June 29 – Taking Care of You, the Athlete

taking care of you the athlete event

June 29, 2022 – 9 am to 4 pm

“Build your Physical, Mental and Emotional Capabilities to be Successful in Sport and Life!”

Calling Athletes 14-24

Speakers will include, Dr. Shaunna Taylor, Mark Arendz, Randy Goodman, Nancy Fong and more.

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Dr. Shaunna Taylor, Sports Psychologist.

Dr. Shaunna Taylor is one of the leading sports psychologists in Canada.  She is a professor of Sports Psychology at the University of British Columbia as well as the Executive Director of Pacific Sport Okanagan.  She has a private sports psychology and performance practice (www.shaunnataylor.ca), is a Certified Clinical Counsellor, and the past Chair of the Canadian Sports Psychology Association. She is dedicated to holistic athlete and performer development and is proud to provide mental health and performance support to a wide range of performers including many from grassroots to the Olympic/Paralympic level for 20 years.  She is an advocate for sport safety, equity, inclusion , diversity and honors the “ duty of care” and a positive experience for all participants.  Her mantra is “Person first: Performer Second”.


Randy Goodman – Clinical Specialist in Sports Physiotherapy –Randy is one of the premier Sport Physiotherapists in Canada.  He has provided care and advice for some of the best athletes in the world in the field of injury recovery, return to sport and athlete development.  This experience has transformed into providing guidance and mentoring of therapists throughout North America on how to maximize recovery and performance in developing and elite athletes.

While his passion is working with developing athletes, Randy has worked with athletes from virtually all professional levels of sport.  This includes athletes from the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLS, PGA, AHL, NCAA, and CIS.  He has provided coverage for multiple international sporting events including World Championships, the Pan Am Games, and the Olympics.

As well, he has coordinated care and development for multiple national teams including the Canadian Figure Skating and Freestyle Ski team, and consults with other national teams on the design of their integrated support for athletes.  He has worked at the national/international level with hockey, basketball, soccer, volleyball,  skiing, snowboard,  figure skating, football, golf, athletics, triathlon,  tennis, cross country skiing, wakeboard, swimming and diving, gymnastics, baseball, and Paralympic sports.  He speaks throughout North America on the rehabilitation and training of developing athletes.


Nancy Fong, Sports Dietitian   Nancy is a Registered Dietitian, Consulting Sport & Performance Dietitian, Certified credentialed anthropometrist with The International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK) Level 2 Anthropometrist, and is the owner of Maximum Performance & Nutrition and Sport Nutrition Academy in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Nancy began her education at UPEI where she graduated with her Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology and later completed a Bachelor of Science at Mount Saint Vincent University in Applied Human Nutrition. Nancy went on to graduate from the prestigious post-graduate diploma program in sport nutrition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission (2005). With the IOC, Nancy had the opportunity to network & gain knowledge from the international faculty which provided a program beyond the scope of any one institution. The program delivered practical and written knowledge of new technologies and international data & information which currently allows her to convey innovative programs that provide current, comprehensive, and authoritative sport nutrition/science information.


Mark Arendz – Paralympian:

Mark Arendz, born in Hartsville, PEI.,  is one of Canada’s most dominant and successful Paralympians with a total of 12 Olympic medals.


Mark carried the Canadian flag into the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games following a historic six-medal performance where he reached the podium in every event he started. Arendz set a record for winning the most medals by a Winter Paralympian in one Games with a gold, two silvers and three bronze.


In Beijing in 2022,  Mark continued his stellar performance with 1 Gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals for Canada.

In 2019 he had a a six-medal haul at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships on home snow in Prince George, B.C.

Arendz was one of Canada’s busiest athletes at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.  He competed in five events (two cross country skiing and three biathlon events).  He earned two medals in biathlon with silver in the 7.5 kilometre standing and bronze in the 12.5 kilometre standing.  Arendz’s silver was Canada’s best-ever result in biathlon at the Games. Mark was also a member of the team at the 2010 Paralympic games in Vancouver.


Ava Boutilier – NCAA Hockey, University of New Hampshire

Ava Boutilier is a goaltender at the University of New Hampshire and a three-year captain. She holds the school record in career saves made (2,862), is 3rd in career save percentage (.923), and 4th in career minutes played (6034:09). She has received 11 weekly Hockey East conference honours, including Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, and has been named Defensive Player of the Week nine times. In March of 2020, she was recognized by the NCAA as National Goaltender of the Month.


During the five years she has been at the University of New Hampshire, Ava graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Science and will be completing a Master’s in Biochemistry this year. She has been named an All-American Scholar 5 times and is a three-time President of the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.  As a grad student, Ava will be spending her summer in New Hampshire doing cancer research for her Master’s thesis.