Patrick Chan and books for children :)

By on Feb 28, 2017 in Books, Catching up with, Olympics, Personal, Skating, Sports, The Power of One, Uncategorized

Two of my favourite worlds collided on Thursday evening: books and figure skating. First Book Canada, on behalf of Patrick Chan, donated over 3,000 books to Ronald McDonald House Charities across Canada. The books have been divided amongst the 15 locations coast-to-coast. In January, Patrick appeared on CBC’s kids show, Bookaboo – promoting literacy for kids. For...

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Skating to Sochi by Beverley Smith

By on Dec 11, 2013 in Books, Personal, Skating, Sports

              Beverley Smith has had a journalistic career that is second to none. Many of my readers here will know here as one of the leading voices in figure skating coverage most recently for the Globe and Mail.     I recently caught up with Bev at the Battle of the Blades of all places and asked her about skating, writing and the changes in her life. As a...

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Boxing Lessons

By on Dec 5, 2013 in AFRICA, Books, Personal, Sports, The Power of One

What an interesting day. My thoughts are bouncing between two extraordinary men: South African Freedom Fighter Nelson Mandela in death and Heavyweight Champion George Chuvalo in life. Both boxers. Both fathers. Both men whose single-minded push through extraordinary pain has and is changing lives. If you are a reader of this blog then you will know that I went to...

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Catching up With Jamie Sale and David Pelletier – 10 years after SLC

By on Feb 17, 2012 in Books, Catching up with, Olympics, Skating, Sports

10 years ago today I walked into the Salt Lake City Ice Center and as the French announcer for figure skating. I didn’t know what to expect. This was to be the day when Canadian pair skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier would receive their Olympic gold medals; six days after first receiving silver. At the centre of it all were four athletes: Olympic gold...

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Catching up with….Frances Dafoe

By on Dec 4, 2011 in Books, Catching up with, Personal, Skating, Sports

As if getting dressed up and making sure my socks matched wasn’t enough pressure. A couple of weeks ago I had the great pleasure of attending the book launch of “Figure Skating and the Arts: Eight Centuries of Sport and Inspiration.” by Frances Dafoe with introduction by Dick Button. Two of skating’s heaviest hitters ever in the same room. My...

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Catching up with Elvis Stojko

By on Dec 24, 2010 in Books, Catching up with, Skating

It has been a busy couple of weeks – and I know I am not the only one who has been up to their eyeballs over the last little bit! I took advantage of being on a radio show together with Elvis Stojko a couple of nights ago to entice him with a cup of coffee and a copy of my book (Taking the Ice) to come and meet me for a quick interview. (Actually it was a...

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