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Karina LeBlanc

Motivational Speaker; Olympian - Canadian Womens Soccer; Unicef Ambassador

Bio

Motivational Speaker KARINA LEBLANC is also a UNICEF ambassador,  broadcaster, on-air personality, host and emcee. A recently retired Olympic and professional athlete who has had the honour of being the longest serving soccer player for Canada, she played for nearly 18 years. Having been a part of five World Cups and two Olympics, winning a Bronze Medal in London in 2012, she challenges people to LIVE LIFE PURPOSEFULLY and be the best version of themselves daily. In 2016 she was an Olympics Analyst with CBC and Yahoo! during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She thrives on bringing the best out of people, getting them excited, and getting them involved in every aspect of what’s going on both on or off the field.

Karina LeBlanc moved to Maple Ridge British Columbia at age 8. Her early life was spent on a small island in the Caribbean and then she was thrust into a new country with different customs and culture. Karina was a smart, shy, misunderstood child with a vibrant personality buried within. It wasn’t until she met some local coaches who invited her the track and field club and basketball team that her confidence rose and allowed her personality to shine. Soon after others would also notice a change in her confidence. This confidence enabled Karina to pursue a college education, play soccer for her country for almost 18 years and further win a Bronze Medal at the Olympics in 2012.

After the World Cup in 2015 she finally decided it was time to hang up her cleats and explore her greater purpose. Being the longest standing soccer player of all time for Canada, (5 World Cups and 2 Olympic games), she would no longer be Karina LeBlanc the soccer player, but now Karina LeBlanc the person seeking to understand her new meaning in life. As Karina journeys through this new transition in life, she is rediscovering herself through others. For her, soccer was more than just a sport she played. It allowed her to gain confidence and realize that her voice is for a reason, which helped her become a UNICEF ambassador. Using her international career as a platform, she uses her experiences from her life and career to empower others and help them on their journey to being the best version of themselves.

Her energy is contagious and she loves to ensure that everyone around her truly enjoys what they’re doing. A motivational speaker, a broadcaster, a host (on air and in person) she can entertain and motivate any crowd, while including humour. She thrives on bringing the best out of people, getting them excited, and getting them involved in every aspect of what’s going on both on or off the field.

Topics

Purposeful Living

Speaking about her journey as a national team athlete and the pressures and sacrifices that came with it, Karina digs deep into personal obstacles she had to overcome in her life, and how these obstacles have brought her into a position to inspire others. She challenges people to ask themselves “WHY AM I HERE?”. You will leave inspired, motivated and more importantly, recognizing who it is you want to be on this earth and how to go about becoming that person.

Empowering yourself first, then you can empower others

No matter who you are in life, we are all leaders. Karina brings the audience into deep aspects of personal empowerment, so that they can become better leaders and empower others. She will take them on a journey of life, to self, and the importance of recognizing potential within – embracing failures and celebrating successes.

Changing the culture by Changing Yourself

In 2011, Karina and the national team came last at the World Cup in Germany. Nine months later, they stood on the podium watching the Canadian flag rise, with a medal around their necks. The difference was John Herdman and the leadership group (which included Karina), who were able to connect on something greater than themselves and greater than an Olympic medal. Their goal was to leave a true legacy and inspire a generation. Through sharing this journey, Karina will go into details that will connect you as a person, an employee, a company, on how you can change an environment so that in the end, you deliver a podium performance.

Daring to Dream BIG Again

From Olympic athlete to motivational speaker, Karina talks all about the vulnerability of starting over. You will walk away recognizing that it is time to live every day being the best version of you and understanding that we all have a purpose on this earth and we should all be living it. There is an inner greatness in us all and it is time to identify it, and purposefully live
it.

15 Minutes More

Karina will take you through her turning point when she was cut from the Provincial team at 15 years old, and how it shaped who she became. In short, she decided to give 15 minutes more each day towards achieving her dream and who it is she wanted to be. The result would be her standing on the field next to her heroes, singing her national anthem and playing for our country. Changing from a shy, bullied girl who did not fit in, to a confident woman, Karina will show you how giving 15
minutes more to anything in life will take you closer to being the person you are meant to be. She will show you through her storytelling, authenticity, and vulnerability, that when something is taken from you in life, it is a test of how badly you want it, and will challenge you to find a way to make it happen.


Karina LeBlanc is represented by K&M Productions. For more information, Karina LeBlanc's speaking schedule, fees & booking Karina LeBlanc contact us.

Testimonials

Karina is unbelievable!! She is so generous with her time, so genuine and down to earth. Multiple participants mentioned that she was the best speaker they have ever heard at any conference. She made an immeasurable impact on all participants and will be fondly remembered always.

–Sysco Foods

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Karina is unbelievable!! She is so generous with her time, so genuine and down to earth. Multiple participants mentioned that she was the best speaker they have ever heard at any conference. She made an immeasurable impact on all participants and will be fondly remembered always.

–Sysco Foods

Your speech was so moving Karina! We can’t thank you enough for believing that your best version of yourself means doing all you can to help the children & families who need it most.

–UNICEF Canada

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