‘People won’t always remember what you said or did, but they will always remember how you made them feel’ – Maya Angelou
Redefine Your Purpose
What is your Why?
“I believe we all have a purpose on this earth, and mine was fortunately enough to play for my country for almost 18 years. So, waking up and understanding my why was easy, but since retiring the one question I ask myself is why am I here, what am I meant to do? That is something I always challenge people to answer. I believe that once you’ve been able to answer that question you are driven to do more so that every day you wake up being the best version of yourself. Giving 15 minutes more to something you’re passionate about is always easier once you know why you’re doing it.”
Inspire & Uplift
Karina LeBlanc moved to Maple Ridge British Columbia at age 8. Her early life was spent on a small island in the Caribbean and then she was thrust into a new country with different customs and culture. Karina was a smart, shy, misunderstood child with a vibrant personality buried within. It wasn’t until she met some local coaches who invited her the track and field club and basketball team that her confidence rose and allowed her personality to shine. Soon after others would also notice a change in her confidence. This confidence enabled Karina to pursue a college education, play soccer for her country for almost 18 years and further win a Bronze Medal at the Olympics in 2012.
After the World Cup in 2015 she finally decided it was time to hang up her cleats and explore her greater purpose. Being the longest standing soccer player of all time for Canada, (5 World Cups and 2 Olympic games), she would no longer be Karina LeBlanc the soccer player, but now Karina LeBlanc the person seeking to understand her new meaning in life. As Karina journeys through this new transition in life, she is rediscovering herself through others. For her, soccer was more than just a sport she played. It allowed her to gain confidence and realize that her voice is for a reason, which helped her become a UNICEF ambassador. Using her international career as a platform, she uses her experiences from her life and career to empower others and help them on their journey to being the best version of themselves.
Her energy is contagious and she loves to ensure that everyone around her truly enjoys what they’re doing. A motivational speaker, a broadcaster, a host (on air and in person) she can entertain and motivate any crowd, while including humour. She thrives on bringing the best out of people, getting them excited, and getting them involved in every aspect of what’s going on both on or off the field.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT KARINA
" Karina’s message of sport as a tool for social acceptance in her youth is a wonderful fit for KidSport’s mission of removing barriers from sport participation. Her unbridled enthusiasm for sport and her obvious passion for “infecting” others with that same love of sport made her a huge hit at our annual KidSport volunteer forum. She speaks from the heart and is able to make a unique connection to her audience….more a conversation than presentation; and this is what endears her to those who hear her message. We all see a bit of ourselves in Karina and she makes us all feel that we too can accomplish great things. We are proud to call Karina a much valued member of Team KidSport. "
Kelli Horstman Mungin
" Thanks for being such an inspiration to me and many others!!! "
" KK has such an incredible presence on camera (never had the pleasure to meet her in person) very inspiring we need to see more of these women in our daily lives. I dislike role model as a descriptor because that sounds so static and frozen but our young people need to see these women who have made sacrifices for their sport achieved recognition then use it wisely. "
" You're amazing, Karina!!! "
Kim Eckerman Lytle
" Great interview and fantastic points made! I want my aspiring soccer daughter to be able to watch women's soccer on TV just like we can watch men's. She needs to view these amazing female athletes playing their game. "
" This is a fabulous interview. Thanks for doing it and sharing it. Sometimes life brings us something useful at just the right time and hearing you speak about purpose and being your best self is something really helpful to me right now. "
" Fun to watch you getting love from the fans...still a huge favorite here in the Rose City, KK! "
" Had a a great time at camp this week with an amazing last day training with Karina LeBlanc. "
Diane Richardson Brooks
" Sooo happy to watch your successes. "
Free Footie Soccer Society
" Thanks for the awesome time! We are so lucky to be making a difference for so many kids. Today was the perfect example of how one interaction, one word, one high five, one gesture... can change a kids life. We know that happened today. "
" Your commentating tonight was fantastic! Keep up the great work... Looking forward to hearing more from you. "
" My daughter met you a few years ago and I want to thank you for teaching her to never give up on her dreams. "
" Loved you as a soccer team player, and really enjoy you as a sports commentator, you do a excellent job! "
" Sending hugs to all. Your huge heart speaks louder than the words you write. Thank you for being so kind, generous and open. What a blessing you are in this world. Big Love. "
Pentecostal Tabernacle of BC
" Thank you to Karina LeBlanc former Canadian goalkeeper for the national team and Olympian medalist. We had such an amazing time with Karina last Sunday. Her life is a true inspiration to Pentab motivating us to dream and live our lives according to our calling. "
" KK you are awesome!!! "
" This is why she is my hero! "
" You mention that you mentor and inspire young athletes, and you do, but by doing that you spark conversation, interest with parents and grandparents too. You have to know that this inspires families, some that have nothing , some that have more. Sports offer community support, friendship and inclusiveness. If it never offers more than that thn we are all champs!! Thank you for the reminder of what we have!! "
" That (speech) was so moving, Karina! We can't thank you enough for believing that your 'best version' of yourself means doing all you can to help the children and families who need it most. "
Yvette Et Marcel Bourgeois
" Heard her interview on Global news the other morning... she is a great role model for kids.... recently been chosen as Ambassador for UNICEF - Canada, Sports "
" You are a phenomenal woman! "