Feature Sports Stories
- Published on Sunday, 06 April 2014 20:06 06 April 2014
- Written by GEOFF CRANE GEOFF CRANE
But is it really making a difference in safety at all levels?
The Calgary minor hockey season is winding to a close, and with it, the first full year of a province-wide ban on bodychecking for all levels of peewee hockey and under which includes kids ages 11 - 12 years old.
Hockey Alberta instituted the checking ban for the 2013/2014 season after forming a committee tasked with reviewing research on injury risks for minor hockey players.
- Published on Saturday, 05 April 2014 11:27 05 April 2014
- Written by TIFFANY RITZ TIFFANY RITZ
Young competitor has been gaining a wealth of confidence along with many medals
At first glance 11-year-old Paco Huang comes off as a shy and reserved boy, but get him to demonstrate wushu and you see just the opposite — a boy who is very strong, precise, and confident.
I certainly saw this when I met with Paco for a photo shoot for this article. When he walked into the studio he was hiding behind his father, Henry Huang, afraid to make any eye contact with the photographers or myself. He only spoke in one or two word sentences when engaged in conversation.
But something happened when Paco got in front of the camera.
- Published on Sunday, 30 March 2014 16:27 30 March 2014
- Written by MEGAN MACKAY MEGAN MACKAY
Local athletes left with few affordable options for training after financial support removed in wake of restructuring
Natasha Jackson thought Calgary had it all.
She made the move from her home in Los Angeles almost three years ago, specifically to train under the guidance of renowned multi-events coach Les Gramantik and his group of high performance athletes.
Now, as Jackson enters her final two years before Olympic trials, Gramantik is out of a job – and due to recent changes by Athletics Canada – Jackson says that she feels that she and other athletes are being cut off from their local programs and encouraged to move.
- Published on Saturday, 15 March 2014 19:15 15 March 2014
- Written by CAITLIN CLOW & VICTORIA PIZARRO CAITLIN CLOW & VICTORIA PIZARRO
Local junior roller team says sport isn't as violent as Hollywood portrays
The sound is remarkably similar to a summer thundershower as the four girls of the Youthanizers zoom past on their skates. The vibrant colours of their striped socks blur together as they lap the track during warm-up on a cold Wednesday night in February.
Chinook City Roller Derby's youngest team consists of "four very talented girls," explains head coach Leon Bellavance, who goes by the derby name Flustercluck.
"The nice thing about roller derby is there isn't any perfect person for it," Flustercluck says. "It doesn't matter what you look like or what background you come from — you can end up being good at this."