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Sport for Life Canadian Summit announces Keynote Speaker: ASHFM Honoured Member Lanny McDonald
Article from Sport For Life: NHL legend Lanny McDonald to deliver keynote speech on inclusion at the 2018 Sport for Life Canadian Summit
The Sport for Life Society is pleased to announce that Lanny McDonald will deliver a keynote address on inclusion in sport and physical activity at the 2018 Sport for Life Canadian Summit, which takes place in Gatineau, Quebec from January 23-25.
Although Lanny McDonald is best known for his outstanding 16-year NHL career -culminating in leading the Calgary Flames to a Stanley Cup in 1989 - the hockey legend is also a dedicated community leader and philanthropist. During and following his hockey career, McDonald has worked diligently with many organizations that promote inclusion in sport and physical activity.
This year's Summit will focus on collaboration within the sport system and across the recreation, education and health sectors in order to give participants the best possible chance to succeed. As an ambassador for Canadian Tire Jumpstart, a charity dedicated to making it possible for all kids to participate, McDonald supports the organization's goal of providing greater access to sport and play to Canadian children with disabilities. This work exemplifies the theme of the 2018 Summit, Working Together.
McDonald has been a champion for inclusion since his rookie season in the NHL. In 1974 he represented the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Special Olympics Summer Games, and since that time has been involved with the Special Olympics' awareness and fundraising campaigns. He was named honorary coach of the Special Olympics Summer Games in Calgary in 1986. In addition, McDonald has committed his time and influence to a number of other charities. This, paired with his successful NHL career, make McDonald an inspiration both on and off the ice.
ASHFM Volunteer Christmas Party
This year, our Volunteer Christmas Party took a twist! Volunteers, Staff, and Board took part in a Murder Mystery, including intrigue, vendettas, and of course, a delicious meal! We hope you enjoyed your evening as much as we did.
We put on this annual party to say thank you to our volunteers for everything they do to make the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum run smoothly! Volunteers are an integral part of our team and we really couldn't accomplish the things we do without your hard work and dedication.
If you're interested in becoming a Volunteer at the ASHFM, please contact Megan at
Honoured Member Beckie Scott Weighs in on the Russian Olympic Ban
Article from CBC: Retired cross-country skier Beckie Scott lauds Russian Olympic ban
Beckie Scott says she's encouraged by the International Olympic Committee's decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics and allow only clean athletes from that country to compete as neutrals.
The former Canadian cross-country skier has been an anti-doping campaigner since her bronze medal in 2002 was upgraded from silver and then to gold because athletes who finished ahead of her were disqualified over failed doping tests.
The IOC says Russian athletes have to prove they're clean in order to compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February. They can't wear the Russian flag or hear the Russian anthem played if they win gold.
Scott is the chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency's athlete committee. She says the IOC's announcement sends a strong message to clean athletes that they'll be protected.
She also says if she was competing in Pyeongchang, she would feel there is a greater chance at a level playing field.
At 29, Scott became the first North American woman to capture a cross-country skiing Olympic medal by finishing third in the women's five-kilometre pursuit on Feb. 15, 2002.
Scott was lifted into the silver-medal position and eventually into top spot after winner Olga Danilova and silver medallist Larissa Lazutina of Russia were both disqualified for doping offences.
Scott received the silver medal at a ceremony in 2004. The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland then ruled in December that Scott should be upgraded to gold due to Danilova's infraction.
Russian athletes to appeal
Both Danilova and Lazutina tested positive for darbepoetin, which enhances endurance by stimulating the production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells.
The recently banned Russian athletes have said they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.
Any sanctions imposed by the IOC can also be challenged at CAS, and later at Switzerland's supreme court, which can intervene if legal process has been abused.
The IOC said a panel of officials chaired by former France Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron will decide which athletes to accept at the Olympics in February.
Canada 150, Capturing a country through sport, Part 1 - The Toronto Star
Article from Toronto Star: Canada 150: Capturing a country through sport
There have been so many great sports stories since Confederation, it’s hard to pick just one that stands out. To celebrate our country’s birthday, The Star offers 150 of them in a 10-part series, beginning with memorable people and moments in our sporting history and running until Canada Day.
To capture the essence of sports in Canada over the last 150 years is to try to capture the essence of the country as a whole.
It is to tell the story of the coming together of cultures from around the world, encompassing sports of every imaginable ilk because there is so much about this country, its people and its sportswomen and sportsmen to remember.
It goes from the ubiquitous hockey that is ours to treasure and celebrate to runners and jumpers, skiers, skaters, snooker players, dart throwers and footballers — women and men whose impact on Canadian life has transcended fields of play.
Athletes and teams who have done Canada proud on a global stage, those who have been part of us for years and those who have been like stars shooting across the sporting landscape.
There are so many great stories, memorable moments, individuals and teams to cherish. There are moments of great heartbreak and disappointment. There are tales of perseverance and celebration.
There is no one single thing that stands out because the impact of sports and sports stories in Canada since Confederation is breathtaking.
Starting today and running until July 1, The Star will present a 10-part series to try and capture the quintessential moments and people of the last 150 years, to stir memories and celebrate history.
There is no one common theme that runs through the list because it is impossible to find one, just as it’s impossible to find one common thread that has carried Canada from 1867 until now.
The 150 people and events that we’ve come up with is not an all-encompassing list; it captures a representative look of Canadian sports and athletes and offers a glimpse of what we’ve done, how we did it and what it meant.
Once asked what it meant to be “wholly Canadian,” Steve Nash said this:
“One thing it is to be wholly Canadian is to not get carried away with this answer, you know? We know who we are, we do our best, we try to play as a team and we try to look out for other people rather than ourselves more often than not and let’s just leave it at that.
“It becomes wholly un-Canadian to gush over that answer, you know?”
Maybe. Maybe not.
Maybe now is the time to gush a little bit as we approach the 150th birthday of our country.
Maybe it is time to shine a light on so many great years of Canadian sports, great moments of Canadian sports, great people of Canadian sports.
We hope the next 10 days makes you smile and think. We hope you learn some things and remember some others. We hope it captures us.
The numbers are almost too much to comprehend: 200 points in an NHL season on four different occasions, 894 goals and 1,963 assists in 1,487 games, nine Hart Trophy wins as the NHL’s most valuable player, 16 seasons of 100+ points, four Stanley Cup championships with the dynastic Edmonton Oilers.
The Great One? Indeed.
The Brantford native is always in the conversation about the greatest hockey player ever; he wasn’t the biggest or strongest or fastest player on the ice but his intelligence and a sixth sense that seemed to let him see plays before they developed set him apart.
He credits his father, the equally famous and beloved Walter Gretzky, with helping him develop the instincts that made him such a special athlete.
“I’ve just learned to guess what’s going to happen next,” he said. “It’s anticipation. It’s not God-given, it’s Wally-given.”