"Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." - H. Jackson Brown
Another rookie to Team BC Mission Staff, Dani is the third and final member of the Member Performance Consultant (MPC) team working with our athletes in preparation of and during the Canada Games next year in Red Deer. Dani is a great addition to the MPC team, bringing a new and fresh perspective to Mission Staff.
Another thing – she is committed. Let’s start here…
Favourite Sports Team?
As an MPC, I don’t think its ethical to answer this question (WOW WOW – we didn’t ask for state secrets, but I like this girls commitment to the cause!)
Growing up in Coquitlam, B.C., Dani excelled in sports and found them to provide her with the highest sense of self-satisfaction and pleasure. She attended the University of Guelph as well as Capilano University, where she played both soccer and basketball on scholarship before completing her BA in Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Her experiences with sport and life-long interest in psychology lead her to pursue a career as a Mental Performance Consultant (MPC). Dani has recently earned a Master’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from The University of British Columbia.
When you’re not working, how do you spend your time?
Making music and DJ’ing (Send us some tracks! So pumped!)
While consulting takes up her days, Dani spends her nights fuelling her passion for music as a DJ and Producer. Playlists by Dani are a definite MUST HAVE in Red Deer!
What movie or TV show best describes your week?
The Never Ending Story (RELATABLE)
Fast Facts about Dani:
- Favourite Colour: Purple
- Most used emoji: Black Heart (Freezerman would love this)
- First concert attended: DMX, Ja Rule, Redman & Methodman
- Nickname: Ween – my birthday is the day before Halloween and I'm the smallest in my family, so they always called me the ween (you could have the cleverest family ever!)
- Favourite Food: Pizza (a girl after my own heart)
Since the completion of her degree, Dani has cultivated her own growing business as an MPC. She uses a humanistic, strengths-based approach to her consulting, drawing on her strong theoretical knowledge base, experiences as an athlete herself and now, her own research.
Why did you join Team BC Mission Staff?
Carl who is an existing BC Mission Staff Mental Performance Consultant told me about the opportunity. When he spoke about his experiences with Team BC, he was so full of enthusiasm. I suppose the best recruitment tool is a soul on fire! It also seemed like the next step in my career as a mental performance consultant, which has only just begun! (Okay Carl, we will send your cheque in the mail…)
What advice do you have for Team BC athletes heading to Red Deer?
Keep your focus on variables under your control, like your physical preparation, your effort, your diet, your breathing and your thoughts. Focusing on things we cannot control, like weather conditions, outcomes, opponents or officiating make us feel nervous (because we can't control them) and can lead to self-doubt, worry, diminished self-confidence and even poor performance. It's okay to be aware of uncontrollable variables, but recognize that keeping your focus there doesn't serve you- you need all of your mental resources on you and on what you can control. Focus on being very present and doing each controllable variable to the best of your ability - when you do this, things like outcomes tend to fall into place ;) (I have zero to add)
Dani is the real deal and we are so proud to have her on Team BC Mission Staff. With such a diverse and amazing group of leaders, the sky is the limit for Team BC in 2019!