Give us a brief overview of what life looks like for you nowadays? 

My husband Luke and I had our first child this June, his name is James. He takes up most of my time right now and is such a joy. Before having James, I was working at the Royal Alexandra hospital in Intensive Care as a Registered Nurse. There isn’t much to do with a new baby during the lockdown, but we go cross country skiing as much as we can! 

How did you first get into your current career track/profession? 

I always knew I wanted to help people, but wasn’t sure exactly which profession. I originally pursued psychology, but then switched to Bachelors of Science in Nursing. I have worked as Intensive care Registered Nurse since 2016, and I love the intensity, teamwork, and critical thinking that is involved. 

Are you still involved with the handball community and in touch with your handball teammates?  

I have been playing league, but took a break while I was pregnant last year. I hope to get back to the league again next season if it is safe to do so! I have made lifelong friendships through handball and still talk to a majority of my old teammates. I’ve met a lot of wonderful people by playing handball! 

What was your favourite Competition that you competed in for Alberta and Canada?    

There were so many amazing competitions I got to participate in, and I got to travel the world several times to attend them. But the best competition always for me was Nationals. Training all year long with my friends, pushing each other to be the best we could be. I think my favourite competition was my final year in JR Nationals 2011, playing with my friends at home in Edmonton with my family and friends able to watch, and beating Quebec in the finals. The best feeling is knowing that you trained so hard, and gave it your all, and succeeded. 

I’ll always be so grateful for all the experiences I had in playing handball. I got to travel the world as a player and a coach, representing Alberta and Canada. I’ve made so many different friendships, and I pushed myself physically and mentally. It will always be a big part of who I am today. 

Do you feel like you apply any parts of your Handball values in your current life?

The teamwork aspect in handball is so valuable. On a team, you play with many different types of people and personalities and you learn how to work together and succeed and lose together. This is applicable in my daily life as Wife/Mom and ICU nurse, as my job requires me to work with a team to care for the critically ill.  Playing handball I learned strategy, resilience, effective communication, leadership, discipline, respect, patience, dedication, how to win, and how to lose. These values and lessons stick with me and overflow into so many aspects in my life outside of sports.

Give us a brief overview of what life looks like for you nowadays?

These days I have been busy at home raising Wade, Ruby, and Olive with my husband, Brent, out in rural Alberta. I teach part-time at a local school and sub there often as well. Pre covid I also taught adult and youth paint events, played rec volleyball weekly and led a youth group at my church.  Last year I self-published wrote and illustrated my first children’s book.

 

How did you first get into your current career track/ profession?

I started in the Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation Program at Grant MacEwan as the courses interested me, and soon switched into their Phys Ed/ Education combined degree with the University of Alberta. After five years I graduated and covered a one-year maternity leave in High Prairie, before teaching full time in Niton Junction. I married my husband in 2008 and taught until I went on maternity leave in 2011, and have been at home raising my kids and teaching part-time/ subbing ever since. 

 

Are you still involved with the handball community and in touch with your handball teammates?

Living rurally, it is not as easy to stay connected anymore, but I have always tried to coach a handball team and bring them to Provincials each year. We were able to go many years with our small team from our small school, and the students always love it. At Provincials it is great to see so many familiar faces, but mostly with my former teammates, we are able to stay connected on social media. 

 

What was your favourite competition that you competed in for Alberta and Canada?

There were so many- they were all great in their own ways. Games at Nationals were always fun, especially any games against our biggest rival- Quebec.  Being able to go to Italy was amazing- to represent Canada in such a huge tournament will never be forgotten. Being Dutch, it was great to play against Holland for our first game on the main court. I also will never forget the moment I acquired ‘Quasi’ (and I don’t think anyone else who was at that game will forget either), and so I included pictures of that incident too.  It wasn’t really anything crazy, I just went to block a girl and her follow-through hit me right in the forehead (they checked for fractures and I was back in the same game later on). Good times!

 

Do you feel like you apply any parts of your Handball values in your current life?

As with any competitive team sport- definitely! Knowing how to work cooperatively with teammates, striving towards a common goal, and having leadership skills crosses over to many professions. Teaching a class how to work together, collaborating with colleagues, and raising children all benefit from these skills. Persevering under adversity, pushing oneself, and determination are among some of the skills that also can be applied in everyday life.

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1. Give us a brief overview of what life looks like for you nowadays?

Well, I’m living in New Zealand and loving it. It is one of the few countries that is covid-free (with the exception of cases in quarantine at the border), which means life is somewhat normal at the moment. We’ve been blessed with strong, steady, and compassionate leadership, which was needed through 2020. I moved for the sense of adventure in NZ and stayed because of the welcoming people with similar values. 

2. How did you first get into your current career track/profession? 

It is the middle of summer here in the Southern Hemisphere. So weekdays have me working in the public sector for the Ministry of Social Development, then heading home with my husband to pick up our dogs for a SUP session (stand-up paddleboarding). When I’m not doing either of those I would be training as a volunteer wildland firefighter. On weekends I’m training for the upcoming firefighters' sky tower or combat challenge, orienteering, hiking, or snowboarding in the winter. 

3. Are you still involved with the handball community and in touch with your handball teammates?

My undergraduate degree was in Bachelor of Management and I joined the co-op program, which I’m forever grateful for. It meant I had both theoretical knowledge and work experience when I graduated, which helped me land my first job. I spent a few years in Human Resources and then transitioned to Organisational Development (OD), which I’m still doing today. I finished a master's in OD and Leadership a couple of years ago and recently landed a great job where I get to focus all of my time and attention on creating a better employee experience for our people. 

4. What was your favourite Competition that you competed in for Alberta and Canada?

I think the benefit of handball, like many team sports, is the teamwork, communication, leadership, learning, and goal-setting skills you walk away with. These are all necessary life skills. And while it also promotes maintaining good physical health, I’ve had to learn that good mental health is just as important. Being kinder and gentler with myself has taken a lot of practice after growing up as a competitive athlete. 

5. Do you feel like you apply any parts of your Handball values in your current life?

I’m not still in touch with the handball crowd, but Facebook reminds me of great memories every now and then. My favorite competition for Team Canada was the Pan-American games in Rio. With the opening ceremonies, athletes' village, and level of competition, it felt like the Olympics. It was an experience I will never forget. My favorite competition with Alberta was any year we beat Quebec. 

 

 

 

I will leave this with a shameless plug. In a few month's time, firefighters from all over NZ will participate in the firefighter’s sky tower challenge. This means racing up 51 flights (1,103 stairs) wearing up to 25kg of gear to raise money for leukemia and blood cancer. If you would like to donate to me and my team, here is the link: https://firefighterschallenge.org.nz/lynsey-nault

1. Give us a brief overview of what life looks like for you nowadays?

Living life with Covid-19 restrictions is fairly low key. Just blessed to still being able to do what I love for work and enjoy my extra free time with my beautiful wife.

2. How did you first get into your current career track/profession? 

I have always had a passion for people development and real estate. So having the opportunity to be a Broker/Owner of a Real Estate Brokerage was the perfect fit. 

3. Are you still involved with the handball community and in touch with your handball teammates?

I’m fortunate enough to still be involved; currently sitting on the BOD as the Past President having the pleasure as President for the 2 years prior and many other BOD positions throughout the past decade

4. What was your favourite Competition that you competed in for Alberta and Canada?

My favourite competition would have to be our first trip to Rome. That was an experience that none of us will ever forget!

5. Do you feel like you apply any parts of your Handball values in your current life?

The values, skills and work ethic, Team Handball helped develop in me as served me greatly as I continue to lead and develop a group of passionate entrepreneurs to grow and succeed themselves!

1. Give us a brief overview of what life looks like for you nowadays?

With COVID these days life has been pretty simple. I’ve been lucky that work hasn’t been affected after the initial March 2020 lockdown so if I’m not at work I’m usually at home with my husband and our 4-year-old son trying to keep him entertained. We’ve spent lots of time on walks and picking at a few home projects. 

 

2. How did you first get into your current career track/profession? 

While I was doing my undergrad degree (Science) at McEwan, my favorite classes were always anatomy, physiology and neurology based. I loved learning about the human body and I was encouraged by my aunt to look into physical therapy. After I looked into it more, I realized that was my dream job and set my sights on achieving that. I finished my Bachelor of Science degree in 2012 and got accepted into the UBC Masters of Physical Therapy program that started in September 2013. What I didn’t realize going into the program was how diverse the profession really is. Most people associate Physios with sports and active populations. But what I love so much about physiotherapy is how broad our scope is. My first job out of school was on an in-patient rehab unit for acute brain injuries (mostly post-stroke) and working casually for Surrey Memorial Hospital (usually in the ER or general medicine units). Now I work in a private clinic on the Southside (Freedom Physical Therapy) which has really challenged me learning how to effectively treat a wide range of acute injuries and everyday aches and pains. Being a part of the healthcare community is humbling and challenging because there is always so much to learn. You are forever a student and forced to keep learning new things so you don’t fall behind!

 

3. Are you still involved with the handball community and in touch with your handball teammates?  

Once I moved back to Edmonton I started playing in the open Women’s league with the Mavericks. I have really appreciated connecting with a bunch of my old teammates and look forward to playing with them on the court every week (or whenever our games are). It’s was amazing to see how much handball had grown in the 6 years I was away!

 

4. What was your favourite Competition that you competed in for Alberta and Canada?    

I had so many amazing experiences and competitions over my handball years it’s hard to pick just one. My first ever Junior Nationals, 2007 in Edmonton was one I won’t forget. It was my first year on Juniors (filling the spot in net for Kim) so I had big shoes to fill. We went to overtime with Quebec and ended up winning gold. I had so much to learn that year since I was so new to the game and worked my Butt off to get there, so it was a sweet victory in front of a home crowd. 

My very last game at nationals in 2013 was also one of my favorites. We were playing in the bronze medal game against Quebec and personally had one of the best games I had ever played.  I had some amazing long-time teammates playing in front of me, as well as a few girls I had coached who were now teammates. When the game ended it was pretty emotional knowing that was going to be my last nationals as a player and really got to celebrate the 7 years of hard work and friendship which was super special. 

My favorite international tournament was always Granollers Cup in Spain. 

 

5. Do you feel like you apply any parts of your Handball values in your current life?

Of course! Learning how to set short term and long terms goals and working to achieve them is something that is used every day and handball was a key part in teaching me. The biggest things I learned though were during times where I was coaching. As a Physio, I get to wear many hats. Sometimes I’m a Physio, other times I’m a coach, or a counsellor, a problem solver or a mentor. Having the opportunity to do this as a handball coach has helped me so many times through my career which I’ve been very grateful for!