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Client Testimonials

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Our athletes have accomplished amazing results out of training their mental toughness.   Here’s what they have to say about our Mental Toughness Coaching Programs and Services.



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“Before I started working with Kara, I was in my head a lot.  I couldn’t get past the fact that I didn’t think I was good enough. Working with Kara, I got tools to see when I’m in my head again and now I can see how good I actually am. I can look at the fact that I’m going to Michigan State and say that I did that!”

  • Allyssah Fitterer, NCAA Division 1 Volleyball Player, Michigan State


“Kara, thanks for all your support with Maddie, she was very focused today, stuck with the plan, and had a great result winning silver at the Canada Games. Only the second medal for Nova Scotia at the Games, so big news. We appreciate your support, Mads is becoming an amazing young woman, focused, very determined, and not afraid of hard work.”

  • Cathy Radvanyi, mom of Maddie, Junior National Snowboarder, 2015 Canada Games Silver Medalist
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“I started working with Kara because I was having trouble overcoming a slump in my swimming.  She taught me everything I know right now about the mental side of sport. Every aspect of my training and racing has been completely made over into an athlete I feel I could never be without her help.  Overall this is the best thing I could have ever done for my swimming.”

  • Matt Crull, Elite Competitive Swimmer, McGill University


“I was super nervous night before my big university audition and after only one coaching session, I feel as if I rocked it.  I was in a room with about 25 other students, I went about 10th, and they actually let me say my entire monologue, so I think I stood out.  Thank you for your help!”

  • Olivia McAlpine, Performing Artist, Stage Actor and Singer
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“I believe you are doing wonders for the girls. Only one and a half weeks after starting mental toughness coaching they’re now able to use the techniques given to them during the sessions and they’re starting to realize and understand that no one ever has perfect days and in order to learn and grow it is ok to fall.  Bree is still not 100 percent confident on bars but I know that will come in time. Mackenzie was beautiful in Gymnix, and after the meet, her coach mentioned a large part of the puzzle for Mackenzie is you and your weekly sessions.  Mackenzie was relaxed at a meet (something she hasn’t been in a long time).  While she is in the gym her skills are slowly coming back, and she is actually smiling. That also holds true for Bree, she isn’t coming out of the gym crying and all stressed. Thank you.”

  • Christine Robinson, mom of Elite Youth Competitive Gymnasts


“I’m here to talk about my experience so far with Kara – Life-Changing!  That’s it.  If you are trying to figure out something to do to change your sport, change your life, Kara’s the one to go to.  She’ll dig deep and figure out why you’re making the mistakes when you perform.”

  • Tommy Snarr, Elite Cross Fit Athlete


“Thank you for the Mental Toughness Workshop that you conducted for our soccer team. As parents, we saw their mental toughness in action as the girls went on to win their next tournament and, even more impressive, pull themselves back from a 2 goal deficit to win the League Cup that season.”

– Cheryl Bucknor, Mom of Tiana, top soccer prospect, Burlington FC

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“Kara flew from Toronto to California to work with me as part of MTI’s ‘Breakthrough Live Coaching’ Program. Kara could see what was stopping me right in the moment, and she gave me instant feedback and tools to bring my game to a whole new level. Thank you Kara.”

– Shauna Cyr, Accepted NCAA Division 1 Volleyball Scholarship.

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“I whole-heartedly recommend these workshops to anyone striving to improve their work/life balance. The workshop provided me with wellness advice that was both practical and easy to incorporate into my hectic daily schedule. It also motivated me to follow my dream of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Thank you Kara!”

– Marie Fischer, IT Consultant, Attended CIBC Performance and Wellness Seminar

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“Before I attended MTI’s Mental Toughness workshop I had extremely inconsistent training sessions and very low self-confidence. After the workshop, I set my mind into implementing Kara’s techniques in order to improve my training and now I have won the first two competitions of the season after finishing in 17th place last year. This workshop truly made all the difference in my performance!”

– Andres Rivendeneira, National-Level Tumbler

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“Kara gives practical, realistic and attainable Mental Toughness tools. In the group session, they feel more comfortable to say what they need to say. We are definitely seeing tremendous results!”

– Charlene Wainwright – Mom of Seija, Elite Volleyball Player


“Kara helped me overcome my mental blocks on certain skills on floor and beam. I used to be very self-critical and would get into a spiral of negative thoughts which would affect my performance. With her help, I went from only competing on one event in NCAA college gymnastics to being an all-arounder. I came 1st in the all-around at an invitational competition and helped my team win the meet with our season best high score.”

– Katie Sampson, NCAA Gymnast, All-arounder

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“I was terrified, and was almost to the point where I wanted to quit climbing, but I knew I really didn’t – I just thought there was no other way to move past the mental block.  Then I started working with Kara and a week later I won a competition, and then I won provincials.”

– Justine, Elite Competitive Rock Climber


“Kara understands what our team is going through, the pressures they feel to be a high performance athlete, the pressure to succeed all while maintaining balance of life and academics.  She is more than a coach to these girls, but a trusted friend as well.  I want to be selfish and keep her all to ourselves however knowing the work she can do with so many high performance athletes will give all programs the ability to succeed and win. Kara, I cannot thank you enough!”

  • Dale Melnick, Head Coach, Brock Women’s Volleyball Team
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“Thank you so much for your help and support with Anna over the past year. She continues to develop into a mature responsible young woman and athlete. We really appreciate and value your perspective and coaching!”

  • Karyn Costanzo, mom of Anna Costanzo (Elite Hockey Goalie)
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“I am the biggest supporter of Mental Toughness Inc.’s Performance and Wellness Seminars. Not only are they educational and applicable, but her personal journey towards the 2012 Olympics also inspired me to go after my dreams. Kara taught me how to take control of health by implementing her nutrition guidelines and by empowering me to make physical fitness part of my life.”

  • Evette Wade, IT Professional, Attended CIBC Performance and Wellness Seminar
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“Yesterday and today I spoke with Chelsea and she sounded so great!  Wow, what a change. I am smiling and so relieved.  I know this is a process and you are reminding her of tools she uses to deal with the stresses of life.  She hasn’t shared much but I know you must be doing that.  You are awesome.  I am thankful for you and what you are doing to help Chelsea.”

– Gilda Duhs, Mom of Chelsea, NCAA Division 1 Volleyball Player

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“The sport of gymnastics has a huge mental component to it and our daughter has had problems with balking.  Kara has given her the tools to overcome this problem during the past seven months that they have been working together.  She was able to go back to competing beam and vault after a break of three years.  She won the All-Around award for the highest combined mark in all four events at an NCAA meet in February 2013.”

– Louise Sampson, mom of Katie, NCAA Gymnast

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“We just returned from our last tournament with our first silver around our neck!  Thanks to your Mental Toughness Workshop, the girls’ mindset was much more stable. One of my girls was worried she would be served again since she had just shanked the previous serve.  She took a moment to envision herself passing perfectly and, the next serve, with confidence made a perfect pass to the setter!”

– Peter Andrego, Head Coach Smash Volleyball Club

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“Thank you for coming in and talking with the sales group last week. Everyone, especially the team lead, was very pleased and impressed. Me too! I hope we can do this again next year.”

– Richard Garneau, Health Solutions Manager at Purdue Pharma, organized Performance and Mental Toughness Workshop for his sales team

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“After I started working with Kara, I got closer with my teammates, I didn’t want to quit anymore, I really enjoyed playing and I got a lot better — I found myself playing better than I thought I could! I didn’t know how much your mental game is a part of your playing and how much it makes your physical game a lot better!”

– Julia Costanzo – Elite Provincial Field Hockey Player


“We started working with Mental Toughness Inc. because my daughter Rachel was struggling with physical and mental barriers that were preventing her from reaching her maximum potential in gymnastics. After working with Coach Kara, Rachel is now highly motivated in achieving her goals. Thank-you Kara for providing Rachel with the tools to manage herself through the struggles as a high performance athlete.”

– Anna Pantano, Mom of Rachel, Elite Artistic Gymnast

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“Before I started working with Kara, I was falling on every second run.  I recommend any athlete to work with Kara.  She helped me so, so much!”

– Maddie Radvanyi, Junior National Snowboarder, 2015 Canada Games Silver Medalist


“Within 3 sessions, there was a noticeable improvement in her confidence and play.  She went on to play on 2 provincial teams, to be approached by top Canadian and US schools, and is now carded by Volleyball Canada and has accepted to play at a top Canadian university. With confidence I can say that the Performance and Mental Toughness Coaching sessions with Kara have been essential to her success on and off the court.”

– Nancy, Mom of Jill, Youth National Beach Volleyball Player

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“My daughter didn’t know how to be mentally tough until we met Kara at a workshop.  For the first time we heard practical, realistic, and attainable goals that could be applied both on and off the court.  We are definitely seeing tremendous results thanks to her!”

– Charlene Wainwright, Mom of Seija, Elite Volleyball Player


“Before I started working with Kara, I had a lot of negative talk, I didn’t know how to cope and my coach and I struggled to communicate.  After about a month or two, I realized that what she had provided for me is different tools and strategies to overcome these thoughts and the difficulty I had with my coach. She really does make you dig deep and this has been the best year of my life in terms of how my competitions are going!”

– Virginia Ki, Elite Cross Fit Athlete



“Before working with Kara, I was very fearful and when things weren’t going well I’d get really upset. I’ve worked with Kara for 2 years now, and she’s really helped me learn new things to help me manage these things in training and in competition, and helped me finish 1st on vault at the Canadian National Championships.”

– Rachel Pantano, Elite Competitive Gymnast

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“Shannon has been doing amazing! So tough, dominant and focused at the net. She has hit a new level with the intensity of her killls and blocks.”  

– Kristy Geraty – mom of Shannon, committed to Pepperdine University

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“I came third at Eastern Canadian Championchips! I was so so so so happy and I owe a big thanks to you with your mental training that really helped me push through all my fears this season so thank you so so so so so so so much.”

– Anisha Jandu, Gymnastics Athlete

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“Before I began talking to Kara in October 2013, I was very close to quitting swimming as I was very unhappy with my results and had lost my passion for the sport. Due to all the help Kara has provided me, I have been able to beat my previous times in all of my best races by considerable amounts and I’ve enjoyed doing it. Thank you so much Kara!”

– Sammie Roper, Elite Swimmer

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