Nick Ugoalah still sweaty from the intense pro team practice at Team Quest discusses his Olympic and MMA dreams.
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
- Sport: Wrestling
- 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.
I had the opportunity to fulfill a goal here. Doing an interview on national television in Spanish. When I started studying the language, and I mean really started, I mused on how cool would it be to learn the language to the level where I could do interviews in spanish with success. I set that as an intention a couple years back (Ohhh – the power of an intention). And, here is the result. This is an interview I did in Nicaragua before a big event for one of the athletes I represent. Check it out!