We’ve partnered with CBC Sports to feature stories from Canadian athletes on Players’ Own Voice, a platform that currently features over 20 prominent Canadian athletes who share their perspectives on topics such as beating the odds, breakthroughs, and their sources of inspiration.
A series of vignettes, shown below, feature five of these athletes. Watch the videos to learn more about the lives of these extraordinary Canadians who are making strides in wrestling, basketball, volleyball, sprinting and hurdles.
"We all have the little voice in our head. The one that whispers you can be the best. You can represent your country."
"I discovered it was the place where I could thrive, express myself, and keep balance."
"It was pure joy, a sense of relief. After 10 years of trying, tears started streaming down my face."
Andre De Grasse
"I just want to continue and compete to the best of my ability for my country, my family, my friends, and just leave it all out on the track. And if I do that I'll feel like I've represented my country to the best of my ability."
"We're loved around the world. So to travel with the maple leaf on my shirt... I'll wear it with great pride."