Canadian Sport Heroes

The achievements of Canadian athletes, what factors made them successful and the reasons why they should be remembered in Canadian Sport history.
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Charmaine Crooks was a track athlete and was the flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games. She’s a member of the Order of Canada and was awarded the 2006 “Women and Sport Trophy” in recognition of promoting gender equity in sport. She’s inducted into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame and BC Sports Hall of Fame. She was both the 1st Canadian woman to run 800 metres in under 2 minutes and to be recognized with the Jack Diamond Award as BC’s 2009 Sports Personality of the…

Charmaine Crooks was a track athlete and was the flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games. She’s a member of the Order of Canada and was awarded the 2006 “Women and Sport Trophy” in recognition of promoting gender equity in sport. She’s inducted into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame and BC Sports Hall of Fame. She was both the 1st Canadian woman to run 800 metres in under 2 minutes and to be recognized with the Jack Diamond Award as BC’s 2009 Sports Personality of the…

Simon Whitfield is a triathlete who won gold at the 2000 Olympics and at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. He was a 10-time national champion and a 4-Time Olympian. He was named Triathlon Canada Athlete of the Year in 1999 and in 2000. He became the first male triathlete to win 2 Olympic medals (gold at Sydney and silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics). Whitfield was given the honor of lighting the torch at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and being Canada’s flag bearer at the 2012 London Olympics.

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Silken Laumann's willingness to embrace her challenges to move past them and share her stories, inspire other athletes, making her a successful athlete and role model. She is a passionate speaker, life coach and contributes to Chatelaine, Today’s Parent and other publications. As the spokesperson for GoodLife Kids, a board member of Right To Play and the author of Child’s Play: Rediscovering the Joy of Play in Our Families and Communities, Silken works to improve the lives of children…

Silken Laumann's willingness to embrace her challenges to move past them and share her stories, inspire other athletes, making her a successful athlete and role model. She is a passionate speaker, life coach and contributes to Chatelaine, Today’s Parent and other publications. As the spokesperson for GoodLife Kids, a board member of Right To Play and the author of Child’s Play: Rediscovering the Joy of Play in Our Families and Communities, Silken works to improve the lives of children…

Simon Whitfield is a determined, dedicated athlete. He should be remembered in sport history as being loyal to his country and making a difference in the lives of young athletes in terms of being actively involved in representing the Multiple Sclerosis Society and mentoring young athletes by teaching them the importance of training safely and working hard.

Simon Whitfield is a determined, dedicated athlete. He should be remembered in sport history as being loyal to his country and making a difference in the lives of young athletes in terms of being actively involved in representing the Multiple Sclerosis Society and mentoring young athletes by teaching them the importance of training safely and working hard.

Silken Laumann’s bravery and determination contributed to her success as an athlete. In May 1992, she was in a rowing accident that left her right leg shattered. Doctors said she may never row again. After 27 days and several hours of exhausting rehabilitation, she wanted to pursue her Olympic dream. On August 2, 1992, she made an amazing comeback, winning bronze for Canada and capturing the hearts of a nation. She retired from rowing in 1999 and continues to encourage people to dream big.

Silken Laumann’s bravery and determination contributed to her success as an athlete. In May 1992, she was in a rowing accident that left her right leg shattered. Doctors said she may never row again. After 27 days and several hours of exhausting rehabilitation, she wanted to pursue her Olympic dream. On August 2, 1992, she made an amazing comeback, winning bronze for Canada and capturing the hearts of a nation. She retired from rowing in 1999 and continues to encourage people to dream big.

Silken Laumann is a champion rower and received the gold medal in the 1987 Pan Am Games (Single Sculls). She was also the World Champion in Single Sculls Rowing in 1991. In 1997, she received the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award (she is the first non-American to receive the award). In 2004 she was inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame. The CAAWS (Canadian Association for Advancement of Women and Sport) named her the “Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity” in 2007.

Silken Laumann is a champion rower and received the gold medal in the 1987 Pan Am Games (Single Sculls). She was also the World Champion in Single Sculls Rowing in 1991. In 1997, she received the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award (she is the first non-American to receive the award). In 2004 she was inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame. The CAAWS (Canadian Association for Advancement of Women and Sport) named her the “Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity” in 2007.

Clara Hughes is a speed skater and cycler. She is the fourth athlete to ever to win medals at the Winter and Summer Games, and is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals at both. She has 6 Olympic medals; winning two medals in cycling and four medals in speed skating. She won eight medals in cycling at the Pan American Games and won three medals in cycling at the Commonwealth Games. In Vancouver in 2010, Hughes had the honour of being the Canadian flag bearer at the Opening…

Clara Hughes is a speed skater and cycler. She is the fourth athlete to ever to win medals at the Winter and Summer Games, and is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals at both. She has 6 Olympic medals; winning two medals in cycling and four medals in speed skating. She won eight medals in cycling at the Pan American Games and won three medals in cycling at the Commonwealth Games. In Vancouver in 2010, Hughes had the honour of being the Canadian flag bearer at the Opening…

Charmaine Crooks is an athlete that supports and promotes gender equity in sport, promotes charitable organizations relating to sports and brought more sport events to Canada. She is a true inspiration to other Canadians and should be remembered in Canadian sport history as a role model to both young and old alike.

Five-time Olympian and Olympic Silver Medalist relay), Charmaine Crooks represented Canada for close to 20 years in athletics.

Another reason why Crooks is still successful is because even when she stopped running, she was still determined to cross that finish line. When she hung up her track shoes after a successful career that spanned almost two decades, she opened a consulting firm, was elected to the International and Canadian Olympic Committees and played strategic roles in bringing the 2010 Winter Olympics to Vancouver and the 2015 Pan Am Games to Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe region.

Another reason why Crooks is still successful is because even when she stopped running, she was still determined to cross that finish line. When she hung up her track shoes after a successful career that spanned almost two decades, she opened a consulting firm, was elected to the International and Canadian Olympic Committees and played strategic roles in bringing the 2010 Winter Olympics to Vancouver and the 2015 Pan Am Games to Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe region.

One factor that contributes to Crooks’s success as an athlete is that she is a strong supporter of many charitable organizations that focus on women’s, youth and health matters, including Right to Play and being the Athlete Role Model at the Youth Olympic Games.

One factor that contributes to Crooks’s success as an athlete is that she is a strong supporter of many charitable organizations that focus on women’s, youth and health matters, including Right to Play and being the Athlete Role Model at the Youth Olympic Games.

Whitfield was favoured to defend his gold medal title at Athens in 2004, but a series of personal setbacks marred his concentration. Weeks later, Whitfield collapsed from an attack of food poisoning and, in the days following, suffered a severe allergic reaction. Nevertheless, he was able to compete and place 11th overall. He trained even harder and his perseverance contributed to his success as an athlete. In 2008 Whitfield competed again, ultimately winning the silver medal.

Whitfield was favoured to defend his gold medal title at Athens in 2004, but a series of personal setbacks marred his concentration. Weeks later, Whitfield collapsed from an attack of food poisoning and, in the days following, suffered a severe allergic reaction. Nevertheless, he was able to compete and place 11th overall. He trained even harder and his perseverance contributed to his success as an athlete. In 2008 Whitfield competed again, ultimately winning the silver medal.

Whitfield’s involvement in the community shaped him to be the successful athlete that he is. He has served as both a close mentor to various developing athletes and as the spokesperson for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2001. His loyalty to his country also contributed to his success. As the 2000 Olympics at Sydney approached, he was offered the opportunity to compete for Australia because of his dual citizenship and his growing reputation as a top triathlete, but he chose Canada!

Whitfield’s involvement in the community shaped him to be the successful athlete that he is. He has served as both a close mentor to various developing athletes and as the spokesperson for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2001. His loyalty to his country also contributed to his success. As the 2000 Olympics at Sydney approached, he was offered the opportunity to compete for Australia because of his dual citizenship and his growing reputation as a top triathlete, but he chose Canada!

Christine Sinclair is a determined, hard-working athlete that will fight to the end for a satisfying performance. She gives 100% in all her games to lead her team to victory and inspires other athletes to do the same. For this very reason, Sinclair should be remembered in Canadian sport history as the persistent, passionate athlete that got back on her feet when people knocked her down.

Christine Sinclair, the best and bravest canadian soccer player finally wins her first olympic medal.

Sinclair is a determined and passionate individual. These characteristics contributed to her success as an athlete. In 2011 Canada's opening match of the World Cup against Germany, Sinclair forced her way back on the field with an obviously broken nose – only to score Canada's only goal against a dominating German side! This action won the hearts of Canadian fans as it inspired them to fight for what they are passionate about.

Sinclair is a determined and passionate individual. These characteristics contributed to her success as an athlete. In 2011 Canada's opening match of the World Cup against Germany, Sinclair forced her way back on the field with an obviously broken nose – only to score Canada's only goal against a dominating German side! This action won the hearts of Canadian fans as it inspired them to fight for what they are passionate about.

Although Sinclair faced failures, she persevered, embracing failure as a stepping stone to success. In 2008 she lead Team Canada to qualify for the 2008 Olympics, Canada's first-ever soccer team to qualify. At the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, the team left disappointed, having failed to score in the 1st round. Nonetheless, Sinclair was chosen as Canada's flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 Pan Am Games. The event was redemption for the women's team, as the Canadian team won…

Although Sinclair faced failures, she persevered, embracing failure as a stepping stone to success. In 2008 she lead Team Canada to qualify for the 2008 Olympics, Canada's first-ever soccer team to qualify. At the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, the team left disappointed, having failed to score in the 1st round. Nonetheless, Sinclair was chosen as Canada's flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 Pan Am Games. The event was redemption for the women's team, as the Canadian team won…

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