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Olympians throwback to the ‘80s for second annual WinSport Legacy Gala

Star athletes go back in time to raise money for next generation of athletes

shewfeltTBNLCalgary is a city built around sports, and its citizens take pride in having world-class facilities to help their homegrown talent. Not only does it require countless hours of training, hard work, and determination to excel in sport, but support from the community is also crucial.

Gymnast Kyle Shewfelt, a 2004 gold medalist, says it is important to give back to support the next wave of world-class athletes, something the WinSport Legacy Gala accomplished with a 1980s flair on Thursday, Sept. 25.

"It's extremely important to contribute to the next generation," Shewfelt said.


Guinness World Record Quidditch match raises money to help children worldwide

Martin Parnell uses Harry Potter game to support Right to Play

Martin-ParnellChallenging a Guinness World Record is ambitious; beating a world record is a feat, but doing it all for a great cause takes it above and beyond.

Martin Parnell—a 58-year-old native of Cochrane, Alta.— has proven to be the type of person to go above and beyond. He is passionate about the impact that play can have on children and their futures. It is this passion that has led Parnell to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

He is challenging himself to beat 10 Guinness World Records at 10 Canadian universities over 26 days. 


Young Calgary hockey fans gear up for 2014 season thanks to KidSport, Comrie's Sports Equipment Bank

New gear warehouse provides disadvantaged kids a chance to play sports

gillespie2Without help, 10-year-old Nathan Robinson-Cowan might have been shut out from playing his favourite sport this season.

Everything changed this fall, with the inception of a used equipment warehouse that provides kids from low-income families with free, used sporting goods.

Nathan is one of the first recipients of the recently opened Comrie's Sports Equipment Bank. It set up shop in mid-August and has serviced a number of families already.

"It means a lot," Nathan said, smiling. "I'm pretty excited. Very thankful."

Nathan's mom, Grace Robinson, says as a single working mother, this type of help makes a big difference because it wouldn't have been possible for her son to play.


Homophobia in pro football trickles down to impressionable youth

Anti-gay slur bothers high school athlete, activist

LGBTFOOTBALL-thmbnlA high school football player and an LGBT sport activist are disappointed after a Canadian Football League player uttered a homophobic slur during a recent game.

In his public apology, Edmonton Eskimo cornerback Pat Watkins said he "honestly didn't intend to offend anybody" with his comment aimed at Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell during the Sept. 6 game. But the player and advocate say such language is inherently offensive, and is influencing the young players that view professionals like Watkins as role models.

Daniel Adesegun is a Grade 12 student at Bishop McNally High School and a running back for the Bishop McNally/Father Lacombe (MCLA) Laser Wolves. He says that homophobia similar to what Watkins demonstrated, while not as widespread as might be expected, still shows up in high school locker rooms, and it doesn't help that a CFL player has set a bad example.