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Step Up! with Paul de Burger - a podcast about motivation, people, and living life on your terms
48 minutes | 5 months ago
S03 E05: Fiona Steil-Antoni on a Life in Chess
Fiona Steil-Antoni, Women's International Master (WIM) and popular Twitch streamer, joined me on Step Up! to talk about her brilliant career in chess. Fiona has competed for Luxembourg on the world stage since she was eleven years old, battling it out with the world's best at many of the chess world's most prestigious international tournaments. We talked about her early days in Luxembourg, her first exposure to chess, and training under Czech Grandmaster Vlastimil Jansa on the national team. We also covered Fiona's amazing individual gold medal win at the 2006 World Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy, as well as some of her earlier experiences in competition. We chatted about the importance of confidence while competing, and the value of being prepared physically and mentally before entering an important competition. In 2014 Fiona transitioned in her chess career by moving from the player's seat to covering the Reykjavik Open for tournament organizers. Since then she has broadcast from many of chess's biggest events and built a popular Twitch channel with more than 10,000 followers. Of course, any discussion about chess in late 2020 is incomplete without touching on the Queen's Gambit. Paul and Fiona talked about the gorgeous cinematography, the impact of the show, and the accuracy of the chess scenes. Fiona's energy and enthusiasm made this a fantastic show - it was my pleasure and privilege to host her on the final episode of 2020! Fiona Steil-Antoni - Chess Competition Highlights: Winner, Women's Luxembourg Championships (multiple titles) Gold, Women's Chess Olympiad, 2006 Bronze, European Small Nations Championship, 2009 (team award) 2nd, WGM Tournament, Condom Chess Festival, 2008 2nd, Klaskvik Open, 2010 2nd, Uxbridge Autumn Women's International, 2010 Winner, with Tom Weber - Blitz Pairs, Gibraltar, 2011 2nd, WIM Tournament of the Mulhouse Chess Festival, 2012 Show Info and Links: Fiona's Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/fionchetta Fiona's Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/fionchetta During the episode, Fiona mentioned the upcoming Tata Steel Chess Tournament, taking place January 15-31 in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands. For more on this tournament, visit: https://tatasteelchess.com/ Paul’s Additional Info: Paul's Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/Paul_de_Burger Paul’s Professional Speaking & Corporate Training: www.pauldeburger.com Intro Music: RetroFuture Clean Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
43 minutes | 8 months ago
S03 E04: Tara Weir On Solo Cycling the Globe
It was a huge pleasure to connect with adventure cyclist Tara Weir to talk about exploring the globe on two wheels. Tara has cycled more than 37,000 kilometres in twenty different countries. She's a solo adventurer, known for tackling challenging routes with no support cars or guides - just a bike and an unrelenting will to keep moving forward. We talked about Tara's roots in Toronto and her early tours through India, Nepal, Mongolia, and Southeast Asia. Planning, logistics, and training for long rides were discussed, as well as some of the motivating books and people who inspired Tara to explore the planet. We also touched on staying positive on long rides, and the awesome impact that the people you meet along the way can have on a traveler's experience. Tara recounted some of the challenges from her ride on the Wild West Route, a tour she did last year (2019) from Canmore, Alberta through Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona, all the way to the Mexican border. During that ride she covered more than 4,500 kilometres and 58,000 metres of climbing - all while dodging bears and fighting huge temperature swings. We talked about the pure wonder of exploring Mongolia and Australia, the magic of Myanmar, and her future plans to travel to other locations around the world. Countries where Tara has ridden: China, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Mongolia, Pakistan, India, Tajikstan, Kyrgystan, Canada, the US, Chile, Argentina, Greece, and Nepal. Show Info and Links: Tara's Blog: The Adventures of Margo Polo - https://followmargopolo.com/ Books Tara mentioned during the show: Adventure Cycle-Touring Handbook - Neil & Harriet Pike The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa - Neil Peart Paul's Additional Info: Paul de Burger – Photography: www.pauldeburgerphoto.com Paul's Professional Speaking & Corporate Training: www.pauldeburger.com Intro Music: RetroFuture Clean Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
44 minutes | 9 months ago
S03 E03: Tetsuji Nakamura On Life and Lessons Learned in the Martial Arts
I sat down with Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura to discuss his life studying and teaching goju ryu karate. As the World Chief Instructor for the IOGKF, Sensei Nakamura is one of the most sought-after karate instructors in the world. We talked about his beginnings in Osaka, moving to Okinawa to train with Aragaki Sensei, lessons learned from Sensei Morio Higaonna, and the keys to great sparring. We also touched on the power of positivity, the need to never give up, and his dream of one day fishing in the Amazon! Whether you study the martial arts or not, this is an episode you won't want to miss!
26 minutes | a year ago
Step Up - S03 Ep02 - Aleksandra Wozniak on a Career in Professional Tennis, Peak Performance, and New Beginnings
I connected with Canadian tennis star Aleksandra Wozniak to discuss her amazing career; achieving peak performance; the thrill of representing Canada on the world stage; her new tennis academy; and her dream foursome on the tennis court.
46 minutes | a year ago
S03 Ep01 : Angeline V. Teo on Life & Leadership in Challenging Times
I connected with Angeline V. Teo in Singapore to talk about staying positively active and motivated during the COVID-19 pandemic; we also touched on the power of mentorship, the importance of always moving forward, and Singapore's incredible food scene.
45 minutes | 2 years ago
S2 Ep05: Fareen Samji on Smashing the Grass Ceiling
I met with Fareen Samji to discuss her journey to becoming a world class golfer, 5-time Canadian Long Drive champion, and entrepreneur. We discussed the power of creating connections, the trials and tribulations of life on tour, and much more. Join us!
47 minutes | 2 years ago
S2 E04 : Adrian Leeds (HGTV's House Hunters International) on Living in Paris, Creating Your Own Path, and Embracing the Now
I sat down with Adrian Leeds in the heart of Paris to discuss life in France, her time on House Hunters International, and why you should never get your own butter in a French restaurant. We also talk about living in the moment, life's journey, and more.
36 minutes | 3 years ago
S2 Ep 03: Sarah Nurse on Olympic Dreams, Silver Linings, and a Life in Hockey
In this episode I speak with Canadian Olympian (Women's Hockey) Sarah Nurse about her Olympic experience, early days in Hamilton and Wisconsin, Canada's rivalry with the US, and why people always pick the wrong house on House Hunters International.
60 minutes | 5 years ago
S2 Ep 01 – Scott Wilson (TV’s Departures / Descending) – On Travel, Taking Risks, and the Terrible Taste of Tarantulas
Season 2 of Step Up! kicks off with special guest Scott Wilson. Scott is an adventurer, deep sea diver, guitar player, and creator of some of the most visually stunning travel and exploration documentaries on television. Paul sits down with Scott at Bell City Brewing, in Scott’s hometown of Brantford, Ontario. The guys talk about Scott’s interest in travel and his evolution as a documentarian, the birth of Echo Bay Media, and the launch of television’s Departures (OLN, National Geographic, CityTV, Netflix). Paul asks Scott about the stunning visuals created by Scott’s business partner (and camera wizard) Andre Dupuis, as well as the logistics of creating shows like Departures and Descending. They also talk about Scott’s plane crash in Indonesia, handling problems while on the road, the power of travel, and the terrible taste of Cambodian tarantulas. If you’re a fan of all things travel, film-making / television, or taking risks to realize your vision, this is a show not to miss! A huge thanks to Bell City Brewing in Brantford for hosting us, and for providing us with the inspiration (a delicious black coffee IPA called Brewed Awakening) for the show! ABOUT SCOTT WILSON Scott is a world traveller, diver, and co-founder of Echo Bay Media (with Andre Dupuis). A Gemini Award Nominee (for excellence in Canadian television), Scott has flown more than 1.1 million kilometres, visited 65 countries, and all 7 continents. Co-founder of Echo Bay Media, and co-host of television’s Departures (three seasons), and Descending (one season), Scott has made an important contribution to the world of travel and television documentaries. Scott is a licensed airplane pilot, motorcycle enthusiast, avid shipwreck diver, and guitar player. He lives in the Niagara Peninsula (Ontario, Canada). LINKS FROM THE SHOW A number of links were mentioned this week! Here they are: Scott’s corporate / business site: www.echobaymedia.com Outdoor Life Network (where you can watch full episodes of Descending): www.oln.ca/shows/descending/ Paul’s travel blog: www.voyagesandvistas.com Paul’s photography site: www.pauldeburgerphoto.com Bell City Brewing (Brantford, Ontario): bellcitybrewing.com Twitter handles: Scott – @scottdescending Andre Dupuis – @_AndreDupuis Justin Lukach – @MrJustinLukach departures (TV show) – @_departures Paul – @Paul_de_Burger
49 minutes | 7 years ago
Step Up Episode 1.mp3
Episode one of Step Up! with Paul de Burger is jam-packed with information, including an intro to the big show, Dr. Vaidya’s background (I call her Shelly) and how she became a health and wellness expert after working as an ER and family doc. We talk world travel, the power of negativity, ER vs. Scrubs, the beauty of big festivals like Nuit Blanche and Burning Man, and the pursuit of happiness. We also talk about the importance of moving forward after taking a hit, the value of meditation and yoga, how to get a better night’s sleep, and the brilliance that is Chipotle Restaurants. So you might say, a whole heap of podcasting goodness!
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