• Finding Light in the Darkness

    Finding Light in the Darkness

    Friday, 1st March 2019

    By HipCheck Media

    After competing in the 2018 Canadian Boxing Championships in Edmonton, a major step in his preparation for the 2019 Canada Games, 17-year-old Zach Levesque thanked his coaches and said goodbye to his New Brunswick teammates. After hugs, smiles, fist pumps and a chorus of “See ya soons,” Zach flew back to his home on... Read More

  • Badminton Bonds Athletes From Across Nunavut

    Badminton Bonds Athletes From Across Nunavut

    Friday, 1st March 2019

    By Chris Welner
    HipCheck Media

    They come from a land of ice and snow, so when it’s time for sport, Team Nunavut heads indoors to the badminton court.

    Nine young indigenous athletes make up the Nunavut badminton team, from communities thousands of kilometres apart. Now 10,000 kilometres of travel away from home, they have come... Read More

  • Nova Scotia Snowboarder Driven to Succeed at Canada Games

    Nova Scotia Snowboarder Driven to Succeed at Canada Games

    Thursday, 28th February 2019

    By Chris Welner

    HipCheck Media

    Nova Scotia snowboard cross racer Liam Gamble was driven to compete at the Canada Games — literally.

    Gamble, 19, of Darmouth, N.S., suffered a spontaneous collapse of his left lung less than two weeks before he was due to race at the Canada Games. Doctors told him he would not be able to fly... Read More

  • Golden Reunion at Canada Games for World Champion Hockey Team

    Golden Reunion at Canada Games for World Champion Hockey Team

    Thursday, 28th February 2019

    By Chris Welner

    HipCheck Media

    What’s the best way for world champion Canadian hockey players to relive their gold medal glory? Play street hockey, of course. 

    There are 21 of 23 players from Canada’s Under-18 world championship team wearing provincial colours in Red Deer for the Canada Games. Wednesday, many of them got... Read More

  • At The Canada Games, An Athlete is An Athlete. Period.

    At The Canada Games, An Athlete is An Athlete. Period.

    Wednesday, 27th February 2019

    By Teddy Katz

    The closing ceremony for a sports event that some say is one of the most inclusive in the world will take place Saturday (March 2) in Red Deer, Alberta

    The Canada Games has featured 3600 athletes, managers and coaches, participating in 19 sports over the past two weeks along with a major arts and cultural festival.... Read More

  • You Really Don’t Know Someone Until You Ski A Mile In Their Shoes

    You Really Don’t Know Someone Until You Ski A Mile In Their Shoes

    Tuesday, 26th February 2019

    By Chris Welner
    HipCheck Media

    Molly Miller is in a race to make the world a better place. 

    A rising cross-country star, Miller has her skis and her feet planted firmly on the ground. The Kimberley, B.C. Grade 12 student is a seven-time national champion in the under-16 and under-18 categories. She’s the youngest female to... Read More

  • Doubly Awesome: Eight sets of twins competing in Canada Games

    Doubly Awesome: Eight sets of twins competing in Canada Games

    Monday, 25th February 2019

    By Chris Welner
    HipCheck Media

    If you think you’re seeing double at the Canada Winter Games, don’t worry, it’s just twins. In fact, eight sets of twins are competing at Red Deer 2019.

    They can be seen in action at venues all across the city, whether you are watching ringette, gymnastics, wheelchair basketball, short track... Read More

  • Janick Lacroix keeps fighting with his late coach in his heart and ear

    Janick Lacroix keeps fighting with his late coach in his heart and ear

    Monday, 25th February 2019

    By Chris Welner
    HipCheck Media

    There’s a voice Alberta boxer Janick Lacroix hears when he steps in the ring. 

    “Keep your hands up!”
    “Keep punching!”
    “Show respect”
    “Show class.” 

    The words are part of many memories Lacroix holds for Mike Kucik, his coach who was shot to death at the age of 76 in an... Read More

  • Games’ Oldest Fan Knits Toques for Great-Granddaughters’ Ringette Team

    Games’ Oldest Fan Knits Toques for Great-Granddaughters’ Ringette Team

    Sunday, 24th February 2019

    By Chris Welner
    HipCheck Media

    104-year-old Ella Fleury can knit a toque faster than her great-granddaughters can put the ring in the net for Team Saskatchewan.

    Mrs. Fleury, who lives in Lloydminster, sent Keala and Maya Fleury off to the Canada Games with 22 spectacular green, white and black toques she knitted for the team... Read More

  • Alumni Memories – Heather Moyse

    Alumni Memories – Heather Moyse

    Saturday, 23rd February 2019

    Chris Lomon
    HipCheck Media

    One of Canada’s most successful multi-sport athletes, double-Olympic gold medalist Heather Moyse, a 1997 Canada Games alumnus in athletics, has represented Canada internationally in bobsleigh, rugby and track cycling. 

    Five years ago in Sochi, the Summerside, PEI, native, won her second straight... Read More

  • Moving Out, Moving In On Turnaround Day

    Moving Out, Moving In On Turnaround Day

    Saturday, 23rd February 2019

    By Chris Welner
    HipCheck Media

    Medals and memories. That’s what athletes and officials will have packed in their luggage and hearts to take home Saturday on Turnaround Day at the Canada Winter Games. For those arriving for Week 2, check for hopes and dreams.

    “It’s been a really amazing experience, especially the Opening... Read More

  • Ringside Doctor a Safe Role for Mom

    Ringside Doctor a Safe Role for Mom

    Friday, 22nd February 2019

    By Chris Welner
    HipCheck Media

    When Canada Games boxer Jerome Leroyer finishes a bout his mom greets him ringside and shines a flashlight in his eyes. 

    That’s because Valerie Leroyer is a ringside physician. Her son has been boxing for three years and she travels to every tournament. Taking on the ringside doctor role seemed... Read More

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