WEEK #4: KATE KUNTZE
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
From a young age, I had always been passionate about sports and was a part of as many teams that I could – soccer, basketball, hockey, swimming, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, skiing, etc. During my undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo, I was part of the varsity women’s basketball team. After completing my Bachelor of Science, I went on to study Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. I now practice as a Naturopathic Doctor in Burlington and Georgetown and have an interest in working with hormonal and digestive health and sport performance optimization.
Please share a story about an internal or external barrier you have faced? How did you overcome that barrier?
Being a competitive athlete, I hated losing and saw losing as failure and defeat. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was my own personal barrier. Over the years and many loses, supported by my coaches and mentors, I started to realize that losing was a chance for reflection and growth. The more I reflected, the more I grew. I started to become more mindful of this as a varsity athlete and saw each game, practice, drill as a chance to better myself even if I lost. Through the years I have cultivated a growth mindset and have developed a better mindset around ‘losing’.
What skills did you develop in sport that helped you overcome your barrier?