Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, Nicki Perkins relies on a variety of medications and tablets, chest physical therapy and an oxygen tank to get through the day. Despite this, the 45-year-old owns a CrossFit gym and works out as much as possible, inspiring those around her.
A University of Calgary psychology professor stresses the critical importance of recognizing extreme power imbalances between coaches and athletes.
Lorraine Radtke explains when coaches, doctors and administrators are given a position of power they have a level of authority that puts athletes in a place of great vulnerability that can directly affect their ability to compete.
“If they are still athletes, they may be concerned about their reputations and futures in the sport,” Radtke says.
With that fifth, higher-pitched beep, Broderick Thompson launches out of the start gate and past the TV camera with one strong push of his poles into the foggy abyss below him on Lake Louise’s “Tickety Chute”.
Calgary may not be known for its boxing scene, but the Dekada Fight Night attracted almost 2,000 people to watch boxers from around the world compete head-to-head with the main event featuring six-time three-division world champion Zab (Super) Judah.