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November 16, 2018

The power of sport: Three must-read books to inspire you  

These three books are the stories of remarkable athletes who have chased their dreams, defeated odds and transformed their lives – all through the power of sport. Make yourself comfortable and get ready to be inspired.

Find A Way.  The Inspiring Story of one woman’s pursuit of a Lifelong Dream. By Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad carried these three messages with her at age sixty-four when she swam across the shark-infested waters from Cuba to Florida: 

  1. Never, ever give up.
  2. You’re never too old to chase your dreams
  3. It looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a Team.

Learn why 30 years after her first attempt, she was successful in achieving her goal. Learn more about this book.


Open Heart, Open Mind.  By Clara Hughes

An honest and inspiring must-read memoir from Canada’s own six-time Olympic medalist and mental health advocate, Clara Hughes. Clara didn’t spend most of her life training for the games, instead she spent her teenage years using drugs and drinking to escape life with her alcoholic father.   It was watching speed skating gold medallist Gaetan Boucher that inspired her to channel her anger into training. We had the privilege of hearing Clara speak on her book tour in Toronto, Ontario – her path to the Olympics isn’t a traditional path and shines the light on how anything is possible.   Learn more about this book

What Makes Olga Run?  The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Athlete and What She Can Teach Us about Living Longer, Happier Lives.  By Bruce Grierson

Ninety-four-year-old Olga Kotelko, has 26 world records in track and field.   After retirement, she started to play softball; her mentor suggested she try track and field.  She has never looked back since.  According to Indigo, this book is” part science, part journey into the untapped potential of the human spirit”. Learn more about this book





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