Former pro cyclist Leah Goldstein will give keynote address at Vernon Volleyball Club U15 fundraising banquet on March 12.

Former pro cyclist Leah Goldstein will give keynote address at Vernon Volleyball Club U15 fundraising banquet on March 12.

Elite athlete to address banquet

Former world kickboxing champion, pro cyclist and elite member of the Israeli secret police will be keynote speaker at a fundraising banquet

A former world kickboxing champion, pro cyclist and elite member of the Israeli secret police will be the keynote speaker at a fundraising banquet for the Vernon Under 15 girls volleyball team.

Leah Goldstein, 46, is a stunning example of living a life without limits. The Vancouver-born athlete will speak and meet and greet guests Thursday, March 12 at Wings Tap and Grill.

All proceeds from the night go to the Under 15 team which has qualified for the Canadian club championships May 14-19. The team will represent the Sky Volleyball Club.

“Tickets are limited and can be purchased at Wings or The UPS Store downtown for $20,” said club spokesman Sherman Dahl.

The banquet begins at 5:30 p.m with a reception followed by a buffet dinner. Presentations, entertainment and a silent auction are included. Tickets are limited to 100 guests.

“The team is now focused on training and competing around the province in advance of the nationals,” added Dahl.

Goldstein and Lori Moger, 42, who will also speak at the banquet, run No Finish Line Living, a personal fitness training company, in Vernon.

By age 17, Goldstein was the World Kickboxing Champion. Shortly after, she enlisted in the Israeli Military and became one of the few female instructors of the elite Commando division.

Goldstein then transitioned into a special-forces unit, combating terrorism and violent crimes. The extreme lifestyle of the secret police eventually took its toll, and she found her salvation on a bicycle.

Goldstein is a former professional cyclist, a personal trainer and motivational speaker.  She has written a book on her life, set to be released in May.

She battled through a 10-year career as a cyclist – and eventually to the longest single stage race in the world, Race Across America. She retired from 13 years on the pro road race circuit in the spring of 2010, following an accident in which she broke both of her arms, and is now concentrating on ultra endurance racing.

She recently participated in the 30th anniversary of the 2011 Race Across America, known as “the World’s Toughest Bicycle Race,” winning Best Overall Female, Best in Age Group, Queen of the Mountains, Queen of the Prairies, and Rookie of the Year, despite suffering from Shermer’s Neck after Day 4.

From crashes to podiums, and fear to triumph – Goldstein’s story gives people a glimpse of what’s truly possible from a life without limits.

Moger is a kinesiologist, sports psychologist and fitness coach specializing in stress reduction and nutrition strategies.

Moger’s extensive background in wellness includes work at the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Centre in Minnesota, The Sports Club Company in Los Angeles and Indiana University sports pyschology department.

“Too many people, especially women, tend to sacrifice their own health in order to care for everyone else around them. But we just don’t have that luxury.”

“Added Dahl: “All corporations and other interested volleyball families are welcome to join in helping the U15 girls get to the nationals in Calgary.”

There are a limited number of corporate sponsorship spots available. For details or to book a corporate table, call 250-558-8340.