Conversation Ask – Add it to your training program this week and encourage your athletes to participate on SaturdayTwo CanoeKayak Canada Olympians have been working on an event that could change the way knowledge is passed on between generations of Olympic athletes. Ryan Cuthbert (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008) and Angus Mortimer (Beijing 2008) have spent the last couple of months preparing for their event, Conversation Ask, in hopes that it will be of help to the next wave of paddlers who are on their way to achieving success in the sport. “Every up and coming athlete that wants to excel in their sport has questions that they want answered in order to make them excel,” Cuthbert said. “Why not ask some of the best athletes in the world those questions directly. Find out exactly what they did when they were your age. Find out what decisions they made that made them the best.” RISE Athlete, an organization that aims to help young athlete achieve success in their sport and in life, inspired the idea for Conversation ASK. One of the RISE programs, Athletes Submitting Knowledge (ASK), approached Cuthbert about being their athlete leader for an online conversation for December. After some thought, Cuthbert said he realized that with the strength and size of the paddling community, it would be best to make the conversation much bigger. Working along with Mortimer, the two of them have come up with Conversation ASK. “It is simply a chance for members of the paddling community to ask the top women and men of this country what makes them go fast,” Mortimer said. He said he had been brainstorming the most effective way to transmit the knowledge from superstar athlete to upcoming athlete. “We just wanted to find an easy way to do it. So we decided to go with Facebook. We made a Facebook page called Conversation Ask, and anyone can ‘like’ it. We are hoping that people do so, and then on the 15th they can go ahead and ask questions on the ‘wall’ of the page. That day, we will have six of Canada’s best paddlers online, waiting to answer the questions. It is so simple and awesome.” The lineup of athletes answering questions is impressive. Conversation ASK will feature four time Olympic medalist Adam van Koeverden (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012), Olympic Bronze medalists Mark Oldershaw (Beijing 2008, London 2012), Mark de Jonge (London 2012), and Tom Hall (Beijing 2008), Olympian Emilie Fournel (Beijing 2008, London 2012) and World Champion Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Szeged 2011). “Conversation ASK is a great opportunity for young paddlers to find out that the worlds best paddlers were no different from them when they were their age,” Cuthbert said. “They can find out how those top paddlers dealt with any issue, such as training, school, racing, equipment, family, friends, canoe clubs, coaches and going to Florida. It is a perfect chance to find out some answers and the different options one has, to make that next step towards standing on the top of the podium.” “. . . This is obviously targeted at up and coming athletes, this is really for everyone. We are hoping to see athletes of all ages and abilities, coaches, parents, officials, really anyone and everyone online on the 15th,” Mortimer said. “This is for the paddling community. But even saying that, we are hoping people from other sports are there as well.” WHAT: Conversation ASK – Facebook based Live Q&A Session between up and coming Canadian athletes and world class paddlers. WHEN: December 15th, all day. WHERE: facebook.com/conversationask WHY: As part of RISE Athlete’s A.S.K. Program, and a chance for the Canadian paddling community to come together and exchange knowledge. For more information or questions please send an inbox message on the Conversation Ask Facebook Page.
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