Category Archives: Sports

Ryan Robinson: “If you fail enough times, it starts to look like success”



The first time Ryan Robinson set foot on a slackline, he swore he’d never do it again. An Ironman competitor and rock climber who grew up near Sacramento, California, he ventured onto a line at his local climbing gym, waiting until everyone had left. “I didn’t want anyone to see me do it and fail,” … Continue reading Ryan Robinson: “If you fail enough times, it starts to look like success”


Travis Gerrits: “There’s so much more to an individual than their diagnosis”



When it comes to highs and lows, Travis Gerrits is something of an expert. One of the top freestyle skiers in Canada, he is also part of a rising tide in sports: athletes using their platform to raise awareness about mental health. For Gerrits, the issue took on greater significance after being diagnosed with bipolar … Continue reading Travis Gerrits: “There’s so much more to an individual than their diagnosis”


Mikael Lindnord: “Arthur has changed everything for me”



Few stories are as timeless as a man and his dog. For Mikael Lindnord and his mongrel, Arthur, the story is one for the ages. Few could have predicted the circumstances that would bring them together: a chance encounter during the 2014 Adventure Racing World Championship in the mountainous jungles of Ecuador. An extreme endurance … Continue reading Mikael Lindnord: “Arthur has changed everything for me”


Keagan Girdlestone: “My chance to live was pretty much zero”



They say you never forget how to ride a bicycle. South Africa’s Keagan Girdlestone is living proof. At 19 years of age in 2016, the Pretoria native was rising fast in the world of cycling, already the youngest ever champion in the history of New Zealand’s Le Race, and a former under-16 national champion in … Continue reading Keagan Girdlestone: “My chance to live was pretty much zero”


Richard Holmes: “What you can’t see is often more important than what you are able to”



At 17, Richard Holmes had everything he had wanted: a successful career as a mountain biker; a life in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia; sponsors wanting to endorse him. Despite the accolades, he had one other thing that was tearing at his confidence and progressively worsening in the process: a stutter. “My speech was definitely the … Continue reading Richard Holmes: “What you can’t see is often more important than what you are able to”


Charlie Engle: “I would never want to lose the addict part of me, because it’s all the best parts of me”



Charlie Engle is not like most people. For one thing, he’s run across the Sahara Desert — a feat that turned into a documentary narrated by none other than Matt Damon. He’s “summited ice-covered volcanoes, swam with crocodiles, and served a stint in federal prison.” Making the North Carolina-based writer and ultramarathon runner’s story even … Continue reading Charlie Engle: “I would never want to lose the addict part of me, because it’s all the best parts of me”


Ben Fanelli: “It’s amazing what you can overcome [with] the right people around you”



If there’s a blueprint to recovery after a traumatic brain injury, Ben Fanelli is prototype. Eight years after suffering a fractured skull as a 16-year-old rookie in the Ontario Hockey League — an incident that left him hospitalized and at risk of needing brain surgery — the former Kitchener Ranger is happy, healthy, and showing … Continue reading Ben Fanelli: “It’s amazing what you can overcome [with] the right people around you”


Josh Cassidy: “There are always people that will doubt us”



Josh Cassidy stopped listening to others’ doubts years ago. Born with neuroblastoma in his spine and abdomen, and left partially-paralyzed from near-birth, Cassidy has become a three-time Canadian Paralympian and World Record-setting wheelchair athlete. Quite the accomplishment for a kid who faced coin-flip odds over whether he’d live to see his first birthday. “I think … Continue reading Josh Cassidy: “There are always people that will doubt us”


Patti Catalano Dillon: “If they’re going to beat me, they’re going to spit blood”



There are origin stories, and then there’s Patti Catalano Dillon’s origin story. A Hall of Famer and former World and American Record holder for distance running — with titles from everywhere from Montreal, to Honolulu, to Rio de Janeiro — Dillon became the first American woman to break the 2:30 mark in a marathon, and … Continue reading Patti Catalano Dillon: “If they’re going to beat me, they’re going to spit blood”


Kay Okafor: “Everything happens for a reason”



Kay Okafor’s path to the CFL is about as unlikely as they come. Born and raised in Nigeria, the 6’4″, 275 lb lineman only came to learn about football after moving halfway across the world to attend university in Prince Edward Island, Canada. At the time, Okafor’s plans for his life lay far away from … Continue reading Kay Okafor: “Everything happens for a reason”