Olympic medal winning coach to share experience at Scholarship Breakfast

Date posted: 
Thu, 03/23/2017
John Herdman

Canadian National Women's Soccer Coach John Herdman to speak at RDC

The Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast has a tradition of showcasing nationally renowned individuals from sports and the sporting industry and this year is no exception. John Herdman, two-time Olympic Women’s Bronze Medal Soccer Coach, is set to provide the keynote address at the 14th annual event on March 28.

“I’m really looking forward to coming to Red Deer College and being able to share some of the insights into what made our team successful at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. While we won bronze at both events, each experience was so unique,” shared Herdman. “The 2012 win was done from more of a crisis position as we only had nine months together leading up to those Games.  The 2016 win was the result of four years of planning and executing on that plan in a methodical manner.”

Recognizing that different situations and different people require unique approaches is at the core of Herdman’s coaching style, and he intends to share some of his experience next week. “Connecting with players or people in either a business or personal sense isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach.  Different people from different generations require individualized approaches. It’s not easy to connect with every player or every person but if they know you care, it will develop over time.” 

Over the course of his presentation, Herdman will also touch on the importance of developing a high performance culture and learning to overcome adversity with grace, as well as the role of leaders to inspire trust, confidence and success, whether it’s on the field, in the workplace or in the home. “Many aspects of my presentation are immediately applicable. It provides tools in how to deal with the expectations many of us face and how you can translate that pressure into doing more.” 

In addition to the keynote address, the Scott Builders Student-Athlete Leadership Scholarships will be presented to two deserving student-athletes. Funds raised at the Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast, in partnership with RDC’s sponsors and community contributors, are directed to the Athletic Leadership Fund to support student scholarships. Since its inception, the Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast has raised more than $280,000 for student-athlete awards, helping student-athletes to pursue both their education and their passion for playing collegiate sports.

The 14th annual Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast will take place on Tuesday, March 28 in the RDC Main Gym. For tickets and further information, visit rdc.ab.ca/breakfast.

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Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate