Carla MacLeod is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in women’s hockey (2006 and 2010), and was the coach of the Japanese women’s national team in Sochi. She is also the head coach of the girls’ prep team at the Edge School for Athletes in Calgary. She will be taking part in our panel The City That Plays Together, sponsored by RBC Calgary.
Tell us about your participation in the 2015 Spur Festival.
I’m excited to connect with people in the community that are passionate about sports and sharing in a conversation on how sports can continue to shape our city!
What do you hope Spur Festival attendees will take away from your session?
I hope it’s a great dialogue that creates conversation around the impact sport has on individuals and the community. I have witnessed first hand the power of sport in society and I look forward to hearing everyone’s perspectives.
What are you most looking forward to about the Spur Festival?
Meeting new people and sharing knowledge on the subject we are all passionate about.
What is the one item you never leave home without?
My wallet, well most days anyway!
Which book is currently on your nightstand?
Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson.
In the last year, what is the longest you have gone ‘unplugged’? No internet, no cell phone, etc.
My flight from Sochi to Tokyo in February 2014, so about 12 hours.
Who was the last person you texted?
The animated show The Jetsons was set in 2062. Is there anything from their futuristic world that wish were a current reality?
I’d like to meet George Jetson and his boy Elroy, Daughter Judy and Jane, his wife! I loved that show. Given my morning commute, I would love a flying car!
How do you prefer to communicate with colleagues: by phone, email, text or in person? How do you prefer to communicate with friends?
It depends on the situation. There’s something to be said for connecting on the phone but sometimes texts and emails do the job.
What do you love about living in Calgary?
I simply love this city! The small town feel in a big city is what gets me. The mountains impress me constantly too.