Cheryl Pounder


Cheryl Pounder

Gold Medal Champion

It’s always about the journey. That’s the message women’s hockey champion Cheryl Pounder seeks to instill in every audience she speaks to. Believing that learning from our successes, as well as our failures, is the key to staying on the path toward excellence, Cheryl shows audiences that true achievement is found on the way to winning gold.

Cheryl played on six of Canada’s World Championship Hockey Teams, where she was named an All-Star Defense-man in 2005. She was also voted the Top Defense-man at the 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007 Canadian National Hockey Championships. Her greatest career accomplishments are her two Olympic gold medals from the Salt Lake City and Torino Olympic Games.

Currently, Cheryl appears TSN as a colour commentary analyst, having broadcast at both the 2015 World Championships and 2014 Olympic Winter Games. She is also a current board member for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, the premier professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world.

As a speaker, Cheryl’s audiences have included Tim Hortons, CIBC, RBC, TD, Scotia Bank, Investors Group, Dairy Farmers, Alcatel, TransUnion, Schneider’s, Proctor and Gamble, Ontario Dentists Association, OPP, Toronto District School Board,  and the City of Toronto, to name a few.

As a mother of two young daughters, Cheryl recognizes the importance of engaging youth. She is an ambassador with Fitspirit, a non-profit organization that encourages young females to get active, make healthy choices, and engage in their lives.

Pursuit of Excellence

First, we must have a vision/dream.

The importance for both the individual and team to challenge each other from within. Focus, determination, respect and perseverance are integral in believing and achieving. It’s always about the journey.

Courage to Overcome Adversity

Adversity builds character and teaches us about ourselves and our teammates. We have a choice to learn from our failures. We must face our fears and put ourselves ‘out there’ if we want the opportunity to be successful. Have you given yourself the best opportunity to be successful? It’s always about the journey.

Leadership & Teamwork

Who shows up every day ready to compete, even when it isn’t easy? Can we work together? Do we respect and have the ability to help one another? This is where we learn about ourselves and our teammates. We must make a conscious choice to ‘share information’ and help one another. It’s always about the journey.

'Growing for Gold'

I learned that the above topics; excellence, focus, determination, teamwork and courage allow us to grow as individuals and teammates. During the process or ‘journey’ we have the ability to learn about ourselves (if we pay attention). We must grow throughout the journey, we must learn from our failures and successes if we want to reach our vision/dream. It’s always about the journey.

Breaking Down Barriers to Mental Health

Cheryl shares her journey as a female athlete in a male dominated sport.  She breaks down the barriers within her own environment and reflects on the impact others’ have had on her career.  She addresses the power of positivity, inclusivity and the strength of the human spirit.  Are you a bystander?  Cheryl helps find the courage to stand up and face the elephant in the room.  We must join the conversation and start talking about our own personal secrets.  Recognizing the role of support, Cheryl reminds audiences that everyone has someone.  Respecting individual differences, audiences are reminded that we must take care of ourselves and take care of each other.