Opportunity Unlocked

Jenna Caira - Captain of Canada's Olympic Women's Softball Team

June 09, 2020 Noah Ifergan Season 1 Episode 10
Opportunity Unlocked
Jenna Caira - Captain of Canada's Olympic Women's Softball Team
Show Notes

Jenna Caira is the Captain of Canada’s Senior Women’s National Softball Team. 

Jenna started out at Syracuse University’s D1 Softball team in 2009, captaining the team for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. As their pitcher, she became the first player in the history of the Big East Conference to record 1000 strikeouts and the all-time leader at Syracuse for games played, wins, shutouts, and innings pitched. She was named an All-American in 2012. 

Jenna joined Team Canada in 2009 and has been team captain since 2013. She has won five medals competing for Canada including one Gold and two Silver at the Pan American games and two Bronze medals at the World Championships. Jenna and Team Canada qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics that were postponed until 2021. 

Jenna is also a mentor and coach for many up and coming softball players. 

Discussion Highlights:  

  • (2:00) Lessons learned from athletics.  
  • (3:30) Canadian pride on Team Canada.  
  • (5:05) Leadership values as captain.  
  • (7:04) Her reaction to the Olympics being postponed.  
  • (8:54) Maintaining a strong team dynamic in isolation.  
  • (11:44) Exercise and nutrition in isolation.  
  • (14:20) Motivating the olympic team virtually.  
  • (19:45) Canadian Tire’s COVID effort.  
  • (21:12) Mental toughness through COVID - “If it’s raining outside, don’t lie and say there’s sunshine.”  

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