Athletes may be used to thinking ahead: to the next training session, the next match, the next race. But the future can seem pretty overwhelming once they cross the finish line for the last time.
Canadian Olympic shooter Linda Keijko tells the Alberta Morning News it’s good to know that athletes aren’t alone as they make the transition out of a life of professional sport.
“I think programs like ‘The Game Plan’ that the Canadian Sports Institute have really launched Really helps these athletes think beyond sports you know, ‘What else is there?'” she says.
Keijko was one of several athletes at a Calgary seminar this past week, discussing life after sport. She says even successful athletes like Gold medal wrestler Erica Weibe said they have trouble with the transition.
She says the key is having a plan, even if it changes. And, she says, that advice can help more than just former Olympians.
“I think it’s true for athletes,” says Keijko, “but I think it’s true for pretty much anyone who devotes their life to one specific area.” (ms, Alberta Morning News)