Canadian Olympian encourages Hants County gymnasts to follow their dreams

Carole Morris-Underhill editor@hantsjournal.ca
Published on July 24, 2014

Canadian athlete Karen Furneaux wants local youths to dream big and passionately pursue their goals.

The three-time Olympian and two-time world champion was in Windsor today, July 24, to inspire children attending a summer camp at Olympus Gymnastics to do just that. Along with Sarah Conn, the program co-ordinator for the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, Furneaux explained how hard work, perseverance and life goals can take young athletes to amazing places.

“Our mission with the sport hall of fame is to educate kids and inspire kids and that's what I enjoy... and I'm lucky that I get to do that,” said Furneaux following her presentation.

Furneaux provided the youths with her motivational acronym DREAM, which stands for dedication, role model, evaluation (or goals), attitude, and momentum, and explained each component and how it relates to achieving goals.

She encouraged them to rethink any obstacles they may be facing and try different approaches to address problems or issues. For example, if they're having difficulty landing a jump, she suggested breaking the process down and focusing on perfecting specific aspects of it. With hard work, the pieces will fall into place.

“Climbing the mountain and getting to that big goal takes a lot of baby steps,” she stressed.

About two dozen youths were on hand to hear Furneaux explain how she became an Olympic kayaker — as a child, she also spent time as a gymnast — and had the opportunity to spend time with her prior to, and following, the presentation.

Stay tuned for a video clip of Furneaux's morning with the children.

 

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Published on 24 July 2014

<p>Three-time Olympian Karen Furneaux horses around with some of the young campers attending the Olympus Gymnastics summer day camp July 24. She gave a motivational speech, encouraging youths to set goals and follow their dreams.</p>

Photos by Carole Morris-Underhill

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Published on 24 July 2014

<p>Three-time Olympian Karen Furneaux met with youngsters attending the Olympus Gymnastics summer day camp July 24. Pictured here with Furneaux are, from left, Lenka Sevcik (from Halifax), sisters Amy and Molly Amirault, Alastair Stockdale and Robyn Blanchard.</p>

Photos by Carole Morris-Underhill

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Published on 24 July 2014

Sarah Conn (program co-ordinator for the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame), far left, and Olympian Karen Furneaux, far right, were the special guests at an Olympus Gymnastics summer camp July 24. Pictured here with them are Koji Masuri (Olympus Gymnastics coach), Hugh Smith (president and founder of Olympus Gymnastics), Taylor Routluge (Olympus Gymnastics coach).

Photos by Carole Morris-Underhill

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Published on 24 July 2014

<p>Olympian Karen Furneaux hands out autographed cards following her presentation July 24 at Olympus Gymnastics summer day camp July 24</p>

Photos by Carole Morris-Underhill

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Published on 24 July 2014

<p>Olympian Karen Furneaux participates in a handstand competition with gymnasts. Pictured here with her is Lenka Sevcik.</p>

Photos by Carole Morris-Underhill

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Published on 24 July 2014

<p>Olympian Karen Furneaux poses for a photo with up-and-coming Halifax gymnast Lenka Sevcik.</p>

Photos by Carole Morris-Underhill