Episode 3 Youth Sport Podcast: Erin McLeod

erin-mcleodYouth Sport Podcast:

Episode 3: 

Erin McLeod

What an amazing conversation with Erin! I say it at the end, I feel like Erin has lived through so much, that her wisdom is that of a person beyond her years!

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As you listen to Erin and I chat you’ll want to know where to find her work! I invite you to check out “The Mindful Project”: Empowering Students and Athletes to reach their potential through mindfulness. Click below!


Here’s a run down of what Erin and I talked about! So good you guys…so good!

  • Growing up in Canada, moving to Indonesia
  • How travel opened Erin’s eyes to the reality of the world and how to understand it as a young person
  • Playing sport with the boys
  • Gratefulness, empathy, and awareness practices that families can do together
  • Eating disorders: how to focus on self worth and self love
  • Being bullied and how changing to fit in made her cool with her peers but not true to her.
  • Being proud of who you are, true to yourself
  • Focus on what we can control
  • Sexual orientation and how that affects a family
  • Homophobia in Russia and the need to make a difference in the Olympics
  • How we can support the transexual community, what’s happening right now
  • How John Herdman, Canadian National coach, made a huge impact for Erin and her teammates, how we can follow his example
  • How to get the most out of our athlets
  • Mindfulness and our daily thoughts, finding presence
  • Getting athletes in “the zone”
  • A tip that seems so simple it’s too good to be true!
  • Having “the vision” in athletics
  • How learning happens quicker when we have self compassion
  • Why addressing mental health is so important
  • Goal setting and having a vision, while staying present…the secret sauce!
  • Overcoming struggle and injuries, and how that leads to growth
  • The power of visualization, mind body connection
  • Burnout in athletics
  • Identity, depression…who am I?
  • What does life look like when athletes retire?
  • Lessons learned in hardship
  • Olympic stories!!!!
  • Female success as a group
  • Co-ed sports
  • Young athletes playing with different age groups
  • How negative coaching affects players and their performance
  • Advice to youth coaches
  • How athletes can better their communication among themselves
  • How our tone is important

We covered A LOT!!! Without further ado…the conversation! And don’t forget to listen to the follow up discussion to this episode in the segment we call, “The Cool Down”!

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