Getting the First Canadian Olympic Fencer to Medal

Maxime Brinck-Croteau plans to stand on the podium in Rio next month as the winner of Canada’s first Olympic medal in fencing. That’s not just his dream: it’s the reason he trained for four years very, very far from home.Born and raised across the river from Ottawa, Max started fencing at age 10. Beginning a sport at a young age is not unheard of for elite athletes. But it’s not every Olympic hopeful who moves to China for several years for the sole purpose of qualifying for the next games. That’s exactly what Max did: five years ago, he quit...

Hilary Herman: I have overcome

Much of life is defined by challenges and how you overcome them. I have certainly overcome a number of unique obstacles in my young life, and they have shaped me in ways unparalleled. After an incredible 8-year journey, I am able to embrace everything that I have fought through and for to become the strong and confident woman I am today. Here is my story….Dwindling DownWhen I first began my journey into Muay Thai, I was the last person you ever would have imagined capable of stepping into the ring. I was scouted as a high fashion model at the...

Lynda Kiejko- Shooting for Rio

Lynda Kiejko is a competitive pistol shooter from Calgary, Canada. She is a 2016 Rio Olympian and is proud and excited to be representing Canada this summer. So far her campaign has reached 57% of her $12,000 total campaign goal with 26 days remaining. Lynda has big shoulders on which to climb because she is the third member of her family to become an Olympian. Lynda began her began her crowdfunding campaign so that she could bring together all her supporters across the country. She wanted to give anyone interested an opportunity to join her journey. This is her first...

Muhammad Ali: The Transcendence of Sports

On Friday night the world learned of the tragic passing of Muhammad Ali. His fight against Parkinson’s disease came to an abrupt end in Phoenix. The world of sports was orphaned of one of its greatest icons. Few have ever rivaled Mohammed Ali’s stature in sports and few can claim the spot he had as a cultural icon really for the entire world. A truth too painful to admit would be that we might never see a person of his kind ever again. However, we remember him now as a legend athletically, socially and historically.Muhammad Ali was a World Heavyweight...