Honoured Member Beckie Scott Resigns from WADA Committee
Article from CBC written by Eddie Pells of The Associated Press: Beckie Scott resigns from WADA committee that recommended reinstating Russian Anti-Doping Agency
The move comes after that six-person committee recommended on Friday that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) be reinstated.
WADA made changes to some of the most stringent requirements to bring RUSADA back into compliance following a nearly three-year suspension.
Scott will remain as the chair of WADA's athlete committee.
RUSADA was first ruled non-compliant and suspended in November of 2015, following a report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren that found evidence of drug abuse coverups — including while Russia hosted the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
WADA softened a demand that Russia accept the findings of the McLaren report, which stated that the government directed doping that led to winning Olympic medals.
Russia has also agreed to turn over data and doping samples that could help corroborate positive tests, though no firm date has been set.
The WADA executive committee meets next week to decide whether to accept the review panel's recommendation.
When WADA announced the review panel's decision Friday, it came under fire from athletes and anti-doping leaders around the world, who decried, among other things, the agency's lack of transparency.
In response, WADA released six letters Saturday detailing the negotiations between the review committee, WADA leaders, including Olivier Niggli and Craig Reedie, and the Russian minister of sport, Pavel Kolobkov.
In an email sent to media that linked to the letters, WADA said it "has been leading the drive to ensure that Russia meets the Roadmap in full."
"The fact is that leadership requires flexibility," the email said. "The proposals made in the ... letter are grounded in pragmatism and are nuanced interpretations of the Roadmap in order to bring matters to a conclusion and to not allow the significant progress that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency has made over the last two years, under WADA's supervision, to be undone."
But Scott wasn't the only one dissatisfied with the process.
German athletes' representative Silke Kassner called on WADA to postpone next week's decision and said Niggli and Reedie have learned "absolutely nothing. ... Whole process much too intransparent and at late notice."
And Edwin Moses, the chairman of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times that the WADA decision "has sparked shock among sports fans and clean athletes worldwide, who, like me, and with no transparency from the global anti-doping body, are scratching their heads at this abrupt, curiously timed development."
One of WADA's reworked requirements was that instead of publically accepting findings from the McLaren Report, Russia specifically accept a finding in the Schmid report that stated "a number of individuals within the Ministry of Sport and its subordinated entities' were involved in the `manipulations'."
Russia's ultimate response, in a letter sent by Kolobkov on Thursday: "The Russian Federation fully accepted the decision of the IOC Executive Board ... that was made based on the findings of the Schmid report." The review panel deemed that acceptable.
Regarding the data and samples, Kolobkov wrote that Russia would facilitate handing them over "After the reinstatement of RUSADA and the consent of the Russian Investigative Committee," which has been conducting its own probe into who was responsible for the doping scheme.
WADA, in its email, said if the data isn't provided within a strict time limit, then the review committee will recommend to the executive committee that RUSADA be again declared noncompliant.
2018 Summer Students
The end of the summer means saying goodbye to our amazing Summer Students.
Jenna Dudar, Summer Coordinator
Matt Zentner, Collections and Research Assistant
Lisa Martell, Summer Education Assistant
Some of their amazing projects included Collections work, exhibit design, education planning and events such as the Teddy Bear Bash and the Beyond the Classroom Education Summer Series. We hope our students enjoy their time with us, we know we are sure going to miss them!
We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada.
Nous reconnaissons l'appui du gouvernement du Canada.
Honoured Member Hayley Wickenheiser Joins Toronto Maple Leafs
Article from CBC written by The Canadian Press: Hayley Wickenheiser joins Maple Leafs as player development assistant director
4-time Olympic champion, born in Saskatchewan, retired as a player last year.
Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas wasn't specifically looking to add a woman to Toronto's front office.
Hayley Wickenheiser was simply the best fit.
One of the top players in women's hockey history, Wickenheiser was named the club's new assistant director of player development Thursday.
The four-time Olympic gold medallist will monitor Leafs prospects in the WHL, and is expected to travel to Toronto a couple times a month to work with players on both the Leafs and the AHL's Marlies.
"The biggest reason why I was intrigued about this role is that Kyle was interested in me — not to hire a woman, but to hire someone who could do the job," Wickenheiser said on a conference call. "I feel pretty confident in my abilities to be in this role and that I belong and can handle myself with anyone."
The 40-year-old from Shaunavon, Sask., retired as a player in 2017, finishing as the career leading scorer for the Canadian women's national team with 168 goals and 211 assists for 379 points in 276 games.
"I know how those guys think, how they approach the game, day in and day out," she said. "I can help players get better and understand what it takes to get better.
"Every time you step on the ice, whether it's with a player or a coach, you can always learn something or take something."
Wickenheiser, who will continue studying medicine at the University of Calgary, said it was important for her to get back into a sport where she's helped blaze a trail for women and girls.
"I love being around people that are the best at what they do," she said. "To work for the Toronto Maple Leafs is a pretty huge honour, and it's a big responsibility.
"I understand well what pressure is in playing for Canada on the world stage. Hopefully some of those experiences I've that had can help some of these players."
Wickenheiser, the MVP of women's tournament at both the 2002 and 2006 Olympics, attended the Leafs' development camp as a guest coach in June.
"When we go through any process of hiring people to add to our program, we're looking for the best people. Period," Dubas said. "Hayley was certainly the best person to fill that role because of her expertise in hockey, her experience of being an elite player at every level.
"Getting to know her and talking to her, I just thought the way that Hayley thinks about hockey and life could be a massive benefit to our player development program, but also our program in general."
The Leafs also announced Scott Pellerin has been elevated to senior director of player development and that Stephane Robidas will serve as director of player development, while Noelle Needham and Victor Carneiro have been brought onboard as amateur scouts.
Dubas said adding more diversity to the Leafs — the team already employs former Olympian Barbara Underhill as a power skating coach — with hires like Wickenheiser and Needham can only help the franchise reach its ultimate goal.
"Research shows that the more diverse your organization, the better your decision making, the better your operation in general," he said. "If you're only hiring white males, and I'm saying that as a white male, you're probably leaving a lot on the table in terms of where your organization can go and how it can think and how it can evolve and develop.
"We're looking for the best candidates and we're not pushing anybody aside. I think sports in general are moving well in that direction."
While a woman has yet to step behind an NHL bench, Becky Harmon has been an assistant coach with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs since 2014, while Kathryn Smith became the NFL's first full-time female assistant during the 2016 season with the Buffalo Bills. The NFL and NBA also employ female officials.
Wickenheiser said that although she realizes the new gig is another step for women in hockey, and sports in general, her focus is more on doing the job properly than thinking about what it means.
"It's about being competent and being good at what you do," she said. "I also understand that there will be a lot of young girls that will see this as knocking down barriers for them to maybe dream to do the same thing.
"It does show forward-thinking, it shows young girls that they can really do anything, but at the same time there's a competency and a performance standard."
2018 Summer Artefacts Newsletter
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Feature Exhibit: The Games We Play
Written By Breanna Suk, Collections and Exhibit Coordinator, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
In February, we launched our new feature exhibit “The Games We Play,” which is filled with traditional table top games, some indigenous hand games, and several video game consoles.
The feedback we received from friends, volunteers, and guests has been overwhelmingly positive, however we are often asked, ‘How do games, especially video games, tie into sports?’ I love this question because it allows me to share why this exhibit means so much to me and why I was so excited to do the research, write the storyline, and watch the whole exhibit come together.
I grew up in a house where we played family games more than sports, so these were my very first introductions to sports. I vividly remember sitting on the floor playing crokinole with my grandpa while he visited from Ontario. I remember the strange phantom pain I felt in my fingertips when the game piece hit the pegs, even though my fingers were nowhere near the board. Later, while watching the Ferby Four curl on TV with my dad, I made the connection between the sport of curling and the crokinole game.
I have similar memories of video games. I can remember being 5 or 6 and watching my brother play NHL ‘95. He took the time to explain to me who all the different players and teams were and his choices. It is the first real memory I have that is attached to hockey, which is now one of my favourite sports to watch and follow. These childhood memories give a broader appreciation for how these games allow us, as children and fans, to interact with the teams and players we love. Now married, I spend many nights curled up with my husband as he plays NHL ‘18 and MLB Showtime.
When I started planning this exhibit, I was very nervous. While I love creating exhibits highlighting
technology and equipment evolution, I was even more excited to make something that would prompt my generation and younger to
remember their first sports video games. While “The Games We Play” might not be what you expect in a sports museum, this exhibit will show exactly how games and sports belong together.