Ravi Khalon’s Message To Youth Keep Your Head Up! Ravinder “Ravi” Kahlon is a Canadian politician and field hockey player.
Ravi Khalon Former Olympian’s Message To Youth Keep Your Head Up. Politics don’t have to be boring and Ravi makes sure the general public is engaged. This cool and classy politician is quite regular on his Instagram with many fun videos. But before Ravi plays a role of a politician? He is a true sportsman at heart. Read more about Ravi Khalon in an interview.
Kahlon began playing field hockey as a defender in the Victoria League at age twelve; he was selected to the Junior National Team in 1999 and was named a team captain. Kahlon was a student at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia at the time. He earned his first international senior cap for the Men’s National Team in 2000 against Malaysia in Brussels.
Eventually competing at every level of international competition, Kahlon’s career would include playing three times in Hockey World Cup qualifying tournaments, representing Canada at the Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games, and a tenth-place finish at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In 2013, Kahlon was inducted into the Delta Sports Hall of Fame.
In October 2016, Kahlon announced he would be running for office in the 2017 British Columbia provincial election with the British Columbia New Democratic Party (BC NDP). Kahlon won the NDP nomination in Delta North, an electoral district in Delta, British Columbia, a suburban city in Metro Vancouver. Delta North is considered a swing district, having been won three times each by the BC NDP and British Columbia Liberal Party in the six elections prior to 2017. When the election was held on May 9, 2017, Kahlon defeated Liberal incumbent Scott Hamilton by a margin of 9.14 percentage points.
In an interview, Ravi reveals more about himself and deliver a strong message to today’s youth.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience in the Olympics.
I was fortunate to compete in 2000 Sydney and 2008 Beijing Olympics. Both experiences were unique and have changed my life for the better.
Can you name someone who had a big impact on you as a sportsman and as a leader now?
Many people think that role models are those you see on tv but the biggest influence on me in my life was my grandfather. He drove me to all my practices and games as a kid and that has stayed with me till today.
What’s the secret to building the personal reputation in the sports world?
Integrity is the most important thing in both sport and life. I have friends from teams around the world because although he fought hard against each other on the field I ensured that no ill will left the field of play.
Are there any other similarities between a sportsman and a leader besides leadership skills?
Sport is the best way to build leadership and team skills. In sport and work life you will always have people you like and some that you don’t but you must put it aside and do best for the team.
What is a regular day for you?
My days start with a workout or a run at 6 am. I try to be in the office by 8 am. Usually, events last throughout the day till late in the evening. I try to keep Sunday mornings just with my family.
How do you bounce back from a tough workday?
I like to have 10-15 mins of silence after a tough day. It’s important to slow down and have some time for self-care.
Do you sometimes feel you are actually working on a 24-hour clock with all the social media involved?
I try hard to stay on top of my social media but its difficult with all the various things happening. I enjoy posting so that people can share the amazing experiences I am having in my new role.
Your favorite quote or line that comes to your mind for motivation?
When you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe you will be successful.
What is one major struggle among youth today?
Confidence. The world has become more judgemental since the rise of social media. Young people need to be reminded that they are special and being unique is an important quality.
Message for today’s youth.
Keep your head up!