May 2018 – West Coast and Beyond!

Welcome to Head to Head's May Newsletter!

This past month our team traveled through BC and Alberta in a Team Canada branded Toyota RAV4 to expand our school and club mentorship programs.  The trip was a big success, and connected eight different Olympians with hundreds of young Canadian athletes!

Rio 2016 Olympians Jason Block and Martha McCabe with a group of young athletes following a Calgary Mentorship session

April 2018 Highlights

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    Thanks to our partners; Sherrard Kuzz LLP and Toyota Canada, Head to Head was able to embark on a very successful west coast tour, and execute 15 events nationwide led by 8 different Olympians
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    This tour led to 5 new schools and clubs, and 6 new Olympians, enrolling in 2018/2019 mentorship programs already

Check out this video from 3X Olympian and Olympic Medallist in Sprint Canoe, Mark Oldershaw.  Mark is a wonderful role model, and a Head to Head mentor for Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton, Ontario.

May 2018 Projects

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    We are continuing to build new partnerships and expand mentorship programs for the 2018/2019 academic year.
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    Growing professionally through French language education internally to help launch mentorship programs and session in Quebec

2018 West Coast Mentorship Tour

Our team visited Vancouver, Chilliwack, Victoria, Revelstoke, Canmore, Olds and Calgary over the course of 2 weeks in April. We met with Olympians, schools and sports clubs to share the Head to Head mission and engage with communities.

Head to Head founder Martha McCabe connected with many extended members of the Head to Head family (and her own!) during the trip.   Here is 2X Olympian and Olympic Silver Medallist in rowing Conlin McCabe with Martha in Victoria, BC with the Toyota Canada RAV 4 that safely delivered our team to western Canada.

Upcoming Events

The success of our swim clinics, means that we have added more to the calendar! This May, clinics will be led by different Olympians in Montreal and Vancouver.  More will follow in the summer.

Our clinics cover topics like turns, starts, drills, technique and video work in the water, as well as managing nerves, nutrition, sleep habits, goal setting, and more, in the classroom.

Please share these event details with anyone who might be interested!

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2016 Olympian Jason Block working with athletes in Calgary and sharing tips and experiences focused on Healthy Habits like nutrition, sleep, and recovery.

Partners


Sherrard Kuzz LLP is supporting Head to Head through financial sponsorship and legal expertise

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Toyota Canada, the official mobility partner of the Canadian Olympic Committee, provided Head to Head with a Team Canada branded vehicle to help deliver and expand mentorship programs in BC and AB

April 2018 Update – Mentorship, Partners, and Fall Planning!

April 2018 Update – Mentorship, Partners, and Fall Planning!

April has been an exciting month for Head to Head programs and athletes. Check out what we've been working on!

April 2018 Highlights

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    Head to Head launched two new partnerships; Sherrard Kuzz Employment & Labour Lawyers, and Toyota Canada
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    April had 15 mentorship events happening nationwide led by 10 different Olympians!
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    Our Mentorship Programs are continuing to grow, including program expansion in British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec!

2017 / 2018 Mentorship Programs

Our first year of school and club mentorship programs are well underway with 15 Olympians mentoring 13 different organizations nationwide.

A common theme that our mentors have been sharing with youth is how to build confidence through posture, self-talk, and preparation.

2016 Olympic Medallist Michelle Toro shares her pre-race posture (chin up, chest open, hands on hips)

 Head to Head mentor, a 2012 London Olympian and nurse, Heather MacLean, had her 6th visit with the Trent Swim Club in Peterborough Ontario. She worked with the swimmers in the water on starts and finishes and then had a girls only chat with the female swimmers to help inspire confidence through positive body image!

 Head to Head mentor, Olympic Medallist and 3x Olympian Mark Oldershaw helps to inspire students at Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton, Ontario.

 Head to Head mentor, and 2016 Olympian Dominique Bouchard brings mentorship to Northern Ontario with the Nickel City Swim club!

Watch below to see what 2012 Olympian in beach volleyball, Martin Reader has to say about confidence:

Head to Head Partners

Head to Head is proud to announce 4 strategic partners that have been a huge help in day to day operations and execution

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Toyota Canada, the official mobility partner of the Canadian Olympic Committee, provided Head to Head with a Team Canada branded vehicle to help deliver and expand our mentorship programs in BC and AB

Sherrard Kuzz LLP is supporting Head to Head through financial sponsorship and legal expertise

Team Aquatic Supplies has provided Head to Head with some excellent Head to Head branded equipment

Performance Coaching Inc is helps Head to Head to prepare our Olympians to be impactful mentors for our program participants