Sports for Social Impact seeks to explore and educate on the power that sport has to create a positive impact on society. Specifically looking at sport policy and how we can use programs and policies for maximum impact. The hope is that these conversations and ideas will help achieve the maximum benefit of sport in our society. Check back monthly for new episodes.
Sustainability and climate action has become an important topic, especially for a lot of young people. This month my guest is Courtney Burk as we talk about sport & recreation and sustainability. Courtney is a graduate of Renaissance College (2017) and is currently working on her Master of Science in Environmental Management at UNB, studying wildlife connectivity. She has always been an environmentalist but found her love of trail and ultra running while living in Canmore, Alberta and now uses running to connect herself and others to nature. She is a Dirtbag Runners Ambassador, to support a safe and supportive community that encourages getting outside, respecting the planet, and sharing the stoke of adventure. You can connect with her online through Instagram (@shortneyxox) or Twitter (@CourtneyBurk2) if you love running, nature, animal puns or environmental content. Courtney summed herself up: “I like to run. I like to snack. I like to play outside. I like science. I love my cat and my partner. The end.
Sports can contribute to developing important life skills such as leadership and qualities that go along with it; such as empathy, responsibility and time management. In the very first episode of Sports for Social Impact, David speaks with former classmate Ryan Cobb on how sport can foster leadership qualities in athletes. Since graduating from the University of New Brunswick's Leadership school, Renaissance College in 2016, Ryan Cobb completed the Venture for Canada program and has been working in a tech startup. In this episode they explore how sport has contributed to their definition of leadership and how sport and recreation contribute to effective leadership.