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#18 Never Just An Athlete with Tabi LOVE

Photo Credit:  Blaine Ohigashi | © Beyond Athletic 2014-2015

Photo Credit:  Blaine Ohigashi | © Beyond Athletic 2014-2015

#18 Never Just An Athlete with Tabi LOVE

Athlete Case Study: A Canadian National Team + NCAA All American + Pro Volleyball Player 
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January 3, 2014

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BACKGROUND

I was researching Tabi and she just seamed like such a great person to have on because of some interviews I found online... Boy, was she ever a fantastic guest! Listen now and below's some info about her + show notes. :) -Ryan Jay Owens

BIO

Tabitha Ashly Love

Born:        11-09-1991
Height:         cm
Weight:         kg
Spike reach:     cm
Block reach:     cm
Position:    Receiving Spiker, Opposite Spiker

From small town in Manitoba, Canada. Oldest of 4 children. Started playing volleyball at age 12. First attended the University of Minnesota. Was named Most Outstanding Player of the region in the Elite Eight my freshman year. After my sophomore year I transferred to UCLA. In my junior year we won the national championship and I was named PAC 12 honorable mention. In my senior year I was named First Team All American, PAC 12 team, AVCA All Pacific a Regional team, NCAA POW. Next I went to PR to play professionally. I was named to the PR All Star Team. For the 2013-2014 year I played in Poland. Finished the first half the season leading in kills and points but then got injured. Played with the national team this past summer and was named MVP and Best Spiker at the World Championship Qualifications. Now I play in Baku!

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MOST GRATEFUL TODAY FOR:

Volleyball as a vehicle & her family!

PERSONAL QUOTE:

"Seek first to understand, then to be understood." - Stephen Covey

MOST INFLUENTIAL MENTOR(S) IN HER LIFE: 

Her Father (He's also her first coach)

Key Discussion Points:

  • What’s her story and how she got into sports?
  • How has she failed?
  • When she realized what she wanted to do?
  • What is she most excited about?

Key Lessons:

  • COMING SOON
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ATHLETE'S TIP JAR

What was holding her back from becoming better?


How She gets rid of negative thoughts:


Sleep & Morning ritual: 

How does she adjust to a new city and/or team?
 

Recommended Book:
 

Name THE person you feel has been MOST influential in your life to reach higher and be better?
Father (Her coach also)

A learning resource you love to use...
I love reading books on nutrition, for example "It Starts With Food" or "Animal Vegetable Miracle"

Give a tool/habit you love to use to stay healthy:
Practicing yoga and breathing techniques for relaxation

A useful tool or tip for eating on the go -OR- for traveling in general?
Planning ahead and packing foods that will allow you to feel comfortable and confident regardless of your location

Most Grateful For:
 

Key Person In Her Life:
 

INFO

Charity/Organizations They Add Value to:
I really enjoy running camps in the summers while I am back at home. I love giving back to the community that raised me. I also enjoy being able to donate shirts, shorts, extra knee pads, bags, jackets, etc. to the woman's shelter after each season. We are always given so much!

Business/Work:
Pro Volleyball

Past/Current Teams: 
(Baku, Azerbaijan)

Recommended Guest:
 

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#17 Everything Is Possible with Jana MATIASOVSKA

#17 Everything Is Possible with Jana MATIASOVSKA

Athlete Case Study: A Slovakian NCAA All American, Pro & Azerbaijan National Team Volleyball Player 
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Dec 27, 2014

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BACKGROUND

I've known of Jana for some time now mostly because I run and agency and she was a top recruit out of college and also because we both played in South Korea. I heard from friends and contact great things and knew of her song performance for Louisville University's Cardinal women's volleyball team. She's a total success on the court and well as soon as I heard her character was spectacular off-the-court too I just had to have her on... 

She's taken some big risks in her life being one of only a history of a few student-atheltes to leave her country of Slovakia to attend college/university in the USA and then she choose to take a new nationality to play for the Azerbaijan team to be challenged and reach higher heights in her sport. True courage and dedication to becoming a great athlete and the intelligence to make what she says was the "best decision of her life" to play for a NCAA school in the USA so that no matter what happened with sports she would be able to have knowledge and a highly respected degree to secure work when she must stop pro sports.

BIO

Jana MATIASOVSKA

Born:        7. 7. 1987 
Height:        199 cm
Weight:        83 kg
Spike reach:    319 cm
Block reach:    300 cm
Position:    Receiving Spiker, Opposite Spiker

Born in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1987. Started playing volleyball at 13 for a local club, Slavia UK Bratislava. Upon high school graduation, went to study at University of Louisville through a volleyball scholarship. In 2009 turned pro, signed with Russian Uralocka Yekaterinburg. After 1.5 seasons in Russia, played two seasons in Azerbaijan, one in Korea, again one season in Azerbaijan, and currently in Poland.

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MOST GRATEFUL TODAY FOR:

 

PERSONAL QUOTE:

Positive anything is better than negative nothing - Elbert Hubbard

MOST INFLUENTIAL MENTOR(S) IN HER LIFE: 

Every step of the way there has been someone. First my parents; then my great mentor at the University, Stan Jonas; and now my fiance, Yigit Kulan. They have provided me with support and motivation.

Key Discussion Points:

  • What’s her story and how she got into sports?
  • How has she failed?
  • Why did she choose her pro teams?
  • How did she choose to play for another country's national team?
  • What is she most excited about?

Key Lessons:

  • MORE COMING SOON!
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ATHLETE'S TIP JAR

What was holding her back from becoming better?
Fear of Failure and high expectations

How She gets rid of negative thoughts:
Just blocks them out! Don't keep thinking about them...

Sleep & Morning ritual: 

How does she adjust to a new city and/or team?
Likes to observe everyone and everything for the first few days to see how things and people operate/behave before making initial moves to integrate into team.

Recommended Book:
Freakonomics by  Levitt & Dubner 
Super Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner

Name THE person you feel has been MOST influential in your life to reach higher and be better?
College Coach

A learning resource you love to use...
 

Give a tool/habit you love to use to stay healthy:
Sleep a lot and eat a healthy diet

A useful tool or tip for eating on the go -OR- for traveling in general?
Always pack a snack - banana, nut mix or at least a sports drink

Most Grateful For:
 

Key Person In Her Life:
 

INFO

Charity/Organizations They Add Value to:
I donate to World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Otherwise, I believe in random signs of kindness and help, so I try to add my part whenever I see an opportunity. Often the teams I played for participated in various charity events.

Business/Work:
Pro Volleyball

Past/Current Teams: 
 Canakkale Belediye Spor (Turkey)

Recommended Guest:
 

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"Coming Soon"

 

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15 | How Penn St. Dominated The NCAA 4X In A Row with Arielle WILSON

#15 How Penn St. Dominated The NCAA 4X In A Row with Arielle WILSON

Athlete Case Study: USA 4x NCAA Champion, Pro & Recent National Team Volleyball Player 
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Dec 20, 2014

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BACKGROUND

I had to have Arie on because she's a selfless soul that gives and gives and gives... Reminds me of another midwesterner and my "adopted" sister Therese Crawford of Team USA too. My point is that the midwest produces some of the friendliest people in the USA. I had to present her to others so they can learn from a truly humble champion and hear where she came from to understand why that is such a huge thing!


Arie and I go back because: 

A; We both grew up in Chicago. She grew up in the suburb next to my super safe and super clean and super enriching neighborhood.. haha. No, really. I have so much respect for anyone that makes it out of the rough areas of big cities because the odd are COMPLETELY against it.
B: She's a baddass volleyball player and is a middle which was my first position.
C: We both played for Team USA national team...
D. We both played in Indonesia together...

BIO

Born, Arielle Dwan WILSON, from Maywood, IL on January 3rd, 1989.

She is an only child but has two half-sisters she's close to still.

Went to Proviso East high school known for the production of basketball players.

Was the first volleyball player to get her jersey retired. Attended Penn State, where she started as a freshman and won four NCAA National Championships.

After college she begin her overseas career in Poland (Impel Wroclaw - Champion;s League Team) where she won MVP for a tournament and then spent 2 years in Baku, Azerbaijan, a short stint in Indonesia and now playing in Italy for Nordmecchanica Piacenza in Champion's League.

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MOST GRATEFUL TODAY FOR:

Her life and being able to play the sport she loves aborad.

PERSONAL QUOTE:

Everything happens for a reason. -Anon.

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN HER LIFE: 

 

Key Discussion Points:

  • What’s her story and how she got into sports?
  • When did she have a big failure?
  • What was it like being on a 4x championship team?
  • Why did she choose her pro teams?
  • What is she most excited about?

Key Lessons:

  • Sometimes you just got to be present...

"I’m just here to play…"

  • Being on a dominant team takes heart & passion/ & The Struggle!
  • Focusing on the moment is most important
  • Find a way to just get it done is how to succeed...
  • MORE COMING SOON!
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ATHLETE'S TIP JAR

What was holding her back from becoming better?
Fear of 

How She gets rid of negative thoughts:

Sleep & Morning ritual: 
 

How does she adjust to a new city and/or team?
 

Recommended App:

Name THE person you feel has been MOST influential in your life to reach higher and be better?
My boyfriend Terrill

A learning resource you love to use...
I love being in Cali with the USA national team

Give a tool/habit you love to use to stay healthy:
Overseas i find that i eat healthier and I also use my family to motivate me to continue to be healthy

A useful tool or tip for eating on the go -OR- for traveling in general?
Grab a piece of fruit. It has been the most healthiest and helpful tip I can think of 

Most Grateful For:
 

Key Person In Her Life:
 

INFO

Charity/Organizations They Add Value to:
I give or help with camps at the local high schools and volunteer with colleges to also make sure I'm spreading knowledge

Business/Work:
Pro Volleyball

Past/Current Teams: 
Nordmechanica Piacenza (ITALY)

Recommended Guest:
 

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