Presenter: Natascha Wesch – Special Olympics Team Canada Mental Performance Lead
Natascha is a Mental Performance Consultant, a Certified Mental Health Professional and a Canadian Certified Counsellor. As a former international rugby player, varsity hockey player, and competitive gymnast, Natascha understands first-hand the qualities, characteristics and mental skills required for peak performance. Natascha has been involved as a coach at the high school, club, provincial, national, and international levels. She established and developed one of the most successful university rugby programs in Canada, was instrumental in the development of junior women’s representative rugby in Ontario and Canada. Currently, Natascha mentors elite coaches through the National Coaching Institute (Ontario) and delivers Mental Performance Courses as part of the Advanced Coaching Diploma Program at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. Natascha is the Mental Performance Lead for SO Team Canada preparing to go to the Special Olympics World Winter Games in January 2022.