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The Canadian Sport Centre Calgary's YES Program helps to develop athletes as community leaders through public speaking. Many of Canada's best athletes speak to Grade 4-6 students in schools throughout the province about their involvement in sport, and the positive impact it has had on their lives.

The informal and interactive presentations highlight the values of sport, thereby fostering the qualities of fair play, dedication, commitment, health and self-esteem. The YES Program provides athlete speakers as role models of these qualities. Students are truly inspired by these exceptional athletes.

The Olympians, Paralympians and National Team athletes in the YES Program are trained in public speaking through Canadian Sport Centre Calgary Workshops. These workshops assist the athletes in delivering their powerful messages and provide them with training in speech development and presentation.

Through the YES program, athletes are able to give back to the community as well as have an opportunity to share their story of struggle and success. The athletes in turn receive an honorarium for their time and valuable stories they share.

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KG and YES

Kristina has been a member of the YES program for over ten years.  She has spoken to thousands upon thousands of school children in Calgary about her experiences as an athlete from the very shaky beginnings to becoming a world champion. 

Sharing her stories in a fun and inspiring manner has enabled kids to glimpse into the life of an athlete and get excited about sport in their own way. Even though Kristina is now retired she continues to visit schools regularly as a way to stay connected with the youth she inspires. 

Learn more about YES and how to book an athlete speaker here.