Week 35: Danielle Chateau
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I have played sports all of my life, starting at the age of 2 when my uncles used to put me in front of a hockey net while they played. Growing up, my focus and passion in life was sport. In elementary school I was very active and played every sport offered. I was also a good swimmer, tennis player, cross country and downhill skier, loved to ride my bike and skate. In high school, I played basketball and volleyball, and then went on to play basketball for York University. Following university, I played in a women’s Touch Football league for several years. Nowadays, I maintain an active lifestyle by practicing yoga, playing tennis, and running. I have also volunteered my time as a rep basketball coach for the last 10 years, served on the board for a basketball association, and am now in my 3rd season as a regional development coach for Ontario Basketball. I’ve also worked as a basketball instructor at Olympia Sports Camp.
How has sport helped you develop skills for your work today?
My passion for sport lead me to obtain a degree in physical education and a certificate in sport administration. After I graduated from university, I worked in the field of sport administration for over 10 years. I had the opportunity to represent Canada in the Special Olympics World Games, serving as the Team Manager for the Canadian team competing in the 1997 Special Olympics World Games, and then as Chef de Mission for the 1999 and 2001 World Games. My love for sport transferred into a love of planning events, including sport events. I am now a college professor teaching students in the field of Event Management, and am able to share my passion for sport and events in the classroom. Being involved in sport, particularly team sport, has definitely helped to develop and refine many important skills needed to succeed in the workplace including strong time management and organizational skills, and the ability to interact and communicate effectively with people. Sport also taught me the importance of challenging myself, accepting feedback from others, and has helped me understand the importance of never giving up. Sport has helped me develop confidence and accept who I am – all traits and characteristics needed to succeed in work and in life.