About Cheryl Pounder - Gold Medal Champion:
Cheryl Pounder was born in Montreal into a family of hockey enthusiasts: A grandfather, who was GM of the Montreal Junior Canadiens, and her hockey-playing older brothers. The rink in the family’s backyard also helped to set her on the path to excel at Canada’s national sport. Upon moving to Mississauga, Ontario, she achieved the status of athlete of the year at both her high school and Wilfrid Laurier University, where she earned an honours degree in Kinesiology.
She has played on Canada’s 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005 (All-Star Defenseman) and 2007 World Championship Hockey teams. Cheryl was voted the top defenceman at the 2002, 2004, 2007 and MVP at the 2005 Canadian Women’s Hockey National Championship.
Without a doubt, Pounder’s greatest career accomplishments are represented by her 2 Olympic Gold Medals in Salt Lake City and Torino.
Cheryl has recently worked for TSN as an in-studio analyst and now a colour commentary broadcaster.
Considering Pounder's pursuit of both educational and physical excellence, it's no surprise that her impressive sports achievements are complemented by her abilities as a motivational speaker.
What Cheryl Pounder Talks About:
Pursuit of Excellence -
Growing for Gold
First, we must have a vision/goal/dream. Focus, determination, respect and perseverance are integral in believing and achieving. It's always about the journey.
Courage to overcome adversity
Adversity builds character and teaches us about ourselves and our co-workers/teammates. Change is inevitable. We must be willing to embrace change, and get outside our
comfort zone. Have you given yourself the best opportunity to be successful? It's always about the journey.
Leadership & Teamwork
Who shows up every day ready to compete, even when it isn't easy? Can we work together? Do we respect and have the ability to help one another? This is where we learn about ourselves. We must make a conscious choice to ‘share information’, pay attention to details and help one another. Are you prepared? It's always about the journey.
Cheryl has the inspirational voice quality we were looking for. She has an amazing talent that allowed her to capture both the dramatic and comedic aspects of the awards night. However, what really impressed me about Cheryl, was how deeply she immersed herself in the professionalism of knowing the audience in the complex world of Hockey.
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