Sport Psychologist, Shaunna Taylor, presents a great discussion for sport parents on the financial, social, mental, physical and cultural implications when choosing a sport that matches your child and family goals and dynamic.
The sad reality is, we’re at a 70% drop out rate (for kids in sport) before high school in Canada. Topic will also look at what early specialization and the privatization of sport (pay to play) has done to community-based clubs, and how parents can educate themselves on long term athlete development!
About Shaunna Taylor, Ph.D., M.A.
Shaunna brings close to 18 years of experience working as a coach, researcher, educator, and athlete health services provider in Canada's amateur sport system, including 5 years at the Coaching Association of Canada as a coaching consultant. Shaunna has a Ph.D. and M.A. in (Human Kinetics) Health Sciences and is a Certified Counsellor and Co-Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association.
Shaunna is excited to contribute to athlete and coach development in her home town (Kelowna) and surrounding regions. She returned to Kelowna after two decades living in Ontario, where she had been consulting with coaches and athletes from grassroots to the national level for over 18+ years, including support to Team Canada for 6 Major Games (Olympic/Paralympic) cycles.
From an early age, Shaunna was drawn to sports like gymnastics, track & field, field hockey, basketball and soccer. Her parents supported her wide variety of sports, following the "Sport for Life" model, culminating in international competition & seeing the world as an athlete. She has dedicated her life to building a healthy sport system in Canada, working with Canadian athletes and international colleagues in Olympic/Paralympic Games since 1998.