As a Co-founder of AthleteNation.ca, Adam is one of the main instigators of the project. Coming from a family where both parents and his older sister are elite athletes, Adam became an accomplished professional athlete with a resume that speaks for itself.
In 2009 he was a member of team Canada U20 at the Jr. World Championships and he was also a part of IFAF Team world VS Team USA event. Thibault spent his collegiate career playing for Laval University, appearing in the Vanier Cup all four years, going on to win three championships in those four years. After clocking a 3,93 T-test Shuttle time and jumping a 38 Inch vertical at the NFL Regional Combine in Baltimore, Adam got invited to the NFL Super Regional Combine in Detroit. His Pro football career started when he was selected by the Calgary Stampeders in the 3rd round of the 2014 CFL Draft after he recorded the fastest 40 yard dash and the fastest shuttle of the 2013 CFL combine. He evolved to become not only one of the core players of the Stampeders, but one of the best, and most respected special teams player in the CFL, helping the team win the grey cup in 2014.
Off the field, Adam is always using his time wisely trying to further develop his knowledge of the human body, athletic development and nutrition. He also spends a lot of time getting involved in the community and since 2016 he has been part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters foundation, mentoring youth in Calgary. With AthleteNation.ca, Adam wants to share the knowledge he has accumulated over the years and make sure other athletes have a positive impact in the community. In fact, because there are so many people looking up to athletes, Adam considers them as the leaders of the community.
A native from Quebec City, Seydou Junior Haidara is a professional Football player and the co-founder of AthleteNation.ca. He played college football at Laval University where he was the team captain and two time National champion. He was drafted 12th overall by the BC Lions in the 2013 CFL Draft.
Following the 2013 season, he was named BC Lions’ most outstanding rookie and was a nominee for the same honor in the western conference of the CFL. He is now playing with the Montreal Alouettes. Beyond sports and competing with himself, Seydou is passionate about helping others and positively impacting lives. With the Help of Dre Anick Vinent, Seydou is heavily involved in raising awareness, helping and inspiring others, who just like him, suffer from ADHD.
He is also part of the together at school program with the Montreal Alouettes; a community outreach program designed to inspire and encourage kids to stay in school, make the right choices and reach their full potential. Seydou believes sports are one of the best ways to achieve self-accomplishment and because of that, athletes are one the greatest ambassadors of society. Creating AthleteNation.ca is the best way for him to combine his two passions; he wants to give back by helping athletes achieve their goals, educate them to be positive ambassadors of society and with AthleteNation.ca they now have the tools to do so.
Yannick Morin Plante is a co-founder of AthleteNation.ca, who is also working full time as a football coach and strength coach. Growing up as a multi sports athlete in Drummondville (Qc), he decided to focus on football once he got into cegep. In his 2008 season with the Vulkins of Victoriaville, he was the collegial AA offensive MVP, he then went to Laval University where he played from 2009 to 2013; winning the Vanier cup three times.
Plante dominated the CFL combine as he was the fastest receiver at the 40-yard dash as well as the best receiver at the bench press test. This led him to the CFL draft and his selection by the Calgary Stampeders in the 3rd round (25th overall).
In his journey as an athlete, Yannick has had the privilege of being surrounded by great people which is why he believes in AthleteNation.ca. His desire is to give back and help other athletes reach their full potential by enabling them with the tools needed to perform.
Ben D’Aguilar attended McMaster University in Hamilton and has spent time in Virginia at Fork Union Military Academy for their football program. Attending the NFL Super Regional combine in 2013, D’Aguilar spent time with the New York Jets at training camp before coming back to Canada to play for the Calgary Stampeders Football Club. D’Aguilar has been playing for the Calgary Stampeders since 2013.
After suffering a potential career-ending injury in 2014, D’Aguilar underwent total reconstructive surgery on his ACL and meniscus, leading to D’Aguilar’s exploration into unconventional fitness training. Through natural movement, D’Aguilar rehabilitated his knee using a personalized program he’d created for himself and returned to playing three months sooner than was anticipated.
Since then, D’Aguilar has been exploring different planes of movement and training, incorporating everything from martial arts to dance in his fitness regime. He has since been featured in the Calgary Herald and Stack Magazine for his innovative training methods.
Ben: “The more an athlete has seen (movement experience) the better equipped they are to adapt, and thrive in any condition athletic competition may present.”
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