultimate potential!

Jorie has extensive experience working with provincial, national and Olympic/Para-Olympic level athletes, the Winnipeg Jets, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Faculty of Family Medicine, and Legacy and Pan Am Sport Medicine Fellowships.

Jorie’s motto is to help you achieve gold medal performance in all areas of life!  

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Alice Sherwin

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Alice is a teacher in Winnipeg, Manitoba who has been running competitively in Canada and around the world since 2006. She constantly strives for a healthy balance of running, teaching and her personal life.

With a background in Canoe/Kayak and Track and Field, Alice spends much of her free time running and searching for adventure. She enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling and exploring.

Her most memorable races are winning the Manitoba Marathon in 2014 and achieving a personal best time at Twin Cities Marathon 2015.

Alice’s personal best in the marathon is 3:00:47, and she's looking to break the 3:00:00 barrier. Next year, she'll also run the Fargo Marathon, the Toronto Waterfront, and will be looking to break 1:24 in a half marathon.

You can find Alice on Twitter, Instagram and her blog

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Chris Winter

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Based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Chris is an elite middle distance runner competing for Canada, New Balance and The Speed River TFC. In 2009 he graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Business Administration. Post-graduation he moved back home to Canada where he joined the Speed River Track and Field Club, based out of Guelph, Ontario and began working with his current coach Dave Scott-Thomas.

Since that time Chris has competed for Canada on a number of national teams in track-and-field, cross country and road running. In 2014, he competed in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland where he placed 6th in the 3000m Steeplechase.

While training and competing all over the world, Chris continues to work part-time for Inbox Marketer, a Digital Messaging company based out of Guelph, Ontario. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for both B.C. Athletics, as their Male Athlete Director, and The Whistler Spirit Run as their Vice-President.

With the help and support of his sponsors, coaches, friends and family, Chris is pursuing an Olympic dream with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Career Highlights

  • 2014 Commonwealth Games (6th Place – Steeplechase)
  • 2013 World Track & Field Championships (22nd Place – Steeplechase)
  • 2013 World Cross Country Championships (33rd Place)
  • 2014 Canadian Track & Field Championships (Bronze Medalist – Steeplechase)
  • 2013 Canadian Track & Field Championships (Silver Medalist – Steeplechase)
  • 2012 Canadian Track & Field Championships (Bronze Medalist – Steeplechase)
  • 8:28.1 3000m Steeplechase (#9 Canadian All-Time List)
  • 2009 PAC-10 Track & Field Championships (Gold Medalist – Steeplechase)
  • 2009 NCAA D1 Track & Field Championships (9th – Steeplechase)
  • 2003 World Youth Track & Field Championships (Bronze Medalist)
You can find Chris on TwitterInstagram, and on his blog, Chasing Rio 2016

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Jason Oliveri

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Jason Oliveri is a pilot for the Australian Men’s Bobsleigh team and has been competing since 2008.

Born in Australia, Jason grew up on the east coast in sunny Brisbane, seemingly as far away from snow and ice as you can get! As a youth he competed in basketball and junior athletics and excelled in sprinting. He always had a dream to represent Australia at the Olympics.

Jason eventually decided to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, Ted Polglaze, who was also a former sprinter and represented Australia at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano in the 4-man bobsleigh event.

After an interesting, first ever run down the course where the brakes on the sled failed to work, Jason was hooked. He eventually moved from the back of the sled as a brakemen to the front seat as a pilot.

Jason has recently relocated to Vancouver and will be training in the city and at the Whistler track. He plans to compete in the North America’s Cup bobsleigh circuit which will take him to tracks in Whistler and Calgary in Canada, and Park City and Lake Placid in the USA.

Jason ultimately hopes to represent Australia in bobsleigh at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

You can find Jason on Twitter and Instagram.

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Rene Beaumont

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Rene Beaumont is an avid runner from Ste. Anne, Manitoba. He is a stay-at-home dad and when he isn’t spending time with his two daughters, you’ll find him running, playing hockey or riding his bike.

Long-distance running is a passion for Rene, which began eight years ago when he started running with his now wife. With a couple of relay and 10 km races under his belt, he decided to try his first half marathon in June 2009. One marathon a year turned into two and kept increasing until he was running four races a season. He was hooked!

Rene has completed three full marathons and 14 half marathons with a personal best time of 1:26:40. This past October, he completed the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis with a time of 3:09:01, which qualified him for the Boston Marathon in 2017. He also finished third overall in a 30 km race with a time of 2:06 and finished first in the Ste-Anne Duathlon in 2014.

It’s easy for Rene to stay motivated because he absolutely loves running. He continually tests himself physically and mentally in order to keep improving and makes sure to recover properly with chocolate milk after each run!

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Andrew Schnell

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Andrew is a competitive squash player on Team Canada. Living and training in Calgary, Andrew picked up his first racket when he was only seven years old and became instantly hooked.

Andrew is committed to reaching his goals. Everything he works on is rigorously scheduled, and he’s more accountable than ever before. Five hours a day, six days a week – you’ll find Andrew working on technique until he’s reached perfection. For him, each squash match is a fight for perfection and a way to challenging where he is now, and where he wants to be after it’s all over.

Making it to the Olympics is many athlete’s dream and Andrew was no different. Success meant donning the Canadian flag while the weight of a gold medal pressed on the back of his neck. For years, he fought to accomplish this. No rock was left unturned, and no stone untouched. Even Andrew’s university degree in psychology was used as a means to gain an edge. Unfortunately, the Olympic dream did not become a reality. Squash was denied inclusion in both the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics, and with that Andrew had to refocus his goals and press on.

With over five years on tour under his belt, Andrew currently ranks number one in Alberta and in Canada and 62nd internationally. His new goal is to rank number one on the international leaderboard.

Aside from training and competing, Andrew spends his time at The University of Calgary, where he is earning a Master of Science in Kinesiology. His current area of research is to interrogate LGBTQI2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, two-spirit) inclusion in Canadian figure skating. Andrew also loves waterskiing, running, rock climbing and golf. He’s also pretty good at beating people at Ping Pong.

His sport also provides him the opportunity to give back to his community. Andrew is proud to have founded a charity organization called InspiredBySport, which seeks to use the power of sport to connect with children from a First Nations community located west of Calgary.

You can find Andrew on Twitter, Instagram and his blog.

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Andrea Burk

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Andrea Burk is a Women’s Rugby World Cup silver medalist (2014) for Canada, a motivational speaker and a rugby TV announcer for organizations that include the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Andrea developed her expertise in building team cultures that thrive in highly competitive environments and on personal resilience and high level achievement while earning a masters degree in Leadership at Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia, and while representing Canada in rugby. She applies her proven strategies that make her a world-class athlete to motivate and inspire others to win in their own fields.

A member of the National Senior Women’s Rugby Team since 2009, she was a 2015 Player of the Year finalist, named to the Women’s Rugby World Cup Dream Team, and was awarded Rugby Canada’s Gillian Florence award in 2014, which recognizes the player who best embodies the qualities of a Canadian national team player as voted on by her teammates.

Find Andrea on her website, Twitter and Instagram

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