Intellectual Muscle

The Intellectual Muscle lecture series, part of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games Education Program, asked contributors to write and record a speech related to one of the three pillars of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics – sport, culture and sustainability. Chancellor Vera Pezer represented the University of Saskatchewan with her speech "Sport: What Inspires Us and What We Are Missing – Are There Better Ways to Define Success?"


Vera Pezer became the University of Saskatchewan’s chancellor in 2007. While holding various faculty and administrative positions at the U of S, she helped establish offices for student emergency financial assistance, disability services and aboriginal student support. Pezer holds places in the Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Sports Halls of Fame and the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame, and has contributed to many sporting organizations. She was a Canadian curling champion, Canadian softball champion and member of the Saskatchewan senior women’s golf team. As a sports psychologist, she served as advisor and trainer to Canadian curling teams in two Olympic Games.

Speech Summary

The celebration of sport has existed for centuries, and is nowhere more evident than in the staging of the Olympic Games. Although the majority of emphasis is placed on winning, there is a less tangible but equally important measure of success found in the athletes’ paths to the podium. Historical examples show that the stories of sportsmanship and success over adversity are sources of great inspiration, and often exemplify the goal of pushing personal potential to new limits. This commitment to excellence provides valuable insights into the celebration of achievement in all facets of life.

Chancellor Vera Pezer
Chancellor Vera Pezer

Intellectual Muscle Event

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Chancellor Vera Pezer will present her speech that is part of the Intellectual Muscle program of VANOC and the Globe and Mail. The event will also feature a special performance by the Greystone Singers, past Olympic and Paralympic athletes from the U of S, and photographs, memorabilia and items from the University Archives.

The event will take place in Convocation Hall from 7 to 8 p.m., with refreshments to follow. Please RSVP to this free event by calling University Advancement at 966-5186 or email

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