Category Archives: Sports

Alex Wong: “You’ve got to check your ego at the door”



A Toronto-based freelance writer and bestselling co-author of We The Champs: The Toronto Raptors’ Historic Run to the 2019 NBA Title, Alex Wong is among the most preeminent personalities in the NBA’s digital sphere. A former accountant, his path to journalism was an unconventional one, sparked by an early-career layoff. Now, Wong — whose work … Continue reading Alex Wong: “You’ve got to check your ego at the door”


Lamont ‘Tory’ Stapleton: “If we want to make a change, we’ve got to start with prisons”



The co-founder of Between the Lines, a prison basketball program aimed at rehabilitation, Lamont ‘Tory’ Stapleton has always kept the game of basketball close. An Athletic Hall of Fame member at Gill St. Bernard’s School in New Jersey, Stapleton played for Southern New Hampshire University and finished with over 1,300 career points. A self-described “dot … Continue reading Lamont ‘Tory’ Stapleton: “If we want to make a change, we’ve got to start with prisons”


Carl English: “[Basketball] was a way out”



Carl English’s basketball story is anything but ordinary. A longtime veteran of the Canadian National Team and 2018 NBL Canada Most Valuable Player, the 37-year-old grew up in Patrick’s Cove, Newfoundland (population: 56), shooting hoops on the side of the highway. He went on to star at the University of Hawaii and led the team … Continue reading Carl English: “[Basketball] was a way out”


Benveet Gill: “Nothing is designed for people with disabilities”



In 2012, Benveet Gill was on holiday in Las Vegas when a virus paralyzed her from the waist down. “I had the most excruciating pain in my low back,” she said. Doctors diagnosed her with transverse myelitis, an autoimmune disorder in the spinal cord. Since then, she’s co-launched ReYu, an Edmonton-based not-for-profit promoting neurorecovery; and … Continue reading Benveet Gill: “Nothing is designed for people with disabilities”


‘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”