Calgary’s paratriathlon ace, Stefan Daniel, recently broadened his athletic horizons, entering his first half-ironman and placing an impressive 12th in the men’s professional division in Santa Cruz, Calif. “It was more to do something different … and it was a good time to do it.”
For outfielder Alejandro Cazorla Granados, the Okotoks Dawgs’ championship run capped a remarkable turnaround on the field and off of it. “From where I was six months earlier to that moment? It was the complete polar (opposite). It meant the world — and not just because we won at the end. A very special year.”
Sarah Orban, in her 20s, decided to embrace track cycling. Now racing on the international stage, the Calgarian has her eyes on the 2024 Olympics in Paris. “It’s been quite the journey. At this point, I feel like I’ve been a cyclist forever.”
One of golf’s biggest hitters, Irene Crowchild reflects on a journey filled with adversity and recovery and, ultimately, success. “Starting this whole long-drive stuff, I never thought I’d be here,” says the two-time Canadian women’s champion, who is entered in the upcoming world showcase in Japan.
Calgary kid — on the rise for his entire draft year with the USHL Sioux City Musketeers — jumps up the charts, surprises the pundits, gets picked 40th overall by Steve Yzerman and the Detroit Red Wings. “I was pretty shocked,” says Dylan James. “I didn’t expect to go that high, but I’ll take it, obviously.”
Justine Bouchard — thanks to a terrific career at UCalgary, in addition to international success — becomes the first female wrestler inducted into the Dinos Hall of Fame. “Honestly, I just feel so blessed that I’ve had the career I had,” says the Wetaskiwin native.
Local ultramarathoner discusses his record-breaking adventure, which included a likely case of COVID, a probable concussion, daily soul-baring updates on social media, hundreds of pavement-pounding hours, a never-ending interior dialogue.
Calgarian’s terrific career — which includes guiding his home-town squad from expansion franchise to championship winner — has landed him in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. “I was surprised,” says Kaleb Toth. “I was kind of shocked, but definitely honoured.”
Rieger Lorenz heads into the NHL draft as the top-ranked Calgarian — and top-ranked Junior A player. Star of the AJHL Okotoks Oilers, the forward is bound this fall for the University of Denver.
Calgary’s Bree Howling is learning about the ups and downs of the professional boxing game. But, even after missing out on the grandest of opportunities, she’s as eager as ever to chase titles.
Local athlete Kyra Christmas — scoring star of the Canadian women’s water polo team, productive import for a club in Greece — opens up about her mental-health challenges over the years. “I definitely still struggle with it.”
Calgary swimmer Stephen Calkins has dedicated much of his life to racing. Always close to making a national team, he could never quite get there. So he decided to retire. Then something funny happened. “Kind of weird.”
Calgary teenager Ryann Perrett is barrelling into a busy stretch. Not that she’s complaining. With the Notre Dame Hounds, she’s currently participating in the Esso Cup. Immediately after that? She’s heading for Hockey Canada’s U18 selection camp. And, don’t forget, high school graduation is right around the corner.
Colton Hunchak’s evolution from draft-day afterthought to game-day contributor for the Stampeders is impressive. Now the local’s path to the CFL has become a blueprint for up-and-coming football players in Calgary.
Overcoming significant setbacks — burnout and a broken back — UCalgary runner is forging a brilliant career, recently dominating at the Canada West Conference and U Sports levels. Plus, his continued devotion to volunteer work is earning community recognition.
With a recent bout in Montreal, Steve Claggett ran his professional fight total to 40. Reaching a milestone like that is never straightforward. “Such a roller coaster,” is what he says. In conversation, the Calgarian runs through the highs and lows of his ongoing boxing career.
A decade ago, Melissa Paauwe embraced running — or should we say running embraced her? Now the Calgarian thrives on the paths and trails, explores various running-related ventures, volunteers for a number of groups.
Ski jumper Matt Soukup — one of four Calgarians on Canada’s mixed team — discusses the historic bronze in Beijing. From funding to facilities, the crew overcame obstacle after obstacle before its magic moment at the Olympics.
Hannah Kaminski had been a promising wrestler till her career was derailed by a shoulder injury. “Then weightlifting found me.” And now the Calgarian has qualified for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England.
Calgary basketball referee retires after 40 years on the job — with 4,500 games under his belt. Son of an Olympic sprinter, Dick Vanderstam found his calling as an official on the local hoops scene.