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Moms Dive Deep to Support Their Olympic Daughters #ThankYouMom

The first time I met Margarida Benfeito and Helene Filion, I was sitting in front of them as their daughters Meaghan and Roseline, half of Canada’s “Fab IV” diving team, prepared to dive in the finals for the 10m platform event. They would end up winning a bronze medal, and earning the love and respect of Canada; something they had from the start from their...

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Olympian Jen Kish Plays Rugby Like a Girl (And You Should Too) #ThankYouMom

“I’m wearing a bronze medal around my neck, but I feel like I’ve won gold.” Jen Kish looks tough. And she is tough. Tough on herself to perform at the highest level of athletics, and more importantly, to provide a positive role model for female athletes anywhere. As the captain of the Canadian Women’s 7 Rugby Team, she is well poised to do just that....

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Stephanie Labbe: You Play Like a Girl? Good For You. #ThankYouMom

“At least I’ll be playing hockey with the kind of girls who play hockey.”, so said my daughter a few years ago, when she reluctantly made the move from being the only girl on a boys’ house league hockey team, to a girls’ rep team. The awkwardness of changing in the referees’ room and not really feeling like she was a part of the team,...

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Pamela & Jennifer - half of the dynamic team heading to Rio. #ThankYouMom

Featured Image: Pamela Ware & Jennifer Abel – half of Canada’s dynamic diving team heading to Rio.   One of the biggest commitments and complaints you’ll hear from the parents of competitive athletes in training is the constant driving. Driving to practice, to competitions, all of it made a little bit easier when you can count on a car pooling community. Your “village” of drivers is...

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“Father’s Day” Is Every Day On A Journey To The Olympics #ThankYouMom

If there’s one thing we know about babies, it’s that as soon as you establish a routine with them, they break it. As parents, we adjust, move on, and establish new routines we know will also slide into oblivion. But when your work is training for the most prestigious and important sporting event in the world, that may be easier said than done. Canadian Olympic...

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Gold Medal Mom Wins At Mother’s Day #ThankYouMom

When my kids were young, I used a reward chart to motivate them to accomplish certain tasks. Stickers or stars for cleaning your room, making the bed, maybe even brushing your teeth or being nice to a brother. But when Olympic gold medal trampoline athlete the Rosie MacLennan was a little girl, her Grandma kept an activity chart up at the cottage for her and...

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