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Cheryl Pounder

2-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

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Cheryl Pounder: 2-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

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Cheryl Pounder was born in Montreal into a family of hockey enthusiasts: - A grandfather, who was GM of the Montreal Junior Canadians, along with her hockey-playing older brothers.  The rink in the family’s backyard also helped to set her on the path to excel at Canada’s national sport.  Upon moving to Mississauga Ontario she achieved the status of athlete of the year at both her high school and Wilfred Laurier University , where she earned an honours degree in Kinesiology.

She has played on Canada’s 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005 World Championship Hockey teams and was voted top defenceman at the 2002 Canadian Women’s Hockey National Championship.

Cheryl’s greatest career accomplishments are represented by her 2 Olympic Gold Medals; Salt Lake City, USA, (2002) and Torino, Italy, (2006).

Considering Cheryl’s pursuit of both educational and physical excellence, it’s no surprise that her impressive sports achievements are complemented by her abilities as a motivational speaker, with over 100 speaking engagements to her credit.






Pursuit of Excellence-“Growing for Gold”
First, we must have a vision/goal/dream.
Focus, determination, respect and perseverance are integral in believing and achieving.  It's always about the journey. 
Courage to overcome adversity    
 Adversity builds character and teaches us about ourselves and our co-workers/teammates.  Change is inevitable.  We must be willing to embrace change, and get outside our ‘comfort zone’.  Have you given yourself the best opportunity to be successful?  It's always about the journey.
Leadership & Teamwork
Who shows up every day ready to compete, even when it isn't easy? Can we work together?  Do we respect and have the ability to help one another? This is where we learn about ourselves. We must make a conscious choice to ‘share information’, pay attention to details and help one another.  Are you prepared?  It's always about the journey.