Interviewing Shaunie Morrison: Canadian Track & Field Athlete

Shaunie Morisson is a Canadian Track and Field star who is working hard to reach out for her dreams. This beautiful and strong woman has been competing in major track and fields events around the world and holds several records. Now, as a senior, she can be a world-class hurdler as she has impressive power and tremendous speed. Be inspired by her story and support her on this huge and promising venture by reading and sharing this interview.

When did you start liking and practicing track and field?

I first started track and field when I was fourteen turning fifteen. I was in Grade 9 and wanted to try something new. I told my parents I wanted to try track and next thing I knew, I was joining the Calgary Warriors track club. As for the liking part, I just started enjoying and loving track about a month ago. Funny right? Eight years later, and I finally love what I’m doing. Before I was just very highly competitive, so I never liked the idea of losing. Now that I’ve switched to long jump, the thought of losing doesn’t even cross my mind. I love waking up and going to practice now. Something I could never have said before.

What is it about track and field that interests you?

What first caught my eye in track and field was the travelling side of it. No other sport in the world can allow you to travel the world as track does. One weekend you could be in Asia, and the next weekend you’re in a track meet in Australia. There’s always so much going on, and I love the idea that track is a sport that is done all over the world, not necessarily just popular in one country like soccer or football.

How did you become an athlete?

I first became an athlete when I was four years old. My parents put me into soccer, and I carried on with that for ten years, but of course, I played a bunch of other sports at the same time. I played volleyball, basketball, soccer, flag football, gymnastics, dance and track and field all before the age of 15. I love being an athlete, and I’m so blessed for the opportunity my parents gave me when I was four years old. My life would be very different if I weren’t into sports.

What have you accomplished as an athlete?

My most significant accomplishment till this day is when I got Bronze at the Youth Common Wealth Games in 2011. It’s so important to me because I remember having my first ever boyfriend and he broke up with me the day before my race. I was devastated and thought it was all over. My mom came with me and gave me the best motivation talk I’ve ever had just minutes before my race. Something sparked inside me, and I went and gave it my all. I got bronze by the Grace of God, and I’m so happy my mom was with me to soak in that achievement.

What are your short term and long term mail goals?

My main goal at the moment is to make the 2020 Olympics, and maybe 2024. At some point, I want to start building my life. I’ve been an athlete my whole life, and that’s all I’ve ever known. I want to have a family with three kids and a couple of rescue dogs. I love the idea of having a family, but that’s more long term goals.

What does going to the 2020 Olympics mean to you?

It would be imperative to me. I’ve always dreamed of going to the Olympics, ever since I was a little girl. I always thought it would be for soccer, but now that I’m doing long jump I wouldn’t have it any other way. I want to go to the Olympics very badly so I can use my platform to spread awareness about the stray dogs in our world. I want to use my platform to spread awareness of what I think is very important and needs change.

When you have some free time, how do you like to spend it?

My free time is only Saturdays and Sundays, but when I do have free time you can catch me binge-watching on Netflix. I love movies, and I occasionally go to the movies by myself. It’s sad because I use to make fun of my dad for going to the movies alone, but now I love going alone and would prefer it that way. Just last week I went to see John Wick 3 by myself, and I loved it!

Who’s your inspiration/ role model? Why?

Well, in track and field, my inspiration would be my Uncle Brian Morrison. He’s been my inspiration since I started running. I always applauded his dedication to the sport. And till this day he always comes over, and I can still see the passion in his eyes when he talks about the sport. My role model would be my Mom, Belinda Morrison. I’ve never met someone who has the drive and motivation to get things done. My mom had so many jobs growing up to make sure I was able to do the sports I wanted to do. Without my parents, I wouldn’t be where I am today. My mom has raised money for me to go to National Team’s all over the world. Her and my dad have never given up on me.

What are the biggest challenges you have been facing today as an athlete?

The biggest challenge I’m facing today would be financials. Not being a carded athlete in Canada is very very difficult. I was carded last year in the NCAA but didn’t use any of the things that were given to me by Athletics Canada because I had everything I already needed to be provided to me by my school. Now that I’m not a carded athlete in Canada I’m struggling to balance work and training. I train Monday through Friday from 9-2pm and have work from 3-7 pm every day. I do so much driving in a day that I’m physically exhausted by the time I come home. If I were carded right now, my only focus would be on training and what I can do to be a better athlete.

If you could give a message to new athletes, what would you say to them?

I would say to love what you’re doing. If you don’t have the passion or motivation to become better every day, than it is not for you. It works when you’re younger but getting older I realized I wasn’t happy with hurdles and knew I needed a change or I had to stop running in general. I made the switch, and I’ve never been so determined or motivated to become better every single day.

After learning a bit more about Shaunie Morrison, how about helping her by sharing her story on her way into the 2020 Olympics? Vog App Developers has had the pleasure to meet Shaunie and support her. We really want to spread the world so she can get all the resources she needs and deserves from our generous and kind Canadians.

If you also want to help, don’t hesitate and contact us here. We will make sure your message is delivered to Shaunie Morrison.

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On June 12th, at 3 PM, Vince O’Gorman, Vog’s CEO and a visionary leader who has provided enormous opportunities for developers and companies in Canada, will be speaking at the Global Petroleum Show (Digital Transformation Zone – Wine Bar) about Simplification through Mobile Innovation: So many technologies, so little time.

With numerous software solutions in the market, businesses are feeling overwhelmed and lost. That’s why it has come to light that the software industry is moving towards the seemingly inevitable consolidation of its products in order to meet the latest businesses’ requirements.

Businesses are drowning in the costs of the huge integration projects needed to link together all the limited applications they need and integration costs are five to ten times the cost of the software itself. Today, the prevailing winds have changed thanks to the solidification of the software industry, the evolution of the internet of things, the improvements of the artificial intelligence technologies, and the power of the cloud. Finally, companies have access to highly affordable, on-demand, always-updated and fully customizable mobile software.

If we want to take advantage of the remarkable technologies that have been presented to us, we need a better strategy to streamline processes, increase efficiency and predict future outcomes. In this presentation, Vince will discuss how we have reached this delicate stage in the relationship between companies and the software industry, what is and how to avoid app burnout, how to use technology to simplify (not complicate) procedures, and how to identify what really matters when adopting a software solution that will truly improve the way you do business.

The faster an organization can launch and improve its software, the more it can drive loyalty for itself and build switching costs for the competition. The pace of technology continues to accelerate, and consumers have come to expect the best and latest experiences a business can provide. If software is taking over the world, you want to know all about it in order to take a seat at the table.

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6 Essential Steps to Create & Improve Your Online Presence

A strong online presence will result in far better engagement for your investment. Here are six things you can do to build and manage your online reputation in order to get visibility and grow your business:

Get a Responsive Website

With the obvious transition to greater mobile usage, it’s crucial to have a website so that it automatically scales its content and elements to match the screen size on which it is accessed to ensure a consistent view of the valuable information and content you want to share.

If someone visits your website on a mobile device, and it takes forever to load or some forms are not working correctly or information is missed, and navigation is limited, it can make your company appear unprofessional. Moreover, you may cause frustration and lose businesses opportunities.

A new visit to your website can be the first step towards getting a new customer. For this reason, your site should offer a smooth experience.

Think of your website as the door of your business office. When people visit you, you don’t want them to feel lost, you want them to feel valued and know they are important to you, so make sure your website is welcoming, does not matter the device they are using to get into it.

And there is more to it than that. Here are six reasons why you need a mobile responsive website.

Boost Customer Service

Give prospects a really good reason to start making business with you by offering outstanding customer service. Have a form or e-mail or online chat where your customer can reach out to you and get their questions answered as soon as possible.

Also, consider creating a loyalty program and reward them by providing a level of value that they can’t get anywhere else.

Be on Google Business

Google being the largest search engine and known directory of services is most people’s first stop when searching for information, services or products. The more data you can offer Google the more information it can send out to its users.

To create Google Business account simply sign up at http://www.google.com/business/ if you already have a Google account this can be upgraded to a Business account. Get your business verified and update your profile with as much information you can.

Your “Google My Business” can be updated as often as you like so keep it up to date and make sure that your information is accurate, so users can have driving or walking directions delivered directly to them, while mobile users can click to call you directly from your Google My Business listing.

Don’t forget to collect reviews on Google as those reviews provide valuable information about your business to both you and your customers. Encourage your customers to spread the word about your business by writing you a review and show your customers your business values their input by thanking them for offering feedback. Building an online presence is also about creating a reputation.

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Get a Mobile App Built

Your company’s shift to mobile is an inevitability. It’s no longer a question of if you go mobile, but when. With a custom mobile app, the user experience can be entirely tailored, tested, and validated to ensure that it meets and surpasses your user expectations, increasing engagement and retention.

Mobile devices provide a new opportunity for companies to connect with on-the-go audiences. For this reason, companies are aggressively adopting mobile apps, but few are understanding the potential of a dominant strategy. Smart companies have a vast opportunity to outpace the competition by creating a competitive mobile app strategy that delivers and measures real results.

Mobile apps can be designed to help to improve your online presence, promote, market and grow your business. If you want to learn more, check out how businesses can benefit from mobile apps.

Be Present on Social Media

Being present on social media is not the same as using it. Some people don’t see it as a valuable tool to grow their business, but, as the number of people using it continues to grow and social sales tools evolve you can’t ignore it. Social media can be a door opener that could lead to business opportunity. If you really want to get results from it, you have to take it seriously and set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound. Identify your audience, make your presence known and, seek more than followers, seek relationships.

There are lots of different social media channels, and you don’t have to be on all of them, but, if you are, be present.

To start, Linked In is probably the best option as it is a social network for professionals and it’s a great place to engage with people that matter most to your business. Create your personal profile as well as your business page. A LinkedIn page acts as the voice of your organization on LinkedIn and it helps members learn more about your business, your products and services, and job opportunities.

Blog About Your Business

Blogging helps to show the experience you have that will distinguish your business from competitors. Publishing on a blog benefits your business because the stronger your knowledge and communication of that knowledge is, the more trust you earn.

Create new leads by helping current and potential customers with high-quality content that shows your expertise and give the answers to the most common questions about your business and industry.

Moreover, publishing content regularly can help you to increase your visibility by improving your position on the search engine rankings. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a long term process comprised, and a business blog may not get you on the first page of Google overnight. However, it will significantly enhance your search engine rankings over time.

If your competitors don’t have a strong mobile presence yet, they will. Either you get it to be ahead of the game or to keep up with them. Vog App Developers can help you by developing a mobile app for your business and creating a responsive website. Contact our amazing team to get your questions answered and your problems solved with the help of high-qualified developers in Canada.

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