February Updates!

2019 has started with a bang as we end another fantastic month!

Olympic medallist, Katerine Savard had a jam packed room locked in on her as she shared her story, en Français, in Gatineau, Quebec this past January.

Bell Let's Talk day

Many incredible athletes shared stories of hardship, perseverance and grit. We hope you got a chance to get involved to help #endthestigma around mental illness. If you have a story about a young person who you feel has benefitted from Head to Head mentorship, please let us know! We would love to do a feature!

We received an incredibly kind donation from FEI Canada at their mental health awareness event on Jan 30th, and we would like to thank them for their tremendous generosity.

Olympic medallist Kylie Masse, accepted the donation on behalf of Head to Head. Photo to follow next month 🙂

Below: Our Founder, Martha, hit social media to spread awareness and lend a helping hand to anyone who may be suffering in silence.

Head to Head is committed to creating opportunities for Olympians, to provide tools to young people, to build mental resilience to manage pressures, and adversity in their life, in and out of sport

Resilience can be defined broadly as the ability to bounce back from adversity.

Do you know why we do this?

Research has shown that in order to prevent the onset of mental health issues, it is essential to not only target risk factors but also to increase adoption of protective factors, like resilience!
  • In doing so, studies show that we can help young people to effectively manage risk factors and reduce the development of mental health issues thereafter *
* New Brunswick Health Council, 2016

Along with collecting feedback from current programs, we're also studying health and wellness, and specifically the different tools that we can build out to effectively provide young people with the soft skills they require to excel their own lives.

We have two requests for you!

1.  Do you have 20-30 minutes for an informational phone call with us?

Are you, or somebody you know, a coach, parent, teacher, principal, guardian or somebody who is passionate about youth wellness and can set aside time for a phone call to talk about your thoughts and experiences as they relate to youth health? 

2. Do you know of any schools, clubs or organizations that might be interested in chatting about Head to Head mentorship programs for 2019 and beyond?

There is still time for clubs and schools to register for the remainder of 2019, and we have some fantastic Olympian mentors who are trained, primed and ready to hop on as a mentor for the next 5-6 months!

Send any interested 'candidates', questions or thoughts to Martha at mmccabe@headtohead.ca 

Head to Head on the News!!

Check out the video below by clicking anywhere on the image
... and please disregard the baby noises, we couldn't get a clean version of this from the station! 🙂

Upcoming Olympian Led Swim Clinic Details - www.headtohead.ca/clinics

Please share these links and details!


Sunday February 10th, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
With Olympic Finalist Martha McCabe
In pool focus: Underwater work off the walls, sculling, breaststroke pullouts, kick and more!
In classroom focus: Healthy Habits; sleep, nutrition etc.
Direct link here


Sunday February 10th, 2019  12:00PM - 3:00PM MT

YMCA Eau Claire
With Olympic Finalist Rachel Nicol
In pool focus: Turns, Finishes, Underwater work, and kick
In classroom focus: Managing Nerves and more!
Direct link here


Sunday February 10th, 2019 9:30AM - 12:30PM

Nepean Sportsplex
With Olympian Savannah King
In pool focus: Freestyle technique, turns, starts and strategy
In classroom focus: Team culture, daily training environment, and more!
Direct link here


Learn About All Clinic Details Here

We are in the process of building out and renewing partnership for 2019! So far all partners are staying on board for more strategic brand activations and general support for our mission!

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

Team Aquatic Supplies is a proud supporter of swimming in Canada. In collaboration with Head to Head, they are helping to expand exclusive swim clinic opportunities, and to share insight from Olympians. Keep an eye out for our video series and contests on social media coming soon! @teamaquatic @teamaquaticsupplies

Speedo Canada has partnered with Head to Head to co-promote events, share opportunities with youth nationwide and to help provide product for Olympians and some clinic attendees. @speedocanada

Performance Coaching Inc continues to support Head to Head, through professional development and training opportunities for Olympian mentors. @performcoach


As many of you know, Head to Head hosts two different 3 day summer clinic series in the summer. One in Ottawa and one in Toronto in July and August (details to follow in coming months – stay tuned).

In addition to our very own clinic series, we have partnered with Ottawa’s Camp Swim Pro, to provide more opportunities for the swim community to connect with our fantastic Head to Head mentors!!

Camp Swim Pro will be running a 1 week swim camp in Ottawa from August 19 – 23 and this year Olympic medalist, Brittany MacLean, as well as 2 other surprise Head to Head mentors will be guest coaches, speakers and leaders throughout the camp. 

This clinic is hosted by Camp Swim Pro, so please visit www.campswimpro.com to register and contact Camp Swim Pro director, Andrea at andrea@campswimpro.com if you have any questions!


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