Born in Nigeria, Nick Ugoalah moved to British Columbia when he was only 9-years old. Nick Ugoalah is a 5-time National champion wrestler who’s greatest accomplishment on the mat came when competing at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England where he dominated his opponents and took home the gold medal for Canada...
A 5-time National champion and a 3-time university National champion, Nick graduated from Brock university where he earned his bachelor of science degree followed by Royal Roads university where he earned his MBA as well as graduate certificate in executive coaching. Nick encourages and coaches others to follow their goals and dreams. He holds the following quote as words to live by. “If a person advances confidently in the direction of his or her dreams, they will be met with a success unimagined in common hours”. Aside from sport, Nick is a passionate entrepreneur and is the owner of “UGO high performance”, a Vancouver company dedicated to coaching individuals and organizations to superior performance, and helping people create more successful and fulfilling lives through high performance coaching and consulting in business, sport and life.
Languages spoken: English
Birthplace: Ihie, Nigeria
Current city: Vancouver, BC
Favourite Food: Any food that fuels my body for performance and health.
Favourite Colour: Gold
What is your single greatest achievement as an athlete?
Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist.
What is your single greatest achievement outside of sports?
I haven't arrived.
What's your favourite quote or statement?
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours."
- Henry David Thoreau
Who was your role model when you were young?
Dr Hugh Twa, he was one of my early highschool teachers. He epitomized what a teacher means to me because he cared about his students and athletes beyond the sport or the grade received. He nurtured our talent and belief in our ability to be and do something great.
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I just want to say how outstanding Nick (Ugoalah) was today! He is a fantastic story teller that kept the children totally engaged with such an important message. We look forward to booking with the Esteem Team again next year.
Andrea Zeitz, VP - Lord Roberts Elementary (Vancouver, BC)
Nick Ugoalah was full of energy and very engaging for our summer camp of 6-12 year olds. He had everyone laughing and completely focused on him, whether they were six year old girls or ten year old boys which was fantastic and had not happened throughout the week.
He was entertaining and his story brought a sense of compassion and determination to the camp for the remainder of the week. My team, including our programmer, were extremely impressed with the quality of the address and the way he interacted with the campers. We would have Nick back any time.Keep up the awesome work ESTEEM TEAM!
Emily Rowell, Willoughby Community Centre (Langley, BC)
Nick (Ugoalah)’s experiences were very relevant to our students and they were highly engaged.
Carol Davison, Principal, Forsyth Elementary – Surrey BC
Thanks so much for pulling together the speaker….Nick was fantastic! Nick had a fantastic presence with the students, his humour and his personal story had a huge impact on the grade 8’s and 9’s In the room. He kept their attention in a forum that was not the easiest to entertain in. He was also very accommodating, and despite the quick notice, he was very prepared! His wrestling demonstration was also very entertaining, and he did his sport a great service in promoting it. Thanks again for a great presentation!
Sue Maquingnaz, Principal, Rockridge Secondary, West Vancouver, BC
Nick Ugoalah's visit to UVic was a mindset changing experience. He was a great speaker who could talk fluidly from a humorous tone to being serious. He was very motivational and put personal goal setting into a great perspective. The story of his life is incredible to hear, but the very best part was when he got one of my peers to wrestle him. Given the opportunity I would love to hear him talk again.
Nick Bruce, 1st year student, University of Victoria
Nick (Ugoalah) was great and very engaging. He spoke with great enthusiasm and everyone really enjoyed his presentation.
Melanie Kornacki, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Sport North & KidSport – Yellowknife NT
Nick was OUTSTANDING! Thank you so much for your recommendation. He was engaging, great personal story, and he continually tied his message into our PRIDE acronym for our students (which we based our whole school day on). We would definitely recommend Nick as a motivational speaker!
Alyson King, Vice-Principal, Mt. Slesse Middle School, Chilliwack, BC
Nick (Ugoalah) was excellent! He shared many powerful life lessons and did an amazing job of integrating our school's values into his presentation.
Catriona Misfeldt, Teacher, MacNeill Secondary, Richmond, BC