The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


As the Calgary Inferno women’s hockey team prepared to fly east to clinch the Clarkson Cup in Toronto last weekend, the team’s volunteer social media manager, Ramina Shlah, was resigned to tweeting the game from home. There was simply no funding to support her trip.

Supporters of women's hockey are disappointed in the lack of media coverage on popular sport channels such as TSN and Sportsnet when it comes to professional women’s hockey.

Jayna Hefford commissioner of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), says visibility of the league has grown since she took over the position last July, she also acknowledges that sports journalists fall short in their coverage.

The Professional Bull Rider (PBR) Canada Monster Energy Tour expanded to two nights this year, adding a second evening of bull riding due to big demand.

The Calgary cheerleading community says the sport is finally beginning to be viewed for what it is — a legitimate sport.

“We’re athletes, we’re doing tumbling, we’re lifting people in the air, we’re tossing them in the air, we’re doing jumps,” says Florence Myette, a coach for one of Calgary’s largest cheer clubs, the Calgary Stars. “These guys train three times a week, four hours a day. It’s a lot.”