Amanda Ngwafusi

Co-Founder

Amanda Ngwafusi

In 2010, Amanda was a CIS Second Team All Canadian, and First Team OUA All Star for the Carleton University Varsity Women’s Soccer Team. After years of working in youth mental health, youth justice, and addiction Amanda began to recognize the positive impact that sports can have on an individual. Amanda is passionate about raising awareness in the community and would like to help change the face of mental health and addiction in athletes.

Amanda Ngwafusi

Co-Founder

Amanda Ngwafusi

In 2010, Amanda was a CIS Second Team All Canadian, and First Team OUA All Star for the Carleton University Varsity Women’s Soccer Team. After years of working in youth mental health, youth justice, and addiction Amanda began to recognize the positive impact that sports can have on an individual. Amanda is passionate about raising awareness in the community and would like to help change the face of mental health and addiction in athletes.

Andrew Latty

Co-Founder

Andrew Latty

Former varsity athlete and captain of the mens soccer program at Carleton University, Andrew has seen the effects that mental health disorders have on teams and individuals alike. With these affected athletes in mind, Andrew and a few friends have created the organization Bench the Barriers to bring mental health awareness Canadian student athletes and letting everyone know that the impact is much BIGGER THAN SPORTS.

Andrew Latty

Co-Founder

Andrew Latty

Former varsity athlete and captain of the mens soccer program at Carleton University, Andrew has seen the effects that mental health disorders have on teams and individuals alike. With these affected athletes in mind, Andrew and a few friends have created the organization Bench the Barriers to bring mental health awareness Canadian student athletes and letting everyone know that the impact is much BIGGER THAN SPORTS.

Dr. Taryn Taylor

Co-Founder

Dr. Taryn Taylor

Dr. Taylor graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and a Masters in Sports Medicine from the University of Western Ontario. She then completed her residency in family medicine in 2004 in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She currently practices in Ottawa at the Carleton Sport Medicine Clinic, the Med-Team Walk-in Clinic, and she assists Dr. Andrew Marshall (Orthopaedic Surgeon) in the operating room at the “Hôpital Montfort”.

Dr. Taylor is an associate professor and clinical professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and runs a Musculoskeletal Teaching Clinic for the family medicine residents at the Primrose Family Medicine Clinic. She is also actively involved as a tutor and member of the faculty for the fellowship program PGY3 in sports medicine at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Taylor has a special interest in research and is currently an advisor in research projects for the residents at Bruyère Family Medicine Centre. She is also an affiliated researcher with the Nutrition and Metabolism Research Unit at the “Institut de recherche de l’Hôpital Montfort”. She is working on a research project which aims to identify whether physical exercise is one of the best ways to cure type 2 diabetes.

Research Interests

  • Chronic exertional compartment syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Concussion
  • Metabolism

Dr. Taryn Taylor

Co-Founder

Dr. Taryn Taylor

Dr. Taylor graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and a Masters in Sports Medicine from the University of Western Ontario. She then completed her residency in family medicine in 2004 in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She currently practices in Ottawa at the Carleton Sport Medicine Clinic, the Med-Team Walk-in Clinic, and she assists Dr. Andrew Marshall (Orthopaedic Surgeon) in the operating room at the “Hôpital Montfort”.

Dr. Taylor is an associate professor and clinical professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and runs a Musculoskeletal Teaching Clinic for the family medicine residents at the Primrose Family Medicine Clinic. She is also actively involved as a tutor and member of the faculty for the fellowship program PGY3 in sports medicine at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Taylor has a special interest in research and is currently an advisor in research projects for the residents at Bruyère Family Medicine Centre. She is also an affiliated researcher with the Nutrition and Metabolism Research Unit at the “Institut de recherche de l’Hôpital Montfort”. She is working on a research project which aims to identify whether physical exercise is one of the best ways to cure type 2 diabetes.

Research Interests

  • Chronic exertional compartment syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Concussion
  • Metabolism

Dr. Lindsay Bradley

Co-Founder

Dr. Lindsay Bradley

Dr. Bradley is a primary care sport medicine physician at the Carleton University Sport Medicine Clinic. She completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at McMaster University and finished medical school and a residency program in Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She completed fellowship training in Sport and Exercise Medicine and received the CASEM diploma in Sport Medicine. She is the team physician for the Carleton University Varsity Women’s Rugby and Basketball teams and has worked as team physician for the National Sledge hockey team and the Ottawa Fury.

Dr. Bradley has covered many local, provincial, national and international sporting competitions. She is currently Secretary / Treasurer of the Ontario Medical Association’s Section on Sport and Exercise Medicine and chair of the communications committee of CASEM.

Dr. Bradley is interested in teaching and research and is involved in both of these endeavours as a member of the faculty at the University of Ottawa Family Medicine Department. Dr. Bradley has an interest in social media and is involved in website development and social media at the Carleton Sport Medicine Clinic, the OMA Sport Med Section and CASEM. She also has a particular interest in the mental health of athletes at the varsity and National level.

Dr. Lindsay Bradley

Co-Founder

Dr. Lindsay Bradley

Dr. Bradley is a primary care sport medicine physician at the Carleton University Sport Medicine Clinic. She completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at McMaster University and finished medical school and a residency program in Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She completed fellowship training in Sport and Exercise Medicine and received the CASEM diploma in Sport Medicine. She is the team physician for the Carleton University Varsity Women’s Rugby and Basketball teams and has worked as team physician for the National Sledge hockey team and the Ottawa Fury.

Dr. Bradley has covered many local, provincial, national and international sporting competitions. She is currently Secretary / Treasurer of the Ontario Medical Association’s Section on Sport and Exercise Medicine and chair of the communications committee of CASEM.

Dr. Bradley is interested in teaching and research and is involved in both of these endeavours as a member of the faculty at the University of Ottawa Family Medicine Department. Dr. Bradley has an interest in social media and is involved in website development and social media at the Carleton Sport Medicine Clinic, the OMA Sport Med Section and CASEM. She also has a particular interest in the mental health of athletes at the varsity and National level.

Jolene Wong

Events Specialist

Jolene Wong

Jolene has been part of the Carleton University Women's Soccer team since 2016 and is currently studying business with a concentration in marketing. Jolene enjoys raising awareness for mental health and has helped organize events in Carleton Athletics as part of the Varsity Council for the past few years.

Jolene Wong

Events Specialist

Jolene Wong

Jolene has been part of the Carleton University Women's Soccer team since 2016 and is currently studying business with a concentration in marketing. Jolene enjoys raising awareness for mental health and has helped organize events in Carleton Athletics as part of the Varsity Council for the past few years.

Jimi Aribido

Social Media Specialist

Jimi Aribido

Jimi is a 4th year Political Science student and varsity athlete with the Men’s soccer team at Carleton University. In a world where our sport encompasses our daily lives, I think it’s important for athletes to know of the resources available to help navigate through what is a complex and demanding lifestyle. Having been personally affected by mental health disorders while competing, I recognize the need for these issues to be talked about on a public stage. No one is immune to suffering from mental health disorders. It’s time to normalize having these discussions within sport.

Jimi Aribido

Social Media Specialist

Jimi Aribido

Jimi is a 4th year Political Science student and varsity athlete with the Men’s soccer team at Carleton University. In a world where our sport encompasses our daily lives, I think it’s important for athletes to know of the resources available to help navigate through what is a complex and demanding lifestyle. Having been personally affected by mental health disorders while competing, I recognize the need for these issues to be talked about on a public stage. No one is immune to suffering from mental health disorders. It’s time to normalize having these discussions within sport.

Michael Sun

Journalist

Michael Sun

Michael Sun is a Carleton University Masters of Journalism student from Hamilton. Michael completed his Bachelor's of Journalism degree from Carleton as well. During his time at Carleton, Michael covered a variety of news and university sports for the Charlatan, Carleton's student newspaper. He's also written for Ottawa Sportspage, the Hamilton Spectator, U Sports, CCR Canada as well as done colour commentary for the Carleton basketball games. Michael also worked as a communications assistant for Wheelchair Basketball Canada in the summer of 2019.

Michael Sun

Journalist

Michael Sun

Michael Sun is a Carleton University Masters of Journalism student from Hamilton. Michael completed his Bachelor's of Journalism degree from Carleton as well. During his time at Carleton, Michael covered a variety of news and university sports for the Charlatan, Carleton's student newspaper. He's also written for Ottawa Sportspage, the Hamilton Spectator, U Sports, CCR Canada as well as done colour commentary for the Carleton basketball games. Michael also worked as a communications assistant for Wheelchair Basketball Canada in the summer of 2019.