Get Ready for the Coolest Skating Party of the Year: Canada 150 Skating Day

2017-2018 Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest inspires girls to reach their infinite potential​

On December 13 and 14, 300 female hockey players aged 7-14 will hit the ice with Canadian hockey legend Cassie Campbell-Pascall for the 14th annual Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest in Ottawa, on the outdoor rink located on Parliament Hill.

Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest on the Hill is a free on and off-ice training series designed to empower young girls across Canada, with a passion for hockey, to dream big and reach their infinite potential. The event has provided aspiring female minor hockey players in Ottawa with positive experiences through the game of hockey since 2008. This year Scotiabank reached the important milestone of supporting one million kids and counting, through its commitment to kids' community hockey across Canada.

"Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest is a fantastic opportunity for young female hockey players to celebrate our nation's favourite game," said Cassie Campbell-Pascall. "Through this event, these young athletes will improve their skills, build their confidence, and learn how to work together as a team. I'm incredibly proud to be a part of this event because I know from my own experience how valuable it is to receive support from the hockey community. It's my pleasure to give back through the Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest to these young girls who share my passion for the game."

This season, Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest on The Hill is available to young female hockey players at no cost in four communities across Canada – Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Toronto. Along with providing young girls with access to some of Canada's most influential female hockey stars, the program includes on and off-ice training. This event in Ottawa is especially momentous, as it is taking place at the newly built rink on Parliament Hill.

"It is an honour to present Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest, especially on the historically significant Parliament Hill. The event helps encourage the young female athletes in our community to reach their infinite potential through skill development, teamwork, and the impact of working with their hockey heroes," said Carole Chapdelaine, Senior Vice-President Quebec,Eastern Ontario Region at Scotiabank. "This event allows Scotiabank to share our love for the game, and to inspire a new generation of athletes to go forward with their dreams. Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank's goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success."

Scotiabank has a long tradition of supporting Canadian hockey at all levels – from community teams and minor hockey associations, to professional players and leagues. At Scotiabank, investing in our communities has been a focus for 185 years. We believe investing in young people is the pathway to community prosperity.

To learn more about the event and Scotiabank's commitment to kids' community hockey, visit www.scotiabankgirlshockeyfest.com.

 On December 10, lace up your skates for Canada 150 Skating Day! For the first time ever, Canadians will skate on Parliament Hill as well as in over 300 communities from coast to coast to coast.

As part of this special day, Skate Canada is also hosting 17 flagship skating events in cities across the country, offering community skate banks to allow children without equipment the opportunity to take part. The flagship events will also feature skating exhibitions and will have coaches available to assist skaters.

Join in this nationwide skating party and bid farewell to a memorable Canada 150 year in one of the most Canadian ways possible!

Rogers Communications is the official sponsor of Canada 150 Skating Day.

Tim Hortons also provided a generous contribution to Canada 150 Skating Day.

Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada said, "Skating is a symbol of Canadian culture, and Skate Canada is delighted to see Canada 150 Skating Day being celebrated in communities across Canada. Skating should be accessible to all Canadians, and we applaud the Government of Canada and Rogers Communications for making skate banks available in our communities. We encourage everyone to celebrate skating on December 10 and all year round. We hope to see all Canadians embracing the joy of skating."

On March 11, the Right Honourable David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada, announced that Canada 150 Skating Day would take place in communities across the country on December 10, 2017.

On December 10, 2017, more than 300 communities across the country will join together in a cross-Canada skating party.

Skate Canada is also organizing 17 flagship events in major cities and all provincial and territorial capitals.

Through the Canada 150 Fund, the Government of Canada has supported 729 initiatives that encourage Canadians and the world to participate, celebrate and explore our country in 2017.


The Canadian Football League and Veterans Affairs Canada present the 2017 Jake Gaudaur Veterans' Award to Luc Brodeur-Jourdain

Canadians take pride in the nation's rich history and military heritage, and a large measure of that is owed to the selfless service and contributions of Canada's Veterans, still-serving members, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Veterans Affairs Canada is committed to honouring and remembering each of them.

Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, the Canadian Football League (CFL) Commissioner, Randy Ambrosie, and Jackie Gaudaur, daughter of the late Jack Gaudaur, presented the Jake Gaudaur Veterans' Award to Luc Brodeur-Jourdain, centre for the Montreal Alouettes.

Mr. Brodeur-Jourdain, this year's recipient, has made 97 consecutive starts at the centre position, one that not only requires strength and endurance because of the physical contact on every play, but a great knowledge of the game as well. In order to be on top of his game, he is always one of the first players to show up at the team's facility, well before sunrise. Off the field, he has been a pillar of the Together at School with the Alouettes Program, during which Alouettes players visit thousands of Quebec students in hundreds of schools in the off-season in order to help them make better decisions and to stay in school.

Veterans Affairs Canada and the Canadian Football League are proud to recognize Luc Brodeur-Jourdain as this year's recipient of the Jake Gaudaur Veterans' Award.

The Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence said, "Congratulations to Luc Brodeur-Jourdain. His strength, courage, comradery and perseverance demonstrated is emblematic of the same qualities found in Veteran Jake Gaudaur, as well as other Veterans and still-serving members. The partnership between Veterans Affairs Canada and the Canadian Football League affords a great opportunity to highlight the strong and enduring relationship between sport and military."


FitSpirit Kicks Off First Major Fundraising Campaign: "Let's Ramp Up The Movement"

 A broad representation of Montreal personalities responded to the invitation of FitSpirit Foundation to attend the official launch of its first major fundraising campaign.

Several of them took the floor to reiterate their support and to stress the importance of joining forces to advance the organization's mission of leading more Canadian teenage girls to discover the pleasure and benefits of adopting a healthy and active lifestyle.

Among our speakers, we heard: Claudine Labelle, founder and president of FitSpirit, the co-chairs of the campaign, Geneviève Fortier of McKesson Canada and Diane Giard of National Bank of Canada, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, official spokesperson for FitSpirit, Isabelle Charest, annual patron of FitSpirit, and Sandy Vassiadis of Saputo, FitSpirit's leading partner.

"For 10 years, FitSpirit has been passionately engaged in inspiring and motivating thousands of Quebec and Ontario teenage girls every year to become physically active. Our mission is to offer them a different experience by allowing them to be active while having fun and to promote a positive self-image in the absence of competition. My wish for the next ten years is that people become more active and serve as role models for our wonderful feminine youth. We can then, together, reverse the sedentary statistics showing that girls are avoiding or giving up physical activity at a crucial time in their lives," says Claudine Labelle, founder and president of FitSpirit.

Physical activity at the heart of the development and fulfillment of Canadian teenage girls
The FitSpirit Foundation was created in 2007 by Claudine Labelle to help teenage girls discover the fun and benefits of physical activity.

FitSpirit is committed to developing partnerships with schools and communities to create a sustainable offering of physical activities for teenage girls. Its approach is based on a personalized and flexible service to support schools in encouraging their girls to be active through activities adapted to their concerns and realities. Through this human and personalized approach, FitSpirit educates tens of thousands of young Canadian girls annually about the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle and, in its own way, leaves a significant mark on their lives.

FitSpirit first supports schools and their staff in identifying barriers to the practice of physical activity by girls and in implementing activities tailored for them. FitSpirit also shares its knowledge and expertise in the practice of physical activity among teenage girls by providing training, tools and sharing opportunities for actors in the FitSpirit community. The organization ultimately offers a proven combination of school-specific activities and tools that implement the FitSpirit approach including:

A motivational conference by an ambassador, trained and supported by FitSpirit, who comes to deliver an inspiring testimonial aimed at motivating girls;
Various physical activity sessions supervised by FitSpirit ambassadors;

A turnkey training program lasting 8 to 10 weeks;

Diversified and adapted tools for teenage girls: virtual training platform, promotional posters, nutrition tips, video capsules, contests, etc.;

A social media campaign to engage girls and motivate them throughout their journey leading to the FitSpirit Celebration;

A FitSpirit Celebration that allows young girls to surpass themselves and continue their discovery of pleasurable physical activity.

This approach, built around fun, friendship and trying something new, is the secret of our success. Surrounded by school volunteers and FitSpirit ambassadors, participants have a rewarding experience in a relaxed atmosphere that's open to everyone. No competition, no pressure to perform: the only objective of FitSpirit is for girls to have fun together while trying new physical activities.

Statistics that speak for themselves

Several statistics concretely illustrate the importance to young Canadian girls of FitSpirit's initiatives and interventions over the last ten years.

Involvement and commitment

There are 435 FitSpirit representatives in schools and some 200 FitSpirit ambassadors, supported by hundreds of FitSpirit school and corporate volunteers.

Real impacts

FitSpirit initiatives have had real impacts in the lives of participants: 97% want to relive the experience; 90% increased their level of physical activity by at least one hour per week; 74% in Quebec and 81% in Ontario have increased their self-confidence; 70% have continued to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle; and 67% have supported and influenced their friends to persevere.

And some 250 secondary schools participated in FitSpirit's activities in 2016, mobilizing more than 15,000 young Canadian girls to get involved and be more active.

The campaign's goal is to enable FitSpirit to pursue its mission of spreading the word about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to thousands of teenage girls in Canada each year.

FitSpirit has set itself the ambitious goal of raising $10 million by 2021. Thanks to these amounts, the organization plans to act on three levels:

Development and technology support: Implementation of technological tools to support growth and support activities, ensure an optimal experience and reduce per capita operating costs;

Program and operations support: Creation of material to support existing and new projects in the promotion and deployment of the FitSpirit approach, and create new initiatives to improve the offering of activities;

Evaluation support: Support for an evaluation plan with world-renowned academic researchers to measure the impact of FitSpirit on girls (physical, psychological, etc.) and in their community.

Awards and recognition

Over the years, FitSpirit and its president, Claudine Labelle, have received several awards and honours that confirm the importance of continuing their initiatives: "Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada" by WXN in 2008 and 2010, YWCA of Toronto "Young Woman of Distinction 2010", "Telus Innovation Award 2010", "Woman of Distinction" (Sports and Wellness category) 2012 of the Montreal Women's Y Foundation, "Entrepreneur Of The YearTM 2013" by Ernst & Young of Quebec, "Personnalité La Presse 2015 - Social Entrepreneur", IOC "Trophy for Sport and Innovation 2015", "Young Socially Responsible Business Leader of Quebec 2016" at the Arista Awards Gala, "Medal of Meritorious Service 2016" of the Governor General of Canada and CAMH's "Champions of Mental Health 2017".


#MYActionsMatter Campaign Launches the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence​

Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, joined players from the Canadian Football League to launch the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Students at Glebe Collegiate Institute took part in a presentation, delivered by JR Larose and Jamie Taras from the BC Lions, to raise awareness about gender-based violence and the importance of bystander intervention.

Gender-based violence grows out of a culture that devalues women and girls and femininity—through sexist jokes, derogatory language and media messages that objectify women and girls. Despite remaining a significant barrier to gender equality, it is preventable.

Monsef said, "Ending gender-based violence starts with taking action to question, call out, and speak up against harmful behaviour. The Canadian Football League, with the adoption of its policy to prevent violence against women, is demonstrating leadership and encouraging other organizations to follow suit. This year's campaign, #MYActionsMatter, demonstrates how everyone has a role to play in putting an end to gender-based violence. Bringing awareness to this form of violence at a young age helps youth realize the role they can play in ending it. During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, I invite everyone to join me in showing support for survivors and committing to putting an end to violence."

During the 16 Days of Activism, the Government of Canada encourages everyone to become an ally in the elimination of gender-based violence by listening to others, believing survivors, speaking up against gender-based violence, safely intervening when witnessing acts of violence, and taking action so we can make our communities safer. As part of this year's 16 Days campaign, Canadians are invited to join the conversation online by using the hashtag #MYActionsMatter. This initiative, which builds on this year's announcement of the first federal strategy to prevent and address gender-based violence, aims to encourage reflection on how everyday sexism and misogyny contribute to violence. From now until December 10, everyone can commit to end gender-based violence by taking the pledge and adding their voice on social media by sharing actions they undertake to end all forms of gender-based violence.

 PARALYMPIAN SEARCH in Toronto November 26 

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) in collaboration with the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) will host the PARALYMPIAN SEARCH on November 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CSIO located at the Toronto Pan Am Sport Centre.

Veteran Para ice hockey star Brad Bowden, a hopeful for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games this March, is the event's Athlete Ambassador.

PARALYMPIAN SEARCH is an exciting program designed to identify future potential Paralympic athletes. It is a one-day event offering people with a disability the chance to test their abilities and discover which Paralympic sports they are best suited for.

''A goal of Paralympian Search is to find athletes with strong potential to fast track to podium performances nationally or internationally  and to support anyone who comes out to a Search to access appropriate sport opportunities, such as local or club,'' said Jenny Davey Manager, Paralympic Pathways for the CPC.

Participants aged 14-35 who have a physical disability or visual impairment can come to a PARALYMPIAN SEARCH. Participants may or may not have previous sport experience, but should be interested in discovering which Paralympic sports they may be eligible for and have the greatest potential.

They can also meet and get advice from Bowden, one of Canada's legendary Para ice hockey stars. He collected the winning goal and two assists to lead Canada to a 3-0 victory over Norway for the bronze at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics. He was the 2010 Paralympic Games tournament MVP and helped Canada win gold at the 2006 Games in Turin.
Registration is free and can be done at paralympic.ca/paralympian-search.

WHERE:  Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO)/Toronto Parapan Am Sport Centre (TPASC) 875 Morningside Ave, Suite 100, Toronto, ON M1C 0C7

WHEN: Sunday November 26, 2017 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m


Darcy Hayes Claims Second Consecutive Hunter Derby Victory at the Royal Horse Show

Darcy Hayes of Aurora, ON, and her mount, Say When, won the $15,000 Braeburn Farms Hunter Derby for the second year in a row on Sunday, November 5, at the Royal Horse Show, held as part of the 95th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in downtown Toronto, ON.

Hayes and Say When, a nine-year-old gelding owned by Danielle Trudell-Baran of Toronto, ON, were the third entry to contest the course of natural obstacles set in the Ricoh Coliseum by Rob Carey of Vineland, ON. The pair's total score of 110 – consisting of a base score of 92, ten high option points, and eight handy bonus points – kept them at the top of the leaderboard through all 20 of the total entries.

Finishing in second with a total score of 100 was Erynn Ballard of Tottenham, ON, riding Enchanted, owned by Christel Weller. Brent Balisky, who made the trip from Langley, BC, finished close behind Ballard, taking both third and fourth place with scores of 99.5 and 99 aboard Class Act, owned by Wendy Valdes, and Easystreet, owned by Thunderbird Show Stables, respectively.

"I had a good feeling today because he warmed up so well for me before the class; he really shined today," said Hayes of Say When. "I don't do jumpers much because my daughter (Quincy Hayes) does the jumpers, so these derbies are kind of my grand prix each week. Here at The Royal, it's just that much more exciting because there's more of a crowd. Friends come that wouldn't necessarily come to a horse show, and you get everybody in one place."

The win marked not only Hayes and Say When's second consecutive victory in the $15,000 Braeburn Farms Hunter Derby, but also their fifth derby win overall at the Royal Horse Show, having topped the same class in 2014 as well as the $25,000 Knightwood Hunter Derby in both 2015 and 2016.

"He's actually easier to ride in a derby than he is in a regular hunter course," Hayes said of Say When's knack for excelling in hunter derby events. "I think he's really smart, and the derby kind of peaks his interest and keeps him interested instead of just being regular jumps. He knows this is special and he knows he is special; his face was on the cover of the Royal Horse Show prize book. He loves himself, and we love him."

Each of the horses in Sunday afternoon's class qualified to compete in the event through the Canadian Hunter Derby Series, running throughout the season at horse shows across the country. Hunter Derby competition returns to the Ricoh Coliseum on Tuesday, November 7, with the $25,000 Knightwood Hunter Derby beginning at 7 p.m. The overall high point horse from both the Braeburn Farms Hunter Derby and the Knightwood Hunter Derby will be presented with the Lorna Jean Guthrie Challenge Trophy.

Royal Horse Show VIP subscriptions, group, and individual tickets are now on sale and are expected to sell-out on multiple nights during the Royal Horse Show. To purchase tickets, click here.

For more information on the Royal Horse Show, the marquee event of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, please visit http://www.royalfair.org/horseshow. For a behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Horse Show, follow The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on Facebook, @royalhorseshow on Twitter and @theroyalfair on Instagram. Tag the Royal Horse Show using #RAWF17, #royalfever, #FEIWorldCup, #Longines, and #RideToParis.

Funding support for The Royal has been provided by the City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario.


Canada Post celebrates the legacy of the Toronto Maple Leafs by releasing fabric stamp to mark the 100th anniversary

 For the first time ever, Canada Post has adhered a miniature fabric crest to a stamp – to mark the 100th year anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the most storied teams in the National Hockey League®. The commemorative issue also includes both a booklet of 10 new silver logo stamps and a coil of 50 puck-shaped stamps in Maple Leaf blue.

A Canadian hockey icon, the Toronto Maple Leafs is one of four teams that officially formed the National Hockey League®. It is also an Original Six™ NHL franchise that played in what some consider to be the golden era of hockey. It has more inductees in the players' category of the Hockey Hall of Fame than any other Original Six™ team, and is among the most valuable franchises in the NHL.

"The Toronto Maple Leafs are a part of the fabric that ties this country together with some of the most passionate fans in hockey," says Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra. "It is therefore an honour to celebrate the incredible legacy of this Original Six™ team through Canada Post's iconic stamp program."

The special fabric crest stamp, available only as a commemorative souvenir sheet, depicts the sweater worn by Maple Leafs captain Ted (Teeder) Kennedy during the 1949-50 NHL season, with the Leafs crest in fabric. Kennedy played centre for the Leafs between 1942-43 and 1956-57, captaining the team for eight years. He remains the youngest ever to suit up for the Leafs (he was 17) and the first, along with teammate Turk Broda, to win five Stanley Cup® Championships.

Official First Day Covers (OFDCs) of all three stamps are available as a set. Stamps and related collectibles are currently available online at canadapost.ca/leafs100 or at post offices on October 24 (Click here for product images and Details Magazine).

The Toronto Maple Leafs issue was designed by Lionel Gadoury and Dave Hurds for Context Creative of Toronto.

Canada Post is proud to be Canada's storyteller through its national stamp program. Stamps capture and tell the stories of this country's milestones and achievers – and its heritage. Over the years, Canada Post has issued scores of stamps commemorating Canada's national winter sport. The first hockey-themed stamp was issued on January 23, 1956.

About the Toronto Maple Leafs 100th Anniversary stamps
The silver logo domestic-rate stamp is available in a booklet of 10 for $8.50. A 50-stamp coil of the blue puck-shaped stamp is offered with a complementary puck-shaped dispenser. A fabric patch souvenir sheet comes in a collectible folder and sells for $5. Official First Day Covers (OFDCs) of all three stamps are available as a set for $9.70.

Related products: A collectible frame features all three collectible envelopes (OFDCs) – two of them bearing signatures from Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour, plus a signed photograph of No. 44 Morgan Rielly. The frame also includes a souvenir sheet featuring the $5 fabric stamp and the domestic-rate stamp depicting the silver logo.

"Toronto Maple Leafs" and associated word marks and logos are trademarks of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment Partnership. © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

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Moores Clothing for Men Announces 9th Year In Partnership With the National Basketball Coaches Association

Moores enters its 9th year in partnership with the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) as the Official Wardrobe Supplier to the NBCA. Joseph Abboud will be dressing 24 NBA head coaches in Joseph Abboud Custom suits for the 2017-2018 season, including Dwane Casey, head coach of the Toronto Raptors.

Each head coach has been fitted at the NBA Coaches Summit in Chicago this past September where they carefully selected from a range silhouettes, styles, and the finest Italian fabrics to personally design their custom suits. Each coach will receive 10 suits and 20 ties this season.

"For us, these suits are like our uniform so it's nice to have well-tailored and stylish suits on the sidelines," says Coach Casey. "Joseph Abboud has been around for 30 years and has such a great reputation for great tailoring, it gives me the confidence I need on the court."

In addition to Coach Casey, the NBA head coaches participating in the program include:

• Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn Nets
• Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors
• Scott Brooks, Washington Wizards
• Jason Kidd, Milwaukee Bucks
• Brett Brown, Philadelphia 76ers
• Tyronn Lue, Cleveland Cavaliers
• Mike Budenholzer, Atlanta Hawks
• Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets
• Rick Carlisle, Dallas Mavericks
• Nate McMillan, Indiana Pacers
• Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors
• Doc Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers
• Steve Clifford, Charlotte Hornets
• Quin Snyder, Utah Jazz
• Billy Donovan, Oklahoma City
• Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics
• Terry Stotts, Portland Trail Blazers
• David Fizdale, Memphis Grizzlies
• Alvin Gentry, New Orleans Pelicans
• Tom Thibodeau, Minnesota
• Fred Hoiberg, Chicago Bulls
• Stan Van Gundy, Detroit Pistons
• David Joerger, Sacramento Kings
• Frank Vogel, Orlando Magic

As part of their commitment to the partnership, the coaches will be giving back by participating in the annual Canadian Suit Drive in July. Moores Clothing for Men collects gently used professional attire giving unemployed individuals a chance to look their best as they transition back into the workforce. Clothing collected at Moores stores will be distributed to over 60 local recipient organizations across the country that help disadvantaged individuals regain employment through job readiness programs and workforce assistance. Coach Casey will personally be donating to the Canadian Suit Drive next July.

Joseph Abboud Custom clothing is available at Moores Clothing for Men stores nationwide. For more information, visit mooresclothing.com.


History of Hockey stamps celebrate game with deep roots in Canada and the U.S.​

Today, Canada Post and the United States Postal Service (USPS) previewed a joint stamp issue celebrating the countries' shared love of hockey, a game firmly rooted in the lore of both nations.

The History of Hockey stamps will be released at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena October 20, 2017 and available nationwide that day.

This is the sixth joint issue for Canada Post and the USPS dating back to 1959, and the first in more than a decade. It's also their first celebrating a sport.

"The subjects chosen for joint issues highlight how much our nations have in common, and the love of hockey is one of those things," says Canada Post's President and CEO Deepak Chopra. "Hockey has captured the imagination of millions in both countries. It stirs a passion that for many borders on obsession, and these stamps celebrate the pure love of the game."

Almost 1.2 million people in Canada and the United States are registered in minor and adult hockey leagues, and millions more play recreationally on outdoor rinks and ponds. Both countries have men's and women's national teams that have medalled at the Olympics and World Championships, and there are more than 100 professional or semi-professional teams in North America, including in the premier National Hockey League, which has expanded successfully into the American sunbelt.

The stamp format is tête-bêche – a joined pair of similar images in which one is upside down – and the design is strong on nostalgia. On an open pond, a player in modern equipment reflects, literally, on the past. Mirrored in the ice beneath him is a player in vintage gear. The imaginative imagery gives a visual sense of looking back through time. The paired images also depict the game's evolution and its continuing presence in the lives of players and fans alike.

The selvage – or area outside the stamps on the souvenir sheet – depicts a father teaching his daughter how to play on a pond. "History of Hockey" appears on the bottom left corner of the sheet, with the flags of Canada and the United States in the top right-hand corner.

The first joint issue released by the two postal administrations marked the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Since then, they have jointly commemorated the United States Bicentennial (1976), the 50th anniversary of the Peace Bridge (1977), the St Lawrence Seaway's 25th anniversary (1984) and the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's exploration of the east coast of North America (2006).

About the History of Hockey stamps
Available in a self-adhesive booklet of 10 for $8.50, the two domestic rate PermanentTM stamps measure 26 mm x 40 mm with simulated perforations and are printed in four-colour process plus two special inks. Designed by Roy White of Subplot Design Inc. of Vancouver, the issue features photography by KC Armstrong, with retouching by Brad Pickard, and was printed by Lowe-Martin. The issue also includes a gummed souvenir sheet, featuring a gummed tête-bêche pair. This souvenir sheet also appears on an Official First Day Cover cancelled in Windsor, Ontario. The joint Official First Day Covers feature two tête-bêche pairs, one pair at the Canadian domestic Permanent rate and one at the United States' Forever domestic rate. The joint cover also features two 

Under Armour and the Toronto Maple Leafs Announce 2017 "Storm The Centre" Competition

 Experiencing what it's like to play for the most storied franchise in the NHL and your hometown team is something all young hockey players dream of, but very few achieve. Under Armour's Storm The Centre competition has been making those dreams a reality for Bantam Hockey teams in Toronto for four years, giving them the chance to work, learn and train like the pros and play a game on the same ice as their idols. Starting today, Bantam teams in the GTA can register and compete to earn the right to Storm The Centre and "Be the Leafs" for a day.

New this year, teams will not only need to showcase their skills but also prove through online and social media content why they are the strongest, most determined and motivated team in Toronto. Over the course of the seven-week competition, Bantam hockey teams will submit highlight videos that showcase why they deserve to Storm The Centre.

"It takes more than skill to make it to the big leagues; it takes heart, will and determination," says Jon Irwin, Senior Director, Commercial Strategy, Under Armour Canada. "The top two teams will win a spot in the Armour Cup, where they will "Be the Leafs" for a day. This will be a full day of training and professional treatment capped off with a regulation game at Air Canada Centre."

Registration on Mapleleafs.com/stormthecentre is now open for the competition. Teams have seven weeks to upload content to chapters on the website to tell their team's story. Throughout the competition, teams will be asked to submit photo and video content such as players doing trick shots, pre-game rituals and goal celebrations. The more content that teams put in each chapter, the better chance the team has at winning. The top two teams who tell their team story best will be chosen to go to the Armour Cup, a chance to live like the pros and "Be the Leafs" for a day. This will be a full day of training and professional treatment capped off with a game at Air Canada Centre. Rules and Regulations for the competition can be found here.

The Storm The Centre competition is also running in Edmonton and Montreal where youth teams have the chance to play a game at Rogers Place in Edmonton or the Bell Centre in Montreal.


Canadian Olympic Foundation announces new leadership

"Success on the world stage is harder and more expensive to achieve, that’s why we need to support our athletes more than ever if we want to be leaders. That success unites Canadians in celebration and we all have a role to play in making sure it continues. The COF is a great catalyst for that engagement.”
- Paul McIntyre Royston, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Olympic Foundation

The President of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) Tricia Smith announced today new leadership for the Canadian Olympic Foundation (COF). Highly respected lawyer Perry N. Dellelce has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors, while veteran fundraiser and business leader Paul McIntyre Royston takes over as Chief Executive Officer.

Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Perry N. Dellelce is a founder and Managing Partner of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, one of Canada’s leading corporate finance transactional law firms. He is extremely active in community and charity work through his numerous positions including Former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sunnybrook Foundation of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Member of the University of Ottawa Board of Governors, Chair of the University of Ottawa’s “Defy the Conventional” $400 million Capital Campaign, Deputy Chair of Western University’s $750 million Campaign Cabinet, Chair of the Sudbury Families Campaign of Laurentian University’s $50 million Next 50 Campaign and Member of the Business Advisory Council of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Paul McIntyre Royston has enjoyed tremendous success as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Public Library Foundation for the past six years where he led the organization to more than $300 million raised in public and private support. He has also had very successful tenures as Vice President, Development at Hamilton Health Sciences and Campaign Director at the Sunnybrook Foundation. He was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 under 40 in 2015 by Calgary Avenue.


This Summer, Sports Made us Proud​

The Government of Canada is proud to have supported our athletes as they prepared for a Canada 150 summer schedule filled with events across the country. Every week brought a new sporting competition where Canadian athletes faced their opponents and challenged themselves to excel and reach for the podium. Through our funding programs, we ensured that they had the training, equipment and coaching needed to reach success.

Today, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, highlighted Sport Canada's investments in the Canadian sports system over the summer, emphasizing that sport has the power to improve lives and strengthen communities.

Hehr said, "Our Government is committed to providing athletes with the opportunity to reach the podium. Whether they are in infrastructure, competitions, governing bodies or athletes, our investments have important impact on the lives of Canadians in their communities. This summer, we saw first-hand how passionate and dedicated Canada's athletes are about sport, and I commend the coaches, officials, and organizers who made this summer a glowing success for our athletes at home and abroad."

Enhanced excellence
Sport Canada contributed over $34 million this summer in enhanced excellence funding to 22 targeted Olympic and Paralympic summer sports. Each year, about $64 million is provided through Sport Canada as enhanced excellence funding for targeted Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic sports and athletes with podium potential.

Hosting the world
Canadians hosted a number of international single sport events right in their backyards this summer from coast to coast to coast. Most of these events received support from Sport Canada through the Hosting Program, which helps communities host world-class international sport events. For example, the Men's U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Toronto, the Tour de Beauce (Cycling) near Québec City, the 2017 World Triathlon Series in Edmonton, the CP Women's Open Golf Championship in Ottawa and the Aileen Meagher International Track Classic in Halifax all received support from Sport Canada.

That means athletes aspiring to be the best had the opportunity to compete against Olympians and Paralympians from around the world, while the events themselves delivered economic, social and cultural benefits to our communities.

From April to August, Sport Canada contributed over $2.8 million to 38 international sport events in Canada through the Hosting Program.

National pride
Multisport events in Toronto and Winnipeg inspired the country this summer while providing young athletes with important competition experience.

The Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) took over legacy sport venues built for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games in Canada's largest metropolitan region—a hub of world-class venues, passionate sport organizations and rich cultural diversity—to provide Indigenous athletes with an unforgettable experience. Sport Canada provided $3.5 million to the Toronto 2017 NAIG and also provided up to $1 million to cover team travel costs to ensure athletes from across Canada were among the 5,000 participants. The Canada 150 Fund also supported the event, providing a contribution to the Games' Birch Bark Art and Canoe Project.

The 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg received $10.35 million from Sport Canada to improve recreational infrastructure, provide future Olympians and Paralympians with important competition experience, and showcase our commitment to support our athletes from playground to podium. In addition, the Canada Games Council received over $6 million in funding from Sport Canada for team transportation costs so that our best athletes and coaches could take part. The Canada 150 Fund also supported the 2017 Canada Summer Games through a $1.5 million contribution for the opening and closing ceremonies.

Supporting the next generation of athletes
Sport Canada also made an important funding announcement this summer for Canada's next generation of high-performance athletes. Working with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and their respective foundations, a total of up to $10 million in ongoing, annual funding—$5 million from the Government of Canada, $4 million from the COC and $1 million from the CPC—will help develop the next cohort of Canada's Olympic and Paralympic medallists.

"Over the summer, Canada's athletes displayed their skill, courage and perseverance in their pursuit of excellence. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate them on their accomplishments and thank all the event organizers for delivering world-class events to our communities during this exciting Canada 150 year. These events continue to be a source of pride for all Canadians, and have no doubt inspired our next generation of Olympians and Paralympians," said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Sport Canada is the single largest investor in Canada's sport system, providing approximately $200 million annually to promote sport participation among all Canadians and provide support for athletes, their national and multisport organizations, the sport centres and institutes that train them and the hosting of events so that they can compete with the best. Of course, the achievements and accomplishments of this summer would not have happened were it not for Canada's top-notch sport system and the knowledge and dedication of our incredible partners.

A total of up to $10 million in ongoing, annual funding—$5 million from the Government of Canada, $4 million from the COC and $1 million from the CPC—will support Olympic and Paralympic athletes who have demonstrated medal potential for the subsequent Olympic or Paralympic Games.

National sport organizations will put forth submissions to obtain funding for athletes with evidence of medal potential.

Own the Podium is the technical agency providing assessments of NSOs' submissions to the initiative and will make funding recommendations to Sport Canada, the COC and the CPC.

Sport Canada, the COC and the CPC review Own the Podium's recommendations and determine the successful selected national sport organizations and their respective funding amounts.

This initiative is designed to complement the current investments in the sport system and address the gaps between the services received by targeted athletes (who have demonstrated medal potential for the upcoming Olympic or Paralympic Games) and next-generation athletes (who have demonstrated medal potential for the subsequent Olympic or Paralympic Games).


We're On the Road Again: Rogers Hometown Hockey Set to Hit 24 Communities Coast-to-Coast for 2017-18 Season

Hometowns. Big Stars. Another season of Canada's ultimate touring hockey festival is back. Rogers Hometown Hockey™ Tour presented by Scotiabank and Dodge will hit the road again, visiting 24 communities from coast-to-coast to tell the unique stories that unite the country through the sport it loves most – hockey. (See locations, dates and broadcast details below).

Free of charge and open to fans of all ages, the jam-packed two-day festival features live entertainment, local celebrities, NHL alumni and a multitude of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Each week concludes with an outdoor viewing party of an NHL® game broadcast nationally on Sportsnet™ and hosted by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone. The Tour makes its first stop of 2017-18 in Niagara Falls, ON on October 7 and 8, at Niagara Parks' Queen Victoria Park. As part of the opening weekend festivities, award-winning Canadian country star Tim Hicks will perform in his hometown on Sunday evening.

"From having the honour of being on RMC campus over Remembrance Day weekend to shining a light on the recovery efforts in Williams Lake come January, Rogers Hometown Hockey connects Canadians all across the country," said MacLean. "Every Sunday, we pull out the hockey roadmap and discover a part of Canada and ourselves."

"It's amazing to me that we are on season four of Rogers Hometown Hockey and there are still so many wonderful places in this country that we have left to discover," said Slone. "We have been welcomed so graciously by Canadians from coast-to-coast and I'm looking forward to feeling that warmth, hospitality and excitement from this year's group of hometowns."

Live on Sportsnet
Each community that is visited is featured on the weekly Sunday broadcast of Rogers Hometown Hockey on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW™. Live on location from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio, MacLean and Slone host a pre-game, intermission and post-game show that highlights the local culture, hockey history and unique stories of each hometown.

The NHL® match-ups and broadcast schedule for Rogers Hometown Hockey is as follows:

Relive the Glory
Leading into the start of the season, fans can get a taste of what to expect by tuning in to The Best of Rogers Hometown Hockey. With four 30-minute episodes, the show compiles some of the most captivating stories from the first three seasons of the Tour, with a sneak peek into how the show comes to life. The shows will air on Sportsnet on Thursdays, with multiple repeat broadcasts throughout the weekend. The first episode debuts Thursday, Sept. 7 at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT.

Watch to Win!
All season long, fans can tune in to the Sunday night broadcast on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW for a chance to win weekly prizes through the Rogers Hometown Hockey Contest. Join the conversation by using each week's unique hashtag to automatically be entered for a chance to win a number of prizes, including a trip to the 2018 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. The contest begins during the first week's broadcast on Sunday, Oct. 8 in Niagara Falls and will run right through to the final Rogers Hometown Hockey of the season on Sunday, April 1 from Montreal.

2017-18 Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour Stops

October 2017

Niagara Falls, ON (Oct. 7-8)
Haliburton Highlands, ON (Oct.14-15)
Charlottetown (Oct. 21-22)
Truro, NS (Oct. 28-29)
November 2017

Orillia, ON (Nov. 4-5)
RMC - Kingston, ON (Nov. 11-12)
St. Thomas, ON (Nov. 18-19)
Oakville, ON (Nov. 25-26)
December 2017

Winnipeg, MB (Dec. 2-3)
Surrey, BC (Dec. 9-10)
Airdrie, AB (Dec. 16-17)
Spruce Grove, AB (Dec. 30-31)
January 2018

Williams Lake, BC (Jan. 6-7)
Kamloops, BC (Jan. 13-14)
Cowichan Valley, BC (Jan. 20-21)
February 2018

Lacombe, AB (Feb. 3-4)
Canmore, AB (Feb. 10-11)
Regina, SK (Feb. 17-18)
Belleville, ON (Feb. 24-25)
March 2018

Markham, ON (March 3-4)
Brampton, ON (March 10-11)
Cornwall, ON (March 17-18)
Bathurst, NB (March 24-25)
Montreal (March 31-April 1)
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Kevin King and Stefan Rzadzinski Claim Victory in Ontario as the 2017 Championship Remains a Close Battle

The Nissan Micra Cup held its second last outing of the season this past weekend during the most important motorsport event at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), northeast of Toronto, Ontario. Two races were on the program, both of which kept the fans on their feet with numerous cars overtaking one another and a constant change in race leader. In the end, Kevin King won on Saturday and Stefan Rzadzinski on Sunday, while Olivier Bédard maintained his overall lead in the championship.

The American NASCAR Camping World Truck series was also a highlight this past weekend as it brought together tens of thousands of spectators to the site. As part of the festive atmosphere, fans were able to witness the 23 Nissan Micra Cup drivers in action during two magnificent races.

On Saturday, under constant sun and a cool breeze, track records were broken. Qualifying in pole position, the 2016 champion Xavier Coupal started the mid-afternoon race with 2016 novice champion Stéfan Gauthier by his side. At the end of a thrilling 30-minute race that saw a collision in the first lap eliminate Coupal, followed by multiple changes on the leaderboard, Kevin King, Gauthier's Sorel-Tracy Nissan teammate, crossed the finish line just three-tenths of a second ahead of Olivier Bédard. Holder of the record for the fastest lap in the history of Nissan Micra Cup at the CTMP, Bédard was able to increase his lead at the top of the series standings. The podium was completed by Stéfan Gauthier, Albertan Stefan Rzadzinski and Quebecker Marc-Antoine Cardin, who earned a top five finish for his very first time.

Montrealer Jesse Lazare, who is more familiar with powerful endurance while racing a McLaren GT as opposed to the practically stock Nissan Micra S race cars, made his grand debut in the Nissan Micra Cup this past weekend. Lazare competed on behalf of the MIA (Motorsports In Action) team, with whom he races endurance. He entered in order to experience the fun associated with driving in the Nissan Micra Cup, but admitted to being surprised by the competitiveness of the series. Qualifying in seventh, he fought an outstanding race and challenged the other drivers for a spot at the front of the pack. He finished in sixth place overall, ahead of the top-ranking senior class competitor, Normand Boyer, Australian Keishi Ayukai, Frédéric Bernier and Englishman Jake Exton, who was fastest among the novices.

Sunday was just as thrilling, with the top 10 neck and neck from the start right through until the last lap. Qualifying in pole position, Kevin King led the first few laps before Olivier Bédard and Stefan Rzadzinski took the lead ahead of him. Rzadzinski eventually won, in front of Bédard and King. Starting on the first line beside King, Jesse Lazare finished his very first Nissan Micra Cup race weekend in fourth place. Senior class leader Normand Boyer initially finished in fifth place, but due to a penalty, was pushed back to seventh place. As a result, Valérie Limoges came in fifth place, ahead of Stéfan Gauthier, Norman Boyer, Frédéric Bernier, Jake Exton (once again top novice finisher) and Marc-Antoine Cardin.
After his incident the night before, Xavier Coupal was forced to forfeit the race and was eliminated from the battle for the title. With two strong podium finishes, Kevin King is still fighting for the championship title against Olivier Bédard, who leads the championship. The last race weekend of the season is set to be action-packed, with a battle for the overall title as well as for the novice class honours between Jake Exton, Vincent Doyle and Nicolas Barrette. In the senior class, Normand Boyer already holds enough of a lead to claim the title.

The next event will take place in three weeks as the series presents its grand finale of the 2017 season at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant, in Québec. The traditional Fall Classic will attract an impressive crowd to cap off the Nissan Mica Cup's 2017 championship. Two races will be held during the race weekend on September 23 and 24. Motorsports fans, Nissan Micra owners, and the public in general are invited and are sure to witness an action-packed competition. More details can be found on the Nissan Micra Cup website at www.micracup.com.

For full race results, visit: 

http://www.micracup.com/2017-Results_Race?RID=29 (race 9)
http://www.micracup.com/2017-Results_Race?RID=30 (race 10)

Overall championship standings after two races: http://www.micracup.com/2017-Results_ClassGen.
For more information on the Nissan Micra Cup, please visit: http://www.micracup.com/main.


Home of the Maple Leafs and Raptors to become Scotiabank Arena Next Summer

Today, Scotiabank and Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) announced an expanded sponsorship and philanthropic partnership which will see the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors transformed into the Scotiabank Arena in July, 2018.

This 20-year strategic partnership also includes new philanthropic opportunities with the MLSE Foundation, and a digital collaboration between MLSE and the Scotiabank Digital Factory.

"We have always sought new and innovative partnerships with the goal of building strong and enduring communities," said Brian Porter, Scotiabank's President and CEO. "Today's announcement is an extension of Scotiabank's unwavering love of the game of hockey and our commitment to help young people reach their full potential. We believe that MLSE is an ideal partner for Scotiabank to reach our objectives."

Scotiabank supports more than 8,000 Canadian kids' community hockey teams. This partnership will enrich that support in the Greater Toronto Area, and will help to expand community hockey programs for youth across the country. "Scotiabank is already a proud supporter of the MLSE Foundation and its LaunchPad program. Today's announcement builds on our commitment to Canada's young people," said Brian Porter.

"For the past 18 years, Air Canada Centre has not only been home to the Maple Leafs and Raptors, it has also hosted hundreds of the most popular concerts and events in the industry, helping contribute to Toronto's well-deserved reputation as one of the top sports and entertainment destinations in the world," said Larry Tanenbaum, Chairman of the Board for MLSE. "We are grateful to Scotiabank for their continued support and this expanded partnership as we look ahead to what we expect to be 20 of the most exciting years in Toronto sports and entertainment history."

"MLSE is proud to operate one of the top venues in sports and entertainment, in a world-renowned city backed by some of the best fans and partners in the industry," said Michael Friisdahl, President and CEO of MLSE. "This expanded partnership with Scotiabank will not only support our pursuit of championships and delivering a world-class experience for our fans, but it will have a lasting impact on our community."

As part of the transfer of the arena naming rights in 2018, MLSE and Air Canada have also reached an agreement on a long-term partnership renewal that will see the company continue as the official airline partner of both the Maple Leafs and Raptors.

"As Canada's flag carrier and North America's Best Airline as ranked by the Skytrax World Airline Awards, we are proud to continue our partnership with MLSE as the Official Airline of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors," said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. "We congratulate MLSE and Scotiabank as they build on the legacy we helped establish in 1999 and look forward to celebrating with fans and customers during our final season as title sponsor of the Air Canada Centre. Air Canada supports professional and amateur sports throughout Canada and our global hub in Toronto connects that city to the world, driving both the economy and communities."

Since opening in February, 1999, Air Canada Centre has hosted more than 50 million fans over 3,500 premiere events including the 2016 NBA All Star Weekend, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and many of the world's most popular performing artists including U2, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Justin Bieber and Drake. As one of the leading sports and entertainment venues in the world, Air Canada Centre was named last year as Canadian Venue of the Year by Canadian Music Week as well as the third busiest concert venue in North America and seventh-ranked facility in the world for concert attendance by Pollstar. The venue capacity is 19,800 for basketball and full-house concerts and 18,800 for hockey.

"MLSE would also like to express our gratitude to Air Canada for their support as a founding partner of the Raptors and Air Canada Centre," said Friisdahl. "They have been an integral part of the success of this arena and our teams over the past 18 years, and with our renewal agreement, we look forward to continued success with our partnership in the years to come."

"We are thrilled that Scotiabank's name will appear on the side of this iconic building for the next two decades, and are looking forward to all of the historic moments to come," said Scotiabank's Chief Marketing Officer, John Doig. "With that said, we are especially pleased to partner with an organization that shares our values. This partnership is exciting for sports fans across Canada, and also for the young people and communities our Bank seeks to support."

A Backgrounder Follows:


This agreement encompasses both sponsorship and philanthropic opportunities for Scotiabank and MLSE.

Exclusive naming rights of 40 Bay Street (Air Canada Centre)
Scotiabank continues to be the Official Banking Partner of the Toronto Maple Leafs
MLSE Incubator at the Scotiabank Digital Factory - A digital centre of excellence to help drive fan/customer engagement programs
Scotiabank and the MLSE Foundation will expand their partnership focused on helping young people in the GTA, changing lives through the power of sport
Scotiabank and MLSE will collaborate with SCENE to develop fan-centered promotions for sports and entertainment enthusiasts
Scotiabank and MLSE would like to thank all of those involved in making this agreement possible, and a special thank you to Scotiabank's Sponsorship Agency, MKTG Canada, who played an invaluable role throughout the negotiation process.

More about Scotiabank:

Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 24 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 88,000 employees and assets of over $906 billion (as at July 31, 2017), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

Investing in Young People

Scotiabank's focus on young people reinforces a commitment to communities that began 185 years ago. Such investments are an important part of how we create a better life for the people that we serve around the world. In 2016 alone, Scotiabank contributed CAD$70 million in donations, sponsorships and other forms of assistance to communities around the world.

Scotiabank Hockey

Scotiabank is the Official Bank of the NHL®, NHL Alumni™, CWHL, Vancouver Canucks®, Winnipeg Jets®, Toronto Maple Leafs®, Ottawa Senators®, Edmonton Oilers® and the Calgary Flames® whose home arena is the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Bank also supports the Montreal Canadiens®. Scotiabank's Community Hockey Sponsorship Program supports over 8,000 minor hockey teams in communities across Canada. To find out more about Scotiabank's hockey programs, please visit www.scotiabank.com/the5thseason.


A&W Canada and the MS Society of Canada Team Up with Soccer Superstar Christine Sinclair to Beat MS

 A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. celebrates Burgers to Beat MS day on Thursday, August 24th to help Canadians living with multiple sclerosis (MS). This year, A&W has increased their donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, now generously donating $2 from every Teen Burger® sold across the country on this day. Additionally, we have the support of two-time Olympic bronze medalist and Canadian women's national soccer team captain Christine Sinclair, whose mother, Sandi, is among the one in 340 Canadians living with MS. Sinclair will share her story and meet staff and guests at A&W restaurants in Vancouver on August 23rd and Toronto and Montreal on August 24th.

"I'm excited to be a part of this campaign," says Sinclair. "I've always wanted to do something to make a difference for people, like my mom, who are living with MS, and I feel like this is a great start."

Since 2009, A&W's dedicated operators, enthusiastic staff, and loyal guests have raised more than $9 million to support world-class MS research, and programs and services that aim to improve quality of life for Canadians living with the disease. Burgers to Beat MS is the single largest annual corporate fundraiser for the MS Society of Canada.

On August 24th, the nearly 900 A&W restaurants across the country will host Burgers to Beat MS events – many featuring the Great A&W Root Bear®, A&W Root Beer® floats, music, games and other fun activities. Anyone can get involved and join the #BurgersToBeatMS conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Also, a special Burgers to Beat MS Snapchat filter will be available to Canadians on the day.

In addition to buying a Teen Burger®, supporters can also donate through rounding up their bill at the register, purchasing $1, $2 and $5 paper cutouts, placing money in in-store donation mugs, participating in local restaurant fundraising initiatives, and online at BurgersToBeatMS.ca. A&W will also donate $2 to the MS Society for every share on Facebook (up to $40,000) of the Burgers to Beat MS online video launched today featuring Christine Sinclair and affable A&W spokesperson Allen—from A&W's TV commercials. The video is on A&W's Facebook page.

"We are thrilled by the continued generosity of the A&W family and their guests each year, as we work together to help raise awareness and support for those affected by MS," says Valerie Hussey, Chair, Board of Directors, MS Society of Canada. "During our nine-year partnership with A&W we've seen Burgers to Beat MS evolve. The significant contribution of more than $9 million donated throughout the campaign has helped improve the lives of tens of thousands of Canadians through research, treatments, programs and services. We encourage everyone to join A&W in their commitment to beat MS on August 24th."

Burgers to Beat MS creates an opportunity for people across the country to come together to support Canadian-led efforts to better understand MS and find a cure, while enjoying a delicious Teen Burger®.

"I am proud of how this important fundraising initiative has grown through the years thanks to the strong support and dedication of A&W's operators, employees and guests, so that those living with MS can benefit from ongoing research efforts and receive the support they require," says Paul Hollands, Chairman and CEO of A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. "We need everyone's support to reach our goal of raising $2 million this year, which is why we are asking Canadians to join us on August 24th to help beat MS by buying a Teen Burger®, making a donation, and encouraging others to do the same."

Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world, making it Canada's disease. MS is one of the most common neurological diseases among young adults, attacking the central nervous system, and affecting vision, memory, balance and mobility. It is commonly diagnosed in individuals aged 15 to 40, and in Canada, women are three times more likely to develop MS than men.

The cause of MS remains a mystery and as of today, there is no cure, but each day researchers are learning more about what causes MS and ways to prevent it. Support from A&W allows the MS Society to further innovative research efforts, better support people living with MS, and shows Canadians that if we work together we can create a better quality of life for people living with this disease.

A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. is 100 per cent Canadian owned and is one of the strongest brand names in the Canadian foodservice industry. A&W is the nation's second largest hamburger chain with nearly 900 locations across the country. From coast-to-coast, A&W is a leader in the Canadian burger industry, serving beef raised without the use of steroids or hormones, chicken raised without the use of antibiotics, eggs from hens fed a vegetarian diet without animal by-products, and pork raised without the use of antibiotics. A&W Restaurants feature famous trade-marked menu items such as The Burger Family®, Chubby Chicken® and A&W Root Beer®. For more information, please visit aw.ca.

The MS Society of Canada is dedicated to finding a cure for multiple sclerosis by funding leading-edge research and improving the quality of life of those affected by the disease. The MS Society offers programs and services for people with MS and their families, and its affiliated MS Scientific Research Foundation is among the largest funders of MS research in the world. Please visit mssociety.ca or call 1-800-268-7582 to make a donation or to learn more about the latest in MS research and programs in your area. Join the conversation and connect with the MS community online – find @MSSocietyCanada on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.


Olympic and Professional Athletes Join Canadian Medtech Leader Highmark Interactive in The Battle Against Brain Injuries and Diseases

Highmark Interactive, Canada's first digital therapeutics company, is proud to announce the members of its Professional Advisory Board. Highmark is working on video game technology that will revolutionize patient management as it relates to the concussion epidemic and other traumatic brain injuries and diseases.

The Professional Advisory Board brings together elite athletes and experts from the sporting world who have seen and experienced the effects of concussions firsthand. They include:

Hayley Wickenheiser (co-chair of Professional Advisory Board) - Regarded as the best female hockey player of all time, Hayley played for Canada's national team for 23 years and is a five-time Olympic medalist and seven-time World Championship medalist. She was recently awarded the Order of Canada.

Mark McMorris - Professional snowboarder with an Olympic bronze medal, 14 X Games medals, 3-time US Open champion and star of MTV's McMorris & McMorris.

Bryce Salvador - Former NHL defenceman and captain of the New Jersey Devils. After playing 14 seasons in the NHL, Bryce is now an advocate for concussion awareness, safety and innovative treatments.

Andy O'Brien - Director of Sport Science & Performance, Pittsburgh Penguins. Andy has trained countless world-class athletes including Sidney Crosby, John Tavares and Patrick Chan.

"Major athletes are looking to the private sector for help in the fight against concussions," says Hayley Wickenheiser. "It's great to be a part of such a collaborative team of athletes, doctors and tech innovators who care deeply about supporting the research and treatment of traumatic brain injuries."

More than one million people in Canada are living with a brain injury, yet this condition is still a silent epidemic. The consequences of a brain injury can be devastating. Today's announcement signifies a commitment by tech, medical and athletic leaders across the private sector to the ongoing research and development of digital technology to help combat this chronic illness.

"Our vision at Highmark Interactive is bold and ambitious," says Dr. Sanjeev Sharma, co-founder of Highmark Interactive. "We believe entrepreneurs will have an important role in tackling the concussion epidemic through the development of new technologies that will be instrumental to managing injured patients. Our professional advisors are the perfect compliment to our diverse, world-class team. They have seen the impact of traumatic brain injuries firsthand. Their leadership and insight will be invaluable to our success."

Video games are the fastest growing media industry in the world, with over $91 Billion in revenue in 2016. Highmark believes creating engaging experiences through games will be fundamental to increasing the reach and effectiveness of their technologies.

Highmark recently announced it had secured over $2 million in capital in an oversubscribed seed round.

Highmark Interactive is a Toronto based digital media and therapeutics company with a focus on concussions and other traumatic brain injuries and diseases. Founded in 2017, Highmark uses fun, engaging games that will educate players, collect a variety of baseline neurologic functional data, and facilitate the brain's healing from injury.


Statement by Minister Qualtrough on the Closing of the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg

As the 2017 Canada Summer Games come to an end this evening and young Canadian athletes celebrate together, I invite Canadians to join me in congratulating them on their accomplishments and contributions, not only to sport, but also to their communities and provinces or territories.

The Canada Games continue to provide an unforgettable experience to young Canadian athletes, which will certainly inspire them to strive for excellence beyond this event, on or off the field. This is why the Canada Games are considered a major stepping stone for participants on their way to becoming Canada's next generation of high-performance athletes.

The 2017 Canada Summer Games, however, went above and beyond showcasing athletes. This year, we saw an incredible demonstration of community support, through the engagement of thousands of volunteers who helped to run the biggest domestic sport event ever held in the province. The 2017 Games, which took place in the 50th anniversary year of the Canada Games, were sensational. They have attracted more attention than ever, making them a perfect way to promote youth sport and Canadian culture during Canada 150.

On behalf of all Canadians, I congratulate all the athletes on their amazing performances and extend to them my best wishes. Thank you to all the organizers, coaches, officials, and volunteers who have worked so hard this summer. Without you, these Games would not have been such a success.

As the Games leave a lasting legacy here in Winnipeg, we can begin to look ahead to 2019 for the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.


Olympic Champions become World Champions

August 5, 2017
German dream team Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst added the one prize missing from their glittering list of achievements by winning the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 with a spine-tingling comeback victory in Vienna.  

Last season saw the German duo win Olympic, Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals, European and National titles but their 19-21, 21-13, 15-9 win over American duo April Ross and Lauren Fendrick in front of 10,000 fans inside the Red Bull Beach Arena crowd will live long in the memory. 

In total 25,700 fans flocked to the Danube Island to witness the final and it was Ross and Fendrick who took a tight opening set. However, the Germans turned the screw in the final two sets to clinch their first world title and complete a golden 12 months on the sand. 

“It’s unbelievable, I still can’t realize what we’ve achieved in the last 10 days,” said Walkenhorst afterwards. 

“We have not had an easy preparation – we’ve had some issues but we’ve always believed in ourselves.” 

Having lost the first set it looked as though the American 14th seeds were going to cause a massive upset but Laura admitted she and Kira knew they had to raise their game if they were to secure gold. 

“In the first set we didn’t serve how we’d like to, and we said to each other we needed to step it up – and that’s what we did,” she said. 

“We were better after that and it goes without saying this is an amazing achievement for us.” 

Although the Americans did not scoop the top prize, last year’s Olympic bronze medallist April Ross was proud of their efforts. 

“I’ve always thought we had this potential, but could have played better in the final,” she said. 

“I was proud of how we approached that match and it was an amazing atmosphere. I wish we would have played a little better but I’m going to come away thinking this was a really good experience.” 

There was a similar story in the bronze medal match, as Brazilian number one seeds Larissa Maestrini and Talita Antunes came back from five points down in a thrilling final set to beat Canadians Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes 21-12, 16-21, 18-16 and take third place. 

On the penultimate day of the men’s competition, Sunday’s semifinal line-up was confirmed – and among those last four names are home heroes Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst. The Austrians staged their own miraculous comeback to beat Polish pair Piotr Kantor and Bartotz Losiak 31-33, 21-18, 15-11 to set-up a meeting with Russians Nikita Liamin and Viacheslav Krasilnikov. 

In the second semifinal, the last remaining Brazilian team, André Loyola Stein and Evandro Gonçalves Oliveira Júnior, take on Dutch wildcards Maarten van Garderen and 2013 silver medalist Christiaan Varenhorst for a place in the final. 

The semifinals start at 10am CET before the grand finale at 3pm CET. Catch all of the action on the final day live on BeachStream. 
Do not miss the new female World Champions' interview (in German): World Champs Interview. 

Check out all the action that happened on the emotional final day of the women's competition: News Cut . 
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Vienna 2017 presented by A1 
July 28 - August 6 2017 
Vienna’s Danube Island (Austria) 



Trickle Creek Golf Resort presents the First Annual Couples/Mixed Open Golf Tournament

Trickle Creek Golf Resort is holding a brand new tournament on September 22nd – 24th, the new couples/mixed team tournament.  Teams of two will compete for great prizes in a modified Scottish Ball Format*.  Included in your entry fee is 2 – 18 hole rounds with power carts & range balls, prizes, 5 meals (dinner on Friday & Saturday, breakfast on Saturday & Sunday and lunch on Sunday).    For golfers traveling from out of town, Trickle Creek Lodge is offering a special rate.
*Scottish Ball Format - Each member of the team drives the ball and then each team member hits from where their partners drive is.  Next, select the best shot and then alternate shots to finish the hole. No team member can hit a ball two times in a row.  On par three's its alternate shot after each team member’s tee shot.
Get more information on our website, call 1-888-874-2553 to book your spot.
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Trickle Creek Golf Resort, is part of the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc. (RCR) family. Proudly Canadian, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc. (RCR) is the largest private ski resort owner/operator in North America, owning six ski resorts across Canada, including Nakiska Ski Area in Alberta; Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort in British Columbia. RCR also owns and manages a number of hotels and golf courses, including Trickle Creek in Kimberley, and Wintergreen Golf and Country Club in Bragg Creek. RCR aims to provide each and every guest The Ultimate Experience. 


16 youth soccer teams to travel to Mexico for the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League tournament

Two teams of young Canadian soccer players will have the unique opportunity of traveling to Toluca, Mexico to participate in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League tournament, August 5 to 12.

Under-13 academy players from Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be vying for the prestigious tournament cup, competing against players from nine other CONCACAF countries, including: Costa Rica; El Salvador; Honduras; Jamaica; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Trinidad; and, the USA, with 16 teams participating in total.

"Scotiabank aims to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential," said John Doig, Executive Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer, Scotiabank. "We believe this is an investment in the long-term security, stability and growth of our communities. Scotiabank is a proud sponsor of youth soccer in the international countries where we do business. These sponsorships provide Scotiabank the opportunity to support young people in soccer, the way the bank supports youth community hockey in Canada. We wish all the teams the best of luck!"

This will be the third edition of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League. In December 2014, Scotiabank was announced as the official Bank of CONCACAF and the league's first official partner. Scotiabank's partnership with CONCACAF is about soccer and a shared passion for the game with our customers. The multi-year agreement includes support for youth events like the Men's and Women's Under-17 and Under-15 tournaments, the Under-20 World and Olympic qualifiers and the upcoming Under-13 Scotiabank Champions League tournament being held in Toluca, Mexico.

"TFC is proud and excited to send a team to the U-13 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League," said Tim Bezbatchenko, Senior Vice President of Soccer Operations and General Manager for TFC. "This is a great opportunity for our young players to play against some top-level international teams in a highly-competitive environment. Events like this competition are vital in the overall development of our TFC Academy players to measure themselves against the highest of levels beyond domestic competition."

You can be part of the action! Follow the excitement of the tournament by watching the daily live webcast: www.scotiabank.com/U13 and www.facebook.com/ScotiabankFutbolClub/.

Follow the discussions on social media:

Scotiabank Futbol Club on Facebook
Hashtag #ScotiabankFC on Twitter
@ScotiabankFC and @ScotiabankViews on Twitter
Follow Toronto blogger Casey Palmer as he travels to Toluca, Mexico to capture the highlights and stories of the tournament: Twitter- @CaseP, Facebook - @MrCaseyPalmer, Instagram - CaseyPalmer


Statement by Ministers Philpott and Qualtrough on the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport

Concussions are a serious public health issue. They are brain injuries that can result in short- and long-term effects on brain health, especially among young people. More than 40% of child and youth injuries treated in emergency departments are sports- and recreation-related, and concussions are among the most common. We share a commitment to helping Canadians stay safe while enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle and the lifelong benefits that go along with sport and physical activity. This is why the Government of Canada is committed to raising awareness about the importance of safe play and promoting ways to reduce the risk of concussions.

Funded by the Government of Canada, the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport uses current scientific evidence to help guide decisions on diagnosing, managing and treating concussions. Anyone who interacts with athletes – be it coaches, trainers, educators, parents and healthcare professionals – should refer to this Guideline and make use of the tools it provides.

We would like to thank Parachute Canada, a national injury prevention organization, for spearheading this initiative. Parachute's Expert Advisory Committee on Concussion, which comprised of experts in concussion prevention, treatment and research, worked to develop this Guideline to support timely and effective care for athletes with a suspected concussion. Parachute also worked with the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Work Group on Concussions in Sport to ensure an inclusive, harmonized approach to the Guideline.

The new Guideline is an essential first step in Canada's approach to managing concussions, but there is more work to be done. We look forward to Parachute Canada's "Return-to-Learn" and "Return-to-Play" concussion protocols to ensure that our young athletes can safely return to the classroom and to sport, physical activity and recreation following a concussion.

Promoting a culture of safety in sport means raising awareness amongst all Canadians, focusing on prevention of injuries and reducing concussions in sport, and effectively managing concussions when they do occur.

The Canadian Safe Boating Council and Ontario Provincial Police Team Up to Reduce Impaired Boating Deaths This August Long Weekend

​Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40 percent of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. To raise awareness and reduce alcohol- related deaths, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is partnering with the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) to launch year 5 of an initiative called "Operation Dry Water". Its goal is to discourage the dangerous practice of boating while impaired by alcohol.

With the summer boating season in high gear, the August long weekend is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of impaired boating. Combined with sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat, the effects of alcohol on the water can be greatly increased.

Through this initiative, the CSBC and the OPP would like to raise attention to the issue of boating under the influence. While the responsibility of law enforcement on the water falls on police, the responsibility to ensure our waterways are a safe place to work and play is shared by all boaters. Alcohol and drug impairment continue to be a factor in boating deaths and injuries and, similar to the efforts on our roadways, we all have a role to play.

Operation Dry Water focuses on the potential risks of impaired boating and opportunities to discourage it. Being charged with Impaired Operation of a Vessel carries the same consequences as Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and in Ontario that includes a suspension of your vehicle driving privileges. Upon conviction, a judge may prohibit operating a boat for a period of time and the repercussions of a criminal impairment conviction can go far beyond the initial incident.

In Ontario, no alcohol can be consumed by anyone on board while a boat is underway. Only boats with permanent sleeping, cooking and washroom facilities onboard may permit consumption but only when docked or at anchor. NEVER boat under the influence.

Operation Dry Water's target is to reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents and fatalities on the water while fostering education and discussions that promote and create a visible deterrent to alcohol use while boating. The end goal...a safer and more enjoyable experience on the water for everyone.

For more information, visit the CSBC website at www.csbc.ca under CSBC Safety Campaigns.

This initiative is made possible through the support of Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety.


Technology is driving golf-ranges and the benefit is back pain relief

- A fully automated tech enabled golf driving range has just opened to the public in the west end of Toronto promises to impress. The showstopper of the 40-golfer campus is a self-teeing ball system that automatically sets up balls for golfers, and continues to do so instantaneously after every drive.

Though it's open to all, back pain challenged golfers, in particular, will appreciate that they do not have to bend down to set up a new ball before their next stroke. "It's hard to get your swing back after a back injury," says iRange Toronto owner Kevin Siu-Chong, "so our system was created where you don't have to repeatedly bend down to tee up your next ball."

"On a typical range, you can hit a bucket of 100 or 200 balls. Whereas in a typical round of golf you only bend down 18 times. At iRange, you focus on perfecting your swing without the painful and annoying interruption of having to pick up the golf ball for the next swing."

All golfers appreciate the time saved and, more importantly, the ability to make very slight adjustments to their swing or stance between strokes. Tee heights are also adjustable to 3 different levels on a touch screen making it easy to drive the ball, practice a fairway shot or your short game.

Each golfer receives a personalized reloadable iRange card so they can play anytime, at their own pace. The facility also has a Pro Shop and Snack Bar which is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages.

The state-of-the art system is the first and biggest of its kind in Canada.

iRange Toronto is located at 7855 Finch Ave. West in Brampton, the same address as the newly renovated and expanded Wet 'N' Wild Toronto waterpark (formerly Wild Water Kingdom). Parking is free for all iRange guests. iRange Toronto is now open 7 days a week, rain or shine, and is easily accessible from Highways 401, 427, and 407.

Call (905)794-4855 for corporate groups and fun outings for family and friends. For catered events, a reservation is required one week in advance.  


Honda Indy Toronto raises nearly $90,000 for Make-A-Wish® Canada

Thanks to the incredible generosity of race fans, the Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) and the Honda Canada Foundation (HCF), nearly $90,000 was raised for Make-A-Wish® Canada during the Honda Indy Toronto race weekend. This marks the eighth consecutive year of Make-A-Wish® fundraising efforts at the race, which has generated a total of more than $600,000 for the organization dedicated to granting wishes for children with life threatening medical conditions. All contributions from race fans over the weekend were matched dollar-for-dollar by the Honda Canada Foundation, Honda Canada's national charitable arm.

"This is a true reflection of how big people's hearts are and I know that everyone at Make-A-Wish shares in my excitement and sincere gratitude to Indy fans, the Honda Canada Foundation and Ontario Honda dealers," said Jennifer Klotz-Ritter, president & CEO, Make-A-Wish Canada. "Programs like this play an instrumental role in our ability to bring strength and happiness to the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions."

Race fans of all ages were once again treated to the speed and spectacle of the race and the fun of the surrounding festival on Fan Friday. Instead of admission, attendees were encouraged to make a contribution to Make-A-Wish upon entry into the race. Donations were also accepted throughout race weekend for a variety of games and activities including face painting, racing simulators, James Hinchcliffe suit signing and Honda Junior Red Riders off-road riding program. New for 2017 was the addition of a raffle where race fans had the chance to win exclusive prizes, including once-in-a-lifetime experiences from the NHL®, Toronto Blue JaysTM, and many others.

"This is exactly what the Honda Canada Foundation is all about and the common values we share with Canadians," said Dave Jamieson, Chair of the Honda Canada Foundation. "We're thrilled about what we've accomplished together with thousands of Indy fans, our dealers and the many Honda Canada Foundation partners."

CGC SportWORKS program - Four young Canadians play leadership role as 6th Commonwealth Youth Games Bahamas set to open today!

​On the day of the 6th Commonwealth Youth Games' Opening Ceremony, Canada can be proud of the four young professionals who are playing a leading role within the host Organizing Committee. They are part of Commonwealth Games Canada's (CGC) SportWORKS program, in conjunction with Brock University and the Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES) program.The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector.

The four Canadian SportWORKS Officers, who are Brock University students studying in the field of Sport Management, are Geordie Moss (Ottawa, ON), Luke Giffen (Minesing, ON), Matthew Spina (Sudbury, ON) and Emily Stratford (St. Catharines, ON). Moss and Giffen are Games Ambassadors for Canada, as well as Games Relations Managers, with their main role being to act as the liaison between 70 participating Commonwealth nations and territories and the host Operations Teams. Spina and Stratford are part of the Atos Games Management System Team, responsible for contemporary information technology solutions for the Bahamas' largest international multi-sport event to date.

"These internships are a shining example of the QE Scholars' mandate to promote global and local community engagement," said Jeanne Gallagher, Manager, International Scholarships, Partnerships and Programs at Universities Canada. "We are extremely pleased with our partnership with Commonwealth Games Canada and Brock University and the global opportunities it's providing our youth leaders."

CGC'S SportWORKS program has been delivering social and economic development impacts through sport since 2001, and has partnered with Brock University since 2015 in delivering the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program. "Our students are gaining invaluable leadership experience and cross-cultural exposure through this program," said Lisa Kikulis, Associate Professor of Sport Management at Brock University. "We are very proud of their contributions made through sport around the world."

While all four students have been busy in the months leading up to the Games, their leadership skills will be called upon even more as the Bahamas are set today to host the largest multi-sport event in the country's history. "It's been crazy busy as we prepare to host what I believe will be the best Commonwealth Youth Games ever!" said CanadianSportWORKS Officer Emily Stratford. "I am excited to be based in the Athletes' Village for the duration of the Games, and look forward to helping the Bahamas make this a memorable life experience for the 1300 athletes taking part in these Games."

Since 1993, CGC has integrated sport for development (S4D) and sport development programming, to promote community and social development, and build national sport capacity throughout the Commonwealth. Through the SportWORKS program introduced in 2001, over 200 Canadians have worked on one-week to one-year placements designing and delivering sustainable sport programs and building sport system capacity. In that time, over 2 million youth in 39 Commonwealth nations and territories have been supported by Canadian SportWORKS Officers.

"With over 24 years of accomplishments, Commonwealth Games Canada has been a long term leader in the field of international development through sport", said Richard Powers, President of Commonwealth Games Canada. "We are proud today of the role four of our SportWORKS Officers are playing in the Bahamas as the Commonwealth Youth Games are set to open. We wish them and all of the Commonwealth's young athletes success at the Games."

The 6th Commonwealth Youth Games open today at the Thomas A Robinson stadium in Nassau, Bahamas and go until July 23rd.


Making Our Streets Safer for Cyclists

Today Uber Canada and Share the Road are announcing a new partnership to educate Toronto and Ottawa driver partners and riders on road safety.

Driver partners and riders in Toronto and Ottawa will receive vital information to help prevent collisions, like remembering to keep bike lanes clear and watching for bicyclists when they open car doors into traffic. New information on cycle safety will also be featured in the driver app each week. And for new driver partners, Uber will be airing Share the Road safety videos in Greenlight Hubs across the GTA and Ottawa and will be including safety information in materials for all new driver partners. Making sure people are well-informed on road safety can make a big difference and help keep city streets safe for everyone.

"Anyone who bikes in Toronto or Ottawa knows that busy congested roads are a real safety concern," said Sheldon McCormick, General Manager of Uber Ontario. "At Uber, we're committed to making sure the streets of our cities are as safe as possible for people in cars, on foot and on bicycles alike. That's why we're partnering with Share the Road to connect Uber driver partners and riders with valuable safety information that can help save lives."

"Cycling can be a fun, convenient and affordable way to commute and exercise, but we know that Ontarians are concerned about safety," says Jamie Stuckless, Executive Director of Share the Road. "This partnership is an opportunity for us to get important road safety information into the hands of thousands of driver partners at Uber and ensure that people get the space and respect they deserve while out on their bikes."

People on bikes use the same streets that cars do, so it's important to share the road:

Respect bicyclists as legal road users with the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Drive courteously and with tolerance. That cyclist is your neighbor and you are sharing the same road.
Check over your shoulder, and always check your blind spot. A bicyclist could be there.
Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists in and entering crosswalks.
Watch for bicyclists when you and your passengers open the car door into traffic.
It is illegal for vehicles to stop in bike lanes - keep bike lanes clear, do not park or pull over into bike lanes
Pass bicyclists only if safe to do so and leave 1 m. Exercise patience.
For more information, please visit:

About Share the Road

Founded in 2008, Share the Road is working to build a bicycle-friendly Ontario where everyone feels safe riding a bicycle. As a non-profit organization, we work in partnership with municipal, provincial and federal governments, the business community and road safety organizations to enhance access for bicyclists on roads and trails, improve safety for all bicyclists and educate citizens on the value and importance of safe bicycling for healthy lifestyles and healthy communities. For more information, visit sharetheroad.ca.

Cycling Canada, Ontario Cycling Association, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Canadian athlete Kristen Worley settle human rights application to promote inclusive sporting environments

 Kristen Worley has settled her human rights application with Cycling Canada, the Ontario Cycling Association and Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Worley sought changes to the policies, guidelines, rules and processes surrounding XY female athletes, gender verification and therapeutic use of required hormones that are captured by anti-doping regulations.

"Today, I am satisfied that the sport of Cycling in Canada and internationally have committed to help advocate for issues facing XY female athletes," said Worley. "My vision encourages sport and the Olympic Movement to do what it is supposed to do best: harmonizing and celebrating through sport the magic and enormity of our human diversity."

As a result of the settlement, Cycling Canada and the Ontario Cycling Association have agreed to:

Review and revise internal policies to embrace human rights;
Launch awareness and education related to diversity of participants;
Advocate for the establishment of standards and guidelines related to XY female athletes based in objective scientific research;
Advocate for individualized Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) conducted by medical personnel with subject-matter expertise;
Solicit CCES, COC, Sport Canada, Commonwealth Games Federation and the Canadian Minister of Sport to advance this advocacy message to international bodies such as WADA and the IOC.
Brenda Culbert, Worley's lawyer from the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, praised Worley's "unrelenting advocacy to raise complex issues in the international and national arena that intersect sport, science, gender and human rights."

Ms. Worley has been a leader in her efforts to raise awareness and education in human rights in Canadian and international sport. Cycling Canada and the Ontario Cycling Association recognize the importance of advancing these advocacy initiatives at home and abroad. As a result, Cycling Canada and the Ontario Cycling Association are reviewing and revising their policies to embrace human rights and are embarking on a program of awareness and education related to diversity and inclusion of all participants.

The OCA and CC are pleased with the agreement with Ms. Worley and are looking forward to continuing to advocate for the development and inclusion of all athletes of Cycling in Canada and internationally.

The UCI will support an advocacy initiative to encourage sport's governing bodies, at the highest level, to adopt policies and guidelines that are based in objective scientific research and responsive to the individualized needs of XY female athletes.

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre provides free legal assistance to people in communities across Ontario who believe they have experienced discrimination contrary to Ontario's Human Rights Code.

Founded on April 14, 1900, in Paris, France, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the world governing body for cycling. Its mission consists of developing and overseeing cycling in all its form, for all people. From a competitive sport, as a healthy recreational activity, as means of transport, and also just for fun.

Cycling Canada exists to pursue world class results by leading high performance programs and enabling the development of athletes.

The Ontario Cycling Association is the provincial governing body for the sport of cycling in Ontario. They develop, promote and deliver quality programs and events for recreational riders through to competitive racers.


North American Indigenous Games Day proclaimed by City of Toronto

 Mayor John Tory has issued a proclamation recognizing July 16 as North American Indigenous Games Day in Toronto.

"This is the first time the North American Indigenous Games will be held in Toronto and we are honoured to be the host city. This week is about more than sports and competition. It's an opportunity for us all to celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage and to support Indigenous athlete development," said Mayor John Tory. "I encourage all residents to attend and experience everything that this year's Games will offer."

In addition to the proclamation, the 2017 North American Indigenous Games flag will be flown from the Queen Street flag pole at City Hall to commemorate the opening of the Games and the 3D TORONTO sign will be illuminated to recognize Toronto as the host city of this year's Games.

The North American Indigenous Games is the largest sport and cultural gathering of Indigenous Peoples from across Turtle Island (North America). From July 16 to 23, Toronto will welcome more than 5,000 Indigenous athletes, ages 13 to 19. Sport competitions, which will be held from July 17 to 22, are free and open to the public. Athletes will participate in 14 sport categories at world-class venues in Toronto, Hamilton and Durham Region – many of which were built for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. Sport and cultural venues include Humber College, McMaster University, York University, University of Toronto Scarborough, City of Toronto facilities, City of Hamilton venues, and venues within Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.

The host society is organizing free week-long cultural festivals at York University and McMaster University from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Special nightly entertainment, concerts and presentations will begin at 8 p.m.

The City of Toronto was named the host city of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games on June 26, 2015. The bid was led by the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario with assistance from the Chiefs of Ontario, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and Six Nations of the Grand River. This is the first year that the Games will be held in eastern Canada.

The official Games website includes schedules and information for the competitions and festivals at http://naig2017.to/en/.  


North American Indigenous Games: 300 Aboriginal athletes from Quebec on their way to the Games

In just a few days, nearly 300 Aboriginal athletes in Quebec will travel to Toronto to represent team Eastern Door and the North (EDN) at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), which is the equivalent of the Pan American Games for First Nations, Métis and Inuit in North America.

Several competitions of the NAIG, the largest continental sports and cultural gathering of Indigenous peoples, will be held in Toronto from July 16 to the 22 in the same facilities as the 2015 edition of the Pan American Games. More than 5,000 Indigenous athletes from Canada and the United States ages 12 to 19 years will be participating and competing in one of 14 sport disciplines: 3D archery, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, canoe / kayak, golf, indoor lacrosse, rifle shooting, soccer, softball, swimming, volleyball and wrestling.

Team EDN is made up of nearly 300 athletes representing 28 First Nations communities. More than 80 adults are also part of the delegation, including coaches, chaperones and the mission team, featuring people with diverse expertise who will be playing specific roles related to logistics, athlete coaching and team EDN management before, during and after the NAIG. Furthermore, two artists, Elijah Picard-Hervieux and Christopher Basile-Andrew, complete team EDN's delegation. The NAIG allows all participating Indigenous athletes to share and discuss their respective cultures, thus promoting exchanges and fulfilment.

The Chef de Mission for team EDN's delegation for the NAIG, Sophie Picard of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission, is very pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to the coordination of the preparations: "This is a major sporting event and it will be a wonderful experience for our young people. I look forward to seeing them flourish and excel while proudly representing team EDN."

Photos and results of the competitions will be published on a daily basis on the various social media accounts of team EDN. To follow and encourage team EDN:

Website: www.pen-edn.com
Facebook: Équipe PEN - Team EDN
Twitter: @PEN_EDN
Instagram: @EquipePEN_TeamEDN

"Team EDN's athletes have been training for months or even years to participate in this competition. Their place on the team is the result of their hard work, dedication and determination. We have every reason to be proud of them," said Ms. Picard.

About the NAIG
The NAIG is a major sporting and cultural event that welcomes more than 5,000 Indigenous youth ages 12 to 19 years from across Canada and the United States for 14 traditional and modern sport disciplines. http://www.naigcouncil.com/

About team EDN
Team EDN is comprised of nearly 300 athletes representing 28 First Nations communities. As Quebec's official representative for the NAIG, it cultivates a spirit of friendly competition and athletic excellence while honouring the various Aboriginal cultures it includes.   


Centennial College sports journalism students to cover the 2017 North American Indigenous Games

This month more than 5,000 Indigenous athletes from across Canada and the United States will gather in Toronto to celebrate their culture and achievement on the field of play.

A team of 28 graduate sports journalism students from Centennial College's School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design will cover the North American Indigenous Games from July 16 to 23 over multiple platforms. Included are three online broadcasts, a full three-hour podcast, daily digital content and regular social media reports.

"This type of experiential learning is key to the educational experience in the sports journalism program," says Malcolm Kelly, the founder and coordinator of the unique nine-year-old college program.

"Whether it's going to Rio de Janeiro to cover the Paralympic Games last September, our yearly trips to baseball spring training in Florida, or the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, having the students in the field speeds up the learning process considerably."

Debbi Wilkes, former Canadian and North American skating champion and Olympic silver medalist, is leading the project as summer program coordinator. With her outstanding background in athletics, journalism and management she will offer a tremendous amount of insight to the students during the project.

Ann Buller, president of Centennial College, has been a keen supporter of this type of immersive learning at Ontario's oldest public college.

"I'm always thrilled to see our sports journalism students report on major events, such as the North American Indigenous Games and the Rio Paralympic Games," she says. "These assignments demonstrate our college's commitment to impart global perspectives and cultural competencies, as well as the essential skills of journalism in a new age of reporting."

Digital stories and podcasts may be viewed on the Toronto Observer website (http://torontoobserver.ca/), while the broadcasts can be viewed on the news outlet's YouTube channel (youtube.com/TorontoObserver).


Millennials and Baby Boomer Baseball Fans Agree - Babe Ruth is the G.O.A.T.

​Baseball is known as America's favorite pastime and is an iconic part of American culture, from the historic ballparks, legendary players, and even the tradition of the ballpark frank. One classic debate amongst generations of fans is who holds the title of greatest of all time. DraftKings Inc., the world's leader in daily fantasy sports (DFS) conducted a national telephone surveyi during the height of baseball season and the results were surprising.

With an overwhelming 40% of respondent votes, Babe Ruth secured the title of greatest baseball player of all time, and for good reason. Babe's numbers are staggering with 714 career home runs, a .342 batting average, 1.164 OPS, 123 stolen bases and seven World Series wins. His influence on the game runs much deeper than numbers, though. He could do it all: hit, pitch, run and field.

According to the survey, no other player comes close to Babe in terms of popularity. Full respondent breakdown includes:

While today's sports fans agree that competitors across almost all sports have gotten faster, stronger, and by extension better, this survey's result runs counter to that wisdom, indicating that Americans not only still believe that a baseball player who was in his prime in the mid-1920s (almost 100 years ago) is the greatest player ever, but the greatest percentage of Americans that believe this are actually millennials. In fact, 48% of those who selected Babe Ruth were millennials, born decades after the Great Bambino had retired from the game.

"When we look at how the Sultan of Swat would have performed on DraftKings today, there is no doubt that he is the greatest of all time," said Matt Kalish, co-founder of DraftKings. "Babe would have averaged 11.6 DK fantasy points per game, with 28,910 career DK fantasy points – 4,515 more than Derek Jeter's career total. In a low scoring era, the Babe's power hitting changed the game of baseball forever."


Father Re-Invents the Flipper to Help Daughter

When Lee Price, a railway manager, couldn't find a suitable swim product to help his oldest daughter with swimming, he came up with his own idea that may end up changing the way we think of flippers.

His daughter struggled with swimming for years and after her last attempt at swimming lessons, she was feeling defeated and upset. "Like any good father, I wanted to help," Lee said.

He recalled a portion of his daughter's swimming lesson where they wore flippers and when she did, she was able to keep up with the others. However, Lee was concerned with the tripping hazards flippers caused when walking or climbing swim ladders. "My daughter is constantly in and out of the water, playing with her friends so flippers weren't practical and I also learned that more pools are banning flippers for safety reasons." Lee said. "That being said, she wasn't going to start wearing water wings or a life jacket at the pool with her friends. She's ten, not four." Lee added.

With no suitable options, he set out to create a solution himself. He contacted a 3D printing company to have his designs 3D printed in rubber. He and a small trusted group would test the designs at the local pools; he would make the necessary improvements and then 3D print them again. He started receiving encouraging comments and people started to pay attention to what he was doing. "This was when I realized I was creating something that had never been seen before and it solved a real problem in the market," Lee said, "This is when I considered making it as a real product."

The final result was a more user-friendly type of flipper that you can safely walk in and climb swim ladders with. He calls them TailFins. "The idea started out with wanting to help my daughter and it's grown to a point where we're launching on KickStarter," Lee said, "But the most rewarding experience by far was when I saw my daughter swim the length of the pool for the first time. She was wearing her TailFins."

About TailFins Sporting Goods Inc.: TailFins is a new start up launching their innovative, patent-pending swim product on KickStarter July 10th.  

Toronto Raptors and Sun Life Financial announce ground-breaking, expanded partnership

   The Toronto Raptors and Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada ("Sun Life") have proudly expanded their long-standing partnership to feature a prominent program in support of diabetes awareness and prevention, and beginning in the 2017-18 season, include the first jersey patch partnership in the team's history.

"We're thrilled to announce this new, first of its kind partnership with the Raptors and MLSE," said Lisa Ritchie, Senior Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial. "These are great brands coming together, connecting with fans of the game and encouraging Canadians from coast to coast to live a healthy and active lifestyle. I look forward to the 2017-18 Raptors season when we officially launch this exciting program in support of diabetes and wellness."

The Sun Life patch will appear on the front left shoulder of Raptors game jerseys starting next season. Jersey sponsorships will be introduced league-wide beginning next season as part of a three-year NBA pilot program.

"This is an exciting time in Raptors' history and we're thrilled to share it with Sun Life, an iconic Canadian brand who has been a trusted partner of ours over the past seven years," said David Hopkinson, Chief Commercial Officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. "This partnership, while breaking new ground, puts an important issue affecting our community first and represents an initiative that we can all take great pride in."

Sun Life takes a holistic approach to supporting the well-being of Clients, employees and communities around the world and is partners with the Raptors in the group benefits and life and health insurance categories. Since announcing diabetes as its key business and community giving priority across its global footprint, Sun Life has committed over $17 million to the cause.

The Raptors and Sun Life will announce full details about the diabetes programming and officially unveil the new team jersey featuring the Sun Life logo in fall 2017.

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada is a member of the Sun Life Financial group of companies.


Canadian Pacific supports World Indigenous Nations Games with $50,000 sponsorship

 Canadian Pacific (CP) announced today its sponsorship of the 2017 World Indigenous Nations Games for $50,000. The event, which takes place July 2-9 in the Edmonton area, celebrates games, arts, sports and Indigenous People from around the world.

"Canada is a nation blessed with the unique and beautiful traditions of Indigenous Peoples from coast-to-coast-to-coast, and CP is pleased to sponsor this celebration in Treaty 6 territory," said Keith Creel, CP's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We continue to build strong relationships with Indigenous Peoples across our network and look forward to seeing our neighbours represent Canada as they host this international event."

More than 400 athletes from 29 different countries are expected to participate in the event.

"As we celebrate cultural diversity, I would like to thank CP for their financial contribution and their staff for the support towards making the 2nd World Indigenous Nations Games a success," said Grand Chief Dr. J. Wilton Littlechild. "I personally want to commend President and CEO Keith Creel for his leadership and acknowledgment of Indigenous peoples, developing meaningful relationships. Collectively we will build a better Canada."


CSBC & OFAH Team Up To Keep Ontario Anglers Safe on the Water

 July 1st - 9th marks National Fishing Week in Canada. The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) want to remind anglers that wearing your lifejacket is even more important than wearing your 'lucky fishing hat'. But they do share one trait. They both have to be worn to be effective!

Many of those who don't wear their lifejackets or PFDs believe that, since they are good swimmers, having them onboard and within easy reach is good enough. But a lifejacket stored under a seat or up in the bow will be of no help should the unexpected happen, like falling overboard while trying to net the catch.

"National surveys clearly show that more than half the recreational boats sold in Canada are used for fishing on a regular basis," says John Gullick, Chair of the Canadian Safe Boating Council. "During National Fishing Week, the Canadian Safe Boating Council would like to remind all anglers not only to have their lifejacket onboard their boat, but to look after it and wear it. If you happen to fall overboard, it will give you the time you need to calm down, catch your breath, assess your situation and effect, or help effect, a rescue. In 2 out of 3 drownings related to boating, the victims were less than 15 meters from some form of safety."

Many of today's anglers are delighted with the models that are designed especially to suit their needs. They're rugged, allow for full freedom of movement to cast and are constructed with lots of pockets for gear. Some even come equipped with an attachment from which to hang a landing net. When choosing their lifejacket, anglers should also check the label to make sure it is Transport Canada approved, is the correct size and fits snugly.

"Ontario offers so much in the way of wonderful fishing opportunities, helping to create lifelong memories for people of all ages. But remember, when you're out wetting a line this summer, you have to think safety first," said OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo. "Whether you're out in a boat enjoying the open water, or perched along a shoreline looking for the big catch, prioritize your safety, and the safety of those around you, by wearing a lifejacket and encouraging others to do the same."

At this important time of year, the CSBC and OFAH are asking those who fish to 'Get Hooked on Lifejackets'.

This initiative is made possible through support of Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety.


Strongbow's Orchard Glampground brings rooftop camping to Toronto

 Strongbow is taking summer to new heights with an Orchard Glampground built 10 stories above city streets on a rooftop in the heart of downtown Toronto. Located at King and Victoria, the orchard glampsite (glamorous campsite) will take place from Friday, July 7 to Sunday, July 9 and promises sweeping city views from a lush, forested orchard setting giving city-centric Torontonians an opportunity to reconnect with nature.

The winner and three guests will get to experience the Orchard Glampground, winning an overnight stay on Saturday, July 8 by entering a contest on Strongbow's Instagram or Facebook page. For a chance to win, Toronto residents simply share a photo or video that depicts a scenario where individuals are missing out on nature using the hashtag #orchardglampground and tagging @strongbow on Instagram or @Strongbow.Ca on Facebook.

"Strongbow is passionate about giving everyone the opportunity to reconnect with nature and we wanted to show Torontonians that you don't have to go far to get a new view of your city or connect with the outdoors," said Emily Hendren, Marketing Manager for Strongbow.

The Orchard Glampground is an extension of Strongbow's global commitment to bringing nature back into cities in a creative and unexpected way. Cities around the world have been injected with nature, including Toronto in summer 2016. Toronto's graffiti alley was transformed into a lush urban oasis, when more than 2,000 square feet of succulents, moss and plants we're injected into a 650 square foot space. This year in New York, Strongbow has created the first floating food forest that will help make fresh edible perennial plants available to all New Yorkers. A formerly barren barge will flourish with a blossoming apple orchard surrounded by garden beds filled with herbs, fruits and vegetables.

New to the Strongbow flavour family this year is Strongbow Dark Fruit. The new variant is a twist on dark fruit highlighted by delicious blackcurrant notes and a crisp apple finish. It's refreshing, tart and has a clean taste profile without any lingering sweetness. Strongbow Dark Fruit is available nationally (excluding Quebec) within the Strongbow Apple Ciders Variety Pack, check your local liquor store for details.

The winner and his/her guests of the Orchard Glampground experience will enjoy sampling Strongbow Dark Fruit under the dark Toronto skies for an evening like nothing they've experienced before.

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Fuelling Women Champions expands grant program to support amateur female sport

 Sports are integral to maintaining health and building confidence, however the vast majority of Canadian females abandon sport as young adults. Canadian dairy farmers are helping break down barriers for amateur female athletes by launching the Champions Fund for the second year, and committing additional funding and grants to help even more young female athletes in 2017. Canada's dairy farmers are currently accepting applications for the $150,000 fund – up from $100,000 in 2016 – which will be distributed as 30 grants of $5,000 to help young female athletes pursue their sports dreams.

"The response in the first year of the Champions Fund was tremendous and stories that young female athletes shared in their applications highlighted their need for support as they face gender inequalities in their chosen sports," says Wally Smith, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada. "Canada's dairy farmers across the country are proud to help support healthy living through the Champions Fund grants and inspire females to achieve all they can in sport through the Fuelling Women Champions initiative."

In its first year, the Champions Fund received more than 2,500 applications for grants. Many of the first-year grant recipients have already used their funds to achieve more in their sport, including the following:

Team Canada Deaf Women Volleyball subsidized the costs of travel for team members to attend weekend training camps in preparation for the Deaflympics in Turkey this July.
Rower, Carly Zanatta, travelled to Burnaby, BC to compete in the National Rowing Championships and placed first in her age category, allowing her to receive carding for her sport and train at the National Team Centre in London, Ontario this year.
Baseball and hockey player, Brooklyn Childs, attended the National Team Development Camp for hockey in Cuba, which allowed her to excel in her games in Atlantic Canada and win Female Athlete of the year for the City of Corner Brook.
The Champions Fund is a nation-wide program, and an extension of the Fuelling Women Champions movement. In its second year, the fund is being expanded to $150,000 – up from $100,000 in 2016 – and will be distributed as 30 grants of $5,000 to female athletes, teams and organizations across Canada. The top 50-60 applicants are selected based on a scorecard and the merits of their applications. Then, the Champions Fund Committee, a board of 10 individuals comprised of dairy farmers and Fuelling Women Champions stakeholders, ambassadors and partners, will select the 30 final grant recipients, who will be announced in October 2017.

According to a 2016 study commissioned by Canada's dairy farmers, only 59 per cent of girls aged 3-17 and 16 per cent of adult women in Canada participate in sport. The Champions Fund, and the overarching initiative, Fuelling Women Champions, aims to inspire girls and women, regardless of age or ability, in local communities across Canada to realize the universal benefits of sport.

For more information, to apply for the Champions Fund, or to get involved in the initiative, visit www.womenchampions.ca. The application period runs from June 20 to September 20, 2017. Fund recipients will be announced in October 2017. Follow and join the movement online to #ChampionHer.

Soak up the summer with road trips, cycling and sensational sights

 Summer is here and CAA South Central Ontario (SCO) is encouraging Ontarians to join the growing group of people exploring Great Lakes waterfront communities.
In collaboration with the Waterfront Regeneration Trust (WRT), CAA SCO has curated a list of 'must-experience' ways to explore the Great Lakes this summer. The ideas below highlight hidden gems in Southwest Ontario, as well as safe and fun cycling day trips.
"People are coming from all over the world to experience the Great Lakes and many people are exploring on two wheels as well as four," said Kaitlynn Furse, public relations manager, CAA SCO. "Exploring the communities that dot the Great Lakes is a great way to celebrate summer and Canada's 150th birthday. Incorporating cycling into road trip plans is a wonderful opportunity to connect with nature and communities in a new way."
The cycling routes included in the weekend getaways are portions of what's included in the now sold out Great Waterfront Trail Adventure (GWTA) organized by the WRT that runs from Point Pelee to Rouge National Urban Park August 6 to 12.
Port Dover, Long Point Eco Adventures and Burning Kiln Winery
If you are looking for adventure just a short drive away, consider a weekend trip to Port Dover. Just a two-hour drive from Toronto, Port Dover is a quaint beach town on the shores of Lake Erie.
Try the Lake Erie Perch from the Erie Beach Hotel or a cocktail watching the sunset on the deck of the Beach House.
Enjoy a day of adventure and culinary delights by biking at your leisure from Port Dover to the award-winning Burning Kiln Winery (20km). Stop at Turkey Point Provincial Park along the way and stretch your legs at the St. Williams Conservation Reserve. If you are up for even more adventure, stop at Long Point Echo Adventures for ziplining and tree canopy tours.
If you are looking for a shorter ride or a second day of cycling, don't miss the Rail Trail from Port Dover to Simcoe.
Port Stanley and John E. Pearce Provincial Park
Located three hours from Toronto, Port Stanley is a small community of just over 2000 people located on Lake Erie. Stay at one of the many B&Bs for the weekend and explore all that this area has to offer.
Bring your bikes and ride the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail to John E Pearce Provincial Park (25km) where you can enjoy Backus-Page-House Museum, a restored Georgian style home constructed in 1850. On the grounds are a restored barn, honey house, heritage gardens and walking trails.
Enjoy the main beach in Port Stanley, the first beach on Lake Erie to receive Blue Flag Distinction.
Don't miss Mackie's on the beach for family friendly fast food.
Erieau and Rondeau Park
If you are looking for an adventure off the beaten path, head out to Erieau, a unique town in Chatham-Kent found on a peninsula three hours from Toronto.
Feel like you're walking back in time by exploring this small resort town and fishing village with a 50s and 60s vibe.
Enjoy high quality craft beer at Bayside Brewing Co., located right in the town and grab a bite at Eau Buoy for some small-town hospitality.
Head to Rondeau Provincial Park (24 km) for a day of sandy beaches, hiking and bird watching.
Leamington and Pelee Island
Venture a bit further for a weekend to remember in Leamington and Pelee Island. Located just 3.5 hours from Toronto, spend the night in Leamington before taking the ferry to Pelee Island, the largest island in Lake Erie and the southernmost populated point in Canada.
Walk around historic Leamington before enjoying dinner at your pick of delicious Mexican restaurants (we like Salsa Caliente Mexican Grill).
Rise early and take the Pelee Island ferry to enjoy historical sites, local shops and beautiful nature hikes.
Spend the day exploring the island by bike on a 28km circular route, following close to the Lake Erie shoreline all around the Island.
For those looking to stay closer to home and enjoy fresh air on two wheels, CAA SCO and the WRT recommends the following routes and highlights to explore:
Humber Bay Arch Bridge to Sherbourne Commons
Start at the iconic white Humber Bay Arch Bridge located at the base of South Kingsway. Don't miss the famous Lion Monument located just to the east, which was commissioned to honour the 1939 visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Stop to refuel at Sunnyside Pavillion, where you will find a full-service restaurant right on the beach, as well as Gus Ryder Pool and several play areas. Spend some time in the newly opened Ontario Place Park and don't miss the wave deck on Queens Quay before ending at Sherbourne Common.
Rouge National Urban Park to Ajax
Head to the mouth of the Rouge River and travel through Canada's first National Urban Park. Continue to Pickering and take a moment to rest and enjoy the scenery at Duffins Creek Pedestrian Bridge. Once in Ajax don't miss Veteran's Point Garden, dedicated to the role women played in WWII. Ajax GO station is a short 20-minute bike ride from the garden.
Before heading out on two wheels, members can download CAA's Bike Assist App that uses GPS to navigate cycling routes and provides peace of mind with roadside bike assistance at the click of a button.
With more cyclists commuting and exploring on the roads in the summer months, it is also important to remember the rules of the road:
All drivers and cyclists are advised to be predictable, be patient, communicate their intentions with signals, regularly check blind spots, and turn on their lights during dawn, dark and dusk.
In Ontario, the one-metre safe passing rule requires a one-metre distance between driver and cyclist to improve safety for both.
Drivers and their passengers must be vigilant when exiting vehicles to prevent "dooring"-placing a vehicle in the path of an oncoming cyclist.
Although a cyclist physically only occupies a part of the lane at any time, they are permitted, under the Highway Traffic Act, to use the entire lane.
Some quick safety tips include:
Cyclists should ride cautiously when approaching intersection as some motorists may be in the act of turning.
Cyclists should not pass motorists on the right; but rather wait or pass on left as it is dangerous to be in blind spot of a vehicle already in the act of turning.
Motorists turning right should look carefully for cyclists on their right side and in their blind spot.


CN announces support for host First Nation of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games

 As part of its celebration of National Aboriginal Day, CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) today announced a $40,000 contribution to the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN) to support their role as host First Nation of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games.

"We're very proud to support the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and their efforts to host the 2017 North American Indigenous Games," said Janet Drysdale, vice-president of corporate development and sustainability at CN. "This event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate North America's best Indigenous athletes. CN is committed to developing respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with all Aboriginal people and this is another example of what we can accomplish working together."

The North American Indigenous Games will take place July 16 to 23 in Toronto where more than 5,000 athletes are expected to participate.

Chief R. Stacey Laforme, chief of MNCFN said, "The North American Indigenous Games brings thousands of athletes together to showcase the holistic potential of our bodies, minds, spirit and people. We're proud to be the host First Nation of this year's games and we are thankful for CN's support of this effort."

Earlier this week in Montreal, as part of its celebration of National Aboriginal Day, CN unveiled a locomotive with a special paint scheme featuring a logo honouring the company's commitment to Aboriginal relations. CN's Aboriginal Affairs logo demonstrates CN's commitment to developing and maintaining respectful and sustainable relationships with all Aboriginal peoples across our network.

CN is a true backbone of the economy whose team of approximately 22,200 railroaders transports more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information about CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.


Canada Day Long Weekend Kicks Off the Start of Boating Season

As Canadians get ready to celebrate our country's sesquicentennial on July 1st, Canada Day also marks the official kick off to summer boating season as one of the busiest weekends on the water. According to a 2016 economic impact study by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada, more the 12.4 million adults (43% of Canadians) participate in boating each year, with 8.6 million recreational boats owned in Canada.

Holiday long weekends are by far the most popular reason for 80 per cent of boaters to get out on the water; however, boating can also be more accessible than many think. Whether it's an hour after work cruising, a morning of fishing or a weekend of watersports, boating provides all the benefits of a vacation "on demand" at your convenience and close to home. The top five boating activities among Canadians are fishing, entertaining, nature observation, sightseeing and swimming.

"Vacation time doesn't need to be reserved for long trips – you can enjoy all the benefits of vacation more frequently, close to home and on your own terms when you go boating," said Tracey Hart, marketing director of Discover Boating. "Getting out on the water allows you to disconnect from the stress on land, enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, and have fun with your friends and family."

Whether on vacation or staycation, these insider tips from Discover Boating provide fun, stress-free ways to get on the water this summer.

Take a class. Sign up for a boating lesson to hone your powerboating, sailing or watersports skills by mastering the basics while having fun along the way. Popular options around Canada include boating classes, on-water training courses, watersports camps, youth boating programs and more.

Rent a boat. Rental options are available on most waterways and provide hourly or daily access to a variety of boat types. Rental outfitters should provide tutorials on operating a boat, share safety instructions and offer suggestions on destinations. Please note that a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is required to operate a boat. New to the mix are peer-to-peer rentals, allowing you to rent someone else's boat, which usually includes insurance coverage and captains for hire.

Check out these Eight Tips for Renting a Boat , including downloadable rental checklists.

Share the fun. You don't need to own a boat to join a boat club. Clubs and shared ownership programs allow you to share a boat with others, split the costs and book your time on the boat online. These clubs and programs also maintain, clean, insure and store the boats and many provide on-water training.

Float your own boat. Chart your own course to boat ownership by visiting DiscoverBoating.ca where you'll find a boat selector and loan calculator to help you determine your boating budget and identify the different types of boats that fit your lifestyle and interests. Once you've narrowed down your search, the site can connect you with manufacturers whose boats best fit your needs and wants.

Find ways to get on the water by using Discover Boating's Get on the Water tool. Just enter your postal code to find rentals, classes, boat clubs and more close to home.


Cranberry Golf Course celebrates 30th year anniversary with course improvements and special promotion

 FORE! Get your golf clubs ready and bring your A-game as Cranberry Golf Course announces a special golf promotion to celebrate the 30-year anniversary. Enjoy $30 green fees for an 18 hole round after 3 P.M. on Tuesday's through June 27th to prepare for Cranberry Golf Course's upcoming 30th Anniversary celebration on June 9. The celebration will feature live entertainment, cake cutting ceremony, a 19th hole challenge and more.

As an integral member of the community, Cranberry Golf Course strongly upholds the importance of community engagement by hosting a yearly golf tournament to support the $100,000 they recently donated towards scholarships at the local Georgian College.

To continue the spirit of giving, Cranberry Golf Course's golf professionals donate their time to teach golf, life skills and physical literacy to local elementary schools. In addition, they support the community through donations to Breast Cancer and Youth Programs, while raising funds to go on missions and build homes in Guyana.

Cranberry Golf Course has invested whole-heartedly in the mandatory training for all of its employees. Myles Bradford, Head Golf Professional says, "It's the best investment of all." Myles also noted, "Exceptional customer service and making lifelong memories is what we strive for. Our employees bring our golf course and services to life, and we will continue to invest in the enhancement of our customer service and stewardship."

Cranberry Golf Course's success is due to its continuous improvements and enhancements. Cranberry Golf Course continues to offer more for 2017 by investing in further upgrades, which include:

20 new and improved leveled tee decks;
The addition of a 9 Hole Footgolf Course for families, soccer players and corporate outing requests;
Station on the Green now has a fully operational outdoor patio bar to enjoy following your round.
Station on the Green restaurant now has a fully operational outdoor patio bar to enjoy following your round. With the best view in Collingwood overlooking Blue Mountain, First Tee and 19th hole, Station on the green is the most scenic outdoor patio featuring live entertainment on weekends, making it the perfect après golf!

Since 1980, Cranberry Golf Course has acquired loyal members with endless stories both on the course and off with their family and friends. Share in the fun perks of a membership and build memories surrounding tee-time, community activities and your newfound golf skills.

With all the new things to enjoy in 2017, Cranberry Golf Course is truly a hidden gem!

For more information or for reservations, please call 1-800-465-9077 ext.7170 or visit www.livingwaterresort.com/golf

About Living Water Resort & Spa
Located in Simcoe County at the southern tip of Lake Huron's Georgian Bay, Living Water Resort & Residences is the only resort in the area situated right on the shores of Georgian Bay. With 91 luxurious 1-bedroom and two-bedroom suites equipped with living/dining room and kitchen areas perfect for extended stays and a five-star rating from Interval International, the interior of each unit reflects a combination of elegance and comfort. Each room and its accompanying amenities use the highest quality products with great care taken for personal space and well-being. For further information, please call (705) 446-3282 or visit www.livingwaterresort.com.   


Hydro One named Presenting Partner of Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games

Today,the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (Toronto 2017 NAIG) Host Society gets a major boost from Hydro One, joining an impressive list of partners sponsoring the international sport and cultural event taking place July 16-23, 2017.

"Sport is transformational because it requires leadership, teamwork and discipline," said Ferio Pugliese, Executive Vice-President, Customer Care and Corporate Affairs, Hydro One. "Hydro One is proud to be a part of this important event that will have a lasting impact on everyone involved."

As the title sponsor of the Toronto 2017 NAIG Opening Ceremony and a presenting partner of the Games, Hydro One will join in welcoming 5,000 participants representing 22 competing regions across North America.

"This sponsorship is about supporting our Indigenous communities, while at the same time recognizing the stellar achievement of the athletes competing at the Games," said Pugliese. "We wish the athletes great success and want them to know that everyone at Hydro One will be cheering them on."

A strong proponent of Indigenous relations in Ontario and across the country, Hydro One serves 88 First Nations communities in Ontario, including providing power to 15 remote First Nations communities across Northern Ontario. Earlier this year Hydro One hosted leaders from those communities and more recently hosted leaders from the Metis communities it serves.

In forty-five days, Hydro One will be a key partner in delivering a spectacular showcase of Indigenous sport and unique cultural heritage to the City of Toronto, with a Games footprint that will extend over 16 world-class venues, showcasing 14 sports and an array of Indigenous cultures. Hydro One, through its support of the Toronto 2017 NAIG will shine a spotlight on Indigenous athletes from across North America, inspiring a generation to come.

"Hydro One has a long history of supporting the development of First Nations youth. Having such a committed partner to support Toronto 2017 NAIG will provide increased opportunities to share stories of inspiration while celebrating diverse Indigenous cultures," Michael Cvitkovic, General Manager, Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games Toronto. "Hydro One will play a key role in promoting opportunity for Indigenous youth and will help us continue the conversation of reconciliation through the power of sport. The Toronto 2017 NAIG Opening Ceremony presented by Hydro One will be a spectacle showcasing amazing Indigenous athletes while honouring cultures from across Turtle Island. We welcome Hydro One to 2017 NAIG."

Toronto 2017 NAIG Quick Facts

From July 16-23, 2017, the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (Toronto 2017 NAIG) are expected to be the largest sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous Peoples in North America. The Toronto 2017 NAIG will host more than 5,000 participants, and thousands of spectators for 14 sport competitions being held within world-class venues located across the Greater Toronto Area, including the Region of Hamilton and Six Nations of the Grand River.
The 14 core sports of the Toronto 2017 NAIG include: 3-D Archery; Athletics; Badminton; Baseball; Basketball; Canoe/Kayak; Golf; Lacrosse; Rifle Shooting; Soccer; Softball; Swimming; Wrestling; Volleyball.
Toronto 2017 NAIG will also host a week-long cultural festival at two sites open to the public, showcasing a variety of Indigenous artists, traditional learning, vendors, food, cultural performances and nightly entertainment.
Participating teams represent all 13 provinces and territories of Canada, as well as up to 13 regions from the United States; 5,000 athletes are expected to participate.
More than 2,100 volunteers have already signed up to be involved with NAIG 2017 through www.naig2017.to/en/getinvolved.
The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario, have each committed $3.5 million to help fund the 2017 Games, in recognition of the NAIG as an important agent in promoting Indigenous sport development and recreation in Canada.
The Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO), in collaboration with the City of Toronto and Government of Ontario, won the bid to host NAIG 2017. As the sole rights holder, ASWCO created Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society, a separate corporation to manage and operate the Games.
Net proceeds from NAIG 2017 will be directed to a Legacy Fund, aimed at providing increased sport, health and wellness programming, services and equipment to Indigenous youth across the Province of Ontario.
The Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games Opening Ceremony presented by Hydro One is scheduled for July 16 and will take place at Aviva Centre, home of Rogers Cup on the campus of York University.
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Be a better boater this summer

 Every year hundreds of Canadians die tragically in boating incidents - the overwhelming majority of those who drowned were not wearing a lifejacket. As we head into the summer months, many Canadians will be heading out on to the water to enjoy some of our most beautiful lakes. The Canadian Red Cross believes all boaters regardless of swimming ability need to wear a properly fitting lifejacket, appropriate to the activity in which they are participating.


Every year hundreds of Canadians drown in boating accidents.

According to the most recent 5-year statistics (2009-2014) an average of 125 Canadians die in boating-related incidents each year. Many of these tragedies are preventable.
Men aged 45-54 represent the largest age group for fatalities, however males of all ages are at greatest risk.
87% of unintentional boating-related deaths were not wearing or improperly wearing a lifejacket.
Alcohol was present at the scene or in toxicology reports in almost half of fatalities.
Red Cross wants to remind Canadians about safe boating practises:

Avoid alcohol while boating. Consuming alcohol while boating can significantly decrease your chance of safely making it back to shore.
Wear your lifejacket. Boaters and those who are aboard the craft should put their lifejacket on before heading out.
Make sure your lifejacket fits properly. Having a lifejacket with an improper fit or having one in the boat but not wearing it puts the boater at greater risk for death by drowning. Lifejackets keep you at the surface of the water during unexpected or unintentional falls into water and enable you to remain at the surface while you regain breath control during the initial impact of cold water shock.

"Research shows that lifejackets save lives. One preventable death is too many – we encourage all Canadians to properly wear lifejackets while boating this summer. It could mean the difference between life and death."
- Shelley Dalke, Director, Swimming & Water Safety Programs, The Canadian Red Cross


Visit our website for water safety tips: redcross.ca
Sign up for swimming lessons: redcross.ca/training-and-certification 


Bedard and Coupal win Nissan Micra Cup races at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant

  1. 2015 champion Olivier Bédard's first victory for the 2017 season
  2. Legendary Quebec comedian Michel Barrette performed very well at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant during his first ever race weekend with the Nissan Micra Cup
  3. On Saturday and Sunday, an impressive number of Nissan Micras were driven by their owners during a parade lap on the famous Circuit Mont-Tremblant track
  4. Normand Boyer, the leader in the senior class
  5. The podium following Saturday's race, featuring Olivier Bédard (first), Kevin King (second), Valérie Limoges (third) and the first rookie, Vincent Doyle
  6. The podium following Sunday's race, featuring Xavier Coupal (first), Olivier Bédard (second) and Valérie Limoges (third)
Just one week after the first race weekend of the 2017 season, the Nissan Micra Cup drivers were back on the track this weekend at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant for the Spring Classic. The second race weekend of the season marked popular actor and comedian Michel Barrette's debut as a Nissan Micra Cup driver, and featured two action-packed races. The first race was won by Olivier Bédard on Saturday and the second race was won by Xavier Coupal on Sunday.

After a productive day of practice sessions on Friday, the Nissan Micra Cup drivers kicked off the first day of racing on Saturday with the traditional qualifying sessions, under an overcast but dry sky. Winner of the first two races of the season, Jean-Michel Isabelle earned himself the pole position ahead of 2016 champion Xavier Coupal and 2015 champion Olivier Bédard. Valérie Limoges, the only female driver competing this season, made her mark and claimed fourth fastest time ahead of Kevin King, Stéfan Gauthier, top senior class driver Metod Topolnik, Australian Keishi Ayukai, Nicolas Touchette and British driver Jake Exton. Vincent Doyle was the fastest rookie, followed by Nicolas Barrette.

In the afternoon, 22 drivers got behind the wheel of their practically stock Nissan Micras, in front of numerous fans lining the track, and competed in the first race of the weekend. A duel between Jean-Michel Isabelle and Xavier Coupal caused a minor incident at the front of the pack, allowing Valérie Limoges to take the lead halfway through the race. As soon as the race restarted, Olivier Bédard surprised his fellow drivers and claimed his first victory of the season.

Kevin King and Valérie Limoges completed the podium, ahead of Keishi Ayukai, who performed extremely well for his first time competing at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant, and Normand Boyer, winner of the senior class for the third consecutive time. For the rookies, Vincent Doyle earned his first victory ahead of Nicolas Barrette and Austin Riley. Michel Barrette also performed well for his first official motorsport race, finishing seventeenth overall, seventh in the senior class, and fourth amongst the rookies.

On Sunday, Coupal and Bédard shared the starting line and their battle lasted throughout the duration of the race. Coupal, the 2016 champion, finished ahead of Bédard claiming his first victory of the 2017 season. The fight for the podium's third place was also very intense, with positions constantly changing every lap. Qualifying in ninth place, Valérie Limoges had an excellent climb up the leaderboard, rounding out a first, second and third finish for the Total Canada team's drivers.

The Sorel-Tracy Nissan teammates Kevin King and Stéfan Gauthier completed the top five, ahead of Jean-Michel Isabelle and Metod Topolnik, who won the senior class for the first time, ahead of Normand Boyer. Among the rookies, Jake Exton claimed first place following Sunday's race. Michel Barrette finished in sixteenth place following a spectacular battle with his son Nicolas, with three thousandths of a second separating both drivers at the finish line.

Similar to the first race weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last week, numerous Nissan Micra owners attended the second race weekend at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant. For the 2017 season, Nissan Canada is inviting Nissan Micra owners to attend all race weekends free of charge. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, Nissan Micra owners must register three weeks in advance at http://www.micracup.com/eventregistration/. All registered Nissan Micra owners will receive two free tickets and parking access for the race weekend of their choice.

The Nissan Micra owners that attended the race weekend at Circuit Mont-Tremblant had the opportunity to do a parade lap of the track on both Saturday and Sunday. Nearly 50 Nissan Micra owners were present and for most of them, it was their first introduction to motorsports. It was also an exciting opportunity for them to witness how their Micras perform on the track, in the hands of the very talented Nissan Micra Cup drivers.

The Nissan Micra Cup community will reconvene at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant for the third race weekend of the season, from July 21 to 23. Prior to that, a discovery day will be held for Nissan Micra Cup fans at Mirabel's Circuit ICAR on June 18. For more information about this exciting event, please visit http://www.micracup.com/main.

For full race results, visit:

http://www.micracup.com/2017-Results_Race?RID=23 (race 3)

http://www.micracup.com/2017-Results_Race?RID=24 (race 4)

Overall championship standings after four races: http://www.micracup.com/2017-Results_ClassGen.

For more information on the Nissan Micra Cup, please visit: http://www.micracup.com/main.
2017 Nissan Micra Cup Season Calendar

May 19 - 21 Victoria Day Weekend SpeedFest, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario
May 26 - 28 Spring Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec
July 21 - 23 Summer Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec
August 11 - 13 Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, Québec
September 1 - 3 NASCAR Weekend, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario
September 22 - 24 Fall Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec


Collins Barrow sends contest winners to championship game with Darcy Tucker

Collins Barrow is pleased to announce the winners of their "Be A Challenger: What's your why?" contest. Darren Cargill, from Windsor, and two lucky friends will head to the Mastercard Memorial Cup Championship Game on May 28, joined by pro-hockey icon, Darcy Tucker.

Canadians across the country participated in Collins Barrow's "Be A Challenger" contest, by sharing on social media why they choose to be challengers in their daily lives. A well-known challenger on the ice, Tucker was a Memorial Cup champion himself, before his long-time pro-hockey career, playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche. He will accompany the winner of the grand prize tickets to the junior hockey final in Windsor, Ontario.

As well as highlighting the Mastercard Memorial Cup with the "Be A Challenger" contest, Collins Barrow is a proud national and local sponsor of the hockey tournament. Three additional prizes, of hockey jerseys signed by Tucker, were given away during the contest. Visitors to beachallenger.ca also enjoyed campaign videos and were able to download a free e-book.

"Our ongoing series of "Be A Challenger" videos and contests celebrate the ethos of what drives Collins Barrow – a challenger mindset that strives for excellence. Thank you to all who participated and warm congratulations to the winners!" said Doug Kroetch, Collins Barrow National Chair.

"It's an absolute pleasure to continue to partner with Collins Barrow, spreading the word about our "Be A Challenger" campaign, as well as supporting our homegrown sport of junior hockey. I look forward to cheering on these young Canadian athletes with our winners at the Championship Game," said Darcy Tucker.


Hard Rock International and Rideau Carleton Raceway Announce Hard Rock Casino Ottawa

 Following a competitive procurement process, "HR Ottawa, LP," which will be known as Hard Rock Casino Ottawa, announces it has been selected by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) to be the service provider for the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle 1, transitioning the existing structure and operations into Hard Rock Casino Ottawa. The Hard Rock Casino Ottawa partnership consists of HR LP Investor Inc. (owned by Hard Rock International) and RCR Investor Inc. (owned by Rideau Carleton Raceway Holdings Limited). Pending required approvals, Hard Rock International and RCR plan to potentially invest more than $320 million during a multi-phase construction process to ultimately create an electrifying, integrated entertainment destination incorporating thrilling nightlife, world-class gaming, decadent cuisine and the heart of the Hard Rock brand, music.

Working in close collaboration with OLG, HR Ottawa, LP will enter a transfer period to allow for a transition of current day-to-day operations, resulting in a seamless evolution of the property. Additionally, HR Ottawa, LP will be a key proponent of responsible gaming, integrating leading educational tools and resources to help guests keep gambling safe and fun, and to provide assistance and referrals for those in need of support.

"We're thrilled to have been chosen by OLG to create Hard Rock Casino Ottawa," said Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International. "This is a crucial first step towards a larger strategic vision of our world-class brand's expansion efforts in Ontario and throughout Canada. We are honored to partner with RCR, a reputable and longstanding member of the Ottawa community, and look forward to working with both the RCR and OLG team members through the transition and beyond."

Together, Hard Rock International and RCR will transform the existing property with a complete remodel, rebrand and significant expansion, leading to an economic development boost. The multi-phase project is expected to potentially create 1,900 construction-related jobs and 2,000 direct and indirect ongoing jobs.

"We are delighted to bring the iconic Hard Rock International casino operator to Ottawa," said Andrew Wright, director of Rideau Carleton Raceway. "Rideau Carleton Raceway has partnered with Hard Rock to build a major tourist destination that will offer multi-level entertainment, energized horse racing, a broader market and substantial economic benefits for all of our employees, patrons, and the Ottawa community."

The anticipated first phase of the capital investment project for Hard Rock Casino Ottawa is expected to be completed within the first year of operations, pending required approvals. It will encompass a dramatic renovation, including a redesign of the gaming floors. Additionally, phase one will include updates to the arrival experience, porte cochère, signage, racetrack and grandstand. Pending required approvals, the subsequent expansion program will bring the addition of a Hard Rock Hotel, Hard Rock Live entertainment venue, a Hard Rock Cafe & Center Bar, a Rock Shop where fans can purchase the brand's iconic merchandise, innovative music displays and memorabilia from the brand's curated collection, as well as more than 13,000 square meters of gaming space with additional slot machines and table games.

A press conference will be held today, Monday, May 15, at Rideau Carleton Raceway's Banquet Room at 3:15 p.m. to discuss Hard Rock Casino Ottawa. Hard Rock International Chairman Jim Allen, Rideau Carleton Raceway Director Andrew Wright and OLG President and CEO, Stephen Rigby will be available for comment.

For additional information on Hard Rock International, please visit www.hardrock.com.

About Hard Rock International
With venues in 75 countries, including 175 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company's two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Valencia, Innsbruck, Andorra la Vella and Chengdu. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Berlin, Dubai, London, Los Cabos, New York City, and Shenzhen, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

About Rideau Carleton Raceway
Rideau Carleton Raceway Limited ("RCR") has operated Rideau Carleton Raceway Entertainment Centre and standardbred racing since 1962. RCR is a longstanding member of the Ottawa community. RCR takes great pride in the contributions they make, both to the citizens of the community and in support of the region's horse racing program. Residents and tourists have long visited RCR to enjoy the thrill of watching standardbred races, attend events, and more recently, to play OLG slots. RCR remains committed to supporting the Province's equestrian industry and live horse racing in Canada.

About Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
OLG is the Ontario government agency that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner. OLG conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $44 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. These payments to the province support the operation of hospitals, amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program, local and provincial charities and problem gambling prevention, treatment and research.


Toronto Basketball Pros Raise $10,000 for Charity

Wahl® Canada has named its first-ever Beard Battle Champion—Toronto basketball pro DeMarre Carroll—and will donate $10,000 to charity in his name. Carroll and fellow teammate Cory Joseph have been putting their beards to the test for a good cause. The Wahl Beard Battle, an initiative from men's grooming leader Wahl Canada, featured the two pros engaging in a beard-growing competition to raise money for charity.

As a result of Toronto basketball pro DeMarre Carroll being named Wahl Canada's first ever Beard Battle Champion, the company has donated $10,000 to his charity, The Carroll Family Foundation.

In the end, the true winner is The Carroll Family Foundation (CFF), a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the prevention and treatment of adolescents suffering from pediatric liver disease and disorders, which affects 10 percent of children. Through the public's support of the campaign on Wahl Canada's Facebook page, enough votes were cast to meet the goal of raising $10,000 for the charity.

"We have had a lot of fun with the Beard Battle competition this post-season," said Frank Brown, President of Wahl Canada. "DeMarre and Cory were great sports and the support from Toronto fans was fantastic. We are happy and proud to hand over this donation to a very meaningful cause."

Fans and supporters helped the cause by casting their vote for either player via Facebook. Fans who followed the players' updates on Wahl Canada's Facebook page from April 12 through May 8, 2017, voted on their beard progress photos. For every vote, Wahl Canada donated $1, up to the $10,000 goal. Carroll received 62 percent of the votes and was declared the winner. Since Carroll won, Joseph will be completing a list of household chores at Carroll's home, including washing dishes, cleaning windows, and more.

"I am blessed for all the fans who voted in the Wahl Beard Battle for me to win against my teammate and friend Cory," said Carroll. "But I'm especially grateful to have raised a significant amount of money for my charity, which is doing great things to help kids."

"While I'm a little disappointed I wasn't crowned Beard Battle Champion, we had a lot of fun with the campaign," said Joseph. "I enjoyed working with Wahl while raising money for a great cause."

For more information on the Wahl Beard Battle, Wahl Canada's line of men's grooming products, and to watch Joseph fulfill his end of the bet, head to www.WahlBeardBattle.com (https://grooming.wahl.com/wahlbeardbattle), or follow Wahl on Facebook and Twitter, searching #WahlBeardBattle.

Sonnet Kicks Off Partnership with Toronto FC

Sonnet has unveiled an exciting new sponsorship as the Official Insurance Partner of Toronto FC. Fans at BMO Field this season won't be able to miss the Sonnet Top Corner with a bold blue marquee sign. Throughout this season, Sonnet will continue to share in the amazing moments that unite these passionate fans.

Sonnet, Canada's only fully online insurance experience, will be present at all TFC home games through in-stadium signage, in-game features and the Sonnet Top Corner located in the south west corner of the field. In addition, out-of-home boards flanking the Gardiner Expressway will provide extra awareness for Canada's newest insurance brand.

"Sonnet is continuing to partner with like-minded brands to extend our awareness in Canada and strengthen our community engagement," said John Rocco, VP, Marketing at Sonnet. "We know Toronto FC are one of the fastest growing sports platforms in the country, and we're excited to align our optimism with this team and their passionate fans."

"We're excited to welcome Sonnet as the Official Insurance Partner of Toronto FC," said Jeff Deline, Vice-President of Global Partnerships at MLSE. "Sonnet's focus on spreading optimism and community engagement is a winning combination and we look forward to growing awareness to this new brand amongst our supporters, in and out of BMO Field."

As part of the partnership, Sonnet will have one promotional night on Saturday, September 30 that will reward fans in attendance with merchandise and unique experiences. Additionally, Sonnet will be partnering with star forward Sebastian Giovinco, whose exciting plays inspire optimism within fans, making him an ideal ambassador for the brand. More details will be announced as the season unfolds.

Launched in 2016, Sonnet Insurance Company (Sonnet) is a federally regulated insurance company, and the only insurer in Canada to currently nationally sell home and auto insurance completely online. Our mission is to provide Canadians with an easy, transparent, and customized way to buy insurance. Experience the future of insurance at Sonnet.ca, and say hello on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.


Boom Boom! ON Go the Lights! With the international cricket star Shahid Afridi

- Go Green Cricket & Sports Field is hosting its first-ever night-time tournament under newly installed LED sports lights and is equally excited that its special guest star will be the international cricket celebrity Shahid Afridi. Nick-named "Boom Boom!" after his aggressive batting style, Afridi is the recently retired former captain of the Pakistan national team. Also ranked as one of the world's twenty most philanthropic athletes, Afridi chose the event because of its focus on youth & sports development in the heart of Thorncliffe Park & Flemingdon Park, one of North America's largest South Asian Newcomer communities.

Afridi was born to a Pashtun family from Khyber Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. His endorsement of the Boom Boom! ON Go the Lights! event will draw fans from across the GTA, who worship Afridi as an icon and cricket as a near-religion.

The Boom Boom! ON Go the Lights! event will be held in honour of the lights installation & Canada's 150th birthday at the GGCSF in the backyard of Valley Park Middle School at 130 Overlea Blvd. The free event begins at 6 pm with a Family Fun Fair. Its "centrepiece" will be a "Second Biennial Grand Match" played between a Go Green Youth team vs the Toronto Police Cricket Club. (The first Grand Match commemorated the field's official opening in June 2015.)

The Boom Boom! ON Go the Lights! event is a long-awaited achievement for the small not-for-profit community cricket field project built with love, passion & by grassroots fundraising two years ago. With the recent lights installation, Go Green now boasts being Canada's first illuminated cricket field. Led by trained cricket & multi-sport youth coaches, Go Green has also emerged as a respected provider of accessible year-round youth programs. Solid performance of its five competitive cricket teams also make it a dominant and rising club within the City's Toronto & District Cricket Association.

Go Green would like to thank its Phase Two Lights, Scoreboard & Cricket Practice Cage donors including Jays Care Foundation ($150,000), FedDev Ontario's CIP 150 grant ($258,301), SmartCentres Inc. & Penguin PickUp ($200,000), the City of Toronto ($50,000) & the Pakistan Consulate-General, Toronto ($50,000). Go Green's valued major program sponsors also include Greenwin Inc., Park Properties Inc., Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, the Toronto & District School Board Priority Site Initiative and Focus on Youth Toronto programs, as well as the Ontario Sport & Recreation Communities Fund and Canada Summer Jobs program. Go Green thanks Celestica Inc. for generously storing its lights for two years while installation funds were raised.

Afridi is visiting Toronto to introduce the Shahid Afridi Foundation to people living in Canada, as it becomes one of Pakistan's most high-profile philanthropic organizations supporting impoverished communities.

Event Detail:

6-10 pm Fun Fair with presence of Toronto Police Chief's Ceremonial Guard & Canine Unit, a Jays Care Foundation youth baseball development clinic & food vendors by Thorncliffe Women's Committee
7:30 pm Afridi arrives
8:30 pm Speeches
9:15 pm Boom Boom! ON Go the Lights! & the Grand Match Begins


Camping Season is Here: Canadian RVing and Camping Week Kicks Off May 23-28, 2017

The third annual Canadian RVing and Camping Week, a program developed by Go RVing Canada and the Canadian Camping and RV Council, returns this May 23-28, 2017 at select campgrounds from coast-to-coast. As Canada's 150th celebrations continue, Canadian RVing and Camping Week offers the perfect opportunity for Canadians to experience this great land.

With more than one million RVs on the road today, Canadian RVing and Camping Week celebrates RVing and camping in Canada and encourages Canadians to get out and enjoy the outdoors and to experience their Wildhood. Participating campgrounds coast to coast will be offering discounted campsite rates and special events will be taking place throughout the week.

"Our goal is to encourage Canadians to take advantage of the fun and affordable lifestyle that RVing offers, while allowing their inner wildhood to roam free" said Chris Mahony, President, Go RVing Canada. "We're incredibly excited to bring back Canadian RVing and Camping Week for a third year, especially during Canada 150 celebrations. Camping season is officially here."

As part of Canadian RVing and Camping Week, Go RVing Canada and Canadian Camping and RV Council have once again partnered with Make-A-Wish® Canada to help grant wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions. To help raise funds for Make-A-Wish, campers are encouraged to book their stays at one of the many participating campgrounds across Canada and to also purchase and fill out Wish Stars. 100 per cent of the proceeds from Wish Stars will be donated to Make-A-Wish.

New this year, campers across Canada will gather on May 27 at dusk, local time, for the largest simultaneous marshmallow roast in support of Make-A-Wish.

"We are delighted to be entering our third year of partnership with Canadian RVing and Camping Week," said Meghan McGill, Senior Manager, Fund Development, Make-A-Wish Canada. "A wish come true brings hope, happiness, and healing to a child and their family. Partners like Go RVing Canada make such a difference. We're proud to be involved in this initiative and are thrilled by the support of campers and RVers across Canada."

Campgrounds across the country are participating in this year's Canadian RVing and Camping Week, with more being added each week. To learn more about Canadian RVing and Camping Week and to find a list of campgrounds near you, visit www.GoRVing.ca or www.ccrvc.ca.

Campers and RVers that can't participate this year are encouraged to follow along online using the hashtag #CampingWeekCA.


Statement by Ministers Philpott and Qualtrough on the release of the Berlin Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting and encouraging Canadians, especially our children and youth, to participate in sport, physical activity and recreation and to enjoy the benefits of active play, exercise and teamwork throughout their lives.

On behalf of all Canadians, we welcome the recent release of the Berlin Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport. The guidelines outlined in the Consensus Statement were developed by international experts, including Canadian representatives, at the Fifth International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport, which took place in Berlin, Germany, in October 2016.

Through initiatives such as the development of the Canadian Concussion Guidelines, the Government of Canada is supporting and encouraging Canadians to be safe and active when participating in physical activity, sport and recreation.

At the same time, we recognize that individuals can experience concussions during sport, physical activity and recreation. Concussions – especially among young people – are a serious public health issue because of their frequency and potential for serious short- and long-term consequences on brain health. Our goal is to help to make sport, physical activity and recreation activities safer for all Canadians, and to reduce the health risks associated with concussions when they happen. We want to raise awareness amongst children, youth, parents, coaches and teachers of the importance of safe play and ways to reduce the risk of injuries, such as concussions.

In October 2016, Parachute Canada established an Expert Advisory Committee on Concussions comprising experts in concussion prevention, treatment and research. The recently published Berlin Consensus Statement will be used to inform the Committee's work to develop Canadian Concussion Guidelines. The Committee will also propose universal return-to-learn and return-to-play protocols with the goal of getting children, youth and athletes safely back into the classroom and to sport, physical activity and recreation after a concussion.

We are proud to be working with experts, including Ministers of Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation and the Federal/Provincial-Territorial working group on Concussions in Sport, to ensure safe and inclusive environments for physical activity, recreation and play for our children, youth and athletes of all levels. Together, we can create an environment that facilitates the awareness, prevention, detection, management and surveillance of concussions in Canada.


Canadian basketballer masters Auckland off the court

 A veteran of the Canadian masters basketball circuit, Toronto-based Jude Kelly, has been making the most of his time off the court in Auckland while here for World Masters Games 2017.
Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here: http://www.prnasia.com/mnr/wmg2017.shtml

Kelly is a walking, talking, passionate advocate for all things sports – especially basketball and masters sport – and has come to New Zealand to compete in the world's largest multiple-sport event which kicked off on Friday.

Following an impressive collegiate basketball career including achieving three-time All-Canadian All-Star status and induction into two halls of fame, Kelly continued his love of the sport and now shoots hoops in masters competitions. He was part of the gold medal-winning Stooges basketball team (50+ division) at the previous Games in Turin, Italy four years ago, and is also the Canadian representative on the Federation of International Masters Basketball Association.

This time round in Auckland, he has joined up with a team of equally enthusiastic Brazilian basketballers in a quest for a medal in the 50+ division, and to make the most of exploring Auckland while they're here.

"Landing here in Auckland was a trip of a lifetime for me and has exceeded all expectations," says Jude.

"I've been trying to take in as many of Auckland's treasures as possible. I've been up the Sky Tower which was wonderful. The [Games] Opening Ceremony at Eden Park was spectacular and I've been out on Auckland's magnificent harbour sailing on one of the boats from the America's Cup."

Auckland is playing host to 28,000 participants from around New Zealand and across the globe, including a 2,000 strong contingent of Canadians. It is bigger in scale than even the Olympics in terms of athletes participating.

Competition in 28 sports at 48 WMG2017 venues runs until 30 April.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) bid to host WMG2017 in partnership with the New Zealand Government, and is delivering the event through a separate subsidiary company.

ATEED Chief Executive Brett O'Riley says WMG2017 will be the largest participation sports event New Zealand will host in the next decade.

"Hosting major events helps showcase Auckland to the world, giving people a reason to visit, to stay longer and to experience more of what we have to offer," he says.

Samsung Canada returns as proud Blue Jays Premier Partner, dedicated to getting fans closer to the action

Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. is proud to step to the plate once again through its partnership with Sportsnet that continues to get Toronto Blue Jays fans across the country closer to the game. The two-year deal, which kicked off during the 2016 season, sees Samsung Canada as a proud Premier Partner of the Toronto Blue Jays, helping to deliver new experiences to fans in-stadium, online, and on Sportsnet.

"We're proud to lead off this season with the Blue Jays and Kevin Pillar, and are excited to deliver immersive experiences through our latest technology and innovation that will bring fans closer to the action," said Mark Childs, Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung Canada.

Rounding out the lineup, Blue Jays centre fielder and Gold Glove finalist Kevin Pillar joins the Samsung team this season as brand ambassador. In addition to taking part in a special Samsung event, Pillar will also be featured in exclusive Samsung content. This season, fans can experience a new perspective on the game, thanks to a behind-the-scenes Samsung Gear VR experience captured on the Gear 360.

Samsung will continue to be the official 4K sponsor of Blue Jays baseball broadcasts on Sportsnet, putting fans in the action with every one of the 81 home games broadcast in stunning detail. Samsung technology and branding will also continue to be integrated into the in-stadium experience, as well as within the Samsung Broadcast Studio.

New this year on Sportsnet, fans will experience a Play Under Review feature, powered by the Samsung QLED TV. Shot with a super slo-mo camera, the feature will bring fans never-before-seen immersive details and truer-to-life colours on game-changing plays. A new Radio Frequency (RF) handheld camera feature, brought to life with the Samsung Galaxy S8, will let fans get closer from a behind-the-scenes perspective after every home run.

"At Sportsnet, we are continually pushing innovation to give sports fans the best and most extensive viewing experience. And that is precisely why we value our tremendous relationship with Samsung. They share our vision to remain at the forefront of innovation and technological advances," said Anthony Attard, VP of Sales, Sportsnet, Rogers Media.


World Masters Games Opens in Auckland New Zealand with Colour, Culture and Camaraderie

Let the Games begin. New Zealand has welcomed 28,000 participants to the World Masters Games 2017 filling Auckland's Eden Park with a spine tingling Māori cultural performance, great Kiwi music and the biggest laser light show ever seen in the country.

On this calm autumn evening in New Zealand's most celebrated sports venue, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English declared the world's largest multi-sport event open heralding an action-packed 10 days for 25,000 athletes from 100 countries competing in 28 sporting disciplines.

Dancing lights, fire and drifting smoke, with the occasional burst of fireworks, brought the colours of the Pacific to life as waves of colour washed over the stadium, setting the scene for lyrical, high energy performances by some of New Zealand's top Māori culture performers.

From the first solitary spiritual tones of the Māori karanga -- as a lone female voice called the visitors into 'our place' -- to Māori warriors rushing across the hallowed turf and the beautiful rhythm of Māori song, there was no doubt that this was a night to remember.

The parade of athletes was its own spectacle as thousands of competitors made their way down into the stadium, marching together grouped by sport rather than country in World Masters Games tradition.

With such a massive influx of visitors in town for the 10-day event, Auckland -- New Zealand's biggest city -- is noticeably abuzz with activity in the downtown waterfront precincts.

The event has been four years in the planning and the aim is "to deliver the best World Masters Games in history," says World Masters Games 2017 (WMG2017) chief executive Jennah Wootten.

"With 25,000 athletes competing in 28 sports across 48 venues it's been a massive logistical challenge but we are ready and we couldn't be more excited as we look forward to the next 10 days," Ms Wootten said. "Bring it on!"

Around 75 per cent of participants hail from outside of the host city and the organisers have promised a warm welcome from locals who will have free admission as spectators to any of the 48 competition venues.

"Being great hosts and making visitors feel welcome is in our blood. It's something the city did brilliantly during Rugby World Cup 2011 where visitors went home raving about their experiences in our city and country. I'm confident of a repeat performance," Ms Wootten said.

On Auckland's downtown waterfront, visitors and locals can mingle at the Queens Wharf Entertainment Hub which is open every day from Saturday 22 April with free admission to most activities.

"One of the unique attractions of World Masters Games is the social side of the event, and there is a great history of lifelong friendships being formed at previous Games," Wootten said. "As the host city in 2017, Auckland is embracing that tradition and laying on a feast of culture, performance, music and food on our waterfront."

Highlights include Toi Ora, a living gallery, in The Cloud to showcase traditional Māori arts and culture. There will be music and entertainment day and night featuring well known New Zealand artists, the best of New Zealand's cuisine and beverages, and a Kids' Fun Zone.

Gaming Nation's 5050 Central Reaches Agreement with the Riverside Minor Baseball Club to Operate 50/50 Raffles Starting at 2017 Memorial Cup

5050 Central Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gaming Nation Inc., is pleased to announce that the Company has reached a multi-year agreement with the Riverside Minor Baseball Club (operators of the Riverside Centre for Sport and Education), the Charity of Choice of the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

The agreement will see the RMBC implement 5050 Central's digital raffling platform. The Spitfires will be hosts of the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup, taking place from May 19-28. The 2016 tournament, hosted by the Red Deer Rebels using the Company's platform, generated over $360,000 in total raffle sales to support charitable endeavours.

Currently partnered with the OHL's three American Clubs, the agreement also marks the Company's first client in the province of Ontario. Recently certified by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) under the Electronic Raffle Systems Minimum Technical Standards for 50-50 Raffles, Draft 1.0, 5050 Central is pleased to now be an authorized gaming supplier within the Province of Ontario.

The net proceeds from each draw held by the RMBC, founded more than 50 years ago, will benefit youth and community programs at the multi-purpose Riverside Centre for Sport.

"We are thrilled to have 5050 Central help us in raising additional funds for our Miracle League," said Bill Kell of the Riverside Minor Baseball Club. "Having this League will be beneficial in giving people living with challenges a place to play the games they love and enjoy in a safe and protected environment."

"We are very excited to be operating 50/50 raffles once again at the Memorial Cup," said Jason Little, Vice President of Business Development of Gaming Nation. "This opportunity further enhances the successful partnerships we have with the associated charities of multiple Clubs in the Canadian Hockey League."


Opportunity to Compete in the 2017 Manulife LPGA Classic Open to Canadian Female Amateur Golfers

With less than two months until the Manulife LPGA Classic, the application period has officially opened for the Manulife Ladies Classic Award. One high-achieving female amateur golfer will be selected by Manulife for a unique opportunity to play with some of the world's best golfers in the Manulife LPGA Classic from June 8 – 11, 2017 at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario.

"The Manulife LPGA Classic is one of only two LPGA tour stops in Canada, so the more Canadian golfers we have participating, the better," said Marianne Harrison, President & CEO, Manulife Canada. "We are looking for a standout amateur golfer who demonstrates consistently high-performance in the sport, and an individual who sets a positive example of active, healthy living and community engagement."

To apply, eligible golfers must complete the online application and submit a short video demonstrating their passion, including thoughts on why they should receive an opportunity to compete. The deadline for applications is May 11, 2017.

In 2015, Manulife and tournament owner Sports Properties International approached the LPGA to increase the size of the Manulife LPGA Classic field by six spots to 150 to encourage more Canadian golfers to compete. To deliver on that intention, Manulife created a Canadian-focused sponsor exemption strategy. One element of that strategy was the creation of the Manulife Ladies Classic Award. Last year, Thornhill's Selena Costabile was the inaugural recipient of the award.

"It's great to work with partners like Manulife who bring new ideas to the table and care about making a difference in an amateur golfer's career," said John Gaskin, Manulife LPGA Classic Tournament Director, Bruno Event Team. "It's rare to see this kind of opportunity offered on the tour and we're excited to see who will be joining us and the world's best in just a few short weeks."

For full contest details and eligibility, visit http://www.manulifeclassic.ca/classic-award.php.


EY creates app to give rugby fans enhanced interactive digital experience during the Lions Tour of New Zealand 

 EY is taking rugby fan engagement to the next level with an exclusive app developed to give them an enhanced interactive digital experience during the upcoming British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand in June.

The app combines EY's capabilities in digital and analytics to deliver in-depth performance information gathered from individual players club and international level matches from the past two seasons. The analytics capability was delivered by EYC3 Business Solutions, which studied data from thousands of games and combined these results with expertise provided by international rugby legends Sir Ian McGeechan and Tim Horan, to develop a unique feature called "My Lions." This gives rugby fans access to behind-the-scenes player information to help them play as team selectors and coaches to deliver their favoured team.

A key aspect of the app is the new "My Lions" fantasy rugby gamification feature, which will be launched following The British & Irish Lions squad announcement on 19th April. As the Tour approaches, fans will be able to select their Lions starting XV, including captain and primary kicker, to take on the experts' teams in a series of fantasy rugby games.

The app analytics are designed to randomly assign weather conditions, ground selection and referees, while fans will be able to select their "boost player," preferred tactics and substitution start time to achieve a win, lose or draw result. Users can share their results on social media or compare with the experts' teams' and their friends performances through league tables featured in the app.

Before each of the three Test matches against the All Blacks, fans will also be able to submit and share their preferred starting XV, before the team is announced by Head Coach Warren Gatland so they can compare directly.

Norman Lonergan, EY Global Vice Chair – Advisory Services, says:

"We are excited to work with the Lions and are enjoying the opportunity to explore digital innovations for one of the world's best-loved touring rugby teams. Our involvement with this much-anticipated sporting spectacle demonstrates how EY employs its extensive digital capabilities and business intelligence in a way that differentiates us from our competitors. This initiative leverages EY data analytics experience in business and commercial applications extended to vitally impact the interactive engagement between the Lions team, their fans and sponsors."

An interactive sports experience

In addition to standard features such as access to Lions news, Lions TV, Lions imagery and competitions, the official app gives fans an interactive and stimulating sports experience by leveraging advanced analytics.

Results for the fantasy rugby games are based on the EY rugby model, which assesses more than 150 features related to a players position and their recent performance, as well as more than 30 statistically significant team factors that influence high-performing teams. In addition to connecting with real-time news and updates on their chosen team, users can closely monitor and stay updated on their favorite players' performance and get experts' reviews and analysis.

All Lions sponsors can leverage the "private leagues" app feature and generate their own access- controlled leagues for their own competitions or engagement activities with their clients. As a result, the sponsor will be able to better engage with fans through direct interaction and increase brand awareness and recognition through association with high-performing teams.

Charlie McEwen, British & Irish Lions Chief Operating Officer, says:

"The App really brings the Tour to life for rugby fans around the globe. This latest release includes some exciting new features such as the ability to test your selection skills against top rugby experts. In addition, the App will continue to bring you all the latest news, imagery and videos to make this the ultimate digital experience of any Lions Tour to date".

Lonergan says: "Through this development, EY is helping the Lions transform their fan engagement into a truly digital brand experience. Working in collaboration with the Lions, EY helps refine their digital strategy and vision while shaping the future fan and commercial partner experience, so that the team is seen as a leader in this field as well as on the playing field."

The Lions app is available to download from Google Play and the App Store.

Investing in the health and well-being of Indigenous youth through the power of sport

Sport has the power to unite Indigenous youth, helping to improve health, education and economic outcomes for all involved.

Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced the Government of Canada's Budget 2017 commitment to provide $18.9 million over five years, and ongoing funding of $5.5 million every four years thereafter, to support Indigenous youth through sport.

Qualtrough said, "As a former athlete, I know firsthand how sport can change lives, and I believe that we can all harness its power to help Indigenous youth—and their communities—flourish and succeed. Today we mark an important step in our collective efforts to build stronger Indigenous sport programming that offers benefits and opportunities for youth across Canada."

This new investment will increase support for culturally relevant sport programming for Indigenous youth and children at the community level. This also includes stable and ongoing funding for the North American Indigenous Games, in support of the Government of Canada's commitment to fully address the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

With just 88 days to go before the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games, this investment recognizes that sport is a powerful force to support the health and well-being of Indigenous youth, strengthen Indigenous identity and make meaningful progress towards reconciliation.

Bennett said, "When Indigenous youth engage in sports activities that reflect their culture, they acquire the secure personal cultural identity and resilience that lead to better health, education and economic outcomes. It's why the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission includes a Call to Action to support Indigenous athletes, and it's why our government is proud to announce this new initiative."

The Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games take place from July 16 to 23. The Games represent one of the largest sporting and cultural gatherings of Indigenous peoples from across North America, with over 5,000 Indigenous youth (ages 13–19) and 2,000 volunteers expected to participate.

Participating are over 5,000 athletes and teams representing all 13 provinces and territories of Canada, as well as 13 regions from the United States.

Call to Action #88 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission states, "We call upon all levels of government to take action to ensure long-term Aboriginal athlete development and growth, and continued support for the North American Indigenous Games, including funding to host the games and for provincial and territorial team preparation and travel."


Toronto Basketball Stars Face Off in Ultimate Playoff Beard Battle

 The illustrious "Playoff Beard" is one of sport's most superstitious practices—and now it's turning into an epic fundraising effort. This postseason, Toronto's DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph are putting their beards to the test in a whisker war for a good cause. The Wahl Beard Battle, a new initiative from men's grooming leader Wahl Canada, features the two teammates engaging in a four-week beard-growing competition to raise money for charity. The loser will be subjected to a friendly, high-profile punishment.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to have two of Canada's best beard ambassadors joining Wahl for what will certainly be a fun and spirited beard battle this post-season," said Frank Brown, President of Wahl Canada. "There's a certain brotherhood and camaraderie that comes with growing a beard, and thanks to our new partnership with DeMarre and Cory, it's also about giving back."

The Wahl Beard Battle supports The Carroll Family Foundation (CFF), a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the prevention and treatment of adolescents suffering from pediatric liver disease and disorders, which affects 10 percent of children.

Fans and supporters can help the cause—and ensure their favorite player is on the winning end of the Beard Battle—by casting their vote via Facebook. Fans who follow the players' updates on Wahl Canada's Facebook page now through May 8 can vote on their beard progress photos, which will be posted each week. For every vote, Wahl Canada will donate $1, up to $10,000. The battle concludes on May 8 at 11:59 p.m. EST, and the player with the most total votes will be named the winner. Supporters can also follow Wahl Canada's Twitter page (@wahlcanada) for the latest developments.

To kick off the Wahl Beard Battle, Wahl hosted a shave-down event for the players at ColdKutz, a Toronto barbershop, on April 10. At the event, Joseph and Carroll talked about the ensuing battle and engaged in some friendly "trash talking," all while having their beards trimmed down. Watch the video from the shave-down event.

"It's an honor to be partnering with Wahl and Cory on such a fun campaign, and for a cause that's near and dear to me," said Carroll. "The post season is about taking our game to the next level, and that's what I intend to do with my facial hair game. May the best beard win."

"When I heard about the Wahl Beard Battle and that DeMarre was in, my response was, 'game on,'" said Joseph. "Not only am I big fan of Wahl, but it's for a great cause. DeMarre may have me on the dreads, I'll give him that, but when it comes to the beard, that's my domain."

For more information on the Wahl Beard Battle, head to www.WahlBeardBattle.com (https://grooming.wahl.com/wahlbeardbattle), or follow Wahl on Facebook and Twitter, searching #WahlBeardBattle.

SunTrust Celebrates Opening Day at SunTrust Park - the New Home of the Atlanta Braves 

- SunTrust Park, the new state-of-the-art home of the Atlanta Braves, officially opens its doors today. The partnership between the Atlanta Braves and SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) unites two iconic Atlanta brands to create a premier destination and sets a new standard in naming rights sponsorships.

SunTrust Chairman and CEO Bill Rogers said, "We see this partnership as far more than putting our name on a ballpark. SunTrust Park will help us advance our purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging directly with people where they live, work and play – and reach millions of baseball fans nationally. SunTrust Park and the surrounding Battery Atlanta will be a year-round, community gathering place for years to come."

To further engage fans and visitors to SunTrust Park and the Battery Atlanta, SunTrust is opening The onUp Experience – a unique, interactive entertainment center for all ages.

"We believe no other bank or company has leveraged a naming rights sponsorship in this way," said Susan Somersille Johnson, SunTrust chief marketing officer. "The onUp Experience is a one-of-a-kind venue connecting finance, fun and baseball to help people achieve financial confidence."

Located on the main pedestrian walkway to the ballpark entrance at 800 Battery Avenue SE, Suite 110, The onUp Experience is named after the onUp movement, which has already helped 1.5 million people take steps toward financial confidence so they can enjoy the moments in life that matter.

At The onUp Experience, fans receive a personalized baseball card that gives them access to activities and games, including:

A Braves Superfan Quiz, with a chance to win great prizes.
The ability to "Jump onUp" in front of SunTrust Park and share pictures on social media.
A chance to sit in front of the mics in the 680 The Fan Studio Booth, or watch live pre- and post-game commentary from 680 The Fan in The onUp Experience every game day.
Hit the ball out of SunTrust Park in an interactive batting skills game.
Sweepstakes competitions throughout the year to help visitors experience the feeling of financial confidence.
The center also has an event space that can be used for seminars, training and community activities. Learn more about The onUp Experience at https://onupmovement.suntrust.com/onupexperience/.


Rio stars Rivard, Chernove win Canadian Paralympic Committee's Athlete Awards

Swimmer Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur Richelieu, Que., and cyclist Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, B.C., were big winners on Friday night at the 2017 Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame and Sport Awards ceremony held at the Infinity Centre in Ottawa.

Four award winners

Rivard received the award for Best Female Athlete. She was Canada's top medal producer at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, winning four medals in the pool, including three gold and one silver.

Rivard was chosen as Canada's flag-bearer for the Closing Ceremony, named Swimming Canada's and Swimming Word Magazine's Female Para swimmer of the Year and was amongst the finalists for the Lou Marsh Award for Canada's athlete of the year.

Chernove received the award for Best Games Debut. He spearheaded a record nine-medal performance for Canada's Para cycling team in Rio. He took gold in the time trial road race, silver in the individual pursuit and bronze in the 1000-m time trial. Chernove said, "I've been so fortunate to have the second coming of an athletic career through Para sport. In 2009 when my body started to really change, I switched from able-bodied padding to Para sport and throughout my whole career I've never been as in love with sport as I am now. I just feel really lucky. I won't say that my life hasn't had some difficulties, but there's always been this huge amalgam of reasons for gratitude so there's no room for pain or suffering. I seem to live on a cloud of gratitude these days."

Sébastien Travers of Bromont, Que., received the Tim Frick Paralympic Coach Excellence Award. Travers is the National Para cycling team head coach who directed Canadian cyclists to an impressive nine-medal tally in Rio, making cycling the most successful Paralympic sport for Canada at the Games.

Finally, Maxime Gagnon of Montreal received the Development Coach of the Year Award. Gagnon is the Quebec provincial team head coach and director general of Hockey sur luge Montreal. Gagnon is credited with growing the popularity of Para ice hockey (formerly known as sledge hockey) significantly in the city of Montreal and province of Quebec.

Five inductees into Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with a Disability, headlined a group of five individuals inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame.

Qualtrough, from Delta, B.C., was inducted in the builder category with Archie Allison of Toronto, Ont. and Maureen Orchard of Winnipeg, Man. Named in the coach category was Ozzie Sawicki of Cochrane, Alta., and in the athlete category Karolina Wisniewska of Calgary, Alta.

Qualtrough, a triple Paralympic medallist in swimming, was a key player in Vancouver's bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games – as president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. As a lawyer, she was a powerful advocate for worker's compensation and human rights before moving into the political circuit.

Wisniewska is a three-time Paralympian and winner of eight Paralympic medals in Para alpine skiing. She won two silver medals at Nagano in 1998, two silver and two bronze medals in Salt Lake City in 2002 and two bronze at Vancouver 2010.

Sawicki was head coach of the Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team which won 12 of the total 15 medals earned by Team Canada at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games. In 2014, he was Team Canada's Chef de Mission in Sochi where Canada ranked third in the gold medal count -- with seven gold, two silver, and seven bronze. He said, It's a privilege to be a coach in Canada and I hope that we can continue to get good people who want to create athletes, because I don't think we create athletes, I think we create good people. That's our job as coaches. That's what I take the most pride in.

Orchard revolutionized the sport of wheelchair basketball at home and abroad. She brings more than 30 years of experience and dedication to the sport. She is currently the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) secretary general.

Allison is a legendary figure at Toronto's Variety Village, a centre that helps people with a disability develop a healthy lifestyle through sports, fitness and physical activity.

Marc-André Fabien elected President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee

 The energy and aspirations of the Canadian Paralympic movement were in the spotlight this afternoon as the member sports of the Canadian Paralympic Committee elected a new board of directors including a president, a vice-president and seven directors at the 2017 Annual General Meeting in Ottawa. All will serve four-year terms, from 2017 to 2021.

Marc-André Fabien (Montreal, Que.) is the new president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. He takes over from Dr. Gaétan Tardif, who was president the past four years. A seasoned lawyer, Fabien is a senior partner at Fasken Martineau and has been with the firm since 1982. He has been involved in Paralympic sport for over 20 years as a fundraiser, board member, fan and supporter.

Fabien was previously on the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Board of Directors from 1998 to 2006, including a term as vice-president, as well as the Paralympic Foundation of Canada Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012 and again since 2015. He specializes in commercial and shareholder litigation, securities-related litigation and criminal prosecution, as well as litigation involving the federal, provincial and municipal governments.

"The Canadian Paralympic Committee is at a turning point," said Fabien. "As an organization, CPC and its member sports need to work together even more closely to achieve the following goals: increase the recognition of Para sports, develop the grassroots level, bring and organize international Para sport events to Canada, and reduce dependence on Government funding through becoming closer to the business community."

CPC's new vice-president is Gail Hamamoto (Vancouver, B.C.). Hamamoto is the Executive Director of BC Wheelchair Sports Association, previously serving as the Director of Sport Development for the association from 1998 to 2012. A Board member of the Canadian Paralympic Committee since 2009, Hamamoto's involvement as an athlete, coach, official, volunteer and sport administrator spans more than 25 years of professional experience, including strategic planning and governance, sport technical decision making, multisport Games and government relations.

"Over the last quadrennial, the increase in the profile and professionalism of the Paralympic movement has been unprecedented," said Hamamoto. "I believe in the holistic development of our athletes, to support both their physical and mental health and the transition to life after competing, in a way that honours all they have given to represent our country."

Also elected today were seven Directors of the Board. They are: Rem Langan (Toronto, Ont), Ellen Waxman (Toronto, Ont.), Robert Fenton (Calgary, Alta.), Andrea Carey (Victoria, B.C.), Rick Baker (Kemptville, Ont.), Tyler Mosher (Whistler, B.C.), Dr. Lindsay Bradley (Ottawa, Ont.). Fenton, Mosher and Bradley are new members of the Board, while Langan, Waxman, Carey and Baker are returning to the Board.

Outgoing Board members include President Gaétan Tardif, Vice-President Debbie Low and Treasurer Jim Westlake.

Athlete representative Chelsey Gotell (Antigonish, N.S.) and coaching representative Stephen Burke (Calgary, Alta) are also Board members appointed by their respective committees. Gotell is Chair of the Athletes' Council of both the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee. She is a three-time Paralympian in swimming, 12-time Paralympic medallist and student in osteopathy. Burke is a cycling coach for the 3433 Sport Performance Centre in Calgary.

Toronto Raptor Cory Joseph takes his selfie game to the next level, unveils new technique to the world at Raptors final regular season home game

Cory Joseph, Toronto Raptor and LG G6 smartphone ambassador, is one of Canada's favourite ballers but what fans don't know is that his selfie game is almost as good as his basketball game. Joseph introduced this innovative new style of selfie, the "twofie," with the world premiere of a video on April 7 on the Videoboard during the final Toronto Raptors regular season home game.

Joseph, whose device of choice is the new LG G6, explains "the twofie is a thing you can only do if you have the same smartphone as I do. My smartphone's square camera mode lets me take full advantage of the multiple cameras by letting me photograph the scene in front of me and my reaction to it - at the same time! Essentially it's a double selfie. And it's awesome."

To add to the excitement at the game, co-branded LG G6 and Raptors t-shirts were tossed into the stands and four lucky fans who received a voucher with their t-shirt also won a new LG G6 smartphone.

The LG G6, which is now available across Canada, dominated with in-game presence across digital signage at Air Canada Centre and fans were able to experience twofies for themselves by showcasing their best game face with a fun pop-a-shot challenge in the concourse. In addition to digital support of the video on the web, out-of-home across downtown centres in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver and will help Joseph spread his twofie phenomenon.

About Cory Joseph's Favourite Smartphone, The LG G6
The LG G6 smartphone has been widely praised since its global unveiling at Mobile World Congress in February 2017, where it won numerous awards and recognition. In addition to innovative new camera features such as ability to take twofies, the smartphone features a large screen within an ergonomically designed device that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. This means you can view more on the screen at once, and experience convenient one-handed operation.

The LG G6 is available today at the following carriers: Bell, Eastlink, Fido, Freedom Mobile, Koodo Mobile, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Videotron and Virgin Mobile. The following retailers will also carry the LG G6; Best Buy Mobile, Tbooth wireless, WIRELESSWAVE, Wireless Etc. (located in Costco Canada nationally) and WOW! mobile boutique.

LG G6 Smartphone Highlights:

5.7 inch display with a unique 18:9 aspect ratio
QHD+ Resolution by Dolby Vision™ to give you an immersive cinematic viewing experience
FullVision Display is made possible by 80% Screen to Body Ratio that is complemented by aluminum and glass
LG G6 fits comfortably in one hand allowing you to have a viewing experience without the inconvenience of a big phone
Dual 13MP rear camera. The wide angle camera has 125 degree lens to capture panoramic shots
Four different square camera modes, GIF generator
IP68 water and dust resistant


Every game of 2017 Stanley Cup® Playoffs available on SiriusXM Canada

 SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced comprehensive coverage of the 2017 Stanley Cup® Playoffs through to the Stanley Cup® Final on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio™ (ch. 91). Listeners can access play-by-play coverage, plus expert hockey talk, analysis and fantasy picks from the most trusted hockey broadcasters in the country.

SiriusXM Silver 6 Awards – Monday, April 10 – starting at 7 am ET

The annual SiriusXM Silver 6 Awards will be announced live, honouring the best in the league as voted by listeners and SiriusXM NHL Network Radio™ experts. Awards include Best Forward, Best Defenseman, Best Coach, Best Rookie and more. Tune in all day to hear the winners accept their awards live.

Fantasy Hockey Show – Monday, April 10 – 2 pm ET

Fantasy hockey experts Boomer Gordon and Rob Higgins will break down the top picks for playoff pool drafts.

SiriusXM NHL Network Radio's Playoff Fantasy Draft – Monday, April 10 – 6 pm ET

Listener favourites Boomer Gordon, Rob Simpson, Mick Kern and Nick Alberga will pick their personal playoff fantasy teams in this one hour special.

Stanley Cup® Playoffs Show – Tuesday, April 11 – 6 pm ET

Hosts Boomer Gordon and Nick Alberga will preview the Eastern and Western Conference playoff matchups and predict which two teams will make it to the final. Listeners can call-in at

1-877-NHL-ON-XM or tweet @SiriusXMNHL and post at facebook.com/SiriusXMNHL to be a part of the action.

Stanley Cup® Playoffs Preview Day – Wednesday, April 12 – starting at 7 am ET

Hear all-day coverage leading up to the first puck drop of the playoffs, starting with Stellick and Simmer in the Morning, hosted by Gord Stellick and Rob Simpson, plus special guests Pierre McGuire, NHL® Alumni Mike Rupp and more.

Up next, Steve Kouleas and NHL® Alumni Mike Johnson bring you NHL® Game Day with former NHLers Jaret Stoll and Corey Hirsch as they discuss the latest news from around the rink.

The Power Play takes listeners home with Scott Laughlin, Jim Gordon and Former NHLers Patrick O'Sullivan and Greg Gilbert. Hear from Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and former NHL® GM Bill Watters as they get you primed and ready for the start of the Stanley Cup® Playoffs.

Stanley Cup® Playoffs – Starting Thursday, April 13

SiriusXM NHL Network Radio™ will offer subscribers live play-by-play action of every Stanley Cup® Playoffs game right through to the Stanley Cup® Final. Hear the extensive lineup of expert analysts every day for pre-game predictions and post-game highlights.

Those satellite radio subscribers who add SiriusXM Streaming access to their subscription can also listen to every Stanley Cup® Playoffs game and coverage on the SiriusXM App and online, with all shows available On-Demand.

SiriusXM NHL Network Radio™ offers exclusive, expert hockey talk 24/7, plus season long play-by-play action. It joins SiriusXM's comprehensive coverage of every major sport, including NFL, NASCAR, MLB, NBA, PGA, CFL and more.

Ophthalmologists Urge Eye Protection For Recreational And Professional Sports 

 New research shows that about 30,000 people in the U.S. go to emergency departments each year with sports-related eye injuries, a substantially higher estimate than previously reported.1 This April during Sports Eye Safety Month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public that the right protective eyewear is the best defense against eye injury.

Three sports accounted for almost half of all trips to the emergency room: basketball, baseball and air/paintball guns. Sports-related injuries can range from corneal abrasions and bruises on the lids to more serious, vision-threatening internal injuries, such as a retinal detachment and internal bleeding.

Ophthalmologists — physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care — continue to remind the public that most sports-related eye injuries are avoidable.

Here are some tips for both the professional athlete and the Little League star to stay safe:

Athletes should wear sports eye protection that meets requirements set by appropriate organizations.
Parents should make sure that children wear eye protection. Most often, those who sustain sports-related eye injuries are 18 years old or younger.
Eye protection can weaken with age and may no longer provide adequate protection. Consider replacing when damaged or yellowed.
For basketball, racquet sports, soccer and field hockey, wear protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses.
Athletes who wear contacts or glasses should also wear appropriate protective eyewear. Contacts offer no protection and glasses do not provide enough defense.
Professional athletes should also wear sports goggles that meet national standards.
"I've treated many patients with eye trauma because of an unintentional blow to the face," said Rahul N. Khurana, M.D., clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "Athletes often engage in these seemingly safe, yet rugged, high-impact sports with zero awareness about the potential risk factors. This is why eye protection is critical and can greatly reduce the number of emergency room visits treated each year."

For more information on sports eye safety or other eye conditions and diseases, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart® website. 

PBR makes debut in Toronto
PBR Monster Energy Tour stops in Toronto for the first time on June 24th

PBR (Professional Bull Riders) has announced the PBR Monster Energy Tour – a national bull riding series visiting six Canadian provinces, is making its debut in Toronto on June 24th for the third stop on the fast-growing sport’s national tour schedule. 

A 25-rider field will compete at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto for $20,000 in prize money and valuable points toward the Monster Energy Canadian championship. Top riders competing include

2013 PBR Canada Champion Zane Lambert (Ponoka, AB), reserve champion of Canada for 2016 Cody Coverchuk (Meadow Lake, SK) and three-time PBR Canada Champion Aaron Roy (Yellow Grass, SK).

The PBR Monster Energy Tour begins its second season as a unified competitive series traveling across the country, starting in in Quebec City on June 2 and 3. The national series then moves on to visit Ottawa on June 9; Toronto, June 24; Calgary, September 23; Winnipeg, October 6; Abbotsford, October 14; and Saskatoon, October 20 and 21, where a PBR Canadian champion will be crowned.

“Toronto is Canada's entertainment capital and has been the corporate home of the PBR in Canada for the past two years," said Chris Bell, GM, PBR Canada. "The PBR has never had an event in this dynamic metropolis. I am thrilled to see one of the most exciting sports in the world in Canada's largest centre." 
The PBR Monster Energy Tour will be showcased on TSN/RDS, including a post-season highlight show. Fans should check local listings for broadcast event dates and times.

“The city of Toronto has always thrived on the excitement of sports and live entertainment, so we’re thrilled to have Professional Bull Riders make their Toronto debut at Ricoh Coliseum,” said Wayne Zronik, Senior Vice President, Music and Live Entertainment at MLSE. “MLSE strives to bring the best and diverse live entertainment to our fans, and this event is certainly no exception.”

Tickets for the PBR Monster Energy Toronto tour stop can be purchased at: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10005284CC01EF05

MLSE Live is an entertainment brand that brings all of MLSE’s live endeavors under one digital roof and provide fans with unparalleled insight into Toronto’s most sought-after entertainment events. With three busy venues- Air Canada Centre, BMO Field and Ricoh Coliseum, and a host of marquee events taking place outside of our arenas, MLSE Live will consolidate stories and give fans a closer look into Toronto’s most coveted events by providing behind-the-scenes coverage, as well as the opportunity to win once in a lifetime experiences not found anywhere else. Follow along with @MLSELive on Twitter and Instagram, /MLSELive on Facebook and MLSE Live on Snapchat.

About Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Canada:

Professional Bull Riders (PBR), which has events in five countries and is available in more than 400 million homes globally, has competed in Canada since 1996. The Monster Energy Canadian Tour debuted in 2016 as the country’s first national series. Points earned at Canadian events count towards qualification to the elite PBR Canadian Championship. Upon the conclusion of the Championship, the bull rider with the most regular season and Championship points is crowned the PBR Canada Champion. Points won at all Canadian events count toward qualifying on the prestigious PBR Built Ford Tough Series and PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB will be the first-ever Canadian host of the PBR Global Cup on November 9-11, 2017. The three-day event will feature the world’s best bull riders from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Australia, all competing for their country and a Canadian-record purse of $1,000,000, the second-largest payout in North America next to the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. For more information on PBR Canada, go to www.pbrcanada.com, or follow on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/pbrcanada or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/pbrcanada


Father & Son Become the Oldest and Youngest Persons to Mountain Bike Kilimanjaro

 On March 10th, 2017, University of Alabama student and amateur MMA fighter, Tate Nelson (age 22), joined his father, former University of California - Irvine's Men's Tennis Coach and Tennis Pro, Rob Nelson (age 57), to challenge mind and body on a five day mountain biking trek on Mt. Kilimanjaro, an elevation of 19,341 ft. above sea level in Tanzania, Africa.

Rob Nelson founded the Cycle Kili campaign, which focuses on raising awareness to Africa's Orphan Crisis caused by AIDS. The Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania has the highest rate of AIDs in Africa. According to a new study, researchers say, "Children exposed to HIV, but not infected, have a 70 percent increased risk of dying, often within the first two years of life." Some die of premature death and most are left orphaned. These orphans have been found in horrific circumstances (sewage, ditches on the side of the road, and in piles of trash) and taken to Treasures of Africa (TOA), a ministry that cares for orphans, abandoned and abused children at the foot of the famous mountain.

In addition to raising public awareness about the AIDS Orphan Crisis, Cycle Kili aims to raise $1.96 million for TOA. Funds will go toward constructing a new 5.4 acre campus, to be deemed, "The Treasures of Africa Leadership Village," which will include school buildings and a farm to grow food to feed the community.

When asked why he decided to spend his Spring Break taking on this tremendous challenge, Tate replied, "First reason was to help out those less fortunate than we are. This is my 5th visit to Africa. I have worked with TOA in the past and have a heart for people there. Secondly, what feeds and motivates me is to pursue something that people say 'I'm not able to do' and face adversity." At age 22, Tate Nelson has become the youngest person to Mountain Bike Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Rob exclaimed "If Kilimanjaro presented physical demands for my son and an elite athlete, at my age it did the same things to me, but tenfold. It's about taking action and doing something for the benefit of others with perseverance, resilience, and optimism!" At the age of 57, Rob Nelson has become the oldest person to Mountain Bike Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Historical Mountain Bikers of Kilimanjaro
Year - Rider, Age on Mountain
2017 - Rob Nelson, 57
2017 - Tate Nelson, 22
2017 - James Lawrence, 40
2016 - Rebecca Rusch, 47
2016 - Patrick Sweeney, 48
2016 - Danny MacAskill, 30
2016 - Hans Rey, 50
2011 - Doug Pitt, 44
1985 - Nicholas Crane, 31
1985 - Richard Crane, 28+

For those that want to get involved or make a donation go to our website WWW.CYCLEKILI.COM and follow our social media handles.

Social Media: #cyclekili

72-year old marathoner wins award for empowering and inspiring women

Susan Sommers is pleased to announce her selection by the International Women's Association as an IWA Empowered Women Award Winner. The award honours women who are empowered and are empowering other women in the community by example as well as service. Ms. Sommers accepted the award at a Gala Event attended by 700 people on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

According to Ms. Sommers, "I have completed 30 races, including two full 7 ½ hour Marathons, since I was 59 – all walking. I passionately share my story, the lessons I learned, and the tools that I embrace today to live a healthier, more purposeful life with women at all ages and stages of life."

In her most recent book, Love Your Body…Embrace Your Life! (Hay House Publishing, 2016), Ms. Sommers provides essential tools for lifelong health and fitness while expanding on the themes of her first book, Power Source for Women: Proven Fitness Strategies, Tools, and Success Stories for Women 45+ (BPS Books, 2010). The new book was written in collaboration with the University of Toronto Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, The Art of Living Foundation, and Ladylean, and it features evidence-based research, new self-assessment tools, and simple Action Plans.

In January, 2017, Ms. Sommers launched her new business, Power Source for Women, and created a new website, powersourceforwomen.com, to inspire women worldwide to make a commitment to their bodies. Since 2013, she has co-led trips to India and Provence as a Tour Leader for Womens Travel Network. Through her books, website, training programs, and travels, Ms. Sommers motivates and supports women on their health and fitness journey.


Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Unveils 12-Round Schedule for 2017 Season

A return to the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal is a leading highlight of the 2017 schedule for the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, announced today by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).

The series, one of 20 global Porsche GT3 Cup single-make championships, will compete at five venues, including Canada's two largest cities in support of the two most prestigious motorsports events in the country – the Canadian Grand Prix Formula One race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal and the Honda Indy Toronto. The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama also will feature its first event outside of Canada with two rounds at iconic Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York.

Those three events are part of a record 12 rounds for the series, which provides thrilling action and grooms drivers for future IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition or professional GT racing worldwide.

Petro-Canada's Ultra 94 also has renewed its title sponsorship of the series, which enters its seventh season in 2017.

Another key addition for 2017 is the introduction of the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car, which will be featured in the Platinum Cup class. The class will compete alongside the Gold Cup and Silver Cup classes, the latter featuring the Porsche GT4 Clubsport race car in all events held at Canadian venues.

The 2017 season starts May 19-21 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and ends September 1-3 at the same historic venue in Bowmanville, Ontario. High-profile events also will take place at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Watkins Glen International, the streets of Toronto and the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, with two rounds at every series event.

The traditional Victoria Day season-opening weekend will feature the debut of the new 911 GT3 Cup car in the Platinum class. The Gold class will now consist of the previous-generation 911 GT3 Cup car and the Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car will remain in the Silver Cup class.

The Silver Cup class will compete alongside the Platinum and Gold Cup GT3 classes at five of the series' six events, with separate standings and awards presented in a ten-round championship. As such, Silver Cup competitors will be racing at all weekends held in Canada.

After the season opener at CTMP, teams and drivers then will head to Montreal for Rounds 3 and 4 on June 9-11. History will be made at that event which will be held for the second year in a row.

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama then will cross the Canada-United States border for the first time to compete in Rounds 5 and 6 June 29-July 2 at historic Watkins Glen International during the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, one of the marquee events in the WeatherTech Championship. The sole joint event weekend of the season between the Canadian and USA series will take place at The Glen.

Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama teams and drivers then will move to Canada's largest city for Rounds 7 and 8 on July 14-16, supporting the Verizon IndyCar Series for the third consecutive year before large, enthusiastic crowds at Honda Indy Toronto.

Teams and drivers then will return to Quebec for Rounds 9 and 10 on Aug. 11-13 during the popular Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (GP3R) street race. The season-ending Rounds 11 and 12 will take place Sept. 1-3 at CTMP.

"We are awaiting the start of this season's racing with anticipation," said Alexander Pollich, president & CEO, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. "With the arrival of the new 911 GT3 Cup car, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama promises to be the most exciting yet."

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama is divided into three classes – Platinum Cup, featuring the 2017 model Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, which is based on the current second-generation 991 street car; Gold Cup, which is comprised of the previous iteration (model years 2013-2016) of the race car; and Silver Cup, for the Cayman GT4 Clubsport car. A Masters Championship also is conducted in the Platinum class. Each class is awarded with its own podium at the end of every race and individual champion at the end of every season. Points are awarded by finish in class.

For updates on the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, follow @IMSA on Twitter with the hashtag #GT3CAN and on Facebook. The latest news can be found by visiting IMSA.com.

2017 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Schedule

May 19-21
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, ON*
June 9-11
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, QC*
June 29-July 2
Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York^
July 14-16
Honda Indy Toronto, Toronto, ON*
Aug. 11-13
Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, QC*
Sept. 1-3
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, ON*

* -- includes Silver Cup class for Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport cars
^ -- joint event with Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama


Kia Becomes Official Automotive Partner of Special Olympics Canada

 Kia Canada Inc. (KCI) announced today a multi-year pledge of support as the official national automotive partner of Special Olympics Canada. In addition to financial and vehicle support, Kia employees will be given time to volunteer at various activities across the country to help the more than 20,000 current volunteers enrich the lives of Canadians living with an intellectual disability.

"Kia is proud to pledge our support to the organization that does so much to ensure that Canadians with intellectual disabilities are able to feel part of a community, improve their health and fitness, build their self-esteem and to develop other life skills," said Ted Lancaster, VP & COO, Kia Canada Inc. "Led by myself, Kia will take a hands-on role in helping to raise much-needed funds and awareness for Special Olympics – as well as helping to spread their message of acceptance and inclusion."

The partnership will take effect immediately, supporting national and regional efforts, ensuring that the many year-round, world-class programs are provided with the resources needed to help change attitudes and create a more inclusive society.

"We're thrilled to welcome Kia Canada to the Special Olympics family," said Sharon Bollenbach, CEO, Special Olympics Canada. "Like Kia, Special Olympics is all about the 'power to surprise,' and with this support, we will continue to grow our movement and demonstrate that people with intellectual disabilities can, and will succeed when given the opportunity."

More information and details about the partnership and its combined efforts will be announced in the near future.

About Special Olympics Canada

Established in 1969, the Canadian chapter of this international movement is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through the transformative power and joy of sport. Operating out of sport clubs in all Canadian provinces and territories, except Nunavut, this grassroots movement reaches beyond the sphere of sport to empower individuals, change attitudes and build communities. From two-year-olds to mature adults, more than 42,500 athletes with an intellectual disability are registered in Special Olympics year-round programs across Canada. They are supported by more than 20,500 volunteers, including more than 15,700 trained coaches.


MLSE Foundation Awards $50,000 Toronto Raptors Community Action Grant Presented by Just Energy Foundation to Northern Nishnawbe Education Council

 On Monday evening, MLSE Foundation announced Northern Nishnawbe Education Council as this year's recipient of the Toronto Raptors Community Action Grant presented by the Just Energy Foundation at Air Canada Centre. MLSE Foundation representatives were joined by Just Energy's Vice President of Consumer Sales, Richard Teixeira and Vice President of Treasury, Kate Atkinson, as well as a staff member and participants of the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council's winning program. The $50,000 grant will support the Thunder Hawks Indigenous Basketball Program, which provides youth from 24 remote First Nations communities the opportunity to play.

"Thunder Hawks Indigenous Basketball is a model program for MLSE Foundation to support," said Michael Bartlett, Executive Director, MLSE Foundation. "We are passionate about growing sport in the places that need it most across our province. Thanks to our partnership with the Just Energy Foundation, we are able to provide the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council with $50,000 to support this program that provides so many kids the opportunity to play and develop valuable life skills so they can continue to grow within their communities."

Thunder Hawks Indigenous Basketball Program develops the basic skills of the game and provides youth an opportunity to build self-esteem, learn about values such as perseverance and resilience, develop strong leadership and social skills, develop their identity, as well as help students develop a sense of belonging within their school community. The program supports both boys' and girls' basketball teams and helps to keep youth engaged in healthy active lifestyles, deterring high-risk behavior while learning valuable life skills. Thunder Hawks Indigenous Basketball Program strives to create strong leaders on and off the court.

"The Thunderhawks Basketball Program is extremely thankful to be awarded this grant through the MLSE Foundation and Just Energy," said Norma Kejick, Executive Director of Northern Nishnawbe Education Council. "The program will support our student leaders and provide further opportunities to lead healthy, safe and active lifestyles. The program will help to keep our students motivated to learn and raise graduation rates. Thanks to this tremendous opportunity, we're confident that our students will also share their knowledge and love of the game when they head back to their communities; inspiring the next generation of Indigenous youth in Northern Ontario."

Thunder Hawks Indigenous Basketball is just one of many programs organized by the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council. The council is directed by Chiefs of 24 Sioux Lookout District First Nations and is a non -profit educational organization delivering education to advance First Nations self-government, self-determination, and economic self-sufficiency. As part of the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council's full-service school model, it offers many recreational programs with the aim of encouraging good physical and mental health.

"The Just Energy Foundation is delighted to be supporting Northern Nishnawbe Education Council to help them deliver recreational programs and otherwise inaccessible opportunities for First Nations youth to develop a sense of identity, purpose and community belonging," said Kate Atkinson. "For these students who come from such remote areas, the social and leadership skills, values, and self-esteem they gain from peer interaction through organized sports such as the Thunderhawks Indigenous Basketball Program, can be life-changing."

The Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Maple Leafs Community Action Grants are three $50,000 sport-specific grants presented by the Just Energy Foundation that MLSE Foundation will award to charitable organizations supporting youth sports programming each year. Eligible organizations can apply for all grants at mlsefoundation.org, where submissions are reviewed by a selection committee before a winner is chosen and announced.

About Northern Nishnawbe Education Council and Thunder Hawks Indigenous Basketball Program

Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (N.N.E.C.) was incorporated in 1979 as an area Education Authority and is directed by the Chiefs of the 24 Sioux Lookout District First Nations. N.N.E.C. is a First Nations, band empowered, non-profit educational organization delivering secondary and post-secondary values-based education to advance First Nations self-government, self-determination, and economic self-sufficiency. N.N.E.C. operates 3 First Nation's high schools in Northern Ontario. Their students leave remote Northern communities by plane to attend high school without the support of their family and friends, in a place that is unfamiliar to them. If it were not for these unique schools, it would not be possible for these First Nation's students to achieve a high school diploma, as there are very few high schools on-reserve, and even fewer that offer courses past Grade 10. Many youth in these programs grow up in poverty and face social challenges. These challenges accompany youth to school and are exacerbated by isolation and depression, leading to high-risk behavior (including but not limited to drug and alcohol abuse, gang affiliation, and suicide). As part of their full-service school model, N.N.E.C. offers many recreational programs with the aim of encouraging good physical and mental health -- Thunder Hawks Indigenous Basketball Program is one of these programs.

The First Nation's students served by the Thunder Hawks Indigenous Basketball Program hail from 24 remote First Nations communities and often grow up without the means to engage in a healthy active lifestyle due to a lack of equipment (indoor/outdoor) and programming. Aside from learning the basic skills of the game, the program provides youth an opportunity to build self-esteem, to learn about values such as perseverance and resilience, to develop strong leadership and social skills, to develop their identity, as well as help students develop a sense of belonging within our school community. The program supports both boys' and girls' basketball teams, but also operates before and after each season in order to keep our youth engaged in healthy active lifestyles, deterring them from high-risk behavior while learning valuable life skills. This basketball program creates strong leaders on and off the court.

About MLSE Foundation

MLSE Foundation believes all kids should have access to sport and the opportunity to develop lasting dreams on the playing field. With the support of MLSE's teams, the Foundation funds the refurbishment of local athletic facilities and programs that support kids through sports and recreation. Since launching in December 2009, the MLSE Foundation has invested more than $19 million into our community. For more information visit mlsefoundation.org, or follow @MLSEFoundation

About Just Energy Foundation

The Just Energy Foundation was established in 2013 by Just Energy Group Inc. to help registered Canadian and U.S. charitable organizations secure the resources required to promote the health and well-being of communities in need. Funded entirely by Just Energy, the Foundation invests in local programs that work to enhance the quality of life in Just Energy's operating markets towards building stronger and supportive communities. Visit justenergyfoundation.com to learn more.


OFL Supports Canadian Hockey League Players' right to a fair wage

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is throwing its support behind the members of the Canadian Hockey League Players Association (CHLPA), which represents approximately 1500 junior hockey players across Canada.

On March 21-23, the Ontario Court will be hearing the case for the certification of a $187 million class action law suit, filed by the players against team owners in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta for violating the players' right to a legal wage.

The case will be heard in Toronto at the Ontario Court of Justice at 130 Queen Street West.

"There should be no exemptions from the Employment Standards Act and minimum wage laws," said OFL President Chris Buckley. "How is it that someone can work for 50 hours a week and not get paid? This is a clear sign that our laws are not working."
The OFL has waged a campaign in tandem with the Ontario government's Changing Workplaces Review, calling for an end to all exemptions and exclusions under both the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act, equal pay and benefits for equal work, the right to join and keep a union and much more.

"I'm a hockey fan, but I believe that our national sport shouldn't be used to exploit young workers for profit by team owners," said Buckley.

As early as 2002, the Canada Revenue Agency deemed the players in the Canadian Hockey League to be employees under the Canada Labour Code, entitling them to be covered by the provincial minimum wage.

However, players have never been legally compensated for the over 50 hours per week they work. Instead, on average, players are paid $60 per week. The class action suit was filed in 2014.

The OFL's www.MakeItFair.ca campaign takes on issues of inequality in the workforce, and coincides with the province's "Changing Workplaces Review." The campaign works toward across-the-board changes to the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act that would improve standards for every worker and make it easier for them to join a union.
The OFL represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit www.OFL.ca and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.


Canadian Paralympic Committee Celebrates One Year to Go to the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

With exactly one year to go until the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games set for March 9 to 18, 2018, the Canadian Paralympic Committee is looking forward with great excitement to competing in South Korea.

Five sports are on the Paralympic Winter Games program: wheelchair curling, Para ice hockey (formerly known as sledge hockey), Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard and Para Nordic skiing, which includes cross country and biathlon events.

Canada expects to send a full team of 50 to 60 athletes, competing in all sports – and preparations are well under way.

"Today is an exciting milestone because Canadian winter athletes and PyeongChang hopefuls are in the midst of their competitive season right now," said Team Canada's Chef de Mission, Todd Nicholson. "We've had three world championships so far, in Nordic skiing, alpine skiing and Para snowboard, with some very encouraging results. As well, four of our five sports are in PyeongChang at this moment, gaining valuable experience at world championships or World Cups, which are serving as test events."


March 4-11: World Wheelchair Curling Championship, PyeongChang, South Korea
March 8-13: IPC Snowboard World Cup Finals, PyeongChang, South Korea
March 9-18: IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals, PyeongChang, South Korea
March 10-15: IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup, PyeongChang, South Korea
April 11-20: World Para Ice Hockey Championships A-Pool, Gangneung, South Korea
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games are expected to attract up to 670 athletes competing in 80 medal events. At the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Canada placed third in the overall medal standings with seven gold, two silver and seven bronze. Canada's performance goal for PyeongChang will be set once the current winter season is finished and results analyzed.


Para alpine: At the January 2017 world championships in Tarvisio, Italy, Canada won 11 medals, for second in the country standings, including four gold and a silver by Mac Marcoux and his guide Jack Leitch.
Para Nordic: At the February 2017 world championships in Finsterau, Germany, Canada won seven medals, for fifth in the country standings, including two gold apiece by Brian McKeever (with guide Graham Nishikawa) and Mark Arendz. Arendz won five medals total and Canada won its first ever relay medal.
Para snowboard: Canada hosted the world championships at Big White, B.C. in January 2017 and had two fourth-place finishes, from Michelle Salt and Alex Massie.

"Having been involved in the Paralympic movement for most of my life—first as an athlete, then as a volunteer and administrator and now as Canada's Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities—it's not surprising that I am very excited for our athletes as they sharpen their skills and turn their focus to the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games," said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough.

"They are a tremendous source of pride for all Canadians—especially for our young people living with disabilities, who are shown what is possible when they get involved in sport."

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2017 season race calendar and Q&A with Jacques Deshaies, organizer and promoter of the Nissan Micra Cup

Today at the Quebec City International Auto Show, Nissan announced the 2017 race calendar for the Nissan Micra Cup's third season. Once again, drivers will be at the wheel of the fun-to-drive almost stock Nissan Micras for 12 races taking place across six race weekends. This year, the Nissan Micra Cup will consist of two race weekends in Ontario and four race weekends in the series' native province of Quebec.

Building on two successful seasons of the Nissan Micra Cup
Canada's most affordable race series, featuring the most affordable car, the Nissan Micra, will launch its third season this May. Sanctioned by Auto Sport Québec (ASQ) and presented by JD Promotion & Compétition with the support of Nissan Canada, the Nissan Micra Cup held its inaugural season in 2015 exclusively in Québec. Popularity grew with each race as seen in the stands and through engagement levels online, and in order to keep that momentum going, the Nissan Micra Cup expanded to Ontario for its second season in 2016. To-date, the Nissan Micra Cup has crowned two champions who both come from Québec: Olivier Bédard in 2015 and Xavier Coupal in 2016.

Unlike most motorsport events, each competing almost stock Nissan Micra race vehicle has the exact same specifications, resulting in a competition that truly reveals the most skilled drivers. Featuring the stock Micra 1.6 S M/T model with minor modifications, including racing suspension and racing brake pads to render it race-ready, the Nissan Micra Cup race vehicles are equipped with a 1.6-litre DOHC 4-cylinder engine with dual fuel injection and Twin CVTC (Continuously Variable Timing Control) and stock 5-speed manual transmission. Each race weekend includes two hours of track time consisting of: a 30-minute trial, a 30-minute qualifying session and two 30-minute races.

Young karting drivers, the average Canadian looking for an entry point into motorsport competition, or anyone who wants to experience the rush of adrenaline inherent with racing cars are all well-suited to this series. In summary, the Nissan Micra Cup is for people who are passionate about motorsports, want to experience all the fun and thrills of racing, but without spending staggering amounts of money.

"The level of excitement and enthusiasm for the Nissan Micra Cup, as well as interest in participating, has far exceeded our expectations," said Joni Paiva, president, Nissan Canada Inc. "After two very successful seasons, Nissan is proud to support the Nissan Micra Cup as it grows here in Canada and we are fully committed to it as demonstrated through its inclusion in our marketing strategy. I'm thrilled to confirm the Nissan Micra Cup's return in 2017 and look forward to fans seeing once again just how spectacular and exciting spec series racing is – the Nissan way – with the fun-to-drive Nissan Micra S, the most affordable car in Canada."

Q&A with Jacques Deshaies, organizer and promoter of the Nissan Micra Cup

Q: What are your thoughts leading up to the 2017 season?
A: I am really looking forward to the third season. One of the defining characteristics of the Nissan Micra Cup series is the diversity seen on the grid. Karting champions, racing legends, and rookies – they're all out there in identical Micras! This is a truly unique motorsport series for the masses and I'm thrilled to see it gaining traction in both Québec and Ontario. One of the things I'm most excited for is to once again witness the camaraderie between the drivers and their teams in the paddocks. The Nissan Micra Cup is a close-knit community, and it has been fantastic watching friendships emerge and grow, even amongst such intense competition – it can get very heated on the track. This year, I am pleased to once again show fans in Québec and Ontario what high-intensity, spec series racing is all about, while also welcoming new drivers to the Nissan Micra Cup family.

Q: Why did you choose to return to Ontario for the 2017 season?
A: The expansion to Ontario in 2016 was extremely successful for the Nissan Micra Cup and we look forward to building on that success in 2017. It opened up the series to the Ontario fans, and also brought forward a number of new drivers. The expansion provided us with an opportunity to effectively expose the series to tens of thousands of spectators at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), which is known to be one of that fastest circuits in North America. This year, the Nissan Micra Cup will be returning to Ontario in 2017 for two race weekends at CTMP, to once again show fans that the Nissan Micra Cup is here to stay, and that it has a place on large, well known circuits such as CTMP.

Q: Will there be any surprises for 2017?
A: Fans of the Nissan Micra Cup will be pleased to know that a large number of their favourite drivers from the first two seasons will be returning to the track to compete for the championship title in 2017. We are also thrilled to see a lot of interest from new drivers who plan on joining the series for the 2017 season. We will be making some exciting announcements about this soon, so stay tuned! I expect the race weekends to be highly competitive and intense, which is sure to bring enjoyment to Nissan Micra Cup spectators in Québec and Ontario. Nissan will also have an even greater presence at the ever-popular Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières and we look forward to sharing more details about this soon.

More information and the complete list of drivers who will participate in what will be an exceptional season of the Nissan Micra Cup will be provided soon. In the meantime, please visit: www.nissan.ca/micracup.

Thousands of Ottawa Spectators Celebrate First-Ever Red Bull Crashed Ice Event in the Nation's Capital

Enrique de la Madrid, Mexico’s Minister of Tourism, and Alejandro Soberón, President and CEO of CIE have now announced the results of the economic impact of the 2016 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix. Following a successful second edition of the Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix, the race’s promoter, CIE, once again tasked AECOM and Formula Money, two international companies, with destations and received 2,329 hours of global coverage.

More than 18,734 media clippings were published around the world during the week of the race, resulting in over 33 billion impacts around the globe.

The Mexico brand, exhibited throughout the track signage, represented over $47.7 million USD in media exposure, making Mexico the country with the most media exposure in the championship. 

In social media, the studies reported more than 11 billion impressions globally. In addition, a total of 664,189 conversations were generated regarding the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix and the race’s official Facebook content reached 7 million people.

The 2016 edition of the Mexican Grand Prix contributed $356.3 million USD to the Mexican economy, add this to the $295.8 million USD of media global exposure, and the result is an economic impact of $652.2 million USD.

During 2016, close to 9,400 jobs were created as a result of the event and generated income gains of over $64.7 million USD.

Commenting on the results, Enrique de la Madrid, Minister of Tourism said: “events like this contribute to positioning the image of Mexico abroad and consolidate the country as a destination of international prestige." De la Madrid Cordero also highlighted an increase of 12% in Mexico City’s hotel occupancy in 4 and 5 star hotels during the event, reflecting a greater influx of visitors to the country's capital.
Alejandro Soberón, President and CEO of CIE said: “these results show that in Mexico we have what is necessary to organize events of the highest quality and with global impact." The executive concluded by saying that "the 2016 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix was an effort in which the name of Mexico was again set in a high standard and under a light of positivity in the eyes of the world.”termining the economic benefits that the second race brought to Mexico. 
The study highlighted the following results: 

With a total of 339,967 attendees, the Mexican Grand Prix in 2016 remained one of the most attended races in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

The 2016 Mexican Grand Prix was broadcast in 185 countries by 110 TV 

Q&A with CIE CEO and President Alejandro Soberon:

Q: In your opinion, how do these results compare to last year?
A: The 2015 event was a success and it really set the tone for the upcoming events, due to that success there was much more expectation for the 2016 race that resulted not only a increment on the overall attendance but also on the exposure the event generated. The economic impact grew 14% compared to the previous year, this great news for Mexico!  

Q: We're the results as you expected? If not, what surprised you the most?
A: The results are very positive for México, the most surprising aspect was that the race itself did much better on the second year than on the first which really shows a healthy event with the opportunity of significant growth.

Q: Can you give a tangible example of a real economic benefit that the race has had that you have experienced in Mexico City? 
A: Yes, we´ve generated over 1,200 jobs related to the planning and execution of the Grand Prix, these jobs have a direct benefit to the local economy $147.3 Million USD so in a way the event has become a good source of employment. In addition we´ve seen the impact that Formula 1 has had in México generally, now we can say that México is back on the map as a strong country capable of hosting world class events. We´ve seen the tremendous coverage that the race has provided to our country and we are very happy to be able to use a motorsports event to directly promote the country.

Q: What do you expect this year in broad terms?
A: To keep up the hard work and to keep growing, we have done great things with the race but there is still work to do. As promoters we have a huge commitment to the sport to keep growing and creating new audiences which will result in the long term success of Formula 1 in México. We expect to keep providing a leading world class event, to keep inviting the world to enjoy Mexico and to host the best F1esta in Formula One. 

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Leading Sports Nutrition Brand, Six Star Pro Nutrition®, Signs Soccer Superstar Tobin Heat

 Iovate Health Sciences International Inc. ("Iovate"), under its nationally recognized Six Star Pro Nutrition® sports nutrition brand, is proud to announce the signing of another top professional athlete to join their elite roster of endorsers. Tobin Heath, the most dynamic female midfielder in U.S. female soccer history, will be joining the brand as one of the leading athlete spokespeople. Heath joins NFL® tight end Rob Gronkowski, NBA® All-Star Russell Westbrook, MLB® Home Run Derby champion Giancarlo Stanton, WNBA® star Candace Parker and NASCAR® driver Danica Patrick, who all represent Six Star Pro Nutrition®.

Tobin Heath has achieved success at every level in her career. She was named U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year in 2009 and was recently named 2016 Female Soccer Player of the Year. In 2006, Heath attended the University of North Carolina, where she helped them win national championships in 2006, 2008 and 2009. She won Olympic Gold in 2008 and 2012 with the Women's National Team. In 2015 at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, Heath helped carry the U.S. women's national team to a World Cup title.

"Tobin is a natural fit for the Six Star® brand because she is an elite performer who is at the top of her game. We are thrilled to have her representing our brand and can't wait to see what she accomplishes next while using Six Star Pro Nutrition® products to support her continued athletic success," says Brian Cavanaugh, Chief Marketing Officer of Iovate.

Heath will be featured in an integrated Six Star® marketing campaign that combines digital and online media, print executions, video content and multiple social media platforms that will engage customers and her rapidly growing base.

Heath is thrilled to be joining the studded list of elite Six Star® athletes. "Being a part of the Six Star® team means I get to be a part of a fierce group of female athletes who have shown women that the right supplements can help us reach our fitness goals," she says. Heath noted, "I spend a lot of my time on the pitch, so I know how important the 100% Whey Protein for Her is for recovery."

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An open letter on behalf of Alpine Canada Alpin ("ACA") in the matter of former ski coach Bertrand Charest

ACA wishes to first acknowledge the courage of those former athletes who have brought forward their charges to be heard in the court of law. There is no place in sport, or in society at large, for any individual who abuses their position of authority and trust, such as that held in an athlete/coach relationship.

Our first priority within ACA is our athletes, and to ensure that they can train and compete in a safe and supportive environment. The Board and Management of ACA treat all allegations of the nature described in recent media reports with the utmost seriousness.

ACA has a strict code of conduct and ethical guidelines governing the behavior of its coaches, officials and other personnel, with the aim of protecting our athletes and participants. We have a zero tolerance policy on all forms of abuse. We consider any form of abuse to be unacceptable and intolerable, and we do all we can to eliminate and prevent it.

All coaches employed by ACA are required to pass a criminal background check and to adhere to a coaching code of conduct that prohibits any form of harassment or abuse of any athlete within our organization.

ACA fully cooperated with the RCMP investigation into this matter that commenced in 1998. We are not aware of the results of this investigation.

ACA will continue to cooperate with relevant authorities to ensure that all facts related to the events in question are determined and addressed.

ACA will refrain from making any further comments on this matter at this time as the case is now before courts. 


Carl Reese Attempting 24-Hour Guinness World Record on Motorcycle

Carl Reese, extreme endurance motorcycle rider and 8-time world record holder, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for "Greatest Distance on a Motorcycle in 24 Hours (Individual)." The current record is 2,023.5 miles, set by Matthew McKelvey in 2014.

The entire event, including practice laps as well as the 24-hour record attempt, starts on February 24, 2017, and will be live-streamed at www.carlreese.net. If successful, this will be Carl's ninth world record, so he has entitled the event "ProjectNINE."

Carl will make the Guinness record attempt riding a 1,649 cubic centimeter in-line 6-cylinder engine touring motorcycle, boasting 160 horsepower. The event will take place at a closed-circuit track in Uvalde, Texas. The track facility is used to test the long-term durability of a popular brand of tires, spans over 5,000 acres, and includes several different road and off-road test track configurations. Carl will be using the outer 8.5-mile oval track for his attempt. This track is 3 lanes wide, and is banked between one and seven degrees.

Carl's motorcycle is equipped with an extended range fuel tank because of the immense size of the track, and lack of nearby fuel stations. He will also be equipped with sophisticated electronic communication gear in order to maintain contact with his team throughout the event.

Because this is a 24-hour attempt, a significant portion of the ride will occur in the dark. The track facility lacks nighttime lighting, so Carl partnered with Glenn Stasky of Clearwater Lights in Rancho Cordova, CA to improve his visibility and illuminate the track ahead of him. Glenn and his team equipped Carl's motorcycle with two pairs of their very bright Sevina LED lights.

The choice to use Clearwater Lights was not a difficult one; each light produces a whopping 7,500 lumens, providing a total of 30,000 lumens beyond what the stock headlight provides. A custom-designed optic and advanced electronic circuitry projects the light a significant distance down the road. This will allow Carl to identify hazards on the track in enough time to avoid them.

The team made a reconnaissance trip in January to evaluate the track layout and to see what obstacles would have to be overcome. The following observations were made:

Give the tracks significant size and relatively isolation, all supplies and equipment for this event will need to be brought in to the track transported by truck in shipping crates.

Guinness officials require at least two timing officials at all times. A sleep and timing schedule that allows for continuous operation will be arranged. A large RV camper will be brought in to serve as the command center for all timing and support personnel.

In order for the team to correctly calibrate the lights and coordinate the refueling process, a prerun will be made the day before the event.

There are no gas pumps at or near the track, so a 100-gallon gravity-fed fuel tank will be utilized for refueling. Members of the support team will use three five-gallon fuel containers to transfer fuel from the main tank to the motorcycle's seven-gallon stock and eight-gallon auxiliary fuel tanks.

Carl's team has developed a fueling sequence that will completely fill each tank at fuel stops without any overflow. Specially fabricated "quick fill" valves will be used to control flow and speed up fuel stops.

Approximately eight fuel stops will be needed, and nearly 90 gallons of fuel will be consumed during the event. The crew themselves will be fueled with gallons of coffee and dozens of donuts.

Carl hopes to go 2,400 miles in 24 hours, breaking the existing record by 376.5 miles. The event starts at 3:00 AM CSTon February 25, 2017, and will be live-streamed on his website www.carlreese.net - be sure to tune in and cheer Carl on!

A Canadian sports technology Company is helping to power ORACLE TEAM USA to America’s Cup victory

4iiii Innovations, a Cochrane, Alberta Company, will be aboard ORACLE TEAM USA’s hydro-foiling catamaran when the sleek carbon fiber vessel takes to the waters off Bermuda in the summer of 2017 to defend its victory against New Zealand in 2013.

4iiii CEO Kip Fyfe comments that “we’re proud to be providing PRECISION powermeter technology to monitor the ‘grinders’ who operate the winches on the wingsailed cat. PRECISION is not only the most accurate and lightest powermeter in the world, it’s also completely waterproof. Our proprietary technology, together with the expertise of an inspired 4iiii team, has made the adaptation from land to water possible.

The 4iiii Innovations PRECISION powermeter measures power output and energy in watts. The device is an adaptation of the technology that has made the Company the dominant powermeter on the World Cycling Tour and the choice of Tour de France Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team and BORA – hansgrohe. PRECISION is not only the most accurate and lightest powermeter in the world, it’s also completely waterproof.

ORACLE TEAM USA Skipper Jimmy Spithill notes that that “aside from the wind, all the energy used to power the hydraulic systems and sail the boat is human generated. The team with the highest output will have a big advantage – and maximizing human power output starts with accurate monitoring.” Ian Burns –Director of Performance for ORACLE TEAM USA adds that “we’ve made substantial gains in power output from our team – in the order of 20% in 3 months and this is mainly due to knowing exactly how the guys work now and optimizing their individual training programs.”

The 34th America’s Cup recorded one of the most remarkable comebacks in sports history, as ORACLE TEAM USA recovered from 8-1 losses to fight through to the final race and claim victory.

4iiii Innovations is a major force in the running and outdoor/indoor cycling disciplines offering a full range of industry leading products including PRECISION and PRECISION PRO powermeters, Viiiiva heart rate monitors and the Sportiiii glasses-mounted performance coach.
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Paralympic trailblazers named to Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame class of 2017

 Paralympic swimming medallist and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, the Honorable Carla Qualtrough, is among a group of five uniquely accomplished individuals named today as the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame's inductees for 2017, who will be officially inducted at a gala on April 7 in Ottawa.
Delta, B.C.'s Qualtrough is entering in the builder category along with Maureen Orchard of Winnipeg, Man. and Archie Allison of Toronto, Ont. Named in the coach category is Ozzie Sawicki of Cochrane, Alta. Para alpine skier Karolina Wisniewska (hometown Calgary, Alta., now living in Ottawa, Ont.) is named in the athlete category. 

Karolina Wisniewska photo: Kevin Bogetti-Smith/CPC
"The outstanding achievements and the pioneering successes of all our inductees is a wonderful cause for celebration and recognition," said Karen O'Neill, CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "Congratulations and thank you to each one of them for their trailblazing careers and dedication to excellence in Paralympic sport."
The Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates those who have made a significant contribution to the growth and development of the Paralympic Movement in Canada. Inductees for 2017 will be honoured at a special celebration and dinner on Friday, April 7 at the Infinity Convention Centre in Ottawa.
The evening will also recognize outstanding athlete performances from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, as well as excellence in coaching at both the high performance and development levels.

Athlete category
Karolina Wisniewska (hometown Calgary, Alta. now living in Ottawa, Ont.) is a three-time Paralympian and winner of eight Paralympic medals in Para alpine skiing. She won two silver medals at Nagano in 1998, two silver and two bronze medals in Salt Lake City in 2002 and two bronze at Vancouver 2010. Wisniewska's four medals at the Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Games set a new record at the time, as the first Canadian winter sport athlete to win four medals at a single Olympic or Paralympic Games.
Coach category
Ozzie Sawicki (Cochrane, Alta.) is a Canadian Chartered Professional Coach who has been involved from entry-level recreational sport delivery through to world-leading high performance sport for over 25 years. Sawicki was the head coach and program director of the Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team from 2000 to 2004, head coach of the Para Athletics program with Athletics Canada from 2009 to 2011 and performance advisor to the Canadian Para Equestrian Team at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. He was Canada's Chef de Mission for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.
Builder category
Carla Qualtrough (Delta, B.C.) is the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. A champion in her commitment to addressing inequality and diversity, Qualtrough has practised human rights law at the federal and provincial levels and has volunteered locally, nationally, and internationally, including with the International Paralympic Committee and the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. She has been president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Chair of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. Qualtrough won three Paralympic and four world championship medals in swimming.
Archie Allison (Toronto, Ont.) is a legendary figure at Toronto's Variety Village, a centre that helps people with a disability develop a healthy lifestyle through sports, fitness and physical activity. Allison currently serves as the centre's Director, Access and Awareness and has been on staff since 1984. Over that time, it is estimated that Allison's tireless efforts have helped more than 10,000 students, coaches and volunteers from schools and community groups experience the power of inclusion and the joy of physical activity.
Maureen Orchard (Winnipeg, Man.) has revolutionized the sport of wheelchair basketball at home and abroad. She brings more than 30 years of experience and dedication to the sport. Currently the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) secretary general, Orchard began volunteering in wheelchair sports in 1985 as treasurer of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association (CWSA). She was a key player in the establishment of the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association (CWBA) - now Wheelchair Basketball Canada - in 1993 and served as President of the CWBA from 1993-1998.

Tickets are available for purchase at http://paralympic.ca/canadian-paralympic-hall-of-fame-and-sport-awards


$50,000 in funding awarded to high school girls' sports teams with the first Playtex® PlayON™ Canada Grant Program

From Campbell River, B.C. to Summerside P.E.I., thirteen girls' high school sports teams in need of funding received new uniforms, equipment, and gear to help their teams play on. Playtex® Sport® created the first PlayON™ Canada Grant Program to help address the inequality between girls' and boys' athletic teams in high school. Nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of Canadian girls say they are unable to participate to their full potential in high school athletics, and one-third (34 per cent) say that boys are offered better athletic opportunities. Among the reasons girls cited for inequality in high school sports are less support from school administration, non-existent girls' teams, less team funding, lower-quality coaching, equipment and facilities, and old uniforms.

"The Playtex® PlayON™ Canada Grant Program is about celebrating Canadian girls who play high school sports and giving their teams the resources they need to play to their full potential," says Jill MacKinnon, Brand Manager, Edgewell Personal Care. "After reviewing more than 215 deserving grant submissions from high schools across Canada, it's clear that there is a real need for increased funding for girls' high school sports teams, and we are proud that the PlayON™ Grant Program can help address this issue head on."

The grant requests submitted by students and coaches spanned the need for uniforms and equipment to team travel costs and facility rentals, from a range of high school sports, including field hockey, curling, weightlifting, and volleyball. The girls' wrestling team at Toronto's West Humber Collegiate Institute had their grant moment captured on video when they were surprised with new singlets and boots by Canadian and Olympic champion wrestler Erica Wiebe, who herself began wrestling in high school in Grade 9

"My first introduction to wrestling was in Grade 8 gym class. I thought it was really fun and was devastated to learn our Grade 7/8 wrestling team was only for boys. I resolved that in Grade 9 by joining the co-ed team," says Wiebe. "One of my mentors recently told me, 'challenges invite us to take giant steps long before we might become giants. With each obstacle, you must find a way to pursue your passion and be your best self.' I believe in that message and I believe that girl athletes in high school should cultivate a squad of empowered, positive individuals to help them reach their dreams."

The grant-reveal video can be viewed at playtexplayon.ca/grant-program-recipients. Each time the video is shared before July 15, 2017, Playtex Sport® will add $1 to the Playtex® PlayON™ Canada Grant Fund – up to a maximum of $25,000. The Playtex® PlayON™ Grant Program is open to all high school girls' sports teams in Canada in need of funding. The call for submissions for the second Playtex® PlayON™ Grant Program will begin in summer 2017.

The recipients of the 2016 Playtex® PlayON™ Canada Grant Program are:

Timberline Secondary, Campbell River, B.C. – Volleyball
Jasper Place High School, Edmonton, Alta. – Weightlifting
Ituna School, Ituna, Sask. – Volleyball
Erin District High School, Erin, Ont. – Basketball
Parry Sound High School, Parry Sound, Ont. – Curling
West Humber Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ont. – Wrestling
Agincourt Collegiate Institute, Toronto – Field hockey
A.Y. Jackson Secondary School, Kanata, Ont. – Field hockey
Bayridge Secondary School, Kingston, Ont. – Field hockey
Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School, Kingston, Ont. – Swimming
École secondaire du Chêne-Bleu, Notre-Dame-de-I'lle, Que. – Soccer
Three Oaks Senior High, Summerside, P.E.I. – Soccer
Rothesay High School, Rothesay, N.B. - Rugby

To learn more about the grant recipients, visit playtexplayon.ca/grant-program-recipients. Canadians can also join the conversation about girls' high school athletics in Canada on Instagram and Twitter @playtexplayon and on Facebook at facebook.com/PlaytexPlayOn/ using #PlayONca.


Calgary Jr. Inferno Girls Hockey Team wins "Scotiabank Heroes of Hockey Day"

The Scotiabank Heroes of Hockey Day in Canada ("Heroes") competition concluded last night with a surprising, come-from-behind victory by the Girls Hockey Calgary Jr. Inferno club. The team won the competition and a trip to Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada in Kenora, Ontario this weekend where they will see the Stanley Cup and be interviewed live on TV by Ron MacLean, among other surprises.

"Scotiabank Heroes of Hockey Day is a highly-effective branded content series that celebrates community hockey and the values hockey teaches kids in a storyline that reiterates the power of coming together as a team," says Clinton Braganza, Senior Vice President, Canadian Marketing at Scotiabank. "The series has scored a hat trick of impressive results. Video viewership is surpassing our objectives by over 100 per cent. ROI on paid digital media has exceeded our expectations. And, this content format is a much more efficient means of driving engagement across media platforms."

Airing weekly on Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey on Sportsnet since October, Heroes follows three Scotiabank-sponsored kids' hockey teams with players aged nine to 11 years old: the Burlington Eagles, Halifax TASA Ducks, and Calgary Jr. Inferno, in a reality contest that tests their ability to work and play together. The final episode, which chronicles their time at Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, airs March 8th.

"Viewers are watching the story unfold in 20 sequential 90-second broadcast features, with longer-form three-minute episodes and behind-the-scenes content on the bank's social media channels on Facebook (Scotia Hockey Club), Twitter, and YouTube," said Jeff Anders, Founder and CEO of The Mark, the creative content company that produced the series.

"We attribute the increase in views, time spent, and audience engagement to the serialized format. Audiences followed from week to week, got to know and love the characters, and were inspired by the kids' commitment to the values of "The 5th Season" – the hockey season – as dubbed by Scotiabank in its marketing campaign," continued Anders.

Complete details about Heroes are available on the Scotiabank website.

Scotiabank Heroes of Hockey Day in Canada was co-developed by The Mark and Scotiabank.


Flight Network Unveils Its List of the 42 Most Iconic Hockey Towns in Europe, Urging Die-Hard Hockey Fans to Experience the Sport From a New Perspective.

The travel experts at FlightNetwork.com ​are ready to unveil their comprehensive list of the best hockey towns in Europe. As a leading global travel agency, the Flight Network team knows many of their customers are fans of Canada's national sport -- hockey. However, many fans fail to look beyond the sport's presence in Canada to the international hockey mecca of Europe. The European continent is home to more than 100 hockey leagues, and many of the teams reside in historic and culture-filled cities, like the scenic port of Gothenburg, Sweden, historic Kosice, Slovakia, and towns where stars like Jaromir Jagr, Saku Koivu, and Alexander Ovechkin first laced up their skates.

Flight Network's team of travel analysts has spent months researching destinations, gathering the most up-to-date data, speaking with international hockey organizations, and surveying hockey fans around the globe. The goal was to compile a list of cities that not only feature the best teams, but offer plenty of points of interest for non-game days too. The list ranks each city based on in-depth analysis of Europe's hockey leagues, teams, arena capacities, fans, and distinct hockey culture, and it will serve as a travel guide for hockey fanatics, and travelers of all interests, from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond.

"We're thrilled to be moving forward with a project of this nature, showcasing historic but often underrated hockey cities, like Cologne, Tampere, Pilsen, and Košice. North Americans and Europeans share a passion for hockey culture, and this list will bridge the gap between the cities and nations that love this sport and their residents who love travel," says Neil Bhapkar, FlightNetwork.com's Chief Marketing Officer.

"It's a great direction for content, because we want to showcase places where hockey legends, like Sundin, Jager, and Lidstrom began their roads to hockey stardom and cities that live and breathe hockey the same way we do in Canada. We want to encourage our customers to learn more about the hockey teams, talent, and die-hard fans that reside across the 'pond.' These unknown, authentic hockey towns won't just interest hockey fans in Canada, they'll also appeal to expats searching for their hockey fix while living abroad. It's a way to connect with our audience through our favourite pastime," Bhapkar adds.

Flight Network's complete list of the Best Hockey Towns in Europe, can be found at: http://www.flightnetwork.com/blog/the-top-42-hockey-towns-in-europe/

Canada Games Mark its 50th Anniversary with Launch of National Flag Relay

 Today marks the official 50th anniversary of the 1967 Canada Games in Quebec City, the first of 25 previous Canada Games Host Societies who will commemorate the occasion with a national flag relay as part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

"The year 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games," said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. "To showcase this major sporting event, the Canada Games Council is kicking off the Flag Relay. Let's take advantage of Canada 150 to highlight the incredible contributions of our young athletes, who make our country proud."

The Canada Games are a product of Canada's centennial anniversary in 1967, and a unique version of the Canada Games flag was raised at Quebec City Hall today to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. Each of the previous Host Societies will also celebrate with their own distinct events, ranging from flag raisings to festivals. There will be 21 stops on the tour, as some provinces have hosted more than once. The 50th anniversary of the Canada Games is one of the Canada 150 Signature Projects, receiving significant support from the Government of Canada.

"The Canada Games 50th Anniversary National Flag Relay celebrates the impact the Canada Games have had in communities across our country," said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. "Through community celebrations across the 25 host cities, the Flag Relay will honour all of our outstanding athletes who have competed for their province and territory at the Games. The Flag Relay will also celebrate those athletes who used the Games as a stepping stone before representing our country at the international level, proudly wearing the maple leaf. I look forward to meeting the Flag Relay on the other end, when it arrives this summer in Winnipeg for the start of the Games."

In its 50 year history, the Canada Games have cumulatively invested over $250 million in capital projects across the country.

''The Canada Games Flag Relay is an exciting initiative that re-ignites the passion of the Canada Games in past Host Societies and spreads the spirit of the Games throughout the nation,'' said Tom Quinn, Chairman of the Canada Games Council. "Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games to the day and we couldn't be more thrilled to see the flag trek across the country to each past host community until it arrives in beautiful Winnipeg on July 28th.''

The Canada Games property are a 1967 centennial project legacy. On-site at the event was the deputy mayor of Quebec City, Michelle Morin-Doyle. The first competition, held in Québec City, brought together 1800 athletes from 10 provinces and 2 territories and paved the way for what has become Canada's largest multi-sport competition for young athletes.

"By raising the official flag of the Canada Games in front of City Hall, we wish to recognize the talent of the athletes from Québec City who will be representing us during this competition", declared Mrs. Michelle Morin-Doyle, Deputy Mayor of Québec City. "This is also an excellent opportunity to reminisce about the very first Canada Games, held here during the winter of 1967. 50 years ago, Québec City was already a city of sports!"

Also on-site at the event was Gaétan Boucher, 1971 Canada Games alumnus.

"The 1971 Canada Games in Saskatoon were an eye opener for me. The athletes' village, the organization, the opening and closing ceremonies were all aspects of the Games that made me dream of something bigger. Following this experience, I have always felt that my presence at these Games, although unsuccessful (I was only 12 years old!) was the key to setting my goals to become one day an Olympic Champion."

Winnipeg has the distinction of hosting the 50th anniversary edition of the Canada Games this summer. Jeff Hnatiuk, president and CEO of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society, was also on site to celebrate the flag's journey.

"The 2017 Canada Summer Games present a unique opportunity for us to showcase the very best that Winnipeg and Manitoba have to offer as we host the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games this Summer," said Hnatiuk. "Our volunteers and staff are working very hard to provide an amazing experience for our young athletes and visitors, and we look forward to welcoming one and all for The Hottest Summer in Half a Century."

2017 is a monumental year for both Canada and the Canada Games as we're celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games.

For more information about the Flag Relay, please visit http://www.canadagames.ca/canada-games-flag-relay

About the Canada Games

Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for up and coming Canadian athletes. The Games have been hosted in every province at least once since their inception in Quebec City during Canada's Centennial in 1967. The Games are proud of their contribution to Canada's sport development system in addition to their lasting legacy of sport facilities, community pride and national unity.

The 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg are the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games and will be held from July 28th to August 13th.

The 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer will be held from February 15th to March 3rd.

The organization of the Canada Games is made possible thanks to the contribution and support of the Government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, host municipalities and the Canada Games Council.


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Three-week Countdown to Gate Drop for Monster Energy Supercross Toronto

he 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross continues their Southwestern U.S. swing this weekend in Texas, but in three weeks the world's premier off-road motorcycle racing championship heads north to Toronto's Rogers Centre, for their only Canadian date, Saturday, March 4.

This heart-pounding event packs the perfect punch of action and adrenaline into every minute, as these superbly conditioned Supercross riders – a hybrid of world-class soccer players and bull riders - fearlessly navigate obstacles that launch them as high as 30 feet in the air, covering distances upwards of 90 feet, all while manhandling a 225-pound motorcycle against 21 other competitors.

They race on a custom-designed track unique to Rogers Centre, which takes a team of 100 people four days to construct, using roughly 500 truckloads (26 million pounds) of dirt.

Reigning Canadian motocross MX2 champion, Cole Thompson of Brigden, ON, has confirmed that he'll race in Toronto next month in the Eastern Regional 250SX class, as part of a six-race Supercross program with KTM Canada's factory team, KTM Thor Racing, with support from Parts Canada.

For the 23-year-old rider, who rode his first dirt bike at the age of two and was groomed for success by his father and four older brothers (all talented motocross racers themselves), the opportunity to race in front of a stadium full of Canadian fans, is an experience he cherishes.

"Every year the Monster Energy Supercross Toronto grows, so for me it's always cool to race at Rogers Centre and show the Canadian fans what I can do," said Thompson, whose 2014 fifth-place finish in the 250SX feature was his best Toronto result in three tries. "It's a special race for me to come home to, and with lots of friends, family and fans there to support me, I definitely get the loudest cheer of the night," he said with a smile.

The 17-race Monster Energy Supercross series features the reigning 450SX Champion, Ryan Dungey, along with marquee names like Eli Tomac, James Stewart, Chad Reed and Justin Barcia.

The Saturday, March 4th schedule starts at 12 noon with an afternoon of qualifying. The Main Event evening show begins at 6:30 pm, with the first gate drop at 7:00 pm.

Pricing starts at just $10*, with tickets on-sale now at Ticketmaster.ca, all Ticketmaster retail outlets, charge by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or the Rogers Centre Box Office (Gate 9).


Beach Volleyball Hall of Famer Releases Book: Angela Rock's Advanced Beach Volleyball Tactics

 ​​Before stepping onto the beach, volleyball in hand, you’ll want to read the newly released book: Angela Rock’s Advanced Beach Volleyball Tactics. Rock, an indoor Olympian, member of Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame, and veteran of the pro tour shares an insider’s view of the game and distills her hard-won knowledge throughout the book.

Whether you’re a new player just starting out or an aspiring elite player, you’ll learn a variety of volleyball strategies from one of America’s most celebrated and decorated players.

“Angela discusses philosophies, approaches and parts of the game that only someone with her playing and coaching experience can do,” said Holly McPeak, three-time Olympian beach volleyball player. “Very few people worldwide have the creditability and experience to coach/play at the highest level like Angela has done. Beach volleyball takes years to understand, but with this book, you get a crash course in everything, and the learning curve is accelerated.”

With a love of beach volleyball, Rock provides insight into the subtleties of the game, drawn from her 30 years of experience as both an indoor and beach player, as well as information from athletes she has trained.

“The attitude and skills of a beach volleyball player are much different than that of an indoor player and the transition from indoor to the beach can be difficult for even the best indoor players in the world,” said Rock. “I hope that my insights give the reader an in-depth look into the game from the perspective that comes from my long professional playing and coaching career.”

The book is filled with Rock’s “secrets” when playing and those of other champions. Her tactics are clearly explained with real-life examples, including warming up outside the courts, serving to score, setting skills and responsibilities, offensive tactics, effective blocking, defensive variations, and strategic options.

“Being coached by Angela Rock completely transformed my playing career,” said Brooke Niles, the 2016 NCAA Beach Coach of the Year and head beach coach at Florida State University. “Having played at the highest level herself, Angela Rock understands the game but also has a unique way of teaching.”
Although Angela Rock’s Advanced Beach Volleyball Tactics is for anyone who wants to play beach volleyball, it is a goldmine for higher-level competitive players.

About the Author:

Born and raised in California, Rock earned her bachelor’s in psychology from San Diego State University (SDSU), a master’s in physical education from Azusa Pacific University, and a master’s in education from National University.

While at SDSU, she participated on two NCAA Final Four volleyball teams in 1981 and 1982 and received First Team All American honors as an outside hitter on the Aztecs’ women’s NCAA volleyball team in 1984.

Rock was Team USA’s most valuable player in 1985 and a member of the SDSU Hall of Fame and the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame. She coached the U.S. beach volleyball team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the inaugural year of the sport in the Olympic Games.
Internationally, Rock played on the U.S. national team for five years, and participated in the 1986 Goodwill Games, the 1986 World Championships, the 1987 Pan American Games, and most notably, the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, where the Americans placed seventh.

From 1987 to 2000, Rock was a major force on both the Women’s Professional Volleyball Association and the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball tours. She won 27 events, including 12 titles in 1991 when she was voted the tour’s best hitter.

Rock is a former San Diego firefighter and has mentored elite beach volleyball players over her career. She was recently hired as the beach volleyball coach at St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga. When she isn’t coaching, she spends time playing golf or enjoying her garden.

How to purchase Angela Rock’s Advanced Beach Volleyball Tactics, by Angela Rock
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and bookstores.

Ebook: $6.99 ISBN: 978-0-9979503-1-1 (Available through all major online ebook outlets)
Paperback (134 pages): $19.99 ISBN: 978-0997950304
Publisher: Mericle Publishing, January 2017

Molson Canadian and Sportsnet Bring Hockey Fans Live, Front-Row Access in 360 Virtual Reality - All from the Comfort of Their Own Homes

Molson Canadian and Sportsnet are bringing the next big thing in sports innovation to the country's hockey-loving fans with the launch of live 360 Virtual Reality (VR). This marks the first time 360 VR will be used in NHL® broadcasts, bringing fans a virtual front-row seat inside hockey arenas around Canada - all from the comfort of their own home.

For six consecutive Saturday night hockey broadcasts, fans will be able to watch the games live in 360 VR on Sportsnet.ca and the Sportsnet app by using special virtual reality viewfinders. These viewfinders are currently available exclusively in select cases of Molson Canadian across Canada. Three different 360 VR cameras will be used during the games, allowing viewers to experience the live action on the ice and take in the arena's lively atmosphere. Adding to the immersive experience, fans can also watch behind-the-scenes footage from select NHL® teams and on-demand highlight videos - all in 360 VR.

"Molson Canadian is known for bringing epic hockey experiences to the people who love our beer, and we understand that hockey fans across the country may never a get a chance to sit front row during a Saturday night game. So now we are bringing the front row to you, live during some key hockey match-ups as we enter the playoff stretch of this season," says Duncan Fraser, Marketing Manager, Molson Canadian. "We're so excited to bring the latest in Virtual Reality technology to hockey lovers from coast to coast in a way that only a partnership like Molson Canadian, Sportsnet and the NHL® can! We're creating an experience for Canadians to celebrate their love of the game like never before!"

"We are continually pushing innovation across our Sportsnet channels to give sports fans the best and most immersive experience," said Rob Corte, Vice President of Production, Sportsnet. "Together with Molson, we are at the forefront of another 'first' for hockey fans, and are excited to bring them this unique viewing experience."

The live 360 VR experience will be available for the following Sportsnet games:

Calgary Flames @ Vancouver Canucks – Saturday, Feb. 18
Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs – Saturday, Feb. 25
Detroit Red Wings @ Edmonton Oilers – Saturday, March 4
Calgary Flames @ Winnipeg Jets – Saturday, March 11
Chicago Blackhawks @ Toronto Maple Leafs – Saturday, March 18
Ottawa Senators @ Montreal Canadiens – Saturday, March 25

Canadians of legal drinking age will get their own virtual reality kit when they purchase specially marked cases of Molson Canadian, available nationally while quantities last, at participating local retailers (retailers vary per region across the country.) The kit includes a VR headset and unique pin code to access all the VR content, and instructions to download the VR compatible mobile Sportsnet app available on the App Store and Google Play.

For more information and exclusive access, please visit: www.sportsnet.ca/MolsonCanadian

Thousands set to take part in Spin4Kids 2017 to help get Canadian kids active

 On Saturday, March 4, months of planning and fundraising efforts will culminate in Spin4Kids, one of Canada's largest indoor fitness fundraisers. Taking place at over 65 locations across the country, Spin4Kids benefits GoodLife Kids Foundation with the purpose of giving every Canadian kid the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life.

Funds raised support two key initiatives that are getting kids active. The GoodLife4Kids School Program is a partnership program with local teachers helping to teach fitness skills to grade 4 students at no cost to schools. In 2016, the program reached over 3,500 kids at 100 partner schools, with GoodLife4Kids Coaches delivering a total of 3,000 fitness hours. The GoodLife Kids Grant Program provides funding for programs offering ongoing physical activity opportunities for children with special needs. In 2016, 76 organizations received grants of up to $10,000 to improve local access to adapted physical activity programs for this underserved population.

This year, event organizers are asking the question, "What Moves You?"

"We're asking people to take a moment to reflect on what draws them to our cause," says Lisa Burrows, Executive Director of GoodLife Kids Foundation. "Many of our Spin4Kids participants are passionate about the positive impact that fitness has had on their lives and the lives of others. At GoodLife Kids Foundation, we work to bring those physical activity and fitness opportunities to Canadian children through school and community-based programs, helping them develop healthy habits and a lifelong love of being active."

Spin4Kids is open to everyone – participants do not have to be members of GoodLife, and no experience is needed. As individuals or in teams of up to eight, participants will spin, groove, and move in high-energy group fitness classes such as indoor cycling, BODYATTACK™, BODYFLOW™ and Zumba®. Spin4Kids brings a party atmosphere to the day's workout, featuring great music, special guests, silent auction items, decorations and costumes.

This year's national fundraising goal is $1.2 Million. Help give more Canadian kids the opportunity to live fit and healthy lives by visiting spin4kids.com. Register to participate, donate to an existing team, or learn more today!

Thank you to this year's National Sponsors, GoodLife Fitness, bodylogix, Dulux Paints, First Capital Realty, Mary R. Di Salvo Financial Services, Choice Properties, nuPasta, and Jabra for their generous support.
JANUARY 25, 2017
The Great One voted Greatest NHL Player of All Time
Para ice hockey star Todd Nicholson named Canada's Chef de Mission for PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is pleased to announce that five-time Paralympian in para ice hockey (formerly known as sledge hockey) Todd Nicholson of Dunrobin, Ont. has been named Team Canada's Chef de Mission for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Nicholson was a member of Canada's National Sledge Team from 1989 to 2010, was team captain for 15 years and won three Paralympic medals: gold (2006), silver (1998) and bronze (1994). Since his retirement from competition, Nicholson has remained deeply involved in sport at both the national and international levels as an athlete representative and advocate on and off the field of play.

"I'm very excited about leading Team Canada for the 2018 Paralympic Games," said Nicholson. "Athletes and coaches are always my number one priority and I hope the experience I've gained both as an athlete and in the leadership roles I've fulfilled since my playing career will benefit the overall team. I believe in the importance of teamwork and fair play in sports and in life, and in bringing a positive attitude to identifying winning approaches. My car accident changed how I do things in life, but I learned from that to never give up on anything."

The Chef de Mission is the official spokesperson for the Canadian Paralympic Team. He is a mentor, a leader and an inspiration to the athletes, setting the vision for the team and uniting all five sports at the Games – wheelchair curling, Para ice hockey, Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard and Para Nordic, which includes cross country and biathlon events. It is a volunteer role that demands a significant time commitment and dedication, as part of the leadership team supporting the Canadian Paralympic Team.

Nicholson's focus will be on pre-Games preparation and on building and leading a support team that will ensure an optimal environment of success for the athletes. The Chef de Mission will also promote Canada's athletes and raise awareness of Paralympic sport and the Canadian Paralympic Team.

''With Todd Nicholson as Chef de Mission, Team Canada has at its helm one of the most knowledgeable, respected and engaged leaders in international Paralympic sport,'' said Karen O'Neill, CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. ''A former team captain and now a trailblazer in advancing the playing field for Paralympic athletes, I know Todd will be the ideal mentor and leader for our team.''

In 2010, Nicholson retired from competition, but not from his commitment as a volunteer to sport and the Paralympic movement. He currently serves as the Chair for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletes' Council and as such, is also a Governing Board member for the IPC and the IPC Athlete Representative to the International Olympic Committee. His term will end this year.

He is also the Canadian Paralympic Committee representative to the Own The Podium Board of Directors. Nicholson has direct hands-on experience planning and administering the Games – Olympic and Paralympic – in London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio de Janeiro 2016 and PyeongChang 2018.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I want to congratulate Todd Nicholson on his selection as Chef de Mission for Team Canada at the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games," said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. "The Canadian Paralympic Committee has made a wonderful choice: Todd was a tireless competitor on Canada's sledge hockey team through five Paralympic Games, and has since been a passionate advocate for all athletes, both in Canada and internationally. I know that he will bring that same relentless spirit to preparing our athletes and coaches for the Winter Games in South Korea in just over a year from now."

About PyeongChang 2018

The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games are set for March 9 to 18, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Games are expected to attract up to 670 athletes competing in 80 medal events. Five sports are on the Paralympic Winter Games program: wheelchair curling, Para ice hockey, Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard and Para Nordic, which includes cross country and biathlon events.

Canada expects to send a full team, with qualification and test events beginning in March 2017.

At the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Canada placed third in the overall medal standings with seven gold, two silver and seven bronze.

About Todd Nicholson

In 1987, Nicholson became a paraplegic after being involved in a car accident when he was returning home on the night of his high school prom. He was introduced to Paralympic sports during his stay at the Royal Ottawa Rehabilitation Center.

Nicholson was Canada's Opening Ceremony flag bearer for the Turin 2006 Paralympic Games and was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Nicholson and his wife Emily Glossop, a recreation therapist and former para-alpine skiing guide, have two young children. The couple are the driving force behind the vision for the planned Abilities Centre Ottawa at the LeBreton Flats site, a fully accessible recreation facility based on the one already existing in Whitby, Ont.

In his day job, Nicholson has worked for the Federal Government of Canada for over 20 years. He is currently working for the Canada Border Services Agency. Nicholson received the Presidential Citation for Meritorious Service from the President of Canada Border Services Agency, Mr. Luc Portelance, in 2015 and received the Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) from the Governor General of Canada in 2016. These awards are given to recognize remarkable contributions in many different fields of endeavor, from advocacy initiatives and health care services, to research and humanitarian efforts.

He is also a charismatic motivational speaker, with experience in schools, corporate, government and rehabilitation settings. An all-round athlete, Nicholson has competed in wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, triathlon, duathlon, marathons and para-skeleton.

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee: Paralympic.ca
The votes are in — and Canadians have spoken: forward Wayne "The Great One" Gretzky is the greatest NHL star in history.

Gretzky was the top vote-getter in an online poll conducted by Canada's History Magazine to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the NHL. The poll ran in conjunction with a special December-January issue of Canada's History that featured top sportswriters recalling the best NHL games they ever covered. The winners of the poll at each position were:

Top Forward
Wayne Gretzky — a four-time Stanley Cup champion — holds or shares 61 NHL records, including most career goals, assists and total points.

Top Defenseman
Bobby Orr — a two-time Stanley Cup champion — transformed his position with his offensive prowess. Sadly, his career was cut short in 1978 due to chronic knee injuries.

Top Goalie
Patrick Roy — a four time Stanley Cup champion — won two cups with the Montreal Canadiens and two with the Colorado Avalanche.

Check out CanadasHistory.ca/[email protected] for the full poll results, and to rest of the players who were selected to the all-time NHL dream team. Meanwhile, all who voted were entered into a random draw for a hand-made replica of Jacques Plante's 1974 goalie mask. The winner was Peter Cobill, of Richmond, Ontario.
JANUARY 17, 2017
Subaru Confirms Sponsorship of 2017 Canadian Rally Championship
New Balance launches Letters to My Future Self campaign to inspire athletes around the New Year
Global athletic leader New Balance kicks off 2017 with an inspirational campaign that highlights how the goals and values of athletes drive their decisions and guide their journey through letters written to their future selves. The campaign launch features Boris Berian, who went from a fast food line cook to an Olympic finalist and World champion runner in 18 months and Alexis Sablone, a female X Games Gold Medalist who is also a MIT graduate/architect. The passion and drive of tennis champion Milos Raonic will be featured in the campaign starting February 13.

"Every New Year represents a new beginning, a new opportunity for self-improvement and presents that iconic moment for athletes and individuals around the world to redefine personal ambitions, motivations and sense of purpose," says Chris Davis, New Balance Vice President of Global Marketing. "At New Balance, our marketing is a reflection of our values, so we created the Letters to My Future Self campaign to showcase the true individuality, grit and unparalleled persona of our world class athletes. Through their own words, reflections and inner strength, they inspire athletes everywhere to unrelentingly pursue the best version of their future self."

Through long and short form films available on newbalance.ca and the brand's YouTube channels, the campaign captures the written messages and goals of athletes that focus on who they want to be in the future.

Berian's letter captures his journey from fast food to fast finishes appearing in the Men's 800 meter final in the Olympics this past summer. Boris worked as a line cook as recently as 18 months ago, but never gave up on his dream or himself despite the struggles he faced in school, financially and with training.

Sablone, a gifted skateboarder and architect, sees the world through a unique lens and fearlessly embraced that difference and made it her own which took her to the medal stand at the X games five times.

Raonic, a rising star in the global tennis circuit uses the fire to win as a competitive advantage on the court and off fueling his 140+ mph serves and inspiring the next generation of athletes.

Mini films on global athletes including runners Ciara Mageean and Tom Barr will highlight their aspirational stories through their own letters to their future selves.

"These films portray how overcoming obstacles both in sport and in life represent a transformative experience that can forever alter an athlete's journey and outlook for the future," says Davis. "What you would say to your future self is a powerful realization of your fears, values, ambitions and the type of person you want to become."

New Balance will offer a multi-dimensional "What would you tell yourself?" experience at newbalance.ca where consumers can write their own letter to their future selves self about aspirations in sport and life and the brand will send it back to them in one year through a unique time capsule initiative.

The campaign will launch starting January 17th in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Europe, LATAM, New Zealand and Australia, followed by Taiwan and Hong Kong on January 20 and China on February 24. In the U.S., the campaign will also be featured through The Player's Tribune and Vice Media. Ace Content of NYC, handled the creative for the campaign and PGR managed the media for the US.

For more information, please visit www.newbalance.ca/myfutureself or follow on Instagram and Facebook @NewBalanceCanada, and on Twitter @NewBalanceCan to join the conversation using #MyFutureSelf.
Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is delighted to confirm it will continue its support as presenting sponsor of the 2017 Canadian Rally Championship (CRC) season, with the winning combination of driver Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Alan Ockwell leading the Subaru team.

The 2016 season was truly impressive, with Subaru winning its second consecutive manufacturer's title and its 12th Canadian Rally Championship for Marques since joining the CRC. Subaru vehicles consistently achieve excellent performance in this gruelling and extreme motorsport, proven by eight Subaru vehicles finishing in the top ten at the final event of the 2016 season, the Big White Winter Rally in December.

After overcoming some difficulties in the first half of the 2016 season, Subaru Rally Team Canada (SRTC) driver Antoine L'Estage won the 2016 Driver's Championship, making this his ninth time winning the title. The other half of his team, Darren Garrod, won the co-driver's title.

SRTC has a change for the 2017 season with co-driver Alan Ockwell returning to the team. Having driven with L'Estage for many years on the SRTC team and winning the co-driver title in 2015, Ockwell is sure to make this experienced pairing the quickest car and driver team to ever compete in the CRC.

"I am so excited for the new season," said Antoine L'Estage, SRTC driver. "We are very happy to be driving the Subaru WRX STI and are confident that we will get excellent results, including the chance for a 13th title for Subaru."

The seven-event 2017 season starts on February 3 and 4 at the Rallye Perce Neige in Maniwaki, Quebec. Subaru is confident that our 2017 Subaru Rally Team Canada team, led by L'Estage and Ockwell, will perform superbly.
JANUARY 16, 2017
Tricia Smith congratulates Hayley Wickenheiser who announces her retirement from competition
Flow Partners with Manchester United To Bring the 'FA Cup Trophy' To The Caribbean
The Canadian Olympic Committee has issued the following statement:
"Hayley is one of the most accomplished and inspiring athletes in our country’s history competing in both the Winter Games in hockey and Summer Games in softball. She has competed for Canada with grit and passion to become our country’s all-time lead female scorer in hockey and a four-time Olympic Champion. While she is mostly celebrated for her vast accomplishments on the ice, she is also recognized as a great role model and a true leader in sport. For over thirty years, she fought so girls would have the opportunity to play our national sport. Her strong leadership was recognized by her peers when she was elected to the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission’s Athletes' Commission. Congratulations Hayley on an impressive career and for your invaluable contribution to sport."
- Tricia Smith, President, Canadian Olympic Committee
2017 is already gearing up to be a great one for football fans across the region, as Flow and Manchester United -- current FA Cup holders -- team up to give Caribbean fans unprecedented access to the famous trophy.

The trophy will arrive in Trinidad on January 16, where it will be on show at the Flow Sports Headquarters and will be showcased at activities for fans over a two-day period. On January 18, the trophy will be taken to Barbados, then on to Jamaica from January 19 - 21 and will end the tour of the Caribbean in the Cayman Islands from January 21 to 24. Dwight Yorke, Manchester United Ambassador, who himself lifted the FA Cup in 1999 with United's glorious treble-winning team, will join Flow as a special guest on the final leg of the tour to make a special announcement about the soon to be launched skills-development initiative for young footballers -- another Flow/Manchester United partnership.

"This is all for our customers who are lovers of the beautiful game," said Garfield Sinclair, newly appointed President, Flow Caribbean. "We are the Home of Sports in the Caribbean and our relationship with Manchester United enables us to give our football fans this amazing opportunity to get up close to the FA Cup, which for some, is a once in a lifetime event. This certainly underscores Flow's commitment to give sports fans more of what they want."

As the FA Cup makes its way around the Caribbean, fans will have the opportunity to take photos and create personal memories of these exciting events. Fans will also get a chance to participate in activities and win prizes from Flow and Manchester United.
Canadians favour fitness over finances when it comes to 2017 resolutions
​One in three (33%) Canadians say improving their personal fitness and nutrition is their top new year's resolution, compared with only 21 per cent who chose to focus on financial goals, based on a recent Ipsos survey.

The survey, conducted on behalf of GoodLife Fitness, also found 13 per cent of Canadians resolved to dedicate more time to travel and leisure, 11 per cent plan to quit bad habits like smoking or drinking, and 10 per cent would spend more time with family and friends.

"It's great to see more Canadians choosing fitness and nutrition as their number one resolution for 2017 because it suggests people are making positive choices when it comes to eating well and being active, with the goal of feeling better overall," said David 'Patch' Patchell-Evans, founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness.

More than half (53%) of Canadians say improving their overall quality of life is the primary motivation for pursuing a health and wellness resolution. Preventing health risks (45%), losing weight (42%) and increasing their energy (41%) ranked as other top reasons to exercise more and eat better.

Many Canadians say they're willing to make lifestyle changes to achieve their fitness and nutrition goals. Nearly half (45%) say they would plan to change their eating habits by developing a healthy meal plan, while one in three (34%) say they would set a weight loss goal for themselves.

Other Canadians are looking to become more active. Four in 10 (41%) would spend more time outdoors, while one in four (24%) say they'd find a friend to be active with. One in five Canadians (18%) say they would join a gym.

"These are all concrete steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Whether it's joining a fitness club, consulting with a personal trainer, making a meal plan or just getting out for a walk, Canadians are finding ways to eat healthier foods and exercise more in 2017," said Patch. "The important part is to build healthier habits into your daily routine. That way you're more likely to stick with your resolution beyond the first few weeks."

To find out more about what helps Canadians stay motivated to work out, GoodLife Fitness polled 1,100+ longer-term members who have work out at the gym a minimum of 10 times per month, over the past two years or longer.

GoodLife Fitness' research experts conducted a topic-modelling analysis on the responses, and found the top three motivating factors for long-term members are:

The positive feeling or emotional boost that occurs after exercise – whether it's more energy, a productivity boost, a better mood or a sense of relaxation.
The community and people they meet when they go to the gym: their personal trainers, the group class instructors, the team trainers, the people in their group classes, and their friends. The members often looked to others for accountability and motivation.
The long-term benefits of exercise, including that chance to feel younger and have a better quality of life as they age.

When asked about the secret to long-term fitness success, the most popular response was to rely on a personal trainer or group fitness instructor to motivate them and keep them accountable. Another secret was to make exercise a non-negotiable part of the daily routine. Finding something you love to do is also a major part of success – whether it's running, yoga, weights or group fitness classes.

"Making a personal connection at the gym, by bringing a friend, taking a group fitness class, working with a personal trainer, or by signing up for a team training camp seems to be an essential step in establishing a fitness routine," explained Tracy Matthews, GoodLife Fitness Executive Director of Member Services. "We heard repeatedly that members feel better after a workout, and would actually push themselves to go to the gym to boost their mood and productivity. These immediate emotional and psychological benefits are major drivers in helping members stick with their routine."

About the research
Ipsos survey
Ipsos conducted a poll on behalf of GoodLife Fitness. A sample of 1,000 Canadians were interviewed between December 15 and December 19, 2016 as part of Ipsos' online panel. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within +/ - 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian adults been polled.

Celebrating 10 Years of NuVinci Optimized™ Bicycles
NuVinci® Cycling, a division of Fallbrook Technologies Inc., announced today that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the introduction of NuVinci technology for bicycles. The first NuVinci bicycle hubs, model N170™, began rolling off the assembly line in December 2006. Industry awards followed in January 2007 and by March 2007, the first end-users rode NuVinci Optimized bicycles.

NuVinci technology radically changed the cycling world with the first commercially available continuously variable planetary (CVP) transmission system for bicycles. Benefits for the rider include stepless shifting, which works like adjusting the volume on a radio; riders can also shift without limitations under load. Riding a NuVinci Optimized bicycle or eBike means a one-of-a-kind riding experience: cycling is simpler, more fun, safer and healthier. Riders can concentrate less on changing gears and more on what's important, such as: traffic, road hazards, passengers, or just the beauty of their surroundings. Today, the technology is backed by over 800 patents and patent applications worldwide and available in over 100 bicycle and eBike brands.

Batavus N.V. in the Netherlands and Ellsworth International in the United States of America were the first bicycle manufacturers to offer NuVinci Optimized bikes. In January 2007, the Batavus Adagio bike with NuVinci technology won the 2007 Bike of the Year Award at the FietsVak bicycle show in the Netherlands and the original NuVinci N170™ transmission itself won the Innovation of the Year Award.

"Congratulations on the 10th anniversary of NuVinci Optimized bicycles," says Ria Veld, Marketing Manager at Batavus. "We are proud that we were the first brand to introduce a bike with this innovative and increasingly popular technology. There is no other technology that creates an equally relaxed ride due to the smooth, stepless progression from one ratio to another."

"The origin of the NuVinci technology for cycling products actually go back close to 20 years," notes David Hancock, Fallbrook's Executive Vice President - Cycling Division. "Don Miller, ultimately the founder of Fallbrook Technologies, was a bicycle enthusiast who set out to build the world's fastest bicycle." Although he had no formal engineering training, he analyzed the system components and determined that the transmission was a limiting factor. He then started looking for a way to make a better transmission. What he came up with turned out to be not only a breakthrough for bicycles but a platform technology for a wide variety of other applications from urban mobility vehicles to cars and trucks and from industrial equipment to marine applications.

The NuVinci transmission features rotating planets that, over their ratio range, permit an infinite number of ratios between incoming power (from the chain through pedaling) and outgoing power (via the transmission flanges to the wheel). A manual or automatic controller tilts the planets on the horizontal axis, causing the gear ratio to change, and allows the application of pressure to the pedals accordingly. Maintenance to fix malfunctioning gears are now a thing of the past.

In the 10 years since the initial product release, the company brought to market a series of award winning product enhancements and new products which steadily increased the adoption rate of the NuVinci technology in eBikes and pedal bikes around the world. While the first transmission has been significantly enhanced since its initial launch, its core technology is still present in the current products including Nfinity™, Harmony™ and Harmony H|Sync™.

"In 2007, NuVinci technology created a riding experience like no other -- and continues to do so today. Moving forward, we will make the benefits of stepless and automatic shifting available to even more riders by focusing our product development efforts on emerging categories such as cargo, SUV and urban bicycles. This is both within the eBike and traditional bike segment," summarizes Anne Guethoff, NuVinci Cycling's Director of Marketing.

 For more information, visit www.nuvincicycling.com.
Research Reveals: Music Tops the List of Fitness Motivators
New Year's resolutions like "get in shape" and "hit the gym" regularly top lists, but too often the motivation to stick to them runs out by the Spring. A new Music Drives Fitness study1 by SOCAN and Leger, The Research Intelligence Group, suggests that music could make a huge difference to staying motivated and committed.

The study confirms that Canadians consider music essential to staying motivated and keeping fit. In fact, among the three-quarters (78%) who say having music is just as important as having workout clothes and proper equipment at the gym, a vast majority (68%) consider music just as vital as having comfortable workout shoes. What's more, half of Millennials said that at the gym they need music as much as they need water.

An impressive 88 per cent of those surveyed also agree that there are clear advantages to listening to music when they exercise and almost 60 per cent credit music for making time pass more quickly when they are working up a sweat.

"We all know that music can positively affect behaviour and mood," said Jennifer Brown, Vice President of Licensing at SOCAN, "but the results from SOCAN's Music Drives Fitness research indicate that music is far more important than even we thought when it comes to physical health, wellbeing, and even consumer experiences. Playing good music helps people who exercise feel more motivated and comfortable. Using music wisely is smart business for fitness clubs."

More noteworthy highlights from the SOCAN Music Drives Fitness study include:

Music pushes us to the finish line. More than three-quarters (77%) of Canadians said that when they hear music they like in an exercise class, they are likely to enjoy the class more. Eight-in-10 women agree that music pushes them to finish a difficult exercise class at the gym.

Please, don't stop the music. Sixty per cent of respondents prefer continuous music with no commercial or talking interruptions when they work out, suggesting that gyms should offer curated playlists to keep things up-tempo and rolling forward.

Playlists are priceless with Millennials. Music directly impacts how customers view their gym. When Millennials especially hear a workout-appropriate curated playlist at the gym, one in three believe the gym is of high quality and one in four think the gym is "trendy" or "cool."

Music works marketing magic! More than half (54%) of those surveyed say that if they hear music they like in an exercise class, they are likely to tell their friends about it, nearly four in ten (38%) believe the gym cares more about their experience, and nearly one-third (31%) feel good knowing that they don't have to worry about bringing their own music to work out.

Music helps to build the experience for people who attend gyms, but it also rewards the more than 130,000 businesses currently using licensed music to make their business stronger (while they also ethically compensate music creators fairly for their work). Businesses that are Licensed To Play with SOCAN know the value that music adds, especially in fitness clubs across Canada.

GoodLife Fitness, Canada's leading fitness club with more than 350 locations across the country, recognizes the important role music plays in keeping its exercise classes and overall atmosphere high-energy and motivational.

"During our more than 37 years in business, GoodLife Fitness associates have seen first-hand the important role that music plays in motivating our members to achieve their health and fitness goals," said David 'Patch' Patchell-Evans, Founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness Centres Inc. "GoodLife is proud to work with SOCAN and other organizations that support the music industry because, as this new research reaffirms, music – whether it's being played in a choreographed class or streaming from a person's smartphone – has the ability to motivate people to get the most out of their workouts."

Music is good for the soul, too.

SOCAN's research also revealed that a dose of music can be just what the doctor ordered to keep moods high while reducing stress, since many Canadians turn to music for mental wellbeing as well as physical fitness inspiration. Between 40 and 60 per cent of those aged 18 to 65 say they listen to music when feeling sad and want to feel better. For stress relief, 44 per cent will listen to music and nearly half (49%) turn to music first – ahead of their friends – when they want to lift their spirits. The vast majority (91%) of Canadians listen to at least one type of music to de-stress, while about one-third (32%) prefer to listen to rock over pop music (27%) and classical music (22%) when de-stressing.

With so many saying that music is essential to their exercise routine, gym owners would be wise to use music strategically. A strong playlist and a SOCAN license to play music would benefit their customers and keep them coming back.

For a comprehensive summary of the Music Drives Fitness study, please see the report and a creative infographic here.

1 Survey of 1,597 Canadians was completed online. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
Take a ski or snowboard lesson on January 6, 2017 and you could help set a new world record!
Start the new year off on the right foot by learning to ski or snowboard! On January 6th, 2017, over 80 ski areas across Canada – plus an additional 78 ski areas across the USA – will be trying to set a new Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Ski and Snowboard Lesson. And Canadians can be a part of this historic event for just $25!
Learning to ski and snowboard this winter has never been easier or more affordable than with the Canadian Ski Council’s Never Ever Days, and if you take your Never Ever Days Lesson on Friday January 6th, 2017, you could be part of skiing and snowboarding history.
Never Ever Days is the ultimate beginners’ package for anyone 13 years of age and over who has ever considered trying skiing or snowboarding. Never Ever Days provides you with everything you need to get started – equipment rental, lift ticket, and a minimum one-hour lesson – all for just $25 (plus tax). Goodbye barriers, hello chairlift.
Never Ever Days are being offered at 88 ski areas across Canada including 13 in British Columbia, 16 in Alberta, 2 in Saskatchewan, 8 in Ontario, 44 in Quebec, and 5 in Atlantic Canada, on select dates throughout the 2016/17 winter season.
But if you sign up for a Never Ever Days Lesson on Friday January 6th, 2017, you could help make skiing and snowboarding history. Last January 2016, approximately 6,000 children and adults took a beginner lesson when ski areas throughout the U.S. hosted the first attempt at the World's Largest Lesson. The U.S. was close to setting a new World Record but unfortunately, did not have the formal proof that they needed to obtain the “Official Guinness World Record”.
However, skiers and snowboarders prevailed, decided to take action and asked us here at the Canadian Ski Council (CSC) to lend a helping hand. The CSC rallied up over 80 ski areas across Canada who are encouraging newcomers, beginners, and those looking to brush up their skills, to sign up for a Never Ever Days Lesson on Friday January 6th, 2017 to help us obtain the official Guinness World Book of Records with the World’s Largest Lesson. In addition to Canada’s 80 participating ski areas, the US has 78 ski areas participating across the U.S.
All beginner lessons will start simultaneously in seven different time zones - 10 a.m. Pacific time, 11 a.m. Mountain time, 12 p.m. Central time, 1 p.m. Eastern time, 2 p.m. Atlantic time, and 2:30 Newfoundland time. Participating ski areas will be recording the lessons so that they can submit their events to the Guinness World Book of Records.
This World Record event is brought to you by the organizers of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Initiative, the National Ski Areas Association, Professional Ski Instructors of America, SnowSports Industries America, SNOW Operating and the Canadian Ski Council.
For more information on Never Ever Days and the World’s Largest Lesson, please visit: http://www.nevereverdays.com/ or watch our Youtube video at: https://youtu.be/OBgzAlOLfZo

Don’t delay, sign up for your Never Ever Day Lesson today and make skiing and snowboarding history! 
Tennis great Serena Williams aces Auckland visit 
Tennis great and current world number 2 Serena Williams has welcomed in the New Year in the first global city to see the sun come up on 2017.

Williams is in Auckland, New Zealand, to compete at the ASB Classic tennis tournament but took some time out of her training schedule to explore the region's stunning natural playground on New Year's Eve.

Williams and her new fiancé, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, helicoptered to Waiheke Island in Auckland's Waitemata Harbour, to explore a private beach. Waiheke Island was named one of Lonely Planet's top 10 regions in the world in 2016, and Williams clearly enjoyed her short break.

"Waiheke is just so beautiful. To have a gorgeous island like this so close to the city is special, Auckland takes your breath away" says Serena Williams.

Williams has enjoyed plenty of Auckland's highlights since arriving Friday and encourages fans to make sure they visit the city.

"The scenery is beautiful, but there is also a great city vibe. The food has been so awesome, and I hear the shopping is really good too!"

Auckland is playing host to some of the sport's biggest names with Venus Williams also returning to compete in the first event on the global tennis calendar before they head off to the Australian Open.

The announcement of Serena Williams competing in Auckland led to tickets selling out for both women's sessions, the first time in the tournament's 61-year history that the women's weekend has sold out before the men's, proving that Williams is in fact one of the greatest athletes alive. 
January 2007 World T.E.A.M. Sports Kilimanjaro Climb Brought Together Athletes
World T.E.A.M. Sports' vice chairman Lon Dolber is a regular participant of the national non-profit's annual Face of America bicycle ride with adaptive military veterans to Gettysburg. His first event with the organization was very different, however -- a life-changing ascent of Africa's Kilimanjaro with seven developmentally-disabled athletes in January, 2007.

Kilimanjaro towers over the surrounding countryside at 19,341 feet. The highest free-standing mountain in the world, routes to the summit gain over 16,000 feet elevation.

Invited by World T.E.A.M. Sports' chairman James Benson to participate, Dolber learned the expedition was a return to the mountain by Gary Stubblefield, Steven Sepulveda, Steve Hickey, Damon Parker, Diane Williams, Patrick Hulsbus and Tim Shorten. Each had been a member of an early World T.E.A.M. Sports expedition in 1990 that saw only five of the 12 participating adaptive athletes reach the summit, the majority being turned back by the worst winter storm in many decades.

"Traveling with this particular group of seven Special Olympic athletes on their return opportunity to complete the Mt. Kilimanjaro climb they began 17 years ago was a rare and inspirational opportunity," remembered Cynthia Gentry, a member of the 2007 support team. "Even though the seven athletes had not seen each other on a regular basis during the last 17 years, their sense of team spirit and love for each other was incredibly strong. Their goal for reaching the top was a group goal, not an individual one."

Having recently climbed Washington's Mt. Baker with his 16-year-old son in support of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Dolber was intrigued with climbing Kilimanjaro. He felt it was an opportunity he could not pass up and so accepted Benson's invitation. Beginning his physical training in the fall of 2006, the Chief Executive Officer and President of Long Island's American Portfolios Financial Services began keeping a climb diary, documenting his experiences in the expedition.

"I am a firm believer in charitable giving and taking an active role in the community," Dolber noted in his diary. "It should be said that the professionals at American Portfolios have also been extremely generous in their support of these charities, as well as the time they give towards doing work in their own communities.
"This experience strengthened my determination to pursue higher goals and remain persistent with my endeavors...believing in my true self," said Gentry. "I became more aware and appreciative of diversity within individuals, cultures and nature's magnificent beauty. As on the trail, simplicity of life has become my focus."

Athletes, the support team and a film crew from Wild Life Productions traveled to Tanzania on January 20, 2007. They spent the next two weeks successfully climbing Kilimanjaro and returning safely to its base, providing the "magnificent seven" athletes a satisfying conclusion to their unsuccessful 1990 attempt.

Throughout the 2007 climb, Wild Life's cameras captured the breathtaking alpine scenery, as well as the emotional journey of the athletes. The resulting documentary, "Elevation," by Devon Chivvis and J. Mark Fowler, was released in 2009 but saw only limited festival showings. Today, the producers are working to add the film to an online screening service so the public can view the inspirational expedition.

Like all World T.E.A.M. Sports events, Return to Kilimanjaro demonstrated that athletes with disabilities can accomplish exceptional achievements. Teamed with able-bodied coaches, the adaptive athletes proved they could successfully climb one of the planet's highest peaks. A decade later, Gentry remembered with fondness the immense satisfaction of "sharing the emotional release of the seven athletes as they reached the summit 17 years after their original climb."

For a participating able-bodied coach like Dolber, experiencing the joy of the ascent and the determination of the participating adaptive athletes, his life was changed. Since returning to Long Island from Africa in late January 2007, Dolber has joined as an athlete and often as a sponsor of numerous World T.E.A.M. Sports events, inviting colleagues from American Portfolios to share in the experience.

"We seem to focus so much on our differences," Dolber observed at the end of his Kilimanjaro climb and reported in his diary. "We waste our time focusing on the things that separate us, that keep us farther from one another. In the end, maybe it takes a lifetime to realize that all we have is each other."
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PGA National Resort & Spa Launches The BearTrap with HD Golf
High Definition Golf, the world's leading golf simulator, was selected by PGA National Resort & Spa for the NEW Bear Trap Indoor Golf Center.
Located in Palm Beach Florida, PGA National Resort & Spa is a global, marque destination for golfers. To expand product & service offerings, the resort launched an indoor learning facility. Called The Bear Trap, after the challenging sequential 3 holes 15/16/17 on the Championship course, the Center is dedicated to providing exceptional coaching & club fitting.

The HD Golf Simulator delivers on-demand, weatherproof golf instruction, making it much easier to help golfers improve. Steven Cox, PGA Professional at PGA National, selected HD Golf "Because the realism & accuracy of the system is incredible. We have top-calibre golfers here, and therefore must deliver tier-one instruction. The HD Golf Simulator was, from a technological and usability perspective, superior to any comparable simulator in-market. The simulator allows us to coach around the clock, regardless of outdoor conditions.'

"When PGA National called us with plans to integrate an indoor golf center, we were thrilled", stated Todd Richardson, CEO of HD Golf. "Our commitment to incredibly realistic, pinpoint accurate golf made us a natural fit with one of the world's most prestigious golf resorts. We enjoy working with Steve and the team at PGA National Resort & Spa."

Since 2003, HD Golf™ has manufactured and installed thousands of simulators in more than 50 countries, earning a global reputation as the World's Most Amazing Golf Simulator. As the technology leader and fastest growing simulator producer globally, top PGA Tour players, luxury hotels & resorts, discerning homeowners and top-ranked golf clubs only select HD Golf™.
Dec. 30 to Jan. 2 Toronto Life Time Destinations Open to Public; Host Commitment Day 5K on Jan. 1
 Life Time destinations throughout Toronto are set to open their doors to the public Dec. 30 to Jan. 2 to encourage residents to kick-off 2017 with a New Year's commitment to their health. During each of the four days, Life Time destinations will feature a variety of health and fitness experiences and activities for all ages.

The weekend will highlight unique-to-Life Time group fitness, indoor cycle and yoga classes such as Strike, Amp Cycle and Warrior Sculpt, as well as Alpha Training. Life Time's indoor aquatic centers, basketball courts, soccer fields, rock walls and squash courts will all be open with club-specific programming to help men, women and kids make their commitment even easier by doing activities they love or trying new things that will inspire them in the coming year.

On Jan. 1, Life Time will host the fifth annual Commitment Day 5K Fun Run and Walk at 10 a.m., and the motivation will continue on Sunday, Jan. 8 with the Life Time Indoor Triathlon. Participants will complete a 10-minute indoor pool swim, a 30-minute bike ride in a cycle studio, and a 20-minute run on a treadmill.

While Jan.1 is the traditional day millions announce their New Year's Resolutions, research from the University of Scranton shows only 8 percent of Americans achieve success. For the fifth year, Life Time, is aiming to help people rethink resolutions and instead make a true, internal commitment to themselves to live a healthy way of life by jump-starting 2017 with healthy activities all weekend long.

Dec. 30 to Jan. 2 ALL Toronto Life Time destinations open to the public

Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. Commitment Day 5K Fun Run and Walk

Life Time Athletic Ajax // 100 Beck Crescent Ajax, ON L1Z 1C9

Life Time Athletic Mississauga // 3055 Pepper Mill Ct, Mississauga, ON L5L 4X5

Jan. 8 Indoor Triathlon

Life Time Athletic Ajax // 100 Beck Crescent Ajax, ON L1Z 1C9

Life Time Athletic Mississauga // 3055 Pepper Mill Ct, Mississauga, ON L5L 4X5
Collins Barrow and Darcy Tucker reveal "Be A Challenger" contest winners
As its latest campaign inviting Canadians to "Be A Challenger" comes to an end, Collins Barrow is unveiling the winners of its Challengers' Night Out with Darcy Tucker contest. Five winners and their guests will join the NHL fan favourite for an exclusive dinner and enjoy box seats at a Toronto Maple Leafs' game in Toronto on Feb. 25, 2017.

It's the culmination of the audit, tax and advisory network's "Be A Challenger" program, which encouraged Canadians to embrace the Challenger mindset – whether in business, their community or everyday life.

To enter the contest, participants got into the Challenger spirit and shared a photo of their Tucker-inspired "Crazy Eyes" (their fierce game face!) on social media. The winners of the Collins Barrow Challengers' Night Out with Darcy Tucker are:

Katie Grant
Matteo Pasculli
Eva Clowater
Sean Lamb
Pardeep Sidhu
"Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all those who entered our contest and joined the 'Be A Challenger' movement," said Doug Kroetsch, chair, Collins Barrow National. "We're proud of the success of this initiative, and although the program is ending, we'll continue to embrace the Challenger principles to enhance the value we provide, and hope we've inspired Canadians to discover how this mindset can help them achieve their own goals."

The "Be A Challenger" campaign also included a four-video series, which ranged from Tucker light-heartedly offering tips on finding a financial advisor, to the emotionally charged rally cry, "We Are Challengers." A free e-book, "10 Questions to Ask Your Next Financial Advisor," featuring tips for entrepreneurs and small- to medium-sized businesses on how to choose a financial advisor/accountant, was also available to download at BeAChallenger.ca.

"This program has been a rewarding experience for me – the excitement of the fans and encouraging them to go above and beyond by being Challengers," said Tucker. "It's an important value I share with Collins Barrow that helped propel my hockey career and continues to guide me in what I do today. It's been a real pleasure to help spread this message."

Powerchair Football Canada to attend 2017 FIPFA World Cup
Powerchair Football Canada has announced the team of Canadians who will be representing Team Canada at the 2017 Federation of International Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA) World Cup in Kissimee, Florida.

Powerchair football (power soccer) has increased in popularity as a fast paced, competitive sport for persons with disabilities of all ages who use electric wheelchairs. In preparation for the tournament, Powerchair Football Canada has selected the athletes who will be representing Team Canada:

Ana Lu, British Columbia
Dale McLeod, British Columbia
Diane Lu, British Columbia
Ian Wright, British Columbia
Jean Philippe Bureau, Quebec
Lareina Yung, British Columbia
Matthieu Des Roches, Quebec
Vanessa Chen, British Columbia
Caroline Seguin, Quebec (Alternate)
Emilie St-Denis Laroche, Quebec (Alternate)
Josh Taylor, Alberta (Alternate)
Patrick Des Groseillers, Quebec (Alternate)
Lianna Yung, British Columbia (Coach)
Pierre Seguin, Quebec (Coach)

As the players prepare for the tournament which will be held from July 5 to 10, 2017, the team has started fundraising to reach their sponsorship goal of $50,000. The funds raised will be used towards the cost of flights and accommodations, medical equipment, team registration, cost of caregivers, uniforms, and other tournament related costs. "As the team has no government funding they are hoping their fund raising events, and donations, will support their participation in the World Cup", said Scott Germain, Vice-President of Powerchair Football Canada.

Team Canada has created a Gofundme account for those interested in helping the players reach their goal (www.gofundme.com/powerchaircanada).

For more information about Powerchair Football Canada visit www.powerchairfootballcanada.com.

Sépaq is ready for winter!

 Sépaq establishments have switched to winter mode and are ready to welcome cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, and fatbike enthusiasts. The snowfall of the last few days has lit up the snow condition dashboard, on which we're seeing conditions favourable to winter activities.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
It's a go! Camp Mercier is already open and the national parks will open their ski and snowshoe trails on December 17. These seven Sépaq cross-country skiing centres were very popular last winter thanks to the great Family Experience, which aims to make Sépaq establishments more welcoming for families, in particular because they're free of charge for children, with equipment rental included in the mix.

In light of this first season, Sépaq noted the interest of families in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and has added more offerings in that regard. For example, Mont-Mégantic, Mont-Orford, Mont-Saint-Bruno, Mont-Tremblant, and Oka national parks, as well as Camp Mercier in Réserve faunique des Laurentides, and Station touristique Duchesnay are now equipped to offer more boots, skis, poles, snowshoes, baby carriers, sleds, and other such gear.

Parents are invited to look out for the family seal which will indicate the ski and snowshoe trails best suited for our young clientele. Sépaq trails also offer many challenges for more athletic snowshoers. Camp Mercier has even set aside a 1,000 m peak especially for them! Mont-Mégantic, Monts-Valin, and Jacques-Cartier national parks are among their favourite destinations.

Fatbikes are becoming increasingly popular. This winter they will be offered for rent at Jacques-Cartier, Îles-de-Boucherville, Oka, and Mont-Saint-Bruno national parks. This type of bike is well-adapted to the winter and generates enormous interest among teenagers and young adults alike.

When the season begins obviously depends on the snow. Conditions at the various establishments offering winter activities can be checked at sepaq.com and anyone interested can sign up to receive the snow conditions of their favourite destinations or download an app for their smartphone to have conditions at their fingertips at any time. Details at sepaq.com.

The Aquarium during winter
Aquarium du Québec doesn't need snow to offer a memorable experience! But seeing polar bears, walruses, seals, and arctic foxes in such a playful mood when snow falls certainly creates a cheerful and festive mood. And what more can we say about Festi Lumière, this outdoor circuit where everything is illuminated and sparkling and which never fails to amaze the kids? Every evening from December 26 to January 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday evenings from January 13 to February 25 at the same times.

Canada set to host 2019 World Para-Nordic Skiing Championships in Prince George, B.C.

World Para Nordic Skiing, Cross Country Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee are pleased to announce that the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club in Prince George, B.C. has been chosen as host site for the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships to be held in February 2019.

Approximately 140 athletes from over 20 countries will travel to Prince George to compete in Para cross-country skiing and biathlon events.

The event will mark the first world championship held in the city of Prince George. In 2015, the city successfully hosted the 2015 Canada Winter Games, the country's largest domestic multisport event. Now, it is set to welcome the world.

"The first-ever world championship in Prince George - I like the way that sounds," said Lyn Hall, Mayor of Prince George. "Thank you to World Para Nordic Skiing for recognizing that Prince George is a special place with world-class venues, world-class volunteers, and world-class experiences for athletes. We look forward to welcoming you in February 2019."

"Less than a year after the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Prince George will be a fantastic opportunity to expose Canadians to world class competition," added Karen O'Neill, CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "Fans can expect to see many established stars from PyeongChang, as well as new athletes with great potential, competing in Prince George in 2019."

Canada has a rich history in Para Nordic skiing. Brian McKeever has won 13 Paralympic medals in three Games, including 10 gold, the most ever by a Canadian winter Paralympian. His brother and original guide, Robin, is now a national coach in the sport.

Added Erica Hummel, CEO of Tourism Prince George: "We are thrilled that this high profile event is coming to Prince George, creating further recognition that we are succeeding in building a reputation as a world-class sport hosting destination. We're looking forward to showcasing our northern city and creating the warm hosting atmosphere we're known for here in Prince George."

The local Nordic skiing community has been working towards an event like this for many years.
"This is a terrific milestone for our club and we surely wouldn't be making an exciting announcement like this one today without our members and amazing volunteers," said Kevin Pettersen, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee. "Hosting this world championship in 2019 is a natural progression from hosting the Canada Winter Games and the facility improvements we made at the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club. I'm tremendously honoured to be leading the organizing committee for the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships and can't wait to make it happen!"

About Prince George: Located in central British Columbia, Prince George is a city of 72,000 positioned at the confluence of rivers, highways, and railways. Prince George is emerging as a premier sport-hosting destination. Over the last three years alone, the City has hosted more than 8,000 athletes involved with competitions at the provincial level or higher. This included the 2015 Canada Winter Games, which attracted nearly 3,300 athletes. The Otway Nordic Centre features 55km of trails, a world-class biathlon range, and on-site technical facilities.

Andre De Grasse Voted Air Canada Athlete of the Year
Air Canada today announced that Canadian Andre De Grasse has been voted the winner of the Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award in a national on-line poll. The winner is chosen by a public vote from a short-list of finalists selected by a committee representing Air Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, athletes, the government, media and also last year's Award winner.

"The Air Canada team extends its heartfelt congratulations to Andre De Grasse, who was voted by Canadians to be the 2016 Air Canada Athlete of the Year. This award allows us all to celebrate Andre as he flies the flag every day for our country, both literally and emotionally. He represents the best of Canada with his ongoing commitment and ambition to excel on the World stage," said Andrew Shibata, Managing Director, Brand at Air Canada. "We take great pride in all of Team Canada athletes and also congratulate Rosie MacLennan and Derek Drouin who were the runners-up for this award. We also thank the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who took time to vote for their favourite athlete in our national poll."

Andre will receive two Business Class tickets to anywhere in the world Air Canada flies, as well as Super Elite™ 100K status in Air Canada's Altitude program for one year.

Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award was presented last year to kayaker Mark de Jonge, in 2014 to freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau, in 2013 to short track speed skater Charles Hamelin and in 2012 to soccer player Christine Sinclair.

AR3 Capital Announces its Support of Rugby Canada and the Launching of the "Al Charron Rugby Canada National Training Centre"

AR3 Capital is pleased to announce its support of Rugby Canada and their launch of the new training facility located at the Centre of Excellence in Langford, BC and named the "Al Charron Rugby Canada National Training Centre."

Kevin Reed, AR3 Capital's Executive Chairman, was onsite to announce AR3 Capital's support for the facility's launch and financial contribution of $750,000.

At the opening, Kevin acknowledged Rugby Canada and Al Charron saying, "I have seen and witnessed many great sporting events led by some of Canada's greatest ambassadors. I must say to the Rugby family and to all of Canada that you have one of the greatest ambassadors in Al Charron." Kevin finished, "Al, Annette and Rylan, thank you for giving us the opportunity to support Rugby Canada and for our company to do something for a great Canadian."

"We are extremely grateful to AR3 Capital ‎for their investment in Rugby Canada and in particular the National Training Centre. Their corporate generosity not only commemorates a true sporting hero in Al Charron, but will help inspire and train the next generation of Canadian athletes," shared Tim Powers, Rugby Canada's Chairman.

John Ferraro, AR3 Capital's CEO congratulated Rugby Canada and Al Charron, "It's a privilege to be a supporter of Rugby Canada and Al. Together we share a vision, knowing this facility will bring inspiration and opportunity to young Canadian athletes and the communities where they live."

Rugby Canada released earlier today: the Al Charron Rugby Canada National Training Centre is scheduled to open in September 2017. The facility will support elite athletes from across the region and across the country and inspire a sense of national pride in our national teams. It will also help bring a community closer together through their shared passion for rugby.

"The name recognition is an honour, but the truly important part of course is that this facility is being built and will be used by generations of athletes to come. This is an exciting time for Canadian rugby. Many thanks must go to the visionary people who saw to it that this facility came to be and of course a huge thanks to all those responsible for the funds contributed so this dream project became a reality," shared Al Charron.

Those interested in learning more about Rugby Canada are encouraged to visit www.rugbycanada.ca.
LeBron James is the 2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year​​

 Time Inc.'s Sports Illustrated today announced that Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is the 2016 Sportsperson of the Year. In a year full of stirring and historic performances across all sports, James was transcendent, rallying the Cavaliers from a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals to deliver the city of Cleveland's first championship in a major sport since 1964. James, who has now won three NBA titles, was named Finals MVP for the third time in his career. More important to fans in Cleveland, he delivered on the promise he made when he returned to the Cavaliers as a free agent in 2014: to bring the franchise in his home state its first NBA crown. James will be honored at the Sportsperson of the Year event at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn on December 12.

"It's hard to remember a year with such a crowded field of Sportsperson candidates," said Chris Stone, Sports Illustrated Editor in Chief. "But in the end LeBron James was the clear choice. It's not just the way he took over the NBA Finals—though that performance was epic. It's that LeBron was also carrying the weight of that promise he made when he returned to Cleveland in 2014. It's a special thing for a favorite son to follow through on that kind of commitment to his hometown. Especially since he doubles down on that commitment off the court, with the work his foundation does for underserved kids in Akron and with his increasing willingness to speak out in the fight for social justice. On court and off, James was the athlete in full in 2016."

Following the announcement, James said via Twitter, "Humbled! This honor belongs to everyone around me: my family, fans, team, & my @ljfamfoundation kids. #WeAreFamily #StriveForGreatness #RWTW"

Since 1954, Sports Illustrated has annually presented the Sportsperson of the Year award to the player, coach or team who has best personified the ideals of athletic achievement and sportsmanship. James, who was also SI's SOTY in 2012, is only the second two-time winner of the award (Tiger Woods: 1996, 2000). The list of past SOTY honorees is a who's who of the greatest athletes of the last half century who have transcended their sport including Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Serena Williams. This is the seventh time the Sportsperson award has gone to a professional basketball player. The others were Dwyane Wade (2006), Tim Duncan and David Robinson ('03), Michael Jordan (1991), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1985) and Bill Russell (1968).

James, a four-time NBA MVP and 12-time All-Star, enhanced his legacy as one of basketball's all-time greats in this year's NBA Finals. With the Cavaliers down three games to one, he scored 41 points in Game 5 and again in Game 6 to help Cleveland tie the series. In the deciding seventh game, a four-point Cavaliers win on the Warriors' home court, James had a triple-double, just the third such performance ever in a Finals Game 7. His come-from-behind block of Andre Igoudala's attempted fast-break layup with less than two minutes to play instantly became one of the iconic plays in NBA history and a key factor in Cleveland becoming the first NBA team to come back from a 3-1 deficit and win the title.

James's impact extends beyond the court. Through the LeBron James Family Foundation the Akron native has partnered with The University of Akron to guarantee four-year scholarships to qualifying children in James's Akron I PROMISE Network program. Currently there are more than 1,100 students enrolled, the equivalent of more than $41 million in support. His Wheels for Education program supports at-risk third-grade students in the inner city and follows them all the way through graduation and beyond, and last month the foundation established the I PROMISE Institute, aimed at making the transition to college easier for these students and their families by providing the resources and support they need as they pursue their higher educations. Additionally, the foundation recently announced a $2.5 million donation to the Muhammad Ali exhibit at the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture honoring Ali's legacy in athletics, activism and beyond.

James will be honored alongside the 2016 SI Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award Winners Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell; the SI Kids SportsKids of the Year and other top names and moments from the year in sports at SI's special Sportsperson of the Year celebration taking place at Barclays Center on December 12. The star-studded affair, which will also be attended by Lonnie Ali, will include a special awards dinner and ceremony with tributes to some of the world's most legendary athletes and special guests. 
Astellas and #Baskets4Bros Raise $50,000 for Movember with Toronto Raptors Fans​
- Attendees at the Toronto Raptors' game at the Air Canada Centre on November 28th were encouraged to bring Movember to a close in a big way through a social media and digital campaign designed to generate awareness and raise $50,000 to help prevent men from dying from prostate cancer. Astellas Pharma Canada asked Raptors fans at the game to show their support for Movember online and take selfies using the hashtag "#baskets4bros." For every Instagram or Twitter hashtagged selfie, $5 is being donated (up to a maximum of $50,000) to Movember Canada by Astellas. Movember supporters not attending the game were also encouraged to post selfies using the #basket4bros hashtag.

"Astellas is a proud supporter of Movember and prostate cancer research," said Michael Tremblay, President of Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc. "Whether it is growing your mo to help raise awareness and funds for men's health or beginning a conversation around mental health, Movember is doing its critical part to help men from dying too young by promoting early detection of prostate cancer. Astellas is excited about reaching our $50,000 fundraising goal, in addition to our internal initiatives that have raised funds in support of Movember."

If detected early, prostate cancer patients have a 98 per cent chance of survival beyond five years. This figure drops to 26 per cent if detected late. To help increase odds of detection, routine check-ups with your doctor are recommended.

"This fundraising goal couldn't have been achieved without the help of Raptors fans," said Tremblay. "I'd like to thank everyone who helped us reach our fundraising goal and the efforts of Astellas employees who showed their support for the cause by raising and donating money for Movember."

It is expected that two in five Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetimes. Prostate cancer is the third most common cause of cancer deaths in males accounting for 10 per cent of all male cancer deaths.
The Canadian Olympic Committee Names Sid Lee as Creative Agency of Record​
Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced Sid Lee, an internationally renowned marketing and creative agency, as its new creative agency of record. The partnership will run through the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
After a thorough review of all brand marketing activities and agency partnerships, the COC selected Sid Lee to be its creative agency of record as it heads into a new quadrennial planning cycle. The organisation’s mission was to partner with an agency with the experience and proven track record to lead all brand strategy and creative planning, as well as develop a fresh perspective to continue the COC’s strong brand growth.
The COC’s new brand vision involves a more integrated identity throughout all projects and will see a consistent brand presence across all platforms. The partnership will focus on telling athletes’ stories and rallying Canadians around our Olympians on their journey to the Games and beyond. The brand strategy will come to life across all COC platforms including its market leading digital channels, via innovative experiential activations and powerful Games-time campaigns.

Additionally, the COC banks on Sid Lee’s experience with global and national sports brands, including the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 100th Anniversary and the iconic Toronto Raptors’ We The North campaigns, to elevate its brand presence in the market by rallying Canadians together and behind Team Canada.
The COC would like to thank Cossette for its outstanding collaboration and dedication throughout the 2015 Pan American Games and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Together in partnership with the COC, Cossette delivered the cinematic Now or Never and Ice In Our Veins brand campaigns.
The COC will continue to work with its other agency partners, OMD (media), Zync (digital), and North Strategic (PR).
Female athletes get a $100K boost this holiday from Fuelling Women Champions​
What started as a call to female athletes nation-wide, seeking stories of perseverance to pursue their passion for sport, has today culminated with the unveiling of 20 recipients of the inaugural Champions Fund, a new $100,000 grant program introduced by Canada's dairy farmers designed to support girls and women across the country in achieving sports excellence.

The Champions Fund, unveiled in May 2016, saw an impressive 2,537 applications from female athletes across Canada, who submitted stories detailing their love of sport and their need of financial assistance to achieve their goals—all within the context of addressing the inequalities Canadian female athletes face versus their male counterparts. Among the applications are tales of amazing athletes struggling to make their sports dreams reality, with many telling the Champions Fund of their dire need for the basics: equipment, tournament fees, and access to training facilities. Financial assistance from the Champions Fund will help all recipients start 2017 on better footing, allowing them to focus on staying in the game.

"We are delighted to announce the recipients of the inaugural Champions Fund, which empowers the female athletic community," says Caroline Emond, Executive Director, Dairy Farmers of Canada. "We are extremely proud to be able to support Canada's female athletes as they pursue excellence through their love of sport. On behalf of DFC, I want to extend my best wishes to our recipients and hope that this national grant serves as encouragement for even more women and girls to get involved in sports."

The Champions Fund is being distributed as 20 grants of $5,000 to youth sports teams, individual athletes and grassroots women's and girls' sports organizers across Canada. The process saw a shortlist of applicants selected based on a scorecard and the merits of their applications. Then, the Champions Fund Committee, a board of 11 individuals comprised of dairy farmers and Fuelling Women Champions stakeholders, ambassadors and partners, selected the 20 final grant recipients this month.

The list of 20 recipients includes athletes from all corners of the country, across a range of sports. Among their stories:

Speed skating phenom Wren Acorn, who plans to use her grant to access more races outside of her hometown Yellowknife, NWT. The Champions Fund now means she can travel to Edmonton for competition by air, instead of the 20-hour drive she usually has to endure.

Fourteen-year-old competitive swimmer and 2020 Olympic hopeful Mahaylia Datars, of Caledon, ON, whose mother, a single parent, has had to work two jobs to pay for her training.

The Team Canada Deaf Women Volleyball team, who have qualified to compete for Canada at the 2017 Deaflympics in Turkey. Assistance from the Champions Fund now allows them to compete for their country without the financial stress of paying for training and travel to the games.

The full list of 2016 Champions Fund recipients below:

Wren Acorn
Speed Skating
Yellowknife, NWT

Brooklyn Childs
Hockey, Baseball
Corner Brook, NFLD and Labrador

Erin Cope
Kamloops, BC

Mahaylia Datars
Caledon, ON

Egale Action
Montreal, QC

Nagad Elmi, EMBA
Edmonton, AB

Mariya Frolova
Synchronized Swimming
Laval, QC

Kaila Gavel
Prince Albert, SK

Halifax Xplosion Women's Tackle Football Team
Halifax, NS

Emeliah Harvie
Road Cycling
Banff, AB

Kamloops Triathlon Club
Kamloops, BC

Kennebecasis Valley, NB

Windsor, ON

Erica Navarro
Edmonton, AB

Newcomer Sport & Multi-Sport Academy
Winnipeg, MB

Northern Nishnawbe Education Council
Thunder Bay, ON

Caroline Ouellette
Montreal, QC

Alysia Rissling
Calgary, AB

Team Canada Deaf Women Volleyball
Montreal, QC

Carly Zanatta
Fort Erie, ON

"Every single one of these athletes and organizations is a shining example of girls and women who possess a love of sport that fuels a dedication to excellence," says Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO, Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS). "We congratulate them and all female athletes across the country who have stayed in the game, despite all the obstacles in their way."

The need for this type of national grant program is crucial. According to a recent research publication entitled Women in Sport — Fuelling a Lifetime of Participation, which was commissioned by Canada's dairy farmers, there is severe gender inequality for Canadian girls and women in sport. Among many negative implications, this ultimately results in a significant decline in female sport participation, especially as girls transition into adolescence. Among the research publication's key findings: 41 per cent of girls between the ages of 3-17 years do not participate in sport — and this jumps to 84 per cent in adult women.

The Champions Fund, and the overarching initiative, Fuelling Women Champions, aims to inspire girls and women, regardless of age or ability, in local communities across Canada to realize the universal benefits of sport.

For more information, and to see the recipients' profiles, visit www.womenchampions.ca/stories

Follow and join the movement online by using the hashtag #ChampionHer

About Fuelling Women Champions
Fuelling Women Champions is a national, multi-year initiative spearheaded by Canada's dairy farmers and it is dedicated to the advancement of women in sport. Canada's dairy farmers are personally committing their time, energy and resources to this cause, and have partnered with several thought-leaders, celebrated athletes, and sports organizations.
Give the gift of sport this holiday season​
Inspired by our Canadian Paralympians, many kids with a disability dream of the podium and one day representing Canada.

But sometimes, finances can be a hurdle.

That's why this year's fundraising campaign by the Paralympic Foundation of Canada, called "Giving All Kids A Sporting Chance," supports the Parasport Jumpstart Fund. The fund supports the costs of sports and recreational programs for children with a disability aged four to 18, who are financially disadvantaged. Funds may be used towards registration, transportation and equipment.

"The cost of adapted sports equipment, for example, from the beginner to elite levels, can be in the thousands of dollars," said David Eng, a two-time Paralympic gold medallist in wheelchair basketball. "Today, on Giving Tuesday, and throughout this holiday season, I invite Canadians to join us in helping more kids with a disability get off the sidelines and on to the field of play."

Donations are tax-deductible. Premier partner Canadian Tire Corporation has pledged to match donations up to $25,000. To contribute, please visit: paralympic.ca/giving-all-kids-a-sporting-chance.

"Success isn't only about competing and winning medals – winning the race begins with ensuring that all Canadians can imagine themselves at the start line, regardless of ability," added Karen O'Neill, CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

"Our thanks to Canadian Tire and all our supporters in helping get more children with a disability on to playgrounds, courts, fields, rinks and tracks - and maybe one day on to the Paralympic podium, if that is where their dreams propel them."

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee: Paralympic.ca

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the 104th Grey Cup​
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement congratulating the Ottawa Redblacks on winning the 104th Grey Cup:

"On behalf of all Canadians, I congratulate the Ottawa Redblacks on their 2016 Grey Cup victory over the Calgary Stampeders in Toronto, Ontario. I also applaud both teams for having won their respective division championships.

"The Grey Cup is one of our country's most popular sporting events, and this year was no different with millions of Canadians tuned in to watch the game from coast to coast to coast. Even on a plane flying back from Madagascar, Africa, I was following the game as best I could, getting updates from my staff.

"Finally, congratulations to both teams and the Canadian Football League for providing another great season full of memorable moments in sport, and to the organizers and hosts of this year's successful Grey Cup championship game."
Darcy Tucker and Collins Barrow kick off new Be A Challenger campaign​​
Collins Barrow is proud to once again partner with retired NHL player Darcy Tucker on a new program that aims to inspire Canadians to "Be A Challenger," while treating five contest winners to a special night out with the NHL fan favourite.

Building off the success of its first "Be A Challenger" campaign for the MasterCard Memorial Cup, the audit, tax, and advisory network is taking the concept of what it means to "Be A Challenger" to a new level. This latest campaign invites Canadians to embrace the challenger mindset – whether it's in business, their community or everyday life.

They'll also have the chance to win a pair of tickets to join Darcy Tucker for dinner and a hockey game at the Collins Barrow Challengers' Night Out on Feb. 25, 2017. To enter, participants are asked to share a photo of their Tucker-inspired "Crazy Eyes" on social media using the hashtag #BeAChallenger. Full contest details are available at the campaign's digital hub, BeAChallenger.ca.

A free e-book, "10 Questions to Ask Your Next Financial Advisor," featuring tips for entrepreneurs and small- to medium-sized businesses on how to choose a financial advisor/accountant, is available to download as part of the program. Additionally, the campaign features a series of videos with Tucker, who was recently named to the Toronto Maple Leafs' top 100 players list at #70. The videos range from "Coach Darcy" at financial advisor tryouts with tips for the business community, to an inspirational anthem on what it means to "Be A Challenger."

"At Collins Barrow, the quality of service we provide is driven by our Challenger mindset – as we embrace innovation and punch above our weight class to achieve more for our clients. We've found a like-minded partner in Darcy, whose remarkable hockey career has been guided by this same philosophy," said Douglas Kroetsch, chair, Collins Barrow National.

"Together, we want to share this key to success with Canadians because being a Challenger doesn't just apply to business or sports. Anyone can take on the Challenger mindset to go further and achieve something more."

"I've been a Challenger for as long as I can remember – and it's helped me reach goals I've set for myself and overcome barriers along the way," said Tucker. "I'm grateful for the chance to share these values with Collins Barrow and to help Canadians discover how they can be Challengers too."

Visit BeAChallenger.ca to learn more.
Registration for the Canada Games Activity Challenge is Now Open​
Today, with the support of Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, the Hon. Carla Qualtrough, the Canada Games Council (CGC) has announced the launch of the Canada Games Activity Challenge registration website!

"We're thrilled to open registration for the Canada Games Activity Challenge and that teachers across Canada can now sign up their students for this fun, free program developed to promote daily activity and physical literacy," says Tom Quinn, Canada Games Council Chairman. "The Challenge is also an exciting and unique way for kids to get involved in Canada's 150 and the Canada Games' 50th anniversary. We look forward to inspiring dreams and building champions in classrooms and playgrounds across Canada with this initiative."

The window for teachers to register their classes runs from November 17th, 2016 to January 27th, 2017. Schools who garner 100% participation from their classrooms will be recognized.

To sign-up, visit canadagames.ca/activitychallenge

"The celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation represent a unique opportunity to get our youth moving to ensure they have a healthy future," says the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. "In 2017, the Canada Games Council will challenge young people to stay active by promoting the benefits of sport and physical activity. All young Canadians are invited to sign up for the Canada Games Activity Challenge."

A Canada 150 Signature Project, the Canada Games Activity Challenge is an interactive program designed to engage children from Kindergarten to grade 7 in an effort to build daily active healthy habits. The challenge will feature three consecutive 1-month modules that will kick-off on February 13th nationwide.

"This program is a great opportunity to get your whole class involved in learning to be physically active together," says Bo Hedges, Canada Games Activity Challenge Ambassador. "Having the peer support keeps physical activity fun and stimulates learning."

Today, Hopewell Avenue Public School becomes the first elementary school in Canada to sign up for the Canada Games Activity Challenge. The Ottawa, Ontario public school is the third largest elementary school in the Ottawa Carlton School District, and teaches grades jk-8 with a student population of about 950.

The online physical literacy tracker and rewards program will inspire the 90% of youth who are not currently meeting the recommended daily amount of physical activity, and support elementary teachers in delivering physical literacy at school.

Participants in the Canada Games Activity Challenge will stick to a daily activity program, based on the principals of physical literacy. These fun activities and interactive challenges are developed to build healthy, habit-forming behaviors in students and will empower teachers with a database of age-appropriate and skill-specific activities, linked to Canada's Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model. Students will also participate individually at home, challenging themselves to accomplish personal bests. These efforts will be supported by a web-based application to help track participation and motivate—using the principals of gamification.

The Canada Games has been developing this program with the support of some of the nation's leading physical literacy experts, along with the help of our national sport and government partners. The program will reach thousands of students across Canada.

For more information about the Canada Games Activity Challenge, please contact [email protected]


About the Canada Games

Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for up-and-coming Canadian athletes. The Games have been hosted in every province at least once since their inception in Quebec City during Canada's Centennial in 1967. The Games are proud of their contribution to Canada's sport development system in addition to their lasting legacy of sport facilities, community pride and national unity.

The 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg are the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games and will be held from July 28th to August 13th, 2017. The 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer will be held from February 15th to March 3rd, 2019.

The organization of the Canada Games is made possible thanks to the contribution and support of the Government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, host municipalities and the Canada Games Council.

The Royal Winter Fair, Toronto, November 12, 2016
photo essay by Walter Tautorat

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The country comes to the city.

The Royal Winter Fair has become as much a part of Toronto as any parade or event that takes place throughout the year. Since 1922 farmers from all over Canada have made the trip here with their best.

They come to compete in over 2000 competitions. There is a lot at stake for these farmers and while a ribbon is the ultimate goal it is also an opportunity for us “CIty Kids” to get a face to face, in some cases hands on introduction to where our food actually comes from and who grows it and the farmers get to meet and swap notes.

Agriculture is a continuously evolving industry, having to keep up with everything from the changing palates of Canadian consumers to the changing conditions in weather and soil on the farm. I have always had a deep respect for farmers. It is a tough job to say the least but more so it is a way of life. A dedication that reaches through generations.

It’s always nice to see the youngsters showing off their animals, perhaps for the first time, with such pride. I have always been fascinated by the work that goes into being ready for the big show.

The clipping, buzzing, brushing, spraying and sometimes just that face to face pep talk.

Four generations of my family have come here year after year. Where else can a city boy like me look soulfully into the eyes of a jersey and feel the floor shake under the thundering hooves of the Belgians and Percherons.

Thanks to all the farmers for again making this event so entertaining and thanks for doing what you do.We depend on it and hopefully everyone will make the effort, as consumers, to support Canadian agriculture. BUY CANADIAN!   
Raphaël Lessard crowned champion of the 2016 CARS Super Late Model Tour
 Raphaël Lessard, from Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, was crowned champion of the CARS Super Late Model Tour on Saturday in North Carolina. Lessard only had to take the start of the race to secure the title due to his point lead. Raphaël, only 15 years old, is the 1st non-American to win this title since Mario Gosselin in 1997. Lessard also became the youngest Canadian ever to win an American-based stock car series.

"I cannot thank David Gilliland Racing Team enough; my Toyota Camry was once again perfect. I could have never won the championship without them, I could have not asked for better. I also want to thank my crew chief, Seth Smith, who believed in me since day 1, as well as my parents who have supported me through the years. I would also like to thank my agent Robert Desrosiers without whom all this would not have been possible, as well as Toyota, TRD, CSX, Team Coach Imaging and JBL Audio" said Raphaël.

As usual, Raphaël had a really good start, passing from the 7th place up to the 2nd position in the first 10 laps of the CSX Play it Safe 250 presented by MMIA, a 125-laps race. It is at the Southern National Motorsports Park that Raphaël started his season on April 3rd, when he finished 3rd, setting the tone for the rest of the season.

The driver of the car #99 FRL Express/Team Coach Imaging/Toyota/JBLAudio prepared by David Gilliland Racing had an amazing race. It is at lap 82 that Lessard was able to grab the pole position while having a great battle with Brandon Setzer and Matt Craig. The race went smoothly until halfway through when, during a restart, Brandon Setzer and Raphaël made contact. Lessard was able to keep the lead on Setzer and Craig.

Afterwards, it is with Cole Tim, Raphaël's teammate, that he fought for the lead. In the end, Raphaël had a perfect race, creating a significant gap between him and the 2nd place car, and winning his 4th race of the Super Late Model season.

" The start of the race went very well, the #54 car of Matt Craig was very fast so I tried to follow him and make him burn his tires. It worked since he started to slow down, and when I saw Brandon Setzer in my rear view mirror I thought it was time to pass Craig for the first place. The rest of the race went well. I had a small contact with Setzer at the restart, but honestly I do not know what happened, at least he didn't have any damage on his car," says Raphaël.

Raphaël's next race will be during the Snowball Derby on December 4th at the 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.

Raphael Lessard is returning to Montreal on Sunday evening to meet with the media on Monday morning in Montreal (10:30 am) and in Quebec City in late afternoon (4:30 pm).
Award-Winning Short Film Series, A Skier's Journey, Releases Final Episode Today
 Today, A Skier's Journey, the globally-acclaimed short film series, releases its final episode titled Coming Home, on www.askiersjourney.com. Launched in 2010 and directed by the celebrated Canadian filmmaker and photographer Jordan Manley, A Skier's Journey has spent four separate years following professional skiers Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots across the planet from Kashmir, to Dubai, to Argentina and Iceland – focusing not on glorifying big-mountain skiing, but on the human experience and culture of each special location. 2016 represents the final year of A Skier's Journey, with three concluding episodes representing Jordan's artistic effort to accompany Chad and Forrest to the atypical ski landscapes of Iran and China, with a significant return home to British Columbia.

"The goal with the final film Crossing Home is, of course, to wrap up the series. As a team we felt the best way to do this was to come back to British Columbia - the place we call home, and the launch pad for all our previous travels. Each of us will miss not working on ASJ any longer together after twelve different films and locations around the world, but I think crossing over our home mountain range (the Coast Mountains) was the most heartfelt way to finish."

Currently showing in film festivals worldwide, A Skier's Journey: China, was recently awarded the prestigious Best in Snowsport award at the Banff International Film Festival, outshining films from Red Bull Media House and The North Face. A Skier's Journey: China was also awarded Best Cinamatography at the Adventure Film Festival in 2016.

The final season of A Skier's Journey is especially significant for director Jordan Manley, who suffered a life-threatening brain injury in 2014, leaving his career and A Skier's Journey in limbo. After a multi-year recovery, Jordan, Chad and Forrest decided to reconvene for a significant final season. The line-up, available now for viewing in full, includes Iran, China and Crossing Home, BC. The season is a study in contrasts, probing the margins of skiing, which is what A Skier's Journey has always embodied. The series continues to portray skiing as the pursuit of a sensation, which includes a community of like-minded individuals and explorations of landscape. The characters are not defined as athletes, they are humans on a quest, curious about the world and seeking the simplicity of being borne by snow.

This homegrown project, small in undertaking, ambitious in its desire to find meaning, reveals what we can learn from taking a step back and trying on a new perspective. Discovering what unites us, without words, without rhetoric. After circling the globe, directed by longing, chance encounters and unpredictable sequences of events, Jordan, Chad and Forrest have come full circle.

Partnering with Arc'teryx, the GORE-TEX® brand and Destination British Columbia, the complete final season of A Skier's Journey is available on www.askiersjourney.com
A banner experience at The Royal
All it takes is one outstanding animal and you can win at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. That's what first-time exhibitor Mike Panasiuk learned this week. The Airdrie, AB, stockman brought four of his best Charolais animals to compete in the National Charolais Show and is going home with three banners.

The banners hanging on his stall are for Top Bull Yearling, Junior Champion Bull, Grand Champion Bull. Panasiuk also won the Top Breeder's Herd/Michael Tuppling Memorial Award. He took fourth prize with SOS Pixie Dust 129D in the Female Calf (born after January 1, 2016) Class.

"It was a good day," Panasiuk says of his small herd's showing at The Royal. It might be a long trip from Airdrie to Toronto, but he says it was worth it.

Panasiuk's SOS Chuckwagon 54C bull is a hit in the barns at the Fair. "He's very friendly," Panasuik says as Chuckwagon nudges him on the shoulder. The bull was a champion at shows in Western Canada in 2015 and Panasiuk sold him to McKeary Charolais, Big Johnson Charolais and Medonte Charolais while retaining a share for his own operation, Springside Farms. His partners asked Panasiuk to bring Chuckwagon to The Royal and he's glad he did.

"It's been awesome," Panasiuk says of his first trip to the big Fair in Toronto. He grew up on a family farm in Manitoba but moved to Alberta and eventually began to breed Charolais. He currently runs a herd of about 170 cows.

"I will absolutely come back to The Royal," Panasiuk adds. Chuckwagon's championship gave him a berth in the Masterfeeds Supreme Beef Championship, but he was unable to add another banner to the collection.

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world's largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show. This year, The 94th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair runs November 4-13, 2016, in at Exhibition Place in Toronto. For competition schedules, live webcasting, results and to purchase tickets, please visit www.royalfair.org.

Funding support for The Royal has been provided by the City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario.
Jim Popp's statement
The Montreal Alouettes announced today that Jim Popp, the Club's General Manager for the past 21 years, will not be returning to the team next year. "It has been an incredible journey. I have tremendous love and respect for the fans, the great city of Montreal, the province of Quebec, the Wetenhall family, upper management, football operations, the coaches and support staff I have worked with over the years, and especially, the thousands of players I have had the privilege of knowing during my 21 years of service."

After 19 consecutive years making the playoffs, the Als fell short in the last two seasons. "When a team doesn't meet expectations, every General Manager and Head Coach understands that it may be time to make a change. I understand this and wish to thank everyone for a great run in Montreal." Jim believes that the foundation of the team is set to return to more success in the short term and wishes the entire organization the best of luck.

"The City of Montreal will always be very special to me: I got engaged to the most incredible woman here, and my six wonderful children were all born here. I also had the privilege of participating in three Grey Cup parades through the streets of Montreal. I will bring all of these good memories and so many more to my next opportunity in this great sport."

Results from Monday at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair​

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 Veronica Bot of Burlington, ON, earned a victory in the $10,000 McKee-Pownall Equine Services Junior/Amateur Jumper Royal Stake on Sunday, November 6 at the Royal Horse Show, held as part of the 94th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, which runs through November 13 in Toronto, ON.

Bot claimed the Canadian Equestrian Team Challenge Trophy for the win riding Quidam's Caprice M, a grey Oldenburg mare owned by AEI Corp. Bot and her mount posted the only clear round in a five-horse jump-off to best an original order of 19 horses from five different Canadian provinces over tracks built by course designer Bernardo Cabral of Portugal.

"It really surprised me that we qualified, so I am really excited," said Bot, 20, who trains with Chris Delia of Burlington, ON. "I had some issues with this horse at the start of the season, so the fact that we could put it together in the last class and win is the most exciting thing ever."

Bot was the only rider to jump clear over the short course, and she posted the fastest time in 36.06 seconds. Carolyn Catton of Toronto, ON, finished second riding her own Scandalous after a four-fault jump-off round in 38.19 seconds. Jennifer Buchan of Toronto, ON, and her own Qrishna van de Smiss Z, also picked up four faults to finish third in 38.44 seconds, while Jeff Brandmaier of Guelph, ON, pulled two rails in 39.86 seconds to take fourth riding Caliana for Knightwood Stables. Christine Carlsen of North York, ON, rounded out the top five on Cardoso, owned by Valhalla Equestrian, with eight faults in 41.53 seconds.

Brandmaier's top-five finish on Sunday helped him and Caliana secure the division championship after second and third-place ribbons earlier in the week, while Susan Horn of Bolton, ON, was named reserve champion after collecting first and fourth-place ribbons on Friday and Saturday.

Bot partnered with Quidam's Caprice M less than a year ago, and the mount introduced her to a new kind of ride.

"She's a very sensitive, hot mare, and I wasn't used to riding that kind of horse," said Bot, who also won the junior/amateur jumper final in 2014 with her own Calato's Charles. "It took me awhile to figure out how to ride her and how to use my body effectively on her. To finally figure it out has been such a rewarding experience, and it really showed today when we won the class."

Bot splits her time between riding and studying medical physics at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, but she makes competing at the Royal Horse Show a priority.

"It's a huge sentimental experience," said Bot who hopes to move Quidam's Caprice M up to the FEI division in 2017. "The first time that I came was two years ago, and to win this class both times is really exciting."

$5,000 Royal Pony Jumper Final, presented by Marbill Hill Farm

Pony riders and their pint-sized partners also highlighted jumper action on Sunday with hometown girl Laura Robertson of Toronto, ON, racing to win the $5,000 Royal Pony Jumper Final riding Bloomsbury. The victory marked Robertson's second win in a row in the Royal Pony Jumper Final, presented by William Tilford and Marion Cunningham of Marbill Hill Farm in Toronto, ON.

Robertson, 17, secured her repeat win with new mount Bloomsbury, an 11-year-old chestnut mare owned by Katie Bowering. Despite a partnership that only began earlier this year, the pair topped a two-horse jump-off duel. Although they had a rail down, Robertson and Bloomsbury stopped the clock in 28.02 seconds to ultimately win after Grace Munro of Wolfville, NS, and her own Ever So Clever picked up eight faults in 25.79 seconds. Coupled with her second-place finish, Munro won the other two classes in the division to be named champion in the pony jumper division, while Kilby Brunner Deforest of Hillsburgh, ON, and Beaverwood's Cinnamon, owned by Kirsten Brunner, claimed reserve.

Emily Burton of St. Thomas, ON, rode her own Montreux to third after a rail in the first round kept them from the jump-off. Ella Marquis of Caledon, ON, piloted Foxy Cleopatra, owned by Mark Marquis, to a four-fault round for fourth, and Kaitlin Davis of Georgetown, ON, took fifth aboard her own Bold Ambition, also with four faults.

"This is the second year I've done pony jumpers and my first full season on a completely new pony to the jumper scene," said Robertson who leased Bloomsbury under the direction of trainer Domonique Maida of King City, ON. "She was a backyard pony, and her owner called my coach saying she had a pony she wanted to find someone for. We tried her and took her the same day."

"She's sassy and definitely has a personality, but she is the sweetest pony and is a lot of fun," continued Robertson, 17.

As she moves on from the pony ranks, Robertson who is in grade 12 at Richview Collegiate Institute in Toronto, ON, already has her sights set on returning to The Royal Horse Show in 2017, saying, "I have come to The Royal every year since before I can remember, and I remember looking out at that ring, seeing all these amazing riders, and saying that one day I would be out there. To be here is a pretty incredible feeling and a great experience."

Jumper competition returns to the Royal Horse Show when the international division kicks off on Tuesday, November 8, welcoming the best horses and riders in the world. The $130,500 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Toronto on Wednesday evening, November 9, highlights international show jumping competition and is a qualifying event for the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Omaha, Nebraska, next spring.

Rio Olympic champions Nick Skelton and Big Star of Great Britain headline the list of international entries, which also includes Kent Farrington and McLain Ward, who were both members of the U.S. Olympic silver medal team in Rio, as well as 2016 Olympic bronze medalists for Canada, Tiffany Foster of North Vancouver, BC, and Amy Millar of Perth, ON.

Darcy Hayes of Aurora, ON, and Say When won the $15,000 Braeburn Farms Hunter Derby on Sunday, November 6, at the Royal Horse Show, held as part of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON.

The top 12 horses in the Canadian Hunter Derby Series, held throughout the season at competitions across the country, as well as four wild card entries contested Sunday afternoon's class in the Ricoh Coliseum. Hayes and Say When entered The Royal as the leader in the points standings, giving them the advantage of going last in Sunday's competition.

Riding over a course of natural obstacles designed by J.P. Godard of Aiken, SC, Hayes and Say When, owned by Danielle Trudell-Baran, earned a score of 90. Judges Brian Lenehan of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and Steve Wall of Pinehurst, NC, also awarded ten bonus points to Hayes for utilizing all five of the high options as well as eight handy bonus points, giving her the win with an overall score of 108.

"It's always great to win at The Royal," said Hayes. "Everybody's here and it's the crème de la crème of Canada. It's always nice to put ribbons on the banner here at The Royal. Everybody's goal is to get here all year long, and to be successful when we get here."

Junior competitor Sam Walker, 14, of Nobleton, ON, riding Heavenly, owned by Marion Cunningham, placed second with an overall score of 100, while Hayes also took third with a final score of 99 points riding Crush for owner Cawthra Burns.

Hayes's daughter, Quincy Hayes, took fourth place riding Posh, also owned by Burns. Walker also placed fifth, this time aboard Miracle, owned by Cunningham.

Hayes has been riding Say When for four years, with 2016 marking her third win at The Royal with the eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.

"He's an amazing horse," said Hayes, who guided Say When to a second place finish in the $50,000 International Hunter Derby at the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. "He's probably the nicest horse I've ever ridden. This is the only class he's done here, and he walks right in the ring like it's nothing. He shows up to work, and he always does his best."

Hunter Derby competition continues Tuesday, November 8, at 7 p.m. with the $25,000 Knightwood Hunter Derby. Following Tuesday's night's competition, the winner will be presented with the Lorna Jean Guthrie Challenge Trophy for the Canadian Hunter Derby Champion.​

Olympic Champion Michael Jung Wins $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge​

Reigning Olympic champion Michael Jung of Germany claimed victory in his $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge debut on Saturday night, November 5, at the Royal Horse Show, held as part of the 94th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON.

Jung, who won individual gold and team silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, thrilled a full house in the Ricoh Coliseum by guiding Cruising Guy home in the fastest time to win the $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge.

Held over two rounds, riders came into Saturday's competition carrying forward their opening phase scores from Friday night. Ranked second behind Karl Slezak of Tottenham, ON, coming into the final phase of competition, Jung shot to the top of the leaderboard with a penalty-free, two-night cumulative time of 152.13 seconds when Slezak had two refusals riding Fernhill Wishes.

Jung's win was especially remarkable, considering he had only ridden his winning mount, Cruising Guy, for the first time 24 hours earlier.

"I really felt more of a partnership with the horse tonight," said Jung following his victory. "He was really concentrated, and nearly in every moment he was super to ride. He's an experienced horse and very well prepared. I just had a good ride with a good horse. I have to say thank you to the team and to the horse."

While Jung claimed victory, Toronto's own Rachel McDonough placed second riding Irish Rhythm with a two-round time of 160.59 seconds. Rounding out the top three was Canadian Olympian Jessica Phoenix of Cannington, ON, riding Abbey GS, owned by Charlotte Schickedanz.

Jung made his first trip to Toronto a winning one over the 18-obstacle track set by course designer Captain Mark Phillips of Great Britain, himself an Olympic team gold medalist from the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.

"I really liked the show," said Jung, 34. "It's very beautiful, and the course designer is very experienced. I've ridden many of his courses outside. It's totally different inside, but he did a good job. It's good competition."

In addition to his success at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Jung won both the individual and team gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics and is one of only two riders to ever win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, achieved by winning the CCI4* Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event (USA), the CCI4* Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), and the CCI4* Burghley Horse Trials (GBR) in succession.

Competition at the Royal Horse Show continues on Sunday, November 6, featuring the $15,000 Braeburn Farms Hunter Derby at 1 p.m.

Limited tickets for the Royal Horse Show can still be purchased by visiting royalfair.org or ticketmaster.ca.

For more information on the Royal Horse Show, the marquee event of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, visit royalfair.org/horse-show. A complete horse show schedule can be accessed here.

Funding support for The Royal has been provided by the City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario.

$20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge – Final Results
Saturday, November 5

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Cruising Guy
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Toronto, ON
Irish Rhythm
Jessica Phoenix
Cannington, ON
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Diana Burnett
Blackstock, ON
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Uxbridge, ON
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Kingston, ON
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 He loved the Chicago Cubs. He loved Budweiser. To the point he proclaimed himself "Cubs Fan Bud Man". And he dreamed one day the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series. The city of Chicago has had that dream since 1908! Last night that dream came true with a dramatic Game 7 victory. The only thing missing from last night's win was Harry Caray calling the final out...until now.

Budweiser, the official beer of Major League Baseball, has created a custom TV spot that allows fans to hear the late, great Harry Caray call the final out of the 2016 World Series by utilizing Caray's iconic voice over clips depicting the emotion of today's fans.

To make this a reality, Budweiser custom-created a spot featuring audio from Caray's days as a Cubs broadcaster overlaid with real-time fan reactions to the game and Chicago Cubs fans celebrating the historic victory. In partnership with the Harry Caray estate, this custom spot was released following Game Seven of the 2016 World Series, giving baseball fans everywhere a chance to hear the final out the way it was meant to be called.

"While Bud and baseball pair well together, nothing and no one is more synonymous with the Chicago Cubs than Harry Caray," said Ricardo Marques, vice president, Budweiser. "To help Cubs fans celebrate this historic win, we wanted to bring back the real 'Cubs Fan Bud Man' to deliver the winning announcement he longed to give. We are honored to be part of this special moment."

Additionally, Budweiser reprised and aired its iconic 1984 "Cubs Fan Bud Man" ad last night immediately following the last out of the Fall Classic, showcasing Caray enjoying a baseball game with his fellow bleacher bums with his favorite beverage at his favorite stadium – Wrigley Field.

The brand's partnership with Caray dates back to the 1980's when he first held the role of "Cubs Fan Bud Man", resulting in a series of Budweiser commercial cameos. The relationship continues to be a strong one, with the brand working closely with the Harry Caray estate to continue to honor Caray and his commitment to baseball.

Budweiser will also be in on the ground in Chicago, with various activations, including:

Clydesdale appearances at local Chicago favorites and the upcoming World Series Championship Parade for the Cubs
Special Cubs celebratory cans for the entire Cubs organization
Local social and digital activations highlighting the road to the World Series for Cubs fans over the last 108 years
Anheuser-Busch and MLB have a longstanding relationship with Budweiser serving as the "Official Beer Sponsor of Major League Baseball" for more than thirty years.

For more information, check out Budweiser on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

Toronto saddles up for annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair​

 The big city is about to get a little country when The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair opens its doors to the public on November 4. The Royal has been the world's largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian fair since 1922. Whether your passion is prize-winning cattle, goats, sheep or pigs, the best in agriculture, local food and beer or equestrian competitors from around the globe, this year's event offers something fun and exciting for everyone.

"The Royal is a spectacle, a celebration and a stage for competition among the best of what Canada offers the rest of the world," said Charlie Johnstone, Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. "From Olympic champions who strive for show jumping perfection to farmers who proudly compete to be recognized as the country's best in agriculture, visitors are guaranteed an immersion in a truly amazing, not to mention, fun and educational experience."

A perennial favourite for nearly a century, The Royal enjoyed more than 300,000 visits in 2015. This year's program features more than 5,000 animals including 800 horses and thousands more head of livestock all competing for the coveted title of "Royal Champion."

What's new and noteworthy for 2016?

Boots and Hearts music showcase: The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and Boots and Hearts Music Festival have partnered to bring up-and-coming Canadian country music stars to this year's event. The winner of the 2016 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, Vanessa Marie Carter, along with two finalists, Jesse Gold and Robyn Ottolini, will perform live Saturday, November 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Check The Royal site for details.

The Royal Dinner: Michael Bonacini, renowned chef and co-founder of the esteemed Oliver & Bonacini restaurant group, will host a farm-to-table, exclusive dining experience on November 6 on the terrace of the Royal Horse Show in the Ricoh Coliseum. Ticketholders can enjoy a Royal Horse Show matinee followed by a four course meal featuring the finest ingredients and wines and spirits sourced from Royal competitors. Check The Royal website after October 14 for full details.

Ring of Excellence: This year, visitors can expect an even better viewing experience as a substantial investment has been made to the Ring of Excellence, The Royal's main livestock show ring. The Ring has increased in size by 25 per cent and will include premium show suites, full hospitality capabilities and more general seating. State-of-the-art digital capacities will enable livestreaming, delivering The Royal to a global audience.

Road House Barn Dance: Fair-goers are invited to kick-up their boots and join country music stars, the Colt Walker band, in The Royal's brand new Ring of Excellence for the first-ever Royal Barn Dance on Wednesday, November 9 from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

The Royal classics:

Excellence in Food and Lifestyle:

The Royal Wine Competition, the Canadian Craft Beer and Ontario Cider Awards are just a few of the exciting events happening at The Royal.

If fabulous cuisine is more your scene, check out the fourth annual Egg Farmers of Ontario Road to the Royal Chef Challenge. The Chef's Challenge is the culmination of six events across Ontario that served as qualifiers for the final challenge. The Royal will host the semi-final and final rounds. On Sunday, November 6, The Royal will host internationally acclaimed chefs from Ireland, New York City and Toronto for the Royal International Invitational Chef Challenge. Finally, support the next generation of top-chefs by going to the second annual The Royal High School Chef Competition. More food and lifestyle event info can be found here.

Excellence in Horsemanship:

What visit to The Royal is complete without taking in North America's number one indoor equestrian event? From Olympic Gold medalists Nick Skelton and Big Star of Great Britain and Michael Jung of Germany, competing in Show Jumping and Indoor Eventing respectively to the enchanting Sylvia Zerbini and her Arabian Horses, the Royal Horse Show is spectacular sport and entertainment.

Excellence in Entertainment:

Royal favourite, Turbo the Goat is back and for the first time ever, he will be available to personally greet fans throughout The Royal. Guests can have their picture taken with this livestock legend. In addition to photos and his daily performances at the President's Choice Animal Theatre, Turbo will be tracking his journey to The Royal on his own twitter feed, #twitter.com/turbo_goat.

Where have all the cowboys gone? To The Royal, of course. See real cowboys in action at the Ontario Toyota Dealers Rodeo as the country's finest bull, saddle bronc and bareback riders and barrel racers complete for best in show.

Funding support for The Royal has been provided by the City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario. For competition schedules, live webcasting, results and to purchase tickets, please visit www.royalfair.org

About The Royal:
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world's largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show. This year, the 94th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair runs November, 4-13, 2016 at Exhibition Place, Toronto. For more information, please visit http://www.royalfair.org/

Doubleday Canada Announces Perdita Felicien Memoir​

Doubleday Canada announces Gold Mettle, a memoir from World Champion, Olympian and media personality Perdita Felicien for publication in Spring 2018.

Doubleday Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada, has acquired Gold Mettle by sports broadcaster and retired Canadian Olympian and World Champion Perdita Felicien. In her debut book, Felicien will trace her family story, beginning with her mother's remarkable flight from St. Lucia to Canada, and the tumultuous experiences of her childhood, including domestic abuse, and how it influenced Felicien's rise to become one of the best hurdlers in the world. Canadian rights were acquired by Bhavna Chauhan, Editor, Doubleday Canada. Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency arranged the deal.

"The opportunity to work with Perdita on her first book is a special one, and we are absolutely thrilled to be part of this project," says Marion Garner, Vice President, Deputy Publisher, Penguin Random House Canada. "We've long followed Perdita's public life as an athlete—we've cheered her on, and watched her rise as one of the top hurdlers in the world; now, we finally have the chance to get to know her personal story. Gold Mettle will inspire and uplift, and resonate with so many Canadians."

Perdita Felicien is an Olympian, 10-time National Champion, and the first Canadian woman to win a World Championship gold medal in track and field. During her career as a 100-metre hurdler she earned numerous honours, including Canada's Athlete of the Year, Keys to the City of Pickering, and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. Felicien retired from professional sport in 2013 and is now a broadcast journalist. She was part of CBC's broadcast team at the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was inducted into Athletics Canada's Hall of Fame. This winter she will receive her Certificate in Creative Writing in nonfiction at the University of Chicago's Writer's Studio.

Gold Mettle will be the first time Felicien has fully revealed the inspiring story of her life and career in such intimate detail. In related news, Felicien will also be available to share the key messaging of the book with live audiences as a newly announced addition to the Speakers' Spotlight agency roster. Based in Toronto, Speakers' Spotlight is one of the world's largest and most respected speakers' agencies.

About Doubleday Canada: One of Canada's most prominent publishers for over seventy-five years, Doubleday Canada's books have won an impressive number of awards including the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Literary Awards for Fiction and Non-fiction, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Costa Award and the Orange Prize. Doubleday Canada is known for the critical and commercial successes of its program publishing many best-selling writers and is proud to have nurtured some of the country's most exciting new talents. Doubleday Canada is also home to many celebrated international writers. In addition to its hard-hitting and thoughtful non-fiction program, Doubleday Canada also publishes bestselling commercial non-fiction.

About Penguin Random House Canada: Penguin Random House Canada is the Canadian division of Penguin Random House. Penguin Random House is dedicated to nourishing a universal passion for reading as the world's first truly global trade book publisher. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world's most widely read authors. www.penguinrandomhouse.com.

Hillberg & Berk commemorates Rio 2016 athletes and coaches with Canadian Olympic and Paralympic team rings​

Canadian jewellery powerhouse, Hillberg & Berk, has unveiled the design of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic celebration rings. The memorial piece will be gifted to all of Team Canada's Rio 2016 athletes and coaches, as a reminder and thank you, for their dedication displayed at this summer's Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"Our athletes have displayed a selfless commitment to Canada and we want to ensure they remember to be proud of every second they have trained," said CEO and President of Hillberg & Berk, Rachel Mielke. "We hope the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Rings will also act as a momento of all they have accomplished."

Hillberg & Berk's engagement with best-in-class Canadian sport properties not only includes a successful partnership as an Official Licensee of the Canadian Olympic Team. The brand has worked extensively with Olympian and gold medallist, Tessa Virtue, on a collaborative line of jewellery, as well as the CFL and NHL for numerous seasons. This past August, the brand released a limited edition set of Canadian Olympic Team Sparkle Ball Earrings which were gifted to female athletes upon arrival in Rio.

As a passionate supporter of Canadian sport, Hillberg & Berk has partnered with the official mining, metals and minerals partner of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Teck, to design and manufacture the Olympian rings. On the Paralympic side, Hillberg & Berk is an official supplier of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the presenting partner of the Canadian Paralympic Team ring. Athletes and coaches from both the Olympic and Paralympic teams are receiving their rings at today's official ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic ring will add to what is one of Hillberg & Berk's most successful years to date. In addition to a successful multi-tiered Olympic partnership, the ABEX award winners have also been listed on the Profit 500 List of fastest growing businesses and W100 list for Mielke's entrepreneurial skills that have lead the company since it was first established in 2007.

It’s Back! Get your child’s Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass now​

​Winter is just around the corner. Do you know what you are going to do to keep your kids active this season? Why not put skiing and snowboarding on your list of outdoor activities for your family to participate in? The Canadian Ski Council (CSC) has a great way to help you out! The CSC’s Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass is back for its 20th season, just in time for the return of winter. The Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass is an unbeatable offer, providing 9- and 10-year-old children with three lift passes at each of the 158 ski areas, nationwide, for just $29.95. That’s over 470 lift passes!
SnowPass Advantage: Winter is a tough time of the year to keep your kids active; it gets dark sooner and the temperatures begin to drop. To curb the chances of your kids spending the whole winter playing on their electronics, why not get them involved in skiing or snowboarding? These winter sports will keep them from feeling the winter blues and instead enjoy some time in the great Canadian outdoors.
How It Works: The SnowPass program provides children in grades 4 and 5 (or born in 2006 or 2007) with three lift passes for each participating ski area, providing them with an opportunity to ski or snowboard hundreds of times over the winter season. If you apply for your child’s SnowPass while they are in grade 4, the pass is good for two whole years! This gives your child the proper opportunity to experience all types of ski areas that Canada has to offer.
Applying is Easy: Getting your SnowPass has never been easier. To get your SnowPass, please visit www.snowpass.ca (or www.passeportdesneiges.ca  for French speaking applicants), where you’ll be able to upload your child’s picture, proof of age, and pay the small $29.95 administration fee.
Where it Works:  The Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass is a national program and is valid at 158 ski areas across Canada, including 31 ski areas in British Columbia, 24 in Alberta, 1 in Saskatchewan, 3 in Manitoba, 31 in Ontario, 59 in Quebec, 8 in Atlantic Canada, and 1 in the Yukon. So no matter where you live, you can take advantage of this fantastic offer. To see the list of participating ski areas, please visit:www.snowpass.ca.
Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass information and applications are now available online atwww.snowpass.ca or www.passeportdesneiges.ca. Application forms are also being distributed to elementary schools across Canada beginning in early November.

Olympians Tiffany Foster and Amy Millar Headline Canadian Contingent at Toronto's Royal Horse Show​

 Rio Olympians Tiffany Foster of North Vancouver, BC, and Amy Millar of Perth, ON, headline the list of Canadian show jumping athletes scheduled to compete at this year's Royal Horse Show, held from November 4 to 13 as part of the 94th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada.

Foster and Millar comprised one-half of the Canadian Show Jumping Team that jumped-off for the bronze medal against Germany at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, eventually placing fourth.

Foster returns to the Royal Horse Show following a 15-year hiatus. Having won both the Running Fox CET Medal Final as well as the Jump Canada Medal in 2001, Foster has not competed at the Royal Horse Show since her equitation days. Currently ranked 24th in the Longines World Rider Rankings, Foster will be a favourite in the international show jumping division with her three mounts, Victor, Brighton and Chesney.

"I am thrilled to be returning to Toronto for The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair," said Foster, who rides for Artisan Farms based in Vranse, Belgium and Wellington, Florida. "There is always great atmosphere at The Royal, and I am really looking forward to competing alongside my fellow Olympic teammate from Rio. The Canadian crowd always gets behind us, and I am sure they will raise the roof for us in Toronto!"

Canadian talent will be showcased on the opening weekend of The Royal Horse Show with riders from across the nation traveling to Toronto to compete in the $100,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championship on November 4 and 5. Following both phases of the two-day competition, a new Canadian Show Jumping Champion will be crowned.

Millar will be going head-to-head against her father, ten-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar, who is also a ten-time Canadian Show Jumping Champion. The elder Millar will look to increase his record to 11 national titles riding Dixson, a horse that is returning to competition following a sinus surgery that prevented him from competing at the Rio Olympics. Jonathon Millar, who trains alongside his sister and father at Millar Brooke Farm in Perth, ON, will also be a strong contender for the Canadian Championship title, as will last year's runner-up Mac Cone of King City, ON, riding Gasper van den Doorn. Canadian Olympians Beth Underhill and Hugh Graham, both of Schomberg, ON, will also be making their bids for the title, as will young guns Vanessa Mannix and Chris Surbey, both of Calgary, AB, just to name a few.

Foster, who is pre-qualified based on her world ranking, will represent Canada in The Royal Horse Show's CSI4*-W international show jumping division, highlighted by the $130,500 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Toronto on Wednesday evening, November 9. One of only four Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping events to be held on Canadian soil, the competition is a qualifying event for the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Omaha, Nebraska.

Tickets for opening weekend at The Royal can be purchased by visiting royalfair.org.

For more information on the Royal Horse Show, the marquee event of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, visit royalfair.org/horse-show. A complete horse show schedule can be accessed here.

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Meet The Man Behind The Olympic Triple Treble In The Usain Bolt Documentary I AM BOLT​

​In cinemas around the world on November 28, I AM BOLT will give audiences a unique portrait of the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt. With unprecedented access to the Olympic and sporting legend as he trains, travels, races and relaxes, the film also spotlights Bolt's other roles as best friend, teammate and son. I AM BOLT will be available on Digital HD and On Demand on November 29, 2016 and on DVD on December 6, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

With unparalleled access to all facets of his life on and off track, audiences will see for the very first time what being Usain Bolt is really like – from his grueling training schedule, major setbacks and challenges he faces in order to achieve his dreams on the global stage to his downtime with friends and family.

Featuring archive footage from Bolt's youth, in-depth interviews with those closest to him – his parents, best friends, agent, coach and fellow athletes – and fascinating footage shot by the man himself over a legacy-defining period in his career and life, I AM BOLT offers an intimate portrayal of a globally adored icon.

Commenting on the film's forthcoming release, Bolt said: "My aim with making this film is to show people how my life really is… What I've been through to get me where I am today, the ups and the downs, and an insight into what I am thinking and feeling. I know a lot of people around the world feel like they know me already but I'm excited for everyone to see the real me in I AM BOLT."

The Triple Treble Olympic Gold medalist will mark his silver screen debut on November 28 by attending the film's world premiere in London's Leicester Square that night while international cinema audiences will be treated to an exclusive interview with Bolt following the main feature presentation.

Filmed on location at the Beijing World Championships, Rio Olympics, London Olympics and in Germany and Jamaica, I AM BOLT is produced by Fulwell 73, the creators of acclaimed documentaries Class of '92 and In the Hands of the Gods, in association with Doyen Global. Co-directed by Gabe Turner and Ben Turner, I AM BOLT is produced by Leo Pearlman, Executive Produced by Simon Oliveira, Matthew Kay, Ricky Simms and Nugent Walker and distributed internationally by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group.

A Skier's Journey Returns for a Final Season​

Recovered from a life-threatening brain injury, artist Jordan Manley creates three final films with skiers Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots in Iran and China, culminating in a special homecoming to British Columbia

​  A Skier's Journey, the globally-acclaimed short film series is returning for its fourth and final season this fall. Directed by the celebrated Canadian filmmaker and photographer Jordan Manley, the final three episodes represent Jordan's artistic effort to follow Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots to Iran and China, and culminates with a significant return home to British Columbia. Launched in 2010, the final three episodes complement three previous seasons that have followed the team from Kashmir, to Dubai, to Argentina and Iceland – focusing not on the glamour of big-mountain skiing, but on the human experience and culture of each special location.


The final series is especially poignant for director Jordan Manley. In 2014, before embarking on a final season of A Skier's Journey, Jordan crashed while mountain biking. Nothing spectacular, but with a concussion serious enough to put the season on hold. Ten months later, his recovery well underway, Jordan was trying on ski boots. He stood up, knocked his head on a shelf and –the setback was worse than the original injury. By far. Twenty-nine years old, at the peak of his efforts to date and the most he was able to manage was a slow, brief, daily walk. A Skier's Journey was indefinitely on hold.

This year marks Jordan's full return from his long and deliberate rehabilitation. Much has been written and documented about how he recovered; watch the videos of his daily walk therapy. It was his process of learning to really look at things close by. Nothing imaginary, cerebral, or huge. Almost like seeing the largeness in everything small, a process that lead to his reexamination of home, literally and metaphorically.

Picking up where he left off with A Skier's Journey project, Jordan set out to film the final three episodes: Iran, China and British Columbia's Coast Mountains. Was he up for it? "Don't get me wrong, I love being out in the mountains, but my relationship to risk is very different." In terms of fitness, not surprising. But the skiing, the joy of being on skis? A simple fall could jeopardize everything.

"It was important for Chad, Forrest and I to finish the series properly. Before we set out, I wasn't sure how my body and brain would react to the demands of travelling and filming and being in the mountains for extended periods, especially being so far from home in Iran and China," says Jordan, "This season, there was an extra dialogue running in my head, concerned about my own capabilities physically, on top of day-to-day concerns of gathering film. For the final episode where we walked, skied, and paddled our way across the spine of BC's Coast Mountains - it was emotional to look back and acknowledge the long (bumpy) road of recovery from post-concussion syndrome, and that we'd made it."

The final line-up includes Iran, China and Crossing Home (the Coast Mountains, BC). The season is a study in contrasts, probing the margins of skiing, which is what A Skier's Journey has always embodied. The series continues to portray skiing as the pursuit of a sensation, which includes a community of like-minded individuals and explorations of landscape. No ski porn, no acts of outrageous courage or luck. The characters are not defined as athletes, they are humans on a quest, curious about the world and seeking the simplicity of being borne by snow.

This homegrown project, small in undertaking, ambitious in its desire to find meaning, reveals what we can learn from taking a step back and trying on a new perspective. Discovering what unites us, without words, without rhetoric. After circling the globe, directed by longing, chance encounters and unpredictable sequences of events, Jordan, Chad and Forrest have come full circle. They are home in British Columbia.

Partnering with Arc'teryx, the GORE-TEX® brand and Destination British Columbia, A Skier's Journey will be released on www.askiersjourney.com

Iran and China episodes are available today, October 18, 2016. Crossing Home (Coast Mountains, BC) will launch on November 3, 2016.

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Toronto Raptor Cory Joseph throws from one Toronto skyscraper rooftop, sinks basket on another​

In what's being called an aerial five-pointer, Cory Joseph has achieved a never-before attempted basketball shot. On September 11, 2016 the Toronto Raptor and LG G5 Chief Playmaker took to the windy rooftop of a Toronto skyscraper with an incredible challenge – to sink a basket on a neighbouring rooftop 65 feet away. That's more than double the distance of a typical three-point shot on the basketball court. The challenge was organized by LG Electronics Canada to demonstrate the incredible wide angle camera capabilities of the LG G5 smartphone. LG says the G5 features one of the industry's most advanced smartphone camera technologies including the extra wide angle lens that captures a 135 degree view -- wider than the human eye's natural field of vision.

"When LG asked if I could sink a basket over Adelaide Street from one building rooftop to another – I thought they were crazy, but why not give it a try," Joseph said with a laugh. "I can't believe I sank that basket. It was pretty windy up there but somehow I got it in. What's even crazier is the awesome imagery you can capture on the LG G5 wide angle lens. The entire shot, from one building to another fit in. That's 65 feet away and 27 stories over Adelaide Street!"

LG unveiled Joseph's basket-sinking feat to the public on October 17, 2016. Fans who want to watch the video can visit http://www.lg.com/ca_en/lgg5/index.jsp. What's more, is fans who want a chance to win a signed Cory Joseph basketball can follow LG Canada on social media for details.

About Cory Joseph's Favourite Smartphone, The LG G5
The LG G5 smartphone has been widely praised since its global unveiling at Mobile World Congress in February 2016, where it was the most awarded device. The unique slide-out battery and modular type design gives the user the flexibility to swap out batteries on-the-go. The LG G5 Friends accessories transform the smartphone into a range of powerful devices.  

World Anti-Doping Agency and Astellas Announce Global Initiative to Prevent Misuse and Abuse of Medicines for Doping in Sports​​

MONTREAL and TOKYO, Oct. 14, 2016 /CNW/ - The World Anti-Doping Agency (President: Sir Craig Reedie, "WADA") and Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503: President and CEO: Yoshihiko Hatanaka, "Astellas") today announced a global agreement to partner on the prevention of misuse and abuse of medicines for doping in sports. Doping in sports relies primarily on the misuse and abuse of commercially available medicines, as well as compounds in development that are not as well-known or easily detected.

To support WADA in its efforts to address this issue, Astellas will identify compounds solely developed by Astellas or its affiliates with the potential for sport-related doping abuse and will cooperate in sharing relevant information to aid WADA in the organization's development of detection methods for these compounds. Additionally, Astellas will cooperate with WADA to minimize the risk of misuse of compounds with doping potential during clinical trials to avoid opportunities for abuse.

"WADA is encouraged to be partnering with Astellas on the prevention of misuse and abuse of medicines for doping in sports," said Sir Craig Reedie, President, WADA. "It's a win-win arrangement. Essentially, Astellas will inform WADA during compound development if there is potential for future abuse in sport; and, the Agency commits to inform Astellas should it uncover evidence of black market supply involving their compounds. This partnership acknowledges that the impacts of doping extend well beyond elite athletes to include society on the whole."

"Astellas is committed to ensuring the safe and effective use of its therapies in appropriate settings, and we are proud to be the first Japan-based company to partner with WADA in its efforts to prevent the inappropriate use of medical products through doping," said Kenji Yasukawa, Ph.D., Chief Strategy Officer, Astellas. "Enhancing performance in sports through doping is considered a serious public health issue by the sport movement and public authorities worldwide. It is critical that pharmaceutical companies play a role in helping to address this important public health concern."

Astellas' activities are aligned with recent guidance published by WADA and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies increase their role in the fight against sport-related doping. The guidance, titled Points to Consider: Identification of Compounds with Potential for Doping Abuse and Sharing of Information with WADA, includes best practices on establishing a voluntary process for determining the potential doping risk of compounds in their development pipelines before they are commercially available.

The Points to Consider guidance is an extension of the Joint Declaration on Cooperation in the Fight Against Doping that was signed by IFPMA and WADA in July 2010, and endorsed by the global Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in June 2011, to combat the latest doping techniques.

To learn more about Astellas' commitment to its anti-doping efforts, please read the company's newly published Position Statement, available at https://www.astellas.com/en/corporate/comp_policy/anti_doping.html. 

For the Love of the Game: Experience the Passion of Baseball in Dominican Republic​

​DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In Dominican Republic, baseball—or simply "ball"—is a national passion that transcends age, gender and social status. Children and adults in every corner of the country share immense pride in their national teams, and starting this month, visitors can seize the unique opportunity to witness the country's most beloved sport firsthand.

The 2016-2017 season for the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) begins Oct. 20. The country's six teams will compete during the regular season until Dec. 21 before the round robin semi-finals from Dec. 27 through Jan. 17. The finals begin Jan. 19, ending with one victorious Dominican team that will advance to play in the Caribbean Series against champions from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

"Baseball is woven into the fabric of Dominican culture and we are proud of the contributions of so many talented players from our country," said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. "With our major teams in or near many of our major tourist destinations, we invite all visitors to Dominican Republic to experience the heart and passion that goes into the sport during one of our winter league games."

Tourists seeking an authentic Dominican baseball experience can easily find a game, with five stadiums located throughout the country and games scheduled for most days of the week. Stadiums are located in the cities of Santo Domingo, Santiago, San Pedro de Macorís and La Romana—a short drive away from nearby Punta Cana.

Baseball games in Dominican Republic usually start at 7:30 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, games start at 5 p.m. Tickets prices range from 350 to 750 pesos ($8.00 - $18.00) and can be purchased at the ballparks or in some local stores. The full schedule for the season is available at http://www.lidom.com.

Many LIDOM players go on to play in U.S. Major League Baseball. As of opening day for the 2016 MLB season, 238 of 864 players were born outside of the United States. Since 1995, Dominican Republic accounts for the largest percentage of those players with 83 – representing 35 percent of all foreign players and 10 percent of all MLB starters. This is particularly impressive for a country with a population no larger than that of Ohio, and an area that is half the size of Indiana.

Standout MLB players from Dominican Republic over the years have included Baseball Hall of Famer San Francisco Giants' Juan Marichal and of the trio of Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez and David "Papi" Ortiz that propelled the Boston Red Sox to win the legendary World Series in 2004.


For over 100 years, baseball has been at the center of cultural life in the Dominican Republic. Though the origins of baseball in the Dominican aren't exactly known, historians suggest that baseball first came to the island around the 1880s. Though it is a historical misconception that American Marines brought the game to the island during the 1916 invasion, the United States did play an integral, though indirect, role in bringing baseball to the country.

The first baseball teams on the island were formed either in the year 1894 or 1895. By the 1920′s, Dominican teams were competing against other Caribbean countries and teams in North America. The game enjoyed most of its popularity in the southeast of the country, where generations involved in the sugarcane industry learned the sport during seasonal down time.

The sugarcane factory owners actually encouraged employees to participate in the sport and gave financially to the practice of this game. This area of the country still produces the greatest number of players who go on to play professionally. In fact, there are more Dominican players in the minor and major American leagues than there are of all other players of Caribbean nationality combined. All major league teams have training camps in the Dominican Republic to scout and train players for professional potential. As it has each year since MLB began releasing annual data in 1995, the Dominican Republic continues to lead the Major Leagues with the most representatives from any one country.

Whether you're a lifelong baseball fan or curious to check out a game, Dominican Republic has it all. For information on baseball, hospitality options, local excursion providers, natural attractions and more, visit www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

About Dominican Republic
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical and paradisiacal country boasts nearly 1,000 miles of coastline, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.

Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.

Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism's official website at: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

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Ottawa to Host Season Finale of Red Bull Crashed Ice on March 4, 2017​

OTTAWA, Oct. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Ottawa will host the Ice Cross Downhill World Series Season Finale for the first time on March 4, 2017, as the country celebrates its 150th anniversary in the nation's capital. The final race will feature a track built on the Ottawa Locks of Park Canada's historic and picturesque Rideau Canal, overlooking some of the most iconic views in Canada.

The championship series will kick off in the brand new location of Marseille, France followed by two popular returning stops in Jyväskylä-Laajis, Finland and Saint Paul, Minnesota.

"This sport just keeps growing in popularity every year and this year is definitely going to take it to the next level," said Christian Papillon, the championship's sporting director. "Along with two popular stops coming back in Jyväskylä-Laajis, Finland and Saint Paul, Minnesota, we've got two new races in incredible environments on the calendar: Le Vieux Port de Marseille in France is a mind-boggling location because it's not even close to being a winter city; and we're going to introduce a new location in Ottawa. They're going to be insane."

Canada has historically hosted local qualifier events across the country to recruit athletes to compete in the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. Again this season, The ATSX Federation (All Terrain Skate Cross / www.atsx.org) will act as the governing body for the sport of Ice Cross Downhill, requiring all eligible athletes to become ATSX Federation members in order to register for one or multiple Red Bull Crashed Ice and Riders Cup events. A full overview of rules and standings will be available soon at www.atsx.org.

The new Junior World Championship will make its exciting debut to all stops of the series this season. For the first time, athlete's ages 16-20 will compete at each Red Bull Crashed Ice race with the same rules as the main races. This new category will work with the ATSX Federation to create more opportunity for young athletes to get involved in the sport.

As the sport continues to grow there will also be six Riders Cup competitions – races staged by riders for riders that are worth ¼ as many championship points as the Red Bull Crashed Ice stages. The traditional season opener will be in Wagrain-Kleinarl, Austria on Dec. 10 with the next stop in Rautalampi, Finland on Jan. 28, as well as in Sherbrooke, Canada. The forth stop will be in Moscow on Feb. 4 and the last two races will be in Canada, in La Sarre on Feb. 18 and back in Bathurst, Canada on Feb. 25.

The 2015 champion and Canadian hometown hero, Scott Croxall (ON) will look to reclaim his title after American rival Cameron Naasz won the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship in 2016. Another Canadian hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Dean Moriarity, will be looking to beat out his competition after finishing 3rd last year and training in the off season to take gold in his country's capital city.

Jan. 13-14 - Marseille, France; Jan. 20-21 – Jyväsklyä-Laajis, Finland; Feb 3-4 – Saint Paul, USA; March 3-4 – Ottawa, Canada.

Riders Cup Calendar: Dec. 10, 2016 – Wagrain-Kleinarl, Austria; Jan. 28 – Rautalampi, Finland; Jan. 28 Sherbrooke, Canada; Feb. 4 – Moscow, Russia; Feb. 18 – La Sarre, Canada; Feb. 28 – Bathurst, Canada.

Created in 2001 and established as world championship in 2010, Red Bull Crashed Ice are the pinnacle events with athletes racing four-at-a-time down narrow obstacle-filled ice tracks of up to about 500 meters long at speeds of up to 80 km/h in a mad dash to the frozen finish line in an attempt to take first or second place and thus advance to the next round. The world's fastest sport on skates is now part of the ATSX Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. Athletes from more than 20 countries and five continents take part in races held on artificial or natural ice tracks set up on slopes in the center of major cities or at ski resorts in Europe and North America.

Throughout 2017, Ottawa will be the focal point for the festivities marking Canada's 150th anniversary. Ottawa 2017 will deliver 12 full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations, including Red Bull Crashed Ice, to mark this important milestone. Stay informed on plans for Canada's 150th birthday celebrations in the nation's capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

Undefeated USA Basketball 3x3 Men's National Team Heads to China for World Championships ​

BELMONT, Calif., Oct. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 3BALL Association today announced that the undefeated men's USA Basketball 3x3 National Team is headed to China to compete as one of 20 international qualifiers in the 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championships in Guangzhou, China, October 11 – 15. The entire tournament will be live-streamed on the FIBA 3x3 YouTube channel beginning at 11:00pm PT tonight.

3x3 is a popular version of basketball played on a half-court with one basket and three players on each side. FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, has made an official request for 3x3 to be added to the Olympic program as soon as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The USA Basketball 3x3 National Team completed its final preparations in a mini-training camp at Stanford University over the weekend. The #4-seeded USA team will put its perfect 22-0 record on the line against the world's best, beginning with a key match against the #5-seeded Netherlands squad at midnight PT, 3am ET on Tuesday.

"We all know 3 on 3 basketball as a participation sport, but '3x3' is a new version of the game that makes it a relentlessly entertaining spectator sport as well," said Michael Wranovics, 3BALL Association's founder and chief executive officer. "Fast-paced, intense and delivering non-stop action, FIBA's innovative 3x3 format and game rules transform the game of basketball into a uniquely immersive experience."

USA Men's Team

The four-man roster of the USA 3x3 men's team features Stefhon Hannah, Myke Henry, and Alfonzo McKinnie, all from Chicago, and Kavon Lytch of New York. Lytch replaces DeAndre Liggins of Chicago, who became unavailable when he was signed by the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I have fallen in love with the 3x3 game, and I consider myself blessed to be playing for the USA National Team," said Henry, who will be looking for his third consecutive MVP award in 3x3. "This has opened up a whole new world of basketball for me and my teammates, and now we get to take our show on the road to China. The MVP honors have been amazing, but what really matters is bringing home the Gold."

Among followers of FIBA 3x3, the USA team has built a reputation for its winning ways and for being the most exciting, athletic 3x3 team in the world. Making their debut on July 30, the USA men have swept the field in all four tournaments in which they have competed. According to basketball experts who have seen the team in action, this is the best chance USA Basketball has ever had to win a medal in FIBA 3x3.

Explosive Growth Worldwide

3x3 has an enormous grassroots following in the U.S. and is growing rapidly as a spectator sport all over the world. In 2007, FIBA, the international federation that oversees basketball, identified 3x3 as a potential catalyst for the growth of basketball worldwide and made the promotion of 3x3 a top priority. In 2012, FIBA unveiled its globally integrated 3x3 competition network and launched the FIBA 3x3 World Championships and a professional season named the FIBA 3x3 World Tour. Today, 3x3 is considered the number one urban team sport in the world.

"We have been promoting 3x3 globally because we see it as an integral part of basketball's future," said Alex Sanchez, managing director of FIBA 3x3. "We have been very impressed with the USA team's performance to date, not to mention their style of play, and look forward to seeing what they can accomplish on the world stage."

Under Armour and the Toronto Maple Leafs Invite Bantam Hockey Teams to Compete to "Storm The Centre" and Play a Game at Air Canada Centre

TORONTO, Oct. 6, 2016 /CNW/ - It takes hard work for a hockey player to earn the privilege of playing on the home ice of one of the NHL's most storied franchises. Starting today, youth hockey teams can compete to prove they deserve to play at Air Canada Centre. Under Armour and the Toronto Maple Leafs are giving Bantam hockey teams the opportunity to earn the right to "Be The Leafs" for a day and play a game at Air Canada Centre.

The puck drops today for the Storm The Centre competition. Bantam hockey teams in the province of Ontario can register to compete in a series of on- and off-ice challenges to earn their spot in the Armour Cup, a regulation game at Air Canada Centre, including the full professional treatment from Toronto Maple Leafs staff.

"We're encouraging young players to work for what they want because that's what it takes to succeed as an athlete. Passion. Tenacity. Grit. Courage. Team above self. These are innate traits of the big leaguers, and this is what we're looking for in young athletes," says Shana Ferguson, Director of Marketing, Under Armour Canada. "For the winning teams, the hard work will pay off with the opportunity to play on the same ice as their heroes. We're excited to see young Leafs fans compete and earn the right to skate at Air Canada Centre."

To announce the call-for-entries, Under Armour released a video featuring Leafs prospect and Team UA athlete Mitch Marner encouraging youth teams to compete to Storm The Centre. In it, Marner reflects on his own journey to Air Canada Centre.

Registration is now open for the competition, which is divided into three periods, narrowing the field down to two winning teams. Teams can register until the end of the first period, which runs until November 11, 2016.

First period (Saturday, October 1 – Friday, November 11): Teams must register at: http://www.mapleleafs.com/stormthecentre. Over a six week period, they earn points by building their fan base and participating in a variety of on- and off-ice challenges. The ten teams with the most points after the first period will move on to the second period.

Second period (Skills Gauntlet on Sunday, November 20): Ten teams will lace up their skates for a Skills Gauntlet at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence. This is where teams will show grit and teamwork in drills such as accuracy shooting, puck control, shootouts and average team speed. The top two teams from the Skills Gauntlet will move on to the third period.

Third period (Armour Cup Day in December): This is where the hard work pays off. Two teams will Storm The Centre and "Be The Leafs" for a day. Winning teams will play in the Armour Cup - a regulation game played on the same ice as their heroes and spend a day working out with Toronto Maple Leafs staff. They will also win Toronto Maple Leafs tickets and Under Armour® apparel for their team.

The Storm The Centre competition is also running in the province of Quebec this fall where youth teams have the chance to earn the opportunity to play a game at the Bell Centre.

Impressive Performance from Subaru at Pacific Forest Rally​

MISSISSAUGA,ON, Oct. 4, 2016 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to announce a dominant performance by Subaru Rally Team Canada (SRTC) driver Antoine L'Estage and co-driver Darren Garrod in the Pacific Forest Rally. In a truly impressive showing the team won every stage on their way to the overall victory, finishing ahead of the second place team by over seven minutes. Persevering despite some setbacks in the first half of the season, they are now trailing by only one point in the hotly contested race for the driver's championship title.

"This victory was really important for the whole team," said L'Estage following SRTC's convincing win. "We had some challenges earlier this year, but now we are in a good position in the championship. The work's not done, we still have two events to go, but I know the Rally of the Tall Pines really well, and with Big White on the calendar, I really like snow rallies, so that will be a good event."

Pacific Forest proved to be a prolific event for multiple Subaru teams, with three finishing in the top four. This included a remarkable performance from Derik Nelson and Adam Newell in their 2013 BRZ. Although the vehicle is RWD as opposed to AWD like most rally cars, they managed to power their way to an impressive third-place finish.

These strong results helped to extend Subaru's lead in the manufacturer's championship, opening up a commanding grasp on the title with only two rallies left in the season.

As the season draws nearer to a close the team is looking ahead to the second-last rally of the season, Rally of the Tall Pines in Bancroft, On November 25-26.

Fall Boating – It Takes A Little Bit More Care​

 Boating in the fall offers colourful vistas, quiet anchorages and excellent fishing but it is not without its challenges that necessitate self-sufficiency and taking some additional precautions to keep from running into trouble.

The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters want to remind all boaters enjoying the fall season on the water to follow these tips to ensure that their excursions are both safe and enjoyable.

Before heading out, be sure to check the weather forecast. The mixing of warm and cold air can quickly spawn high winds and waves making it treacherous for small boats.  Fog, too, is an issue at this time of year making visibility difficult.  Should boaters find themselves in a fog bank, they should proceed slowly and sound their horn at regular intervals to alert other boaters of their presence. 

Well into October, daytime temperatures can occasionally be balmy but dressing for the water temperature will help slow the onset of hypothermia should the unexpected happen and the boater find himself in the water.    Accidental cold water immersion can be shocking, but they shouldn’t panic.  It may take a minute or so to get their breathing under control after the initial shock but they will have at least 10-15 minutes, even in very cold water, to affect self-rescue before they start to lose muscle control in their arms and legs.  This is where an approved lifejacket, either inflatable or inherently buoyant, is an essential part of a boater’s wardrobe to keep them afloat after they can no longer swim.

In the fall, there are fewer boats on the water to offer assistance, if needed. Boaters should be sure to leave a float plan with a responsible person on shore who will know what to do if they’re overdue.  A marine radio or cell phone will allow them to call for assistance should the need arise.  Having a few tools and spare parts aboard will also allow them to fix minor problems that might otherwise cause them to be stranded out on the water.

It’s important that boaters ensure that their boat and engine are in good shape and mechanically sound.   Ethanol-based fuel can allow water contamination in the tank.  The use of a fuel additive prevents water in the fuel line from freezing which could cause the engine to chug to a halt.  If the boat has portable fuel tanks, it’s a good idea to have a spare on board as a reserve.

When boaters head out, they should be wary of reduced water levels that can result after a long, hot and dry summer season.  Some of a boater’s favourite shallow water fishing holes may be inaccessible at this time of year.  Also, while underway, they should keep a sharp lookout for debris and chunks of ice that could penetrate the boat’s hull at speed.

“Spectacular colours, peaceful solitude and the crispness of the air make boating in the fall a wondrous experience,” says John Gullick, Chair of the Canadian Safe Boating Council. “To make the most of this experience safely, however, boaters need to be extra diligent in their preparations before departing. Most important of these are checking the weather, dressing for the water temperature, wearing a lifejacket and leaving a float plan with a responsible person on shore who can call for help should the need arise.”

“In Ontario, we are fortunate as anglers and hunters, to have many opportunities available during the fall months,” says Angelo Lombardo, Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. “From early-season waterfowl hunting to late-season fishing opportunities, there’s no shortage of excitement available on the water. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the weather can change quickly this time of year, so be prepared. Dress appropriately and expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather conditions you will be faced with while enjoying some of these great activities this fall.”

Now that fall is here, boaters should make the most of what’s left of the boating season before the cold weather hits. By exercising a little caution and an ability to be self-sufficient when out on the water, they can more fully enjoy nature’s splendour and quiet waterways.  Visit www.csbc.ca for more tips on boating safety.

Statement from the Cobourg Cougars​

COBOURG, ON, Sept. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - Earlier today, Michael Dobie apologized to the Cobourg Cougars Hockey Club for his false, defamatory and highly offensive Tweet regarding the Club and its players. This Tweet, from March 2015, included the hashtag #consentisoverrated.

As part of his apology, at the request of the hockey club, Mr. Dobie made a donation to the Ontario Hockey Association in support of its various player education initiatives, and to the Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre in Cobourg.

This apology, coupled with the Ontario Provincial Police announcing in September 2015 that no charges would be laid and there was no further reason to investigate those attending the party, allows the team, its management, players and staff, as well as its fans and the community, to bring this unfortunate chapter to a conclusion.

The club sincerely appreciates the support and encouragement it has received from the community and its fans during this time.

While no one associated with the club was responsible for the Tweet or the hashtag, we would like to again express our sympathy to anyone who was hurt by it or by the actions of Mr. Dobie.

A copy of Mr. Dobie's apology can be found at @Cougarshockey.
Olympic Champions Nick Skelton and Michael Jung Headline the 94th Royal Horse Show in Downtown Toronto
TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Newly-crowned Olympic Show Jumping Champion Nick Skelton of Great Britain and two-time Olympic Eventing Champion Michael Jung of Germany will be among the top athletes competing at this year's Royal Horse Show, held as part of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in downtown Toronto, Canada, from November 4 through 13, 2016.

Skelton and his 2016 Rio Olympic Games gold medal partner, Big Star, will among the international show jumping competitors heading to Toronto for this year's Royal Horse Show. Among the many draws is the opportunity to earn valuable points in the $130,500 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Toronto on Wednesday evening, November 9. One of only four Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping events to be held on Canadian soil, the competition is a qualifying event for the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Omaha, Nebraska.
Michael Jung, who won back-to-back individual gold medals in eventing at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, will give spectators yet another reason to flock to Exhibition Place for the $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge on Friday and Saturday evenings, November 4 and 5. Combining the exhilaration of jumping natural cross-country obstacles as well as traditional show jumping fences in an indoor setting, competition is sure to be especially thrilling with Jung in the line-up.

"The Royal Horse Show consistently attracts some of the world's best competitors and if you didn't make it to Rio this summer, you have the opportunity to see Olympic Champions in action right here at The Royal," said Charlie Johnstone, CEO of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

Top Canadian show jumping talent will also be on display, with three-quarters of the Canadian Olympic Show Jumping Team confirming their attendance. Four-time Canadian Show Jumping Champion Yann Candele of Caledon, ON, Tiffany Foster of Vancouver, BC, and Amy Millar of Perth, ON, will all compete at this year's Royal Horse Show.

Home-grown talent will be showcased on opening weekend with the top-ranked Canadians going head-to-head in the $100,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championship on November 4 and 5. Following the two phases of competition, the overall winner will be crowned the new Canadian Show Jumping Champion.

With the biggest names in equestrian sport heading to The Royal, so are the fans! Tickets are going fast, so be sure to visit http://www.royalfair.org/ and purchase yours today. For subscriptions, including the new three-night package where guests can choose any three Royal Horse Show performances with full VIP privileges, please contact [email protected]

For more information on the Royal Horse Show, the marquee event of the 94th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, please visit http://www.royalfair.org/horseshow.html.  
5 Lessons for Everyday Athletes From a U.S. Olympian
MISSION, KS--(Marketwired - Sep 28, 2016) - (Family Features) Becoming a U.S. Olympic athlete requires an extraordinary combination of talent and perseverance, but there are lessons to be learned from these competitors that can help propel everyday athletes to reach the top of their game.

Among the 2016 Team USA roster, there were countless stories of triumph such as that of U.S. Olympic gymnast Danell Leyva, who was named an alternate for Team USA before stepping in for an injured teammate. Leyva ultimately competed and went on to bring home two silver medals in the parallel bars and horizontal bar individual events during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Leyva knows what it takes to build a champion: a lifetime of determination and training, countless competitions and years of fueling his body with the right foods and beverages, like milk, which is packed with nine essential nutrients, including 8 grams of natural protein in each 8-ounce serving.
​Even if your own athletic aspirations keep you closer to home, adopting the right mindset will help propel you to new heights in your athletic endeavors.

1. Define your goals. In order to reach that pinnacle of success, you must know exactly what your end goal will be. Put it on paper and display it prominently so you are constantly reminded of the finish line. If you find yourself weary along the way, refocus your attention on the sense of victory that will come when you finally achieve success.

2. Eat to win. A well-rounded and healthy diet is essential for any athlete, but ultimately it's the right mix of nutrients that help them reach their peak. That includes protein, like the high-quality, natural protein in milk. In fact, U.S. Olympic Training Centers, where athletes are training at the highest level, serve tens of thousands of gallons of milk every year and nine out of 10 U.S Olympians said they drank milk while growing up.*

"Ever since I was young, I've always had milk in the morning," Leyva said. "It's an easy way to get protein and nutrients to help fuel my training, whether I am at home or at an international competition."

3. Dedicate the time. Top athletes know that champions are built, not born. That means putting in the time with training, practice and more practice to become the very best in their sport. For an everyday athlete, that may not mean dedicating hours each day to the cause, but it does mean making a serious commitment to bettering your game.

4. Be prepared to overcome adversity. Elite athletes often find their road to the top scattered with bumps. Leyva is no exception; the alternate spot was a step away from the place on the Team USA roster he coveted. Sticking with his training and keeping his focus ensured he was ready to step up when the time came.

5. Surround yourself with supporters. Very few successes in life are achieved alone. Create a team of supporters who motivate you to be your very best. This may include coaches and trainers, but also family members and friends who cheer you along your path to victory.

To learn more about the Milk Life campaign and watch exclusive behind-the-scenes videos of Team USA athletes, visit milklife.com/teamusa.

*Nine out of 10 finding based on 675 responses received from survey invitations sent to U.S. Olympians.

Two victories and the title for Xavier Coupal
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - The 2016 season of the Nissan Micra Cup came to an end this weekend at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant as part of the Fall Classic, attracting thousands of spectators. Under sunny autumn skies, they were treated to two spectacular races, both won by Xavier Coupal, who earned the first title of his career in this, the second season of the Nissan Micra Cup.

Following the qualifying session leading into the first race, the anticipated duel between 2015 champion Olivier Bédard, and his teammate Xavier Coupal, caused a lot of excitement at the front of the pack. The only two drivers to break the two-minute and three second lap time, Bédard and Coupal found themselves side by side for the start of the race that afternoon. Longtime leader, Bédard, eventually conceded the front spot to Coupal, who was on his way to his eighth victory of the season.

Behind them, the battle for third place kept spectators on their toes right from the start until the very last lap. Kevin King completed the podium, ahead of Stefan Rzadzinski and Bruno St-Jacques, who made his series debut. The former Canadian Formula 1600 champion crossed the finish line moments ahead of Valérie Limoges, who was slightly slowed down after making contact with Bertrand Godin on the last turn. Penalized following this incident, Godin gave up a Top 10 finish, therefore advancing Jean-Michel Isabelle (seventh), Normand Boyer, Yves Aubé and Marc-Antoine Demers. For the rookies, Ashley Sahakian finished first, followed by Peter Dyck and Stefan Gauthier, who was forced to retire before the race finished after a multi-vehicle accident.

The following day, it was an almost identical scenario at the front of the pack as Olivier Bédard earned the pole position and led for the first laps, before St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec native Xavier Coupal took over, en route to his ninth victory of the season and his first title in this series. Kevin King finished third, ahead of Stefan Rzadzinski, Valérie Limoges, Jean-Michel Isabelle, Normand Boyer, Chris Sahakian, Stéfan Gauthier and Mario Berthiaume.

In the final drivers' championship standings, Xavier Coupal wins over Olivier Bédard, Kevin King, Stefan Rzadzinski, Valérie Limoges and Nic Hammann. In the rookie standings, Stéfan Gauthier, class winner of the second race, was crowned champion ahead of Peter Dyck and Ashley Sahakian. Lastly, in the team championship, the title goes to the #572 Albi Nissan Team, ahead of Perry Performance/Hull Nissan (#86) and Total Canada (#220).

"It was an exhilarating finale to the 2016 Nissan Micra Cup with a tight race on the track and excitement filling the paddock," said Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada Inc. "At the podium ceremony we crowned a new champion, Xavier Coupal, who I'd like to congratulate, once again, for his perseverance and success throughout the season. But it's not just the champion who is a winner in this series. Everyone involved, from the drivers and their teams, to the sponsors and the fans, are part of the excitement and adventure this series offers."

The Nissan Micra Cup will return in 2017, with its calendar and other news to be announced during the winter.

For full race results, visit:

Final championship standings :

For more information on the Nissan Micra Cup, please visit: www.nissan.ca/micracup

Nissan Micra Cup 2016 Season Calendar :

May 13 - 15
Calabogie Motorsports Park, Ontario
May 27 - 29
Spring Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec
June 19
Autodrome St-Eustache, Québec
July 8 - 10
IMSA Weekend, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario
July 22 - 24
Summer Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec
August 12 - 14
Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, Québec
September 2 - 4
NASCAR Weekend, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario
September 23 - 25
Fall Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec  
Get in on the action: TIM HORTONS® NHL® Trading Cards return and offer new digital experience
OAKVILLE, ON, Sept. 21, 2016 /CNW/ - Starting today, hockey fans across Canada can once again get their hands on the Tim Hortons Collector's Series NHL® Trading Cards. This year, Tim Hortons is stepping up their game by allowing Guests to experience the all-new 2016-17 edition of NHL® trading cards in a fun, interactive way!

Tims™ has developed a new app bringing the players to life through augmented reality, making these cards the first NHL® Trading Cards of their kind. Guests simply need to download the Tim Hortons Augmented Reality Hockey Cards app and scan their cards to see authentic models of NHL® stars in their real life environment. The app is available for both Android and iOS and recognizes all 100 cards in the base set. Discover hidden animations when you scan different card combinations side by side.

"Tim Hortons has a long standing history of supporting hockey in Canada and we're thrilled to continue this tradition through the return of our NHL® trading cards," said Sami Siddiqui, President, Tim Hortons Canada. "We're excited to offer a new and engaging experience this year with this app, bringing the players of Canada's favourite game to life."

Trading Cards are available in a three-card pack at restaurants while supplies last for $1 plus tax, with each beverage purchased ($1.99 plus tax, without beverage purchase). These were developed in partnership with the NHL and the NHLPA, and their exclusive licensed trading card partner, Upper Deck.

"The set Upper Deck developed for Tim Hortons offers a variety of compelling cards fans of all ages will enjoy collecting and an incredible new experience with the augmented reality piece Tim Hortons developed," said Jason Masherah, President of Upper Deck. "The partnership last year had hockey fans flocking to Tim Hortons to get their packs and we are excited to team up once again with this new set of NHL® Trading Cards."

Once again this year trading will extend online, as each physical pack of trading cards contains a unique PIN that unlocks a digital trading card. When fans register at www.collecttowin.ca, they can collect and trade digital trading cards with fans across the country for a chance to win 1 of 5 VIP trips to the 2017 NHL® All-Star Game, as well as 1 of 100 EA SPORTSTM NHL® 17 Playstation® Prize Packs and over 120,000 other awesome prizes.

"Hockey cards are an integral part of the rich history of the game; they're coveted memorabilia, informative guides, and an eternal snapshot of a hockey moment in time," said Brian Jennings, NHL Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Marketing. "This collection of Tim Hortons Collector's Series NHL® Trading Cards will allow hockey fans – across generations – to connect with the current era of elite NHL players."

The newly designed Tim Hortons Collector's Series NHL® Trading Cards highlight 99 of today's NHL® players in the base-card set plus a Tim Horton player card (#001 in the set). Fans can also keep an eye out for limited edition cards including 87 Sidney Crosby NHL® Icon Autographed cards and 100 Nathan MacKinnon Autographed Timbits® Hockey cards.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of the next generation of hockey cards with our longtime partners at Upper Deck. Card collecting is something that many of our players grew up with as important parts of their lives, so to be part of such an innovative breakthrough with the Tim Hortons Collector's Series NHL® Trading Cards is something that makes us very proud to be involved with," said Sandra Monteiro, NHLPA Chief of Global Business Strategies. "Through this revolutionary new set from Tim Hortons, hockey fans across the country will be able to experience and have their favourite players come to life in a brand new light – via a groundbreaking smartphone interface."

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Olympic beach volleyball champions start with a win at Toronto's Polson Pier
Day two of competition started strong at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals at Toronto's Polson Pier. With the city skyline in the background, fans watched the first upset of the tournament as the Brazilians Pedro/Evandro lost 1-2 to Bourne/Hyden from the USA.

The Brazilian team came to Toronto after a first-place win at the Long Beach Grand Slam, but despite winning the first set, they could not hold off Hyden/Bourne. "I always expect us to win", Bourne proudly told the media after the match.

Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Finals is a story of redemption for "The Lion King" Aleksandrs Samoilovs and partner Janis Smedins as they try and put their Olympic disappointment behind them. The A1 Major Klagenfurt champions made a shocking group stage exit from the Copacabana, but won their home tournament in Latvia before arriving in Canada. They opened up their tournament with a 2-1 win over Polish duo Fijalek/Prudel.

"What happened in Rio happened, and we can't change that," Samoilovs said. "It will be tough this week because it's the best of the best here. Ten years ago when I started playing there were five/eight teams with a chance of a medal at each competition, but now anyone in the main draw can medal."

Brazilian superstar Talita Antunes gave the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals a massive thumbs up after she and Larissa Franca beat local heroes Broder /Valjas on Center Court. The defending champions from Fort Lauderdale Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Final 2015, started strong with a straight sets victory against the Canadians.

"It's the best tournament, it's got the best 12 teams and it's tough," Talita said. "We're happy to be back and play the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals. Everyone is looking towards the big finals. We're here and will fight all the way to try and win first place again."

Toronto fans are invited to Polson Pier every day until the finals on September 18. For all match times, visit the court schedule on https://ca.swatchmajorseries.com. Admission is free at all times.
Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Win the 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Team and Driver Championships
In just their second year of competition, the Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports team has won the 2016 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama series overall Team and Driver Championships in the Platinum Class.

"I am extremely proud of our team's accomplishments, and the effort put in by all the drivers, technicians, management and fans who helped make this year a success" says Francesco Policaro, General Manager of Porsche Centre Oakville. The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge is one of twenty Porsche sanctioned race series worldwide. The Canadian series sees teams compete over 6 race weekends taking place in both Canada and the US—including iconic races like the Honda Indy Toronto and Montreal Grand Prix.

Platinum Class driver Daniel Morad, who lead the squad to a team victory in last year's series, drove his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car to a first place finish this year, capturing the Driver Championship trophy and helping to secure the Team Championship title—along with help from fellow team drivers Michael de Quesada and Tim Sanderson—for the second year running.

"These two titles represent a massive victory for the team and for the entire Policaro Automotive Family," says Policaro, "The fact that we were able to repeat and build on the success of our inaugural year shows how dedicated we all are to the sport. We can't wait to defend our titles next year."

The Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports team is a partnership between the Policaro Automotive Family and Alegra Motorsports. Visit www.porschecentreoakvillemotorsport.com
Former Canadian teammates turn rivals at the opening of Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals
Hundreds of fans witnessed the most exciting country quota match in the history of the sport at the opening of the 2016 Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals at Polson Pier Toronto. The stage is now set for what will come over the next five days as the best 24 teams vie for "Olympic revenge" in the battle for the biggest prize in beach volleyball.

The Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals started with an upset: Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson overcame Sarah Pavan and her new partner Melissa Humana-Paredes in two straight sets 23-21, 21-13. After the team split following the Rio Olympic games most experts expected Sarah Pavan to take the last wild card position for the Toronto showdown, but her former partner Heather Bansley proved them wrong.

"It was weird," Heather Bansley said. "The last four seasons I played with Sarah. Brandie and I only had two weeks to prepare for this match. It is a thrill that we could win it." Now all is set for the Canadian festival on Polson Pier, beside Bainsley/Wilkerson there are three more Canadian teams involved in the finals: Jamie Broder/Kristina Valjas on the women's side, Josh Binstock/Sam Schachter and Ben Saxton/Chaim Schalk in the men's bracket.

It is only the second time the beach volleyball elite meets for the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals after the inaugural event last year in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In Toronto Talita Antunes /Larissa Franca and the gold medalists from Rio, Alison Cerutti/Bruno Schmidt, both from Brazil, will give their best to defend the titles and win the $ 100.000 USD prize.

Toronto fans will have the chance to see the biggest names in beach volleyball go head-to-head from September 13-18 at Polson Pier - admission is free at all times for the event.
Morning Glory Cycling Club Parkdale-High Park Bike Drive
 Morning Glory Cycling Club ("MGCC") is pleased to announce that, in partnership with Gears Bike Shop ("Gears"), the Ontario Cycling Association ("OCA"), and Minto Properties, it is holding its 5th annual bike drive on Sunday October 2nd, 2016 from 1 pm until 4 pm at 111 Pacific Avenue. The goal of this annual initiative is to provide used, refurbished bicycles to children and young adults in Parkdale & High Park.

The bikes have been generously donated by MGCC members, friends, and the community at large in order to provide bikes to children and young adults without the financial means to obtain bicycles on their own. Each bike received has been tuned up by Gears to be ready for donation. We are also grateful that members of the Toronto Police Service will be onsite to help run the event for bike safety along with Evergreen who will be providing bike fitting and light tune ups. The OCA has also stepped in, donating bingo funds to support bells, helmets, and locks that will be handed out to recipients of these bikes.

The Morning Glory Cycling Club (www.mgridetoronto.com) is a community of like-minded individuals who love to see the sun rise. With over 1000 registered members spanning its Leaside, High Park, & Oakville Chapters, the MGCC provides a very inclusive and welcoming environment for all cyclists, new and old, to come out and enjoy the benefits of riding a bike. Started in 2008 with a membership of 2, the MGCC has brought together those who share a passion for cycling to inspire healthier living. 
From Sept. 13 – 18, Toronto's Polson Pier hosts the world's beach volleyball elite for the first time in 16 years - the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals (#TorontoFinals), part of the Swatch Major Series.

In front of the picturesque downtown Toronto skyline, the 2016 FIVB World Tour draws to a thrilling close. Spectators will be able to watch the biggest names in beach volleyball go head-to-head at no charge, with the tournament offering free admission for fans.

Bell Media's TSN and Virgin Radio Toronto, official media partners of the SWATCH BEACH VOLLEYBALL FIVB WORLD TOUR FINALS, are set to cover the event, with TSN delivering exclusive live coverage across Canada from September 16-18, and Virgin Radio Toronto providing live on-site activations from Polson Pier. Along with taking in elite volleyball, fans will be immersed in a Copacabana atmosphere at Polson Pier, with acclaimed DJs Florian and Tobias Rudig providing high-energy music and entertainment throughout the tournament - The Austrian brothers recently hyped beach volleyball crowds at Copacabana during Rio 2016, as well as throughout this season's Swatch Major Series. The top 12 teams across the world, both men and women, are set to compete for the highest prize money in beach volleyball - $100,000USD. The teams to beat include Rio 2016 Olympic Games gold medalists Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt from Brazil, as well as Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst from Germany. For the first time since Rio, these Olympic medalists will go head-to-head with their opponents, adding to the drama.

According to Mark Heese, Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games bronze medalist, the ones to watch are Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk. "I played here in Toronto a few times at Ashbridges Bay, and nothing beats playing at home," said Heese. "Having the same promoter here that promotes my favorite tournament of all times – Klagenfurt – is really great. They do it right, they do it professionally. It's an electric atmosphere. We have never seen anything like this here. So you have to come and be the first to experience this. And with the Toronto skyline as the backdrop, you couldn't ask for a better view to play beach volleyball."

What started with one FIVB tournament in 1987 has led to 23 men's and 20 women's events this past season. The inaugural 2015 edition in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was an all Brazilian affair, where both Alison/Bruno and Larissa/Talita took home the victories.
Toronto is all set to host the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals

Leafs Nation to help select the 100 greatest players in Toronto Maple Leafs history

As part of the Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Season celebrations during the 2016-17 NHL season, the team will unveil The One Hundred presented by Canadian Tire, the official list of the 100 greatest players in Toronto Maple Leafs history. A selection committee of 30 prominent members of the hockey community will determine the list, with Leafs Nation serving as the final member.

"We're looking forward to honouring the greatest players in the history of our franchise with the help of our fans," said Brendan Shanahan, Toronto Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor. "The One Hundred will serve as a celebration of the Maple Leafs' most memorable moments and accomplishments as we begin our Centennial Season."

From Thursday, September 8 to Saturday, September 17, fans will have the opportunity to visit MapleLeafs.com/TheOneHundred to vote for the players they believe belong on the list. To assist with the selection, the players will be grouped by era and each profile will include the player's full name, photo, position, seasons/games played, statistics and highlight video. Fans who vote will be entered into a draw to win various Maple Leafs prizes throughout the contest period. The list will be announced in October as part of a special presentation.

To receive information for all Centennial Season events and activities, fans can sign up for Leafs Nation by visiting MapleLeafs.com/LeafsNation.

Leading Canadian health organizations produce a guide to help sport and school organizations implement concussion management protocols

Today, the Canadian Concussion Collaborative (CCC) released a tool to help sport organizations and schools implement concussion prevention and management strategies.
The new guide entitled "A roadmap for developing and implementing concussion management policies and protocols in sport," takes organizations through all the key questions that will help them adapt the principles of good concussion prevention and management to the reality of their sport, environment and resources.

With this Roadmap the 13 leading health and prevention organizations that comprise the Canadian Concussion Collaborative (CCC) want to build on the recommendations that were previously outlined in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, calling on all sport organizations and event organizers to implement a concussion prevention and management protocol.

The Roadmap is structured around the key objectives of a concussion prevention and management protocol:

To minimize the incidence of concussions (prevention).

To optimize the early identification of possible concussions by everyone involved including athletes, coaches, teachers, parents and healthcare professionals.

To optimize the management of concussed athletes in the sport, academic, family, work and personal spheres of their lives based on current best practices and contextually available resources.

To access expertise (or qualified experts) to guide the gradual return to normal physical work and academic activities and minimize the chances of persistent, recurrent or chronic consequences of concussions.

To implement a periodic process for protocol review and a communication strategy that will keep all stakeholders involved and informed about the protocol. 
"Even if the best experts on concussion are available in medical clinics, hospitals and emergency services, concussions cannot be properly managed if they are not recognized in the first place, when they occur, on the field of play," said Dr. Pierre Frémont, Chair of the CCC and Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval. "Sport and school organizations are in the best position to define how key steps of concussion management, such as gradually returning to school activities and subsequently returning to physical activity, can be coordinated and monitored."

The implementation of concussion management protocols in sport and school environments can contribute to the early identification and the immediate initiation of effective management to avoid aggravation and help limit potential long-term consequences. Most concussions, especially when identified early and managed properly, will resolve within seven to 10 days.

Doctors have an important role to play for the formal diagnosis, counseling about concussions, and decisions regarding return to play, but sport organizations and schools, athletes, parents, teachers, coaches and sport officials can help create an environment that is fully aware of concussion. The Roadmap will guide organizations in their commitment to implement a concussion management protocol.

To complement the Roadmap, the CCC has also developed, and will maintain, a webpage of evidence-based, practical, and up-to-date concussion resources that contains a broad range of tools and documentation where organizations can select those which are most relevant to their own reality.

About the Canadian Concussion Collaborative

The mission of the CCC is to create synergy between organizations concerned with concussions to improve education about concussions and the implementation of best practices for the prevention and management of concussions.    
Tim Hortons® launches new Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon online video series in celebration of 2016-17 Hockey Season
Tim Hortons celebrates the start of the 2016-17 hockey season today with the launch of a three-part online video series featuring Pittsburgh Penguins® captain Sidney Crosby and Colorado Avalanche® centre Nathan MacKinnon making a surprise Tims Run™ in their home province of Nova Scotia.

This year, Sid and Nate hit the road to surprise a ball hockey team mid-game and bring a well-deserved coffee break to a dedicated team of firefighters at a local Halifax Fire Station. The three-part series is now available for viewing on Tim Hortons' YouTube channel,YouTube.com/timhortons.

"There really isn't anything more Canadian than a Tims Run, so I'm glad Nate and I were able to team up with Tim Hortons again this year and take it to the next level," says Sidney Crosby. "We both love being out in our communities whenever we get the chance and it was fun to surprise some of the people at home in Nova Scotia. This was a great way for us to kick off the hockey season and build on last year's amazing experience."
At the same time, Tim Hortons is celebrating its sponsorship of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 in Restaurants across the country building on a rich history of supporting hockey in Canada. Tim Hortons will be celebrating in the following ways:

A new cup design cheering on Team Canada will be introduced in restaurants starting now

Guests who purchase Tim Hortons at-home products at local grocery retailers or in-restaurant will receive a free 10-pack of Timbits® any day Team Canada plays during the tournament. All guests have to do is take their purchase receipt to a participating Tim Hortons Restaurant.

Local Timbits® hockey players will be taking centre ice during the intermission of four World Cup of Hockey games during the opening weekend.

Tim Hortons will be celebrating alongside hockey enthusiasts at the Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village in Toronto's Distillery District
providing fans with Canada's favourite coffee.

Show your love of hockey and join the celebration in-restaurant or online:

Subscribe to Tim Hortons on Youtube, youtube.com/TimHortons

Like Tim Hortons on Facebook, facebook.com/TimHortons
Follow Tim Hortons on Twitter, @TimHortons
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Add Tim Hortons on Snapchat, timhortons

2016 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama season finishes in dramatic fashion

 The 2016 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama came to a close on Sunday, September 4, 2016 in Clarington, ON, after rounds 11 and 12 this past weekend. The exclamation point of the weekend, and season, was Daniel Morad standing atop the podium after winning his first Platinum Cup Championship, despite a dramatic final race that saw him finish fifth in the No. 17 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche. He needed to finish sixth or better to clinch the title. Morad topped the standings with a 205-200 edge over fierce rival Scott Hargrove in the final standings for the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned Single-Make Series. After all 12 rounds Porsche Centre Oakville / Alegra Motorsports earned the team award for the season.

"Looking back at the sixth season of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama there are many highlights to keep as fond memories from the year," said Alexander Pollich, President & CEO Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. "From elevating the series with the arrival of the Porsche GT4 Clubsport, the return of the series to Montréal at the Canadian Grand Prix Formula One race, and the first event outside of Canada with two combined events at the iconic Watkins Glen International with the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama."

"Alegra Motorsports and Porsche Centre Oakville have been so supportive of my whole career and getting me back in the car and behind the wheel. I'm forever thankful for that, and I can't wait for next year," said Daniel Morad, Platinum Cup champion. "It was a very exciting ending. It was dramatic; I guess it sums up the year."

In addition to Morad's Platinum Cup results, Marco Cirone in the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Porsche clinched his fourth consecutive title in the Platinum Masters championship, edging out Tim Sanderson by only four points (226-222). Shaun McKaigue captured the Gold Cup class in the No. 34 Fiorano Racing Porsche, while Andrew Danyliw completed a perfect season in the Silver Cup with six victories in as many starts in the No. 38 SCB Racing Porsche GT4 Clubsport.
In Round 11, held on Saturday, September 3, Scott Hargrove in the No. 28 OpenRoad Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car had a dominant victory after an early battle between pole-sitter Daniel Morad in the No. 17 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche. Hargrove finished the season with a series-leading six victories.

Although Tim Sanderson started from the Platinum Masters class pole position, Marco Cirone was able to win the race with an 11.577 second lead for his sixth class victory of the season.

With a win in the Gold Cup class on Saturday Shaun McKaigue was able to solidify his first Gold Cup title since winning the same championship in 2011 in the series' inaugural series season.

Andrew Danyliw continued his perfect record in the Silver Cup with five straight victories in the No. 38 SCB Racing Porsche.

In the final race of the season, Round 12 which was held on Sunday, September 4, Zach Robichon won the race by 11.868 seconds in the No. 78 Mark Motors Racing Porsche over Scott Hargrove in the No. 28 OpenRoad Racing Porsche. Tim Sanderson in the No. 07 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche rounded out the podium in third spot, while also winning the Platinum Masters Class. Marco Cirone finished fourth overall and second in the Platinum Masters Class in the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Porsche, enough to give him the advantage to win the Platinum Masters championship for the fourth consecutive season.

Bruno Chapinotti, from nearby Bowmanville, Ontario, won the Gold Cup class in the No. 03 DFC Motorsport Porsche. Andrew Danyliw, from Toronto, completed a perfect season in Silver Cup with his sixth victory in as many starts this season in the No. 38 SCB Racing Porsche.

Even though series champion, Daniel Morad, had pole position in the race, Scott Hargrove stayed in fast pursuit. With 27 minutes remaining in the race the dramatics continued as Hargrove dove under Morad in Turn 9 of the 10-turn, 2.459-mile (3.957 km) circuit, and the two cars made contact in Turn 10. The contact caused Morad to spin and fall to fifth place before he restarted. Hargrove was assessed with a drive-through penalty for incident responsibility, handing the lead to Robichon with 13 minutes remaining.

For more information on the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, visit www.imsa.com and @IMSA on Twitter with the hashtag #GT3CAN.

When opposites attract - Nissan combines its largest and smallest offerings in unique modification exercise

This weekend, Nissan will present its TITAN Hauler XD project truck at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the last Micra Cup race in Ontario of the season, bringing together the extremes of the Nissan Canada line-up – the TITAN XD full-size pickup truck and the Micra subcompact. The TITAN Hauler XD project truck builds on the production TITAN XD's already exceptional towing and hauling capabilities by almost doubling the payload rating with a Nissan Micra Cup race car secured in the truck bed. The Nissan TITAN Hauler XD project truck effectively puts Canada's most affordable racing series on a pedestal as the second season enters its final month in the 2016 calendar.

"It's a great time to be part of the Nissan family. With the TITAN XD, we have recently launched one of the most capable and well-rounded pick-ups which creates an entirely new truck segment. To top it all off, Nissan's motorsport persona is alive and well in Canada through the Nissan Micra Cup spec series," says Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada Inc. "The TITAN Hauler XD project truck merges the vehicles at the opposite ends of the spectrum of Nissan vehicles available in the Canadian market by bringing together two vehicles in a visually spectacular way."

The TITAN Hauler XD project truck was developed entirely by Quebec-based Motorsports in Action (MIA), which designed and built a customized aluminum rig that was affixed to the bed of the TITAN XD. The deployment is operated by an electro hydraulic pump that operates cylinders that move the platform on and off the truck. The platform holds the Nissan Micra Cup race car in place, and moves forward and backwards for precise loading and unloading.

The payload capacity of the TITAN HAULER XD project truck's bed is almost double the already impressive payload capacity rating of the Nissan TITAN XD, which was achieved through strategic reinforcement of the TITAN XD chassis and suspension.

"I've had the opportunity to work with Nissan on several projects including the Micra Cup race cars and the Rogue Warrior extreme prototype, so when Nissan came to me with the idea of putting the race car in the bed of the TITAN XD, I was immediately excited by the challenge," said Carl Hermez, owner, MIA Motorsport. "It's great to be part of another Nissan prototype exercise that is uniquely Canadian, very imaginative and pushing the limits outside of everyone's expectations."

In production form, the TITAN XD Crew Cab offers some of the effortless towing and hauling of the larger, more expensive heavy-duty trucks – including an available maximum towing capacity of 12,314 pounds (diesel engine) and maximum payload capacity of 2,594 pounds (gas engine) when properly equipped – yet has affordability closer to a half-ton pickup.

Nissan will launch its first single cab full-size pickup truck this fall, in both the TITAN XD and TITAN half-ton variants. The single cabs will have the power, torque, heavy duty chassis and durability demanded by today's demanding worksites – including the highest towing capacities and payloads in the ever-expanding TITAN lineup.

"We are excited to see the reaction of racing enthusiasts at this weekend's race at Mosport, where they will see the TITAN Hauler XD project truck for the first time," concludes Paiva.

About the Nissan Micra Cup
Sanctioned by Auto Sport Québec (ASQ) and presented by JD Promotion & Compétition with the support of Nissan Canada, the 2016 Nissan Micra Cup exclusively features the stock Micra 1.6 S M/T model with minor modifications, including NISMO suspension - to render it race-ready.

Unlike most motorsport events, each competing Nissan Micra race vehicle has the exact same specifications, resulting in a competition that truly reveals the most skilled drivers. The Nissan Micra Cup race vehicles were equipped with the Nissan Micra's stock 1.6-litre DOHC 4-cylinder engine with dual fuel injection and Twin CVTC (Continuously Variable Timing Control) and stock 5-speed manual transmission. In its inaugural season last year, more than 25 Nissan Micras competed on each race weekend which included two hours of track time consisting of: a 30-minute trial, a 30-minute qualifying session and two 30-minute races.

Young karting drivers, the average Canadian looking for an entry point into motorsport competition, or anyone who wants to experience the rush of adrenaline inherent with racing cars are all well-suited to this series. In summary, the Nissan Micra Cup is for people who are passionate about motorsports, want to experience all the fun and thrills of racing, but without spending staggering amounts of money.

For more information on the Nissan Micra Cup, please go to the website www.nissan.ca/micracup.

Top NHL Stars Partner With Bauer Hockey To Help Players Get Ready For Upcoming Season

Bauer Hockey, the world's leading manufacturer of hockey equipment, today announced that it has partnered with some of the game's most exciting players to create an exclusive video series aimed to enhance skill development for hockey players of all ages and abilities.
The eight-week series, entitled #GetFitFriday, can be found on Bauer Hockey's social media channels and features several top National Hockey League players including Patrick Kane, Jack Eichel, Jonathan Toews, Aaron Ekblad, Dylan Larkin and Auston Matthews. New videos are posted every Friday and are hosted by Adam Nicholas, a top hockey skills instructor, who has worked with several professional, collegiate and amateur players and programs.

"Players of all ages are getting ready for the upcoming season and there is no better way to improve your play than by listening to expert advice and tips from some of the game's best players," Nicholas said. "These videos provide a unique and insightful look into the various styles of play and strengths of these top NHL players, and then we provide practical and easy-to-follow steps for players of all abilities to incorporate these skills into their game."
In addition to tips and advice from top NHL players, the series kicks off with an in-depth video on skate fitting, entitled Find Your Winning Fit. In this opening video Kane, Toews and Eichel discuss the importance of finding the right skate for not only optimal fit, but also for each player's specific style of play. Additional videos in the series include:

Efficient Strides with Jack Eichel

Creating Space with Patrick Kane

Lateral Movement with Aaron Ekblad

Retrievals and Net Drives with Jonathan Toews
Net Front Scoring with Dylan Larkin

In-Stride Shooting with Auston Matthews

"We are extremely excited to showcase the incredible skills of these top athletes and combine them with Adam's expertise and insights as a leading skills instructor to help players of all ages improve their game and get ready for the upcoming season," said Mary-Kay Messier, Vice President of Marketing, Bauer Hockey. "Throughout the entire video series, there are numerous tips and helpful advice that can be valuable for players, coaches and parents." 

 The exclusive video series can be found on Bauer Hockey's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/BauerHockey1927 or via Twitter (@BauerHockey), and Instagram (BauerHockey).
Clash of the Beach Volleyball titans: Rio comes to Toronto
From Sept. 13 - 18, 2016, Canada will host the biggest beach volleyball event after the Olympic Games. The best teams on the planet, including both gold medalists from Rio, will meet for the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals, part of the Swatch Major Series.

In front of the Toronto skyline, at the picturesque location of Polson Pier, the eight best teams of each gender plus four wildcards will battle for the sought-after crowns and $100,000 USD prize.

Our local Canadian heroes and duo of Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk, and Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter, will bring their top game with the goal to win on home sand.

The top eight of the FIVB World Tour ranking are joined by the 2015 defending champions and 2016 Olympic gold medalists, Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt from Brazil. Other notable athletes include Olympic gold medalists from Germany for woman's beach volleyball, Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, and bronze medalists from the Netherlands for men's beach volleyball, Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen.

In the women's bracket the wildcards go to Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas from Canada,

Joana Heidrich and Nadine Zumkehr from Switzerland, and Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy from Australia.

The fans in Toronto will be delighted to see a battle for the second Canadian wildcard for the women's showdown. After Rio, Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley of Team Canada decided to split. On Tuesday, Sept. 13 Sarah and Heather, with their new partners, will play against each other for the remaining spot in the tournament. It will make a very special and unique beginning to the finals at Polson Pier.
Here are the players for the FIVB World Tour Finals.
Men's Group






Pedro Solberg/Evandro


Men's Wildcards



Alison/Bruno Schmidt


Women's Group

Walsh Jennings/Ross







Woman's Wildcards

will play Trials after split on Sept. 13




Former NBA All-Star and Top 50 Player of All Time - Earl Monroe "Earl the Pearl" to Attend WAIS Bermuda

Former NBA all-star Earl Monroe, also well known as Earl the Pearl, will be attending the World Alternative Investment Summit Conference in Bermuda from September 28-30 at the Fairmont Southampton.

Once called the "ultimate playground player" Earl Monroe enjoyed a decorated 13-year career in the NBA, playing for both the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks.

Monroe's feathery jump-shot, patented spin and unorthodox shots gained him fan and industry recognition; he played in four All-Star games and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996. Monroe was named a Top 50 all time player; he retired in 1980 with a total of 17,454 points over 926 games.

Post career, Monroe has been just as successful off the court. He spent more than 30 years in the entertainment business, owning his own record label and publishing company as well as producing Broadway musicals, even winning the coveted Peabody award from his critically acclaimed documentary "Black Magic." He is also known as an entrepreneur, owning both two restaurants and a painting and flooring company. He is also a frequent motivational speaker.

Monroe left an indelible mark on basketball and beyond. He will be sure to leave a lasting impression on WAIS delegates too.

Click here to register for this exciting event: www.waisc.com
GoodLife Fitness Members can now find their 'MYZONE'
"At MYZONE, we are focussed on delivering the most relevant club-based fitness technology to give the member the platform to hit their goals." says Mike Leveque, COO and Co-Founder of MYZONE. "We are proud to partner with 'Patch' and GoodLife to deliver on GoodLife's purpose to help all Canadians live a fit and healthy good life"

"I've found MYZONE to be an amazing accountability tool for my workouts because just like everyone else I'm extremely busy with work, kids, and the craziness of life," says Mike Rathwell, GoodLife Director of Operations and retired Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp. "Since I've had my belt, it has really helped me make sure my workouts are a priority in my day because I know my peers are going to be seeing my results and I'm just a tad bit competitive."

GoodLife Members are now able to purchase the MYZONE MZ-3, at a significantly reduced price, by visiting myzone.goodlifefitness.com.

About GoodLife Fitness
Proudly Canadian since 1979, GoodLife Fitness is the largest fitness club chain in Canada and the fourth largest overall in the world. With over 365 clubs from coast-to-coast, including GoodLife Fitness, Énergie Cardio, Fit4Less by GoodLife and ÉconoFitness Clubs, approximately 14,400 employees and more than 1.25 million members, GoodLife is helping to transform the health and wellness of 1 in 28 Canadians every day.

MYZONE is a wearable technology company whose mission is to drive exercise adherence within fitness communities. MYZONE prides itself using accurate heart rate technology that is relevant to the exerciser. MYZONE's primary markets are made up of the commercial fitness industry and corporate wellness. MYZONE is currently represented in more than 3,500 facilities in 35 countries. For more information, visit www.MYZONE.org.
GoodLife Fitness, Canada's largest fitness club chain and MYZONE, the leader in wearable fitness technology have teamed up to offer GoodLife members and staff across Canada access to a powerful and innovative fitness monitoring tool – the MYZONE MZ-3.

The MYZONE MZ-3 is an interactive physical activity belt that can send users' real-time readings to large screens around the club or to their smartphone if they are exercising outside. Through a series of personalized, colour-coded tiles, users always know precisely what heart-rate zone they are in during their workout, allowing them to put in optimum effort to obtain maximum results. The large screens are currently in select GoodLife Fitness clubs and will be in locations across the country in the coming months.

This data is also recorded within the user's online personal activity report, accessible through the MYZONE website or the free MYZONE app. Members can log in to see their current and past activity helping them track progress towards goals. There is also the option to compete in challenges, connect with friends and colleagues and track personal health measurements.

The MYZONE's MZ-3 belt goes around the chest area, allowing members to track their workouts with 99.4 per cent accuracy, regardless of what activity they're doing – be it taking a group fitness class, running or playing sports with friends outdoors, working out with a personal trainer, or using the many pieces of cardio equipment available at GoodLife that connect wirelessly to MYZONE.

"The GoodLife team really loved the accuracy of the MYZONE MZ-3 system and most importantly, its ability to create a social connection through exercise" says David 'Patch' Patchell-Evans, Founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness. "We know that feeling connected with others who are also trying to reach personal health and fitness goals plays a huge role in motivating people to achieve their own success—people across Canada can inspire each other to live fit and healthy good lives."

Annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto set for September 11 at Barbara Hall Park

 Canada's most important annual HIV awareness and fundraising event, the Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto, will take place on Sunday, September 11 at Barbara Hall Park. The Toronto Walk raises money for the vital education, outreach and HIV prevention programs for people at risk of HIV, as well as support services for those living with HIV and AIDS offered at ACT, the AIDS Committee of Toronto. Last year's Walk raised $245,000 (net).

The Walk, now in its 28th year, welcomes former Toronto Mayor Barbara Hall and her partner Max Beck as returning Honorary Co-Chairs. This will be the first year that Mayor Hall will Co-Chair the Walk in the park that bears her name. The park next to the 519 Community Centre was renamed in 2014 to acknowledge her contributions to LGBTQ communities.

The Walk will be hosted this year by Mitchell Moffit, of Big Brother Canada 4, and partner Gregory Brown, co-creators of the popular YouTube channels AsapSCIENCE and AsapTHOUGHT.

With over 5.3 million subscribers, these Toronto YouTubers have made several videos related to their experience within the LGBTQ community, recently focusing on the science of HIV and AIDS. "We've looked at the science," wrote Mitchell, "and there's lots of really important stuff happening. The more people know about it, the more impact it will have. That's why organizations like ACT, that provide community education and capacity building, are so important." "Giving back to the community here in Toronto is important to us. It's going to be a fantastic day," added Gregory.

Despite remarkable progress in the treatment and prevention of HIV since the mid-1990s, new infections occur in Toronto every day and a corrosive stigma continues to impact people living with the virus. Over 75,000 people are currently living with HIV in Canada, with over 19,000 living in Toronto.

John Maxwell, the Executive Director of ACT, has been attending the annual event for over 20 years. "I have been to many, many AIDS Walks here in Toronto, and the feeling of being an HIV-positive person and showing up to the Walk to see over a thousand people out to show their support is an incredible feeling. We are walking together for a future with zero new-HIV transmissions, zero HIV-related stigma, and zero AIDS-related deaths."

Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto

Barbara Hall Park

519 Church Street

Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

Sunday September 11, 2016

10:00 a.m. – Registration

11:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies

12:00 p.m. – Walk begins

Coalition of Ontario Doctors Sends Letter to Minister Hoskins

The Coalition of Ontario Doctors today released a letter written to Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins expressing their frustration over the brinksmanship and bullyism they believe is engrained in the government's approach to physicians and patient care. In the letter, they urge the Ministry to reflect on the message Ontario doctors have sent by voting against the PSA.
Dear Minister Hoskins,

Doctors across Ontario read with concern your letter of last Friday to Dr. Virginia Walley, President of the Ontario Medical Association.

We represent thousands of physicians, including family doctors and specialists, across Ontario, from tertiary care academic centres to the smallest rural clinics. Our members, and those who share our views, cast almost 15,000 (14,799) votes against the tentative Physicians Services Agreement which, as you point out, was negotiated 'under a cloak of confidentiality' and pressed on the profession in a campaign of misinformation. This was the largest number of votes ever cast in respect of a PSA, a notable event given that the agreement was disclosed without notice and a vote called in the middle of the summer. Shortly after the tentative PSA was disclosed, and in little over 24 hours, over 3,000 physicians from all practice areas across the province signed a petition to compel a general meeting to vote on the tentative PSA, an event that has happened only once before in the history of the OMA. The doctors who rejected the PSA, and the manner in which it was negotiated were not, as you would like to suggest, high paid specialists. Very far from it, in fact. They were a deep geographic and professional cross-section of the profession, including thousands of family physicians. And they rejected it because it was a bad deal for patients and physicians alike.

On August 14, Ontario's doctors told the Ontario Medical Association and the Government of Ontario that we are tired of the brinksmanship and bullyism that has been the hallmark of this government's approach to physicians and patient care. We are tired of the relentless bureaucratization of practice, the escalating restriction of clinical autonomy and loss of professional independence embodied in Bill 210. We are tired of the deliberate misinformation about 'raises' which ignore inflation, increasing care needs of an aging population and the demands of immigration. We are tired of being told we must ration the care of our patients to absorb the government's lack of fiscal discipline. As professionals who care deeply about the welfare of our patients and the sustainability of our health care system, we expect better from our politicians. While the events of the past six weeks have been difficult, and no one wishes to repeat them, they have also been clarifying.

We urge your Ministry to reflect on the message Ontario's doctors have sent: we work tirelessly and at great personal sacrifice for the welfare of our patients. We do so under increasingly difficult conditions created by your government including public vilification and unilateral action. We do not wish to debate these issues here. We would be pleased to have a principled, fact-based, rhetoric-free negotiation towards a fair deal for patients and their doctors cloaked in common sense and respect not confidentiality.

We will work openly and collaboratively as equal partners with the Ontario Medical Association to reach an agreement with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care that will fairly serve the patients and physicians of Ontario in pursuit of our common goal of providing the best medical care to the people of Ontario. We hope that you will too and we look forward to hearing from you.


Dr. Kulvinder Gill

Dr. David Jacobs

Dr. Douglas Mark

Dr. Sharad Rai

On behalf of the Coalition of Ontario Doctors. For more information on the Coalition, please visit: www.coalitionofontariodoctors.ca

Alberta kids, Ariya Jutanugarn big winners at Canadian Pacific Women's Open

  Ariya Jutanugarn topped one of the deepest fields on the LPGA tour, including dozens of recent Olympians, to win the Canadian Pacific Women's Open title, with local kids also winning big thanks to CP's $2 million donation to the Alberta Children's Hospital in support of pediatric cardiac care and research.

"It was a tremendous week from start to finish and we couldn't be prouder of Ariya and our partnership with the Alberta Children's Hospital," said E. Hunter Harrison, CP's CEO. "Having the tournament at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club, in our home city and province, is bitter sweet as it is my last Open as CEO. I will be forever proud of the contributions we have made as a result of our involvement with Golf Canada and the CP Women's Open – all part of our commitment, through CP Has Heart, to give where we live and operate."

CP's donation, one of the largest on the LPGA tour, will support the hospital in researching the development of "liquid biopsy," a non-invasive procedure that doctors hope will replace invasive tissue biopsies currently used to determine if a child's transplanted heart is being attacked by his or her immune system. This new approach, in combination with the advanced DNA sequencing technologies at the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, can also be used to make a genetic diagnosis for congenital heart disease before a baby is born.

"As a member of the cardiology team at the Alberta Children's Hospital, I am thrilled with the support they have received from the tournament," said Dr. Steven Greenway, Pediatric Cardiologist, Alberta Children's Hospital. "For more than 25 years, the cardiology team at the Alberta Children's Hospital has been providing leading-edge care for kids in our community. This incredible gift will be used to take our research even further from the lab to the clinic as we develop new, non-invasive tests and personalized treatments for children with heart conditions."

The final donation total was a result of a number of fundraising initiatives leading up to the conclusion of the golf tournament, including Spruce Meadows Clear Rounds for Heart, Alberta Children's Hospital Radio-thon and online donation matching.

"The CP Has Heart campaign has brought our community together in a wonderful way. For children who rely on cardiac care and research at the Alberta Children's Hospital, the 2016 CP Women's Open has left a life-changing legacy in our city for years to come," said Saifa Koonar, President and CEO, Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation. We are extremely grateful to CP, Golf Canada and Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club for making this memorable event possible!"

In Canada, one in 100 babies is born with a congenital heart disease. Every year in Alberta, that translates to 500 infants – and their families – who find themselves embarking upon a life-altering journey as a result. That includes CP Women's Open's Ambassador, Alexa Castillo, and her family. The family was referred to the Alberta Children's Hospital where doctors told them their daughter would be born with critical aortic stenosis, a life-threatening heart defect where the aorta in her left ventricle does not work properly. At only eight years old, Alexa has had multiple open heart surgeries and will need a lifetime of care from cardiac specialists.

"It has been so humbling to see the community rally around kids like our daughter who need help for their very special hearts," said Jorge Castillo, Alexa's father. "The care at the Alberta Children's Hospital is amazing and this wonderful gift is going to make it even better for children and their families who will need it in the future."

To coincide with Canada 150 celebrations, next year's Canadian Pacific Women's Open will return to the nation's capital and the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club from August 21 to 27, 2017. CP will announce its charity partner at a later date.

"This week was a fantastic showcase of golf and charitable giving – we congratulate CP, the CP Has Heart program, and everyone involved in the tournament," said Scott Simmons, CEO of Golf Canada. "We look forward to 2017 in Ottawa when we celebrate Canada's 150th with an iconic Canadian company and the best golfers in the world."    
About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE: CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit www.cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.

About CP Has Heart
At CP, we know that a railroad may serve as the arteries of a nation, but at its heart is community. That's why, through CP Has Heart, we've already committed more than $8 million to help improve the heart health of men, women and children across North America. And along the way, we're showing heart whenever we can. Find out more on www.cpr.ca or @CPhasHeart.

About Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation
The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation inspires our community to invest in excellence in child health, research and family centred care. Through the generosity of donors, the Foundation provides funding for innovative programs, state-of-the-art equipment, advanced medical training and internationally-recognized pediatric research. The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation is a founding partner of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, as well as the primary funder. www.childrenshospital.ab.ca.

About the 2016 CP Women's Open
The stars of the LPGA Tour challenged for the CP Women's Open from August 22-28, 2016 at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club in Priddis, Alta. The CP Women's Open, Canada's National Women's Open Golf Championship, is proudly sponsored by Canadian Pacific, RBC, WestJet, Molson Canadian 67, TaylorMade adidas Golf, AutoCanada, Corby Distilleries Ltd., Delta Calgary South, Coca-Cola and CVS Controls Ltd. For information visit www.CPwomensopen.com.

Golf Canada – Love The Game. Grow The Game
Golf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing close to 305,000 golfers at more than 1,400 member clubs across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada's mission is to grow participation, excellence and passion in the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our goal is to be relevant to and respected by all Canadian golf enthusiasts from coast to coast. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca.
Get ready for fall/winter recreation program registration in Toronto
The City of Toronto is encouraging residents to get ready for September community recreation registration days. Registration occurs over four days in September and includes fall recreation, skating and swim programs as well as ski and some winter recreation programs. This September, over 27,000 programs are available in 248 community centres, pools and arenas. 

Get Ready!
Registration begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 10 in Etobicoke/York; Sunday, September 11 in Scarborough; Tuesday, September 13 in North York; and Wednesday, September 14 in Toronto and East York districts. 

Planning ahead makes registration easier. Prior to registration day, residents should visit http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun to:
• Build a list of choices (program titles and barcodes) using the website or the printed FUN Guide
• Have your family number and client numbers ready
• Have a payment method ready or credit on your account, if fees apply 

The number of online registrations increased from 88 per cent last summer to more than 91 per cent completed this past June. 

Registering online is the easiest and fastest way to plan for fall and winter recreation. In June, 72 per cent of users were able to log in to the registration system in 15 minutes or less and, on average, each registration was completed in just over seven minutes. 

Those who wish to register for programs will need to set up an account. Call 416-338-4386, e-mail [email protected] or speak with staff at a City community centre to get a family number and a client number, update your account information, put a credit on your account or request information on the Welcome Policy. Recreation staff will also be available in-person to help with accounts and recreation planning. Check at your local community centre for designated hours.

Welcome Policy yearly credit 
The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. People receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. More information about the yearly credit is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wp. 

Free programs 
Many community centres offer free recreation programs including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information about free and low-cost programming options is available athttp://www.toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation. 

Older adult discounts 
Older adults (60+ years) who register for adult programs receive a 50 per cent discount. 

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://ow.ly/WMG9303ACzP

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.
Nissan Micra Cup joins forces with Ontario law enforcement to combat street racing
- Project E.R.A.S.E.-affiliated police officer to compete in Micra Cup race next weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park –
Today, Nissan announced a collaboration between the Nissan Micra Cup spec series and Project E.R.A.S.E. (Eliminating Racing Activity On Streets Everywhere), to raise awareness about the dangers of street racing and encourage safe, responsible driving on public roads and race tracks. Project E.R.A.S.E. is a collaborative effort of seven Ontario police services, the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of the Environment.

Representing Project E.R.A.S.E. is Staff Sergeant Chuck Kaizer of the Ontario Provincial Police, Highway Safety Division, who will trade in his police uniform for a racing suit Labour Day weekend to compete in two Nissan Micra Cup races at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), near Toronto.

The goal of the E.R.A.S.E. program is to change poor driver behaviour through education and strategic enforcement.

"Motorsport is a cornerstone of Nissan's brand identity, dating back to the 1930's in Japan. The pride we have in our motorsport heritage is matched by Nissan's commitment to safety for all drivers and passengers," says Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada Inc. "To that point, we saw an incredible opportunity for the Nissan Micra Cup to collaborate with Project E.R.A.S.E., to help raise awareness of the dangers of street racing, while providing a safe, regulated alternative for those with a penchant for speed and competition."

So far in 2016, three joint education and enforcement initiatives conducted by Project E.R.A.S.E. affiliated police services have resulted in 107 charges and six arrests related to street racing. This does not include the hundreds of calls for service and stunt driving charges investigated over the past several months by the involved police services independent of the specific enforcement initiatives.

"What many people fail to realize is automobile racing is not synonymous with illegal driving on public roads. We see this in the alarmingly high number of reported street racing incidents and subsequent fines," says Staff Sergeant Chuck Kaizer. "By collaborating with the Micra Cup, we're sending a clear message to Ontario drivers who feel dangerous driving on the public roadways is okay – racing does not belong on public roads - there's a safe way to satisfy the 'need for speed,' and it's more attainable than some might think."

In 2015, Nissan launched the Micra Cup, a one-make racing series featuring Canada's most affordable new car, the base Nissan Micra S. After a successful inaugural season launched exclusively in Quebec, Canada's most affordable racing series expanded to Ontario for 2016. The Micra Cup race car has a compelling value proposition for those interested in motorsport with a price of $22,900 CAD, ready-to-race.

To render it race-ready for the Micra Cup, the Micra S receives NISMO-tuned suspension and a number of enhancements to comply with FIA regulations: FIA-approved racing seat; 5-point harness; fire extinguisher; safety cage; driver protection net; front and rear towing hooks and stylized Fast-wheels wheels with Pirelli low profile high performance slick tires.

Staff Sergeant Chuck Kaizer will be the latest novice driver on the grid next weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, joining a field of close to 30 Micra Cup drivers. Staff Sergeant Kaizer will drive Micra Cup race car #23 for team Project E.R.A.S.E.

For more information on the Nissan Micra Cup, please visit: www.nissan.ca/micracup

About the Nissan Micra Cup
Sanctioned by Auto Sport Québec (ASQ) and presented by JD Promotion & Compétition with the support of Nissan Canada, the 2016 Nissan Micra Cup exclusively features the stock Micra 1.6 S M/T model with minor modifications, including NISMO suspension - to render it race-ready.
Unlike most motorsport events, each competing Nissan Micra race vehicle has the exact same specifications, resulting in a competition that truly reveals the most skilled drivers. The Nissan Micra Cup race vehicles were equipped with the Nissan Micra's stock 1.6-litre DOHC 4-cylinder engine with dual fuel injection and Twin CVTC (Continuously Variable Timing Control) and stock 5-speed manual transmission. In its inaugural season last year, more than 25 Nissan Micras competed on each race weekend which included two hours of track time consisting of: a 30-minute trial, a 30-minute qualifying session and two 30-minute races.

Young karting drivers, the average Canadian looking for an entry point into motorsport competition, or anyone who wants to experience the rush of adrenaline inherent with racing cars are all well-suited to this series. In summary, the Nissan Micra Cup is for people who are passionate about motorsports, want to experience all the fun and thrills of racing, but without spending staggering amounts of money.

For more information on the Nissan Micra Cup, please go to the website www.nissan.ca/micracup.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

About Nissan Canada Inc.
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. NCI directly employs 306 full-time staff across offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC). There are 191 independent Nissan dealerships, 39 Infiniti retailers and 45 Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers across Canada. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca.

King of Norway Sailing in the 8 Metre World Cup Champion

Lake Ontario is the scene this week for the 8 Metre World Cup Champion. Hosted by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club 12 nations of World Class sailors race for the coveted 8 Metre World Cup Champion title.

Just off of Toronto Island from August 21 – 27 some of the world's finest sailors are giving their all in order to take home the prize of the North American Eight Metre Cup.

The 8Metre yacht (8mR ) dates back over one hundred years. Today, the 8mR class is comprised of the Classic and Modern divisions. Both types of boats must meet strict measurement criteria for the hull and rig in order to qualify in one of these divisions. Generally, the boat measures approximately 14 metres in length with beams (width) of around 2.5.

The Classic 8mR’s are the mainstay of the class. They provide a display of unmatched wooden beauty and are often kept in families for generations. These are the boats that come to mind first when people think about the 8mR class. The fleet’s status was secured when the Canada’s Cup, the most prestigious regatta on the Great Lakes, was sailed in the 8mR class in the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1950’s. Today, many of the 8mR yachts from this earlier era are still competing at regattas on Lake Ontario.

Among those racing is King Harald of Norway, captaining his ship SIRA - NOR 33. King Harald is an avid sailor with three Olympic Games under his cap; 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, and the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. In July 2005, the King and his crew aboard the royal sailboat Fram XV won the gold medal at the European Championships in Sweden. In the 2007 World Championship the King obtained a sixth place.

The International Jury consists of Terence Brownrigg (Jury Chair) - Great Britain, Pat Healy - United States, Amanda Karahanas - Canada, Robert Stewart - Canada and Egil Wold - Norway.

Results as of August 22:

The event will cap off with an Awards Banquet on August 27.
Canadian Brett Rheeder secures well-earned Red Bull Joyride win
 The largest slopestyle mountain biking competition in the world, Red Bull Joyride, closed out the final day of the week long Crankworx Whistler festival today at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Dubbed 'Slopestyle Sunday', fifteen of the world's best slopestyle athletes went head-to-head in a gravity-defying showdown, in front of 30,000 spectators packed into Whistler Blackcomb's Skier's Plaza, for the season defining contest and the main event of the Red Bull Signature Series. Watch the winning run by Canadian Brett Rheeder here.

If there was one athlete with a bullseye on his back at this year's Red Bull Joyride, it was Brandon Semenuk. Comparably the Usain Bolt of slopestyle mountain biking, Semenuk has held court over the Whistler event for the past three years consecutively, with a total of four first place finishes to his name as the winningest athlete in the history of the contest. But this year, it was Canada's Brett Rheeder (Mount Albert, ON) who put an end to 'The King's' reign after pursuing him for nearly two years.

The first place win for Rheeder could not be more well deserved, following a third place win in 2014 and an upsetting result in 2015. Last year, Rheeder found himself in a remarkable position going into the Red Bull Joyride event, with a chance to win the first ever Crankworx Triple Crown of Slopestyle. Wins at the first two events of the year in Rotorua, New Zealand and France meant he had two of the three wins necessary to earn the title, with Red Bull Joyride as the final. But with the immense pressure he faced, he succumbed to nerves and was unable to cobble together a winning run at the final event, despite being an odds-on favorite for the win.

Today, following two uncharacteristically low scoring runs by Brandon Semenuk, Rheeder was able to capitalize on the opportunity, catapulting himself to first place with a leading score of 93 in his opening run. Nearly flawless from top to bottom, he unleashed an arsenal of big combination tricks including a backflip barspin to opposite tail whip in the early stages of his run, his signature cork 720 and a highly technical finish with a front flip onto the final 30ft tall feature, followed by a backflip off into the finish area below.

Hot on the heels of Rheeder were Thomas Genon (BEL) who placed second with a score of 91.20, and Max Fredriksson who placed third in his Red Bull Joyride debut, scoring 89.80. Just shy of the podium was fellow Swede, Emil Johansson who made a remarkable impression in what was also his first Red Bull Joyride appearance at only 17 years of age. Under the mentorship of Martin Soderstrom, both will be contenders to watch in the years to come. .

What a difference a year can make. In one of the most exciting slopestyle events in recent memory, this year's contest was a testament to the rapid progression of slopestyle mountain biking, with a bevy of first-ever tricks and new faces emerging on the scene. Brandon Semenuk's 180 calf-cab off the largest flat drop, meaning he essentially rode off the feature backwards, was a first-ever in the contest, and despite missing the podium, made a clear statement on the direction in which the sport is heading. The contest also included legendary BMX rider Ryan Nyquist who qualified for the event, one of a number of athletes from other bike disciplines who are making the transition to slopestyle mountain biking, further validating the sport's growing appeal. Canadian BMX icon Drew Bezanson, as documented in this season's The Learning Curve, also debuted in his first slopestyle mountain biking season as he battled it out on the FMB World Tour this summer, unfortunatelly falling just short of earning a spot at Red Bull Joyride.


Built by riders for riders, this year's Red Bull Joyride course was the largest yet, ringing in at 650m in length with an all new start section which put competitors immediately into the action with a drop right out of the gate, along with an all new final feature that weighed in at 30ft high with a flatdrop into the finish area.

Now in it's sixtth year, Red Bull Joyride is the most coveted slopestyle mountain biking event and season-defining contest of the FMB World Tour. Slopestyle mountain biking, born largely on Vancouver's North Shore, is a blend of classic downhill mountain biking, freeride and dirt jumping with athletes being scored on a blend of tricks, technicality and style.

Red Bull Joyride, a headline event of the Red Bull Signature Series, will air on October 22, 2016 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm ET on NBC. Sal Masekela, the definitive voice in action sports, hosts the Red Bull Signature Series that is now in its fifth year on NBC. Red Bull Joyride is brought to a national NBC audience in partnership with Pennzoil Synthetics and BGGoodrich.
"It's such a surreal feeling. I've been struggling since 2012 and after facing so much pressure last year and having two crashes, this has been a long time coming," explains Rheeder. "I was still very nervous going into today. The conditions weren't ideal but as soon as I dropped in, everything just goes away and it's just you and the bike."

2016 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama excites at Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in Rounds 9 and 10

The 2016 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama continued this past weekend with Rounds 9 and 10 taking place at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in Quebec. Daniel Morad was able to expand on his very narrow three point lead coming into the weekend to a 13 point lead with a second place finish in Round 9, held on Saturday, and a dominating win in Race 10 on Sunday.

"The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières is always an exciting stop for the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama and this year was no different," said Alexander Pollich, President & CEO Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. "After the first race on Saturday the series was neck and neck with Daniel Morad leading Scott Hargrove by only one point. With the series lead wider now after two eventful races the final two races on Labour Day weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will surely be the most anticipated of the season."

In the first race, held on Saturday, August 13, Scott Hargrove, in the No. 28 OpenRoad Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, was able to pass pole-sitter Daniel Morad, in the No. 17 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche, on the second lap. As Hargrove finished the race with a 1.944 second lead over Morad the entire race was a tight battle between the two series leaders. A single point separated Hargrove (154 points) and Morad (155 points) for the series lead.

"I had to give it 110 percent the whole race to be able to hold that lead," said Hargrove, "The car was just phenomenal in the race compared to how we had it earlier in the weekend. I'm excited to hopefully get the OpenRoad car back in the championship lead."

Rounding out the top five in the platinum class, which consists of 2014-2016 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, was Chris Green in third in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche, Etienne Borgeat in fourth in the No. 2 GT Racing Porsche, and Tim Sanderson in the No. 7 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche.

Tim Sanderson was also the top Platinum Masters finisher, marking his third consecutive Platinum Masters victory, and slightly edged out second-place finisher Marco Cirone in the No. 88 Mark Motors Porsche by .552 seconds. The Platinum Masters class is contested by drivers 45 and older in Platinum Cup cars.

Shaun McKaigue in the No. 34 Fiorano Racing Porsche won his fourth Gold Cup race, which consists of 2010-2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. McKaigue and Martin Harvey were evenly matched throughout the race and drove competitively but made contact slightly in the race. McKaigue recovered quicker and took the lead with Harvey continuing close pursuit, although the race officials penalized Harvey for incident responsibility allowing McKaigue to win comfortably.

In the second race, held on Sunday, August 14, the path toward the Platinum Cup championship became smoother for Daniel Morad after a victory, his fourth of the season, in Round 10.

The finishing position of Scott Hargrove (8th) in the No. 28 OpenRoad Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car (8th) does not give the race justice as it was a tight race right through to the last lap. As Hargrove was chasing Morad and approached Turn 6 slight contact was made to Martin Harvey in the No. 08 Wingho Racing Porsche, causing him to spin. The incident allowed Morad to pull away during the closing laps, giving him an 18.254 second lead over Chris Green who finished second in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche.

"The team gave me an amazing car, a perfect car," said Morad. "Yesterday we missed a little bit. We just kept calm and made a fine adjustment, dialed that thing to perfection. I couldn't have done it without those guys."

At the end of the race Zach Robichon in the No. 78 Mark Motors Racing Porsche claimed a tight third, finishing 1.726 seconds behind Green. Etienne Borgeat, from Montreal, completed a solid event with his second fourth-place finish of the weekend in the No. 2 GT Racing Porsche. Tim Sanderson, from Pickering, Ontario, rounded out the top five in the No. 07 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche and completed a sweep of the Platinum Masters class for the weekend.

Three-time reigning Platinum Masters champion, Marco Cirone, brought the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Porsche to the finish line second in the Platinum Masters.

Shaun McKaigue battled out a fifth Gold Cup race victory in the No. 34 Fiorano Racing Porsche defeating Martin Harvey in the No. 08 Wingho Racing Porsche. Despite Harvey being involved in the incident with Hargrove near the end of the race, he still managed to finish and earn a respectable second place finish in the Gold Cup.

The final two rounds of the 12-round Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama are scheduled for September 2-4 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) in Bowmanville, ON.

For more information on the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, visit www.imsa.com and @IMSA on Twitter with the hashtag #GT3CAN. Live commentary for both races will be provided on Twitter at @IMSALive.
New grant makes youth hockey a reality for the "other 99%"
- FlipGive Fundraising, a free digital fundraising platform, and HockeyShot.com, the largest online specialty retailer of hockey training & skill-building products worldwide, have partnered up to launch the GET IN THE GAME Hockey Grant, a new initiative designed to provide under-resourced youth with financial support to play hockey.

The GET IN THE GAME Hockey Grant will extend $5,000 in funding and will be awarded as two TEAM Grants of $1000 each and six INDIVIDUAL Grants of $500 each. The grants will cover hockey equipment and hockey league registration fees.

Pricey equipment and the cost of registration are leaving many kids behind.

While overall participation in Hockey is gradually growing in Canada & the US, participation among children from lower income families is declining dramatically. Budget struggles, pricey equipment and the cost of registration are leaving behind a cohort of children who have the ability to play but not the cash to participate.

According to a recent report, the two major barriers to participation in sport are enrollment fees (61%) and equipment costs (52%). Nine in 10 of those surveyed believe sports participation is becoming too expensive and a vast majority (82%) say they know a child who cannot participate in organized sport due to the hefty price tag. Of concern is that less players from lower income homes are participating in hockey and more specifically, the next generation of hockey potential is not being developed.

FlipGive.com has been helping struggling players and teams for over 2 years with a fast and easy way to fundraise online. "This new Hockey Grant is an extension of our business' commitment to supporting youth athletes," says CEO, Mark Bachman of FlipGive. "With hockey ranked as one of the most expensive sports to play, this grant is will help provide much needed support for a group of under-resourced children".

Sport has the ability to transform and develop youth beyond the game itself. "Hockey shaped who I am" says J-P Brun President & Co-Founder at HockeyShot.com "The team experience fostered the importance of building trust, responsibility and sportsmanship – important lessons I've carried into my career." He added "It's important to me that we broaden the exposure of this great sport, and these life lessons to those who might not otherwise have a chance to play".

Players and Teams in need of financial support can apply for the GET IN THE GAME Hockey Grant from August 15, 2016 to September 16, 2016 via the companies' websites www.flipgive.com/hockeygrant and www.hockeyshot.com/hockeygrant. Applicants must reside in North American and be between the ages of 4-18 years. Grant winners will be announced by September 30, 2016.

"We're pleased to reinvest in communities across North America to help under-resourced youth play hockey" says Brun of HockeyShot.com. Bachman of FlipGive adds, "The cost of playing hockey continues to increase, which is worrisome for the growth of this great sport. Participating should be driven by ability to play, not pay and we're thrilled that FlipGive and HockeyShot.com are helping get more hockey players into the game."

About FlipGive
FlipGive combines the convenience of online shopping with the best of online fundraising, making it easier for people to raise money, and for retailers to generate sales while improving communities. Fundraisers earn up to 50 per cent for their school, sports team or cause by shopping with retail partners. To start your fundraising campaign visit flipgive.com.

About HockeyShot.com
HockeyShot is the largest online specialty retailer of hockey training & skill-building products worldwide. They are dedicated to providing the latest in hockey training equipment, superior quality merchandise and excellent customer service. They believe in having a website that's easy to navigate and that offers extensive content and a vast selection of products. For more information, visit: http://www.hockeyshot.com

A full bench of NHL alumni to end youth bullying

Event Details:
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bobby Orr VIP lunch Meet & Greet
Noon – 2:00 pm

Night For Change Main Event
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 Join Brian Burke, and a bench full of NHL celebrities for an evening under the stars to end youth bullying. For the 3rd year in a row the Canadian Safe School Network is thrilled to welcome you to the Night For Change.

Hosted by Ultimate Leafs Fan Mike Wilson and his partner Debra Thuet, the 3rd annual event brings even more excitement and NHL guests than last year! The night begins with our unforgettable "blue carpet." Guests are immersed in the action as they walk in next to some of the biggest names in the NHL. Inside, guests can peruse the largest collection of hockey memorabilia outside the hockey hall of fame. We're serving up drinks and gourmet BBQ from some of Toronto's best restaurants, while Canadian country musician Tim Hicks performs. Throughout the night, we'll auction off unbelievable items including trips and exclusive hockey opportunities. The highlight of the night is an intimate hot-stove panel with NHL alumni. We're excited to welcome Phil Esposito, Doug Gilmour, Rick Vaive, Dennis Maruk and more!

This year, we just couldn't fit all the fun in one evening. So we're having lunch too! We've invited VIP ticket holders to get out of the office and sit down with Number Four, in an intimate meet and greet! Ultimate Leafs Fan, Mike Wilson hosts Bobby Orr and Brian Burke in an exclusive Q & A at noon.

The Canadian Safe School Network (CSSN) is a national, not-for-profit, registered charitable organization with a mandate to reduce youth violence and make our schools and communities safer. Because of the generosity of all of our partners and donors we will be able to successfully launch and implement 4 new programs this year, further impacting youth and creating a positive environment for them to learn and grow. 
Spin Master announces Tech Deck Partnership with Street League Skateboarding Foundation
Spin Master Corp. (TSX:TOY), a leading children's entertainment company, is proud to announce Tech Deck as an official partner of the Street League Skateboarding Foundation (SLSF). The partnership will see the two companies create new fundraising opportunities to support SLSF efforts to build free, public skate plazas and help create healthy, sustainable communities.

Tech Deck has long been part of the skateboarding community, partnering with the biggest skate companies in the world over the years, including Element, Plan B, Enjoi and more, to bring fingerboards to the masses. The brand has built a loyal following of collectors and kids in the skateboarding community and the fan-favorite is now eager to help bring skateboarding to an even wider audience.

As part of the partnership, Tech Deck and SLSF will launch the Foundation's first-ever, public fundraising campaign. The funds raised will assist with building and maintaining skateboarding plazas as well as creating educational programs and events that both increase understanding of and encourage participation in skateboarding. Through ongoing outreach, SLSF hopes to show how designated skate plazas can invigorate and enrich communities while creating safe and legal places for kids to skate and be active.

"At Tech Deck, we believe you need to start small to go big and we're thrilled to help SLSF as they look to go big with their mission to improve communities through skateboarding," said Ben Gadbois Global President and Chief Operating Officer, Spin Master Ltd. "We greatly admire the work that SLSF has done to date and encourage everyone to participate."

Street League Skateboarding Foundation has built 22 SLSF Certified skate plazas across the globe to date, with sights set on even more in the US and beyond to help give a safe place to skate for the 31 million skateboarders worldwide.

"Along with the fun it provides and myriad physical benefits, the very act of skateboarding instills creativity, perseverance and confidence in kids," said Josh Friedberg, Executive Director of the SLS Foundation. "The communities that are created around skate plazas reverberate throughout the neighborhoods and cities they occupy, making the world a better place and we couldn't be happier to share that vision with Tech Deck."

As an official partner of SLSF, Tech Deck will host a digital fundraiser, and have a presence at the remaining SLS events where fans can participate in raffles, win prizes and check out the latest Tech Deck product:

SLS Nike SB World Tour: New Jersey, August 28, 2016, Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship, October 2, 2016, Galen Center at USC, Los Angeles, CA
To learn more about the SLSF and Tech Deck Fundraiser and make a donation, visit: streetleaguefoundation.org and techdeck.com.

About Spin Master
Spin Master is a leading global children's entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Spin Master is best known for award-winning brands including Zoomer™ Dino, Bakugan Battle Brawlers™, Air Hogs®, and 2015 Toys of The Year, Bunchems and Meccanoid G15. Since 2005, Spin Master has received 63 TIA Toy of The Year (TOTY) nominations with 16 wins across a variety of product categories. Spin Master has been recognized with 12 TOTY nominations for Innovative Toy of the Year, more than any of its competitors. Spin Master is among a limited number of companies that not only develop and produce global entertainment properties, characters and content, but also monetize that content through the creation, sale and licensing of products. To date, Spin Master has produced six television series, including 2007 hit series Bakugan Battle Brawlers and its current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally. Spin Master employs over 1,000 people globally with offices in Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia.

About SLS Foundation (SLSF)
SLSF assists municipalities, non-profits, and private donors with the design, development, and construction of legal and safe skate plazas, as well as assists with educational programs that both increase understanding and encourage the participation in skateboarding. For more information, visit StreetLeagueFoundation.org.

About Street League Skateboarding
Street League Skateboarding (SLS) is the first-ever professional league for street skateboarding. SLS features 29 of the world's most exciting skateboarders competing in an easy-to-follow, ISX™ instant scoring format on one-of-a-kind concrete skate plazas around the world, all for the largest prize purse in skateboarding history. Each Season, the elite SLS Pros compete for valuable points to advance to the Top Eight that will compete for title of Champion in the official street skateboarding world championship as sanctioned by the International Skateboarding Federation, the SLS Super Crown World Championship. SLS airs live on FS1 and FOX Sports GO with a live international webcast on Streetleague.com. For more information, visit www.streetleague.com and follow @streetleague.

 Making better connections - Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi® 2016 International Awareness Day

​ Taoist Tai Chi® arts offer a powerful opportunity to unplug from our phones, tablets and computers, and connect with life. Our practice, classes, temples and international centres promote peace and offer people oases of quietness.

On Thursday August 11 more than 1000 practitioners from 25 countries will be gathering in Toronto's Yonge Dundas Square from 9am till 12pm to share these arts and their personal stories of health and transformation. (A detailed schedule is available at http://www.taoist.org/awarenessday/)

The square will be filled with colourful and spectacular sights as hundreds of people practice Taoist Tai Chi® arts together, huge dragons weave through the crowds, pipe and samba bands add to the entertainment, and members of the public try tai chi for the first time. We will help any media representatives who wish to try Taoist Tai Chi® practice or even take on the challenge of being a dragon leg or wielding a sword or sabre.

The hundreds of participants at the square will travel to Fung Loy Kok's Wong Dai Sin temple in Markham for a celebration of the four international and national awards the Taoist temple has won for its architectural beauty. The festivities beginning at 2pm will include lion dances and the announcement of the winners of a photo competition with categories for public and professional images of the temple and a top prize of CAD$1000.

In the Taoist tradition, the health of a person depends on the connections between body, mind, spirit, and other people. Taoist Tai Chi® practice gives us the tools to renew these connections within ourselves, and then as we become better people we help make the world more harmonious through our interactions with family, friends, and our communities.

Canada is the birthplace of Taoist Tai Chi® practice, thanks to Master Moy Lin Shin, a Taoist monk who began teaching in Toronto 46 years ago to promote the health and spiritual benefits of Taoist Tai Chi® arts. Now more than 40,000 participants in 25 countries feel the benefits of the internal arts of health that he taught.

Awareness Day coincides with a week-long international program at our International Centre in Mono, Ontario. More than 700 volunteer instructors and participants from around the world attend. We would be pleased to facilitate any media visits to our International Centre, which has a magnificent Chinese temple set among beautiful grounds.
Global interactive campaign invites Canadians to call out media who focus on a female athlete's looks over her accomplishments
Too often, media reference a woman's appearance in a way that can diminish her accomplishments and chip away at her confidence and hold her back.

An analysis* of Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine covers found 64% of female athletes featured are shown in passive poses, such as glamour and sexualized shots, while the majority (61%) of men are portrayed in action-oriented imagery emphasizing their skill in their respective sport athletic forms.1

Media commentary where women are judged by looks over achievements will be increasingly prevalent in the coming weeks with the spotlight put on female athletes performing on a global stage, the effects of which could have a lasting impact. The Dove Global Beauty Confidence Report found nearly three quarters (74%) of Canadian women believe the media and advertising set an unrealistic standard of beauty most women can never achieve. Eight in 10 (81%) Canadian women wish the media did a better job of portraying women with diverse physical appearance, and of varying age, race, shape and size.

To call attention to the issue and to encourage people everywhere to take a stand and change the conversation, today Dove is launching a global interactive campaign to call out comments in the media that can belittle a female athlete's achievements.

A centerpiece of the campaign are animated public billboards in Toronto (Yonge-Dundas Square at Yonge and Edward), New York City and Los Angeles that will broadcast select real-time commentary from media outlets in several English-speaking countries that spotlight a female athlete's appearance over her achievements. This media commentary will be fed to the billboards by a real-time online aggregator that enables consumers to view it online and to tweet at media that belittle women.

The billboards continue the Dove #MyBeautyMySay campaign, launched in June, to inspire and empower women to stand up to judgments about the way they look and to overcome the beauty limits holding them back.

Have your say

Media and consumers are invited to play a part in the campaign:

Dove is challenging Canadian media outlets to continue to tell the story of our female athletes through their achievements and not through their appearances alone to avoid appearing on the billboards over the coming weeks.
Dove is inviting Canadians to have a say in this conversation by visiting the real-time online aggregator at Dove.ca/HaveYourSay and to tweet at media outlets who focus on a female athlete's appearance. They can also share their own experiences online about how they were judged by their appearance vs. their accomplishments, while using #MyBeautyMySay.

"We truly believe that Canadian media overall are much more likely to focus on a female athlete's accomplishments first and foremost, however, globally this is not the trend," says Diane Laberge, Marketing Director at Unilever Canada. "We cannot continue to ignore this type of commentary, so we are calling out media who choose to focus on a female athlete's appearance rather than on her athletic achievements."

Bringing the issue to life

As part of the campaign, Dove is working with Canadian champion ice dancer Tessa Virtue and model Winnie Harlow to bring the issue to life for Canadians. Tessa is sharing her story about the judgments she has received about her looks while pursuing her skating career. Winnie is helping show how this issue extends beyond sports and can touch women in many walks of life.

"Judgments on the basis of looks is clearly something most women in my industry have had to confront at some point," says Winnie, "however it's an issue that can touch girls and women who tackle almost any endeavour, especially when it puts them under any kind of public scrutiny."
 Tessa's story in her own words

Be thinner, they said. Don't eat. Coming from a sport with an emphasis on aesthetics, it has been important for me to embrace the subjectivity that accompanies artistry, while negating superficial and derogatory critiques. I'm really looking forward to engaging in honest and meaningful discussions with Dove Canada on the issues of self-esteem, defying critics, and what it truly means to feel confident. Because let's face it, all women are judged too often on their looks instead of their accomplishments.
Canadians Can Directly Help Athletes' Journey to the Podium Through the Help Build an Olympian Program
As Team Canada makes its way to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Deloitte is pleased to commit as presenting partner of the Canadian Olympic Foundation's Help Build an Olympian program. Help Build an Olympian, Powered By Deloitte, raises funds for Canadian athletes to help them access tools and training needed to become the best of the best, and compete in future Olympic Games.

"Deloitte is proud to support Canada's future Olympians, and we encourage all Canadians to play a role in ensuring our country's future success at the Games," said Duncan Sinclair, Vice Chair, Deloitte Canada. "Our athletes inspire us all to pursue excellence and to be our best selves. What's exciting about Help Build an Olympian is that it provides each of us a simple, yet impactful, way to show our appreciation and support."

Beginning today, all Canadians can directly help our future Olympians and show their national pride during and after the Games by visiting the Help Build an Olympian website and making a donation to the Help Build an Olympian program. By donating as little as $10 to the program, Canadians from coast to coast can help ensure that future Canadian athlete participation and success continues to evolve and grow in strength for PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022, and beyond.

As part of the program, Deloitte will be launching a nation-wide corporate initiative to promote wellness and encourage employees to celebrate the Rio 2016 Games and donate to Help Build an Olympian.

"Fueling the Olympic journey involves more than just dedication, talent and hard work. The financial commitment to make it all the way to the top is also substantial," said Leanne Nicolle, Executive Director of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. "For some athletes, the burden is too great and they're forced to end their careers prematurely. Funds raised through Help Build an Olympian, Powered by Deloitte, will go a long way towards supporting our athletes and keeping them on the path to the podium. Thank you to Deloitte and our generous donors across the country for their support."

Deloitte and the Canadian Olympic Committee have partnered through to 2032 with the goal of supporting Canadian athletes' journey with the Help Build an Olympian program and through Game Plan – a program offering Canadian athletes tools and resources to pursue excellence beyond their sporting careers.

About the Canadian Olympic Foundation:
Established in 2007, the Canadian Olympic Foundation gives to priority partners that drive high performance athletic achievement for Canada's Olympic podium potentials and for our next generation of Olympic athletes. Learn more at olympicfoundation.ca or follow Canadian Olympic Foundation on Facebook.

About Deloitte
Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. Deloitte LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms.
COC responds to IOC Executive Board Decision on Russia at Rio 2016
Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) released the following statement in response to the IOC’s decision to not impose a blanket ban on all Russian athletes competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

"We at the Canadian Olympic Committee are fully committed to clean sport and firmly believe that no one involved in doping or other corrupt practices has a place in the Olympic Movement. In the wake of these troubling revelations, clearly more steps are needed to ensure the Olympic Games are free from the scourge of doping. Canada will continue to do everything to be not only an example but a leader in this fight.

The imposition of stricter conditions under which Russian athletes may possibly participate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games - which addresses the potential for clean athletes who may have been impacted by a blanket ban - is only a first step. The onus now remains with the IOC to ensure that the International Federations fully execute their authority and the process that has been identified. Vigilance is critical at this time. All National Olympic Committees must be held accountable and be the standard-bearers for their nations. A diligent and exhaustive process to assess all athletes and participants is critical to clean competition.

We endorse the decision to extend the mandate of Professor McLaren and his investigative team, to ensure this important anti-doping work continues. Every avenue that might facilitate doping of any kind needs to be exposed and shut down. More steps need to be taken to ensure a level playing field for all clean athletes.

We support Canadian athletes who have spoken out about the need to ensure that all involved with the Games adhere to a strict requirement that competitions be clean and that strong steps are taken against those who cheat. We will continue to work with WADA, the IOC and the broader Olympic community in our shared responsibility to protect and promote clean sport."
- Tricia Smith, President, Canadian Olympic Committee and Olympian (Rowing)

Under Armour and Sport Chek Announce Search for Canada's Top Youth Athletes

"The Under Armour brand is synonymous with performance and excellence. At Sport Chek, we look to partner with iconic brands that dream big and can change the game. We believe in inspiring youth to live a healthy and active lifestyle, and this partnership with Under Armour will provide new opportunities for youth to achieve their athletic dreams," said Frederick Lecoq, SVP Marketing and eCommerce, FGL Sports.

For more information on TEAM UA NEXT Canada powered by Sport Chek, or to submit a nomination, please go towww.teamUAnextcanada.com. You can also check out @sportchek using #TAKEYOURSPOT on Twitter and Instagram and @underarmournext on Instagram.

Young athletes called to compete for a spot on TEAM UA NEXT Canada powered by Sport Chek to become one of the faces of the Under Armour youth brand

Today, Under Armour, an originator of performance apparel, footwear and equipment, partnered with Sport Chek, Canada's largest sporting goods retailer, to announce a campaign to find the NEXT generation of Under Armour athletes. Boys and girls between the ages of seven and 12, who are ready to dream big, work hard and demonstrate their WILL, are eligible to compete for their spot on TEAM UA NEXT Canada powered by Sport Chek.

One boy and one girl will be picked to join the elite roster of Under Armour athletes and serve as a youth ambassador for the brand. The winners will receive exclusive access to Under Armour gear and become the face of a brand campaign at Sport Chek and Sports Experts stores across Canada.

Parents, guardians, mentors and coaches have until August 31, 2016, to nominate a young athlete online at www.teamUAnextcanada.com for TEAM UA NEXT Canada. Entrants must submit video footage showing how the young athlete competes and include a statement of WILL about what makes them a great athlete.

"TEAM UA NEXT Canada powered by Sport Chek provides an amazing platform for Under Armour to interact with the athletes who will shape the future of sports," said Shana Ferguson, Marketing Director, Under Armour Canada. "The challenge is designed for youth committed to being faster, stronger and smarter than the competition. They are the athletes of the NEXT generation; the future Carey Prices and Janine Beckies. This gives youth an opportunity to experience Under Armour in a unique and dynamic way."

As an alternative to the online nomination process, Under Armour, Sport Chek and Sports Experts will also host live competition events in Laval, QC on August 6, Newmarket, ON on August 13 and Toronto, ON on August 20, where young athletes can participate in physical challenges and explain why they deserve a spot on TEAM UA NEXT Canada. For times and locations please visit www.teamUAnextcanada.com.
"Young athletes called to compete for a spot on TEAM UA NEXT Canada powered by Sport Chek to become one of the faces of the Under Armour youth brand. Parents, guardians, mentors and coaches have until August 31, 2016, to nominate a young athlete online at www.teamUAnextcanada.com for TEAM UA NEXT Canada. (CNW Group/Under Armour, Inc.)".

Canadian badminton team nominated for Rio 2016

On Saturday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Badminton Canada named the two athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in badminton at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.

The two athletes selected are Michelle Li and Martin Giuffre. The team is coached by Ram Nayyar, Badminton Canada’s High Performance Director.

“I am very proud of these athletes for their perseverance to have Canada represented in badminton this summer. It is an extremely popular sport in our country and you are an integral reason that it continues to grow. Congrats on your nomination today.”
Curt Harnett, Rio 2016 Team Canada Chef de Mission
Both athletes earned their nominations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by accumulating world ranking points in numerous international competitions throughout the season. Li, who currently holds the 19th position in the world ranking (as of July 21, 2016), is the most successful Canadian female badminton player to date. She will participate in her second consecutive Olympic Games after placing fourth at London 2012 in women’s doubles with former partner Alex Bruce. She is the reigning Canadian champion, Pan American Games champion and Commonwealth Games champion. Martin Giuffre, ranked 76th in the world (as of July 21, 2016), has won numerous titles at national and international events such as the Pan Am Junior Championships. He is also following his career goal of studying medicine and becoming a doctor. Having qualified for Rio 2016 with impressive wins at the Trinidad and Tobago International and Jamaica International, he is determined to reach for a medal in Brazil.

Badminton is the fastest racquet sport in the world: the shuttle can reach an impressive speed of 400 km/hour during a game. And as a surprise to many, badminton is the second most played sport in the world following soccer.

The badminton competition will take place at the Riocentro Pavillon 4, August 11-20, with five events: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of approximately 314 athletes.

Badminton Canada is the national governing body of the sport of badminton in Canada. The organization’s mission is to be an innovative and highly respected sports organization that is the leader in contributing to badminton becoming the most successful racquet sport in Canada and the world by enabling Canadian athletes, coaches and officials of all ages, cultural background and skill level the opportunity to excel in badminton and in life. For further information, please visit: www.badminton.ca. 
Rosie MacLennan named as Rio 2016 Team Canada Flag Bearer
On Thursday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that two-time Olympian and London 2012 gold medallist, Rosie MacLennan, would lead Team Canada into the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. The announcement took place at an event in Ottawa on Parliament Hill.

As the Flag Bearer for Team Canada, MacLennan will lead a team of approximately 314 athletes when marching into the opening ceremony. MacLennan takes the reigns from London 2012 Flag Bearer, Simon Whitfield.

MacLennan competed at her second Olympic Games in 2012 and won Canada's only gold medal in London. She performed the most difficult routine of the competition to earn a career-high score of 57.305 for Canada's first-ever Olympic trampoline gold medal. She had first gained multi-sport experience at the 2007 Pan Am Games where she won silver before stepping up to win gold at Guadalajara 2011. She successfully defended that gold medal at home at Toronto 2015, sharing the podium with teammate Karen Cockburn, after coming back from a concussion.

Making her world championship debut in 2005, MacLennan won her first medal, a bronze, in 2007. She added another bronze in 2010 before winning silver in 2011. After her Olympic triumph, MacLennan maintained her top international ranking, winning her first world title in 2013. She added another silver in 2014. After suffering her second concussion of the year when she was accidently hit on the head by a car trunk, MacLennan was happy just to be able to compete at the 2015 World Championships. Choosing to lower the technical difficulty in her routine, she trained it for one week and finished just off the podium in fourth place.

The Flag Bearer Selection Committee is comprised of one athlete representative, selected by the COC Athletes' Commission, Jeff Christie; Rio 2016 Team Canada Chef de Mission, Curt Harnett; COC President, Tricia Smith; COC Executive Director of Sport, (who is a non-voting member), Eric Myles; and Nicole Forrester, a representative of the Team Selection Committee.
"I am honoured to have been chosen as Flag Bearer for Team Canada. To lead my country into the Opening Ceremony makes me feel so proud to be Canadian. Joining the ranks of all the incredible athletes who have come before me is definitely a highlight of my career so far and one that I will remember for the rest of my life. I look forward to marching into the Maracanã stadium wearing the maple leaf, flanked by my incredible teammates."

Rosie MacLennan, Rio 2016 Flag Bearer, London 2012 gold medallist
Toronto hosts grand finale of the Olympic season!
From September 13 - 18 the world of sport will turn to Toronto where the summer season of the 2016 Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour draws to a close as, for the first time, the Tour's Finals come to town. And the top 10 men's and women's teams in the world are set to compete for the Tour finale's USD $500,000 prize.

Polson Pier offers a phenomenal location for the event, which overlooks the skyline on the shore of Lake Ontario.

"We are delighted and proud to come to such a marvelous city like Toronto," says Hannes Jagerhofer, CEO of the Beach Majors company. "Polson Pier offers one of the best sites of the FIVB World Tour, and will definitely set new standards that will make the Swatch Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals a spectacular and truly memorable event."

Being on home turf provides extra motivation for local heroes like Sarah Pavan. Together with her partner Heather Bansley, the Canadian duo finished second at the Poreč Major in Croatia and will be among the Finals favorites. "The fact that the biggest tournament of the FIVB season will be held at home is really exciting," said Pavan.

In the men's field, Canadian hopes rest on Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk, bronze medalists at the Poreč Major earlier this summer.

Bell Media's TSN and Virgin Radio are Official Partnerd of the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Toronto. TSN is set to broadcast the event, with the complete schedule to be released in the coming weeks.

Craft Beer Festival Meets 5K at Toronto's Newest Running Event 

The city’s newest running event will tap into Torontonians’ love of craft beer and good food. Ontario Place will be animated with thousands of beer and running enthusiasts on Sunday, September 18th for the first Famous Canadian Beer Run & Festival. This 5K run/walk-meets-craft beer and food festival is the first of its kind in The 6ix, pairing participants’ passion for running and love of a post-race cold one.
Winding through a closed-to-traffic route through Ontario Place, runners will enjoy scenic lake and city skyline views. Participants will have a sense of nostalgia as they run by the Cinesphere and the silo buildings.
The run finishes at Ontario Place’s Heritage Square, where runners and their friends and families can enjoy an afternoon on the waterfront sampling craft beer and ciders from Ontario brewers and indulging in post-race eats highlighting some of the city’s best gourmet bites. Beau’s, Great Lakes Brewery, High Park Brewery and Sawdust City Brewing are among the stellar lineup of Festival vendors.
As part of a unique collaboration with in/future: a transformative art experience, runners will also be able to view the creation of a new festival in Toronto and see multiple art installations, part of an immersive celebration of multidisciplinary contemporary art and world music. Participants will have early access to the course-side outdoor installations, with the opportunity to purchase tickets to enjoy the full scope of exhibits later in the day. 
RunTOBeer, Toronto’s popular run club for beer lovers with close to 2,000 members, has also signed on as official event partner and will be offering a tune-up run for the event, in addition to providing official “beer cheerers” at the race.
The run taps into the growing trend of non-traditional running events, such as mud/obstacles races and colour runs. Over the last 5 years the category has exploded across Canada with large-scale events competing head-to-head with more established, traditional running events. Like these other events, the Famous Canadian Beer Run appeals not just to hard core runners or athletes, but to a much broader audience of active people looking for experiences that offer a new take on running events, and welcome people of all abilities.
The Famous Canadian Beer Run joins City Chase, Mud Hero and other successful properties under the InFluence Marketing banner. “With vibrant food and craft beer scenes, Toronto couldn’t be a better place to kick off the inaugural Famous Canadian Beer Run. We already know that Toronto runners are keen participants in organized events like this one, and with the addition of a post-race festival we expect this event to become a not-to-be-missed staple on the fall running and event calendars,” says InFluence Marketing President Chris Wilson.
Registration for the event is now open. Participants can run or walk the 5K, and non-participating friends and family can join in on the post race festivities.

Ontario Place to Host Inaugural Run September 18, 2016

Swimming Canada nominates 22 athletes to Team Canada for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

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Swimming Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee are proud to announce the 22 swimmers nominated for selection to Team Canada for the Rio Paralympic Games this September.
Para-swimming was the most productive sport for Canada at the 2012 Games in London, with 16 medals. This year, Benoit Huot of Longueuil, Que., a 19-time Paralympic medallist, returns for a fifth Games while world record holder Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., a silver medallist in London, leads the charge on the women's side.
''Congratulations to our nominees from para-swimming, who have put in so many miles of training and continue to do so relentlessly,'' said Team Canada Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc. ''The depth in this sport keeps getting stronger at every Games and our Canadians seem to always keep pace.''
Six other Canadians with Paralympic Games experience are Isaac Bouckley of Oshawa, Ont., Devin Gotell of Antigonish, N.S. Morgan Bird of Calgary, Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C., Katarina Roxon of Kippens, N.L., and Nathan Stein of Maple Ridge, B.C.
The 14 other athletes are all making their Paralympic Games debut, 13 of whom competed at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. Danielle Dorris, 13, of Moncton, N.B. is a national team rookie and the youngest-ever swimmer to make the team.
"Swimming Canada is excited by both the veterans who have returned to the team and the number of rookies," said Team Leader James Hood, Swimming Canada's senior manager, high performance Para-swimming programs. "Our veterans will continue to build on Canada's great legacy in the Paralympic movement. For the first timers, these Games will be their launching pad from 2016 to becoming our future leaders for Tokyo 2020."
The Paralympic Games are set for Sept. 7 to 18, 2016, with the swimming events scheduled to take place from Sept. 8 to 17.
The Honorable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, presented each athlete, coach and staff member their Paralympic ring, continuing a proud tradition of Swimming Canada.
"The pool in Rio is calling your names and you have the resolve of Team Canada - 35 million strong - behind you on the way to the podium,'' said Minister Qualtrough. ''On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to commend the work done by Swimming Canada to prepare our athletes for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games."
The athletes nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Team are as follows:
Men's Para-swimming
Isaac Bouckley (Oshawa, Ont.)*
Nathan Clement (West Vancouver, B.C.)
Jonathan Dieleman (Telkwa, B.C.)
Alec Elliot (Kitchener, Ont.)
Devin Gotell (Antigonish, N.S.)*
Benoit Huot (Longueuil, Que.)*
James Leroux (Repentigny, Que.)
Gordie Michie (St. Thomas, Ont.)
Tyler Mrak (Surrey, B.C.)
Nathan Stein (Male Ridge, B.C.)*
Nicolas Guy-Turbide (Quebec City, Que.)
Women's Para-swimming
Morgan Bird (Calgary, Alta.)*
Tammy Cunnington (Red Deer, Alta.)
Danielle Dorris (Moncton, N.B.)
Sabrina Duchesne (St-Augustin, Que.)
Nydia Langill (Mississauga, Ont.)
Sarah Mehain (Vernon, B.C.)*
Aurélie Rivard (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.)*
Tess Routliffe (Caledon, Ont.)
Katarina Roxon (Kippens, N.L.)*
Samantha Ryan (Saskatoon, Sask.)
Abi Tripp (Kingston, Ont.)
*Denotes previous Paralympic Games experience
The nominated team will be supported by head coach Craig McCord (Vancouver, B.C.) and coaches France Latendresse (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.), Vince Mikuska (Chilliwack, B.C.) and Mike Thompson (Montreal, Que.).
About Swimming Canada:www.swimming.ca 
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee: www.paralympic.ca

Canadian equestrian team nominated for Rio 2016

On Thursday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Equestrian Canada (EC) named the 10 athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in equestrian at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.

“Canada has a long history of equestrian excellence and I am very proud that these athletes named will be continuing the tradition in Rio. The partnership between athlete and horse is a unique bond that goes beyond athleticism and one that is admired by many. I look forward to celebrating the results of their hard work this summer.”

Curt Harnett, Rio 2016 Team Canada Chef de Mission

Both eventing and jumping will field teams of four athletes, while two individuals will represent Canada in dressage. The Canadian Eventing Team earned their Olympic berth after finishing sixth at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. The Canadian Jumping Team received a team berth after winning the gold medal on home soil at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games last July. Although the Canadian Dressage Team did not earn a team berth, spots for two individuals were secured through qualification criteria set by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).

The Canadian Equestrian Team’s final preparations for Rio over the next few weeks will include training camps in Florida and Germany. In addition, jumping athletes will compete at the prestigious CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival, which began July 11 and will continue through to July 17 in Aachen, Germany.

At the Games, equestrian sport will kick off with eventing, August 6-9. Dressage will follow on August 10, 11, 12 and 15. Jumping closes out the equestrian portion of the Games on August 14, 16, 17 and 19.

Historically, Canada has achieved impressive results at the Olympic Games, earning a total of six equestrian medals. Most recently, Eric Lamaze claimed the individual gold medal in jumping at Beijing 2008. His teammates, Mac Cone, Jill Henselwood and “Captain Canada” Ian Millar also helped secure the silver medal for the Canadian Jumping Team. Millar also set a record at London 2012 by becoming the first athlete in any sport, from any nation, to compete in 10 Olympic Games.

A total of 200 horse and rider combinations from 43 countries will compete at Rio 2016. Overall, Canada expects to field a team of approximately 315 athletes.

About Equestrian Canada

Equestrian Canada (EC) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and industry in Canada, with a mandate to represent, promote and advance all equine and equestrian interests. With over 18,000 sport license holders, 90,000 registered participants, 12 provincial/territorial sport organization partners and 10+ national equine affiliate organizations, EC is a significant contributor to the social, physical, emotional and economic wellbeing of the equestrian industry across Canada.
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Table Tennis Canada Nominates Stephanie Chan for selection to Team Canada for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
The Canadian Paralympic Committee and Table Tennis Canada announced today that Stephanie Chan of Richmond, B.C. has been nominated for selection to Team Canada for this September's Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Chan qualified for Rio in August 2015 when she won the gold medal in women's class 7 singles at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. She is currently ranked 10th in the world.

''This is the first time that we ever had a player ranked in the top-10 compete at the Paralympic Games,'' said John MacPherson, Table Tennis Canada's para head coach. "Stephanie has the potential for excellent results in Rio and I know she will be an inspiration to those who follow her in the future.''

Chan is Canada's first Paralympian to compete in table tennis at the Paralympic Games since Ian Kent placed 12th in 2008.

"Congratulations to Stephanie on her nomination,'' said Canada's Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc. ''I had the chance to meet Stephanie last summer at the Parapan American Games after her victory, and she was incredibly excited about her momentous achievement.''

Para table tennis is one of 22 sports on the Paralympic Games schedule and it is played by athletes with various disabilities. The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games are September 7 to 18, 2016 with the para table tennis events set for September 8 to 17.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada and Canadians across the country, I want to congratulate Stephanie Chan who will serve up a relentless commitment to excellence in Rio,'' said the Honorable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. ''Team Canada, the team behind the team - 35 million strong - is behind you all the way."

Athlete and coach biographies are available at Paralympic.ca/athletes. Bios and high resolution photos can be downloaded at http://tinyurl.com/zxcdo5b.

Chan will be supported by head coach John MacPherson (Dartmouth, N.S.), who competed in para-table tennis at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.

Xavier Coupal and Olivier Bédard Exchange Wins!

The Nissan Micra Cup held its seventh and eighth races of the 2016 season this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the popular track formerly known as "Mosport" situated not far from Toronto. In typical summertime heat and in front of thousands of spectators on-site for one of the most important motorsport events in Canada (also bringing together the prestigious IMSA SportsCar Endurance series), the Nissan Micra Cup offered the public two spectacular races.

In action for the first time at the fast Canadian Tire Motorsport Park circuit, and only Canadian series at the event, the small and agile Nissan Micras provided excitement for the fans, participants from other series, and members of the American and Canadian media invited by Nissan Canada. The 26 competing drivers provided two intense races with non-stop action as they battled for victory.

During the first race, Kevin King started in pole position, but was passed on the first turn by Xavier Coupal, while 2015 champion Olivier Bédard followed by only a few one-hundredths of a second. This trio of drivers was followed very closely behind by Albertan Stefan Rzadzinski, American Nic Hammann of the Nismo GT Academy Team, and Valérie Limoges who was once again consistent near the front of the pack.

These six drivers hit the mid-way point of the race separated by less than half a second, and behind them, a second group of six drivers led by Marc-Antoine Demers and Canadian Touring Car champion Karl Wittmer, who made his Nissan Micra Cup debut this weekend, provided another intense battle. Top ranked Ontarian, Brian Makse, also performed well in the first race, leading a group of five drivers who were fighting in the middle of the pack.

In the end, Kevin King crossed the finish line first but received a penalty from the officials for putting all four of his wheels off the track as he passed Coupal on the last lap. Xavier Coupal was therefore declared the winner, ahead of his teammate Olivier Bédard and Stefan Rzadzinski. Nic Hammann and Valérie Limoges completed the top five.

Once again under a blaring sun, the second race, on Sunday afternoon, was just as exciting. At the front of the pack, a quick battle developed between King, Coupal, and Bédard. Qualifying in pole position, Olivier Bédard was passed by Kevin King on the first lap but Bédard eventually reclaimed the lead to take his second win of the season. King and Coupal finished on his heels, as Marc-Antoine Demers won another heated battle for fourth place in front of Nicolas Hammann and Stefan Rzadzinski.

Normand Boyer finished in seventh spot, ahead of Valérie Limoges, Metod Topolnik and Pierre Clavet. In eleventh, Stéfan Gauthier earned himself a second consecutive victory among the novice drivers.

Mrs. Joann Villeneuve, spouse of late Canadian racing legend Gilles Villeneuve, presented the top three drivers with their trophies on the podium. It was particularly special for Olivier Bédard, winner of the Gilles-Villeneuve Award last year following his championship title.

In the drivers' championship, Xavier Coupal has reclaimed the top of the standings with 242 points, ahead of Olivier Bédard (221), King (220), Rzadzinski (215), Limoges (192) and Demers (168). Peter Dyck is first in the rookie drivers' standings, ahead of Stéfan Gauthier and Ashley Sahakian.

After this event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, the series returns to another exceptional track in Quebec, the Circuit Mont-Tremblant in the Laurentides region. As part of the Summer Classic, the drivers will compete in the ninth and tenth rounds of the 2016 season on July 23 and 24.

For full race results, visit:
http://www.micracup.com/Results_2016_Race?RID=7 (race 7)
http://www.micracup.com/Results_2016_Race?RID=8 (race 8)

Overall championship standings after eight races:

For more information on the Nissan Micra Cup, please visit : www.nissan.ca/coupemicra.

Nissan Micra Cup 2016 Season Calendar :

May 13 - 15
Calabogie Motorsports Park, Ontario
May 27 - 29
Spring Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec
June 19
Autodrome St-Eustache, Québec
July 8 - 10
IMSA Weekend, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario
July 22 - 24
Summer Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec
August 12 - 14
Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, Québec
September 2 - 4
NASCAR Weekend, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario
September 23 - 25
Fall Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec

About the Nissan Micra Cup

Sanctioned by Auto Sport Québec (ASQ) and presented by JD Promotion & Compétition with the support of Nissan Canada, the 2016 Nissan Micra Cup exclusively features the stock Micra 1.6 S M/T model with minor modifications, including NISMO suspension - to render it race-ready.

Unlike most motorsport events, each competing Nissan Micra race vehicle has the exact same specifications, resulting in a competition that truly reveals the most skilled drivers. The Nissan Micra Cup race vehicles were equipped with the Nissan Micra's stock 1.6-litre DOHC 4-cylinder engine with dual fuel injection and Twin CVTC (Continuously Variable Timing Control) and stock 5-speed manual transmission. In its inaugural season last year, more than 25 Nissan Micras competed on each race weekend which included two hours of track time consisting of: a 30-minute trial, a 30-minute qualifying session and two 30-minute races.

Young karting drivers, the average Canadian looking for an entry point into motorsport competition, or anyone who wants to experience the rush of adrenaline inherent with racing cars are all well-suited to this series. In summary, the Nissan Micra Cup is for people who are passionate about motorsports, want to experience all the fun and thrills of racing, but without spending staggering amounts of money.

For more information on the Nissan Micra Cup, please go to the website www.nissan.ca/micracup.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

About Nissan Canada Inc.
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. NCI directly employs 306 full-time staff across offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC). There are 191 independent Nissan dealerships, 39 Infiniti retailers and 45 Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers across Canada. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca.


Smilezone Foundation's Fourth Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament set to take place this Jul
On Monday, July 18, 2016, celebrities will gather to put smiles on the faces of children in need, as the Smilezone Foundation is set to host its Fourth Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament.

The event will take place at the stunning RattleSnake Point Golf Club in Milton, Ontario, where 68 foursomes will each be accompanied by a celebrity as they tee off to raise money and awareness for Smilezone's great cause.

About Smilezone Foundation
Smilezone Foundation is a registered charity committed to “putting smiles on children’s faces”. The charity, founded by Adam Graves and Scott Bachly in 2012, established the overarching mission of assisting children, and their families, who are facing difficult times and health challenges. Smilezone’s mission is to create, build and transform areas (“Zones”) in hospitals, private treatment and development centres, and children’s clinics, in order to improve the lives of children facing illness, disabilities, and physical and emotional obstacles—ultimately putting smiles on their faces. Please visit www.smilezone.com for more information

The Foundation, co-founded by former NHL player Adam Graves, transforms hospital rooms and children’s clinics into kid-friendly areas, helping children with disabilities or illnesses feel comfortable in their time of need. To date, the Foundation has completed 59 successful Smilezones, including recent work at the London Children's Hospital and Kingston General Hospital.

This summer, the Smilezone team will be heading to Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital, Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville, and the Niagara Children's Centre. By the end of 2016, the Foundation will have successfully installed over 100 Smilezones in various children's hospitals, treatment centres and rehabilitation clinics across Ontario, sharing with thousands of families the universal sign of happiness, a smile.

Tee off will take place at 10:00 a.m., and all participants will enjoy a day that includes great golf, celeb interaction, lunch, drinks, dinner, and exciting live and silent auctions. The long list of sports personalities, athletes, actors, and musicians is comprised of the likes of Eric Lindros who will receive the 2016 Smilezone Ambassador Award, Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames, past Leaf great and Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Bower and newest Leaf, Matt Martin, recording artist Tom Cochrane, and Mike Vanderjagt of NFL fame. Well known sports commentator, Brian Williams, will act as this year's Master of Ceremonies.

Event Itinerary:
8:30-9:45 AM: Registration
10:00 AM: Tee Off
4:00-5:00 PM: Cocktail Reception
5:00 PM: Dinner, Awards, and Auction

Volleyball Canada nominates 12 athletes to Team Canada for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Volleyball Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee are proud to announce the 12 athletes nominated for selection to Team Canada to make history in women's sitting volleyball at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games this September.
This is the first time Canada has qualified for the Paralympic Games in sitting volleyball. The men's game was added to the Paralympic program in 1980 and the women's tournament debuted in 2004.
''By qualifying for and competing at the Paralympic Games in women's sitting volleyball, we have reached a new level of excellence,'' said Ian Halliday, High Performance Director - Sitting Volleyball for Volleyball Canada. ''This team has showed tremendous fortitude and perseverance to reach a common goal.''
The Canadian squad, led by head coach Nicole Ban of Fort McMurray, Alta., has nine returning members from the team that won bronze at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, which earned them a berth at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
''These players have shown terrific dedication to become our first Canadian sitting volleyball team to compete at the Paralympic Games,'' said Team Canada's Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc. ''Congratulations to the players and staff for a taking a giant step in their program, and all the best as you work towards a peak performance in Rio.''
The returning team members are Chantal Beauchesne of St-Isidore, Ont., Angelena Dolezar and Katelyn Wright, both of Edmonton, Alta., Shacarra Orr of Jaffray, B.C., Heidi Peters of Neerlandia, Alta., Tessa Popoff of Surrey, B.C., Amber Skyrpan of Wandering River, Alta., Felicia Voss-Shafiq of Burnaby, B.C., and Jolan Wong of Pembroke, Ont.
The newcomers to the team are Danielle Ellis of Langley, B.C., Leanne Muldrew of Winnipeg, Man. and Jennifer Oakes of Calgary, Alta.
"I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the sitting volleyball athletes nominated to Team Canada for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,'' said the Honorable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. ''I know from experience that competing for our country at the Paralympic Games is a unique and humbling experience. On behalf of all Canadians, I wish you well as you enter the final stages of your preparation on the road to Rio."
The Canadian men's sitting volleyball team just fell short in its bid to qualify for Rio.
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Canadian rugby sevens team nominated for Rio 2016
On Friday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Rugby Canada named the 12 athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in women’s rugby sevens at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.

The 12 athletes selected include Britt Benn, Hannah Darling, Bianca Farella, Jen Kish, Ghislaine Landry, Megan Lukan, Kayla Moleschi, Karen Paquin, Kelly Russell, Ashley Steacy, Natasha Watcham-Roy and Charity Williams. The team is coached by John Tait and Sandro Fiorino.

Canada sealed its spot in the inaugural Olympic rugby sevens tournament with its second place finish on the 2014-15 HSBC Women’s Sevens Series.

After winning gold at last year’s Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada finished third on the 2015-16 HSBC Women’s Sevens Series and concluded the season with a cup win at the Clermont Sevens.

Canada will continue its pre-Olympic preparations on Vancouver Island at Rugby Canada’s Centre of Excellence as well as the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE). On July 26, an Olympic media celebration and Rio sendoff will take place at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

The women’s rugby sevens Olympic tournament takes place at Deodoro Stadium, August 6-8.

At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.

Canadian men’s field hockey team nominated for Rio 2016

Sixteen athletes chosen to represent Canada in 12-team field hockey competition

On Wednesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Field Hockey Canada named sixteen athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in men’s field hockey at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.

The Canadian men’s field hockey team qualified for the Rio 2016 Games with a fourth place finish at the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) World League Semifinal in Argentina last June. Canada defeated higher-ranked New Zealand in a quarterfinal shootout to secure the top-four finish and a spot in the Olympic Games.

​Fourteen of the sixteen athletes named to Team Canada for Rio 2016 competed in that Olympic qualifier and also won a silver medal at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

Two athletes on the roster, team captain Scott Tupper and veteran midfielder Mark Pearson, will be competing at the Olympic Games for the second time, after being a part of the last Canadian field hockey team that represented Canada at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The remaining fourteen, including goalkeeper Carter – who was a reserve in 2008 – are first-time Olympians.

The Canadian men’s Olympic field hockey team was named and honoured at the Olympic rings on Cypress Mountain over the Canada Day long weekend. Watch the video here.

Canada’s Olympic men host the United States in a four-game pre-Olympic tournament from July 6 to10 in West Vancouver and Surrey, British Columbia.

In Rio, Canada is in Pool B with Argentina, Germany, India, Ireland, and the Netherlands. The Canadian men will play each nation in its pool once in the preliminary round, with the top-four in the group moving on to the cross-over quarterfinal. Canada opens the tournament on August 6 against Germany.

At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.

Field Hockey Canada is the national governing body for field hockey in working to develop and strengthen field hockey across the country, and to position our National Teams for podium contention in 2016 and beyond.

Jiang Becomes First Chinese Citizen with Ownership Stake in an NBA Team 
Lizhang "John" Jiang, a prominent Chinese sports marketing executive based in Shanghai, has purchased a 5% interest in the Minnesota Timberwolves of the U.S. National Basketball Association and Minnesota Lynx of the U.S. Women's National Basketball Association. Mr. Jiang becomes the first Chinese citizen to own an interest in an NBA team.

Mr. Jiang, a 35-year-old entrepreneur, has been focusing on sports marketing over the past 10 years and has successfully managed the marketing of a number of top Chinese brands in some of the world's top sports venues, including the Olympic Games, top European soccer leagues and the NBA. Recently, Mr. Jiang acquired a 98.13% interest in Granada CF, a Spanish soccer club in LIGA BBVA, and became the youngest person to be chairman and controlling owner of a team in that league.

"As a passionate sports fan, I'm excited to become a part of the Timberwolves organization and honored to be the first Chinese citizen to have ownership in an NBA team," said Jiang. "My goal is to bring China and this great league closer, and build the team as the favorite team of NBA fans in China."

"I am extremely excited to welcome John to the Timberwolves and Lynx family," said Timberwolves and Lynx majority owner Glen Taylor. "John is not only an elite businessman, but is also an extremely high quality person who our franchises are proud to be associated with moving forward. In addition, with John we have the first minority owner from China. John has shared his passion to grow the popularity of the Timberwolves and Lynx in China, which speaks to the global interest in not only our brand but the game of basketball as a whole."

FirsTrust China, Ltd. served as financial advisor to Jiang, Rita Hong of Allbright Law and Harvey Benjamin, former NBA Executive Counsel, represented Jiang as legal counsel.

Shooter Doug Blessin nominated for selection to Team Canada for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

The Shooting Federation of Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee announced today that Doug Blessin of Port Coquitlam, B.C. has been nominated for selection to Team Canada for this September's Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

In Rio, Blessin will compete at his second Paralympic Games, shooting in the R4 (air rifle standing) and R5 (air rifle prone) events. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the 43-year-old para-shooter finished in the top-25 in both the air rifle prone and standing events. He was 15th at the 2015 world championships in the air rifle standing.

''After making the Paralympic team for London in 2012 and not finishing to my potential, I doubled my efforts and training for the next quad, determined to keep besting all of my previous results,'' said Blessin.

In 2014, he was diagnosed with leukemia. The treatment took a huge toll on his family and Blessin stopped training for almost six months.

''Since beating that and getting back to health, I am meeting my goals and fully expect to hit my stride and place well in Rio,'' said Blessin. ''My focus and determination have never been stronger.''

Blessin is supported by head coach Rick Ward (Cardinal, Ont.).

"I have worked with Doug for six years and have seen first-hand how his strength of character, self-discipline and raw talent have carried him over many competitive hurdles and earn a spot in two events at the Paralympic Games," said Ward. "Doug has had a difficult year leading in, but I expect him to rise to the occasion and be in the fight for medals in Rio."

Blessin started his parasport career in wheelchair rugby after he sustained a spinal cord injury in a car accident in December 1995. With the birth of his kids, life got busy, and Blessin temporarily retired from competition. When time permitted a return to competitive sports at age 37, he took up para-shooting.

Para-shooting is one of 22 summer sports on the Paralympic Games program and is practiced by athletes with various disabilities. The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games are September 7 to 18, 2016, with the para-shooting events set for September 8 to 14.

"Congratulations to Doug on his nomination to his second Paralympic Games team,'' said Canada's Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc. ''Para-shooting has one of the deepest fields at the Paralympic Games and Doug has consistently been very competitive internationally. It will be exciting to see how his experience pays off in Rio.''

"Congratulations to Douglas Blessin on being named to Canada's Paralympic team heading to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games this summer," said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. "On behalf of the Government of Canada and Canadians across the country, I wish you good luck as you take aim for the podium. Back at home, Team Canada—35 million people strong—is cheering for you as you inspire us all."
Philippe Bédard nominated to Team Canada for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in wheelchair tennis
Tennis Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee announced Monday that Philippe Bédard (Bromont, Que.) has been officially nominated to compete for Canada in wheelchair tennis at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in September.

"This is an amazing achievement," Bédard said. "I've worked extremely hard for this and now that it's official, I couldn't be prouder. I will represent Canada this summer in Rio with the determination and the intensity that got me there. And I'll be smiling the whole way."

This will be the second Paralympic Games for the 35-year-old, who also competed in London 2012 and reached the second round. He is currently ranked world No. 43 and has won three ITF titles this year in Puerto Rico, Niagara Falls, and Windsor.

Last season, Bédard captured Canada's historic first-ever wheelchair tennis medal alongside Joel Dembe, winning bronze in men's doubles at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games.

"A huge congratulations to Philippe for qualifying for his second Paralympic Games," said Kelly Murumets, president and CEO, Tennis Canada. "We are so wildly proud of Philippe and everything he has accomplished. He could not be more deserving of this honour. We know he will represent Canada well and be an excellent ambassador for both our sport and our country in Rio. Good luck, and we will be cheering you on loudly!"

Wheelchair tennis at Rio 2016 will feature six events – men's, women's, and quad singles and doubles. Bédard will compete alongside 51 other athletes in the men's singles competition. To qualify for Rio, he was the recipient of one of 12 International Tennis Federation Bipartite Commission Invitation places for the men's singles draw, awarded by the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Committee and the International Paralympic Committee.

"Philippe Bédard continues to be a trailblazer for Canada in wheelchair tennis,'' said Canada's Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc. ''He made history last summer when he and Joel Dembe won Canada's first ever major Games medal in the sport at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. And his results so far in 2016 show he is ready to raise the bar again at the Paralympic Games.''

"Congratulations to Philippe Bédard who has earned a spot on the Canadian Paralympic Team headed to Rio this summer," said the Honorable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. "I know that Philippe will give his all for the Maple Leaf as he pushes for a peak performance in a few short months. All Canadians are behind you."

Philippe Bédard will be supported in his preparations for Rio by coach Christian Gingras (Quebec City, Que.)
Canadian sailing team nominated for Rio 2016
 On July 4 the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Sail Canada named the nine athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in sailing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.
The nine athletes selected include: Brenda Bowskill, Danielle Boyd, Nikola Girke, Lee Parkhill, Erin Rafuse,Luke Ramsay, Tom Ramshaw, as well as brothers Graeme Saunders and Jacob Saunders. The athletes earned their Rio spots at various World Cup and world championship events, highlighted by top-10 performances for Canadian sailors across several disciplines.

Olympic sailing consists of an opening series of races that use a low-point scoring system. This includes 10-12 races that are scheduled across the different events. Athletes complete the predetermined courses around marker buoys with the goal of crossing the finish line ahead of their competitors. The final consists of one race, where the top-10 sailors in each event compete in a double-point medal race. The athlete or team with the lowest points at the end of the series wins the overall event.
The sailing competition will be based out the Marina da Gloria, with sailing courses situated in the waters of Guanabara Bay from August 8 to18. Canadians will compete in six events: men’s Laser, women’s Laser Radial, men’s Finn, men’s 470, women’s 49er FX and mixed Nacra 17.

At Rio 2016, Canada will field a team of more than 315 athletes.
Sail Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Yachting Association) is the national governing body for the sport of sailing. The Association promotes sailing in all its forms through collaboration with our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations, member clubs, schools, and many individual stakeholders. Follow Sail Canada on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
Cycling Canada Nominates 12 Athletes for Selection to Team Canada for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Cycling Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee announced today the 12 athletes – six men and six women – who have been nominated for selection to Team Canada for this September's Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The group of 12 includes two medallists from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, five cyclists with Paralympic Games experience and four world champion cyclists.

"I am delighted with our para-cycling team selections for the Paralympic Games in Rio this summer," said Jacques Landry, high performance director and head coach for Cycling Canada. "Our athletes were selected based on performances at international competitions and on their potential to perform in the Paralympic arena based on showings at selected races. Our team is comprised of athletes with Paralympic experience and also athletes we have recently identified who could surprise many."

Daniel Chalifour of Ste-Thérèse, Que., notches a third career Games nomination while Marie-Ève Croteau of Quebec City, Shelley Gautier of Toronto, Ont., Marie-Claude Molnar of Lemoyne, Que., and Robbi Weldon of Thunder Bay, Ont., all competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Weldon won gold in the road race (with then pilot Lyne Besette) while Molnar won bronze in the time trial.

National team rookie and world champion Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, B.C. has taken the para-cycling world by storm this year with double gold at the world track championships in March and two victories at the World Cup road event in Belgium in May.

The four world champions on the team are Chernove, Weldon, Gautier and Croteau.

Para-cycling is one of 22 summer sports on the Paralympic Games schedule and features events for athletes with disabilities including visual impairments, arm and leg amputations or cerebral palsy. The Paralympic Games are set for September 7-18, 2016 with the para-cycling track events September 8 to 11 and the road events September 14 to 17.

"Canada is fielding a large and accomplished team in para-cycling and we have a solid core of veterans to lead the way, along with talented newcomers," said Canada's Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc. "The team's training and experience should prove beneficial at the Paralympic Games."

"On behalf of all Canadians, congratulations to our cycling athletes named today to wear the Maple Leaf this summer at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,'' said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. ''Cycling Canada has done a phenomenal job of preparing our athletes to compete and now it's their time to shine in Rio. All of Canada is behind you."

Canadian cycling team nominated for Rio 2016

On Wednesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Cycling Canada named the 19 athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in all cycling disciplines at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.

Among the elite group of cyclists nominated are Olympic medallists Tara Whitten and Jasmin Glaesser as well as returning London 2012 team members Catharine Pendrel, Laura Brown, Emily Batty, Tory Nyhaug and Monique Sullivan. The team also includes Georgia Simmerling, who competed in alpine skiing at Vancouver 2010 and ski cross at Sochi 2014. She looks to become the first Canadian athlete to compete in a different sport at each of three Olympic Games.

The team is coached by Craig Griffin (track - endurance), Erin Hartwell (track – sprint), Adam Muys (BMX), Denise Kelly (road - women), Pierre-Henri Sauze (BMX) and Dan Proulx (mountain bike), all of whom are overseen by High Performance Director and Head Coach, Jacques Landry and High Performance Manager, Kris Westwood.

The athletes earned their spots as part of a two-year qualification process during which their accumulated ranking points qualified Canada for the Games in each discipline. After an extensive review of international performances, physiological data analysis and other determining factors, the High Performance Committee selected the nominated athletes to compete at the Games.

All of the Canadian cyclists will participate in various pre-Games preparation camps and competitions. These include the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne (QC), a Track Olympic training camp in Milton (ON), a BMX Canada Cup race in Toronto (ON), and various races for the road cyclists.

The Rio 2016 cycling competitions will take place at various venues. Road cycling will be held on August 6 and 7 at Fort Copacabana and August 10 in Pontal. Track cycling events will be held at the Rio Olympic Velodrome, August 11-15. The BMX competition will take place at the Olympic BMX Centre, August 17-19, followed by the mountain bike races August 20-21 at the Mountain Bike Centre.

At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.

Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High-Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers community programs to promote Cycling in Canada.
A dynamic group of five first-time Olympic competitors nominated to represent Team Canada are hungry to deliver a knockout punch when they step onto the beach for the triathlon start at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to21.

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Triathlon Canada announced on Wednesday a youthful, yet experienced team of three women and two men who will showcase a new era for triathlon in Canada when they wear the country’s red and white race suits while swimming, biking and running at Fort Copacabana.

“This means everything to me. It’s so much sweeter after the struggle I have had over the last 10 years to get here. After a breakout season in 2014, and then facing an unimaginable amount of health issues, I never lost sight of my dream. To say it’s been tough would be an understatement, but I have never been happier. I am so proud of everyone on our team. Triathlon Canada is host to an amazing group of talented young athletes so to see our group perform when it counts is a really good sign for well beyond Rio,” said Kirsten Sweetland, Rio 2016 Team Canada Athlete.

Led by Kirsten Sweetland, each of the three Canadian women have all climbed onto an elite triathlon podium. A 10-year veteran of the national team, the 27-year-old Sweetland will finally achieve her Olympic dream after three tries and a rollercoaster Olympic quadrennial. This saw her battle through a series of career-threatening injuries just months after becoming the third Canadian to ever win a medal at the Commonwealth Games when she captured silver in 2014. The milestone came just weeks after etching her name in the history books as the second Canadian to ever win a medal on the World Triathlon Series.

Sweetland will be joined by 23-year-old Amelie Kretz, who broke through to finish a career-best eighth at the final Olympic qualifying race on the World Triathlon Series in Yokohama, Japan in May. Kretz is a three-time World Cup medallist and Under-23 World Championship medallist. Sarah-Anne Brault rounds out the women’s trio. Brault, 26, has five top-15 finishes on the World Triathlon Series, including a fourth-place result in Auckland, New Zealand – a course known to replicate the challenging nature of the Rio 2016 venue. Brault also has two World Cup medals on her resumé.

Tyler Mislawchuk and Andrew Yorke, who both represented Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games, will look to deliver a one-two punch in the men’s Olympic triathlon. Mislawchuk, 21, has been the most consistent Canadian triathlete in 2016 with two career-best 10th and an 11th-place finish on the World Triathlon Series. Yorke, 27, who led the Canadians with his fourth place finish at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and seventh place finish at the Pan American Games, had a career-best eighth place result at the World Triathlon Series in Edmonton.

“Canada has a very strong reputation in producing talented triathletes and the nominees today are a reflection of that. I have no doubt that their focus and dedication to represent our country will give us a lot to cheer for. Congratulations to Triathlon Canada and everyone involved in making today happen,” said Curt Harnett, Rio 2016 Team Canada Chef de Mission.

The athletes were nominated to Team Canada following a multi-phased selection period over the last two years. Canada earned three women’s and two men’s start positions based on the country’s international ranking.

Brault, Kretz and Mislawchuk will compete in each of the three World Triathlon Series races leading up to the Olympic Games including: Stockholm, Sweden (July 2-3); and Hamburg, Germany (July 16-17). Yorke will enter both the Stockholm and Hamburg races. Sweetland will continue her Olympic preparation in Canada where she plans to race the World Cup in Montreal on August 7.

At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.

Triathlon Canada is the governing body for triathlon in the country. Recognized as an Olympic medal sport since 2000 and Paralympic medal sport as of 2016, Triathlon Canada’s mandate is to promote, foster, organize and develop the sport of triathlon, and its related disciplines, in Canada. For more information on Triathlon Canada, please visit us at www.triathloncanada.com.

NFL Names David Thomson Managing Director of NFL Canada

David Thomson has been named Managing Director of NFL Canada, the National Football League announced today.
Thomson will be responsible for the NFL's strategic vision and business operations in Canada including fan development and engagement, sponsorship, consumer products, licensing and marketing.  He will be based in Toronto and report to Mark Waller, the league's Executive Vice President of International.. 
Thomson comes to the NFL after a 15-year career at Coca-Cola Canada where he most recently was Vice President of Strategic Marketing & Investments.  In addition to developing and managing long-term strategies across the portfolio of brands at Coca-Cola, he has previously held a variety of senior marketing roles for Molson and Clorox in Canada. 

"David brings extensive business experience to the NFL with a strong track record of success in the development of brands inCanada," said Waller.  "Canada is a priority market for the NFL and David will enhance our ability to continue to grow internationally."
"The NFL has a large and growing fan base in Canada," said Thomson.  "I'm excited to work closely with all of our partners to fuel the passion of our fans and to accelerate the growth of the NFL."

Born in Toronto, Thomson graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario.
Ron MacLean Returns to Host Hockey Night in Canada, Alongside David Amber
For more than 30 years, Ron MacLean has been a cornerstone of Hockey Night in Canada, and today Sportsnet announced he is returning to host hockey's biggest night alongside David Amber. MacLean will host Game 1 on Saturday nights with Amber hosting Game 2, and together they will guide Canadians through all of Hockey Night in Canada's memorable moments and greatest stories.

MacLean will continue to host Coach's Corner with Don Cherry in the first intermission of Game 1. Following his hosting duties on Saturday nights, MacLean will head out to 24 communities across the country to host Rogers Hometown Hockey with Tara Slone on Sundays throughout the season.

Amber has been a reporter with Hockey Night in Canada for the past five years. He has nearly 20 years of sports broadcast experience in both Canada and the U.S., including eight years as anchor and reporter with ESPN, as well as covering four Olympic Games and a two-year stint hosting NHL On The Fly.

"Hockey Night in Canada is a tradition unlike anything else in this country. It's part of our national DNA, and so is Ron. It's a balance of giving our fans what they want and evolving the broadcasts to keep them fresh," said Moore.

After hosting Hockey Night in Canada for the past two seasons, George Stroumboulopoulos will depart the company to explore new creative opportunities.

"George is an extremely versatile and creative broadcaster and we value the contributions he made to Hockey Night in Canada. We look forward to seeing what his next great project will be," said Moore. "We are continually evaluating and evolving our broadcasts to deliver the best experience for fans."

Panelists Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey, and Nick Kypreos join MacLean and Amber in-studio Saturday nights. Daren Millard continues to host Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey, alongside panelists Friedman and Doug MacLean.

"As part of our evolution, we will deliver more consistency each night of the week for our national NHL broadcasts. When fans tune in, they will know who they are going to see," said Moore.

More details regarding Sportsnet's 2016-17 NHL coverage will be announced in the coming weeks.
"The impact Ron has had on the game and in communities across the country is immeasurable. Hockey fans, young and old, have a deep connection with him," said Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers. "David is one of the top sports broadcasters in North America, with a long and impressive resume from both sides of the border. He's earned this coveted role. With Ron and David at the helm, it's the perfect mix for hockey's biggest night."
CSBC & OFAH Team Up To Keep Ontario Anglers Safe on the Water
July  2nd  – 10th marks National Fishing Week in Canada. The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) want to remind anglers that wearing your lifejacket is even more important than wearing your ‘lucky fishing hat’.  But they do share one trait.  They both have to be worn to be effective!

Many of those who don’t wear their lifejackets or PFDs believe that, since they are good swimmers, having them onboard and within easy reach is good enough. But a lifejacket stored under a seat or up in the bow will be of no help should the unexpected happen, like falling overboard while trying to net the catch.
“National surveys clearly show that more than half the recreational boats sold in Canada are used for fishing on a regular basis,” says John Gullick, Chair of the Canadian Safe Boating Council. “During National Fishing Week, the Canadian Safe Boating Council would like to remind all anglers not only to have their lifejacket onboard their boat, but to wear it as if their life depended on it - because it just might!”

Many of today’s anglers are delighted with the models that are designed especially to suit their needs.  They’re rugged, allow for full freedom of movement to cast and are constructed with lots of pockets for gear.  Some even come equipped with an attachment from which to hang a landing net.  When choosing their lifejacket, anglers should also check the label to make sure it is Transport Canada approved, is the correct size and fits snugly.
“Ontario offers so much in the way of great fishing opportunities to be enjoyed alongside friends and family, but please remember to think safety first when you’re out wetting a line this summer,” said OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo. “Whether you’re at a park fishing the shoreline or out in a boat enjoying the open water, make safety a priority and wear a lifejacket.”

At this important time of year, the CSBC and OFAH are asking those who fish to ‘Get Hooked on Lifejackets’.

This initiative is made possible through support of Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety. 
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Canadian judo team nominated for Rio 2016
 On Tuesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Judo Canada named the eight athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in judo at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.

The eight athletes named to the team are Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (-57kg), Antoine Bouchard (-60kg), Ecaterina Guica (-52kg), Arthur Margelidon (-73kg), Sergio Pessoa Jr (-60kg), Kyle Reyes (-100kg), Antoine Valois-Fortier (-81kg) and Kelita Zupancic (-70kg). They will be led by national team head coach and two-time Olympic medallist Nicolas Gill, women’s assistant coach, Sasha Mehmedovic and men’s assistant coach, Michel Almeida.

These eight athletes qualified for Rio 2016 after two years of hard work that saw them travel the globe to compete in numerous events and accumulate world ranking points with their outstanding performances. The men all placed within the top-22 in their respective weight classes while the women were all in the top-14 or filled required continental representation.

The Olympic judo events will take place from August 6 to 12 at the Carioca Arena 2.

At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.

Judo Canada is the national governing body for the sport of judo in Canada. It has overall authority to provide leadership in promotion and development as well as govern all aspects of Judo in Canada and to select and prepare Canadian teams for international competition.

Canadian Rowing Team Nominated for Rio 2016

On Tuesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) named the 26 athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in rowing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.

Of the 26 athletes, there are 10 returning Olympians, including six who stood on the podium at London 2012. Leading the way is Lesley Thompson-Willie, the coxswain of the women’s eight, who will be competing in her eighth Olympic Games, tying the all-time women’s record for any sport. 

​Canada qualified six boats last September at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France. The men’s quadruple sculls qualified as the seventh and final boat at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland in May.

Canada’s final pre-Olympic competition also took place in Lucerne at the second World Rowing Cup where the lightweight women’s double sculls crew of Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee won a gold medal. Training camps for the men’s and women’s rowing teams will be held in July in Guelph and London, Ontario respectively.

The rowing competition will take place at the Lagoa Stadium, August 6-14, with eight men’s events and six women’s events.

At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.

RCA is a non-profit organization recognized by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national governing body for rowing in Canada, representing more than 15,000 registered members.

RCA is a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Fédération internationale des sociétés d'aviron (FISA), the international federation for rowing. For more information about Rowing Canada Aviron, please visit rowingcanada.org or follow @rowingcanada.

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Rugby Canada Down 2 Points Sunday At BMO
Hugh McClean with files from Rugby Canada: Rugby Canada took on Italy at BMO Stadium Sunday June 26. The final score had Italy ahead with a narrow 20-18 victory.

The newer Canadian team is almost there but just misses at the last minute. It's not the first time the team failed to take the game but it was the first time since the 2015 Pacific Nations Cup match against Japan that the team failed to score a try.

McRorie, who went 6-for-6 with the boot today after registering 26 points last weekend in Canada’s 46-21 win over Russia, kicked Canada ahead 18-17 in the 66th minute but after David Odiete’s try was waved off after a knock-on by Guglielmo Palazzani, Carlo Canna stepped up to kick the game-winning penalty in the 72nd minute. Canada had a late chance as Canna was sent to the sin bin with four minutes remaining but the hosts couldn’t get inside the Italian 22.

“I’m proud of a lot of the things this team has achieved,” head coach Mark Anscombe said. “We’ve got to understand where these guys are at and the how much rugby they’ve had.

“We’ll come away from this Summer Series wiser and knowing a lot of guys have stood up. The character and resilience of the team was excellent and they stayed in the fight right until the end.”

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Canadian Canoe/Kayak team nominated for Rio 2016
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On Monday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canoe Kayak Canada named the nine athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in canoe/kayak at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.

There are two Olympic disciplines in canoe/kayak. Sprint racing features head-to-head racing in a true test of speed and endurance. In canoe slalom, athletes plummet down a whitewater course and battle enormous currents while navigating through a series of gates in an effort to clock the fastest time.

The sprint team selections include the return of three medallists from the London 2012 Olympic Games: four-time Olympic medallist Adam van Koeverden; two-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Mark de Jonge; and Olympic bronze medallist Mark Oldershaw. The women’s kayak team is led by veteran Émilie Fournel. She will be joined by her training partner Andréanne Langlois and the K-2 duo of Kathleen Fraser and Genevieve Orton who earned their spots on the team on Friday after winning a race-off in Montreal.

Michael Tayler is set to compete at his second Olympic Games in men’s K-1 slalom; and Cameron Smedley, who has made one top-ten World Cup final this year, will compete in men’s C-1.

The canoe slalom competition will take place at the Whitewater Stadium, August 7 to 11. Sprint events will take place at Lagoa Stadium from August 15 to 20.

At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.

“Our nominated canoe/kayak athletes have proven their skill on the international level countless times and I know they have what it takes to do the same in Rio. I look forward to seeing you on the ground in Brazil,” said Curt Harnett, Rio 2016 Team Canada Chef de Mission.

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. Canoe Kayak Canada has been one of Canada’s top performing summer sports, having won an impressive count of 24 Olympic medals. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization which includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Beat the Heat Safely with CSA Group's Pool Safety Tips 

Summer has finally arrived, and as the days get longer and hotter, homeowners will be using their pools more to beat the heat. To help stay cool in the pool, CSA Group, a leading standards development organization and global provider of testing and certification, offers these tips for pool safety:

  1. ​Block it Off. Erecting a pool-side fence will prevent young children from gaining access to pools without designated supervision present.
  2. Sound the Alarm. A pool alarm sounds when it detects an object breaking the surface of the water. These should be used in combination with self-closing, self-latching gates for maximum safety.
  3. Don't Go Down the Drain. NEVER sit on a drain cover as powerful suction can lead to serious internal injury or entrapment! Fingers and toes are easily caught on drain covers, leaving the most competent swimmers helpless. Submersion in water for even a minute can cause serious harm to swimmers. To avoid accidents, replace poorly-made, non-functioning, defective or broken drain covers before they become a hazard.
  4. Keep it Moving. The CSA Group Standard for Children's Playspaces and Equipment outlines the need for equipment to drain effectively so that water is not trapped or collected. Standing water creates drowning hazards and can become a breeding ground for bacteria and mosquitoes.
  5. Keep the Trap Shut. Make your pool safer by installing anti-entrapment drain covers and also in your hot tub and whirlpool. A safety vacuum release system for entrapment emergencies will automatically stop suction and shut down the pump. All covers and emergency releases should be certified by an accredited testing and certification organization.
  6. Float Away. Not everyone can swim, so make sure you can provide appropriate floatation devices. Keep a life jacket and other safety flotation devices close to the pool so that everyone can have fun and stay safe.
  7. Clear the Cover. A soft pool cover can heighten the risk of drowning for young children, who can slip and become trapped underneath it. Children can also drown in water that has collected on top of pool covers.
  8. Dry Up. If you use a pool or spa cover, follow all instructions for their safe installation, use and maintenance. Always remove a cover completely before using the pool, and do not let standing water remain on top; pump it off.
  9. Tie it Back. Pool pumps and drains use suction to keep your water clean, but they can also be powerful enough to hold swimmers underwater. Make sure long hair and loose clothing is tied securely to avoid being caught in pool machinery.
  10. Look for the certification mark. Ensure that all electrical pool parts (lights, pumps, heaters, etc.) are properly certified by an accredited organization such as CSA Group. Hot tubs and whirlpools should also be certified.

CSA Group has a lot more safety tips. For more information about us, please visit www.csagroup.org.  

2016 EY Charity Golf Classic raises over $270,000

On 8 June, 2016, EY partners, staff and the business community participated in the 18th EY Charity Golf Classic. This year's event raised over $270,000 which will support the Peter Munk Centre for Cardiac Care (PMCC).
"At EY, everything we do centres around our purpose, which is 'building a better working world,'" says Eric Rawlinson, EY's Managing Partner for the Greater Toronto Area. "PMCC is an inspiring example of commitment to innovation and bold ambition to build better solutions in healthcare, and we're very proud to support the organization with this donation."

Thanks to the generosity of the business community, these tournaments have been a huge success over the past 18 years – with nearly $3 million raised to support local charities.

EY thanks this year's title sponsor, Export Packers, and all of the generous sponsors who have supported the tournament over the years. The funds raised will help contribute to creating better healthcare solutions to enhance patient experience.

GoFundMe Announces $10,000 Global Competition For Olympic Athletes

 GoFundMe, the world's largest online fundraising platform, today announced a competition that would give Olympic athletes the chance to win $10,000 as they prepare for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. The Olympian who raises the most money in a GoFundMe campaign between June 27th and July 15th will win the $10,000 prize.
Over the past several months, nearly 100 athletes have raised over $400,000 on GoFundMe as they work to qualify and compete in Brazil. This competition will highlight these fundraising efforts and provide an incentive to donors and the athletes alike.

"As a former athlete, I'm glad that GoFundMe can join in the spirit of competition and sportsmanship," said GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon. "I want to encourage all members of the GoFundMe giving community to support these athletes as they compete for greatness on the worldwide stage."

To view GoFundMe's dedicated hub for Olympic hopefuls, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/2016-Olympic-Games/
GoFundMe 2016 Olympic Competition details here:

How to Qualify: You must be an Olympic athlete on the Road to Rio. You are eligible if you have already qualified for the Olympics or if you are participating in an upcoming Olympic trial.

How to Win: The competition starts on Monday, June 27th at 12 pm PT through Friday, July 15th at 12 pm PT. If an athlete does not have a GoFundMe campaign and wishes to compete for the $10,000 prize, they can create a campaign and raise funds through Friday, July 15th.

Mayor Tory announces the 2016 CIMA Mayor's Cricket Team and 
​12th annual CIMA Mayor's Trophy cricket tournament a success

Mayor John Tory, along with event sponsors, congratulated the 12 Toronto-area youth selected to represent Toronto in the Cricket Across the Pond (CAP) program taking place in Trinidad from August 7 to 14. 

"Everyone in this line up has earned their spot on this team by working hard and displaying sportsmanship," said Mayor John Tory. "I know I speak for Torontonians when I say that this city is behind this year's CIMA Toronto Mayor's Cricket Team and we know they will represent us well in Trinidad."
Mayor Tory was joined by Michael Lam, Chair of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Canada and sponsor representatives Imtiaz Seyid, Vice President, South Asian and Middle Eastern Markets, RBC Royal Bank; Tom Mihalik, owner of Tom's Place; and Andy Pringle, Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board.

The City of Toronto is CIMA's partner in promoting the CAP scholarship program. CAP uses cricket as a vehicle to reach out to youth ages 16 to 20, from diverse neighbourhoods in the Toronto area, by giving them a sense of hope, increased self-esteem and opportunities to become positive role models in their communities. The tour also aims to showcase the power of sports to cross cultural and geographic borders and strengthen the bonds between nations.

Through this event, team members will receive a trip to Trinidad to compete against a local team and cricket skills training. 

Players for the 2016 CIMA Mayor’s Cricket Team are:
• Cordy Antoine, George Harvey C.I., Toronto
• Vrund Gohil, Woburn Collegiate Institute, Toronto
• Mamik Luthra, Bramalea Secondary School, Brampton
• Zargham Nasir, North Park Secondary School, Mississauga
• Jasim Paracha, Middlefield Collegiate Institute, Markham
• Shrujal Patel, Emery Collegiate Institute, Toronto
• Kurt Ramdath, Francis Xavier Secondary School, Mississauga
• Meet Shah, Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute, Toronto
• Nikhil Sharma, Castlebrooke Secondary School, Brampton
• Ahmed Syed, Pine Ridge Secondary School, Pickering
• Jonathan Edward Thanjaratnam, R.H. King Academy, Toronto
• Nashed Uddin, Rick Hansen Secondary School, Mississauga 

On Saturday, the City of Toronto held its 12th annual CIMA Mayor's Trophy cricket tournament which brings together members of the public and private sector and the city's diverse communities in a spirit of fun and excitement. This unique celebration showcases Toronto's diversity through sport and has won several awards from the International Cricket Council.
"This event celebrates cricket in Toronto and brings out the top young players in the city for a fun-filled day of competitive matches,” said Mayor Tory. “I’d like to thank everyone who came out to help support this event and help send 12 young people to represent Toronto in Trinidad for the Cricket Across the Pond match."

Joining Mayor Tory at Sunnybrook Park was MP Adam Vaughan; Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders; Michael Lam, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Chair; Andrew Miskin, Global President of CIMA; and Mahes Wickramashinghe, Chief Strategy Officer, Canadian Tire.

The event has helped support cricket programs in more than 100 schools across the Greater Toronto Area and the CIMA Cricket Across the Pond (CAP) program, which sends 12 Toronto-area youth to an overseas tournament. This year the CAP Tour will take place in Trinidad from August 7 to 14.

The event was held in partnership with CIMA, RBC, Canadian Tire Jumpstart/Bon départ, Toronto Police Services Board, Toronto Sun, PwC, ATN, Grace Foods, George Weston Ltd., G98.7 FM, The Globe and Mail, PATTISON Onestop and Tom Mihalik of Tom’s Place.

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, founded in 1919, is the world’s leading and largest professional body of Management Accountants, with over 227,000 members and students operating in 179 countries, working at the heart of business. CIMA members and students work in industry, commerce, public sector and not-for-profit organizations. CIMA has formed a joint venture with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to establish the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. CGMA is the global quality standard that further elevates the profession of management accounting. For more information about CIMA, please visit http://www.cimaglobal.com or follow them on Twitter athttp://www.twitter.com/CIMA_News.
Canadian Olympic Committee Celebrates Olympic Day 2016
 Canadian Olympians celebrated Olympic Day across the country throughout June, with fun-filled major events in St. John’s, Newfoundland; Montreal, Quebec; andRichmond, British Columbia.

The excitement will continue with more scheduled events until the end of June. The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is expecting a total of 139 Olympic Day-related activations for 2016, featuring 70 athletes and more than 40,500 participants. This was a record year for partner involvement, with more than 40 organizations getting engaged, including National Sport Federations, Provincial Sport Organizations, COC National Partners, government partners and local sport clubs.

Olympic Day is a great opportunity for children, youth and their families to discover and try a new sport, while inspiring them to adopt and maintain healthy active lifestyles. With Olympians in attendance, it also provides Canadians the opportunity to engage with their Olympic heroes and sport role models while having a blast.
Throughout the various events, the participants rocked the day out with sport activations including athletics, ball hockey, basketball, bobsleigh, bowling, cross-country skiing, diving, fencing, football, goalball, golf, gymnastics, judo, para-nordic skiing, rhythmic gymnastics, rock climbing, shooting, soccer, speed skating, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, volleyball, and wheelchair basketball, with special activations from KidSport, viaSport, the Richmond Olympic Experience and the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

The COC would like to thank all the Olympic Day partners for their support in coordinating the various events.

Around the world, more than 160 countries take part in the annual celebration. Olympic Day, created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games, focuses on the Olympic values ofExcellence, Friendship and Respect.  In celebration of Olympic Day, the Canadian Olympic School Program has developed special resources to bring the Olympic Movement to communities across Canada. Free resources, including an Olympic Games history toolkit, torch relay and medal exercise and trivia are available at http://olympic.ca/education/olympic-day/.

Canadian wrestling team nominated for Rio 2016

Eight wrestlers chosen to represent Canada

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At an event adjacent to Niagara Falls, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Wrestling Canada Lutte officially unveiled the eight athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in wrestling at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21, 2016.

The eight athletes selected include: Jasmine Mian, Jillian Gallays, Michelle Fazzari, Danielle Lappage,Dorothy Yeats, Erica Wiebe, Korey Jarvis, and two-time Olympian Haislan Garcia.

Canada qualified two women’s weight classes (48kg, 63kg) at the Las Vegas UWW World Championships in September 2015. The remaining women’s weight classes (53kg, 58kg, 69kg, 75kg) as well as the men’s freestyle 125kg were qualified at the Pan Am continental qualifier in Frisco, Texas in March 2016. Most recently, the men’s freestyle 65kg weight class was qualified at the final global Olympic qualification event in Istanbul, Turkey in early May 2016.

The team is currently at a training camp at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario where preparations include on-mat and off-mat physical training with a select group of international training partners from Germany, Finland, Latvia, Estonia and the United States. During this time, there will also be final Olympic planning, health status checks, one-on-one meetings with coaches and staff, as well as team bonding. The camp represents the last time the entire team will be together before they travel to Rio.

At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.

Wrestling Canada Lutte is the national sport governing body for Olympic style wrestling in Canada. Among its responsibilities, the association selects and prepares Canada’s teams that participate in international competitions including Continental Championships, World Championships and major multi-sport Games (ie. Olympic Games).

“The women’s team has been on this road to Rio together for the last 10 plus years. To go to Rio as a team of six women for the first time and for it to be with this group of women who have shaped who I am as a person is such an honour. The#sixpack is excited to show Canada the next generation of women's wrestling,” said Erica Wiebe, Rio 2016 athlete.
Collectors Cafe brings home never seen Jackie Robinson contracts with the Montreal Royals and Brooklyn Dodgers
The original contracts signed by Jackie Robinson, the first black player to ever play in a major sports team, returned to Montreal today, marking a major moment in history, 70 years after his beginning with the Montreal Royals of the International Baseball League.

Mykalai Kontilai, the founder of Collector's Café and the owner of the contracts, brought Jackie Robinson's signed contracts to Montreal -- where it all started. For the first time in seven decades Jackie Robinson's historic contracts with the Montreal Royals and the Brooklyn Dodgers (now appraised at $36 million) have been publicly unveiled in Canada.

That contract, and the following one that would introduce Robinson to the parent Brooklyn Dodgers will be on display at Montreal City Hall today until 7:00 pm and tomorrow June 23rd from 8:00 am until 7:00 pm.

The Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, an inveterate baseball fan, presided over the unveiling of the contracts today at City Hall in the presence of Mykalai Kontilai, owner of the contracts; Larry King, brand ambassador for Collectors Café, and former major league baseball player Claude Raymond, representing Baseball Quebec. David Loiseau, the first French Canadian to fight for UFC titles was also on site representing professional athletes from other sports who benefited from Jackie Robinson's doing 70 years ago.

As it turned out, it was far more than a minor league baseball player signing a one-year contract to play professional baseball for a Triple-A team on that late October day in 1945.

The long war was over and America was turning back to the pursuits of peacetime. There was never a better time for Branch Rickey to attempt his Grand Experiment of knocking down baseball's infamous Color Line which kept whites and blacks apart in the sport, except for barnstorming and exhibition games. The General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers was itching to get some of the great players in the Negro Leagues – who he had scouted for years – into the Major Leagues.

This would be a New America and the young man signing his name to a contract on that day, October 23, 1945, would be a harbinger of change in baseball that would serve as a catalyst for the entire Civil Rights movement. And once again, Montreal would play a leading role in North American history.

Jackie's Montreal contract, helped pave the way for his entry into major league baseball in 1947 with the Dodgers. It is considered by many document of freedom experts as the founding document of the civil rights movement.

How significant would this signing prove to be? Witness this exchange between media personality Larry King and Martin Luther King Jr.

In an interview, Larry King introduced MLK Jr as the "founder of the civil rights movement." MLK Jr corrected Larry saying "I am not the founder of the Civil Rights Movement. The founder of the Civil Rights Movement is Jackie Robinson."

Collectors Cafe
Collectors Café, the present owner of the Jackie Robinson contracts, is the global lifestyle brand for collectors and the collectibles industry operating on a comprehensive and diverse multi-media platform, the only company in the world offering authencity insured collectables underwritten by many of the top insurance companies in the world (including Lloyds of London , Hiscox, AIG, Chubb, Liberty Mutual and C. V. Starr & Co.).

With its integrated social network and auction house, representing a comprehensive pre-authenticated selection of categories in the marketplace, Collectors Café provides a state of the art user experience promoting and encouraging collectors to pursue their passion for collectibles as well as place to pursue further educational knowledge through Collectors Cafe.

Furthermore, a TV series called, Collectors Café, will be hosted by Mykalai Kontilai himself with the participation of Larry King, brand ambassador for Collectors Cafe, and his wife, Shawn King . The series will also provide viewers access to the entire collectibles world. Collectors Café will take viewers on a daily journey where you will see new and exciting collections, meet the world's most interesting celebrities and collectors, and pursue your passion through the world's first global lifestyle collectibles brand.

For more information on Collectors Cafe, please visit www.collectorscafe.com
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Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team Nominated for Rio 2016

“One of my favourite memories during the London 2012 Olympic Games was watching these women play their hearts out for Canada. It is because of the players nominated today that soccer is continuing to grow in our country. I am confident that captain Sinclair leading this team once again will create more memorable moments for all of us in Rio.”
Curt Harnett, Rio 2016 Team Canada Chef de Mission
On Monday, Canada Soccer and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) named the 18 athletes nominated to represent Canada in women’s soccer at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21. Canada’s Women’s National Soccer Team qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship in Texas in February, earning Canada its third consecutive Olympic berth in women’s soccer.

As the reigning Olympic bronze medallists, Canada will face Australia, Zimbabwe, and Germany in Group F of the Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament. From 12 nations, which are divided into three groups, eight nations will advance to the quarterfinal stage, including the top-two teams from each group along with the next two best nations.

Canada’s Women’s National Soccer team will be aiming to reach the podium once again, as it did four years ago at London 2012 when it memorably claimed Canada’s first medal in a summer team sport at an Olympic Games since Berlin 1936.

The Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament runs August 3-19 in cities throughout Brazil. The quarterfinals are on August 12; the semi-finals are on August 16; both the bronze and gold medal matches are on August 19.

Canada Soccer, in partnership with its membership and its partners, provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, both at the national and international levels. Canada Soccer not only strives to lead Canada to victory, but also encourages Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer.

At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.

More than 230,000 kids are having a ball this year in the Timbits Soccer Program

To celebrate the love of the game, Tim Hortons launches new TIMBITS® Talks YouTube series featuring Toronto FC player, Jonathan Osorio

Some are learning a new sport. Many are making new friends. Everyone is encouraged to have fun. More than 230,000 kids across Canada have put on their jerseys and are participating in Timbits Soccer, a community-oriented program that provides opportunities for kids aged four to nine to play house league soccer.

"Making a positive impact in the communities where Tim Hortons restaurants are located continues to be a top priority for us," says David Clanachan, President and COO, Tim Hortons Canada, and soccer enthusiast. "We launched the Timbits Minor Sports Program in 1982, and because of our dedicated Restaurant Owners, soccer club representatives, and parents and participants, this program continues to grow each and every year. The goal of all our minor sports programs is having fun, and encouraging activity for youth both mentally and physically. We want to wish every player a great season this year!"

To celebrate the season and welcome this year's Timbits Soccer players, Tim Hortons launched today a new YouTube video series called TIMBITS® Talks, featuring conversations between Timbits Minor Sports Program participants and professional athletes. The first video debuts today on Tim Hortons' YouTube Channel, YouTube.com/timhortons, and features Toronto-born, Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio with Timbits Soccer player Ben, sharing their passion for soccer.

"I started playing soccer when I was three years old in my home town of Toronto," says Jonathan Osorio, Midfielder, Toronto FC. "My favourite thing about playing minor soccer was having orange slices at halftime, and the most important lesson I learned on the field was to always have fun. There's no doubt that playing soccer at a young age helped fuel my passion and helped lead me to become a professional. My advice to kids who are playing today is to practice hard every day, and enjoy every minute of playing the game we love."

Tim Hortons is a proud supporter of youth soccer in Canada. Since 2007, more than 1.9 million children have participated in the Timbits Soccer program, and in 2016 alone, Timbits Soccer will provide more than 2.8 million hours of extracurricular activity. Programs like Timbits Soccer help to ensure soccer is alive and kicking in communities across the country, so that kids can continue to benefit from the physical skills the game develops and the positive social interactions it encourages.

"A few years ago our minor soccer league closed, leaving the kids in our community without a way to play organized soccer," says Judy Vanderveer, Community Recreation Coordinator, Town of Gravenhurst. "We reached out to Tim Hortons, and thanks to its generous support, we were able to bring our soccer program back. We're in our second year of the program and we have more than 150 kids registered. It's amazing to see the kids having fun and being active. We wouldn't have soccer in Gravenhurst without Tim Hortons."

Every Timbits Soccer player receives a jersey, socks, soccer ball and participant medal. For more information about the Timbits Minor Sports Programs, visit timhortons.com or contact your local Soccer Club.
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Timbits Minor Sports Program Overview
The Timbits Minor Sports Program began in 1982 and is a community-oriented sponsorship program that provides opportunities for kids aged four to nine to play house league sports. The philosophy of the program is based on learning a new sport, making new friends, and just being a kid, with the first goal of all Timbits Minor Sports Programs being to have fun. Over the last 10 years, Tim Hortons has invested more than $38 million in Timbits Minor Sports (including Hockey, Soccer, Baseball and more), which has provided sponsorship to more than three million children across Canada, and more than 50 million hours of extracurricular activity. In 2016 alone, Tim Hortons will invest $7 million in Timbits Minor Sports in Canada to sponsor 356,000 children.

"The Hockey Theme" to be Honoured at SOCAN's Night in Canada

Annual SOCAN Awards in Toronto June 20th celebrates music creation and publishing

The music that is almost as much a part of the fabric of the country as the Canadian national anthem, the world-beating songwriting prowess of a Toronto native of Ethiopian parents, a Hall of Fame broadcast music executive, a chart-topping Scottish-Canadian sensation, and a teen from Brampton, Ontario, whose gorgeous musical creativity was made righthere, will all share the spotlight on the evening of June 20th at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

"Hockey Night In Canada" composer, Dolores Claman (Cultural Impact Award); worldwide hit-maker The Weeknd (International Achievement Award) and Ahmad "Belly" Balshe (Songwriters of the Year); multi-platinum-selling extraordinary talent Johnny Reid(National Achievement Award); Canadian music industry driving force and talent-builder, Gary Slaight (Special Achievement Award); chart-topping teenager Alessia Cara (Breakout Award); and dozens more songwriters, composers and music publishers will be honoured at the 27th annual SOCAN Awards, emceed by hockey-loving bestselling author Dave Bidini of the Rheostatics.

Presenting awards at the event are more legends, including renowned music producer Bob Ezrin; creator of iconic Canada rock anthems Alan Frew; music visionary Andy Maize of the Skydiggers; famed voice and music historian Alan Cross; creator and performer of pop classics "Sugar, Sugar" and "Rock Me Gently" Andy Kim; Crash Test Dummies front-man and creative force Brad Roberts; Kevin Drew, one of the musical co-geniuses behind Broken Social Scene; and NHL Hall of Famer Doug Gilmour.
"With seven Canadian songwriters dominating the Billboard Top 10 at one time, 2015 might have been the greatest in the history of music creation success in Canada," said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. "The SOCAN Awards celebrate recent success as well as lifetimes of achievements, from young sensations like Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes, Francesco Yates, "WondaGurl" and Scott Helman, to octogenarian Dolores Claman, the creator of Canada's unofficial second national anthem. The soundtrack of Canada is scored by an astonishing diversity of creative talent, musical genres and music publishers, and SOCAN celebrates them all."

Live performances will include sensations Lennon and Maisy Stella of the hit TV show "Nashville"; "Sound of Your Heart" hit creatorShawn Hook; the young and disarmingly talented, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Jordan Hart; celebrated singer-songwriterMatt Barber; and Brad Roberts and Johnny Reid themselves. Throughout the night SOCAN will place a bright spotlight on the outstanding work of composers for film and television, complete with a live orchestra adding musical texture and colour to the evening's many sparkling facets.

SOCAN Achievement Award winners will receive "The SOCAN" – the world's first and only music industry trophy that's also a musical instrument, incorporating five custom bronze crotales – tuned this year especially with the first few notes of "The Hockey Theme."

The full list of this year's SOCAN Award winners will be released on the evening of June 20, 2016.
Sponsors of the 2016 SOCAN Awards are Gowling WLG, KPMG, HMV, Long & McQuade, Music Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation and RBC. Official charity partner: Unison Benevolent Fund.

SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than four-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 135,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 130,000 businesses in Canada, and distributes royalties to its members and music rights organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer societies. www.socan.ca

75 Canadians Begin 600KM Cycling Journey Retracing Canada's Military History from the Italian Campaign

Over $400,000 raised benefiting ill and injured Veterans, First Responders and their families 

In  Bologna, Italy, Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) kicked off its third annual Battlefield Bike Ride (BBR16). Over the last seven months, 75 participants from coast-to-coast have trained and fundraised hard. Through their efforts, and the support of BBR16 sponsors Cervélo and Sandler Training Canada, the group has collectively raised over $400,000 in support of the life changing programs Wounded Warriors Canada funds to assist our ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families.

This year's journey begins in historic Ravenna where Julius Caesar gathered his forces before crossing the Rubicon. Moving along the coast the ride will enter Rimini, the Northern Allied objective in 1943 and the famed Gothic line. Canadian service in Italy would end in this area in February 1945. In many ways, Italy is where victory in Europe began. Famous sites in the Moro and Liri Valleys will be visited as the cyclists travel towards the town of Cassino, the objective of BBR16.

Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada, commented, "For the last seven months, our participants have trained and fundraised hard to support our ill and injured Veterans, First Responders and their families living with operational stress injures like PTSD. Now, for seven days, they come together as one Team Canada – commemorating our proud military history and honouring the fallen. We are grateful for the participants and sponsors who continue to help make our programs possible and we wish everybody the very best as they begin their journey."

Todd McGowan, Battlefield Bike Ride Operations Manager, commented, "As a veteran, and a PTSD affected soldier, I have seen firsthand the incredible benefits of the programs that Wounded Warriors Canada funds. As a ride organizer and participant, I have the unique opportunity to both go through my own healing process as well as directly supporting others with their process. I feel incredibly fortunate to witness the impact, friendships, and team spirit this transformational event brings to Canadians from coast-to-coast."

To learn more about the Wounded Warriors Canada Battlefield Bike Ride and to donate in support of the riders visit: http://woundedwarriors.ca/battlefield-bike-ride-2016/home/

Wheelchair Rugby Canada nominates athletes to Team Canada for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

The athletes nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Team are as follows:

Miranda Biletski (Regina, Sask.)
Cody Caldwell (Peterborough, Ont.)
Ian Chan * (Richmond, B.C.)
Patrice Dagenais (C) * (Embrun, Ont.)
Byron Green (Courtenay, B.C.)
Trevor Hirschfield (C) * (Parksville, B.C.)
Fabien Lavoie * (Quebec City, Que.)
Zak Madell * (Okotoks, Alta.)
Travis Murao * (Richmond, B.C.)
Patrice Simard * (Quebec City, Que.)
Mike Whitehead * (Windsor, Ont.)
David Willsie * (Dorchester, Ont.)
*denotes past Paralympic Games experience

The nominated team will be supported by the following coaching staff in preparation for Rio: Head Coach Kevin Orr (Pelham, Alabama).

Wheelchair Rugby Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee are proud to announce the 12 athletes nominated for selection to Team Canada for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games this September.

Canada is currently ranked world No. 1 in wheelchair rugby for the first time in 13 years after winning gold at both the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games and the 2015 World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge. Now, the team is focused on winning its first ever Paralympic gold medal, after claiming silver at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

"Last year, we got our first taste of gold in over a decade. We'll be carrying that feeling into Rio," said Head Coach Kevin Orr. "We are working daily to prepare tactically, technically, psychologically and physically for a gold medal in Rio. We're ready to go."

"Congratulations to the wheelchair rugby players nominated today for their dedication to excellence, rigorous preparations and high performance focus," said Team Canada Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc. "Wheelchair rugby promises to be an extremely exciting contest in Rio that will have fans on the edge of their seats. I can't wait to cheer on the Canadian players as they charge forward in pursuit of their goals."

"Canada's wheelchair rugby athletes have been tenacious and focused on pushing every day toward the top of the podium at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,'' said Carla Qualtrough, Canada's Minister for Sport and Persons with Disabilities.
''Congratulations to all of the athletes named today to Team Canada and thank you to the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association, to the coaches, and to dedicated family members who have supported and encouraged these athletes on their path to Rio."

Team Canada will draw on extensive competitive experience in its Rio campaign. Nine athletes will be returning from the team that won silver four years ago in London.

Canada's last competition before Rio will take place on home soil at the 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament from June 23-26 in Richmond, B.C. Seven of the world's top teams – including rivals USA and Australia – will compete.

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About the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association

Since 1972, the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association has helped athletes with physical disabilities reach their potential through wheelchair sports. Today, we are the national governing body for wheelchair rugby in Canada. We also administer the Bridging the Gap program, which introduces hundreds of people with disabilities to wheelchair sports every year through Have a Go days, beginner programs, peer mentorship and equipment loans. For more information, please visit www.cwsa.ca.

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 27 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca

BRP invites Can-Am Spyder owners from all over the world to 10th anniversary homecoming event in 2017
​Today opened online registration for what is to be a grand celebration – together with Can-Am Spyder owners – of the 10th Anniversary of the Can-Am Spyder model. Owners from all over the world are invited to attend the event, which takes place June 2-4, 2017, in Valcourt, Québec.

"The community of Can-Am Spyder owners is incredibly strong and we're looking forward to hosting many of them at the birthplace of the Can-Am Spyder vehicle," said Jose Boisjoli, BRP's president and CEO. "There's a spirit of adventure that lives in all owners, and this event is a chance to rally around that right here in our hometown."

Homecoming activities include VIP access to the Can-Am Spyder production line, along with the newly-redesigned Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier and BRP's award-winning Design & Innovation Centre. There will also be a special evening and festivities to celebrate the anniversary, and most importantly, pay tribute to owners.

Additionally, since the Can-Am Spyder model is all about riding the open road, BRP is going to encourage cross-country group rides leading to Valcourt for the event. Upon arrival in Valcourt, BRP will host rides for attendees to meet new friends and explore the area, which is in the beautiful Eastern Townships of Québec.

Registration and additional event information can be found at www.SpyderHomecoming.com. Registration is mandatory and there will be a limited number of spots available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

"Since its inception, the Can-Am Spyder has introduced more people to riding by providing the freedom of the open road together with performance and peace of mind," said Boisjoli. "It's a unique combination, and of the 100,000 passionate Can-Am Spyder owners around the world, nearly 25 percent are new to riding."

BRP unveiled the first Can-Am Spyder model in 2007 with the vision of democratizing the open road. Since that time, the lineup has expanded to include models to fit all lifestyles and definitions of adventure, regardless of prior riding experience. The lineup now includes the Can-Am Spyder RT (touring), Spyder F3 (cruising) and Spyder F3-T (cruiser bagger), Spyder ST (sport touring) and Spyder RS (sport).

For more information about the Can-Am Spyder lineup, visit www.can-am.brp.com.

Raptors Superfan, Olympian and Others to Receive Prestigious Transformation Awards on June 4th

With a focus on leadership, excellence and innovation through cross-cultural integration, the mission of the Transformation Awards is to inspire, transform, empower, showcase, celebrate, and integrate various elements of our heritage for a more perfect mosaic.

Prestigious Transformation Awards will be given out to highly accomplished individuals in 12 Categories. The Enterprise Award is going to Nav Bhatia, Hyundai Dealership Owner & Raptors Superfan; the Public Service Award goes to Hon. Justice Michael H. Tulloch, Judge, Ontario Court Of Appeal; the Heritage Award goes to Anthony Wilson-Smith, President & CEO, Historica Canada; the Harmony award goes to Arthur K. Miki, Educator and Activist; the Leadership Award is going to Saäd Rafi, CEO, 2015 Panam Games and ORPP; the Development Award is going to Judith Puttock, Board Chair, Women's Centre of York Region.

Olympian and Track and Field Legend Donovan Bailey receives the Excellence Award; the Innovation Award goes to Kundan Joshi, Founder and CEO, The AppLabb; The Entertainment Award goes to Jackie Richardson, Legendary Singer and Actor; the Media Award goes to Anthony Farnell, Chief Meteorologist, Global TV and the Community Service Award goes to Marek Goldyn, Founder & President, European Club of Canada.

Scheduled for June 4th at the Royal York Hotel, the awards gala features a red carpet reception, a sumptuous dinner, multicultural entertainment, inspiring recipients, high profile presenters, a classy ceremony and youth from the Crossover Mentorship Program.

Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia (CNW Group/Transformation Institute for Leadership and Innovation)

COC Unveils Rio 2016 Canada Olympic House

On Thursday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced its partnership with internationally renowned Canadian design firm, Yabu Pushelberg - the masterminds behind the design of Canada Olympic House in Rio.

For the first time ever, Canada Olympic House will be designed by a Canadian firm. The design team, led by George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, is honoured to work with the COC pro bono in supporting Team Canada in their pursuit of Olympic excellence and bringing its 'comforting Canadiana' concept to life. This was achieved through residentially-inspired spaces that are relaxed and welcoming. The transformation of simple, readily available objects into spectacular sculptural installations, paired with the repetition of honest materials and bold colour provide continuity within the interconnected rooms.

"We are honoured to work with such an incredible partner like Yabu Pushelberg and are lucky to work with a team of their caliber on a pro bono basis. This is the first time we have partnered with a Canadian design firm for Canada Olympic House's design. They are internationally renowned and have designed some of the world's most prestigious hotels, restaurants and residences. The incredible work that has gone into our Rio 2016 COH is outstanding and thanks to the financial support of many of our partners, is taking Canada's house in Rio to new heights. This is important, because a safe, comforting place for the family and friends of Canada's Olympians ultimately plays a role in helping the team's performance, as so many of our athletes have attested," said Chris Overholt, CEO, Canadian Olympic Committee.

COH was made possible with the support of Team Canada's corporate partners. Yabu Pushelberg collaborated early in the design phase with the COC's partners to integrate them in a unique and authentic way. An example of this collaboration is with Canadian Tire Corporation. Canadian Tire and Sport Chek have provided product and furniture to make the space feel like home with some of the product being transformed into stunning design installations.

The COC would like to thank the following partners for their generous contributions to the Rio 2016 COH: RBC, Bell, Canadian Tire Corporation, Hudson's Bay Co., Petro-Canada, Deloitte, General Mills, Molson Coors Canada, Mondelez, The Globe and Mail, adidas, Hilton, Oakley, P&G and Samsung.

The COC would also like to thank Yabu Pushelberg's vendors, Moss and Lam art studios who designed and built the incredible, Canadian-inspired art installations, as well as Saint Damase and Quality and Company for their significant donations of creativity, energy, and materials to bring the design of the house to life.

Canada Olympic House (COH) is home at the Olympic Games for the loved ones of Canada's Olympians. It serves as a haven for the family and friends of Canadian Olympic Team athletes, coaches, support staff, Mission Team members, partners and special guests. The idea behind COH in Rio is to create a patriotic oasis of "Canadiana" within the Olympic host city that can be a social hub for those linked with the Canadian Olympic Team – a comforting Canadian experience where memories are made.

Sarah Wells, London 2012 Olympian said, "When I was in London for the Games, it made the world of difference knowing that my parents had a comfortable, accommodating and Canadian place to go. Canada Olympic House is a great hub for everyone to band together and support Canada's Olympians in true patriotic style. The Rio 2016 COH is going to be amazing - thank you to everyone involved who has helped create it."

At COH, guests will have access to a multitude of products, information, services and resources. Canada Olympic House operations will consist of the following:

Comfortable viewing areas for sport and medal celebrations and competitions, provided by Canadian Tire Corporation

High speed WIFI connectivity throughout COH & product specialists stationed in the Bell Lounge

Complimentary event tickets courtesy of the Petro-Canada Canadian Athlete Family Program

A Canadian Olympic Team Store with replica gear provided by Official Team Outfitter HBC, with products also available from adidas and Oakley

Interactive experiences and event programming from RBC, Deloitte and Samsung
Personal product bundles including favourite brands like Crest, Pantene, and Gillette for all Canadian athletes and support team from P&G

Snacks and beverages throughout the day, compliments of Molson Coors Canada, Mondelez, and General Mills

Competition information and news services presented by The Globe and Mail
Concierge desk presented by Hilton

Premium event space for government, National Sport Federation and partner events

Dedicated special events for athletes and their family and friends, including Opening and Closing Ceremony celebrations

COC corporate operations headquarters

With double the capacity of COH for London 2012, more than 20,000 visitors are expected to access the Rio 2016 COH over the course of the Games. COH is a private facility that requires pre-registration and accreditation for entry. Guests will need to pre-register online. Onsite, a team of access staff, security staff and volunteers will monitor traffic and access to COH.

COH will be located at AABB-Rio (Associação Atlética Banco do Brasil), Avenida Borges de Medeiros No. 829, Leblon, Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Coupal and King Win Two Spectacular Races at Mont-Tremblant

The Nissan Micra Cup held its third and fourth races of the 2016 season as part of the Spring Classic at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant this past weekend. It was an action-packed two days in summer-like temperatures which resulted in another win for Xavier Coupal on Saturday, and one for Kevin King on Sunday.

Second in the championship after the first event, Albertan Stefan Rzadzinski (Pneus Touchette) showed his determination right away as he earned pole position heading into Saturday's race. Rzadzinkski was just ahead of series leader, Xavier Coupal (Albi Nissan) - who was no less than eight-tenths of a second ahead of third place - 2015 champion Olivier Bédard (Albi Nissan). Rzadzinski and Coupal's intense performances in the series' identical and practically stock Micra S's were a highlight for all spectators.

The start of the first race took place under extreme heat on Saturday afternoon and a battle for the victory quickly took shape between four drivers. The lead changed hands many times between Rzadzinski, Bédard, Coupal and Kevin King who is the winner of the first round of the season. In the end, King won with a slim two-tenths of a second lead over Coupal and half a second over Rzadzinski.

However, after reviewing on-board footage, series officials stated that both King and Rzadzinski were guilty of making avoidable contact during the last lap. King received a 35-second penalty and Rzadzinski a 30-second penalty on their overall race times, dropping them far down the final standings. Xavier Coupal was eventually declared victor ahead of Valérie Limoges, giving the Quebecker his second consecutive win.

Valérie Limoges was never able to take the lead during the 30 minutes of competition, but she nevertheless remained just behind the leaders throughout the entire duration. Finishing less than a second behind Coupal, her first podium of the season was well-deserved. Along the way, she passed Marc-Antoine Demers, Normand Boyer and Olivier Bédard, who lost several places in the last lap as the victim of a collision. Chris Sahakian completed the Top 6 ahead of Yves Aubé, Pierre Clavet, Frédéric Bernier and Brian Makse.

The following day, Olivier Bédard had pole position ahead of Stefan Rzadzinski, but it was Kevin King, starting in third, who quickly challenged Bédard for the victory. The two former karting teammates provided a tight and respectable battle right until the end, which saw King earn his second win of the season. Bédard finished seventh-tenths of a second behind him, followed by Rzadzinski and Coupal, who has been penalized by series officials after the race and dropped to seventh place which now slightly closes the gap in the drivers' championship. Another good battle occurred between Metod Topolnik and Valérie Limoges, as both took advantage of the Micra's agility at every turn in hopes of passing one another. Topolnik eventually finished fourth ahead of Limoges, Marc-Antoine Demers, Xavier Coupal, Pierre Clavet, Chris Sahakian and Normand Boyer.

In the drivers' championship, Xavier Coupal remains in the lead with 136 points ahead of Stefan Rzadzinski (105), Valérie Limoges (104), Kevin King (90), Marc-Antoine Demers (78) and Olivier Bédard (65 points, tie with Jacques Bélanger and Metod Topolnik). For the rookies, Ashley Sahakian was the only driver competing this weekend and therefore earned both wins, further increasing her lead at the top of championship standings for this category.

Following this weekend at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant, the next outing for the Nissan Micra Cup will be on Sunday, June 19th for the fifth and sixth rounds of the season at the Autodrome St-Eustache. This marks the only time on the calendar that the two races will take place on the same day.

For more information on the Nissan Micra Cup, please visit: www.nissan.ca/coupemicra.

Nissan Micra Cup 2016 Season Calendar:

May 13 - 15
Calabogie Motorsports Park, Ontario
May 27 - 29
Spring Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec
June 19
Autodrome St-Eustache, Québec
July 8 - 10
IMSA Weekend, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario
July 22 - 24
Summer Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec
August 12 - 14
Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, Québec
September 2 - 4
NASCAR Weekend, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario
September 23 - 25
Fall Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec

About the Nissan Micra Cup
Sanctioned by Auto Sport Québec (ASQ) and presented by JD Promotion & Compétition with the support of Nissan Canada, the 2016 Nissan Micra Cup exclusively features the stock Micra 1.6 S M/T model with minor modifications, including NISMO suspension - to render it race-ready.

Unlike most motorsport events, each competing Nissan Micra race vehicle has the exact same specifications, resulting in a competition that truly reveals the most skilled drivers. The Nissan Micra Cup race vehicles were equipped with the Nissan Micra's stock 1.6-litre DOHC 4-cylinder engine with dual fuel injection and Twin CVTC (Continuously Variable Timing Control) and stock 5-speed manual transmission. In its inaugural season last year, more than 25 Nissan Micras competed on each race weekend which included two hours of track time consisting of: a 30-minute trial, a 30-minute qualifying session and two 30-minute races.

Young karting drivers, the average Canadian looking for an entry point into motorsport competition, or anyone who wants to experience the rush of adrenaline inherent with racing cars are all well-suited to this series. In summary, the Nissan Micra Cup is for people who are passionate about motorsports, want to experience all the fun and thrills of racing, but without spending staggering amounts of money.

For more information on the Nissan Micra Cup, please go to the website www.nissan.ca/micracup.

Manulife extends title sponsorship of the Manulife LPGA Classic through 2017

Official Charity Partner
St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation will continue to be the tournament's official charity partner. As a result of this four-year partnership, the foundation has received more than $1.2 million in donations, supporting its Regional Cardiac Care Centre and women's heart health initiatives.

This year's tournament will take place August 29 to September 4, at Whistle Bear Golf Club near Cambridge, Ontario in Waterloo Region, with a purse of US$1.6 million.

For information, including on 2016 volunteer opportunities and tickets, visit www.manulifeclassic.ca
Manulife has extended its title sponsorship of the Manulife LPGA Classic through 2017. The tournament purse will also see an increase to US$1.7 million in 2017. Since its inception, the tournament has attracted more than 260,000 spectators, and over 4,000 volunteers.

"Manulife will bring the stars of the LPGA back to Waterloo Region for the sixth time in 2017, to compete for the title," said Marianne Harrison, President and CEO, Manulife Canada. "The community's support of the tournament has made it one of the most well-attended events on the LPGA tour."

Fans can now look forward to this year's tournament during the Labour Day weekend knowing that the world's best golfers will return for a June date in 2017 at Whistle Bear Golf Club. The Manulife LPGA Classic is one of only two Canadian LPGA Tour stops.

"For the first time since 1904, golfers will compete in the Olympics this year," said Harrison. "Just 10 days after they return home from Rio, fans will have the unique opportunity to watch Olympians compete in Canada at the Manulife LPGA Classic."

Strong Partnerships with the LPGA
In addition to purse increases, Manulife further strengthened its commitment to women's golf when it announced its renewed corporate sponsorship of Rolex ranked no. 5 Stacy Lewis and up-and-coming Canadian professional golfer, Jennifer Kirby; and the addition of inaugural Manulife LPGA Classic champion, Brittany Lang.

Since the tournament's inception in 2012, Manulife has worked closely with the LPGA and tournament owner, Sports Properties International, to enhance the tournament in a number of areas including reducing its environmental impact. Last year, the clubhouse was green powered to off-set the emissions associated with the on-site generators and courtesy vehicles. This effectively made the tournament carbon neutral.

Suzann Pettersen celebrates after winning the 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club near Cambridge, Ontario in Waterloo Region. (CNW Group/Manulife Financial Corporation)
The second Rookie World Championship in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series history took place on May 25th in the Tyrol Alps, Austria. Ben Cumberland from Canada (centre) is delighted to win gold. Andrew Kelly from Australia (left) won silver, while Ben Kniceley from the United States (right) took bronze. Photo credits: STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series (CNW Group/STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series)
Rookie World Championship in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series in St. Johann, Tyrol, Austria
The Rookie World Championship in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series saw the eight best international junior competitive athletes in action with the spectacular Austrian Alps as a backdrop. At the end of the multidiscipline event, Cumberland, a 22-year-old student from New Brunswick, captured the most points to win the title. Cumberland accomplished top-three finishes in all axe and saw disciplines, winning with a consistent performance, a talent that runs in the family. Cumberland said: "I can't believe it. Last year, my brother won the Rookie World Championship, and this year it is my turn. This is crazy and wonderful at the same time." The Silver Medal went to Andrew Kelly, from Australia. Kelly, 23, congratulated Ben after the competition: "Ben deserved to win! My two axe disciplines were not too bad, but I lost time in the chainsaw event. This is why I did not win today." Third place went to Ben Kniceley from the USA, followed by Iker Vicente from Spain, Norbert Bako from Hungary, Zdenek Maras from the Czech Republic, the Austrian Local hero Michael Neuschitzer and the Frenchman Jonathan Meary.

Ben Cumberland had a great year winning the Canadian Rookie Championship and was a member of Team Canada at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship in 2015. Together with a strict training regime at home he was able to prepare for this international competition and win the gold medal for Canada. Cumberland commented on his success: "I owe this victory to God who gave me the strength to go out and train hard every day at home to get ready for this event."

The competition was held on a mountain plateau 1700m above St. Johann, Tyrol, in Austria. The event also attracted the best eight athletes in international logger sports who were in the audience. They will go head-to-head on the same stage in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Champions Trophy today, including Canadian Pro Champion Marcel Dupuis, a professional firefighter from Memramcook, NB.

Extreme sport with axes and saws

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series dates back to traditional contests between Australian foresters in the 19th Century. It is an extr