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Featured athlete: Christine Robinson embraces new academic opportunity

Last October, Water Polo Canada (WPC) met with Women’s National Team athlete, Christine Robinson to discuss her athletic and academic career, and a new opportunity offered by Game Plan powered by Deloitte and a collaboration between the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), Sport Canada and Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN) .  In collaboration with Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, Game Plan offers tools and resources to athletes and former athletes in sight of their future careers. This past January, WPC athlete Christine Robinson benefited from this program as she started her MBA with a specialization in Healthcare Management.

After announcing her intention to play the season with Greek club Olympiacos Piraeus, Christine Robinson received an offer she could not pass on; an admission letter from Queen’s University including a full scholarship. “In the last couple years, I’ve started to think about possible plans for the future. There was a call for interested candidates through Game Plan and I applied just to see what could happen and if I was a good fit for the program” she explained.

With an impressive athletic career, Christine Robinson decided to put the focus on her education in 2018. “Even though, I was excited by this new adventure, it was still a difficult decision because I wanted to play for Olympiacos and I wanted to honour my commitment. However, for me at this moment in my career, it is the more logical decision for my future. I could not turn the opportunity to do my MBA so I chose to go to Kingston.” she admitted. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiology at McGill University, and she completed a Business Diploma online while competing in Italy last year.

The Lachine native points out the importance of these programs and partnerships for the athletes “Game Plan develops tangible projects and programs for active and retired athletes to help them prepare for the future. It definitely allowed me to combine my sport and my education”. Robinson also praised the support of her coach and teammates with this new adventure “Haris (Pavlides) has been really understanding and all the players have supported me. Our coach sees us as people, not only athletes, he wants us to invest in our future.”

Questioned about her future plans, Christine said “In the next year or so, I will focus on my studies until the program is completed. I’m committed and I'm really looking forward to see what the future holds for our team.” she concluded.

About Game Plan

Game Plan, is Canada’s total athlete wellness program that strives to support national team athletes to live better and more holistic lives. Through the development of their skills and network, athletes are able to focus on health, education, and career opportunities both during their high-performance career and beyond. The program helps to develop mentally stronger athletes who apply what they have learned as leaders in sport for the betterment of themselves and their communities.

For more information visit www.mygameplan.ca or email info@mygameplan.ca



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