Fast and Female Calgary Summit 2016
It's a fun-filled day, full of motivation and activities with our empowered young female sport ambassadors. This non-competitive, non-sport specific event, is centred on providing girls with a positive environment that will keep them participating in sport. Even better the event isn't only for the kids! There are seminars for parents and coaches on various sport-related topics that will help them better support their athletes and keep them participating in the sport they loves!
When: Sunday November 6th, 2016
Where: WinSport - Markin MacPhail Centre, Calgary
Registration: $55 per individual
John O'Sullivan: Changing the Game in Calgary
CHANGING THE GAME
Helping coaches and parents keep the FUN in sport
Saturday, October 15, 2016 1:00PM to 3:00PM
KNB 132, Kinesiology Building, University Of Calgary
Join John O'Sullivan, renowned speaker, athlete, coach, and bestselling author for a fascinating and in-depth look at issues facing coaches and parents today.
Conventional wisdom holds that youth sports are a positive experience for our children, yet 70% of children drop out of organized athletics by the age of 13. Youth sports has become an ultra-competitive, adult centered enterprise that has taken the “play” out of “Play ball” for far too many kids, but we can change that. In this talk, you will learn:
- How to Keep Your Kids in Sports!
- How to Give your Child a Competitive Edge
- To Push and Praise Your Kids to Perform Well
- 3 Ways to Change Your Kids Sports Experience for the Better
- How To Motivate Your Kids to Take Ownership for Sports
- How to Help, and not Hinder, Their Performance Through the Things You Say and Do
Calgary's Got Game: Master's Tournament at Spruce Meadows
The world reknown Master's Tournament is underway at Spruce Meadows. See this lead editorial in the Calgary Herald for details on what makes this event so special for Calgary, and how it contributes to our city's reputation as a world-class host.
Alberta Sport Connection Board Recruitment
The Minister of Culture and Tourism is currently seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as Chair, Vice Chair and Board members of the Alberta Sport Connection (ASC). A Public Agency Recruitment Posting and related advertising has been initiated. Please click on link below and search for Job ID 1037951.
Call for Nominations: Awards at Calgary's Celebration of Sport
Sport Calgary and Calgary Sport Tourism Authority are seeking nominations for awards to be presented at Calgary's Celebration of Sport event. Click on the award to download the nomination form.
- Sport Leadership Award: Recognizes and celebrates the outstanding contribution of a sport organization that has had a significant positive impact on sport in Calgary.
- Business and Sport Award: Presented in association with the Calgary Chamber, this award recognizes and celebrates a business that provides outstanding, innovative support to sport in Calgary.
- Local Event Champion of the Year Award: presented by Calgary Sport Tourism Authority, honours the leadership and commitment required to bring a national or international event to Calgary.
Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2016!
The Power of Play: U of C Research into Sport Benefits
A recent article highlights the University of Calgary's research into the beneficial effects of sport beyond physical fitness, including social well-being and lifelong learning. View article.
Green Carpet Rolls Out For Shaw Charity Classic!
In less than one week’s time, the 2016 Shaw Charity Classic will host some of golf's most well-recognized pros - including John Daly, Tom Watson and a golf cart's worth of World Golf Hall of Fame members and PGA Tour Major winners. The event also boasts an inaugural Women’s Day, a Junior Clinic and a Birdies for Kids Champions Run throughout the tournament. The Shaw Charity Classic tees off on August 29 – September 4, at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club. Tickets and packages can be purchased here (Youth 17 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult). More information about the tournament can be found on the Shaw Charity Classic website.
Calgarian Olympian Advocates for Sport Equality Ahead of Calgary Pride Event
Olympic speed skater Anastasia Bucsis has since become a dedicated advocate for making the sporting community a safe place for LGBTQ athletes. However, this wasn't always the case. Bucsis came out to her friends and family in 2011, but kept her sexual orientation private from the athletic community for years in fear that her orientation would be the only thing that defined her. The months leading up to the 2014 Sochi Olympics and news of Russia's anti-gay laws spurred her into taking a loud, proud, public stance of being gay. In her free time away from training for the Winter Olympics, Bucsis works as an ambassador and member of the You Can Play Project, an activist group dedicated to the eradication of homophobia in sports. Bucsis and Brian Burke — president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames and advocate for LGBTQ equality— will be speaking about equality in sport in Edmonton today, as the upcoming Calgary Pride festival draws near (August 26th - September 9th, 2016. Calgarypride.ca). Bucsis and Burke hope to eradicate a culture of fear and stigmatisation that often keeps athletes from coming out, or may result in them quitting sports altogether. "Obviously we have seen some great gains. I don't want to be negative and discount what we have done, but it is nowhere near where it needs to be, and continuing that discussion is really the only way we're going to champion that equality...I really want to help kids struggling with this, because I remember how tough it was for me," says Bucsis. More information.
Congratulations to Dustin Risdon!
Calgary’s Dustin Risdon overcame a damp and dreary day on Tuesday to take the Alberta PGA Championship, played at the Edmonton Petroleum Club. It was Risdon's second win at the event in as many years. Risdon finished 1-under, locking in a 71 for a win. Congratulations Dustin! Read more.
Examining the Possibility of the 2026 Olympics
Harry Hiller is an urban sociology professor at the University of Calgary, and the director of cities and Olympics project at the school. He has also written many articles and books on the effect of Games on different cities. In a recent article from CBC, Hiller offers an engaging insight into the overall outcomes, costs, controversies and legacies that the 1988 Olympics brought to Calgary. At the same time, the article challenges readers to think what similarities and differences the 2026 Olympics may bring if Calgary is chosen as the host city. The full article is available from CBC.
In another CBC article, Ward 6 Councillor Richard Pootmans advocates that Calgary should only pursue another winter Olympic bid if the city's legacy facilities from the 1988 games can be used again. Pootmans, who seconded the motion to spend $5-million to explore a bid for hosting the Games, added he could be on board if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will accept Calgary's existing facilities, such as the Olympic Oval, with only minor upgrades. The article, which also features Al Duerr, Calgary's mayor from 1989 - 2001, can be read here.
The City of Calgary has until September 2017 to decide whether to make a formal bid. The IOC will choose a host in 2019.
Akeem Haynes' Transition From Football to Track
Dave Dormer of CBC recently published an article that details the story of how Akeem Haynes, member of the bronze medal-winning Men's 4x100 Relay team, ended up tearing up the track, rather than running routes on the football field. Haynes says his phys-ed teacher and coach at Crescent Heights High School in Calgary, Ken Rose, persuaded him to come out to the track team after football ended in the tenth grade. Haynes was told it would help him train to become faster, but was ultimately skeptical about leaving his football career behind, even as he excelled in track by winning city and provincial championships. It wasn't until schools from the United States started sending scholarship offers that Haynes began to see a future in the sport. Haynes' chosen path has treated him well, as he and his Relay teammates topped the podium in Rio with their bronze medal finish, following a disqualification of the American team in the medal finals. Haynes credits his success to his strong work ethic, which he learned from his single mother growing up. Congratulations on all you have accomplished Akeem! Read Dormer's article.
Canadian Paralympic Committee Launches Free Rio 2016 Classroom Resources
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is pleased to unveil a new set of classroom activity plans that will help educators bring the excitement of Rio to the classroom, 17 days before the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games begin on September 7. The Canadian Paralympic Committee Schools Program Rio-themed Activity Plans are designed to build students' awareness and knowledge of the Paralympic Games and Team Canada's participation at the Games. There are three sets of lesson plans specifically designed for Grades 1 - 3, 4 - 6 and 7 - 8, available as free downloadable PDFs at the Activity Plan website. Each lesson set contains two activities and a class challenge and is filled with photos, links to videos and ways to vary the activities based on learning needs. Full article here.
Canada will send approximately 160 athletes to compete in 19 sports at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, September 7 to 18. The complete Canadian Paralympic Team will be officially announced on August 29, and will be able to be viewed on the Team Canada website.
Kenna Hughes Adds to Trophy Collection
Calgarian golfer Kenna Hughes recorded a new course record in the closing round of the Calgary Ladies Golf Association’s City Junior at Carnmoney, pencilling in a score of 68. She beat the previous course record by two strokes. The 18-year-old was locked in a playoff round with Taylor Stone (Pinebrook), which lassted five holes before Hughes chipped in for eagle to clinch the victory, adding to a trophy haul that also includes the 2016 Alberta Junior Girls Championship crown. Congratulations Kenna! Full article from the Calgary Herald.
Congratulations to GOLD Medallist Erica Wiebe!
Erica Wiebe has been crowned champion in the 75-kilogram weight class of Women's Wrestling, following her afternoon match against Guzel Manyurova of Kazakhstan. Wiebe dominated the match, pinning her opponent three times to win 6-0. Wiebe, who is originally from Stittsville, Ontario, but attended university in Calgary and now lives and trains here, is now the proud owner of Canada's fourth gold medal. Sport Calgary would like to congratulate Erica Wiebe on her amazing accomplishment! You've definitely earned it!
Calgary Ranked 5th Most Liveable City in the World
The Economist has released their annual Liveability Rankings, and Calgary once again sits proudly in fifth place, out of the 140 cities present in the rankings. Of the top 10 most livable cities, 70% are located in either Australia or Canada, with Vancouver barely beating out Toronto for 3rd spot, and Calgary tying for 5th with Adelaide, Australia. The Liveability rating of each city is determined by considering 30 individual factors (both qualitative and quantitative) across five categories. The categories are as follows:
Stability (weighted at 25% of total)
Healthcare (weighted at 20% of total)
Culture & Environment (weighted at 25% of total)
Education (weighted at 10% of total)
Infrastructure (weighted at 20% of total)
Sport Calgary recognizes that sports, of any level, are an important part of a city’s economic, social, and physical well-being. We’re proud to live in Calgary, and to help assist, support, and influence the growth of sport in our city. View The Economist's report here.
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