My guest today, Ann-Renee Desbiens, exemplifies what it means to show grit and to have a never give up attitude. As the youngest of 5 kids, she learned a lot from her older siblings and it was through her exploration of sport that she ultimately found a love of ice hockey.
Although she had opportunity to play a variety of positions, she would settle into the role of goalie early on in her ice hockey career. Due to her talent, hard work and effort, Ann Renee played only in boy’s leagues up until she was 19 at which point she accepted a full-ride scholarship to play ice hockey for, Wisconsin Badgers, one of the best female ice hockey teams in the NCAA.
As she states in this podcast, she had many great memories playing in the boy’s leagues back in Quebec, but there were a number challenging moments she experienced that forced her to be strongly independent and develop a resilient mindset that allowed her to get through these difficult times. She speaks about these experiences in our conversation in this episode.
Ann-Renee would go on to have an amazing career in the NCAA breaking numerous records and ultimately winning the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award which is given to the top female college player in the United States
She represented Team Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics as starting goalie winning silver medal and will begin training in a few months time for the 2022 Winter Olympics being held in Beijing.
As you will see in this episode, Ann-Renee has the mindset of a champion and everything she does is aligned with the thoughts, words, and actions necessary for constant growth and learning.
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