“Virtually anything can be accomplished with hard work, determination and belief”.

Beckie Scott

Olympic Gold Medalist | Athletic and Youth Advocate | Resiliency Expert

Beckie Scott retired, as Canada’s most decorated and most successful cross-country ski racer in the history of the sport in 2006. Winning Gold in Salt Lake City in 2002, Beckie became the first Canadian and the first North American woman, to win an Olympic Medal in cross-country skiing.

Beckie is a native Albertan. Born and raised in Vermilion, Alberta, she blazed a historic trail for Canadians during her career; winning an unprecedented 17 world cup medals, two Olympic medals (gold and silver), and finishing second place overall in the World Cup standings the last season of her career.

Beckie Scott is an internationally accomplished speaker. Her presentations are dynamic, inspirational, entertaining and memorable. She specializes in three important topics: Teamwork, Leadership and Overcoming Adversity. All three of her motivating presentations have tremendous lessons for us all for our personal growth, in business and in our career pursuits. As a keen observer and learner, she is an expert in knowing all qualities associated with the pursuit of excellence.

In every case, she tailors her presentation to meet specific needs. Beckie always punctuates her presentations with personal anecdotes and humorous situations to make her powerful points.

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, and Beckie was named one of Canada’s most influential Women in Sport by Canadian Association for Advancing Women in Sport (2012).

Beckie Scott chaired the Anti-Doping Working Group, International Athlete’s Forum (2011), she was a presenter on Performance on Demand, SPIN (Own the Podium Performance Summit) (2012), and Presenter and Panelist for the Global Sports Development Symposium on Ethics and Anti-Doping in Sport, London, UK (2012). She was Host and Presenter of Shaw Cable’s TV Program Meet the Olympians (2010), a CBC Broadcast Analyst of World Cup Cross Country Ski coverage and the Olympic
Games in Sochi, Russia, and a CTV Broadcast Analyst of Olympic Cross Country Ski and Nordic Combined competitions (2010). Beckie was also Canada’s Chef de Mission for the First Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria (2011).

In addition to her sporting endeavors, Beckie 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.

Beckie Scott’s Accomplishments:

  • Olympic Gold Medal Champion 2002
  • Olympic Silver Medalist 2006
  • Second World Cup Overall in 2006
  • Former Member – International Olympic Committee
  • Former Member – World Anti-Doping Agency Executive Committee

Beckie has worked in broadcasting for CBC and CTV sports, written for CBC sports online and published numerous travel articles in the Globe and Mail. Beckie has a Street, a Nordic Ski Race and a High-Altitude Training Centre named after her. She is a mother to two young children, a son and a daughter.

Topic Presentations

In her presentation, Overcoming Adversity, 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.

Throughout her presentation of Teamwork Through Adversity, 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 co-ordinated efforts of many can change the world.

In her delivery of her topic Leadership through Adversity, Beckie enlightens us 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. How do you motivate, inspire and create success?  Especially in difficult times?  It is through value-based leadership.

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