Canadian Olympic Committee President Tricia Smith to share journey from playground to podium, and beyond, at 2021 Summit

A worldwide leader, inspired advocate and champion for sport, Sport for Life is excited to announce four-time Olympian, Canadian Olympic Committee President and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Tricia Smith as a keynote speaker at this year’s Summit.

Smith has represented Canada at multiple levels of sport governance. She is an elected member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport, an Executive Committee Member with Panam Sports, an elected representative for the Americas on the Association of National Olympic Committees’ Executive Council, Vice President of World Rowing and a member of the IOC Legal Affairs and Women in Sport Commissions.

A lawyer and businesswoman based in Vancouver, Smith is a recipient of the Order of Canada.

On February 2, 2021, she will share her personal story from the playgrounds of Vancouver to the Olympic podium, and into Canadian and international sport leadership. Her talk will be part of the Pathway for a Healthy and Active Life stream.

“Tricia has an unparalleled background championing sport within some of the world’s most prominent organizations, and has an inspiring belief and passion for her work. We will all benefit from hearing what she has to say about the past, present, and future of sport and activity,” said Thomas Jones, Sport for Life Director of Community and International Engagement, and host of the stream.

As a four-time Olympian in the sport of rowing, Smith has an Olympic silver medal, alongside seven world championship medals and a gold medal from the Commonwealth Games. Aside from her many other roles in the Olympic movement, she continues to be involved in her sport as Vice President of World Rowing.

“With her lengthy personal background in rowing, and unique viewpoint as an athlete, advocate and leader in the sports sector, Tricia brings a depth of knowledge to the Summit that promises to be enlightening and engaging,” said Jones. “I am really looking forward to her thoughts and reflections about her own development and experiences in sport, and how she envisions the progression of policy around health and activity throughout life.”

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The Summit will be held virtually from Jan. 26 to 29 and Feb. 2 to 4, 2021. This year’s theme is Pathway to Policy.

All Summit sessions will have subtitles in either English or French, given the spoken language in the respective presentation.

Unable to attend a particular session of interest to you? All Summit registrants will be able to access session recordings for three months following the event.

By registering for the 2021 Virtual Sport for Life Canadian Summit, Sport for Life offers National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) points. Take the opportunity to develop your own coaching skills and to improve the performance of your athletes and participants at all levels of sport—and earn three NCCP points in the process!

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