Carol Huynh
B.A. Psychology, M. Counselling
Mental Performance Consultant intern

Carol Huynh has years of experience as a high-performance athlete. She was an 11x Canadian Champion, 4x World medalist, 2x Pan-American Games Champion, Commonwealth Games Champion, and 2x Olympic medalist.

Her Olympic journey spanned 4 Olympic Games, all with quite different roles and experiences.

  • Carol was the alternate for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens where she supported her teammate towards her Olympic dream.
  • She competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where she won the first Gold medal of the Games for Canada and the first Gold Medal for a Canadian woman in the sport of wrestling.
  • In 2012, Carol competed at the London Olympic Games with a bronze medal finish.
  • In 2016, Carol was the assistant Chef de Mission for the Canadian Olympic team. In this role, she represented and supported the incredible team of athletes, coaches, support staff, and volunteers that make such a huge endeavor, a success.

Since her retirement from competition, Carol has been coaching in the sport of wrestling. She coached the Dino’s Wrestling Club out of the University of Calgary supporting junior, varsity, and senior athletes. She is currently employed by Wrestling Canada Lutte as the Next Gen West Coach.

Carol’s passion is to share not only her technical and tactical knowledge, but her knowledge and experience with mental performance.

Carol attended Simon Fraser University in Burnaby B.C. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Kinesiology.

Immediately after her Gold medal win at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, she continued her studies through Athabasca University, where she completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology, finishing with a practicum at the Calgary Counselling Centre.

Carol is NCCP Competition Development certified and is currently enrolled in the Advanced Coaching Diploma at the Canadian Sport Institute of Calgary. 

Carol is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees and was the first of her family born in Canada. She grew up in the small town of Hazelton where she found a passion for sport.

Carol pursued this passion, eventually making it onto the World stage, competing for Canada at multiple Games and Championships.

She is now a coach, a student, a wife, and a mother of two energetic young children.

Balancing family life, coaching, her studies, and her internship, she has realized a common thread: mental performance skills.

Caring for our mental and emotional well-being is paramount to our endeavors, whether it is striving to be a better athlete, coach, student, spouse, employer, or parent.

Carol attributes a focus on mental performance skills to the success she found as an athlete and she continues to use these skills to strive for her current goals.