Ever heard of Ice Cross Downhill? I hadn't either, until I interviewed a Calgary firefighter who is one of the best athletes in the world at this ten-year-old sport. Read the full story.
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Calgary's new soccer team has grand ambitions... Major League Soccer, to be specific. I talked to the coach, as well as several long-term fans, about their strategy for elevating soccer in a hockey town. Read the article here.
I'm not a sports writer per se, but I knew that a brother-sister combo playing on the same team was rare in the wide world of sports. I pitched it to the Calgary Herald and they contracted me to write the story. My work included research on the game of polo and interviews with three people, and led to more assignments with the Herald sports section, posted above.
Calgary has a new professional sports team and I was there for the press conference. Although this assignment was straight news with an intense deadline just two hours later, I took a magazine feature style of approach instead of stats and "just the facts, ma'am." Read the article here.
When Calgary's new race track opened, the Herald asked me to cover opening day. I wanted to see more than the ribbon cutting and the casino, so I visited the back stables, where the standard-bred drivers revealed what a big deal it was to finally have an active track again in our city.