Olympic Speaker, Overcoming Adversity and Excellence Expert
Beckie Scott is one of Canada’s best Olympic keynote speakers. A Three-time Olympian, Scott retired in 2006, capping nearly two decades of competitive cross-country ski racing. She is Canada’s most successful cross-country skier and one of the world’s best all-around cross-country racers. From the moment she joined the country’s national program in 1994, Scott was a trailblazer for nordic sports in Canada. During her 11-year career, she re-wrote the Canadian record books, winning two Olympic medals. Beckie Scott won a gold medal the five-kilometre pursuit race at the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Scott later went on to win a silver medal with teammate Sara Renner in the team sprint event at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Outside of her Olympic career, Beckie has 15 World Cup medals, among may other achievements and accomplishments.
After retirement, Beckie’s peers elected her to the International Olympic Committee’s Athlete Commission. She became a Board Member of the International Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Committee Executive Board and the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). Beckie is a Member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Award, has twice received the John Semmelink Memorial Award for most sportsmanlike conduct in winter sport competition. The Canadian Association for Advancing Women in Sport named Beckie Scott as one of Canada’s most influential Women in Sport in 2012.
Beckie Scott’s career accomplishments off the snow are equally impressive. Scott’s pursuit of justice around her 2002 Olympic gold medal was a triumph for athletes’ rights and fair play. She is also a tireless advocate for drug-free sport. Scott is currently Canada’s representative on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s newly formed Athlete Committee. During the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Scott’s peers elected her to the IOC Athletes’ Commission for an eight-year term. In addition to her sporting endeavors, Beckie Scott has been recognized and acknowledged for her charitable work. She is a UNICEF Canada Special Representative and an Athlete Ambassador for the humanitarian organization, Right To Play.
Scott also serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and the Trans-Canada trail. Beckie Scott remains a tireless advocate for ethical, drug-free sport. Beckie is a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Executive Board. As a result of Beckie’s hard work, knowledge and passion, she became Chair of the World Anti-doping Agency’s Athlete Committee. She is a frequent presenter and contributor to global conferences. She is passionate on demonstrating and advocating on the issues and challenges around clean, fair sport with integrity. In addition to her work facilitating a physical and mental wellness program for Aboriginal youth in Alberta, Beckie Scott dabbles in freelance writing and has contributed to the Globe and Mail, and CBC online. Beckie Scott is a broadcaster analyst for CBC and CTV Sports Winter Olympics and holds honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Alberta.
Beckie puts in plain words that: “Discovering that virtually nothing is impossible with hard work, determination and belief. The sky is the limit!” This is an incredible story about how a young woman emerged from a tiny Canadian prairie town to take on the world – and succeed. She faced many obstacles, and with courage and determination, she not only overcame them but she astonished everyone with her amazing accomplishments at the highest level of sport.
Beckie explains how incredible power and amazing results are achieved when groups unite in a shared vision and goal. How one of the worst performing teams in the world of International Cross Country-Skiing became one of the best through systematic dedication to on-going learning and effective teamwork. Teams that flourish usually have to surmount tough challenges. Beckie will explain how united coordinated efforts of many can change the world.
Beckie enlightens individuals and organizations on “How effective leaders shape success”. The coaches and mentors Beckie has known have taught her important life-changing lessons that she is prepared to share with you.