At Third Factor we work across many different disciplines, not the least of which is elite sport. Working with Olympic and Paralympic athletes and coaches, and bringing their best practices for coaching, resilience and collaboration to business, is what got us started some 30 years ago. And it’s what’s led to our flagship leadership development programs like Building Resilience and 3×4 Coaching.

With the Tokyo Games officially underway, we’re cheering on a number of the Canadians who we’ve had the pleasure of working with. Here’s who we’ll be watching:

The Canadian Women’s Soccer Team

The Women’s soccer tournament is already underway in Tokyo. We’ll be cheering for the entire team, and cheering just a little harder for captain Christine Sinclair who appears by video in some of our programs with helpful advice on using negative emotion as fuel for performance.

Rosie MacLennan, Trampoline Gymnastics

In Dane Jensen’s new book, The Power Of Pressure: Why Pressure Isn’t The Problem, It’s The Solution, Rosie shares how making connections with others helped her recover from an injury and regain confidence in her sport. We’ll be watching her attempt for a third Gold Medal at her fifth Games when she competes on Friday, July 30th.

Rosie MacLennan flies high in competition

The Canadian Women’s Basketball Team

Basketball has become hugely popular in Canada, and we’ve been proud to work with Canada Basketball and the Canadian Men’s National Team in recent years. While the men just missed out on being one of only 12 teams to qualify for Tokyo, we’ll be cheering just as hard for the women, who start their tournament on Monday, July 26th against Serbia.

Erica Wiebe, Wrestling

We’ll be taking a break from cheering for Erica in the Executive MBA Americas program, a partnership of Queen’s and Cornell Universities to which we contribute, to cheer her on in the women’s 75kg event.

A few others

Martha McCabe, who retired after her third Olympic appearance at the Rio Games and runs Olympian-led mentorship program Head To Head, which we proudly support, is running the ‘Athlete Concierge’ in Tokyo. Follow her journey on Twitter at @MarthMcC.

We’ve worked with managers within the Canadian Olympic Committee to develop coaching skills, including the head of the Athlete Mentorship Program, Anh Nguyen, and athlete mentor Lizanne Murphy. This article in the Toronto Star has some great details about the mission of athlete mentorship in Canada.