Carolyn Waldo


Carolyn Waldo

Olympic Double Gold Medalist | CTV Sports Broadcaster

Carolyn Waldo knows all about resilience and determination. At the age of 23, she won two Olympic gold medals in synchronized swimming―quite a feat for someone who grew up with a serious phobia of water. A year later, Waldo dove into sports broadcasting, a decision where she often questioned if she would sink or swim.  25 years later, after a successful career in television, her resilience was tested again after being a casualty of massive layoffs in the broadcasting industry. Waldo is a leader in the community who has drawn upon her skills from the Olympics and transferred them into her everyday life.

Whether she is addressing corporate leaders or school children, Waldo shares strategies on how they can reach their potential, through determination and teamwork. An animated and passionate speaker, Waldo inspires everyone to discover the possibilities in their own lives.

At a young age, Waldo almost drowned and developed a fear of the water, finally learning how to swim at the age of 10. When she finally competed at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, she became the first Canadian woman to win two gold medals at the same Olympic Games. She also captured a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

In addition to being Canada’s 1988 Olympic flag bearer, she is a six-time world champion and a four-time Canadian Female Athlete of the Year. Waldo was also honoured as a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Living the Dream

What she thought was impossible, Carolyn made possible with her drive and determination to succeed. Almost drowning at the age of three, she had to overcome the fear of water. Her persistence and ability to face fear and rise to the challenge allowed Carolyn to live her dream.

Synch or Swim: Adapting to Change

Change is inevitable in everyone’s life. It should be embraced as an opportunity for growth to discover other possibilities. Carolyn draws upon her experience of starting all over again, from retiring from competition to her 25-year sports broadcasting career ending abruptly due to massive layoffs. Resilience and a positive attitude help overcome hurdles in life.

Putting Passion Into Action

Igniting the fire from within; finding balance, happiness and success in our lives. Carolyn provides tools to succeed from goal setting to effective leadership. Don’t wait for things to happen, make things happen!