Olympic Swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce & Coach Christen Shefchunas host a new show about girls and women in swimming who inspire them to empower females in sport
(f)empower is hosted by Kara Lynn Joyce & Christen Shefchunas
Podcast length 14′ 47″
Welcome to a brand new show that is all about empowering girls and women in swimming and beyond. Kara Lynn Joyce is a three-time Olympian and Founder of the LEAD Girls Summit, Kara Lynn Joyce as well as Coach Christen Shefchunas, former NCAA head coach and now professional Confidence Coach to many of the best female athletes in the world. On this first episode Kara Lynn and Christen share their backgrounds, how they met and the passion they share for empowering women and girls. We also hear what their plans are for this podcast and why they feel it’s important to share their knowledge and skills for females in sport everywhere.
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Kara Lynn Joyce is a three-time USA Olympic swimmer and motivational speaker currently living in Denver, CO. Kara competed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics for Team USA. In 2010, Kara took a chance and moved to Denver, CO to train with Olympic star, Missy Franklin, in an attempt to make her third Olympic team. Her journey has been captured in the beautiful film, “Touch the Wall” and continues to inspire thousands of people.
Kara is now retired from competitive swimming and is a highly sought after motivational speaker. She is pursuing a career in broadcasting, focusing on sports and lifestyle. Kara has covered every major national and international swimming event and continues to build her portfolio. She has been asked to speak on numerous panels about Women in Sports, Women’s Leadership and Development and Sports PR and Marketing.
Christen Shefchunas, “Coach Christen” started coaching swimming after her career at the University of Tennessee, where she walked on to the Lady Vol SwimTeam as a freshman and walked out four years later as a 4x All-American and captain her junior and senior seasons. After graduating from Tennessee in 1997 with a BA in Psychology, Christen spent 2 years coaching at the club level before starting her college coaching career. She was an assistant coach at Michigan State University for 2 years before going to SMU as the women’s assistant for 4 years, where she worked with Olympians, World Champions and NCAA Champions.
In 2006, Christen became the Head Coach at the University of Miami, where she spent 7 seasons. She was hired to rebuild a struggling program, and after a few disappointing seasons of trying to do it “her way”, Coach Christen knew that something had to change, and it started with her. That summer, she surrounded herself with wise mentors that challenged her to stop trying to be what she thought a “head coach” should be, and start using her unique gifts. The next season, she brought “Confidence Coaching” into her program. She met with her athletes individually, and the results were astonishing, producing All Americans, ACC Champions and the first ever ACC Champion and ACC record holder in swimming for the University of Miami. Falling in love with Confidence Coaching and seeing the difference it made in athlete’s lives, Coach Christen started speaking and doing more Confidence Coaching outside the sport of swimming.
In 2013, Coach Christen decided to leave her college coaching career to start speaking full time, and Confidence Coach female athletes. In 2015 though, she returned to the swimming world for a year, as she helped Team Elite, a group of Olympians and National team members prepare for the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio. Coach Christen has now returned to working with female athletes and leaders as a Confidence Coach, and speaks to women across the country. Christen is the author of Naked Confidence: Revealing Your Whole Truth and Finally Moving Forward. She also writes a blog, The Mind of the Female Athlete and is the creator of Confidence Nuggets.