Big shots in Toronto, long shots in Calgary sports markets

In both markets, money is an issue. That makes sense in Calgary, but not so much in Toronto

Big shots in Toronto, long shots in Calgary sports marketsThe week of infamy has begun for Toronto Blue Jays fans. Three years ago their team was a powerhouse, seemingly on the brink of a trip to the World Series. But the week before Major League Baseball’s 2019 trading deadline finds the Blue Jays gone from powerhouse to house of cards. The power and the…

Creating high-performance cultures in business

Former Canadian Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury of Great Traits talks about how sport shaped him and helps him inspire businesses

Creating high-performance cultures in businessFormer Canadian Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury is a founder of Great Traits. What is Great Traits and what does it do? Tewksbury: Debbie Muir and I have taken our vast Olympic experience and distilled it into high-performance traits for the corporate world. Our Corporate Champions Program helps leaders create a high-performance culture in their organizations.…

Jim Bouton’s impact reached far beyond the baseball diamond

The Ball Four author was a significant social activist, speaking out about apartheid, and exposing small-town government and media corruption

Jim Bouton’s impact reached far beyond the baseball diamondJim Bouton died this month at age 80. The plethora of Bouton obituaries and tributes since have focused on his pitching career, which included winning a couple World Series games with the New York Yankees, and the blockbuster book Ball Four he wrote about his 1969 season. But Jim Bouton was also an influential sports…

Call for equal pay for women for equal play falls flat

Let's face it: women's sports are second-tier entertainment, which even most women don't support

Call for equal pay for women for equal play falls flatThe men’s final at Wimbledon on Sunday took five immortal sets of tennis over four hours 57 minutes before Novak Djokovic finally outlasted Roger Federer in a stirring contest that ended in a fifth-set tiebreaker at 13-12. Saturday’s women’s final lasted just 56 minutes in two quick sets for Simona Halep to upset Serena Williams.…

A young hero for all to emulate

Jesse Canney's performance at the recent Special Olympics has been a catalyst for breaking down the barriers of marginalization

A young hero for all to emulateJesse Canney did New Brunswick proud. He was a competitive swimmer at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. He returned to New Brunswick in late March with three gold medals – in the 1,500-metres freestyle, the 800-metres freestyle and the four-by-100-metres freestyle relay. He also won…

Improving the odds of athletic success

Ron Wuotila of RW Sport Performance Consulting talks about the importance of leadership, commitment to detail, discipline and belief

Improving the odds of athletic successRon Wuotila is president at RW Sport Performance Consulting. What is RW Sport Performance Consulting and what do you do? Wuotila: I help high-performance sport organizations, coaches and leaders get better. Much of my consulting work with organizations focuses on assessment and healthy reflection as a means to ensure that they have the right strategies,…

Fine dining event supports Special Olympics

An annual fundraising evening offered fine food and entertainment served up by a local business and volunteers

Fine dining event supports Special Olympics  Kenneth Brown of The Clarion An annual evening of fine food and entertainment served up by a local business is helping to support the athletes involved with Special Olympics Kindersley. Each year the Kindersley branch of Hub International sponsors an evening of fine dining and proceeds from the event have gone to a different…

Calgarians rebelled against the mother hens

Big forces were at play in the campaign to vote yes to hosting the Olympics. But public distrust was a more powerful force

Calgarians rebelled against the mother hensYou’ve probably already read and heard a lot of so-called experts explaining why the people of Calgary voted against a bid for the 2026 Olympic Games. A lot of the analysis misses the mark. On the surface, it appeared this venture was tailor-made for a city known for its entrepreneurism, can-do spirit and accomplished winter…

A bold alternative to pouring money into another Calgary Olympics

Why not pioneer an Alberta climate change caravan resettlement program as part of an emerging new west?

A bold alternative to pouring money into another Calgary Olympics“Back to the future!” This thought echoes in my brain as I contemplate the imminent plebiscite on whether Calgary agrees to the omnibus International Olympic Committee, provincial and federal offers to co-fund the Winter Olympic Games again, along with some $390 million in Calgary municipal taxpayer dollars. While most Calgarians who were part of the…

Win, lose or draw: the value of sport isn’t dependent on the outcome

Sports are an ongoing battle between ego and soul. If you choose soul, both sides can succeed, no matter what the scoreboard says

Win, lose or draw: the value of sport isn’t dependent on the outcomeWin-at-all-costs (WAAC) ethos greatly damage sports, which at their best are a great socio-cultural practice. The WAAC mentality sees sport as a metaphor for war, in which opponents are evil and must be conquered. It’s a mindset that sees only one thing of value in athletic competition: winning. Football coach Vince Lombardi was quoted as…

Plenty to do during Goose Festival

Festival kicks off in traditional fashion with the Goose Plucking and Potato Peeling events

Plenty to do during Goose FestivalClarion Staff The 46th Kindersley Goose Festival kicks off tomorrow with the usual potato skin shredding and feather flying contests at the stage along Main Street. Goose Festival takes place on Sept. 20-23. Events take place throughout the community on all four days of the festival, but Saturday is the busiest day with events focused…

Follow the leader: the keys to a legendary coach’s success

Communication, trust, care, collective responsibility and pride are the cornerstones of success in sports – and in life

Follow the leader: the keys to a legendary coach’s successMike Krzyzewski said, “When a leader takes responsibility for his own actions and mistakes, he not only sets a good example, he shows a healthy respect for people on his team.” Krzyzewski, better known as Coach K, has been the men’s head basketball coach at Duke University in North Carolina since 1980. He has more…

Town to customize incentive for local company

Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc., owner of the Case IH dealership, plans to develop a parcel of land on the south side of Highway 7

Town to customize incentive for local companyKenneth Brown of The Clarion Town officials are going to customize a tax incentive for a local farm implement dealership looking to develop a parcel of land on the east edge of town. Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc., owner of the Case IH dealership on 12th Ave. West, has plans to develop a parcel of land…

Weighing the viability of Calgary hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics

Bid corporation chair Scott Hutcheson wants to focus on the 'value proposition", that is, the return on investment and the payback for the community

Weighing the viability of Calgary hosting the 2026 Winter OlympicsWell-known Calgary businessman Scott Hutcheson has been selected as the chair of the board of directors for Calgary’s 2026 Olympic Bid Corp. Hutcheson is the co-founder of Aspen Properties and the company’s executive chair of the board. Aspen owns a number of office properties in Calgary and Edmonton. Calgary's Business: Why did you take on this role? Hutcheson: I skied…

Special Olympians earn medals at bowling tournament

Athletes from the area are also involved in track and field, snowshoeing and bocce. And there’s room for more activities, depending on volunteers

Special Olympians earn medals at bowling tournamentKevin McBain of The Clarion The competitive season for athletes who are part of the Kindersley and District Special Olympics organization is winding down. In their most recent action, several athletes attended the annual Bob Pedde five-pin bowling championships in Saskatoon and came back with several awards. The event held April 28 and 29 featured…