OTTAWA, CANADA – June 13, 2017 –, a website that provides awareness about the true value of youth sports participation, announced today that it will be hosting its first annual Ottawa Sports Community Event on June 21, 2017. The theme of the event is promoting the athlete mindset for life and what this means for developing young athletes.

Sports is not just about training skilled athletes it is about building better people. Athletics plays a major role in strengthening communities by bringing people together, building social capital and fostering greater inclusion of excluded groups.

This event will feature speakers who have benefited from athletics and have become leaders in society in large part due to the life lessons they have received from sport. Some of the speakers/panelists include former Olympian, Judge Hugh Fraser, Coach Rob Hamm, Dr. Chris Raynor, Olympic Gold Medal winner, Carolyn Waldo, World Class Gymnast and CTV morning show co-host, Lianne Laing, 4 time Grey Cup winner Tom Pullen and other high profile athletes, coaches, engaged parents and volunteers.

Event Start: 6:15 pm
Formal welcome / panel member introductions.
Each panel discussion will be approximately 25 minutes with 5 minutes for any questions.

  • Panel 1 – Sports for Life

    Featuring Coach Rob Hamm, Lianne Laing, Wayne Scanlan
    The benefits of exposing young athletes to multiple sports and discussing how coaching has evolved

  • Q&A Session – Movement for Life

    Featuring Dr. Chris Raynor, Orthopedic Surgeon, Mathew Pulickal
    The importance of understanding movement for life

  • Panel 2 – Athletics Builds Better People

    Featuring Judge Hugue Fraser, Tom Pullen, Terry Marcotte, Carolyn Waldo
    How sports can teach athletes to be better prepared for life and become better people

The panel will share their personal experiences and will also be asked to discuss their feelings about:

  • The major role that athletics plays in strengthening communities by bringing people together
  • The athletic mindset and the pivotal role it can play in the development of future leaders
  • The concept that young athletes should be diverse, consider playing multiple sports, and should be having fun
  • Can drive, grit, determination and the handling of constructive criticism be nurtured in our youth through sport?

Note: This this event will have limited capacity, so please register early as all tickets are first come first serve (The $20 fee to attend the event will be waived for the first 30 people to register).

Link to event registration:

Event Details:
Date/Time: June 21, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: RA Centre (directions)
Registration / cash bar: 5:00 – 6:15 pm
Complimentary pizza will be served!

For media inquiries, please contact:
Rob Saric
Event Organizer
Co-founder, Athlete Builder Inc. exists to help athletic communities understand the true value of sports – building better people. Our events are intended to raise awareness for local youth sports communities about how athletics can be used as a catalyst for personal growth and building stronger communities.

Athlete Builder Inc. is an initiative proudly created and supported by Athlete Builder. A leading sports technology platform made for athlete success.

Initiative by Athlete Builder Inc.