Reading the Play with Jeremy Lee
Canadian Olympic Bobsledder Melissa Lotholz provides an in-depth look at her transition from the running track to the bobsled track. The Barrhead, Alberta native found success from the get-go and soon realized that she had a legitimate shot at representing her country at the 2018 Olympics. But like any good sports story, Melissa had to overcome some majority adversity just 50 days leading up to the Winter Games. Dealing with a nagging hip injury and coupled with the uncertainty of which of the three sleds she would be pushing for, Melissa reflects on some of the key moments, which ultimately led her to compete for the red and white.
Alaskan native Zoe Hickel had a dream of representing the Red, White and Blue on the International stage for hockey. Even though she won the 2015 World Championship for the US, she would discover later in her hockey career that the greatest impact she made as a global ambassador for the sport, came in the form of helping to strengthen the Chinese National hockey program. We are going International with this one!
Montreal native Mambi Diawara grew up playing sports with the intention to just stay out of trouble. His gradual progression in basketball led him to playing in Port Arthur, Texas initially, before finding his groove and exploding onto the Canadian basketball scene in Calgary for the Dinos. Mambi's constant search of playing the best competition led him to the Canada West, where he was responsible for scoring the clinching bucket in the National Championship game against Ryerson in 2018, helped his team to a perfect 20-0 regular season and picked up Canada West Player of the Year award in 2019. Sky's the limit for the Great Mambino as he turns his attention towards playing professionally. (Ep. 18)
Hailing from a town of 1,500 people, Brianna Decker knew that if she wanted go far in her hockey career she would need to leave the comfy confines of Dousman, Wisconsin. The two-time Olympian has always set a high standard for herself, which has led to her becoming a record breaker, history maker in many instances. This includes recording a 32-game scoring streak at Wisconsin (the longest ever for the women's program), taking part in a boycott of the 2017 World Championships for better support from the National Program, winning the first Olympic gold medal for the US in 20 years and establishing herself as a premier passer at the 2019 NHL All-Star game in San Jose.
TSN reporter Jermain Franklin quickly realized that making the NHL wasn't in the cards for him, so he took his hard work ethic into the sports media industry and has developed into one of the best satellite reporters. Aside from the sharp suits and the golden radio voice, Jermain has established himself all over North America due to his extensive coverage of countless Grey Cups, NBA Finals and NCAA March Madness tournaments, not to mention his tireless reporting on the Calgary Flames and Stampeders. Follow along on some of his favourite moments since landing in Calgary in 2003, narrated by Stouffville's very own.
Volleyball has been more than just a sport to Tyler Latu'ila. Growing up in New Zealand, life was sometimes chaotic and Tyler found peace and order while playing. After being confronted by a friend back home, Tyler eventually made the big jump to Canada to pursue a higher level of volleyball. His upbringing and vast experiences through volleyball have given him an interesting and honest perspective about the game
After getting cut from her first National Team tryout, Kacey Bellamy rebounded quickly and rapidly emerged into a stalwart for the US women's National hockey program. Following three Olympics, including one gold (2018) and two silvers (2010, 2014), Kacey reminisces on some of her favourite moments from the Games. The Westfield, Massachusetts native recalls her early years at Berkshire Prep and her decision to attend the University of New Hampshire for college. From being on the Ellen Show to writing her own book, Bellamy has embraced her hockey life to the fullest.
Growing up in Massachusetts in a family of professional skiers, Dakota Woodworth discovers the love of hockey. Playing mostly close to home for the majority of her life, the internal battle between wanting a change and staying within the familiar confines of hockey on the east coast, weighed heavily throughout Woodworth's journey. Little did she know, the change she was looking for would rest in Calgary, Alberta and has helped elevate her both personally and in her hockey career.
Basketball has been a major part of David Kapinga's life both on and off the court. From winning a National Championship with the Calgary Dinos to having to play with gloves on and having to scrape by for food in prep school, Kap has been to the mountain top, while digging himself out of the deepest holes. His fight, his resilience and his tenacity are all terrific qualities in this exceptional leader.
Former Pro Volleyball player Dallas Soonias shares his ascension through the Canadian volleyball system, making stops at the collegiate, university, national and international levels. Dal has experienced pure jubilation from winning National Championships and becoming the first Aboriginal Canadian to represent the country at the highest level, to complete devastation as he watched his Olympic dream fall short from the sidelines. Follow along on this crazy ride narrated by Hunting Hills High School's very own.
Sport Calgary This Week
Rob Kerr is joined by KidSport Calgary's Executive Director Kevin Webster to talk about the release of KidSport Calgary's 2018 Annual Review as well as the organization's goals going forward into 2019.
Rob Kerr sits down with Scott Maw to talk about the science behind the performance, how CSI Calgary applies sport science to impact performance, and the collaboration between integrated support teams (ISTs), coaches, and athletes.
Rob Kerr sits down with Alayne Hing and 2018 Olympian Melissa Lotholz to talk about the CSI Calgary’s approach to mental performance, as well as some of the strategies that Alayne and Melissa have implemented to help Melissa with pre, during and post Olympic Games realities.
Rob Kerr sits down with Dale Henwood to talk about a retrospection on the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, celebrating 25 years in 2019, the reasons why CSI Calgary was selected to be the first ‘Sport Centre’, and what it says about Calgary. Dale’s highlights over the past 25 years, the moments and the athletes involved, and what CSI Calgary believes is the bigger picture behind it all.
Rob Kerr sits down with Kelly Anne Erdman to talk about nutrition in the daily training environment. Nutrition can play a significant role in some of the following areas: reducing inflammation, optimizing recovery, endurance fuelling, determining sweat rates and rehydration needs, using supplement effectively and managing injury/return to sport from injury.
Rob Kerr sits down with Dr. Brian Benson to talk about CSI Calgary’s approach to sport medicine. Benson discusses the emphasis CSI Calgary places on injury prevention, world-leading tools & programs, the greater impact of their medical research and programs, as well as the Benson Concussion Institute.
Rob Kerr sits down with Cara Button to talk about CSI Calgary’s Game Plan program, how the rise in awareness of the program is helping athletes internally and externally, and the importance of talking openly about mental health and what Game Plan is doing to help.
Rob Kerr sits down with Jason Sjostrom to talk about coaching, how coaches in Alberta can become better coaches, as well as professional development workshops offered through CSI Calgary.
Rob Kerr sits down with Jason Poole and Tyler Seitz to talk about high performance sport services and partnerships as well as discuss why it is the important to provide Canadian athletes with integrated sport science and sport medicine services.
Jason Ribeiro joins Rob Kerr to discuss a potential bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
We've Solved Nothing
The sport and recreation industry has an important role to play for everyone, from girls and Indigenous groups, to persons with physical and cognitive disabilities. Rob Kerr and Dr. David Legg talk about the renewed conversation in the Calgary sport community and how sport is for everyone of all backgrounds, genders, and abilities.
Rob Kerr and Dr. David Legg are joined by Dr. David Finch to discuss the ActiveCITY Collective and elaborate on the details of the ActiveCITY Calgary Summit taking place on Sept. 18, 2019.
Rob Kerr and David Legg talk about the “beautiful game”, its growth in Canada, and its progression into the pro competition through the Canadian Premier League.
Rob Kerr and David Legg discuss the active and shifting ecosystem of the sport industry, the changing perspectives and approaches to sport, and how each member, conventional or non-conventional, can contribute to make the industry better.
Rob Kerr and David Legg are joined by Dr. Julie Booke, the coordinator of Mount Royal University’s Sport and Recreation Program, to discuss and identifying the current issues in the sport and recreation industry.
Rob Kerr and David Legg discuss their ideas and thoughts regarding the question “Is Calgary a good sport and recreation city?”
Rob Kerr and David Legg discuss the definition of eSports, the gaming industry and the impact it could potentially make on the sport industry.
Further to their discussion from August 21, 2018, Rob Kerr and David Legg continue their conversation about gambling and marijuana and its potential effects on the sport world.
Rob Kerr and David Legg share their thoughts on the vote results of Olympic & Paralympic plebiscite from November 13.
Rob Kerr and David Legg talk about the social and economic implications of sport on society, as well as the upcoming plebiscite for Calgary 2026.
Join Rob Kerr and David Legg as they first discuss the impending legislation of Marijuana and its impact on sports advertising. And secondly, speak to what changes are happening in the United States as sports betting becomes legal.
Rob Kerr and David Legg discuss how this generation views the world and how society is adapting.
Rob Kerr and David Legg talk about the recent presentation of Bret "the Hitman" Hart of an honorary degree at Mount Royal University and whether or not getting an honorary degree is more prestigious than being inducted into a Sports Hall of Fame.
Rob Kerr and David Legg talk about leadership in the world of sport, in the context of professional sport playoffs and the Olympics.
Rob and David walk through sport issues of the week, including the sport community's response to the Humboldt tragedy, and Calgary's exploration of a 2026 Olympics bid.
Mark Hallet of the Western Ball Hockey League sits down with Rob Kerr to speak about the sport of ball hockey
Hope Perri of Studios Group Martial Arts speaks with Rob Kerr about the sport of Taekwondo
Gladiators Fencing Club’s Elya Perritt sits down with Rob Kerr to talk about the sport of fencing and its history.
Rob Kerr is joined by Aaron Cooney of Calgary Speed Skating to talk about the sport of speed skating, including long-track and short-track.
Bill Stamile of the Calgary Padel Club sits down with Rob Kerr to discuss about the fast-growing racquet sport known as Padel
ELEV8 Lacrosse’s Geoff Snider and Rob Kerr have a conversation about lacrosse, the direction that it’s heading in, and the responsibility sport organizations have in providing opportunities in their sport for everyone
Jarrod Moore of the Calgary Kangaroos Australian Football converses with Rob Kerr about the sport of Australian Football, more commonly known as “Aussie Rules Footy”.
Rob Kerr is joined by David Roberts of Alberta Orienteering to talk about the sport of orienteering.
Kerri Bourne joins Rob Kerr speaking about the history of cheerleading in Alberta and the importance of teamwork in cheerleading.
Dave McLean joins Rob Kerr in explaining what exactly ultimate is and how people can get involved.