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Obstacles & Opportunities

Sep 2021

Ross Bekkering

September 26, 2021

Olympic basketball player Ross Bekkering is here! Ross is a born-and-raised Southern Albertan with a Dutch passport. He just represented the Netherlands playing 3x3 basketball at the Tokyo 2020 Games!

After we talk about how the 1999 school shooting at WR Myers in Taber impacted him, we get a nice overview of Ross’ life with fun stories AND pearls of wisdom sprinkled throughout. We chat basketball, family, life, inspirations, and living between Europe & Canada while playing pro basketball and pursuing a career.

So many golden nuggets from Ross and his elite athlete mindset today! To name a FEW… The power of connection and community. The value of encouraging others—no matter how small & insignificant it may seem. The gift of a challenge, and that discomfort is directly connected to growth.

Ross is so authentic & articulate, and it’s too bad that this isn’t a visual medium because when he throws his head back in genuine laughter, it’s the most delightful and contagious thing ever.  

Ross is currently a high school teacher in Lethbridge, and expecting his first child with his amazing wife, Carli!

We hope you enjoy our conversation!