Week 43: Christina DeFranco
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in Markham, Ontario playing every sport I could think of. While attending Bill Crothers Secondary School I developed a deep love for Field Hockey and Floorball. I went on to get a scholarship in Varsity Field Hockey at York University and was named the Captain of the Women’s National Floorball Team where I have competed internationally at the World Championships. I continue to represent Canada as a proud member of the Canadian National Floorball Team, and continue to share my love of health and wellness through my work as a Yoga Teacher specializing in Mental Health.
What is something you learned by being on a team? How does that apply to your work?
Being on a team has not only taught me how to be a leader, but also a listener. I learned how to put my ego aside, hear constructive criticism and move forward. In every field of work you will always experience criticism, I have learned through sports how to take the criticism and learn from it so that I can improve.
How has sport helped you be a better leader? How do you define leadership?
I define leadership by one’s ability to inspire and empower others. You can be the most talented person on a team, but one person can’t do everything. However, one person can inspire and empower many people to step up and give everything they have, that is when games are won.