Evolution of a B.C. trilogy

“Brett Grubisic’s (left) River Bend Trilogy novels are set in a fictional town on the Fraser River, based on Mission, B.C. where he grew up. Here, we learn other ways the titles are linked.” FULL STORY

The agony of defeat

March 06th, 2017

A former Olympic rower, Jason Dorland has penned his second book, Pulling Together:A Coach’s Journey to Uncover the Mindset of True Potential (Heritage $19.95) about his evolution from ultra-competitive athlete to supportive coach. It took a life-altering loss in the 1988 Olympics at Seoul, Korea to shake his earlier belief to be ‘in-it-to-win-it’ and to view every competitor as an enemy. When he became a rowing coach, he found that by creating an emotionally safe environment for his athletes, they felt free to fail yet ultimately achieved success way beyond their goals. Pulling Together reflects on Dorland’s new philosopy and its lessons for those on and off the sports field. His first book was Chariots and Horses (Heritage 2011), a reflective memoir examining his own thought processes during and after his participation in the 1988 Olympics and shares his journey of struggling with a mindset in which failure is devastating, to developing a healthier outlook on competitive sports. After his rowing career, Dorland coached the senior boys’ rowing crew at Shawnigan Lake, B.C. to four national championships. He also co-founded and directed an organic and natural food company called Skeet & Ike’s, and he often gives keynote presentations. 978-1-77203-173-7

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