The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Hockey has long been Canada’s most beloved sport. Across the country, kids who lace-up their skates and compete on the ice develop a deep love and passion for the game. But the ever-increasing time commitments and high costs of the game are putting a big burden on parents and resulting in declining participation rates.

Diane Jones Konihowski was once considered one of the top pentathlon athletes in the world. However, she lost out on her best chance for an Olympic medal when Canada boycotted the 1980 Summer Games held in the former Soviet Union. Forty years later, she says she still disagrees with the boycott. 

Sweat Science Boxing provides its members with high-level boxing training and an intense workout, but Coach Mike Smallwood wants to create an upbeat and friendly environment for all who train there — which is precisely what he enjoys about coaching.

Mount Royal University soccer coach Ryan Gyaki has always loved soccer, but an injury-ridden career in Europe resulted in him switching to coaching a lot sooner than he had planned. Although his career as an athlete was cut short, he says he has fallen in love with the game even more as a coach.

Gyaki always loved soccer as a child — even having the opportunity to represent his country at a youth level on Team Canada.