- Published on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 08:56 05 March 2014
- Written by OLIVIA GRECU OLIVIA GRECU
From fashion to fitness, Lynne Loiselle prepares for nationals
Lynne Loiselle is an elite bodybuilder. Since her very first competition in 2004, Loiselle has been a force to be reckoned with having competed in over a dozen bodybuilding competitions across Canada.
Her first- and second-place finishes at the Alberta Bodybuilding Association's southern and provincial competitions this past summer even earned her a trip to nationals in the fall of 2014.
Her competition results speak for themselves about her dedication and hard work, but 44-year-old Loiselle hasn't always been the powerhouse she is today. Before getting into weightlifting and doing her first competition 10 years ago, she was a fashion model.
- Published on Saturday, 01 February 2014 12:06 01 February 2014
- Written by GEOFF CRANE GEOFF CRANE
How one of Calgary's best covers the ever-changing world of sports
As a sports columnist for the Calgary Herald, George Johnson's job is to capture the biggest moments in sports. He puts together compelling stories, using his unique personality and flair to tell the tale.
He has not only become known for his entertaining style of writing, but for conveying the passion he has for the world of sports and the characters within it.
But Johnson fears that he may be the last of a fading generation of writers, giving way to a new group of generic reporters who are focused on quantity, rather than quality.
"Expediency seems to have taken over for a lot of the quality," Johnson says. "For someone who wants to write now, don't be afraid. Show some personality in your writing. Sometimes it's going to be awful – God knows it still is 36 years later – but at least I tried."
- Published on Friday, 31 January 2014 13:48 31 January 2014
- Written by JUSTIN WILSON JUSTIN WILSON
Calgary indie radio show host shifts focus from the airwaves to his health
It's Halloween, and Internet radio host Bill Laplante is broadcasting his show Big Bill's Indie Underground live from the Blind Beggar Pub. The broadcast marks the one-year anniversary of the show's official launch party.
Costumed attendees are flooding the Beggar for the 2013 Halloween Monster Jam, several of whom beeline it to Laplante, who is sitting just to the left of the stage, his long hair hanging from under his trademark black bandana. Behind an array of headphones, microphones, a mixer and a laptop decked out with the logos of several local bands, Laplante is in his comfort zone.
Many at the venue are musicians who have been guests on Laplante's local radio show. They've had their songs played, voices heard, engaged in serious discussions and told tasteless jokes, which Laplante says is the show's norm.
- Published on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:32 18 December 2013
- Written by TERA SWANSON TERA SWANSON
How a hiker, scrambler, and trail runner brought his passions together
With less than two years of mountain and alpine running experience under his belt, Tom Amaral has made significant progress in a sport that many have never heard of.
What began as hiking, scrambling and training for ultra-marathons quickly transformed into the niche sport of alpine running.
It all began after a successful summer season in 2012 of scrambling and hiking. Amaral made a trip out to Healy Pass for his last training run before competing in the 50-kilometre Salomon Grizzly Ultra Marathon in Canmore, Alta.