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Avalon Wasteneys - Rowing for Gold

Embracing Adversity: Avalon Wasteneys on Winning Olympic Gold

Avalon Wasteneys on Chatter That Matters

In this magical prelude to the Paris Olympics episode of Chatter That Matters,

I sit down with the inspirational Avalon Wasteneys, a Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist and a powerhouse in the rowing world. Avalon shares her incredible journey, from being raised in a family of world-renowned athletes to what it took to be part of a team that won Olympic Gold.  From her early days as a competitive cross-country skier to putting her oar into water, Avalon’s path is marked by resilience, passion, and unwavering self-belief.

Avalon shares how she navigated ADHD, anxiety, and severe health issues like mono and chronic bronchitis to chase her dream.  My favourite quote is: '

'My 'why' isn't about being the best in the world but discovering what's possible and becoming the best version of myself.'

You will also hear from another inspirational Canadian, Sam Effah, a celebrated sprinter who won the gold medal in the 200-metre at the 2009 Canada Games. Sam discusses what RBC is doing with the RBC Training Ground to help Canadian athletes pursue their dreams.

A fantastic episode to share with your entire family. 


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