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A Fireside Chat on Resilience
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the UBC Okanagan School of Health and Exercise Sciences, the Faculty will welcome Olympic Bronze Medalist, Akeem Haynes, and Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist, Simon Whitfield, for a discussion on their own experiences overcoming adversity in high performance sports. Join this esteemed pair of Olympic athletes to hear their advice on how to build a resilient mindset.

ABOUT AKEEM: As lead-off runner, Akeem Haynes helped Canada break a 20-year-old national record to win bronze in the 4x100m relay at Rio 2016. Born in Jamaica, Haynes didn’t have much of an advantage from the beginning. With limited options and tragic events happening early in life, he moved to Canada with his mother seeking a better life. Haynes became involved in sports, and excelled both on the field and on the track. He eventually went on to become the first in his immediate family to graduate from college on top of becoming a Division I Track and Field All-American. Through perseverance, a resilient mindset and a stubborn attitude to succeed, Haynes has become a 2x Olympian (2012 & 2016), helping Canada bring home an Olympic Bronze Medal at the Rio Olympic Games.

ABOUT SIMON: Simon Whitfield made history in his Olympic debut at Sydney 2000 where he unexpectedly became the first ever Olympic champion in men's triathlon. Whitfield returned to the games in 2008, and won a Silver medal. Whitfield was inducted the ITU Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. During his 16 years as an elite international competitor, Whitfield earned 14 ITU World Cup victories and was a 12-time national champion. He is also the esteemed recipient of Honourary Doctorate degrees from the University of Guelph and the University of Victoria.

Sep 24, 2021 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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