Karina LeBlanc moved from a small island in the Caribbean to Maple Ridge British Columbia at age 8. So at an early age, she was thrust into a new country with different customs and culture. Karina was a smart, shy child with a vibrant personality buried within. It wasn’t until she met some local coaches who invited her to the track and field club and basketball team that her confidence rose and allowed her personality to shine. Soon after others would also notice a change in her confidence. This confidence enabled Karina to pursue a college education, play soccer for her country for almost 18 years and win a Bronze Medal at the 2012 Olympics.
John Lu was first exposed to the Canadiens-Leafs rivalry on a small black and white TV in his family’s suburban Winnipeg home in the early 1970s. Now he enjoys the distinction of being the first TV sports reporter to pull off the Canadian Original 6 ‘Sweep’. While in Toronto, Lu reported on the NHL, MLB, NBA, CFL, NFL, and PGA Tour. He’s also covered the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup playoffs, the World Series, the Daytona 500 and World Hockey Championship and World Cup of Hockey.
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John Haime’s successful professional golf career included a 62 at a professional event in Melbourne, Australia, numerous professional championships, and nerve-rattling competition with some of the world’s best at international tournaments.
“A personal story of inspiration and recovery” – Joe Tilley is the Sports Anchor for CTV News Toronto. A happily married father of three, Joe is a native of Edmonton and a graduate of the University of Alberta. Joe had a successful career as an amateur boxer: Golden Gloves champion, three-time Alberta welterweight champion and bronze medallist at the 1978 Canadian championships. Since signing on as the 11:30 pm sports anchor in 1984, Joe has developed a dedicated audience and viewership that is attributable to his enthusiastic and energetic on-air style. He is well known for his program features that include ‘Swiss Picks’ and ‘The Excellent Sports Adventure’.
Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist, has won all three of Canada’s leading literary prizes — the Governor-General’s award for non-fiction book writing, the National Magazine Award for political writing, and the National Newspaper Award for column writing (twice). He has also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism. In January, 2000, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Jeff MacInnis’ epic 100-day expedition through the ice-choked Northwest Passage survived one of the harshest environments on the face of this planet… the passage that has claimed more lives than Mount Everest. This journey was made in an 18-foot boat named PERCEPTION – using only the wind and a dream as the sources of power.
Jeff Adams is no stranger to overcoming challenges. He survived childhood cancer, but the radiation treatment that ultimately saved his life caused burns on his spinal cord that permanently damaged it. He started using a wheelchair at a young age, but his love of competitive sport helped him turn his wheelchair into the vehicle for a journey of success.
Armstrong’s vast knowledge and passion is well known – and respected – throughout the basketball world, where he has spent his entire broadcast career focusing on the Toronto Raptors. Over the course of his 15+ years in broadcasting, Armstrong has become one of the most recognizable faces – and voices – in Canadian sports.
Glen Foster is quickly becoming a household name among comedy fans. Or, perhaps more correctly, a household “non-name”, since adopting the moniker “That Canadian Guy.”
A veteran of the Canadian comedy scene, Glen has been a popular headliner for over twenty-five years. His Gemini nominated comedy special “That Canadian Guy” struck a chord for its hilarious, but dead-on portrayal of the conflicted Canadian psyche. After it aired, he received a flood of congratulatory e-mail, much of it along the lines of: “I couldn’t remember your name, but I remembered ‘That Canadian Guy’.”