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F.I.R.S.T. Place for Human Performance

Doug Swanson

  • Red Deer, Alberta
  • 403-896-7316


F.I.R.S.T. Place was established in 1996 after years of exploring and experimenting with sport psychology principles many athletes of the Titans Track Club, Red Deer. With many talented athletes capturing local, regional, provincial and national honours I was fortunate to hone my skills. My first venture outside of track and field  was into Hockey Alberta's Program of Excellence.    Hockey Alberta, through Scott Robinson, Barb Marsh and Rick Polutnik  were huge sponsors and mentors, who started me on a thrilling journey through literally thousands of athletes and hundreds of sports.  Three years into the development of F.I.R.S.T. Place for Human Performance,  I was very fortunate to have been mentored by Brian MacNaughton, Brian Ellerman and Rob Dawson as the "sport psych guy" for our 1999 Alberta Canada Winter Games  team where we captured a Gold Medal.  Twenty-two years later  (1996-2018) I continue to be thrilled with many opportunities to support, athletes, coaches and associations in the design and development of mental  skills. 

Current program efforts include Seasonal Planning for Mental Skills and three main Mental Skills Seminars 1) Life is Hard - Get a Helmet; 2) Put on the Helmet and 3) Polish the Helmet. I frequently venture into education and human service venues with Influence through Relationships. Additionally, any opportunity to speak and explore Applied Behavior Analysis (Positive Behavior Support) is welcomed.  

I am currently engaged in many writing activities including manuscripts entitled Walden 3, Re-frame, Postcards and Inked.   

I am very fortunate to be afforded many opportunities to do what I love to do. Favourite quote, for my entire professional teaching career, continues to be, "I am a teacher of athletes; he / she that spreads a wider breast than my own, proves the worth of my own (Walt Whitman).