Sarah Wells

Sarah Wells

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Toronto, Ontario

Speaker | Athlete | Founder

Sarah Wells is an Olympic semi-finalist and Pan Am Games silver medalist in the 400m hurdles, known for overcoming challenges and achieving the “impossible”. Sarah Wells is also the founder of the Believe Initiative, a youth organization that inspires students to build resilience and self-belief through guided programming.
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SARAH WELLS BIOGRAPHY

Olympian Sarah Wells is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. As an Olympic semi-finalist and Pan Am Games silver medalist in the 400m hurdles, Sarah’s reputation was built through overcoming challenges and achieving the “impossible”.  

Before finding the sport of track and field, Sarah was cut from every high school team she tried out for. It was thanks to a teacher who suggested she try running – that teacher believed in her before Sarah ever did. Together, that teacher and her became coach and athlete and made the Olympics just a decade later.

Sarah recognizes not everyone is going to have that “teacher” or person in their lives, who believes in them, so the Believe Initiative was created to be that person for as many people as possible. 

Ever since Sarah was a child she has always loved to run. Whether it was around the park, at the cottage or during a soccer game, Sarah was running. Little did she know this simple activity would become the center of her biggest dream. 

Sarah Wells grew up playing many sports, from ice hockey and curling to baseball and soccer. But it was her high school teacher, Dave Hunt, who also happened to be a National Team coach that recognized her talent and encouraged her to pursue track and field more seriously. Sarah quickly fell in love with hurdles and her Olympic journey would unknowingly begin. 

When Sarah graduated High School, she chose to attend the University of Toronto Faculty of Physical Education and Kinesiology to continue her education as well as continue to work with coach Dave. Within their 8 years working together, Sarah became a 3-time National Champion and 5-time National Team member and represented Canada in multiple World Youth, World Junior and Pan American Junior Championships. 

In 2011, the year before the Olympics, Sarah Wells was unfortunately diagnosed with a stress fracture in her left femur (thigh bone), which tragically sidelined her for 9 months. With the Olympic year fast approaching, Sarah was eager to get back on the track following a gruelling recovery and rehabilitation program. When she was finally cleared to run, the London Olympics were only 8 months away and few people believed Sarah would be able to overcome such a devastating injury and ultimately compete in the Olympic Games. However, Sarah surrounded herself with an integrated team of physicians, coaches, family, and friends, enabling her to train, perform, and remain realistic about a seemingly impossible dream. 

Fortunately, through hard work, perseverance and an unwavering belief in herself, Sarah Wells ran Olympic standard, won the Canadian championships, and was named to the 2012 Canadian Olympic team. At the games, Sarah made it through the heats to the Olympic semi-final round. She placed herself in the top 24 in the world and was one of the youngest competitors in the field. 

Since those games, Sarah has added to her National Championship Gold medal count and most recently won a silver and bronze medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto. 

When Sarah isn’t travelling North America to speak or the world to compete, she resides in Toronto, Ontario.

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We're All in A Race

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  • We’re all in a race. The pressure, the deadlines, the competition. While every scenario may be unique, we all want to move quickly and win. Sarah’s energetic approach, engaging stories and her capacity to inspire an audience will leave them ready to take action and win the only race that matters – theirs!

Overcoming Life's Hurdles

Testimonials

Sarah is a force on stage. I was riveted, reflective, and inspired to take action.

Kelsey Ramsden

President
Belvedere Place Development

Sarah is an inspiration to not only athletes, but to all of us overcoming life’s obstacles. Her motto “Believe” is something we should all remember in those challenging moments. Thank you Sarah, you are an inspiration.

John Jelaca

Teacher
Ellwood Memorial Public School

It was a delight to have you inspire my key business partners in fall of 2015. You were able to effectively connect with this group of Investment Advisors drawing from your experiences on and off the track. The parallels drawn between high performance sport and high performance living made an impact on everyone in the room. Your warm smile, infectious energy and the depth of your story kept everyone engaged and left us motivated and determined.

Greg Jizmejian

Vice President
BMO Nesbitt Burns

Sarah came to speak to my Sport Nutrition and Exercise Prescription for Sport class this semester at George Brown College. When word got out around the college that Sarah was coming, the entire Fitness and Wellness program, including faculty, showed up for her talk. Everyone was so impressed by her belief in herself, tenacity and journey to the Olympics. Sarah also touched on her nutrition, training and the biomechanics of running to gear the talk to what the students were learning in class. Sarah is an inspirational person and an amazing speaker and I would definitely recommend her for speaking engagements!

Dr. Aisling Lanigan

Naturopathic Doctor

Sarah had the audience connected to her quickly and kept them engaged throughout. Her story is adaptable to the key experiences all of us have as we face challenges. Since we were focusing on Mental Health – specifically Resiliency – her message was both entertaining and pertinent. Having seen her before, we knew she would be a perfect match for the conference theme.

K. Patterson

Iroquois Ridge High School

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