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Mallory Avdeeff

Michelle Dagenais

David Holm

Robin Randall

Josh Bagby

Lorissa Dong

Constantine Kudaba

Tommy Schupp

Morgan Bird

Heather Ferns

Rafael Lopez

Sabine Thomsen

Jacqueline Curl

Duff Gibson

Seka Owen

Trista Wilson


Click on a contestant's name above or view all our contestant 'Olympic Moment' stories below (most recent entry first): 


Constantine Kudaba  

Sport Partner, Mens National Water Polo Team

1. What is your sport and fitness journey?

My sporting journey started in Port Coquitlam, BC. Just from attending Terry Fox Secondary, the staff and student body had a great understanding of what Terry Fox represented and what he meant to Canadians. Determination, sheer effort, and selflessness are but a few traits that I took from Terry Fox into my sporting life. No one was going to ever outwork me and I believe that everyday.

5 years of grueling training in Calgary later, it was the 4th quarter at the Olympic Qualification Tournament for Water Polo. With so much pain circulating my body, I was still able to score the decisive goal that qualified our team for the Beijing Olympic Summer Games.

I continue my career and train at Talisman Centre with the aspiration to now medal at the world stage. Trust me, if there's water polo in the pool, I'll be there.

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre?

I've been training at an elite level for over 7 years with the national team. Even with the wear and tear of sacrificing your body and mind 6 days a week, I know there's still plenty left in the tank.

Talisman Centre is without a doubt my home away from home. Everyday, I'm provided with the best weight rooms, gyms, and pools Canada has to offer. It's that much easier for me.

Not only that, remember that water polo is a team sport. Together, we are a band of brothers that push each other to limits unattainable by the individual unit. Together, with the support of Talisman Centre, we can become a group that goes beyond expectations and appears at the Olympic level once again.

3. How does your story inspire others?

I don't come to the pool every morning and night to instill belief and inspire other athletes to be like me. That's not what I want. What I want is to show how much I truly enjoy the sport of water polo. Yes, I work as hard as I can and put my body on the line everyday. But to play a sport you love as a career, now that's something people should aspire to anywhere.

With hard work and true dedication to any sport or activity, people are bound to admire what you do and notice how it cannot be matched. Vince Lombardi once said, "the price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."

I try to always be an ambassador of water polo. If I'm able to inspire even one young athlete to play the sport, I will be grateful.

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Jacqueline Curl  / Member

1. What is your sport and fitness journey?

About 3 years ago I had a lot going on in my life and wasn't dealing with it in the proper way, it all caught up to me and my body broke down. I literally had a break down. My brain shut down and I had to re-learn how to read, write and talk. I was in the hospital for about 5 weeks. After I was released it took another year to really get better and back to myself. In the process I gained about 40 pounds from the meds, not eating properly, and being lazy. I was also a heavy smoker and was not taking care of myself. One day while at work a fit woman came in and I got to talk to her. I wanted to know what she did to look like that. From that day forward I decided that I was going to enter a competition. I didn't know how or how long it would take me but I was going to do it and nothing was going to stop me.

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre?

What Drives me? I love the pain I feel the next day, I love the high I get after a workout, I love the results I get. I especially love to compete. I love to inspire and motivate other people to get off the couch and get into shape! I also love when people tell me I'm an inspiration! Thats the best feeling!

3. How does your story inspire others?

I think I inspire others, because I have no athletic background I'm just a regular woman that went through a very hard time and I used fitness to get myself out of a very dark place in my life. I did it with hard work and dedication, there was no magic potions or pills, I think I'm a prime example of what hard work can do and when you put your heart and mind to something it will pay off. I also think I'm an inspiration to people who are scared or embarassed to come forward with issues regarding mental and stress illness. I'm an example of what could happen to you if you don't take care of your head as well as your body.

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Trista Wilson  / Member

1. What is your sport and fitness journey?

As a kid I enjoyed gymnastics and slowly I grew out of it. My love for dance began and after six years I was surprised I ever lived without dancing. Upon graduating I had to say good buy to my dance studio and pursue dreams in Lethrbridge as I went to school in hopes to become a teacher. This is where I learned to have motivation on my own in the environment of a gym. Although intimidating at first, I learned to love it. A love for cheerleading developed as I joined the University team and I was able to combine dance and strength into something I loved. Dance was always my release and without the skills I learned from my dance teachers I would not be as strong of a person as I am today, pun intended! Now going into my fourth year of University I enjoy dance, and want to coach a cheerleading team. I also enjoy going to the gym regularly.

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre?

My motivation is my mom. She is the most fit person I know. She has worked so hard to have the body she has today. She goes to the gym probably every day and the staff at Talisman Center know her as "that girl." When I work out with my mom she always pushes me to keep going and not give up on myself. Although her ability to run a marathon and train for hours on end makes me sick, she motivates me to know that if you work hard you can get the results you want to achieve. No matter the injury, because there will be many, you can over come them and get better. I suffered a pulled hamstring near the end of my cheerleading season and I had to learn how to train through the injury to be stronger. Being an athelete takes patients, and that is something my mom has for herself. Patience to know that with rest and nurturing you can continue.

3. How does your story inspire others?

My story is nothing special but what I want others to know is that no matter what you do to be fit you need to love it. No matter what mood I am in dancing makes me feel better. For my mom, running is her time for herself and the pain of life just goes away. For me fitness is my time for me and its a time for be to be alone with my own thoughts. By having a passion for fitness and by having an addiction for how working out makes me feel I can motivate others to never give up on themselves. No matter your age or size you can change anything you want to about you and make a difference. By wanting to coach a team I can share my love for dance and cheerleading can allow others a love for it too.

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Josh Bagby  / Employee

1. What is your sport and fitness journey? 

I began my love of sports and recreation at a very young age. Since I was 5 years old I have participated on a team for baseball, soccer, football,swimming,wrestling, and track & field.

In my grade 12 year I fractured my wrist and with Doctor's approval I continued to participate in 4 different school sports. After graduating from highschool I continue to stay active by visiting the gym 3-4 times a week and participating in various after work teams. Two years ago I was part of a softball team that raised $2500 for Breast Cancer Research. I am currently co-coordinating the TC team for Calgary Corporate Challenge. 

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre? 

As a life gaurd at the Talisman centre, I have the privlage to witness many up and coming althlets train. I am motivated by their athleticism, and daily commitment to their sport. 

3. How does your story inspire others?  

My story inspires others because I live my life the same way I compete as an athlete. With hard work, fair play and heart.

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Rafael Lopez  / Member

1. What is your sport and fitness journey? 

Three years ago I decided to do something that scares me and I decided to take up triathlon. I took a huge leap when I signed up for the 2010 Calgary 70.3 Half Ironman in 2009 before I had done a single triathlon.

One of the most inspiring moments for me on that journey was when I was in Vancouver in 2010 for the Winter Olympics. When Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse won their gold medal in two woman bobsled I happened to be standing just steps away. The crowd spontaneously started singing 'Oh Canada' and at that moment I was so proud to be Canadian.

When I woke up at 3am the morning of Calgary 70.3 five months later to head to the race, I played the CTV "I Believe" montage of Canada's Olympic highlights and was inspired by our Olmypic achievements.

This July I will represent Canada at the ITU Long Course Triathlon World Champ's in Spain.

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre? 

Training at Talisman Centre is a treat and an opportunity that some people in other parts of the country may not have. Talisman Centre, or Lindsay Park as I knew it growing up, has so much history and so many elite and top level athletes have used those very facilities. It's hard to not feel like you're walking through a little part of history when you think of all the athletes and teams that have trained there.

Even today, you can walk through Talisman Centre and see Olympic athletes and hopefuls going about their daily workouts. It's pretty motivating to see the level and determination of the people walking around in that giant tent.

3. How does your story inspire others?  

I truly believe that in order to inspire others, all we need to do is have the courage to follow our own dreams and encourage others to do the same. I started out as such a terrible swimmer when I first got into this sport, and in 3 years I've improved marginally at best – from terrible to sub-par. That's one thing that I like to share with people who were as intimidated by sport as I was. Whether it's triathlon or any other sport, you'll never regret having tried, and who knows, you might be better at it than you think.

I genuinely hope my story inspires others. We all have the opportunity to inspire others by simply pursuing our goals and challenging ourselves to reach a little beyond what we thought possible. If we do that, maybe others will do the same, and others beyond that. Call me crazy, but I think thats how you change the world.

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Mallory Avdeeff  / Employee

1. What is your sport and fitness journey? 

My long journey started over ten years ago, back in high school, when I was held back from a debilitating case of chronic asthma. My journey was kick started when I joined my Talisman Centre family! I have met the most amazing set of colleagues and members, people who set me on my current path and keep me pushing for more. I came to the Talisman Centre at a STRONG 172 lbs. and felt better than ever, but never knew what was coming my way. I didn't know that in the next three and half years working at Talisman Centre that I would go on to compete in the Gladiator fitness competition, to try every single class offered, to become a Group Fitness Instructor (MY PRIDE AND JOY), to reach 145 lbs. of muscle on the scale, to teach young children how to exercise and play sports through schools and camps, to start and almost finish a degree in Kinesiology and later Phys. Ed. and become one of the ones who inspired me the most, a teacher, a coach. My dreams are coming true with Talisman Centre. Like nothing I've EVER imagined!

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre? 

Mostly it is my job. I am constantly surrounded by others who want to train and accomplish as much as the next person does. All of the inspiration and goals under this one bubbled roof is CONTAGIOUS! As mentioned above, my baby, my pride and joy is Group Power. I've taught that class for two and a half years now and EVERY SINGLE DAY I come into that room, I am overjoyed that people are joining me in the same quest to get stronger. I always tell them it's not just in the muscles, but in the brain. This class has REAL power and when we work, we work together to accomplish our separate goals and we do it like none other. I have watched SO many people come into Group Power and months later, COMPLETELY TRANSFORM their body! We have FUN in the gym, we break free of the cycle of just going to the gym to get that small waste line or fit into that perfect outfit. We go to the gym now to FEEL GOOD, no matter how small our goals may seem. I talk my class participants up like no other. I look to them in my hardest moments of teaching and their smiles keep my head (and BAR) up!

3. How does your story inspire others?  

I hope, above all, that people are able to see the happiness and passion that sport and fitness brings into my life, and that it can do the same for them. It has enriched my life in a way I never thought possible. I am asked on a daily basis what makes me so happy??? Well, aside from my husband to be, it is the fact that I can walk through life, through ANY situation with strength of my frame AND strength in my frame of mind and exercise helps me to do that in a healthy way. I came from Southern, SMOG TOWN, Ontario with a very inhibiting disease, but the human body is an amazing, AMAZING thing (I can't stress this enough) and we need to take care of it. When we do, we are rewarded with accomplishment. We can bust through ANY plateau or set back and come out on the other side even STRONGER than before! I cannot wait to take my passion to the youth of Calgary in my teaching years to come!

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Michelle Dagenais  / Member

1. What is your sport and fitness journey? 

I have always enjoyed an active lifestyle, but it was not until the past few years that I really started to test myself with plyometrics and stability training. My journey started out with softball, track and boxing and while I still occasionally try my luck in the ring, my main focus over the past few years has been on my over all endurance and strength.

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre? 

I came over from a big branded gym after two locations were merged into one and they did not expand the space. I knew what I did and did not want in a fitness centre and simply Talisman had everything I was looking for plus more. What motivates me is the access to all different types of equipment from skipping ropes to bosu, swiss and medicine balls as well as kettle bells and now the newly added TRX suspension training and let's not forget about the track. I like changing my workout daily and it really motivates me working out knowing I can challenge myself with something different and make it as fun as I want it to be.

3. How does your story inspire others?  

I really enjoy working out and getting a good sweat before I start my day. It has been such a part of life for so many years that it is guides my daily choices and I feel bad if I miss a few days in a row. If my story inspires others, it would be because I constantly push myself to do better, try new activities and have always believed, at the risk of sounding like a Nike commercial, it is as easy as – just do it!.

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David Holm  / Employee

1. What is your sport and fitness journey?

Sport and fitness have not only enriched my life – sport and fitness are my life. I Eat, I Breathe and I Sleep Sport. I work at one of the largest sport wellness facilities in North America. I train to compete with the nation's elite athletes. I dream of representing my countries colors on the grandest stage...the Olympic Games.

Sport has crafted me into the person I am. It has given me morals and personality traits to be successful in every aspect of my life. Sport has had a dramatic impact on my life.

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre?

"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle – when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."

As a competitive athlete training, competing and playing at Talisman Centre what keeps me motivated is my goal/dream to represent my country at the Olympics. My drive comes from knowing that each day I have the opportunity to be better than I was the day before. Knowing that every morning I wake up is a chance to build on what I've started.

Training is like creating a work of art; it can't be done in a day.

"Champions are made when no one is watching." – Aneurys Santos.

3. How does your story inspire others? 

My story is simple I have been successful based on hard work and dedication. The combination of these two traits can help everyone achieve anything; literally the sky is the limit!

In any sport and/or competition it's not always the most talented competitor who wins but the person who has the most heart and fight. Heart beats talent every day of the week. I never won an individual race in high school track; but the first year out of high school I was the Canadian Jr. National Champion in the same event. I was training harder than all my competitors, and in the end hard work and dedication beat talent.

I instill this notion with my teammates; you might not be the best or the most talented, but with consistent training and working hard the ones with the most heart will be the most successful.

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Tommy Schupp  / Employee

1. What is your sport and fitness journey?

I grew up in Oakville, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto) playing and competing at golf from the young age of about 11 years old. Throughout my career in golf I competed at the provincial, national, NCAA and professional levels and being fortunate enough to have the game take me all over our continent from Vancouver, BC to St. John's, NL and from Orlando, FL to Flagstaff, AZ plus many more places in between. I began teaching the game in 2008 at Core Golf Academy where I had the amazing opportunity to learn from some great friends and amazing minds in Canadian golf including Sean Foley and Dr. Craig Davies. I have been residing in Calgary now for approximately 7 months and continue to develop a training program for aspiring, developing players.

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre?

I am inspired to train here at Talisman Centre because I enjoy and am passionate about maintaining good physical and mental health and I love how I feel after a good workout! As well, the motion required to produce maximum power and leverage with minimal effort in golf is demanding and requires the lower body to have a high level of stability so that it can support the torque that is created by the pivoting of the upper body. The third reason I enjoy training here at Talisman Centre is because of the facility itself and the staff which run it on a day to day basis. The facility is first class and the people here are passionate about development and improvement which contributes to an environment that is fun and exciting to be a part of.

3. How does your story inspire others? 

I hope my story inspires others, and if it does perhaps it is because I've always tried not to settle for what is expected, or the norm. I've tried to have my own dreams or something I am shooting towards whether that's something tangible or just an idea. I've tried to let those dreams inspire my actions. I feel that our own desire is the driving force behind training and development and that our dreams provide us with the direction. If you put those 2 qualities together it's only a matter of time before that vision becomes a reality. Is it easy to go for what you want? Absolutely not, it's demanding and at times painful. However if the alternative is to not go for your dreams, perhaps that journey is worth every little ounce.

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Sabine Thomsen  / Employee

 

1. What is your sport and fitness journey? 

I came to join the team at Talisman Centre in the spring of 2007, never having been physically active let alone sport minded. My entire life has been a struggle with weight, health issues and an unhealthy body image. Working with and being supported by individuals with a sports minded background, helped to encourage me to try new things, and build confidence in myself that I COULD do/be/excel well outside my comfort zone. 5 years later, I am now 4 sizes smaller, 50lbs lighter and stronger, healthier and more self-confident than ever before. Some of the other things new to my life thanks to the Talisman Centre, are certification in Personal Training and Aquatic Fitness, instructing a Deep Water Fitness Class, and overseeing all the day to day workings of a fabulous Child Care Centre. I am proficient in the workings of the Customer Service Department and actively participate weekly in Yoga, swimming, Group Power and sometimes Ripped! After nearly 30 years as an Early Childhood Educator, I once again have energy to work with the small children and can once again kneel down to play with or talk to the little ones.

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre? 

Walking into the TC you immediately get a sense of positive healthy energy. Everywhere you look there are individuals of all ages. From children as young as 3mths in the pool with parents to octogenarians or better keeping fit and mobile to hold back the negative aspects of aging. From the family come to recreate together to the Olympic athlete working towards taking top honors for their country; all walks of life trying to make use of the facility to better their lives. WOW – all under one roof! I have at my fingertips – access to the best training facility and the best athletic knowledge money can buy. What better opportunity to make healthy choices.

3. How does your story inspire others? 

I suppose the one way I can see my story inspiring others, is that even at 46 years into my, life, with little to no background in fitness or sport, anyone can take the support of others, change how they feel and think about activities and move to a new place in their lives. Upon seeing my determination and commitment, my family has been so very supportive as well. My husband, two sons and daughter in law are my biggest cheerleaders.

Thank you Talisman Centre and everyone here, whether employee or customer, for helping me become a brand new, better me!

 

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Seka Owen  / Member

1. What is your sport and fitness journey?

I travelled a long way from a very early age (7 yrs) up to now. In 1948, at 17 years old, I became a competitive synchronized gymnast. I travelled to Prague, Czechoslovakia where I trained for 13 hours a day. Upon my return I could not just drop exercising, so I continue working out wherever I am and go.

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre?

In 1994, I moved from Vancouver to Calgary and tried out the facilities – at this time it was Lindsay Park Sports Centre. Then I become an annual member in 1995, as the facilities are great, it's spacious and provides lots of varieties to choose from. Everything is well accessible and I enjoyed it. I found everyone very friendly, and it feels like home to me.

3. How does your story inspire others?

My father was my great motivation since my early childhood. He was very athletic, inspiring and I did many varieties of sports with him. He would always tell me to keep the equilibrium between your mind and your body. This stayed with me for the rest of my life. I can see great benefits in any endeavors of my life. It developed my healthy attitude for living. I was very good at sports in many different disciplines. I pass my motivation and importance on to my daughter and I am positive that I inspired those who have touched my life.

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Morgan Bird  / Sport Partner, Cascade Swim Club

1. What is your sport and fitness journey?

I was four months old when my parents first put me in parent/tot swim classes. Apparently I enjoyed the pool right from the start! I began swimming competitively in 2004 when I was 11 years old and loved it immediately. My parents taught me the importance of physical activity for health and well-being. I did try a variety of sports, but I always came back to swimming. I love swimming because it is an individual sport and I enjoy it so much. Because of a physical disability, I was classified as a Para swimmer in 2006. Being a competitive Para swimmer has given me many opportunities. I have been able to travel; some of which include the 2009 Short Course World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, the 2011 Para Pan Pacific Championships in Edmonton and the 2012 Paralympic Trials in Montreal. I have also met many people, many of whom I consider to be best and life-long friends.

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre?

My greatest motivation today, as far as training goes, is my hopes of making the 2012 Canadian Paralympic Team and competing in London, England this summer. The training I receive from the Cascade Swim Club at the Talisman Centre, has been fundamental in developing me to be the best swimmer I can be. I train every day at the Talisman Centre, because I am committed and want to live my dream of making it to the Paralympic Games. I refuse to quit and I listen to the instruction from my coaches so I can continue to improve. I consider myself fortunate to be part of a club that has helped develop me to be able compete at my best!.

3. How does your story inspire others?

I hope my story inspires others to dream big and to keep going when faced with challenges. I was born with cerebral palsy, left side affected. I grew up learning how to overcome different obstacles in life through perseverance, family and friends believing in me, and believing in myself. I believe that the only disability in life is a bad attitude. I hope my story continues to inspire others with different challenges to do anything they set their mind to, and be successful.

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Lorissa Dong  / Employee

1. What is your sport and fitness journey?

After seeing a photo of myself on Thanksgiving Day 2011, and my 3# birthday, I was like, who's this chubby girl! I was shocked and knew I had no more room for excuses and took action by following a nutrition program, plus made a commitment to exercise 3 times a week. I started to feel better about my body and myself, and after 5 months of hard work and determination, I lost 21 lbs!! Reaching my goal weight was a big step in accepting my body and being more confident in all that I do. I celebrated by buying myself a white bikini that I always wanted but not confident enough to wear, and cut my hair short. I am also much more apt to trying new physical feats, as you can see by my excitement in my photo on top of Squaw Peak, Phoenix. This journey forever changed the way I eat and the types of food I buy for my family too.

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre?

Power Cycle and Boot Camp are my two favourite classes. The instructor's words of encouragement motivate me to push a little harder and spin a little faster. During one boot camp session Heather (the instructor) said something like....'what would you rather have, people coming up to you saying how skinny you are, or how strong and fit you look?' Wow, this hit home and repeats in my head every time I work out, because I want to be noticed for being strong! Another big factor is the people in the classes – there's a little competitor in everyone, and I found that being within a group of people all working hard, sweating, struggling, going faster than me – this inspires me to try harder and keep going.

3. How does your story inspire others?

My close friends, colleagues and family's support were instrumental in keeping me motivated. Talking about my struggles and challenges with like-minded people in turn helped inspire them to get healthier and fit too!

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Heather Ferns  / Employee

1. What is your sport and fitness journey?

My sport and fitness journey started when I was working an incredibly high paced and stressful job. My job required me to be away about 40-45 weeks of the year and when I worked it was close to 20 hours a day. Little to say it was extremely difficult to balance a husband, work and a healthy lifestyle. Since I worked so much I only ate take out, smoked and drank. My excuses every time was it helped to relieve my stress, I don't have time I'm saving the world and the big one the job pays really well. After a couple years my world crumbled. My husband and I separated, I was overweight and there wasn't one aspect of myself that I loved inside or out. At 29 I moved back into my parent's house (humbling) and had an emotional breakdown. I started to workout out, the only time my head stopped racing and I didn't feel like my entire life was a failure was when I was at the gym. I started to find the inner strength and drive I had lost and slowly my outer appearance started to match. I knew then I was meant to work in the health and wellness field. I was actually addicted to something that was good for me.

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre?

When I'm at the Talisman Centre I am inspired to do my best and push harder. All you have to do is look around and if it's not an Olympian right beside you it's someone that has lost mobility from a tragic accident and they both train at a level that only inspires me at reach higher. I am motivated to stay in good health for my son that needs me to get down on the ground with him and makes mud cakes and he needs my arms strong so I can lift him and give him endless hugs.

3. How does your story inspire others?

My story is a story everyone has heard a thousand times. We get in a rut and then years later you're thinking how did I gain all that weight? why didn't I see it? How did time get away from me? How do I fix this? I've been there I know what it's like to look in the mirror and not like what you see. I want people to know that fitness is FUN, you can have a good time doing something maybe not so fun feeling. I instruct people it's never too late to make a change and that you are worth the change, you are worth the time, you deserve to be 100% selfish for a small part of your day to train.

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Duff Gibson  / Olympic Gold Medalist, Skeleton

1. What is your sport and fitness journey?

My Olympic journey began watching the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Those few weeks before my tenth birthday had a very powerful effect on me. I remember watching several great performances including Nadia Comaneci, Bruce Jenner and Greg Joy and I knew then I wanted to be a part of the Olympics somehow and I didn't care which sport it was in. 23 years and five sports later, I found skeleton. Ultimately I was able to achieve my dream to win a medal at an Olympics because I found a sport that demanded skills that I had and didn't penalize me for skills that I didn't have. In addition to that, and most importantly, training and competing has always been something that I love to do.

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre?

I have a long history with the Talisman Centre – I used to work here years ago and I also met my wife here as well. As an athlete, even though most of my teammates trained at Canada Olympic Park or the University of Calgary, I've always preferred the Talisman Centre. The facilities and staff are great and I enjoy seeing the friends I've made over the years but for me there's something more to it. I describe the building as having an 'energy' to it that I've been able to use to get the most out of my training sessions. You don't always wake up ready to have a great session but I still find that by the time I'm warmed up, I'm happy to be here and ready to go..

3. How does your story inspire others?

I don't know if people will find my story motivating or not. I have been told a few times by people who are my approximate age that because I won my Olympic medal at the age of 39, they found that motivating. But everyone has to find their own reason for keeping fit and healthy. I've always thought that having a goal is a great motivator and now that my days as a power athlete are done, I really enjoy running. This September 8th I'll be running in the Calgary Run for Water at Eau Claire which is a fundraiser for clean water projects in Africa. There's plenty of motivation to be found if you look for it!

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Robin Randall  / Sport Partner, Mens National Water Polo Team

 

1. What is your sport and fitness journey? 

I've been playing water polo for 25 years this August, and always dreamed of representing Canada on the world stage. I've been living that dream since 1995. It's not every four years; it's every day! 

2. What drives and motivates you to Train, Compete or Play at Talisman Centre? 

Training, competing and playing at Talisman Centre brings me closer to the Olympics every time I am there. Being a world-class athlete requires every advantage that can be taken advantage of. Talisman Centre is our advantage. It is a world-class facility. 

3. How does your story inspire others? 

I grew up in a small farming community called Drinkwater, Saskatchewan. There were only 60 people there, yet I managed to work hard and now I have been to over 30 countries because of my dedication to my dream. I'd like to think I am proof that anyone can achieve their dream if they are willing to chase it. 

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