Passion Play: The sports broadcasting journey

In a competitive industry, the Calgary Journal explores the careers of three different individuals pursuing their dream

Professional athletes dedicate their lives in an effort to make it to the big leagues. The perseverance, sacrifice and passion put forward by these athletes goes a long way in getting to the top of their craft.

The same can be said for sports broadcasters.

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Calgary’s beer community officially tapped and full of good flavour

Documentary talks to Graham Sherman, of Tool Shed Brewing Company, and home brewers about what's behind the evolution of the 'craft' in Alberta

We all have dreams that we hope come true one day.

For Graham Sherman, his dream was blocked by regulations that were in place by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC). But last Dec., the AGLC decided to help Sherman – and other small brewers – out, by clearing a path for him to take his passion for brewing beer to a whole new level.

"When I saw that they (the AGLC) had abolished the minimums, I called Jeff, we got in our car and drove up to St. Albert, Alta. to meet the AGLC, to hug them," Sherman said, reflecting on the moment when he realized brewing his beer in Alberta was close to a reality.

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Young boxer finds strength in tragedy

Produced by Casey Magnus and Zarif Alibhai

Nine months ago, in March 2014, Devin Reti lost his mother Donna in a fight with cancer. Now, Devin is fighting back the only way he knows how - by boxing.

"She really, really realized I had the talent," says Devin. "She believed in me more than anybody . . . In her last moments, she said, 'Devin, you can go to school any time. You can work any time, but pursue your dream so you have no regrets'".

He says he knows his mother is watching over him and that he gets his strength in the ring from her. Fighting is his way of winning the battle she couldn't and honoring her last wishes to fight for his dream.

"The way I feel closest to my mom is when I fight," says Devin. "Before I fight I'm always thinking of her and before I enter that ring, ever since she got diagnosed and she told me to go for it, I've been thinking of her and she gives me that extra push, to push in that last round."

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Alana Burrows: Therapy and empowerment through photography

Calgary photographer attributes her escape from depression to her art

Produced byZana El-Youssef & Kari Pedersen

Alana Burrows discovered her love for photography while attending high school in Calgary. The 21-year-old freelance photographer says her passion behind the lens has since afforded her an artistic release and a way to overcome depression.

"I had days where I couldn't seem to do anything to get me out of my funk. Photography has helped me let out my feelings without having to talk about them," says Burrows.

Picking up her first professional camera two-and-a-half years ago, Burrows says she realized that she could use photography to express the joy she feels in empowering other women by taking their pictures.

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