Andre De Grasse cheered at Markham parade

Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse wasn’t participating in the city’s Terry Fox Run Sunday. The sprinter passed by the route of the run at noon, which was when the annual event ended. De Grasse was heading to the Markham Pan Am Centre for a ceremony to honour local Olympians. The city will name a street in De Grasse’s honour. The mayor, Frank Scarpitti, rode along in the convertible.

swimming pool inside Pan Am pool building

Swimming in Canada: A new pool and a bright future

With the 2015 Pan American Games in the past, the pool at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough has turned its focus to the future of swimming in Canada. Coming off the most successful summer muti-sport event in the country’s history, the goal is to continue to grow the sport not only for the 2016 Olympics, but for the next few cycles. However, the first step is Rio, and improving on the two medals won at London 2012.

Curler Owen Ross inspired by Vancouver Olympics

Curler Owen Ross didn’t just watch the 2010 Olympics, he became inspired. Canada was able to take home 14 gold medals on home soil in Vancouver, including one in the men’s curling event. It was that latter one that sent the then-10-year-old into a new sport. “It was watching that,” the 16-year-old said. “I watched […]

Paige Schultz setting her sights on Olympic glory

Paige Schultz sat down with coach Byron MacDonald a year ago and made a decision. The University of Toronto swimmer would focus on one event for a shot at the 2016 Olympic Games — 100 metre freestyle. “We just sat down and looked at the numbers, and crunched numbers,” Schultz said, in a recent interview. […]

Russell Wood swims third-fastest 100m backstroke in Canadian history

Just four days prior, Russell Wood voiced his confidence heading into the 2015 Canadian Swimming Trials to the Toronto Observer. He delivered on it with a gold and near record-setting performance. Wood captured the men’s 100m backstroke final with a time of 53.96, and qualified for the upcoming Pan Am Games and World Championships on […]

Swimmer Will Brothers makes a switch

It’s not easy making the tough decisions. That is exactly what Canadian national swimmer Will Brothers did this past fall when he decided to transfer from the University of Victoria to the University of British Columbia starting in January, to not only benefit his swimming career but also his education. The 20-year-old is now a […]

Toronto-based archer takes aim at 2015 Pan-Am berth

It was 10 years ago, during a visit to South Korea, where Vanessa Lee’s life changed. Lee, 16, was there visiting her family and friends. The family planned to see some attractions, but Typhoon Megi swept through part of the country, forcing Lee and her family to take shelter in their small home, in front of their tiny TV. So, they watched the Olympics in Athens. Archery was on. Korea’s own Park Sung-hyun was competing. “She was just so cool and composed under pressure that I was like, ‘I want to be like her,’” Lee said. “So I stopped spending all the money my parents gave me to spend on the trip, and I said ‘I’m coming home and I’m buying a bow.’”