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The Academic Olympian

Canada turned out quite the inspiring performance in Rio this past summer – from 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak dominating the pool (and getting props from Drake while she was at it), to Canada’s new fastest man Andre De Grasse keeping pace with Usain Bolt, grinning across the finish line. While the headlines were exciting, the intense work required by our athletes to even get to the Olympic stage is just as inspiring.

While most of us won’t step onto the podium in our lifetime, there are lessons to be learned from elite Canadian athletes that are transferrable to other, non-athletic areas of life. Scientist, professor, and author Dr. Greg Wells has dedicated his career to understanding human performance and how the body responds to extreme conditions, like training for an Olympic event. Drawing on his research and work with top athletes, Dr. Wells has identified how non-Olympians can perform to their potential.

This includes academic performance, and SCS is pleased to bring Dr. Wells to Powell Hall on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. for a powerful presentation entitled “Building Mental and Physical Health for Better Academic Performance.” Dr. Wells will share simple, scientific strategies that help people to sleep soundly, eat smarter, move more, and think clearly to improve health and dramatically enhance learning.

Even if you’re more focused on prepping for upcoming exams than for the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeonghchang, Dr. Wells will offer suggestions for upping the academic game.

Reserve your seat now to join us: scs.on.ca/dr-greg-wells

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