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

Beckie Scott

Olympic Speaker, Overcoming Adversity and Excellence Expert

Beckie Scott retired in 2006 as Canada’s most decorated cross-country ski racer in the history of the sport. A 3 – time Olympian, Scott won gold in Salt Lake City in 2002, becoming the first Canadian (and first North American woman) to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing. Beckie is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and an inducted member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame. She is a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence, holds Honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from the Universities of Alberta, BC and Mount Royal, and frequently works for CBC Sports as a broadcast analyst. Beckie Scott is the founder and CEO of Spirit North, an organization working to improve the lives of Indigenous children and youth through the transformative power of sport and play. Now working across 6 provinces, and reaching over 6,000 Indigenous children and youth annually, Spirit North is recognized as one of Canada’s leading sport-for-social-development organizations.

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 practical solutions for how to take yourself, your team and your organization to overcome all obstacles for success. 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.

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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.

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