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May 13, 2015 by Speakers' Spotlight

New Documentary On John Herdman and Canadian Women’s Soccer Team

As the Head Coach of the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team, John Herdman took a group once called a “struggling squad” to one that captured the hearts and minds of Canadians when they won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Under his leadership, the team also took a gold medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Mexico―the first Pan Am gold in Canadian soccer history. In his riveting talks, Herdman–who was a nominee for 2012 FIFA Coach of the Year–stresses the importance of developing a high performance culture, learning to overcome adversity with grace, and the role of leaders to inspire trust, confidence, and success, whether it’s on the field, in the workplace, or in the home.

With the world converging in just three weeks for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 on CTV, TSN, and RDS, the networks have now announced their broadcast details for Rise, an ambitious original documentary directed by Bobbi Jo Hart,  that follows the journey of the Canadian women’s national team on their path to the tournament. Filmed over three years, Rise follows the Canadian women’s national team on the road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.

Told through the voices of the players and coach Herdman, the film chronicles the team’s last-place finish at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 to their inspiring bronze medal performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games a mere nine months later–a remarkable feat. The film also captures the team’s intense preparation to take on the world this summer on home soil. Along the way, Rise takes an up-close-and-personal look at the members of the Canadian women’s national team, focusing on their experiences both as a team and as individual athletes.

Rise premieres on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN, and also airs Sunday, May 31 at 12 noon ET on CTV. The documentary will air with French subtitles on RDS.

CTV/May, 2015