In the Spotlight: Meet Chantelle L.

THE FIT LIFT’s In The Spotlight category will interview active, inspiring women from all walks of life who demonstrate strength in many ways. Whether you've made small steps to lead a more healthy lifestyle or train like a beast, we want to celebrate YOU. We believe that by sharing our stories, we can help others to both start, and continue on the path of living a healthy lifestyle by leading by example.  If you would like boyfriend to be featured on our blog, please email us.  

Chantelle is a lifelong friend of both of us.  She grew up in the same small community as us, graduated in the same high school class, and was a member of many of the same sports teams as us both.  The fact that we all still communicate and are friends is pretty amazing...even 35 years later! Chantelle is an exceptional coach, who I've had the pleasure to see in action.  It is amazing what she is able to get out of the young women who play for her;  she leads and inspires them to want to do their best, and that is pretty phenomenal!  Please check out her responses to our questionnaire below.

1. Provide us a brief introduction about who you are.

It was actually tough to answer this one!! My first default was to list what I “do” in my career as “who I am”. I need to remember they are not the same thing.

My name is Chantelle LaMotte, I am a sister, daughter, auntie, friend & girlfriend.  I am a College volleyball coach and a high school Physical Education teacher.  I love sport, competition, and athlete mental training. I love working with young women- female athletes and coaching them to help achieve their potential and work toward their goals. I also love quiet time alone, and in nature. I love spending time with friends and people I love.

2. What does STRENGTH mean to you?

Strength to me means perseverance. Not giving up. Staying power over time. Strength means being out of your comfort zone and still pushing ahead. Strength comes from within, and can be drawn on
by those around you.

3. What does BEAUTY mean to you? 

Beauty is character + passion. When you see someone alive in participating in their passion and in what they are most proud, that’s what makes them beautiful.

4. What inspires you?  What is your driving force?

I am a pretty driven person in general. I have the need to achieve- which can also be seen under my “biggest challenge list” I become most inspired by feeling confident and competent at what I am
doing. I really like the feeling of working with groups of people, or a person and helping them to achieve their potential. Particularly in sport.

Recently I stumbled across statement that encapsulated why I have become so dedicated to coaching and what drives me to do it. “I am inspired by bringing together individuals in a group and helping to lead them to where they think they could not go”

5. What is your proudest accomplishment? 

I think the 3 things I’m most proud of are running a 10k race- have always struggled with any type of distance running- and this I worked hard to do!

Putting myself through Grad school to earn a Masters degree. It wasn’t the actual degree, but that I put myself through the program. I was 31 years old and did not think I could go “back to school”

When athletes tell me that they are excited to work with me. And that for many of these young girls, this is the first time they have had a female coach.

6. What is your biggest challenge? 

I am a firm believer that a person’s strongest attributes also are their Achilles heel in a way.

So while my analytical, driven, over thinking, problem solving and never give up characteristics are very helpful in the coaching environment- they do not serve me well in other aspects of life.  Sometimes I need to remember that it is completely ok and even necessary to let go.

Anxiety. Fear of the unknown. Self doubt. Making decisions. Accepting circumstances. These things are always just below the surface for me and I fight them every day.

Feeling like everyone else has their shit together and I don’t. Trying to rebuild a sense of stability and home for myself and not freak out about why I don’t have what other people have already. And to not beat myself up for this.

7.  What is your mantra?  What are your favorite words to live by?

Leave people a little stronger than when you found them.

1 comment:

  1. There is no alternate to exercise and healthy diet to have a healthy strong body. But we do not focus on these things now and prefer to have junk foods which is not a good sign.