athlete blog posts

Marathon Weekend 10-10-10

Sporting events are one of the few ways that we come together in an experience of community. This weekend fourteen thousand people shared the experience of running, walking or wheeling their way through the streets of Victoria for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. In a world where... more


I am coaching my son's middle school rowing team.  Three coaches, thirty two kids, two volunteers and thirty two pubescent kids who have never rowed before.  Might well be a recipe for a migraine but I am finding myself absolutely loving these kids. My experience in sport spanned twenty... more

Men's Gold Medal Hockey Game

Watched Men's hockey at CAN Fund Athletes House. I called it before USA's second goal by saying seconds before "it would make it more interesting if the US scored." Ooops. Got to say though, it sure made the next sixteen minutes exciting.

What a morning!

We went to Cananda House and my son William and I held the Stanley Cup. Then we found the Canadian Mint and I was given a private audience with the Olympic medals. Each medal is unique, every single one has a different design. Can you imagine? They are absolutely huge and my sons dared to... more

Women's Hockey, Cow Bells and Parties

So there I was at the Women's Gold Medal Hockey game as guest of Premier Gordon Campbell, when I decide to go get a bottle of water without disturbing any of my box mates. I climb over the seats and somehow one of my feet get stuck between the back of the chair and the floor, causing me... more

Gold Medal for CAN Fund

A gold medal should go to Jane Roos and the Canadian Athletes Now Fund. Over the past thirteen years this woman and the fund that she named, have raised millions of dollars that go directly to our Olympic athletes. Thirteen members of Canada's Women's Gold medal hockey team received... more

Sport and Gender - a Female Perspective

Back on the Ferry to Vancouver again today and the Olympic fever just seems to be growing. Doesn't hurt that our women won FOUR MEDALS yesterday. Spectacular and reminds me about how fortunate we are to live in a country that presents so many opportunities for women in sport. This in fact... more

Own the Podium

Funny how a name can mean so many different things to different people. I have heard people comment that "Own the Podium" is unCanadian, it flies against Canadian graciousness and humble demeanor. Only this morning I read that perhaps the name itself puts too much pressure on the athletes... more

Olympians Can't Get Tickets

I was talking to some of my Olympic comrades this weekend and as a group, they are feeling a little left out. Here are the Olympics happening on Canadian soil, and the majority of Olympic athletes, never mind the majority of Canadians, can't even get tickets. I am getting emails everyday... more

Go Canada Go!

The oval was shaking from shouts of “go Canada go” for Christine Nesbitt. When halfway through that last lap she looked to be still almost half a second off pace and I really wondered whether she could pull it though. And then there she was crossing, and when we all looked up it said... more