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Athlete of the Month: Donella Lockhart

Fiery 5-3 inch soccer player led MRU Cougars' transition into university CIS play with second most points

athmonthThe Beautiful Game is one of the few collegiate sports in which an athlete's size isn't necessarily critical to success. Players like Lionel Messi and Diana Matheson have shown the world that when it comes to soccer, the smallest player on the pitch can still dominate.

Donella Lockhart of the Mount Royal University Cougars is no exception.

The Calgary Journal's Athlete of the Month for October clocks in at a mere five feet and three inches but could very well be the biggest player on the Cougars roster.


Olympians throwback to the ‘80s for second annual WinSport Legacy Gala

Star athletes go back in time to raise money for next generation of athletes

shewfeltTBNLCalgary is a city built around sports, and its citizens take pride in having world-class facilities to help their homegrown talent. Not only does it require countless hours of training, hard work, and determination to excel in sport, but support from the community is also crucial.

Gymnast Kyle Shewfelt, a 2004 gold medalist, says it is important to give back to support the next wave of world-class athletes, something the WinSport Legacy Gala accomplished with a 1980s flair on Thursday, Sept. 25.

"It's extremely important to contribute to the next generation," Shewfelt said.


Guinness World Record Quidditch match raises money to help children worldwide

Martin Parnell uses Harry Potter game to support Right to Play

Martin-ParnellChallenging a Guinness World Record is ambitious; beating a world record is a feat, but doing it all for a great cause takes it above and beyond.

Martin Parnell—a 58-year-old native of Cochrane, Alta.— has proven to be the type of person to go above and beyond. He is passionate about the impact that play can have on children and their futures. It is this passion that has led Parnell to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

He is challenging himself to beat 10 Guinness World Records at 10 Canadian universities over 26 days. 


Young Calgary hockey fans gear up for 2014 season thanks to KidSport, Comrie's Sports Equipment Bank

New gear warehouse provides disadvantaged kids a chance to play sports

gillespie2Without help, 10-year-old Nathan Robinson-Cowan might have been shut out from playing his favourite sport this season.

Everything changed this fall, with the inception of a used equipment warehouse that provides kids from low-income families with free, used sporting goods.

Nathan is one of the first recipients of the recently opened Comrie's Sports Equipment Bank. It set up shop in mid-August and has serviced a number of families already.

"It means a lot," Nathan said, smiling. "I'm pretty excited. Very thankful."

Nathan's mom, Grace Robinson, says as a single working mother, this type of help makes a big difference because it wouldn't have been possible for her son to play.