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.
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.
“I wanted to write to tell you what a hit you were at our BLG gathering, in case that was not obvious from your standing ovation. For the rest of the weekend our colleagues kept coming up to Sean and me to tell us what an inspiring message you delivered and their delight in hearing and seeing what is the very best about our Olympic athletes. We are all very proud of your well-deserved success.”- J. Bruce Carr-Harris, Lawyer, Borden Ladner Gervais
“I'd like to echo the sentiments expressed by Bruce Carr-Harris. I've had nothing but enthusiastic comments about your inspiring remarks to our lawyers last Friday morning. We were extremely fortunate that you were able to speak to us. Your remarks were exactly aligned with our themes and we couldn't have picked a better speaker. I'd like to express my appreciation to you for making a significant contribution to the success of our leadership program. Thanks again.”- Sean Weir, National Managing Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais
“Beckie Scott recently presented to us at the SPIN summit in Vancouver. Through her incredible passion to achieve personal goals, Beckie Scott hits the mark for all of us to do the same. Her reflections on overcoming challenges, and seizing opportunities to own the podium, are qualities that inspire all of us. Meticulous planning, an uncompromising attitude, and brilliant execution, are Beckie's "Les clefs du succès"!"- Jon Kolb, PhD, Director, Sport Science, Medicine and Innovation, OWN THE PODIUM
“I would like to say a very sincere thank you for enabling Beckie Scott to come to Red Deer to work with our athletes for a late afternoon and evening session. It was an experience of a lifetime. Beckie's stories and experiences radiated passion and love of cross country skiing, and for people in our world. Her voice has made a large impact on many of our young athletes here in Red Deer. I really want you to know and understand how influential, inspirational and motivational this opportunity was for our developing club. Beckie is such an amazing person and role model - someone that represents a true champion. Her work with the youth of our province has and will continue to make a difference in the communities she visits. I have seen it happen here in Red Deer."- Graeme Moore, Head Coach, Red Deer Nordic
“The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) engaged three-time Olympian Beckie Scott as our featured team building speaker for the kick off of the Association’s Leadership Conference. Ms. Scott provided an outstanding keynote presentation entitled Excellence Through Integrity. She stole the hearts of her audience from the very beginning of her presentation and didn’t look back. Her journey from a small Canadian prairie town to the highest level of International sport and the Olympic podium, through fair play and ethical practice is truly inspirational. Our conference attendees thought the world of her. In fact her name and inspiring talk was referred to at our Awards Banquet on the Saturday evening as well as at our Annual General Meeting. I believe she will be talked about and remembered for many years to come. My experience working with Beckie was excellent from the start of the pre-conference planning process, followed by her personal on-site interaction. Ms. Scott is extremely professional and she is a great pleasure to work with. I would not hesitate to invite Beckie Scott back to speak at an ABVMA event in the future and I highly recommend her as a creditable highlight to any conference or event.”- Midge Landals, Events Manager, ABVMA.
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