Andrew Haley

Gold Medal-Winning Paralympic Swimmer and Cancer Survivor

Andrew Haley

Just like all of us, peak performance expert Andrew Haley has had his share of ups and downs. As a child, Andrew had cancer twice and each time was given a 35% chance to survive. Even though he lost part of his right leg, Andrew never let it dictate his life.

Andrew is a living reminder that no matter what negative things may happen in your life, you can always try and turn it into something positive. Take control of your life and always try to learn and be better next time. We each have the power to be AMAZING. The only question is, are you ready to take it to the next level? To control your own destiny?

 Andrew’s real and inspiring views cover three decades of real-life in-the-trenches sport and personal experience. He appreciates and shares with his audience that being a champion and turning pressure into performance is a moment-to-moment choice and can relate and inspire each listener that success is more than title, tenure or position. Excellence is for everyone, everyday. It's how we should live our life. In his talk, Andrew’s fusion of real-life stories and his conversational techniques connect with his audience at an intimate, intense and individual level.

Andrew is a former world class World Record setting Paralympic swimmer having won, among other competitions, gold medals at the 1998 World Championships and the 2000 Paralympic games. He has served as his swim team’s captain and is a recognized leader in Paralympic sport. He is also a successful businessman. During Andrew’s time with the Toronto Blue Jays he was their top seller on the sales team. He continues to work with the best and brightest in the performance excellence field. In 2015, Andrew was inducted into Swimming Canada’s Circle of Excellence and the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.

Andrew also finds time to give back to his community. He is involved with the charity RIGHT TO PLAY and visits schools in Ontario and his native Nova Scotia. In addition, he volunteers his time working with AthletesCAN, a national group that supports athletes. He looks forward to partnering with you in the future.

Some companies that have partnered with Andrew include: HSBC, Re/Max, Manulife, Teva Pharmaceuticals, National Bank, Sun Life, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Childhood Cancer Society, Xerox Canada, Four Seasons Hotel, and various conference to name a few.

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    Topics 
  1. PEAK PERFORMANCE - Turning Pressure into Performance

    Pressure can get to the best of us at times when performance is on the line. How we deal with pressure can often mean the difference between success and failure. In business, knowledge and experience are our most valuable assets, but sometimes we can get stuck in 2nd gear, always trying to get ahead. During Andrew’s swimming career and now with the Blue Jays, he had the same issues but found a way to turn it into amazing success.  How can we always put ourselves in a position for success? Hear unbelievable stories from Andrew’s near death fight with cancer to his rise to being a Paralympic and World Champion.  He will share his 7-step process for success he has used in both his swimming career and personal life. In the end you will be better equipped to overcome that pressure to be the best ever.

    • Focus on what you can control
    • Learn techniques to overcome the pressure
    • Realize the feeling of not doing well is worse than not doing it at all
    • Rely on training and experience and “own” your moment
    • Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together (always stay positive)
  2. EFFECTIVE AND RESULT ORIENTED T.E.A.M

    Andrew has been part of many great and effective teams. In fact, as a swimmer, he developed the ability to work in both individual and teamwork settings and truly understands the importance of building towards an effective and solid team. During his talks, Andrew shares TEAM as being (T)ogether (E)veryone (A)chieves (M)ore. A team building success is when your team can accomplish something much bigger and work more effectively than a group of the same individuals working on their own. Mesh the goals of the group from an individual level to make everyone work towards a common one. A better understanding of team work can make you a more effective employee and give you an extra edge in your corporate office.  

    Take your team to a higher goal and lead from within. In real life, teamwork success rarely happens by itself. It requires a focused team building effort and activities. There is simply too much space for problems. In Andrew’s case at the 2000 Paralympic Games, four athletes with different disabilities (hence, different physical levels and limitations) came together on a relay with the common goal of winning the gold medal for Canada. The end result was a World Record and the Gold Medal. Learn how you can help your team achieve a “gold medal” performance!  

     

  3. THE CHAMPION WITHIN

    During this presentation, Andrew first talks about the emotional low point in his life, losing his leg due to childhood cancer, then gradually moves into talking about the pinnacle of his athletic success, becoming a Paralympic and World Champion. How he was able to make the most of his life when the odds were down to eventually accomplish greatness. Andrew will capture your attention right from the start and his humour and energy will be on display for the whole talk. Andrew will show audiences his 100 metre freestyle Commonwealth Games Gold Medal swim that put him on the top of the podium and be crowned a Champion.  Andrew has experienced many ups and downs in his career, we all have, but it is his mental toughness, leadership and sheer determination to be the best that has made him a champion. Andrew believes we can each achieve greatness. Your attendees will take away concrete tools to assist them to “W1N” and become the best they can be in both their professional and personal life. Organizations benefit from his success strategies from the high performance world of sport and his 7-step process for success he used in both his swimming career and personal life. Andrew looks forward to sharing his story with your group. After you hear him speak you will realize that anything is possible.  

Testimonials: 
Thank you again for your extraordinary delivery. I really appreciate the effort you took to ensure it was relevant, and the value you provided to us. You have a real talent, and an amazing story.
Angie Specic
Director, Marketing Communications Allstream
I was very fortunate to see Andrew speak recently. I run a telecom sales team and found that Andrew's story of both hardship and success was a lesson for all of us. The overwhelming feedback I heard from my team was that Andrew made them really think about how they approach the daily challenges they face and were inspired to set aside any of the typical excuses we use as a barrier to success. Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us, Andrew!
Joseph Quaresima
Allstream
I heard Andrew Speak at Allstreams's annual sales kickoff. Andrew is a very personable speaker with a big inspiring story to tell. He delivers his highly inspirational message in a way that that we can all relate to and see how we ourselves can focus on what we want to achieve in our lives: so that we "Normal People" can also do great things ourselves. I have let go of a limiting belief I didn't even know I had around competitiveness, and am more focused with clarity on what's important to me, and feel better as a human being.
Robert Sinkus
Owner, RSC Telecom Solutions Inc.
Andrew again was fabulous! His story is so inspiring and with the smaller group in Halifax I feel he really added that personal touch that the administrators felt. The visit to the IWK was a great opportunity to see firsthand what a difference the donations make in the lives of the children and families in need of the services at the hospital. Again with Andrew’s personal experience at the IWK he really was able to connect with the children on a level they could relate to.
ReMax

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