WEEK #51: ELEANOR H.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am an Olympic athlete in the sport of fencing. I started fencing at age 10, and before that was into karate and running. I was a super competitive kid, and ever since I was 5, I knew I wanted to become an Olympian. I had the best ever Olympic result in Canadian fencing history, finishing 7th at the Rio 2016 Games. I have qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Games with my teammates, as well, which have been postponed to 2021. Now we are training hard getting ready to compete during the summer! Outside of fencing, I love yoga, drawing, running, hanging out with friends, and listening to podcasts.
What inspired you to participate in sport?
My parents were both pretty intense athletes. They would compete in Ironman Triathlons and were always running and keeping super active. Seeing how much they valued exercise made me aim to achieve the highest level possible from a very young age, and the idea of the Olympics became my guiding force.
What qualities of a leader do you appreciate most? Why?
I love leaders who use emotional intelligence and make the people they are leading feel seen, heard,