Instead of coming home from the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics with a the Gold Medal I expected, as a member of Canada's men's eight in rowing, I came home with the utter disillusionment about my "win at all costs" approach to racing. Over the next decade, I began to question what had been the only way I knew how to compete. Then, in 2000, I began coaching at a high school on Vancouver Island. I was determined to find success without focusing on winning. Instead, I encouraged my athletes to strive for personal and team excellence - with no extrinsic measurements. The result was they not only won four Canadian National Championships, but set an unofficial High School World Record Time.
I draw on my experiences as a competitor and coach that will show you how to succeed - to be the best you can possibly be - by taking the focus off winning.
Jason Dorland, former Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Championship rower, coached the Shawnigan Lake School senior boy's rowing crew to four National Championships and an unofficial High School World Record Time, becoming the first person to win the coveted Calder Cleland Memory Trophy as an athlete and a coach. Two members of that World Record setting crew brought home Gold Medals for Canada from the 2006 U23 World Championships in the men's eight.
Jason is also the co-founder, co-owner, and creative director for an organic and natural food company called Skeet & Ike's - www.skeetandikes.com In their 15th year of operation, this Vancouver based company manufactures products that are sold right across Canada.
Jason was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario where he attended Ridley College and began his rowing career. From there he accepted a rowing scholarship to Syracuse University for two years before transferring to the University of Victoria where he trained with the Canadian National Team.
A graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Jason is an artist, designer and author living, teaching and coaching at Ridley College in St.Catharines, Ontario.
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