Athletic Development for Young Female Athletes
 
 
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TEAM MEETING

We are an inclusive community of powerful youth female athletes and their dedicated coaches. We are passionate about producing competitive well rounded athletes. Through enhanced performance programming, education and empowerment, our female athletes thrive in all aspects of their lives. Since launching in 2012, we have expanded our presence into our local schools, clubs, sports academies and community.

 
 
 
Sara, Athletic Training at Mint Club Athletics
 
 

SARA Zaytsoff – OWNER/ Registered Kinesiologist/ Exercise Physiologist

Why do we love Sara? Sara is the creator and life force behind Mint Club Athletics. She pours her heart and soul into every aspect of this club and the female athletes that are in it. She is our fearless leader and has a visible passion for what she does. We love her heart and her spirit, oh and her dog Frankie.

How long have you been with Mint?
Since day 1.

Why are you passionate about impacting young female athletes?
This is where I came from. I grew up as an athlete in the system, had a successful post secondary volleyball career, and came out on the other side. I understand these girls struggles, successes, motivations, fears etc. I want to empower them to see their true athletic potential, and teach them to demand more for themselves in their sports, lives and communities.

What is your favourite way to get active?
When i’m not training for a race, I love putting on my mitts and throwing down with our kickboxing instructor Jan Karlo.

 
 
Jan Karlo, Athletic Training and Kickboxing at Mint Club Athletics

Jan Karlo ManueL – ACE Certified Trainer

Why do we love Jan? He is a beaming light, full of energy. Jan is committed to bringing fun into learning, and has a special way of captivating our hearts with his hilarious antics. One of the most genuine, kind hearted people, there is never a dull moment with this guy is around. When Jan isn’t at Mint, he is training adults in his online personal training business, Jan Karlo Fitness. Jan is the only male staff member, and has a special place in our hearts.

How long have you been with Mint?
2+ years

Why are you passionate about impacting young female athletes?
I, too, was once a young student athlete. I remember the complexities of my emotions, trying to be confident in the face of my insecurities. I believe there is value in having someone beside you, who is knowledgeable and committed to seeing you succeed. I want to see these girls succeed in and out of the gym.

What is your favourite way to get active?
Weightlifting and basketball.

Stephanie Dang, Nutrition at Mint Club Athletics

STEPHANIE DANG – Registered Dietitian

Why we love Stephanie? She’s the whole package. Brains, beauty and braun. When she’s not working at Children’s Hospital, Mint, and the Richmond Oval, Stephanie is building up her own brand, Vancouver Dietitians, and makes being a #ladyboss look easy. She brings our coolness factor up, and is one of the most genuine, kind hearted people around.

How long have you been with Mint?
1+ years

Why are you passionate about impacting young female athletes?
There is a lot of misleading nutrition information, and I want to provide the girls with information that is reliable and evidence based. Helping the girls learn the skills and resources to have a healthy relationship with food is not only important for them, but important to me!

What is your favourite way to get active?
Kickboxing! But I also enjoy playing soccer, snow boarding, and going for walks in nature.

 

 
Hillary Keegan, Yoga Instructor at Mint Club Athletics

Hillary Keegan – ERT/ 500 Hrs 7 year teaching, 15 years practicing

Why do we love Hilary? This lady is inspiring, motivating, and courageous. She leaves it all on the mat with every practice she leads. She creates a fun, inclusive environment and fills the room with her beautiful heart and smile. When Hillary isn’t at Mint, you can catch a class of hers at YFlow Yoga in New Westminster. Hillary is also a Lululemon ambassador and leads many different yoga events in and around Vancouver. Oh, and she has a cute dog too named Humphrey.

How long have you been with Mint?
4+ years

Why are you passionate about impacting young female athletes?
They are our future. I am inspired by having the opportunity to share my love of the mind, body and spirit. When I come to my mat and share in practice with these girls, I am able to share a positive, electric energy that carries over into their lives.

What is your favourite way to get active?
There is nothing more wonderful than getting to my mat every morning and setting my intention for the day.

 

 
Aleisha Ross, Mental Health at Mint Club Athletics

ALEISHA ROSS – Masters in Gender and Women’s Studies

Why do we love Aleisha? Aleisha has the biggest heart of anyone we know. She exudes generosity and kindness. She believes in fighting for social justice, and loves supporting local youth groups who are pushing for change. When Aleisha isn’t at Mint, she is empowering the lives of youth females in our local community through her own business, Real Talk.

How long have you been with Mint?
5+ years

Why are you passionate about impacting young female athletes?
I believe that by empowering young females with the mental tools to succeed on and off the court, it creates a more holistic approach to overall health.

What is your favourite way to get active?
Alongside our resident Kickboxing instructor Jan Karlo, who never fails to deliver a killer workout.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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