Category Archives: Olympics

OUR FLAG, OUR PRIDE – Celebrating 50 Years

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What an amazing experience to be part of the human flag to commemorate the 50th birthday of our Canadian Flag!

Held at Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens) at ice level, hundreds of us dressed in red looked up high at the ceiling while renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky captured the shot (above).

Below you can see a close up of Sebastian and I, along with fellow Olympians, Pinball Clemons & his Argonauts, and other proud Torontonians.  Learn more at:   http://arts.lgontario.ca/flag/

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A Somersaultilicious Summer Ahead!

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4-time Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser holds a copy of Kika the Upside Down Girl, which she graciously endorsed on the back cover – I hold her gold medal from Sochi. Very Inspiring!!

It is indeed exciting times for Jessica, Kika the Upside Down Girl and the FL!P movement!  Spring has been full of wonderful opportunities to engage with students, athletes, coaches, publishing & literary professionals, festival guests and happy Kika the Upside Down readers.

As we look ahead, I am thrilled to be engaging in so many amazing events that will undoubtedly build our community of confident, creative and fliptastic fans! 

Highlights:

The Art of Leadership for Women Conference – attendee & Hayley Wickenheiser fan (see photo above!). May 29, Toronto.

Gymnastics Ontario’s National Acro Cup – Kika the Upside Down Girl presenter and vendor  at inaugural competition.  June 6-7, Humber College, Toronto.

Pickering Invitational Gymnastics Competition – Kika the Upside Down Girl speaker and author signing.  June 21, Pickering.

Pan Am Games one year countdown – athlete representative & speaker. July 12, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

Camp Woodward – Guest coach, physical literacy expert & FL!P presenter. June 28 – July 5, Woodward, PA, USA.

Literature for Life – Reading Circle facilitator & FL!P Approach presenter. August, Toronto.

Seneca College – lecturer/speaker. July & August, Seneca College, Toronto.

Word on the Street – Kika the Upside Down Girl kids stage presenter & author signing. September 21, Queen’s Park Circle, Toronto.

Chapters Indigo Yorkdale – Kika the Upside Down Girl reading & book signing. TBA September, Toronto.

INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair – Kika the Upside Down Girl presenter & author signing. November 13 – 16, Toronto.

Reading for the Love of It Conference – Kika the Upside Down Girl presenter & author signing. TBA February 2015, Toronto.

Talking to Kids About the Olympics – Sochi style!

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Jessica Tudos and her son Sebastian ready to cheer on Team Canada in Sochi!

As the Winter Games unfold over the next two weeks, this is a great opportunity to bring kids together through sport.  But you may be wondering what to talk to  kids about while you watch?  Human rights? Security threats? Palm tress at the Winter Olympics? Classiest outfits at the Opening Ceremonies? Perhaps, but I think there is more…

Drawing on my 1984 Olympic gymnastics past and Mommy-to-a-preschooler present (as seen in our Go Team Canada Go Olympic picture above!), here are my Sochi-specific recommendations: Continue reading

Kika the Upside Down Girl kickstarter campaign runs Sept 30 – Oct 30

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CLICK HERE to go directly to our kickstarter page.   More at www.jessicatudos.com

Our campaign runs Sept. 30 to Oct. 30 – great rewards for supporters who pre-order; including 1st edition books, readings & workshops with Jessica, a lunch with Olympians and more!  With your help we can publish this entertaining and inspiring kids story about an adventurous girl who loves living upside down, despite the pressure she feels to remain right side up. It’s time for Kika the Upside down Girl’s debut on the global online stage!

Olympians Unite to Award Newtonbrook S.S. with CAC Environmental Award

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So honoured to co-present Newtonbrook S.S. with the Clean Air Champions/ Honda Canada environmental excellence award last month!  Pictured here: 2-time Olympic swimmer & Clean Air Champion Colin Russell, technology education teacher Donna Blanco, principal Lynne Koffman, TDSB trustee Mari Rutka, student leader Igor R., and Olympic gymnast & Clean Air champion Jessica Tudos. Student highlights included: Continue reading

Honouring excellence @ Markham Gymnastics Club Awards Banquet

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What a privilege it was to speak to the amazing gymnasts, coaches and parents at Markham Gymnastics Club’s annual awards banquet recently.  In addition to handing out celebratory medals, I was asked to speak about the impact that gymnastics has had on my life. Where to start?!

In recounting my journey from recreational athlete to elite Olympic gymnast, I shared with the group how I loved being upside down, that I was sometimes afraid of the new skills I was learning, missing out on social activities because of training was challenging at times,  how making the Olympic team at 15 was stressful and then a great thrill and, how I will never forget Continue reading

Athletes CAN Inspire Action & Fun @ Bill Crothers Elite Sport School

Talk about athletes as thought leaders and inspirational educators!  At the recent KidsCAN event at Bill Crothers Secondary School, over 50 Olympians and Paralympians met with more than 700 students to share a variety of sports and fun activities as well as their messages about the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Continue reading

Athletes as Innovators – Achieving Success by Managing Fear

I have been asked to give a keynote speech at the upcoming Gymnastics Ontario Coaching Congress October 26-28th in Toronto which is very exciting and timely.

My session, “Managing Fear through the Development of a Competitive Mindset” will address not only how to manage the damaging and sometimes paralyzing effect fear can have on athletes, but also how overcoming fear in sport teaches athletes to overcome fear and challenges throughout life.  Once athletes know how to deal with their fears – which can include… Continue reading

Educating for Sustainable Wellbeing through Clean Air Champions

I recently presented a session on behalf of Clean Air Champions (CAC) at the fabulous Educating for Sustainable Happiness conference at Cushing Academy a few weeks ago and after reflecting on my session, I have to say that although sustainability education may not be mainstream, the ideas and concepts behind it are rooted in… Continue reading