Catching up with

What’s what in Press Operations – Sam Corea fills us in

By on Jun 18, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Catching up with, Personal

  As I sit here in one of the host cities in Russia for the soccer tournament, I am struck by the amount of work going on in the background. Hard work + expertise + insight/foresight makes me think of my friend Sam Corea. Sam and I first met (and became friends) when he was my boss at the Pan Am Games in 2015 in Toronto. It was under his guidance that I learned...

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Larkyn Austman – Hard Work Pays Off

By on Jun 11, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Catching up with, Olympics, Skating, Sports, Uncategorized

  I think that keeping your eye on the prize is a good strategy. If you’re not able to identify your target, it’s pretty tough to stay motivated.                 I find myself thinking of Canada’s 2018 Olympic figure skating team – maybe the best that ever represented this country. The countless days, no years, that went into preparation for PyeongChang last...

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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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Catching up with Elvis Stojko

By on Nov 2, 2016 in Catching up with, Olympics, Personal, Skating, Sports

I have to say – it doesn’t matter that I first met this man while he was still a teenager, I am amazed at how Elvis Stojko continues to evolve and it is a treat to see. Most recently we found ourselves in the media room at Skate Canada where he was the athlete ambassador for the event. I wanted to know what he was up to. As it turns out – quite a...

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Brian Orser – App Wizard? You Bet!

By on Dec 16, 2013 in Catching up with, Personal, Skating, Sports

Some days you have to stay alert – especially as a writer always looking for an interesting story to fill a page. Last week, I was at the home of so many skating legends, the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, to catch a few moments with Brian Orser among others. I have known Brian for a long time – no real surprise there as I have been around a...

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Happy Anniversary Figure Skating Boutique!

By on Sep 3, 2013 in Catching up with, Personal, Skating, Sports

 Back in the day when I was a skater if you needed a skating dress you had it made. When you wanted tights, you would get them at a dance store and for skates you would go to the skate maker. That all changed when a small store opened in Toronto called the Figure Skating Boutique. As with most things that store has changed and evolved and is considered a ‘go...

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