Episode 4: Syd Boyes on High Performance Athletics and Body Shaming

Today’s guest is Syd Boyes. Syd is currently the Sport Development Coordinator for RowOntario and is a former professional rower for Canada. In 2011, Syd made the under 23 Canadian rowing team (lightweight women’s double) and in 2016 she made the senior team that went on to compete at the World Championships. Throughout her rowing career, she has faced good and bad years making weight categories, which lead her to develop a complicated relationship with food and her body. Since quitting rowing, she has become an amazing advocate for women in sports. Today we talk all about nutritional demands of high performance athleticism, body image and food restriction issues arising from weight categories in rowing, and self-love and recovery tactics for young athletes struggling with these issues.

This is a must-listen for anyone out there who is going through this or who has been through this. Syd’s commitment to empowering young athletes never ceases to amaze me, and I can’t wait for you to learn more about her!


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