More about Natascha Wesch

Born on the outskirts of Montreal, QC, Natascha Wesch competed in many sports while growing up, such as tennis, gymnastics, ringette, hockey, soccer, and many others. Just before starting university, Natascha fell in love with the sport of rugby. Within one year of being introduced to the sport, Natascha represented her province at the senior national championships, and within two years she represented her country on the international stage.

Natascha attended Concordia University where she played both varsity hockey and varsity rugby. She studied Exercise Science and specialized in Athletic Therapy. In her graduating year, Natascha was named the Concordia University Stingers Female Athlete of the Year.

In 1994, Natascha moved to London, Ontario to pursue a master's degree in Exercise Physiology/Biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario. There, Natascha started the Mustangs varsity women's rugby program and developed it into one of the leading forces in Canadian women's rugby. The program continues to be a breeding ground for provincial, national, and international female rugby athletes. After 22 years and multiple championships with the Western Mustangs, Natascha retired from her university varsity coaching role in 2016 to dedicate her time to her teaching, private practice, and family life.

Throughout her graduate work, Natascha continued to play rugby for Canada and compete in several international tournaments, including two World Cups. Natascha also began coaching at the provincial and national levels, and became heavily involved in rugby in Ontario and Canada. She led the Ontario junior provincial program to several national championships and helped put the Canadian junior national program on the world map. Natascha also lead the Canadian National Senior Women's 7s team to the inaugural Rugby World Cup in Dubai. Natascha also became involved on the administrative side of sport as a board director with Rugby Ontario and Rugby Canada.

Following the completion of her master's degree, Natascha became a full-time faculty member in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario. After almost a decade of teaching, she returned to full-time studies to pursue a PhD in Sport Psychology and then pursued her post-doctoral studies at McMaster University working with the Spinal Cord Injury population. After working in private practice in the area of Sport and Performance Psychology, Natascha returned to full time studies to earn a Masters in Counselling Psychology at Western University. This most recent degree permits Natascha to provide a hollistic approach to her consulting work to include performance psychology as well as mental health and well-being counselling to athletes and elite performers in various domains. Natascha continues to teach at the University of Western Ontario, yet spends the majority of her time in her consulting and counselling practice helping athletes and elite performers master their mental game.