Our alumni are located all over the globe, making an impact using the experiences and education they received as students in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management.
We’re featuring a selection of our grads on our UMToday network page in a Q&A section entitled KinRec Connect. In this feature, we learn about our featured grad's career path since graduating from U of M, as well as some tips and advice for current/prospective students.
Giulia De Leo, B.Kin, 2008
I graduated in Feb. 2008 majoring in Kinesiology – Health and Wellness stream. That is ten years ago this year!
Once I graduated, I volunteered at several gyms throughout the city. I also began one-on-one personal training right out of school. In Aug. 2009, I started my own business, De Leo Athletics, which offered private, small group training and bootcamps. My career has provided me with so many amazing opportunities to work with a wide range of people and athletes which always keeps things interesting. During my career I have worked with everyday individuals trying to get in shape to elite NHL athletes, I have even had the opportunity to work with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers leading the team in day after game recovery exercises. In 2016 I had the opportunity to work on television as a off ice trainer for the reality TV show Hit The Ice. You never know what kind of interesting opportunities can come your way!
Chris Chong, B.RM.C.D., 2012
I graduated in Feb. 2012 with a Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development.
When I graduated, I was fortunate enough to have already been employed with Recreation Services within the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management starting in Sept. 2009. I worked closely with the Coordinator of Intramurals, Clubs and Special Events and oversaw a lot of the day-to-day operations of those campus programs. I was also the League Convenor of the University of Manitoba hockey, basketball and soccer leagues until Dec. 2013.
From there, I thought I should explore other opportunities in recreation and sport outside of the faculty, and in general, the University of Manitoba (I had already spent so much time there as a student!). I joined the Manitoba Major Soccer League and was its Member Services Coordinator until March 2015. I eventually returned to the university as a Student Recruitment Representative in the Admissions Office and then re-joined Recreation Services as a customer service representative at the Active Living Centre in Oct. 2015.
In Jan. 2016, I began my current position as the special events & projects coordinator for Volleyball Manitoba. I knew I wanted a career in sport administration before graduating but after graduating, I realized that I also really enjoyed event management. My current position allows me to do both as the event coordinator of Super-Spike, one of Canada’s biggest outdoor/beach volleyball tournaments, and overseeing other Volleyball Manitoba day-to-day operations.
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