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Silken Laumann

Olympian - Inspirational Speaker - Author - Kids Champion

Silken Laumann’s life centres around the fulfillment of human potential. Whether in the world of sport, where she achieved the honour of being the fastest female rower in the world, her work as a child advocate and founder of Silken’s Active Kids’ Movement, or as a speaker, a writer, or a champion of physical activity, Silken Laumann has made her life work reaching her own potential and helping others reach theirs.

Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspirational leaders, a best-selling author and a highly recognizable and beloved Canadian athlete. As the reigning world champion rower, Silken fought back from a devastating training accident to win a bronze medal in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona – a moment that endeared her forever to Canadian sports fans. Silken was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of fame in 1998, having won 3 Olympic medals and four World Championships. She is also the 2-time winner of the Canadian Female Athlete of the Year award and recipient of the Lou Marsh award in 1991 as Canada’s top athlete. Although her competitive rowing career ended in 1999, her ability to inspire others continues.

Silken is a member of the International Board of Directors for Right to Play, an international development agency dedicated to reintroducing play into the lives of children in disadvantaged areas around the world. Silken has joined GoodLife Kids Foundation as their GoodLife Kids Champion; a private Canadian foundation that envisions a Canada where all kids have the opportunity to benefit from an active life. Through her work with children, Silken was awarded with the 2003 National Child Day Award. In 2006 Silken published the best seller, Child’s Play, an inspirational and simple guide to reconnecting with our kids through play.

Silken is a dynamic inspirational speaker who encourages her audiences to understand the power of our thoughts and intentions, stay connected to our passions and control our own destiny while still being receptive to the unexpected and magical.

Silken lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with her partner and their four children.

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Taking Action on

Taking Action on Obesity

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. David Butler Jones warns that if we continue on this trajectory by 2023, 70% of Canadians
03/06/2012 09:39 EST
The Voice of

The Voice of Calm

I was shocked at the level of rage I could feel for all things crowded. I knew this was not about the parking lot, or IKEA, or the stress of my GPS RECALCULATING, RECALCULATING each time I missed a turn. I didn't know what the problem was. I just knew I felt stressed, and harried, and a wee bit resentful.
02/28/2012 03:08 EST
My Autistic Child Has Never Had A

My Autistic Child Has Never Had A Friend

Everybody deserves to have friends, a person or people who love and care about them. For a special needs child, this can be the biggest challenge of all.
02/15/2012 05:15 EST
Can Sports Raise Middle-Eastern Women's

Can Sports Raise Middle-Eastern Women's Self-Esteem?

In Pakistan, "Right To Play" runs programs in Peshawar and Quetta that have over 20,000 girls regularly playing sport and learning through the power of play. Women and girls who play sport build self-esteem, the very thing that will have them stand up for their rights, not accept abuse, and push for more freedom.
01/24/2012 04:59 EST
Mom, Why Am I

Mom, Why Am I Fat?

Is it cruel to make fun of kids because they are fat? Yes, but it is far more cruel not to help these children and their families identify and address the problem.
01/18/2012 04:55 EST
Things I Am Proud of in

Things I Am Proud of in 2011

We spend much of our mental energy beating ourselves up for the things we are not, for the times we have failed or disappointed ourselves. I think we could put that energy to far better use by changing the focus to find some things we are proud of.
01/03/2012 12:34 EST
Concussions: A Serious

Concussions: A Serious Injury

On Sunday I was skiing down Mt. Washington in British Columbia alone on a glorious sunny day when I caught an edge and veered
01/03/2012 02:39 EST
Random Acts of

Random Acts of Kindness

Last week I was driving back from Mount Washington with my girlfriend Karin when I chanced to look at my gas gauge. Chanced
11/30/2011 03:50 EST
Let Kids Be

Let Kids Be Kids!

I don't want to see eight-year-olds with shin splints and 10-year-olds with rotator cuff injuries, which can result from intensive training, but most of all, I want kids to have childhoods filled with physical play of all kinds, play that builds and develops the body in multiple ways so that it stays strong and healthy.
10/21/2011 09:28 EDT
The Mystery of Cooking a Thanksgiving

The Mystery of Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey

The turkey itself was an awe inspiring thing, huge, naked and -- quite frozen. With only 18 hours to go before Thanksgiving dinner we hadn't really thought that one through. Who knew that turkeys don't melt in a matter of hours?
10/08/2011 08:18 EDT
Sporting a New 'Do During Terry Fox

Sporting a New 'Do During Terry Fox Week

A teen girl's 12-inch-long, sandy brown locks were sheared this weekend as part of the Terry Fox Great Canadian Hair "Do". As a parent, I marvel at the courage of young people such as these, and their ability to transcend the real insecurity and self consciousness of the teen years.
09/22/2011 01:03 EDT
Moderation: The Key to a Fun and Healthy

Moderation: The Key to a Fun and Healthy Lifestyle

Moderation in fitness and eating seems like an unlikely subject for a four-time Olympic athlete. There was nothing moderate about my 15-year training regime, or about my mental approach. But I also believe that many people have forgotten about fun in their search for a toned body.
09/07/2011 02:15 EDT
Feminine and

Feminine and Free

There is more pressure than ever before to be some perfect version of feminine. Thin, but fit. Toned but muscular. Smart but not smart enough to threaten your man. The pressure is endless and relentless and it is time we acknowledge what is being done to us, and what we are doing to ourselves.
08/04/2011 10:48 EDT
Right to Play

Right to Play Rwanda

There is something remarkable happening in Rwanda today. In a country that has been torn apart of civil war and genocide, there are children playing.
07/03/2011 09:27 EDT
Just Start

Just Start Dancing

Special needs teens and adults live everyday in a world where they don't "fit in" not because of anything that they are doing, but because of our own discomfort with being different. But we are the ones with the disability, the inability to express ourselves authentically in our life
06/27/2011 05:24 EDT