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Paralympian Joel Dembe named Tennis Canada Ambassador

January 28, 2016 by Tennis Canada

London, England 26/08/2012 - Joel Dembe hits the ball during a training session at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in Eton Manor. (Photo: Phillip MacCallum/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

London, England 26/08/2012 – Joel Dembe hits the ball during a training session at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in Eton Manor. (Photo: Phillip MacCallum/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Joel Dembe
Former wheelchair tennis star and Parapan Am medallist will work to grow sport across Canada

Tennis Canada announced Thursday the appointment of former Paralympian and Parapan Am bronze medallist Joel Dembe to the role of Tennis Canada ambassador. The former wheelchair tennis star will be a public representative for the sport of tennis throughout Canada, sharing his own personal experiences and encouraging others to get involved with the growing sport.

“I’m really excited to promote our sport across the country as an ambassador,” Dembe said. “I have been very fortunate to have had tennis play a major role throughout my life – whether it was playing with my friends recreationally as a teenager or representing Canada at the Paralympics. I’m looking forward to sharing my story and showing Canadians that tennis is a sport that can and should be played by everyone!”

In his role, Dembe will be a spokesperson for the sport in Canada. He will make appearances and speak at various events, including conferences, tournaments, community groups, schools, and rehabilitation clinics. Through speaking about how tennis can improve lives, he will seek to help grow tennis at a grassroots level, especially awareness. He will also become a regular contributor to the Tennis Canada website, with all Canadian tennis fans able to follow along with his latest tennis journey as an ambassador.

Joel and Philippe Parapan Am

“We are so lucky to have Joel on our side, helping us to grow the sport and sharing his love for tennis with Canadians across the country,” said Kelly Murumets, president and CEO, Tennis Canada. “Not only is he accomplished in tennis, but he is such a smart, dedicated, and passionate individual. He truly wants to make an impact on the sport in Canada and will really make a difference. We welcome Joel to our Tennis Canada team.”

Dembe announced his retirement from high performance wheelchair tennis last October, just two months after playing his final competitive match at the Parapan Am Games. The No. 1-ranked wheelchair tennis player in Canada for many years, Dembe is one of Canada’s most accomplished athletes in the sport. The 31-year-old won over 25 titles on the international circuit and claimed six national championships.

In addition to his new Tennis Canada ambassador position, Dembe is increasing his involvement in tennis through coaching. He will be completing his Club Pro 1 certification in March, and will seek to facilitate workshops and demonstrations with kids, adults, and other coaches.

Click here to read Dembe’s first blog post. http://www.tenniscanada.com/a-new-beginning-my-next-life-in-tennis/

Filed Under: News, Tennis Canada, Wheelchair

http://www.tenniscanada.com/paralympian-joel-dembe-named-tennis-canada-ambassador/

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SOME PEOPLE JUST SEEM TO BOUNCE BACK FROM ANYTHING. HERE’S WHAT THEY HAVE IN COMMON.

BY HARVEY DEUTSCHENDORF

Success is seldom a straight road; it almost always involves many detours and dead ends. It takes tenacity and determination to keep going, but those that do will eventually reach their destination.

Most of us have heard before that Thomas Edison failed more than 1,000 times but continued on despite being ridiculed by the media and those around him. And plenty more people refuse to quit long after most would have given up. What is it about these people that makes them different?

There are a number of attributes that consistently stand out amongst those who tenaciously follow their own path in life. Here are seven things highly resilient things have in common:

1. HAVE A HIGHLY DEVELOPED SENSE OF SELF
People who are able to develop a strong sense of who they are and what matters to them are much better able to resist external influences that will keep many people from reaching their potential. They are able to draw strength from within and are therefore less likely to be influenced by what others think of them. This strong inner strength helps them deflect criticism, alienation, ridicule and other factors that everyone who forges their own path inevitably faces.

2. LOOK FOR A POSITIVE TAKE AWAY FROM EVERY SITUATION
When things don’t go according to plan, resilient people look for the learning in the situation and the lesson they can take away. They don’t view failure as final, rather a necessary learning step that will take them further along the path. Instead of taking setbacks personally, they are seen as an inevitable part of the learning process and mentally prepare themselves to deal with them. Resilient people do not lose the lesson.

3. TAKE A LONG TERM VIEW
Resilient people are prepared for the long haul, fully realizing that anything worth achieving will be difficult and will take a great deal of time, effort and persistence. Despite not seeing any immediate results of their efforts, they are keenly aware that what their lives will look like in the future will be determined by their efforts today. Their strong sense of the future motivates them to take action even when they see no immediate benefit and don’t feel very motivated in the moment.

4. HAVE HIGHLY DEVELOPED SENSE OF PURPOSE

Whether it is a belief in a higher power, a strong sense of purpose, or a great sense of humor, resilient people have sources of strength they can rely on to get them through difficult situations. This decreases their sense to belong and rely upon others for motivation. They see their lives beyond the everyday routine and strongly feel the need to follow their own vision. Their motivation is intrinsic.

5. DON’T GET FRIGHTENED BY UNCOMFORTABLE THOUGHTS OR NOT HAVING THE ANSWERS

Most people believe that not knowing how to do something and not being able to, are one and the same thing. Highly resilient people don’t let not knowing how to do something stop them. They believe that they will find a way. They have faith in their ability to overcome whatever obstacles are in their path. Expecting to find new situations uncomfortable and difficult, they are willing to accept this as part of the process.

6. ARE SELECTIVE IN WHOM THEY LOOK TO FOR GUIDANCE AND INSPIRATION
Highly resilient people don’t suffer fools. It’s not that they never look to others for guidance and direction, it’s that they are very selective in who they chose to follow. They look for mentorship in people who have achieved greatly and whom they admire. Once they have found the people they chose to follow, they soak up all the information, guidance and inspiration they can by reading their books and listening to their spoken messages for insight.

7. FIND HEALTHY WAYS TO RECHARGE AND NURTURE THEMSELVES
Resilient people are no less susceptible to pressures and life’s stressors than anyone else, but they have developed healthy coping mechanisms they know can be counted on. Whether it is meditation, exercise or an all-encompassing hobby, they have proven methods that allow them to recharge their energy and get back into pursuing their passion. Personal growth and development for them is not a passing interest or flavor of the month, it is a way of life.

http://www.fastcompany.com/3028712/7-habits-of-highly-emotionally-intelligent-people

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Here is a link from “The Atlantic” magazine – internet version that succinctly describes the key to success in our relationships.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/happily-ever-after/372573/#ixzz3IraMUDv3

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We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance ~ Harrison Ford

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Did something or someone annoy you today?  Tired of the cold and  shovelling snow?  Your mood will be completely elevated listening to the music video HAPPY by Pharrell Williams the most joyful catchy tune that will have you up dancing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

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For 30 Days try this ‘breathing minutes’ exercise 10 or more times a day. For a minute at a time, practise diaphragmatic breathing whenever you are waiting for something. Remember, you don’t need to be standing or lying down.

You can do this whenever:

  • You are stopped at a stoplight
  • You are on hold on the phone
  • You are waiting in line at a store
  • You are watching the commercials during a television show
  • You are waiting for the microwave to heat some food
  • You are waiting for a friend at work or school
  • You are waiting for the computer to boot
  • You are waiting for the teacher to hand out the test papers
  • You are waiting for an instant message or a phone or text message
  • You are waiting for a meeting to start

While this suggestion requires you to be mindful, the results are worth it.

You will feel calmer, and less stressed throughout the day.

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It’s surprising how difficult it is, to just be kind to one another. Why do we need techniques to help us be ‘HUMAN’ beings? Yet, the 5 minute favour, by Adam Rifkin co-founder of PandaWhale, is a great altruistic way to begin a New Year.

Try It: The Five-Minute Favour

It’s about as simple as the name itself. The only rule is that it must be something you do to benefit another, with no direct personal gain/quid pro quo attached. Here are a few to try (and I’m sure you can think of many others).

Make a connection. This is one of my favourites because in a sliver of time you can create some amazing opportunities for people. (This is Rifkin’s go-to favor.) Whom do you know who would benefit from meeting someone else? Whether it’s a colleague looking for the insight that a former colleague of yours likely has, or someone new to her field who would be thrilled to connect with a more seasoned pro in that same field, whom you happen to know. Think of one intro you can make today that could open up a world of possibility.

Pitch in. See a co-worker struggling under an impossible project? Offer to pick up a piece of it, whether it’s some follow-up calls or follow through on logistics. Since it’s not your project, you won’t be buried alive — and any little help you offer will likely be easy for you to do, and mean a lot to him. He won’t ever forget it.

Go out of your way. It’s easy to leave some tasks up to other people, because you’re technically not getting paid to do it. But when you go to extra lengths to make sure that, say, the right resources get into the right hands, you’re making someone’s life a little easier and they know it.

Serve as a reference. It’s not hard at all to back a colleague or former employee for a new job or opportunity, especially when you believe in them. If someone asks you, say yes, or even better, reach out to a friend or contact who’s looking for work and offer to serve as a reference when the time comes.

Give some feedback. Maybe a former co-worker could use an extra set of eyeballs on her resume, or a fellow entrepreneur would love some basic feedback on her new website. You don’t have to spend a lot of time to give incisive, helpful advice. Spend just a few minutes and you’ll give that person a wealth of information to work with, and possibly change the course of her business — and her life.

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