Category Archives: Sports

‘Tall Paul’ Marlow: “I don’t want to just go in 95 percent”



Paul Marlow is used to standing out. At 6’7″, the personal trainer and one-time Toronto Blue Jays draft pick — perhaps better known as ‘Tall Paul’ — is hard to miss. What’s new is his growing comfort in using that attention to connect with others about mental health. Having dealt with his father’s death, along … Continue reading ‘Tall Paul’ Marlow: “I don’t want to just go in 95 percent”


Sharon Wood: “I did it for the sheer passion”



In 1986, as part of a Canadian team, Sharon Wood became the first woman from the Americas to summit Mount Everest–and the first woman in the world to do so via the West Ridge from Tibet and without Sherpa support. Often the only woman on expeditions, Wood was an outlier in a predominantly male bastion … Continue reading Sharon Wood: “I did it for the sheer passion”


Danielle Williams: “I can still love this community and want it to be better”



Danielle Williams has no quit. An army veteran and Harvard graduate, she has been an advocate for diversity in outdoor adventure sports since 2014, when she co-founded Team Blackstar Skydivers. An African-American skydiver living with a disability, Williams has over 600 jumps under her belt, and has also launched Melanin Base Camp and Diversify Outdoors. … Continue reading Danielle Williams: “I can still love this community and want it to be better”


Issey Nakajima-Farran: “You never know when your chance is there”



Issey Nakajima-Farran has more than a few stories to tell. Such things tend to happen when one spends a career chasing a soccer ball around the globe. From the time he was three, the 34-year-old winger for Pacific FC has moved to Japan, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Denmark, Australia, Cyprus, Spain, and Malaysia. To hear … Continue reading Issey Nakajima-Farran: “You never know when your chance is there”


Shelma Jun is changing attitudes around climbing. Photo: Irene Yee.

Shelma Jun: “Climbing is in such a different place now”



Shelma Jun is, by most metrics, an unlikely face for the sport of climbing. A late arrival to the scene — she didn’t begin until her mid-twenties — she lives in New York City, about as far-removed a place from Yosemite and Joshua Tree as they come. Which is kind of the point. A Korean-American … Continue reading Shelma Jun: “Climbing is in such a different place now”


Simon Whitfield: “Accept the struggle”



Simon Whitfield is in a good place. It’s a Tuesday night, and the four-time Olympian has finished his weekly soccer outing in Victoria, British Columbia — a men’s league where the competition is a far cry from the rigours of racing against the world’s best triathletes. “I can’t just run the entire time; I get … Continue reading Simon Whitfield: “Accept the struggle”


Daniel Burton: “Antarctica is harder than you can possibly imagine”



Mere days into his quest to become the first person to reach the South Pole entirely by bicycle, Daniel Burton realized he had a problem. Facing gale-force winds and whiteout conditions on the southern continent, he realized it was taking far too long to cover the distance needed to reach the finish line. The plan … Continue reading Daniel Burton: “Antarctica is harder than you can possibly imagine”


Brittany Mumma: “It’s not easy to survive on passion”



Brittany Mumma has a thirst for adventure. A photographer, associate producer, and professional skier based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Alaska native has travelled across the world in search of stories to tell, from the slopes of Nepal to the couloirs of Greenland. Along the way, she has worked with some of the most prominent … Continue reading Brittany Mumma: “It’s not easy to survive on passion”


Ryan Martin: “Mental illness is just a part of who you are”



When Ryan Martin set off to cycle 8,000 kilometres across Canada to raise funds for mental health initiatives, he couldn’t have imagined how his life would change. The Guelph, Ontario native had only recently gone public with his story of living with bipolar disorder, and he was still working on the path to wellness. Today, … Continue reading Ryan Martin: “Mental illness is just a part of who you are”


Rick Hansen: “If we waited until everything was perfect, we’d never start”



When Rick Hansen set out to wheel around the world on his Man in Motion World Tour in 1985, he had hoped the tour would start off with a bang — just maybe a different kind than the one he got. Mere moments into wheeling out of the parking lot of Vancouver’s Oakridge Mall on … Continue reading Rick Hansen: “If we waited until everything was perfect, we’d never start”