I grew up and spent most of my life in the Edmonton area. It would be an understatement to say that the environment I was raised in was abhorrent, but it led me to be the trainer, speaker and mental health advocate I am today, giving me the chance to show people it’s possible. What’s the ‘it’ you might ask? Surviving, overcoming, thriving, growth, healing, peace… My athletic career began at the age of six when I started playing soccer. That all changed and volleyball consumed my athletic life through junior high and high school, playing at a competitive club level in the latter half of my volleyball life. At fifteen, my life took a turn when trauma caught up with me and I began to lose my life to drugs. It was drugs and violence. I still wanted to have fun as an athlete. I joined Edmonton touch football at nineteen and took up the role of quarterback, winning four championships in six years between indoor and outdoor seasons. I subbed for flag football during most of my touch career, and in 2011, I got the chance to participate in the longest ever played flag football game in the world. Fast forward to 2013, when I wanted to dip my toes into playing tackle, and that’s where my football career took off when I stepped into coaching, where I met Coach Harp. My coaching career flourished and spent six years coaching a provincial scouting showcase. Over the past four years, I’ve worked to use my story through connecting mind, body and spirit as a trainer, advocate and speaker to build an ever-growing community of love and support… showing that “it” IS possible.