"Getting on my mat everyday allows me to relieve some stress, stay limber, and to have a sense of accomplishment after an especially challenging practice. I've never participated in sports, so movement was not a big part of my life growing up. That all changed after I took my first yoga class 4 years ago. I immediately fell in love with yoga and started to branch out to other forms of exercise. The following semester, I changed my major to exercise science and decided to devote my career to promoting movement. I currently teach multiple group fitness classes a week and am so happy I get to share the magic of moving with others!"
"For the zillionth time, I confronted my reality: Spin was something I'd never done. Being good at this was going to take time. Just because I wasn't perfect off the bat didn't mean that I couldn't be great. It didn't mean that I didn't have potential. It didn't mean I wasn't working hard...
"A question I have often been asked is, 'Why did you become a goalie?' That is a fantastic question. 'Why do you want pucks coming at you at 70 mph?' 'Why would you become a goalie after you have played defense for so long?' I usually laugh it off and say, 'I don’t know, it’s fun' with a smirk on my face. It does not make a ton of sense. The only genuine answer to these questions is that I enjoy it. I wanted to follow my passion. Sports are a unique opportunity to live in the moment and to enjoy what God has given you. I have also been asked why I have persevered through some rough seasons of hockey. I have been motivated every day to get better. Hockey is the most enjoyable thing I’ve ever done. There is a unique excitement about goaltending. Each shot, I get an opportunity to forget the goals I have let up in the past and I get a new chance at success. I love to play. I love to compete. I love to win. I am blessed to have the opportunity to use my God given talents and passions to glorify Him.
“Quitting smoking cleaned out my lungs and made running easier. Now, I love running and the way it makes me feel.”
“First it was learning how to be in a wheelchair, then how to walk with a walker, then ski poles, then a cane. Every one of those obstacles is like a climbing problem. You have to learn how to do the moves, where to put the gear, and methodically think about it. If it’s a challenging route, it takes time. You don’t just get it on your first try. When you do get it, you ask ‘what’s next?’
“If I have a bad day at school it always makes me feel better. Also, we’ve got a really nice group of girls and boys and the coaches are really supportive, too, so I always feel better after being with them. I get a real sense of achievement when I learn new moves or if I’m coaching and I help a younger person learn something. It’s helped a lot with my confidence – I used to be nervous because I thought everyone knew what they were doing and what was happening but now I’m much more confident and happy in myself."
"I had a dream of being a world recognised runner. That dream is coming true. When I hold Nepal's flag up high as I cross the finish line, that is my proudest moment."
"There are an endless number of reasons why I swim. Here are just a few of them.
Be sure to read the Why I Swim post in its entirety as Olivier explains each bold statement above!
"I ran the entire 5 km race surprising my friends, family and even myself. I stepped out of my comfort zone thanks to Run to Quit, I accomplished what I set out to do – quit smoking and run a 5 km!