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Christopher Wiegand originally formed Sportainability to run as a non-profit arm under his international foundation for diplomacy through paddle sports through the World Paddlesport Foundation. Chris began his journey as an international level competitive athlete, followed by development athlete coaching and International Olympic coaching and mentoring. Originally a career competitive long distance runner, he traded distance running for paddling in 1998 after a devastating injury made it difficult to compete at a high level any further. A driven-to-the-core athlete and no stranger to achieving audacious goals, in a few short years, he ascended to the top of U.S. Wildwater and Whitewater Slalom in both single and two-man canoe, C-1 and C-2 disciplines. Chris created a top international youth kayaking club based in Colorado and was named Development Coach of the Year 2005 by the U.S. Olympic Committee|USA Canoe/Kayak Team. That same year, Positive Coaching Alliance named Wiegand as a National Double Goal Coach at their National Awards Conference at Stanford University.

He found that he truly thrived in international diplomacy through sport, creating the World Paddlesport Foundation. During his coaching stint for the Chinese National whitewater slalom team, Chris ran development programs in Iran, Kenya, Uganda and China. His development programs attracted attention within the international media, especially when he took on gender equity in sport with women from Iran. Those Iranian athletes then collaborated with Chris and his international team of development Olympic athletes to help begin community programs in a Kenyan village (Sagana, Kenya) during that nation’s 2008 political unrest. The results were the first Kenyan whitewater slalom competition and hosting the Continental Olympic Selections for Africa.

Shifting gears….

Having a neuroscience background and a new traumatic brain injury, Chris shifted his passion of coaching elite and development level athletes to survivors of traumatic injury, the physically and developmentally disabled and others with any adaptive needs. He became inspired to redesign the mission of Sportainability into a collaborative effort of his life’s work, networking and partnerships. Chris has championed adversity all his life, through physical and emotional trauma. While overcoming his own daily challenges from his severe traumatic brain injury and other health issues, Chris champions solving complex problems by identifying those individuals and organizations with great strengths and building a team for a ‘no loss solution.’

Failure is not an option and no problem too big that we, together, can’t solve.
Chris loves soaring on all things... including his mountain bike
He challenges his adaptions to show the possibility
Loves exploring culture and always playful
Always finding calm and play outside
Connecting to defy the stigma and create a solid team
Playing in big whitewater around the world
Coaching high level Olympic athletes
Fun adaptations and teamwork