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Andrew Haley

Paralympic Swimmer and Cancer Survivor

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Andrew Haley: Paralympic Swimmer and Cancer Survivor

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Just like all of us, peak performance expert Andrew Haley has had his share of ups and downs. As a child Andrew had cancer twice and each time was given a 35% chance to survive. Even though he lost part of his right leg, Andrew never let it dictate his life.

Andrew is a living reminder that no matter what negative things may happen in your life, you can always try and turn it into something positive. Take control of your life and always try to learn and be better next time. We each have the power to be AMAZING. The only question is, are you ready to take it to the next level? To control your own destiny?

Andrew’s real and inspiring views cover three decades of real-life in-the-trenches sport and personal experience. He appreciates and shares with his audience that being a champion and turning pressure into performance is a moment-to-moment choice and is able to relate and inspire each listener that success is more than title, tenure or position. Excellence is for everyone, every day. It's how we should live our life. In his talk, Andrew’s fusion of real-life stories and his conversational techniques connect with his audience at an intimate, intense and individual level.

Andrew is a former world class World Record setting Paralympic swimmer having won, among other competitions, gold medals at the 1998 World Championships and the 2000 Paralympic games. He has served as his swim team’s captain and is a recognized leader in Paralympic sport. He is also a successful businessman who works for the Toronto Blue Jays. He continues to work with the best and brightest in the performance excellence field.

Some companies that have partnered with Andrew include: Allstream, HSBC, Re/Max, Manulife, Teva Pharmaceuticals, National Bank, Sun Life, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Canadian Tire,  Xerox Canada, Four Seasons Hotel, and various conference to name a few.

Learn techniques to overcome the pressure
Realize the feeling of not doing well is worse than not doing it at all.
Rely on training and experience and “own” your moment.
Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together (always stay positive)

Andrew has been part of many great and effective teams. In fact, as a swimmer, he developed the ability to work in both individual and teamwork settings and truly understands the importance of building towards an effective and solid team. During his talks, Andrew shares TEAM as being (T)ogether (E)veryone (A)chieves (M)ore. A team building success is when your team can accomplish something much bigger and work more effectively than a group of the same individuals working on their own. Mesh the goals of the group from an individual level to make everyone work towards a common one. A better understanding of team work can make you a more effective employee and give you an extra edge in your corporate office.


During this presentation, Andrew first talks about the emotional low point in his life, losing his leg due to childhood cancer, then gradually moves into talking about the pinnacle of his athletic success, becoming a Paralympic and World Champion. How he was able make the most of his life when the odds were down to eventually accomplish greatness. Andrew will capture your attention right from the start and his humour and energy will be on display for the whole talk. Andrew will show audiences his 100 metre freestyle Commonwealth Games Gold Medal swim that put him on the top of the podium and to be crowned a Champion. Andrew has experienced many ups and downs in his career, we all have, but it is his mental
toughness, leadership and sheer determination to be the best that has made him a champion. Andrew looks forward to sharing his story with your group. After you hear him speak you will realize that anything is possible.
I attended the Healthcare Supply Chain Network conference last month (Toronto May 2014), and had the great privilege of hearing your inspirational testimony. Your message of determination in the face of adversity was extremely impactful to me. The line I was most significantly left with was - “tough times do not last, tough people do.” I know the one certainty of life is that we just don't know what is coming around the corner. Your talk encouraged me to take a step back and really assess what I hold to be meaningful, and, most importantly, to list out goals that I have until now only seen as un-achievable. You have proven that any height is reachable. Thanks for the nudge forward man.

Andrew spoke with passion and enthusiasm about his childhood, battles with cancer, and triumphs in the pool and how he gives 110% living his life based not around the circumstances presented, but how he can react to them. He establishes a rapport with his audiences young and old through his candid demeanour. Some were inspired by his athletic accomplishments, others by his drive and dedication. All agreed that he had an exception story to tell, and were thankful he shared it with us. –
YMCA of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo