Success Story - Chris Hamilton

“It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” Contrary to the usual success stories, this one came to us not at a moment of celebration but following defeat. Chris Hamilton came to MAKEACHAMP to raise funds to help him qualify for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

David Garmo

This week we are sitting in with David Garmo a BJJ practitioner from Michigan, USA. He has created a MAKEACHAMP campaign which reached 100% of its goal which allowed him to get a 2nd place at the 2013 Pan-America no gi championships in New York. This interview highlights his successes and struggles in and out of competition. We talk about struggling with injuries and how mental preparation is essential to success. Lastly, we also talk about the lack of funding for BJJ athletes and how MAKEACHAMP can help. Check out David Garmo’s campaign: Check out the full video:

Brittany Phelan

She experienced her first breakthrough on World Cup last year, and cut her world ranking in half in Slalom. Currently ranked 29th in the world in Slalom, she’s still trying to improve her races. Brittany is also the only person who has done a 360 off a jump in a Slalom city event in Moscow World Cup last season, while racing World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin.   Brittany has had many dreams of competing at races such as the World Cup and the Olympics. In 2008, Brittany accomplished one of her biggest dreams when she became qualified to race at the...

McGill Synchronized Swimming: Fighting Against Gravity

Similar to gymnastics, many girls who practice synchronized swimming often start at a young age. This means a lot of sacrifices. For many of the McGill synchronized swimmers, they have given up their chance of being on the national team to get a college degree. As full-time students at McGill University, one of the best universities in Canada, the members of the McGill Varsity Synchronized Swimming team have worked very hard to become National Champions 9 years running.   Preparing for the University National Synchronized Swimming Competition has always been difficult, but the McGill Synchronized Swimming team has managed to...