Jun 18, 2019
Ciara McCormack enters The Inner
Circle this week to talk about the scandal that swept the news
regarding Canada Soccer and the Vancouver Whitecaps, and how she
was at the center of this national firestorm. Ciara shares the
details of the scandal itself and describes to us how she did all
the right things, used her voice for years, and still, no one
listened. She then found the courage and inner strength to go live
and publish her blog, recounting all the details and her truth, and
finally, people started to take action. Ciara gives advice and
resources for others who have a story to share and helps us see why
it’s so important to be an advocate for those who feel trapped or
taken advantage of.
What You’ll Hear in This Episode:
- Ciara’s background in soccer and the path led
her to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Ciara and her teammates had their passion and trust turn into a
very inappropriate and frightening situation.
details of the scandal, and how Ciara was coached by a man that
made them feel the only way to success was to go along with his
very abusive ways.
it feels like for Ciara to finally have her emotions recognized and
validated by others.
it was tough for the players to step up and say anything, knowing
they would lose so much that they worked hard and sacrificed for,
along with their chance to play for the National Team.
she hit her breaking point and knew she needed to say something for
herself and all the girls that were affected by the
heartbreaking moments of betrayal, false promises, and neglect that
Ciara endured from the community and professionals in the
very real and intense fears surrounding going public with her
overwhelming support and gratitude she was met with once she
released her story into the world and published her
soccer fan groups started protesting and walking out of Whitecap
games, and what that really meant to her.
idealization around high-level sports, and why we need to hold
people accountable no matter what their status or
advice to others for someone potentially in the same
her company Topp Soccer helps others realize there is not just one
pathway to achieve your goals and opportunities.
been a lesson in channelling energy towards its best
don’t have the words or the framework, you just know what’s going
on isn’t right.”
was the cards I was dealt, and I was going to not let it destroy
don’t think society was ready to hear it.”
- “Enough is enough with this stuff.”
would rather live authentically than trying to control anything to
felt such a weight off my shoulders that the story had finally been
so important to help others speak their truth.”
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