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“My Career Ended with a Mosquito Bite” – the challenges of transitioning away from Athletics and Dance

Listen to this episode of CareerBuzz at CareerCycles.com

Dancers and athletes share strikingly similar challenges in their career and life transitions. Personal identity tied to profession, loss of community and team, and mental health are some of the challenges that athletes and dancers navigate in their transition from high performance.

Annamay Oldershaw Pierse swam for Canada in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics. In 2009 she broke 4 World Records. In 2010 Annamay was bit by a mosquito and got Dengue fever, which ended her career. Annamay is currently an elementary teacher with the Halton district school board.

After a fifteen-year dance career, during which he was a First Soloist with the National Ballet of Canada and performed principal roles on Broadway, Chris Body went back to school. Now he works as a Physician Assistant (PA) at Toronto General Hospital.

Hear Annamay and Chris’ inspiring stories on this episode of CareerBuzz.

CareerBuzz is hosted by Mark Franklin, president and practice leader of CareerCycles.

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Mark Franklin
Practice leader and president of CareerCycles, a career management social enterprise. Our amazing team of Career Professionals have helped over 3500 clients become empowered in their career and life choices, using an evidence-based, narrative approach. We've trained Career Professionals across Canada, leading toward the Holistic Narrative Career Professional (HNCP) designation.

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