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#AskAMogul:Hi!I'mKarinaLeBlanc.I'maninternationallyrecognizedsoccerplayer,OlympicBronzeMedalist,UNICEFAmbassador,MotivationalSpeakerandTVPersonality.Askmeanything!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVEon3/27@7pmET.

Karina LeBlanc
Karina LeBlanc Internationally Recognized Professional Soccer Player, Olympic Bronze Medalist & Humanitarian
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Hi! I'm Karina LeBlanc. I'm a retired Olympic bronze medalist and professional athlete who has the distinguished honour of being the longest serving soccer player for Canada. 

I played soccer professionally for almost 18 years at the international level,  and I participated in 5 World Cups, and 2 Olympic Games. Winning an Olympic medal was special to me, but personally one of greatest accomplishments was being named a UNICEF ambassador and understanding soccer was a platform to my purpose on this earth. I recently travelled to the small island of Dominica to give back to the island I lived on for the 1st 8 years of my life, and saw the power of sport in a country that has been through so much recently. These experiences paired with the recent honouring in my community in Canada with the naming of the Karina LeBlanc Sports Field have shown me is it not just what you do, but who you are in doing things that most stands out in the end.

Today, my career path takes me around the globe where I participate in global leadership initiatives and deliver motivational keynote addresses, speaking to diverse audiences. Through sharing my personal story to inspire others, I emphasize the importance of self belief and dreaming big, in order to OWN the best version of yourself.

My International keynotes have put me in front of intimate audiences, including influential leaders, politicians, business executives and CEOs as well as children. I have spoken at the United Nations General Assembly events on two occasions as a UNICEF ambassador, and have engaged large audiences at major events, such as Canada's 150th Celebration and WE Day. I've also hosted TedX Vancouver and was a reporter with CBC for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

I have a presence on-air, on both television and radio, where I give voice to a variety of different topics from philanthropy to sports. I firmly believe that we all have a purpose here on earth, and the greatest joys and challenges are faced on our journey to discovering it. I love to ask myself and my audiences challenging questions such as,

"What is your WHY?"  And "Why are you here on this earth?"

I advocate that when you do know your purpose, you are able to live the best version of yourself, every day, regardless of circumstance. My passion for purposeful living and inspiring the next generation has led me to becoming a UNICEF ambassador, TECK ambassador, CONCACAF ambassador, and FIFA Legend and ambassador.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Tuesday, March 27th at 7pm ET.


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  • Feven Merid
    over 1 year ago

    Also do you have a favorite league, team, or player you like to follow?

    Also do you have a favorite league, team, or player you like to follow?

    • Karina LeBlanc
      Karina LeBlanc Internationally Recognized Professional Soccer Player, Olympic Bronze Medalist & Humanitarian
      over 1 year ago

      As far as soccer (football), I base everything on the goalkeeper as I was a goalkeeper. I don't have a favourite team, I have goalkeepers I like to watch so I follow them lol. Watching a soccer game with me is annoying cus I'm all about the goalkeeper. While everyone is sad when a goalkeeper makes a huge save because it means no one scored, I'm celebrating. People hate it haha

      As far as soccer (football), I base everything on the goalkeeper as I was a goalkeeper. I don't have a favourite team, I have goalkeepers I like to watch so I follow them lol. Watching a soccer game with me is annoying cus I'm all about the goalkeeper. While everyone is sad when a goalkeeper makes a huge save because it means no one scored, I'm celebrating. People hate it haha

  • Feven Merid
    over 1 year ago

    What are the key ways in which sports can benefit kids in other aspects of their life (such as school, family, friends) ?

    What are the key ways in which sports can benefit kids in other aspects of their life (such as school, family, friends) ?

    • Karina LeBlanc
      Karina LeBlanc Internationally Recognized Professional Soccer Player, Olympic Bronze Medalist & Humanitarian
      over 1 year ago

      Great question. I have had this discussions a lot lately.

      There are so many ways to answer this question. 
      Around the world people see sport at times, especially for women as more recreational. To me, I am living proof on the power of sport and that in being involved in it, it is life changing for the better.
      Sport teaches you so much and gives you confidence in life that is so important. It teaches you setting goals, leadership, working with others, strength, discipline, working hard, FAILING and seeing that failure is ok. Where else in the world would you get comfortable with failing? In sport you have to keep trying to succeed and every time you fail, you know there is a lesson that will help you grow, and that you need to try it again and move on....you have to do that because the game continues with or without you. As does life!
      I know that beyond my greatest failures in life and in sport, my greatest successes followed!

      It is also the one place where you have to be present, and you have to put down your phones :-)
      My best friends in the world came from sport. We are like minded in our thoughts.
      Another interesting fact that EY published, the number of female CEO's and women on boards, most of them played sport at a certain level. Sports is a great tool for success.
      As far as health related issues, it keeps you healthy, it helps build your confidence, so at times you have the strength to say NO! 

      As far as family, I believe it brings families together. Sport actually brings the world together. Watch a World Cup or an Olympics. You see moments the world come together, in spite of political/religious/race issues for the love of the game, to watch a game. It doesn't heal all issues, but in those moments, there are times that only sport brings people of all backgrounds and beliefs together to enjoy themselves. 

      Great question. I have had this discussions a lot lately.

      There are so many ways to answer this question. 
      Around the world people see sport at times, especially for women as more recreational. To me, I am living proof on the power of sport and that in being involved in it, it is life changing for the better.
      Sport teaches you so much and gives you confidence in life that is so important. It teaches you setting goals, leadership, working with others, strength, discipline, working hard, FAILING and seeing that failure is ok. Where else in the world would you get comfortable with failing? In sport you have to keep trying to succeed and every time you fail, you know there is a lesson that will help you grow, and that you need to try it again and move on....you have to do that because the game continues with or without you. As does life!
      I know that beyond my greatest failures in life and in sport, my greatest successes followed!

      It is also the one place where you have to be present, and you have to put down your phones :-)
      My best friends in the world came from sport. We are like minded in our thoughts.
      Another interesting fact that EY published, the number of female CEO's and women on boards, most of them played sport at a certain level. Sports is a great tool for success.
      As far as health related issues, it keeps you healthy, it helps build your confidence, so at times you have the strength to say NO! 

      As far as family, I believe it brings families together. Sport actually brings the world together. Watch a World Cup or an Olympics. You see moments the world come together, in spite of political/religious/race issues for the love of the game, to watch a game. It doesn't heal all issues, but in those moments, there are times that only sport brings people of all backgrounds and beliefs together to enjoy themselves. 

  • Erick
    over 1 year ago

    Could you see yourself going into politics? You'd be great.

    Could you see yourself going into politics? You'd be great.

    • Karina LeBlanc
      Karina LeBlanc Internationally Recognized Professional Soccer Player, Olympic Bronze Medalist & Humanitarian
      over 1 year ago

      Thanks for your kind words. I use my voice to speak for those who can't be heard and to hopefully empower people to go out and be the best version of themselves. I have never thought of a career in politics to be honest

      Thanks for your kind words. I use my voice to speak for those who can't be heard and to hopefully empower people to go out and be the best version of themselves. I have never thought of a career in politics to be honest

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    over 1 year ago New York, NY, United States

    We are so happy you are here @Karina LeBlanc! Have you always wanted to do work where you are giving back to society? Can you ever see doing this full-time?

    We are so happy you are here @Karina LeBlanc! Have you always wanted to do work where you are giving back to society? Can you ever see doing this full-time?

    • Karina LeBlanc
      Karina LeBlanc Internationally Recognized Professional Soccer Player, Olympic Bronze Medalist & Humanitarian
      over 1 year ago

      Hi Bethany!

      So no one ever believes this, but I used to be so shy. You couldn't get me to talk. I moved from the small island of Dominica (not Dominican Republic) to Canada and was bullied along with all the fun stuff that happens when at a young age you go from comfortable to uncomfortable. 
      Sport changed that for me. I got invited to my 1st sleepover and that was it, I had my 1st set of friends....and from there I started to dream big. I gained confidence in myself and my own abilities and became more vocal on my goals.
      I think from being that outsider who felt like an outlier, and because I was different (I was one of two black kids in my school), I have always been connected to the people who felt less than and that possibly that they didn't matter, because that was me.
      Had it not been for the people who reached out to me to make me feel like I mattered and my family, I would not be where I am today. 
      The role that sports played in this was massive. I remember the day I met one of my hero's and I asked them for an autograph. They did not have time for me and it made me feel so bad about myself. Fast forward to the day I met my friend's hero and he took the 5 seconds to sign an autograph for me. It made me feel like I was on top of the world. I made up my mind that if ever I was asked to sign an autograph, I would make sure that I never let anyone feel less than, but if I could, I would add to their day in that moment.
       I remember signing my first autograph and the look of that young girl's eye as I was signing it. It was crazy to me that I could have that kind of impact on someone.  I then realized it was my responsibility to be that kind person, and be a true role model, something I have never taken for granted.  Along with my teammates we knew what it meant to play for our country and that it was a full time responsibility, not just when we were on the field. 
      Over time I started to realize that my voice mattered and that in playing for our country, I had a platform. Our team decided to use that platform to be examples. I decided that I would go out and just be my best self in hopes of helping others see that within their own self. It added to so many things I was doing. I started to live a purposeful life. 
      That lead me to UNICEF.
      Being name a UNICEF ambassador was my greatest accomplishment yet, over winning an Olympic medal. It meant that my coach was right when he said that my purpose on this earth went far beyond kicking a soccer ball. I got to see first hand the power of giving back on a global setting and it changed me.
      The interesting thing is that so many times when I went into a situation knowing that I am there to hopefully inspire someone, in the end, I am the one who is left inspired.
      When you are living your best version of yourself in life, it's amazing the things that come back to you. When you live a life of giving back, you get so much more in return. 
      I never thought I would be able to match the adrenaline filled life as an athlete, but I have to say, the fulfilment I feel in my life today is a beautiful comparison and I feel very content.
      My life and my journey was not easy, but along the way, I realized that my life wasn't about me, but about others.

      Hi Bethany!

      So no one ever believes this, but I used to be so shy. You couldn't get me to talk. I moved from the small island of Dominica (not Dominican Republic) to Canada and was bullied along with all the fun stuff that happens when at a young age you go from comfortable to uncomfortable. 
      Sport changed that for me. I got invited to my 1st sleepover and that was it, I had my 1st set of friends....and from there I started to dream big. I gained confidence in myself and my own abilities and became more vocal on my goals.
      I think from being that outsider who felt like an outlier, and because I was different (I was one of two black kids in my school), I have always been connected to the people who felt less than and that possibly that they didn't matter, because that was me.
      Had it not been for the people who reached out to me to make me feel like I mattered and my family, I would not be where I am today. 
      The role that sports played in this was massive. I remember the day I met one of my hero's and I asked them for an autograph. They did not have time for me and it made me feel so bad about myself. Fast forward to the day I met my friend's hero and he took the 5 seconds to sign an autograph for me. It made me feel like I was on top of the world. I made up my mind that if ever I was asked to sign an autograph, I would make sure that I never let anyone feel less than, but if I could, I would add to their day in that moment.
       I remember signing my first autograph and the look of that young girl's eye as I was signing it. It was crazy to me that I could have that kind of impact on someone.  I then realized it was my responsibility to be that kind person, and be a true role model, something I have never taken for granted.  Along with my teammates we knew what it meant to play for our country and that it was a full time responsibility, not just when we were on the field. 
      Over time I started to realize that my voice mattered and that in playing for our country, I had a platform. Our team decided to use that platform to be examples. I decided that I would go out and just be my best self in hopes of helping others see that within their own self. It added to so many things I was doing. I started to live a purposeful life. 
      That lead me to UNICEF.
      Being name a UNICEF ambassador was my greatest accomplishment yet, over winning an Olympic medal. It meant that my coach was right when he said that my purpose on this earth went far beyond kicking a soccer ball. I got to see first hand the power of giving back on a global setting and it changed me.
      The interesting thing is that so many times when I went into a situation knowing that I am there to hopefully inspire someone, in the end, I am the one who is left inspired.
      When you are living your best version of yourself in life, it's amazing the things that come back to you. When you live a life of giving back, you get so much more in return. 
      I never thought I would be able to match the adrenaline filled life as an athlete, but I have to say, the fulfilment I feel in my life today is a beautiful comparison and I feel very content.
      My life and my journey was not easy, but along the way, I realized that my life wasn't about me, but about others.

  • Danica
    over 1 year ago

    How can someone discover "What is your why?"

    How can someone discover "What is your why?"

    • Karina LeBlanc
      Karina LeBlanc Internationally Recognized Professional Soccer Player, Olympic Bronze Medalist & Humanitarian
      over 1 year ago

      Great question. I get asked this a lot. It is a journey and you have to be looking for it and be willing to ask yourself the hard questions. For me, I thought my WHY was to play soccer for my country and then my coach actually pulled me aside and said "if you think your purpose on this earth is to kick a soccer ball for Canada, then I've failed you". It rocked me but it made me ask myself, "why am I here then". He has a reason for asking that because he has watched me and was challenging me to see myself beyond being only an athlete.

      Because I asked myself that question over and over, I started looking for the answers, and when you start looking you will always find things. 
      It lead me to becoming a UNICEF ambassador and once I did my 1st trip with UNICEF things started to become clearer. 
      Our lives are not about us, but about how we can use what we have been through to help others. We all have our own story and our own difficulties, but the lessons we learn in the difficult times, are meant to be shared to help others. 
      I know I want to impact people for the better and the HOW... if I live my true and authentic life, then that will happen.
      If you go about and try to be the best version of yourself in all ways everyday...and I mean as a woman, a sister, a mother, a daughter, a friend, a co-worker, a leader...in all ways, the answer will start to become clearer to you. We all have a greatness within in, it is just we lose it because the world tells us other wise. We all have a purpose on this earth, and all are just as important as the person next to us. The impact you may have may be intended for a bigger group of people, or it may be for one person. When you start to live the life you are meant to live, your WHY will become clearer.
      One other thing, in terms of impact, everyone thinks to really matter you have to impact many people. The truth is first be the person that impacts your own self, in that I mean, be the person where you inspire your own self. Then in being that person, and surrounding yourself with the right people who want to help lift you up, that is when you start living the life you are meant to live. When you do that, things will start to occur. 
      Be your best self to everyone. Try it. Even when you go to get coffee at the shop, be present. Ask the person who is making your coffee 'how are you doing'. When you start to value other people, you start to value yourself. Everyone wants to feel valued and that they matter. Start directly around you and see what happens. You will light up that fire within and that will also be a part of the journey.
      By the way, a lot of people don't know their WHY on this earth so this was a great question. Hope I was able to answer it well! 

      Great question. I get asked this a lot. It is a journey and you have to be looking for it and be willing to ask yourself the hard questions. For me, I thought my WHY was to play soccer for my country and then my coach actually pulled me aside and said "if you think your purpose on this earth is to kick a soccer ball for Canada, then I've failed you". It rocked me but it made me ask myself, "why am I here then". He has a reason for asking that because he has watched me and was challenging me to see myself beyond being only an athlete.

      Because I asked myself that question over and over, I started looking for the answers, and when you start looking you will always find things. 
      It lead me to becoming a UNICEF ambassador and once I did my 1st trip with UNICEF things started to become clearer. 
      Our lives are not about us, but about how we can use what we have been through to help others. We all have our own story and our own difficulties, but the lessons we learn in the difficult times, are meant to be shared to help others. 
      I know I want to impact people for the better and the HOW... if I live my true and authentic life, then that will happen.
      If you go about and try to be the best version of yourself in all ways everyday...and I mean as a woman, a sister, a mother, a daughter, a friend, a co-worker, a leader...in all ways, the answer will start to become clearer to you. We all have a greatness within in, it is just we lose it because the world tells us other wise. We all have a purpose on this earth, and all are just as important as the person next to us. The impact you may have may be intended for a bigger group of people, or it may be for one person. When you start to live the life you are meant to live, your WHY will become clearer.
      One other thing, in terms of impact, everyone thinks to really matter you have to impact many people. The truth is first be the person that impacts your own self, in that I mean, be the person where you inspire your own self. Then in being that person, and surrounding yourself with the right people who want to help lift you up, that is when you start living the life you are meant to live. When you do that, things will start to occur. 
      Be your best self to everyone. Try it. Even when you go to get coffee at the shop, be present. Ask the person who is making your coffee 'how are you doing'. When you start to value other people, you start to value yourself. Everyone wants to feel valued and that they matter. Start directly around you and see what happens. You will light up that fire within and that will also be a part of the journey.
      By the way, a lot of people don't know their WHY on this earth so this was a great question. Hope I was able to answer it well! 

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    over 1 year ago

    @Karina LeBlanc what is the whole Olympic experience like? What was it like to win a medal? 

    @Karina LeBlanc what is the whole Olympic experience like? What was it like to win a medal? 

    • Karina LeBlanc
      Karina LeBlanc Internationally Recognized Professional Soccer Player, Olympic Bronze Medalist & Humanitarian
      over 1 year ago

      My Olympic experience has been different every time I attended. My first Olympics I was a kid who was finally achieving her lifetime dream. We lost in the quarter-finals which was disappointing but I got a chance to see many other events and meet different athletes/hero's of mine. With women's soccer being a sport that isn't just in one town of the Olympics, the truth is that we rarely get to spend much time in the Olympic village with the other athletes so my 1st Olympics when we lost, we did get that time which was nice.

      My next Olympics, we learned a lot from our first Olympics and it was a business trip. The focus of our team was greater than winning a medal, it was to inspire a generation so our WHY and our gameplan was much different. We ended up winning a medal and that was life-changing. As a kid you dream of winning the medal but you don't think of the different ways like will change after. I will never forget standing on the podium, crying the ugly cry while standing next to my best friends. It was about the journey and process, not just the result that made it so special.  You think of your family, the ups and downs of getting there, and the amazing fact that we made history for our country. Coming home and getting off the plane was another moment that made me realize just how special the medal was to our country because so many people showed up and lined up to greet us. As were were walking through the airport we could hear the national anthem being shouted out loud and once the doors open, hundreds and hundreds of people were there to welcome us home. 
      Since then I have covered both a winter and summer Olympics for TV/Digital work and it has been great. Getting to speak with the athletes, knowing what they are going through and then helping to get to tell their story has been what I love most about it. That, and of course, actually getting to see the games.
      So to answer your question, what is the whole Olympic experience like...the answer is AMAZING!! Better than you can ever dream of...and winning a medal....well few words can describe that apart from in that moment, I just remember crying and smiling. I think in that moment, I realized my dream was actually coming true and everyone who doubted me, was wrong. I was grateful to my family, teammates, friends, coaches and all the people along the way that believed in me and supported me. It is a moment when you are smiling on the inside and out and you are actually proud of yourself.

      My Olympic experience has been different every time I attended. My first Olympics I was a kid who was finally achieving her lifetime dream. We lost in the quarter-finals which was disappointing but I got a chance to see many other events and meet different athletes/hero's of mine. With women's soccer being a sport that isn't just in one town of the Olympics, the truth is that we rarely get to spend much time in the Olympic village with the other athletes so my 1st Olympics when we lost, we did get that time which was nice.

      My next Olympics, we learned a lot from our first Olympics and it was a business trip. The focus of our team was greater than winning a medal, it was to inspire a generation so our WHY and our gameplan was much different. We ended up winning a medal and that was life-changing. As a kid you dream of winning the medal but you don't think of the different ways like will change after. I will never forget standing on the podium, crying the ugly cry while standing next to my best friends. It was about the journey and process, not just the result that made it so special.  You think of your family, the ups and downs of getting there, and the amazing fact that we made history for our country. Coming home and getting off the plane was another moment that made me realize just how special the medal was to our country because so many people showed up and lined up to greet us. As were were walking through the airport we could hear the national anthem being shouted out loud and once the doors open, hundreds and hundreds of people were there to welcome us home. 
      Since then I have covered both a winter and summer Olympics for TV/Digital work and it has been great. Getting to speak with the athletes, knowing what they are going through and then helping to get to tell their story has been what I love most about it. That, and of course, actually getting to see the games.
      So to answer your question, what is the whole Olympic experience like...the answer is AMAZING!! Better than you can ever dream of...and winning a medal....well few words can describe that apart from in that moment, I just remember crying and smiling. I think in that moment, I realized my dream was actually coming true and everyone who doubted me, was wrong. I was grateful to my family, teammates, friends, coaches and all the people along the way that believed in me and supported me. It is a moment when you are smiling on the inside and out and you are actually proud of yourself.


Karina LeBlanc
Internationally Recognized Professional Soccer Player, Olympic Bronze Medalist & Humanitarian

Karina LeBlanc is a retired Olympic bronze medalist and professional athlete who has the distinguished honour of being the longest serving soccer player for Canada. With a prestigious career that spanned almost 18 years at the international level, she participated in 5 World Cups, and 2 Olympic [...]

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