WEEK #10: COURTNEY McLEOD
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a professional certified life and leadership coach and I help women own their greatness, live with passion, and do things they never thought possible. I have two beautiful girls (ages 8 and 11) and they are both involved in multiple competitive sports and I love watching them play and grow through sports.
Sports have always been a life saver for me. I am an only child so as soon as I got home from school as a kid I would be knocking on doors to see who wanted to play…I would play anything. Sports was always an outlet for me to turn to when other areas in my life were not going well like school, friendships, my parents getting a divorce, etc. Sports helped me build my confidence, develop leadership skills, and taught me how to be a good teammate.
I played volleyball, basketball, badminton, tennis, track and field; in high school, and my favourite sport was playing competitive softball as a pitcher. I have such wonderful memories of games and teammates and a highlight would have to be how proud my baseball team was when we got the silver medal at the provincials after many years of coming up empty handed. I couldn’t imagine my life without sports.
Please share a story about an internal or external barrier you have faced.
In June 2009, I found out that my best friend, my biggest cheer leader, my mom had terminal cancer and I was completely devastated. I was six months into a new job and I also had a two year old to care for. My mom lived in London Ontario and we are in Toronto, so I made the trip to see her as much as possible. Eventually I took a leave from work so that I could be with her and on December 12 2009, I sat