If you allow your passion to become your purpose, it will one day become your profession. In our next #TITIKAxME blog, we meet Mia Gordon, a former tennis pro who turned her passion into her career. We chatted with Mia about her biggest accomplishments, and what keeps her motivated, and how she balances work, a social life and staying active in the big city.
T Tell us a bit about yourself?
MG I’m Mia Gordon and professionally I am a sports reporter, host, and writer for TSN Radio. Personally, I would say I am a wanderer. I love to travel, learn about new cultures, visit new cities, try new foods, and smile. I love going to live sporting events and cheering on my favourite teams. My friends say I am always on the go, a bit of an energizer bunny.
T How do you stay fit/active?
MG I used to be a professional tennis player, so I still love to play tennis. I can be a little too competitive at times, but hey - my middle name isn’t Wyn for nothing. I started playing other sports like soccer and softball. I recently discovered this new spin class at a place called Spokehaus. It is like a cardio/dance spin class. It’s extremely intense, yet super fun. I also love to run, it is a way for me to clear my head.
T What’s a typical day like for you?
MG As a freelancer there isn’t really a typical day, which I love because I never know what I am going to get to do, who I can interview, and what opportunities may come my way. Usually, I head into the office around 10 and get some of my Sportscentre reads in. I will do my interview for the day depending on what sports and athletes are competing at the time. I always try to write an article, whether it’s for the website or my own personal blog.
Once I’m home, I work out. I can’t do the same work out over and over again so I like to mix it up. Whether it's playing tennis, going on a run down by the lake, going to my spin classes, or yoga. Then I will guilty order dinner since we are so blessed living in a place like Toronto where there are so many amazing restaurants to try.
T What has been the biggest challenge in your life?
MG Being a professional athlete, every match I played was a challenge. However, the biggest challenge has been following my dream. The sports reporting industry is extremely competitive and uncertain. There have been plenty of times where I have thought about getting a full time 9-5 job. But thanks to my amazing support group they keep pushing me to pursue my passion.
T Who keeps you motivated?
MG Playing an individual sport like tennis, I always had to motivate myself. But the older I have gotten, the more I have realized how important it is to surround yourself with people who are going to support you, push you, and keep you balanced. My parents have been my biggest fans and best critics, my best friends Randi, Jackie, and Leanne have been a shoulder to cry on, lean on, and stand on (if that makes any sense) and my boyfriend Connor has been the voice of reason. I couldn’t ask for a better group.
T Name three things you’re loving right now:
1. Spokehaus spin classes
2. The growth of sports in Canada. Whether it’s the success of the Raptors, or of our Canadian tennis players, Canadian athletes and sports teams are center stage right now.
3. My Titika clothing. The first day I put on my first Titika outfit I got like, ten compliments. I feel I am more motivated to work out when I feel good on the inside and outside, and not only are the clothes stylish ( I wear them to work and dates) but they are also so comfortable.
T It's Saturday night - Where are you? What are you doing?
MG I love to explore - so I like to try new bars, restaurants, or places. I like to mix it up between the relatively unknown, yet totally delicious roti place and the trendy La Carnita. It really depends in my mood. Sometimes, I head to the Horseshoe and take in some live music (I love good concert) and other times I will dance the night away at the Underground or the Porch. (my two stomping grounds.)