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Donna Vakalis

Donna Vakalis is a two-time Olympian for team Canada in Modern Pentathlon, a 5-sport discipline that includes: show jumping, swimming, fencing (épée), running and shooting (with a laser gun). We get deep into the complexities for training for five un-related sports at the: technical, strategical and time management, levels. Donna's pathway to the Olympics is interesting and unique and included invoking her Greek roots.

Donna has been an environmental activist since a young age, has a MA in Architecture and a PhD in Civil Engineering focusing on sustainability, so I couldn't resist the opportunity to ponder what a sustainable Olympics could look like.

We had a really fun conversation and we learned a lot from each other. Happy Listening!

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

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This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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I remember my whole mentality had to change [...] because I have to obviously prioritize her.

Sherraine Schalm

In the spirit of Tokyo 2021, Sherraine Schalm - 4x Olympian for Canada in Women's Épée fencing - talks about her journey into fencing, writing her novel, motherhood and retirement from competitive fencing.

Sherraine competed at four olympics: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Over the course of her career, she won a total of 18 medals combined across several World Cups, Grand Prix, World Championships, and Zone Championships.

After retiring from fencing competition, she eventually got into coaching and now runs her own club in Italy as she advances through the coaching development system. She was inspired by her eldest daughter, who was born during the qualification period between they Beijing and London Olympics.

Besides being inspiring as a competitive athlete, Sherraine is an absolute blast to chat with, and we had a lot of fun. I hope you will too.

Note 1: I did not win the bet. Richard Bachman is Stephen King's pen name, not the other way around
Note 2: I am not affiliated with DAZN in any way

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

Disclaimer

This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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I think if you're going to get back into sport as a mature athlete, do it for - not who you once were,
do it for who you want to be now.

Natascha Wesch

Natascha Wesch returns to Silver is the New Gold to talk with me about identity, goals and setting realistic expectations when getting back into sports/training and competition as a mature athlete, and it's all positive.

Inspired by the book Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey, by Ken Dryden, I wanted to know what it means to identify as an athlete and how that can both help and hinder mature athletes who are returning to sport, so I asked Natascha if she'd like to come back on the show to talk with me about it and she agreed!

Natascha is a consultant who specializes in mental performance for athletes who want to achieve their best potential as both athletes and humans.

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

Disclaimer

This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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Sometimes, there's damage done when all we focus on is winning.

Patti Howes

This is second of two episodes featuring Patti Howes, head coach of the women's and men's fencing teams at Canada's Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario. We pick up where episode nine ends off, and branch into a broader conversation about what barriers and obstacles there are to the inclusion and retention of women and girls in sports, and Patti's role with the Canada Women & Sports foundation, whose mission is to help remove these barriers.

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

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This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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[...]I'm so fortunate to have had that experience and that he had vision to build a woman fencing master.

Patti Howes

Patti Howes is the head coach for the women's and men's fencing teams at Canada's Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In this part one episode of a two-part series, Patti shares her journey through three decades of fencing from athlete, to club owner, to head coach. She is the only full-time, paid women fencing coaches in Canada's university system, and one of only two women in Canada to have the designation of Maître-d'armes - coaching mastery in all three fencing disciplines: epee, foil and sabre.

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

Disclaimer

This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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Please review our Privacy Policy. Note that healthy discussion is encouraged and we value varying opinions, but we reserve the right to moderate and remove comments that promote hate, bullying, or are intentionally insulting.

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If you can kind of, modify or adjust your mindset [...] to understanding that that's still okay, then you're already on your way to success.

Nav Sharma, RD

Nav Sharma is a Registered Dietician and Co-Owner of NutriProCan and on this episode, she shares her knowledge about sports nutrition. We talk about the different nutrition lifestyles (vegan, vegetarian and plant-based whole foods), how our body types and genetics play a role in how we metabolize food, and the challenges women face to stay fit and maintain weight as they age.

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Profile Image of Outwild

Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

Disclaimer

This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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Please review our Privacy Policy. Note that healthy discussion is encouraged and we value varying opinions, but we reserve the right to moderate and remove comments that promote hate, bullying, or are intentionally insulting.

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Copyright © 2021 Karen Laansoo

You had the courage to do something that's important to you, because if it wasn't important to you, you wouldn't care if you won or lost.

Dr. Lisa Huzel

Dr Lisa Huzel (MD) is passionate about her work and about fencing. In fencing she's represented Canada at three veteran's world championships, and several Commonwealth fencing championships. She's also a member of the FIE medical commission. In spite of all of her achievements, she often feels like an imposter. In this episode of Silver is the New Gold, she provides perspective on imposter syndrome (aka, imposter phenomenon) from the points of view of both a fencing athlete and a medial professional.

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

Disclaimer

This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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Please review our Privacy Policy. Note that healthy discussion is encouraged and we value varying opinions, but we reserve the right to moderate and remove comments that promote hate, bullying, or are intentionally insulting.

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It was a sport that [...] gave me the opportunity to travel the world and represent my country and I wanted to create that for other young women.

Natascha Wesch

In this episode, Karen talks to Dr. Natascha Wesch (PhD Sport Psychology), Mental Performance Coach and Canadian Rugby Hall of Fame inductee about: her journey through sports as an elite athlete and coach in the both the Canadian and University women's rugby programs, her transition into endurance sports as a mature athlete, and how to engage in sport as a lifestyle.

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Olympic Channel, Tears for GB: Canada takes bronze in Rugby Sevens

Credits

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

Disclaimer

This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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Please review our Privacy Policy. Note that healthy discussion is encouraged and we value varying opinions, but we reserve the right to moderate and remove comments that promote hate, bullying, or are intentionally insulting.

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Copyright © 2021 Karen Laansoo

You are not a man [...] You can't be on the same program as a man because of your hormones, and because of your muscle structure

Debra Riedesel, RD

In this episode, Karen talks with Debra Riedesel, Registered Dietician and founder of the Cycle Diet, about nutrition therapy for women. Topics include: PMS, PMDD, Menopause, HRT and what's in that darn dairy.

Debra created the Cycle Diet to help women who suffer from PMS and PMDD understand that through elimination and building a balanced diet, they can stop the needless monthly suffering. She also warns women athletes that they need a nutrition plan that is designed for them, and not for men.

With over 20 years of experience as a Registered Dietician, Debra's knowledge and experience is a must listen for women of all ages, athlete or not.

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

Disclaimer

This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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Please review our Privacy Policy. Note that healthy discussion is encouraged and we value varying opinions, but we reserve the right to moderate and remove comments that promote hate, bullying, or are intentionally insulting.

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Copyright © 2021 Karen Laansoo

In fact, I'd go as far as to say that having the tiny goal of getting out and moving is way less stressful than having a goal I have no way of achieving right now.

Karen Laansoo

In this episode, Karen talks about training zones, and maximum aerobic function  (MAF) as a way to build cardiovascular endurance for a safe and healthy return to sport.

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

Disclaimer

This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

Privacy Policy

Please review our Privacy Policy. Note that healthy discussion is encouraged and we value varying opinions, but we reserve the right to moderate and remove comments that promote hate, bullying, or are intentionally insulting.

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Copyright © 2021 Karen Laansoo