Amber Balcaen: The Underdog of NASCAR

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NASCAR and women are not synonymous; not yet anyway. But there’s a woman, Amber Balcaen, who hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba who’s working her absolute hardest to change that. She is the only Canadian to compete in the 2014 and 2016 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine and the 2015 Bill McAnally Racing Drivers Expo. In 2016, she became the first Canadian woman to win a NASCAR sanctioned race in the USA and earned Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series for Lee Pulliam Performance. Now signed to Martin-McClure Racing as their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver, this full-time racer and part-time student is poised to take NASCAR by storm. We got the chance to chat with Balcaen about her journey to racing, women in NASCAR and lots more. Find out what she has to say, you won’t be disappointed…

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GLADIATHERS® OF INSTAGRAM: ALEXANDRIA_FITNESS

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Now that you’ve eaten too much turkey, drunk too much beer and watched too much football, we’d like to introduce you to the perfect young lady to get you back on the healthy eating, healthy lifestyle track.  Meet our newest Instagram Inspiration, Alexandria Polise, aka Alexandria_Fitness.  At 26 years old she finds the time to be a full-time 401K Plan Administrator, a part-time fitness coach and a genuine inspiration for living a healthy life, physically and spiritually.  So let’s get to know Alexandria:

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LaChina Robinson: Fighting to Make You Love Women’s Basketball

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Right now it may be difficult to avoid thinking about how racism and sexism continue to permeate American society.  But in the midst of political and social upheaval, it’s so very important that we also focus our energy on women and people of color who are winning in spite of powers hell-bent of their suppression. So today we bring you the story of and interview with LaChina Robinson. LaChina is a former standout Wake Forest basketball player. After a successful career in college basketball, LaChina transitioned into sports broadcasting. With a laser focus on expanding the coverage of and respect for women’s basketball, LaChina has firmly cemented herself as a force to be reckoned with. She is a reporter and analyst for NCAA and WNBA basketball with the ESPN family, FOX Sports and NBA TV; and she hosts espnW’s “Around the Rim” podcast. Beyond talk of women’s basketball, LaChina is a woman of substance. As she grows her brand she is careful to offer a helping hand to those who come after her and quick to credit her success to a higher power. Meet LaChina Robinson.  Continue reading

GLADIATHER GRADS: SYDNEY SATCHELL, AMPUTEE & INSPIRATION

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It’s not everyday that you meet women who change your life. I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to do just that. Sydney Satchell has gone from being a Division-I athlete to an amputee and an inspiration for so many in a relatively short amount of time. She has found the strength, courage and wisdom to turn her adversity into life lessons for so many. I’m honored to share this GladiatHer® Grads story with you. Continue reading

AND IF YOU DON’T KNOW, NOW YA KNOW…

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The Olympics have come and gone.  I must say, aside from Ryan Lochte’s full-on frat bro display of stupidity and utter disrespect, I enjoyed what I saw.  I was unquestionably entertained and inspired.  I actually think that it’s the inspiration piece that really makes the Olympics so great.  Not only are athletes providing entertainment and bragging rights, but they’re using their lives’ work to inspire and teach millions of people.  That’s why we wait in anticipation and watch without flinching every four years; we want to be inspired and be taught to be better than we were yesterday.  Through the Olympics we learn about true perseverance, love, dedication and talent.  We learn just how much each athlete has to give up for the opportunity to represent their country, and we’re inspired to give a little more of ourselves.

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