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Less than a year to go until the Rio 2016 Olympics!

With the Rio 2016 Olympics on the horizon we wanted to take a minute to recap some of our world renowned Olympic Speakers. A truly impressive group of Medal winning Athletes like Adam Kreek, Rosie MacLennan, and Simon Whitfield, high performance sports experts like Dr.  Greg Wells, as well as legendary Olympic broadcaster Brian Williams.

They bring a plethora of knowledge and insight into what it means to truly participate in a sport at the highest possible level. This experience makes them the ideal group to; MC any sports charity event, make appearances at corporate functions, or act as spokespeople or brand ambassadors. Not only excelling in their chosen sports, they are also entrepreneurs, sports medicine experts, and media coverage experts. Contact prospeakers.com today for more information on how you can book their talent for you next event!

Adam Kreek

Olympic Gold Medalist, Entrepreneur and Expert in High Performance

Adam Kreek is a two-time Olympian and Olympic Gold Medalist, entrepreneur, and expert in High Performance. A self-described “positive realist,” Adam shares his skills, experience and strategies for success with organizations across North America.

Adam has spent the past decade studying human performance, achievement, and wellbeing, as well as working with a variety of universities and non-profits across the country. He is co-owner of a Vancouver Island based organization that collects and processes waste vegetable oil to produce sustainable Biodiesel for local consumption. Adam is also proud to work with a number of charities and organizations like the Canadian Wildlife Federation, The Canadian Olympic Committee Board of Directors, an Ambassador for Right to Play, and a Board Member of Clean Air, as well as serving on a number of other Boards.

In addition to his work with organizations, Adam has worked with thousands of youth in schools across Canada, instilling within our next generation the idea that the “secret to happy living is giving.”

 

Greg Wells, Ph.D

Sport and Performance Science Analyst, Human Physiologist

In 2010, Dr. Greg Wells was the host of the Gemini-Award winning “Superbodies” segments for Canada’s national Olympic broadcast and the on-camera sport science and sport medicine analyst for the CTV Broadcast Consortium, ABC News and ABC’s 20/20 during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Previously, Dr. Wells served as the Director of Sport Science at the Canadian Sport Centre where he had the opportunity to work with dozens of champion athletes from Commonwealth Games, World Championships and the Olympic Games. Dr. Wells also taught Canada’s elite sport coaches at the National Coaching Institute.

He speaks at leading sports and medical organizations around the world, including the International Olympic Committee, International Congress on Child Neurology, Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, and the American College of Sports Medicine.

 

Rosie MacLennan

Olympic Gold Medalist

As the youngest of four children, Rosie MacLennan often tagged along to her older siblings’ gymnastic lessons. When she was 7, Rosie could no longer stand to simply watch from the sidelines and she finally got her turn on the trampolines. At age 11, Rosie began competing internationally and was the Canadian National Women’s Champion in 2005, 2009 and 2011.

Rosie’s competitive performances in 2011 demonstrated that she was a rising star in her sport. She won a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, followed by a second place finish at the Trampoline World Championships in Birmingham, UK, earning her a ticket to the London 2012 Summer Olympics, where she took home the Gold Medal in Women’s Trampoline.

Rosie is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health. She has a wealth of knowledge to share with young athletes on how to be successful in their sport and how to achieve their own Olympic dreams.

 

Simon Whitfield

Olympic Triathlete

Simon Whitfield has relentlessly pursued excellence in sport – and in life – for as long as he or anyone around him can remember “My goal was always to be the best in the world at something,” says Whitfield, who at 17 followed that goal to Australia, a triathlon mecca and year-round training ground. Whitfield returned to Canada ready to take his racing to the next level. He did that with a bang, surprising the world with a riveting come-from-behind victory in triathlon’s inaugural Olympics, the Sydney 2000 Summer Games.

Simon has continued to pursue his sport with a passion and professionalism second to none.  The rewards have followed the hard work: 12 national championships, 14 world cup victories, and, perhaps most significantly, in 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games, in a race where he was counted out by everyone but himself, a stunning silver medal.

Whitfield’s commitment extends beyond the racecourse.  He recognizes that with results come responsibilities, and takes very seriously his role as triathlon’s ambassador to Canada and a Canadian ambassador to the world.  He supports numerous charities and loves few things as much as visiting schools to speak to children about finding their own passions and setting goals.

 

Brian Williams O.C.

Considered the dean of Olympic sports broadcasting in Canada, Williams reported on his first Olympic Games at the 1976 Summer Games from Montreal and has covered a total of 14 Olympic Games, as well as every high-profile sporting event around the globe. His resume includes work with the NHL, Major League Baseball, PGA TOUR, Canadian and World Figure Skating Championships, World Cup Skiing, men’s and women’s Rogers Cup events in Toronto and Montreal, Formula One, IRL, Breeders’ Cup, Pan Am Games and Commonwealth Games.

Named to the Order of Canada in December 2011 for both his distinguished broadcasting career of more than 40 years and extensive community and volunteer work across the country, Brian Williams anchored CTV’s primetime Olympic coverage of both the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, playing a leading role in shaping and delivering the network’s award-winning coverage.

Williams’ respected broadcast style has endeared him to millions of Canadians from coast-to-coast. He has won praise from critics and numerous accolades and awards. He is a lifetime member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities and member of the Board of Directors of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, as well as working with Special Olympics Canada. His long and truly impressive career makes him the ideal speaker for any number of causes or events.

 

5 Fantastic Hockey Speakers for Your Winter Event

Hockey season is well underway, and as you plan your winter events, we have a stellar starting line-up of hockey speakers! Whether you’re planning an evening for business executives, a charity fundraiser, or a family-focused community event, we have who you need – Olympians, former NHL All-Stars, and TSN hosts and commentators.

Hayley WickenheiserConsider Hayley Wickenheiser: a four-time Olympic medalist, she is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world, with an uncompromised determination and dedication to her sport. Wickenheiser has proven to be an elite athlete time and time again. Sports Illustrated named her number 20 of the ‘Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World’. She is also a two-time finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation Team Athlete of The Year and was named among The Globe and Mail’s “Power 50″ influencers in sport.

However, it’s not just her lethal slapshot that is respected by her teammates, fans and peers; Wickenheiser is an award winner, community leader, mentor, history-maker and an accomplished businesswoman. Her passion for sport is paralleled by her drive to give back to the community in several ways, particularly to organizations with a commitment to youth such as KidSport, Right To Play, Dreams Take Flight, Clean Air Champions and Spread The Net. In May 2007, Wickenheiser traveled to Rwanda with a team of Canadian Olympic athletes for Right to Play, an athlete-driven humanitarian organization.

 

 

Scotty BowmanOf course, no one is bigger in the hockey world than Scotty Bowman, the “winningest” coach in NHL history. Bowman made 28 total playoff appearances and won nine Stanley Cups in all. He won the NHL Championship with three different teams, a feat that has not been matched by any other coach in the NHL, NFL, NBA or MLB. He is a living legend in the world of professional sports.

Two Jack Adams’ Awards and his induction into the NHL Hall of Fame have endorsed Bowman’s skills as a coach. During the 2002 season, Bowman announced he would retire from coaching, but resolved to win the Stanley Cup one last time with the Detroit Red Wings. As a true Scotty Bowman endorsement, his team came through and took home the championship, validating Bowman’s extraordinary leadership abilities.

Bowman will inspire your audience to reach new heights of success and learn from his exceptional leadership abilities. It is not only die-hard hockey fans who will appreciate Bowman’s mastery on ice; it is also for those companies or organizations who want the insight of a time-tested and proven winner.

 

 

James DuthieOne of the country’s favourite hockey hosts is James Duthie. In his years at TSN, he has worked in a variety of sports and roles: from CFL to NBA to the evening edition of SportsCentre and now NHL on TSN. He is also part of the CTV/TSN Olympic Consortium – he has covered Sydney, Turin, Vancouver, and later this summer, he will be in London as daytime co-host of TSN Olympic coverage.

Prior to joining TSN, Duthie, an Ottawa native, worked at VTV in Vancouver as both a news and sports reporter. Duthie also spent three years at CJOH-TV in Ottawa as a sports anchor. Duthie has been awarded three Geminis for his broadcasting efforts. Charismatic and sharply witty, he is a favourite among sports fans across the country. He is also the author of The Day I Almost Killed Two Gretzkys, a collection of his sports columns.

 

 

 

Bob McKenzie is another well-respected sports commentator & analyst, providing insight and commentary for TSN’s national NHL coverage. McKenzie also continues to file updates and breaking news for SportsCentre, as well as write his popular Hockey Insider feature on TSN.ca, Canada’s leading sports website.

McKenzie has been covering hockey for the past 26 years and is one of the most respected analysts in the business. His unparalleled contacts in the hockey world, combined with an abundance of hockey knowledge and a genuine love for the game, make McKenzie the most well-informed, trusted and connected man in the business. McKenzie’s considerable contributions to the game were recognized in 2007 & 2008 when he was selected by The Hockey News as one of hockey’s 100 most powerful and influential people.

 

 

Retired Canadian professional ice hockey left-winger Nick Kypreos played eight seasons in the National Hockey League for the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He is currently a hockey analyst on the Rogers Sportsnet cable television network in Canada.

Kypreos immediately became known as an enforcer at the NHL level, a role he maintained throughout his pro career. In 1994, Kypreos was a member of the Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers. He made his final NHL stop with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. As a Leaf, his career ended as the result of a concussion sustained in a fight in a pre-season game in September, 1997. After the injury, Kypreos suffered post-concussion syndrome and was forced to retire.

Since retiring as a player, Kypreos has gone on to greater fame as a hockey analyst for the Rogers Sportsnet cable television network in Canada. He also co-hosts Hockey Central at Noon on The Fan 590 in Toronto and simulcast on Sportsnet. Kypreos has also appeared on Sportsnet’s main rival, TSN, for some extra analysis work. Kypreos is a passionate speaker. A teammate once mentioned that he could “talk a pit bull off a meat wagon.”

To book any of these hockey greats, or to find out more about our other sports speakers, contact us today: online or at 416-420-4525.

 

It’s Golf Season & We Have Your Tournament Hosts!

The weather is warmer, the fairways are greener and corporate golf functions are beginning. Is your company or organization hosting a golf tournament? Look no further than prospeakers.com to set your tournament apart from all the others.

No, we cannot guarantee that every participant will break 80… but we can ensure that your event will be engaging, enjoyable and successful. It will be the one tournament where everyone leaves and says: “What a great day; can’t wait to attend again next year!”

Prospeakers.com and TSN have teamed up and offer experienced, charismatic and knowledgeable hosts and guests for your upcoming tournament. Here are some of the fantastic members on the roster and for a full list of TSN talent please click here.

 

Cabral RichardsCabral “Cabbie” Richards is the fun-loving host of Cabbie Presents, a weekly segment airing Fridays on SportsCentre. Known for his unique take on sports broadcasting and  interviewing, the segment features Cabbie poking fun at  sports headlines and high-profile athletes and sports personalities. He is best known for his popular interview segments with L.A. Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant — ultimately scoring an exclusive invitation on Bryant’s private helicopter. Throughout his 10-year sports broadcasting career, Cabbie  has interviewed a slate of big-name athletes including Michael Jordan,  Alexander Ovechkin, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Shaun White and Tony Hawk. Cabbie’s humorous and engaging nature will be a hit at any event.

 

 

Jack ArmstrongJack Armstrong‘s vast knowledge and passion is well known – and respected – throughout the  sports world. He has worked for more than 15 years in broadcasting and has become one of the most recognizable faces – and voices – in  Canadian sports. At just 19-years-old, Jack began his career coaching NCAA basketball. In 1993, he was awarded with the NCAA New York State Division Coach of the  Year and the MAAC Conference Coach of the Year. In 2008, Jack joined TSN courtside during all of the TSN/TSN2 Toronto Raptors games. Jack’s identifiable voice and warm personality will surely cure any putting-green woes.

 

 

 

Bob WeeksBob Weeks is in his 25th year of covering golf in Canada and around the world. He has reported from major championships, significant tournaments as well as serving as an on-course reporter for Canadian men’s and women’s national championships and the annual Skins Game. Bob is the editorial director of SCOREGolf Magazine, host of the SCOREGolf TV on TSN and is heard on SCOREGolf Radio, now in its 17th year, on the TSN radio network. In 2009, Bob was listed as the sixth most influential person and the No. 1 media person in the Canadian golf industry by the National Post. Bob’s experience and genuine love for the game will create a positive and energetic environment at your next event.

 

 

 

Cory Woron2Cory Woron was introduced to national viewers as the host of the popular Ford That’s Golf.  Cory has since hosted TSN’s coverage of the Masters. “The first time walking into Augusta National is something I’ll never forget,” he said. He was also on the front lines for the entire NHL lockout. Cory will forever be remembered by fans of the IHL’s Manitoba Moose; he was the club’s public address announcer for the 1999-2000 season. Cory’s golf knowledge and extensive broadcast experience makes him the perfect host for your tournament.

 

 

 

 

Kate BeirnessKate Beirness was TSN’s Olympic Morning Co-Host for the  London 2012 Games, and also hosted NCAA March Madness 2012 and the Kraft Celebration  Tour in 2011 and 2012. Kate played competitive basketball  throughout high school and had hopes of playing point guard at the CIS level  until a torn ACL forced her to abandon her dream. She then refocused her energy  on a career in sports broadcasting. Kate’s electric energy and endearing personality will undoubtedly liven any crowd.

 

 

 

To book a TSN Talent host for your next tournament or other event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

Kicking Off A New Season

With the National Football League season now upon us, what better time to host your event with a football great? Speakers like Tom Flick, Matt Dunigan, Eric Boles and Chris Schultz can motivate your team, host special evenings, talk about leadership, goal setting and going the extra mile.

They all made it to the big leagues and now share their experiences in the hopes of helping your audience.

Tom Flick head-shotFormer NFL quarterback, Tom Flick is an expert in leadership and change. His achievements and experience in the highly competitive worlds of professional sports and corporate America give him a keen insight into people, processes and achieving success. Tom is a former Rose Bowl Champion, Pac-10 Conference “Player of the Year” and successful NFL quarterback for seven seasons. Since 1989, he has delivered over 3000 presentations, to a who’s-who list of clients that includes Microsoft, Starbucks, Marriott, Shell Oil, Boeing, Hallmark Cards, American Express, PepsiCo, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, NASA and the US Army Rangers to name just a few. Tom addresses over 100,000 men and women each year on high performance strategies for leadership, teamwork, change, and personal growth. His passion for raising more effective leaders is achieved by his unique gift to connect with the listener’s heart as well as their head. Tom’s expertise is helping an organization define their vision, improve performance, increase teamwork and communication skills, help manage change more effectively, and develop leaders and leadership teams. Tom understands that people, not programs, help organizations change and grow. Meeting the challenges of today’s business environment requires a committed workforce, and providing solutions that allow people to become peak performers both personally and professionally increases success and impacts the bottom line.

 

Matt DuniganFollowing a successful college  career at Louisiana Tech, Matt Dunigan broke into the CFL in 1983 with the  Edmonton Eskimos. Dunigan played for six teams throughout his storied 14-year  CFL career. He won two Grey Cups – 1987 with the Eskimos and 1991 with the  Toronto Argonauts. The All-Star quarterback passed  for nearly 44,000 yards in his career and rushed 850 times for 5,031 yards and  77 touchdowns. Of these total yards, 713 yards came in a single regular season  game against Edmonton when Dunigan played for Winnipeg – a CFL record that  still stands. Dunigan joined TSN in 1999, after  beginning his broadcasting career as an analyst with the CBC at the 1989 Grey  Cup and followed it up with another appearance in the CBC broadcast booth at  the 1994 Grey Cup. Dunigan teams up with host Dave Randorf and  fellow analysts Chris Schultz and Jock Climie during the pre-game, halftime and  post-game shows for TSN’s CFL broadcasts. In 2006, Dunigan was inducted into  the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

 

Eric BolesEric Boles is the president of a training  and development company dedicated to maximizing the human asset. Through  assessment, consulting, coaching and corporate training, he has set the standard  for helping organizations enhance their culture and develop greater levels of  commitment and performance. Eric learned many principles of team  dynamics and leadership from his experience playing in the National  Football League (NFL) with  the New York Jets and the Green Bay  Packers. While in  the NFL, he had the privilege of being coached and mentored by some of the  finest coaches and players in the game. Eric is a highly acclaimed keynote speaker  and consultant for some of the most recognized and respected organizations in  the world, including Dunkin’ Brands, National  Association of Realtors, Alaska Airlines, State Farm  Insurance, Starbucks  Coffee, U.S.  Air Force, First  West Credit Union,  Emergency Nurses Association, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Eric also speaks to a variety of  organizations and associations, including sales, education, government,  healthcare, manufacturing and financial services.

 

Chris SchultzA household name to Canadian Football League fans, Chris Schultz has been involved in broadcasting for 15 years and has been a mainstay on TSN’s CFL telecasts since 1998. The former CFL and NFL player made his broadcasting debut in 1993 as a football analyst with The FAN 590, the all-sports radio station in Toronto.  Schultz’s playing career began in 1978 with a scholarship to the University of Arizona. An offensive tackle, he played five years with the Wildcats and made one appearance in the Fiesta Bowl. The Dallas Cowboys drafted the 6’8″, 290-pound Canadian in the sixth round of the 1983 NFL draft. Schultz played left tackle for the Cowboys until 1986 under legendary head coach Tom Landry. In 1986, Schultz came to the CFL where he played nine seasons with the Toronto Argonauts. Schultz played in two Grey Cups (1987, 1991) and brought home the championship ring in 1991. During his spare time, Schultz enjoys coaching minor football with the Burlington Stampeders, in Burlington, ON. Schultz is the spokesperson for Purolator’s Tackle Hunger Campaign in partnership with the CFL and the Canadian Association of Food banks.

To book Tom, Matt, Eric or Chris for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

prospeakers.com: TSN Talent Partner

Exciting news from prospeakers.com: we are pleased to announce that we are now a TSN Talent partner!

If you’re looking for a host or sports guest for your upcoming event, the TSN roster is the perfect place to find experienced, charismatic, and knowledgeable talent. We can also arrange brand or product related appearances with many of the TSN personalities.

Take a look at some of TSN’s most popular personalities below, or visit our website for a complete list of names and bios.

James Duthie James DuthieTSN’s NHL Host
In his years at TSN, he has worked in a variety of sports and roles: from CFL to NBA to the evening edition of SportsCentre and now NHL on TSN. He is also part of the CTV/TSN Olympic Consortium and has covered Sydney, Turin, Vancouver, and the London Games. James’ hilarious outlook on life and countless encounters with NHL and other sports legends form the basis for his keynote.
Jay OnraitJay Onrait Dan O’Toole and Jay OnraitSportsCentre Co-Hosts
Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole co-host the late night weekday edition of SportsCentre, bringing viewers a complete summary of the day’s sports events, including highlights and post-game reports. O’Toole and Onrait have become household names across the country as a result of their humourous wit. Jay and Dan receive rave reviews when hosting galas and tournaments as a pair, and are also available for individual keynotes.
Jennifer Hedger Jennifer HedgerTSN SportsCentre Anchor
Jennifer co-hosts the 10pm edition of SportsCentre alongside Darren Dutchyshen, offering viewers regular updates, scores and highlights from around the league. She was the Whistler host of CTV Olympic Prime Time during the Olympic Games in Vancouver, and hosted the 2012 London daytime broadcasts alongside James Duthie. Jennifer’s winning smile brightens up a room, and her sports stories are the perfect host anecdotes for galas, etc.
Matt Dunigan Matt DuniganCFL Grey Cup QB, TSN Analyst
Dunigan was an All-Star CFL quarterback with two Grey Cups before beginning his broadcasting career . Dunigan teams up with host Dave Randorf and fellow analysts Chris Schultz and Jock Climie during the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows for TSN’s CFL broadcasts. In 2006, Dunigan was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Matt’s keynotes often focus around leadership, coaching, and top-tier performance, drawing from his years as a player and coach.

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Jack Armstrong Jack ArmstrongCharismatic Commentator, ‘The Coach’
Armstrong’s vast knowledge and passion is well known – and respected – throughout the basketball world, where he has spent his entire broadcast career focusing on the Toronto Raptors. Over the course of his 15+ years in broadcasting, Armstrong has become one of the most recognizable faces – and voices – in Canadian sports. With extensive experience in NCAA coaching prior to his broadcast career, Jack keynotes on leadership, building winning teams, and other lessons from the basketball circuit.
Kate Beirness Kate BeirnessTSN SportscasterAnchor and Toronto reporter for Toronto’s Sportscentre, Kate was TSN’s Olympic Morning Co-Host for the London 2012 Games, and also hosted NCAA March Madness 2012 and the Kraft Celebration Tour in 2011 and 2012. Kate’s down-to-earth personality and genuine love of sport brings life and energy to her frequent hosting roles.
Bryan Mudryk Bryan MudrykTSN Broadcaster
During his broadcasting career, Mudryk has interviewed such sports legends as Jack Nicklaus, Mike Weir and Wayne Gretzky, covered the Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium and the 2002 Grey Cup, the 2004 Brier in Saskatoon, the 2009 Brier and curling at the 2010 Winter Olympics. In 2012, he was the judo play-by-play announcer for the London Olympics. A cancer survivor, Mudryk was instrumental in launching a charity golf tournament that has raised more than $800,000 for cancer treatment equipment over the last decade. Bryan brings both a wealth of sports knowledge and a moving personal cancer story to his many community-oriented engagements.

 

Please call us or contact us if you would like more information on these or any other speakers. As always, we look forward to working with you to create dynamic and engaging events.

 

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