It takes a special kind of heart. It calls for fierce determination. An unwillingness to give up; a remarkable resilience, a selflessness marked in integrity and profound in perseverance.
Thank you, Mom.
Because it takes someone strong to make someone strong, this year, I’m pleased to partner with P&G as they support Canadian athletes at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and celebrate the strength of moms who helped get them there.
Need a tissue? Don’t worry, I’ll wait. I understand.
Of course, my introduction could have also pertained to any one of our Canadian Olympic hopefuls; an immeasurably focused group of athletes vying for gold at this summer’s Olympic Games.
Meet Mark Oldershaw. Mark is a third generation Olympian and the fifth member of his family to compete at the Olympic Games – and the first to win an Olympic medal when he captured C-1 1000m bronze at London 2012. In fact, just days after he was chosen to represent Canada at the Rio Olympics, Mark paddled his way to a World Cup sprint gold medal in Portugal.
He’s also a new dad.
After welcoming Josephine in 2015 with wife, Olympic swimmer Annamay Pierse, one of the first major impacts on Mark’s training regime was the shift in sleep habits. “As athletes, we focus on our training – but so much time is also focused on resting,” Mark says. “And when I hear Josephine crying at night, it’s hard not to get up and be with her. Thankfully Pampers helps her sleep better through the night which means better mornings for both of us.”
This August, Pampers will be in Josephine’s diaper bag as Mark travels with his family to Rio to compete. And, in celebration of the strength it takes to compete on the world’s biggest stage, Mark’s family will be hosted at the P&G Family Home in Rio de Janeiro, where they will enjoy a home away from home during the Olympic Games.
Stay tuned this summer as I profile Mark and his road to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Coming up: To pay homage to Mark’s partnership with Pampers, I’ll be back to share information on the importance of healthy sleep, including tips from the Good Night Sleep Tool Kit.
In the meantime, my best wishes to Mark for restful nights – for both himself and Josephine! – as he enters the final stretch of training and preparation.
This post is sponsored by P&G. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.