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CSIO Game Plan Advisor
Game Plan takes a holistic approach to prepare athletes for the job of being a national team athlete during the formative stages, the prime of competitive life and what comes after the peak performance days are over.
Game Plan offers resources in 6 pillar areas:
Explore your non-sport interests and career opportunities in advance of retirement.Learn More
Develop your network, find mentors and like-minded individuals to support you.Learn More
Earn a degree or take specialized courses that fit within your hectic training and competition schedule.Learn More
Discover health resources and confidential mental health services to support you.Learn More
Learn new skills that will help you manage life outside of sport.Learn More
Receive support to define your identity through the transition of life after sport.Learn More
Curious if Game Plan is for you?
Here are some questions to get you thinking about how Game Plan can help you live a more holistic life:
- Do you have a plan for your education and career?
- Do you have a network and a community to support you beyond sport, and support for your mental health?
- What skills do you already have that can be transferred in other areas outside of sport?
- Who are you outside of sport?
- Do you have a holistic identity beyond you as an athlete?
Learn how Game Plan can help you develop your whole self – reaching your full potential in sport and in life. Your time is now – your future self will thank you!
- AAP Carded,
- Senior National Team Member
- Retired within 2 years (AAP or Senior National Team)
- Alumni, retired more than 2 years
For more details on athlete eligibility, visit the Game Plan website.
Did You Know?
A Balanced Athlete can Perform Better, Stay in Sport Longer, and Retire Healthier
Student-athlete Olympians are more likely to win medals
Sport-life balance facilitates players’ well-being and increases sport performance
Academia and elite sport support each other – enabling student-athletes to achieve better results in both academic and sport careers
Skills learned in one sphere of life can be transferred to benefit another
Taking care of the self outside of sport has a positive influence on the athletic self and sport performance
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After discovering Game Plan in 2021, I have been blown away by the amount of resources available to current and former athletes. Game Plan Day is an amazing resource and learning tool for athletes looking to prepare themselves for life after sport. In addition, the many mental health services available by Game Plan help me cope with the day to day stresses of my corporate life as well as the education tools to refine my skills and help me further my career after sport are incredible. Whether you are an athlete preparing for life after sport or simply looking to take advantage of the free resources to help you with your training I encourage you to get in touch with your Game Plan Advisor to see what is available to help you.
Andrea Lombardo Soccer
Game Plan helped me grow my business, Head to Head, by providing me with tools to build confidence away from my swim career. I completed my Masters in Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Queen’s University Smith School of Business and did the YouToi2.0 program. Both of these amazing Game Plan programs allowed me to learn so much about myself, enhance my support network, and build a business that continues to help provide a platform for other athletes to make some money, and give back to the next generation and corporate world.
Martha McCabe Swimming
Game Plan has been fundamental in helping me continue to develop in my professional career by providing access to programs which enhance my knowledge in specialty areas relating to my current projects. They continue to support me post athletic career and I am incredibly grateful.
Gillian Ferrari Ice Hockey
From a personal development standpoint, Game Plan has given me opportunity to partake in leadership courses and public—all of which compliment each other well… pretty sure Game Plan has helped me with every application! I am exceptionally grateful for Game Plan. The Game Plan services I have found most helpful are the one-on-one consultations, and the partnership with Queens Smith School of Business. A couple of years ago, I took the Smith Executive Leadership Program. Hands down, that has been one of the most influential experiences of my entire life.
Erica Gavel Wheelchair Basketball
At first, Game Plan helped launch me into my career as a professional athlete. I was onboarded into the Program and set up with a Sports Psychologist, Nutritionist, Physio, and a Strength and Conditioning coach – all of which helped guide me into what it takes to get to the next level. After my first year with Game Plan, I had more meetings with my advisor who broadened my knowledge on all of the unique opportunities that come with being a Canadian National Team Athlete. Game Plan continues to be an important part of life to help manage opportunities and bridge the gap between sport and career life.
Megan Farrell Snowboarding
Game Plan has allowed me to develop into a world class athlete, learning about body mechanics and nutritional ways to fuel my mind and body for success, has been invaluable. The staff at Game Plan has left an indelible impact on me as an athlete and person.
Shay Colley Basketball
For me, Game Plan was the catalyst for genuine connection, understanding, and growth during a time that was so isolating and challenging for everyone. Through the Game Plan Co-Op Calls which connected Canadian Athletes from various sport disciplines to talk about everything from our current experiences training during the lockdown, dealing with the Olympic Postponement, examining our values and goals, and even sharing tips to find routine and normalcy amongst the chaos.
Madeleine Price Athletics
I began working with CSIO & Game Plan to further my athletic and post-athletic career. I also became a WKF Accredited Coach, and a Provincial Judge, Kata A, Kumite B, and I’m working toward my National levels.
Patricia Wright Para Karate
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