TEAM TALKS

We are excited to offer industry leaders in Sports Confidence, Sport Nutriton, and Sports Pscychology as part of your mothly tuiton here at King Trition Aquatic Club, to provide support for our athletes outside of the water. We kick off our first Team Talk with Christen Shefchunas, Jennifer Brunelli, and Dr. Megan Cannon on October 21th at 8pm.  Starting in Nov 4th we start our monthly schedule, with a rotational schedule the first three Thursday of every month at 8pm.. Very excited to have these three amazing ladies as part of our team year round.

1st Thursday - Confidence


2nd Thursday- Sports Nutriton


3rd Thursday- Sports Psychology


 

CONFIDENCE with Christen Shefchunas

Twenty-two years of coaching and working one on one with women, Coach Christen speaks to women about REAL Confidence. Christen was an assistant swim coach at Michigan State and SMU before becoming the Head Coach at the University of Miami. 

Watching so many women miss out on their dreams because of fear, doubts and lack of confidence, she left her coaching career to start speaking to women about Confidence and work as a Confidence Coach for female athletes. Christen found herself back in the swimming world in 2015 working with Team Elite, a group of Olympians and National Team members as they prepared for the 2016 Olympic Trials and Olympic Games. 

In 2016, she created Coach Christen, LLC and works one on one with some of the top female athletes in the world as a Confidence Coach. She also speaks to teams, athletes, women’s organizations and women in business about handling those "pressure to perform" moments and building REAL Confidence. 

SPORT  PSYCHOLOGIST with Dr. Megan Cannon

Dr. Megan Cannon is a sport psychologist who experienced the demanding pressure of training and competing in swimming, softball, and dance, along with the impact it can have on performance. Upon entering the field of psychology, it became her goal to assist athletes and high-performers in achieving strong emotional health and peak performance.

Dr. Megan received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 2013, after earning a Bachelors Degree in psychology from Wilkes University. While at Nova Southeastern University, she had the opportunity to work in the Sport Psychology Program within the university’s Sports Medicine Clinic. Dr. Megan gained experience providing performance coaching and individual therapy to college student athletes, along with delivering speeches and conducting team-building activities with collegiate, high school, and youth club teams.

She currently operates a sport psychology company in Pennsylvania and has had the opportunity to work with athletes and teams at Bucknell University, Duquesne University, Johns Hopkins University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Old Dominion University, Towson University, University of Massachusetts, University of Pittsburgh, and more. Additionally, she has worked with athletes who have competed in the IronMan Triathlon and CrossFit Games. Dr. Megan has traveled across the country delivering keynote speeches at universities, high schools, and conferences and has appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter multiple times as an expert on sport psychology.

SPORTS NUTRITIONIST with Jennifer Brunelli RD

Jennifer (VanAssen) Brunelli MS, RD, LDN is a 7-time All American swimmer and Hall of Fame athlete who attended the University of South Carolina and graduated with degrees in Marketing and Management.  Jennifer has worked on nutrition education, meal planning, body composition assessments, eating disorders, food intolerances and allergies, corporate wellness, performance kitchen design, supplement analysis, etc.  She has worked with a wide range of clientele including age group, masters, and professional athletes, along with collegiate and professional teams.  Jennifer is the owner of RDpro, LLC, a nutrition consulting business in the Charlotte area that she opened in July 2011.  She is in her fifth year with the Carolina Panthers as the sports dietitian working directly with the players.  Jennifer is also the sports dietitian in her second season for the NASCAR team, Roush Fenway Racing.  

Jennifer loves the opportunity to help young females gain confidence through knowledge.  She is the sports nutritionist for LEAD, a female Olympian run business that stands to help young female athletes gain leadership skills and confidence in and out of their sport. Jennifer is a nutrition spokesperson and wellness resource with numerous corporations and media outlets.  In 2016, she received a BOB award by Charlotte magazine for the Best Dietitian in Charlotte.  Recently Jennifer was chosen as part of the Whistle Sports and NFL campaign ‘Unstoppable,’ sharing stories of significant influencers on pro athletes. 

Jennifer was National Champion runner-up in the 100 and 200 freestyles at the 2004 NCAA Division 1 Championships.  She competed in the 2004 Olympic Trials in the 50, 100, and 200 frees.  After graduating she was named the 2004 University of South Carolina’s Female Student Athlete of the Year.  She later went on to Arizona State where she earned a degree in Dietetics.  In 2009 Jennifer and her husband moved back to the Carolinas.  Upon arrival in the Carolinas Jennifer completed her Masters in Human Nutrition and RD clinical rotations from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.  

Jennifer is married to Nicholas Brunelli, previously an American record holder and World Champion swimmer.  They have two children, daughter Sloane and son Nathaniel.