Leah Goldstein

Ultra Endurance Cyclist, World Kick Boxing Champion, Elite Commando Instructor and Self Defense Expert

Leah Goldstein

Leah Goldstein has never let anything get in the way of her achieving her goals.  No matter how impossible they seemed to everyone around her.

As a young girl, she wanted to be Bruce Lee. Growing up in Vancouver, B.C. with new immigrant parents, Leah was bullied because of her accent and a limp.  She learned the concept of fight or flight early and realized for many, we don't do either but instead, we freeze.  The day she chose to fight instead of flee her bullies, she realized facing her problems made them disappear.   When she attained the World Kick Boxing Champion title at 17, her focus became to become James Bond.  She enlisted in the Israeli Defense Force and became the first female Elite Commando instructor who transitioned into a special-forces unit, combating terrorism and violent crimes.

The extreme lifestyle of the secret police took its toll, and she decided to move back to Canada and found her salvation on a bicycle.  She was told she was too old to compete but she defied the odds and started winning races.  A life changing cycling accident in 2005 and the massive pain involved in healing and retraining derailed her cycling goals as she was told she could never compete again.  Leah used her trademark mental endurance to train on her own and went on to win one of the world’s most excruciating physical challenges - the Ultra Endurance, 3000 Mile Race Across America. Despite Shermer's Neck on Day 4, Leah won RAAM ( Race Across America) , with her head tied back by her hair in intolerable pain for 8 days.  

Leah's is a story of the will to succeed, the commitment and resilience to reach your dreams and to live a life with NO LIMITS. Leah shares an inspiring message of strength, perseverance, and the determinant will to never give up and empowers all who hear her to push past their limits. 

Leah volunteers her time to encourage women and youth. Her Self Defense training equips them with necessary skills to defend themselves and often it has even save their lives.  Leah supports At Risk Youth Boys and Girls Clubs. 

Leah's personal memoir, "No Limits" was published 2015. No Limits sweeps its readers into the mind of a champion – battling bullies, sexism, terrorism and more.  

In 2020 a documentary about her incredibly inspiring life story will be released. 


  1. Mental Resilience

    Achieving higher performance levels or what seems like an impossible goal is nothing new to Leah Goldstein.  Since the age of 14 when she achieved her black belt and at 17 when she became the World Kick Boxing Champion, Leah learned that training her mind was as important if not more important than training her body. 

    In this keynote, she shares why her ability to be stronger than her competitors mentally has been key to her success.  She shares why we can often sabotage what is possible by not having the mental resilience to endure moving past our comfort levels.   We live using stimulants or "crutches" to endure but Leah knows that these methods can never carry you past the hurdles you didn’t expect.  Instead they can create an excuse or I can't mindset.

    Leah shares the three ways she trains her mind to be her most powerful resilient tool and how focusing on how you use your mind when striving to reach a goal will have a direct impact on the results.

  2. NO Limits - the Resilient Mindset

    In this keynote Leah inspires audiences with her incredible stories of moving forward despite all obstacles in her way.   She shares her mantra that making a decision is the first step but what is more important is to believe in your decision!  Believing in it is key to the resilient mindset.  It will allow you to overcome any obstacle and carry you across any finish line.  

  3. Self Defense/Krav Maga Workshop

    This Self Defense Workshop with Leah Goldstein, World Kickboxing Champion & Krav Maga instructor will equip you with the necessary skills to defend yourself and perhaps even save your life. Half of all Canadian women will be the victims of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime – do not be one of them! Krav Maga Instructor, Leah Goldstein, teaches men and women the skills necessary to defend themselves! Learn how to carry yourself assertively, check your surroundings to avoid danger, and most importantly of all, how to fight! Find out how to deliberately harness your power to protect yourself. Leah will teach Krav (fight) Ma Ga ( with your hands), Israel's national form of self defense with it's motto "fight to kill". She will also teach you how to use random objects in the most lethal way to protect yourself. Discover the strategies and awareness mindset that will keep you safe and re-ignite your belief that you are more powerful than you think.

  4. Diversity, Hidden Bias and Missed Opportunities

    In Society we still seem to struggle with diversity in gender, age, ethnicity and cultural differences, sexual orientation and social status.  Leah shares her personal stories of facing bias through her journey in competitive sports and anti-terrorism organizations.  She shares how her determination opened doors that were otherwise firmly shut.  And once opened, she proved that success can be best achieved through the creation of a diverse team all working toward the same goal. Leah instills the deep realization that acceptance can have rewarding and lasting societal impacts and that a shift towards a culture of diversity will open up opportunities for individuals, organizations and the world

Leah is captivating. Her message is powerful. She speaks to determination and resolution. Her journey of adventure, harrowing obstacles, personal and societal challenges has a lasting impact. Leah Podollan - Owner, The Podollan Group of Companies Leah Goldstein has spoken at various RCMP events, Corrections Canada, WOW conventions etc. and the feedback is awesome. She is very direct, funny and speaks to why and what holds us back from living better lives. Her story is simply unbelievable. Linda Edgecombe - Re-Invention Strategist, Author, Speaker Leah has a fascinating and informative life story that takes you on a journey into the heart and mind of a champion athlete to reveal how she was able to conquer challenges that could have crushed her spirit. Leah’s lessons show you how to go the extra mile in your sport and life.
Dr. Jim Afrenow - Ph.D
Author of The Champion's Mind
We had such a great week with Leah Goldstein! We’re so happy you found us via Stedman, Oprah and Girls Inc. National. Your classes embodied the essence of what it means to be a strong, smart and bold woman. Please come back to join us again when you are in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Linda Boessenecker
CEO, Girls. Inc
I always knew Leah Goldstein was hardcore but this book (No Limits) takes any notion I had to a whole other level. This is an incredible story of a life lived from the heart of a champion.
Clara Hughes, O.C. 6-Time Olympic Medalist
On behalf of the Government of Alberta, I would like to thank you for providing your expertise and knowledge to the delegates of Vitalize 2013. The sessions were very well received and your efforts were greatly appreciated.
Leah Paton
Special Initiatives Consultant, Alberta Culture
There were nothing but very positive responses regarding your presentation and many are in wonderment of the exceptional individual you are. You were very well received Leah and your story resonated with the group. They were still talking about your presentation the next day.
Phil Benson
Executive Director, Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials
Leah, you knocked it out of the ballpark! I am rarely speechless, and felt like a blithering idiot trying to express myself after your talk. You completely WOWed them. I can't thank you enough for bringing your fabulous light to WOW.
Christine Awram
Founder, Women of Worth Conferences
Leah has a fascinating and informative life story that takes you on a journey into the heart and mind of a champion athlete to reveal how she was able to conquer challenges that could have crushed her spirit. Leah’s lessons show you how to go the extra mile in your sport and life.
Dr. Jim Afremow - Ph.D.
Author of The Champion’s Mind

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