Obstacles don’t scare Sarah Wells. As a 400m hurdler, this Olympian’s reputation was forged through overcoming challenges and achieving the incredible. Take her debut at the London Olympics in 2012, which came despite an injury that had her sidelined her for months just the year before. Outside of competitive sports, this athlete is coaching people to pursue excellence through the Believe Initiative, an organization founded on—fittingly—a message of resilience. Most recently you would have seen Sarah pushing her limits on the latest season of The Amazing Race Canada. Evidently someone who understands the importance of building resilience and self-belief, along with the power of purpose, you’ll want to listen-up when this Olympic semi-finalist and Pan Am Games silver medallist takes the stage.
WHAT SARAH CAN DO FOR YOU
As an Olympic hurdler, Pan Am Games Silver Medallist and founder of the Believe Initiative, Sarah is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. Before finding the sport of track and field, Sarah was jokingly awarded Least Athletic Person at her high school. It was thanks to a teacher who suggested she try running that led her to start training for hurdles – that teacher believed in her before Sarah ever did in herself. *Fun fact: that teacher and Sarah became coach and athlete and made the Olympics together a decade later.* Sarah recognizes not everyone is going to have that “teacher” in their life, and she has now committed herself to be that person for as many people as possible. Sarah has travelled across North America, sharing her story in hopes of helping individuals and organizations build resilience while finding meaning in the obstacles they face. In today’s fast paced world and increasingly competitive markets, more than ever, teams and individuals are searching for the motivation that gets them to the top of their game. Sarah wants to be able to tell the story of resilience and prove that you do not have to let your circumstances define your outcome. Sarah has keynoted at events with clients including RBC, Salesforce, Procter & Gamble, Kraft Heinz, CIBC and many more. Sarah has also appeared on talk shows such as CityTV, CP24, and Your Morning to discuss resilience, pursuing excellence and how to win your race.
“Sarah brings a stream of positive energy to the stage with her friendly and energetic presence. And not just that — she’s a delight to work with. I’d highly recommend her to any crowd or event planner!”
“Sarah was AMAZING! She energized the entire audience the moment she stepped on stage and had everyone so engaged and excited. By far, her session was rated the highest of our conference! “
Zafir, ConnectFirst Credit Union
“I heard Sarah speak at the CPA Ontario Symposium and WOW! What an inspiring talk! It was a great reminder of grit, resilience and believing in yourself. I really enjoyed hearing Sarah’s story and would highly recommend her!”
Leanne, CPA Ontario
“I love what Sarah spoke about in a recent talk she gave to our Dialogue employees! Sarah’s enthusiasm pumped us all up throughout the conference!”
“Sarah knows how to capture the attention of her audience, and not just inspire them, but she makes her tactics actionable in the audience member’s world. Sarah is very professional, proactive and goes above and beyond always!”
Raveena, Google Canada
“Sarah was outstanding speaker and everyone enjoyed their time with her. Sarah’s story is one that transcends sports and should be heard by any organization that looks to achieve world-class results.”
Paul, Great Lakes