When: October 16th, 2019
Where: Sport Manitoba, 145 Pacific Ave

Sport Manitoba’s P-Series brings together experts from a variety of fields to educate athletes, coaches, and parents on health, training, and sport performance.

Delivered through our Performance Centre, these monthly presentations feature keynote speakers who’ll cover everything from developing a growth mindset, to discipline, to offseason training, combined with the latest in sport science to enrich the development and knowledge of our teams.

This second season covers a wide range of strategies and methodologies connecting nutrition, sport psychology, and strength & conditioning principals, all tailored to educate and enhance the peak performance of Manitoba’s athletes.


All presentations are free of charge.


If you aren’t in Winnipeg, you are still able to watch these presentations via livestream.  Please register online and email perfomance@sportmanitoba.ca to request the livestream link and indicate that you’ll be watching online. 


Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Topic: Athlete Monitoring – How To Do It and Why It’s Important

7:45pm – 8:45pm – Topic: Load Management – Preparing Athletes for Major Competitions

Speaker: Dr. Adam Douglas (both sessions)

Talk Synopsis: Dr. Douglas will be discussing wearable technology in sports, proper athlete loading and monitoring, peaking for competition, and strength and conditioning.

About the Speaker: Adam Douglas is the Manager, Sport Performance for Hockey Canada Men’s National Teams and the Lead S&C with Women’s High Performance. He has been a member of the teams that won a gold medal at the 2015 Men’s World Juniors, Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, and 2012 Women’s World Championship. In this role, Adam oversees all elements of the strength and conditioning program for Hockey Canada’s high performance programs.

Alongside his applied work with Hockey Canada, Adam is also an Applied Sport Scientist with Catapult Sports. He works with their hockey clients to ensure that they are maximizing the usage of wearable technology as well as further driving research and innovation of wearables in the sport. (LinkedIn)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Topic: Overhead Athletes: Anatomy of the Shoulder

Speaker: TBA

Talk Synopsis:  A one-hour discussion regarding the bread and butter of any overhead athlete…their shoulder. A review of anatomy of the shoulder, discrediting common myths, and how to keep your shoulder healthy in season and during the off season. Rickie will also discuss the management of common injuries that can occur and how to avoid them in the future.

7:45pm – 8:45pm – Topic: Breathing, Relaxation & Refocusing Techniques

Speaker: Paige Zaporzan

Talk Synopsis: In this practical session, Paige will take athletes through a breathing, relaxation and refocusing routine.  Through the ups and downs of a competition, athletes can only be in control of one thing . . . themselves.

About the Speaker:  Paige Zaporzan empowers overall human performance and help athletes reach their potential in training mind-body skills.  Paige specializes in creating a positive mindset, working in a holistic approach to implement the most effective and efficient behavioral actions.  Paige has previously worked with Curling MB, Synchro MB, Rowing MB Skate Canada, and a variety of Canada Games athletes and teams, in addition to a variety of workplaces and companies such as BellMTS, National Leasing, and Red River Co-Op.   Paige is passionate about mindbody, sport, active living, and supporting athletes to help them creating their ideal performance tools and the life that they envision.

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Topic: Time Management: Strategies to Stay Ahead in School and Sports

Speakers: Amanda Angus & Gretchen Derige

Talk Synopsis: In this workshop, student service advisors from the University of Manitoba share the tips and strategies they use to help students find success in their academic studies.

7:45pm – 8:45pm – Topic: Fatigue Science: What Athletes Need to Know About Rest, Recovery & Performance

Speaker: Dr. Dean Kriellaars

Talk Synopsis:

There is often one overlooked factor when it comes to success in sport: sleep. Join Dr. Dean Kriellaars, a training optimization researcher, as he breaks down the importance of rest and rejuvenation during training. Dr. Kriellaars is the scientific director at the Center for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer at the elite circus training school in Montreal, and works with all professional circuses in Quebec, as well as elite athletes and sport organizations in many countries. He is a faculty member of the College of Rehabilitation at the University of Manitoba.

About the Speaker: Dr. Dean Kriellaars is a world-renowned expert in the field of Physical Literacy. He is a faculty member of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Manitoba, scientist at the Children’s Health Research Institute and exercise physiologist with Cirque De Soleil.  He is the scientific director of the “Sleep in High Performance Circus Artists” study, which will be releasing multiple publications this year.

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Topic: Optimizing Sleep Quality: How Athletes Can Overcome Sleep Disruptions to Ensure a Good Night’s Sleep

Speaker: Dr. Norah Vincent

Talk Synopsis: Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disruptions athletes may face, alongside parasomnias, circadian rhythm disorders, and daytime sleepiness.  Dr. Norah Vincent will explain how coaches, parents and athletes can recognize sleep disruptions during the season and will discuss evidence-based strategies athletes can use to overcome these problems leading into their a competition.

About the Speaker: Dr. Vincent is both a Clinical Psychologist with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and a Professor with the Department of Clinical Health Psychology in the College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Manitoba. She practices at the Health Sciences Center, the largest teaching hospital in the province of Manitoba, where she is the Director of a behavioural Sleep Medicine clinic. Dr. Vincent and her team provide psychological consultation, assessment, and treatment (individual, group, online) to individual outpatients with sleep disorders.

7:45pm – 8:45pm – Topic: Student-Athlete College and University Recruitment Information Session

Speaker: TBA

Talk Synopsis: Are you working towards getting recruited to play at the next level? This panel discussion will prepare athletes and their families for the collegiate level recruitment process. Whether you’re staying in Canada, or traveling outside the country for your education, this forum will provide an opportunity to talk to the experts. Listen to the information and perspective only national team scouts, university coaches, and athletes who have been through it can provide. These coaches have years of experience and, while they may vary in sport backgrounds, they all understand what it takes to be the best. Listen as they enlighten athletes on ways to stand out as a recruit, do’s and don’ts of contacting coaches, questions to ask potential programs, and ways to prepare for the student-athlete experience. If you or your child are looking to be a collegiate athlete, this event is one you won’t want to miss.


Jeff Wood
Sport Manitoba
145 Pacific Avenue
WinnipegMB R3B2Z6
Phone: 204-925-5751