Born Ready. Worn Proudly. Hudson’s Bay Launches Team Canada Collection For PyeongChang 2018

On Tuesday, Canada’s iconic retailer, Hudson’s Bay, unveiled the Team Canada Collection that will outfit Canadian athletes at the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. Fifteen Canadian PyeongChang 2018 hopefuls showcased the collection including looks for the opening and closing ceremonies at a live public event that gave fans the first look at the new kit. The event was simultaneously broadcasted on Facebook Live engaging fans across the country and around the world.

Hudson’s Bay Company, a Premier Partner of the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee has raised more than $41 million to date from the sale of the company’s iconic Red Mittens, Para Flip-Flops and additional programs. The money raised helps to provide access to elite coaching, equipment, sport medicine, nutrition and other high-performance resources that make up a world-class daily training environment.

“As the Official Outfitter of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams, HBC is proud to support our athletes and connect our country through the passionate spirit of the Games,” said Alison Coville, President, Hudson’s Bay. “We are excited to unveil this new collection today and to launch the 9th edition of our now iconic Red Mittens which directly help our athletes achieve their dreams. Wearing the mittens is a fun and easy way for Canadians to show their support for Team Canada.” Continue reading “Born Ready. Worn Proudly. Hudson’s Bay Launches Team Canada Collection For PyeongChang 2018”

Royals and Rockstars honor Invictus Heroes at Closing Ceremony!

Last night, the Invictus Games capped off a weeklong event of sports competition at a closing ceremony in Air Canada Centre. The ceremony celebrated war-wounded athletes’ successes and passed the torch to the 2018 hosts from Sydney, Australia. The two-hour show brought out two famed rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams together on stage for the first time ever.

Prince Harry presented a participation medal to the captain of each team after the 17 country parade of nations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau delivered a warm message saying “These Invictus Games are a celebration of your fearlessness,” she said.

Video screens across the theatre displayed highlights from the week and musical performances by Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Coeur de pirate, Kelly Clarkson and Bachman & Turner were interwoven between speeches.

United Kingdom’s Mark Ormrod was the winner of the Jaguar Award for exceptional performance, determination and dedication. Team Afghanistan won the Land Rover Above and Beyond Award for sportsmanship, commitment and spirit.

Ontario’s Premiere Kathleen Wynne also thanked the volunteers and introduced the flag handover segment as Invictus Games Foundation chair Sir Keith Mills passed the flag to the Australian delegation. Continue reading “Royals and Rockstars honor Invictus Heroes at Closing Ceremony!”

Invictus Games 2017 Opening Ceremony: Fusion of Salutations and Celebrations!

Toronto’s glittering culture and its talent for visually striking performance powered the Opening Ceremony of Invictus Games last night, at Air Canada Centre. Organizers unleashed parades, bands, drums, singers and dancers in a display aimed to delight a worldwide audience.

Prince Harry, the founder of the games was present at the spectacular ceremony   to initiate the proceedings and mark the official opening. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was the first speaker, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Melania Trump joined him at the festivities.

The evening was abounding with inspiring speeches and entertainment, starting with Luca “Lazy Legs” Patuelli, a Montreal break dancing performer with arthrogryposis, a neuromuscular disease that affects the use of his legs.

The show   kicked-off with a parade that celebrated the arrival of more than 500 athletes from 17 countries in the stadium.  In the Parade of Nations, where the athletes walk through the stadium, the delegations were announced in alphabetical order and the Canadian Team, led by flag-bearer Phil Badanai made a grand debut amidst loud cheers at the end.

Mike Myers, a Canadian comedian and Ambassador for the Games said “he was Brit by birth, American by God’s Grace and Canadian by divine intervention.” He spoke about his military family as both parents served in the Second World War. Rick Hansen and Captain Trevor Greene also gave emotional, awe-inspiring speeches. Continue reading “Invictus Games 2017 Opening Ceremony: Fusion of Salutations and Celebrations!”

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 Official Emblem unveiled

FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 today unveiled the Official Emblem of the competition in Rennes, France.

The youth competition will take place in the Brittany region of France from 5 to 24 August 2018, and its Official Emblem reflects the strong history and values of the Breton culture. It features a triskele motif, echoing the area’s Celtic past, and black-and-white stripes, representing the Breton flag. The body of the trophy is a lighthouse, a common sight across the coast of Brittany, evoking the theme of light, an element central to the tournament as illustrated by its Official Slogan, #DareToShine.

Speaking at the Official Emblem launch, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said: “Brittany is one of France’s strongest regions for women’s football, and I am certain that as host of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup it will inspire young footballers to showcase their skills and overcome their limits. Women’s football is well established in France but of course our efforts to bring more young players into the game are never finished. This youth tournament is the perfect platform to reinforce this message and continue developing the women’s game.”

LOC Vice-President Brigitte Henriques added: “For the very first time, our country will have the privilege of hosting a major youth international tournament, which will bring together the 16 best U-20 women’s teams in the world, including France. There will be 32 matches in the four host cities of Concarneau, Dinan/Léhon, Saint-Malo and Vannes. Brittany, a region passionate about football, is already enthusiastically preparing. Continue reading “FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 Official Emblem unveiled”

Canadian Olympic Foundation announces new leadership

The President of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) Tricia Smith announced today new leadership for the Canadian Olympic Foundation (COF). Highly respected lawyer Perry N. Dellelce has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors, while veteran fundraiser and business leader Paul McIntyre Royston takes over as Chief Executive Officer.

Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Perry N. Dellelce is a founder and Managing Partner of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, one of Canada’s leading corporate finance transactional law firms. He is extremely active in community and charity work through his numerous positions including Former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sunnybrook Foundation of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Member of the University of Ottawa Board of Governors, Chair of the University of Ottawa’s “Defy the Conventional” $400 million Capital Campaign, Deputy Chair of Western University’s $750 million Campaign Cabinet, Chair of the Sudbury Families Campaign of Laurentian University’s $50 million Next 50 Campaign and Member of the Business Advisory Council of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Paul McIntyre Royston has enjoyed tremendous success as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Public Library Foundation for the past six years where he led the organization to more than $300 million raised in public and private support. Continue reading “Canadian Olympic Foundation announces new leadership”

Legends match sets stage for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

With just one month to go before the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 kicks off, five FIFA Legends – Carlos Valderrama, Fernando Morientes, Marcel Desailly, Jorge Campos and Emmanuel Amuneke – took part in a special exhibition game at the Dr. DY Patil Stadium, and unveiled the Winner’s Trophy for the Navi Mumbai leg of the FIFA Trophy Experience.

It was an unforgettable day for Indian football as the FIFA Legends took on a team containing Arjuna Award winner Oinam Bembem Devi, Indian women’s national team captain Ngangom Bala Devi, two kids from Mission XI Million (the legacy programme for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017), Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise Babul Supriyo and Bollywood film-maker Shoojit Sircar.

Football fans in Mumbai cheered for both teams at the match, which ended 5-4 in favour of the FIFA Legends. Fernando Morientes scored four goals, while Bala Devi was the standout performer for the Indian icons, scoring two goals and providing an assist.

Emmanuel Amuneke, winner of the FIFA U-17 World Cup with Nigeria as coach, said: “I think that when coaching U-17 players, the most important thing is to try to make sure they see you as someone who can add to their game. Try as much as you can to guide them and don’t forget that there are distractions going on in their minds. The most important thing is to bring them to a level where they can compete with teams all over the world.” Continue reading “Legends match sets stage for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017”

Winners’ Trophy exhibited as FIFA World Cup Original Trophy leaves display cabinet

The FIFA World Cup Original Trophy is going on a journey. Ahead of the FIFA World Cup™ kick-off in Russia on 14 June 2018, the original has left its display cabinet at the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich to embark on the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola. Some ten months after the Tour starts, on 15 July 2018, it will be handed to the new world champions in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium to mark the start of the victory celebrations.

Visitors to the FIFA World Football Museum now have the opportunity to see the 2018 FIFA World Cup Winners’ Trophy instead. Germany’s 1990 world champion Pierre Littbarski switched the two trophies in the most popular display case at football history’s new home and handed the Original Trophy over to the officials responsible for the FIFA World Cup Trophy™ Tour.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour is a joint venture between FIFA and its long-standing partner Coca-Cola. From September onwards, the Original Trophy will travel through 24 Russian cities and visit more than 50 other countries around the globe, creating a uniquely festive atmosphere in the run-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and giving fans the opportunity to see the most coveted prize in world football. The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicks-off at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on 9 September. Continue reading “Winners’ Trophy exhibited as FIFA World Cup Original Trophy leaves display cabinet”

Bryan Adams, Kelly Clarkson, Bachman & Turner, Coeur de pirate to close Invictus Games Toronto 2017 

Once-in-a-lifetime concert coming to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre to celebrate the conclusion of seven days of remarkable competition
The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Organizing Committee unveiled today its lineup for the Closing Ceremony, with performances by Canadian legend Bryan Adams, American singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson, iconic rock band Bachman & Turner and Quebecoise singer-songwriter Coeur de pirate. Held at the Air Canada Centre on September 30, 2017, tickets start at only $60 and can be purchased online at invictusgames2017.com/tickets.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have secured some truly outstanding, internationally renowned talent for the Closing Ceremony of the Games,” said Michael Burns, CEO, Invictus Games Toronto 2017. “It was important to us to offer a week filled with memorable experiences on and off the field of play, for the competitors, their friends and family members and the spectators across Canada and around the world, and this will mean closing out the week in spectacular fashion.” Continue reading “Bryan Adams, Kelly Clarkson, Bachman & Turner, Coeur de pirate to close Invictus Games Toronto 2017 “

City of Markham Welcomes CWHL’s Markham Thunder

On July 11, Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) Commissioner Brenda Andress and Mayor Frank Scarpitti gathered to announce the relocation of the CWHL’s Thunder hockey team from Brampton to the City of Markham. The team will officially relocate to the City of Markham’s Thornhill Community Centre for the 2017/18 hockey season.

Established in 1998, the Brampton Thunder hockey team is the longest running club in the CWHL. The Thunder played in the National Women’s Hockey League for nine seasons, winning the Championship in the 1998-99 season and then again in the final season. The Thunder have been home to several great Olympians including Jayna Hefford, Vicky Sunohara, Cherie Piper, Gillian Apps and Lori Dupuis. In 2007, the CWHL was formed and the Thunder continued on as the Brampton Canadettes-Thunder. It was only in the inaugural season of the CWHL that the Thunder won the league championships.

“The City of Markham has had a strong and successful relationship with the CWHL, including hosting the Clarkson Cup in 2013 and 2014,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “We are thrilled to be part of the CWHL and hosting a women’s team of this caliber within our community. This move will continue to increase the profile of female athletes in Markham, in particular women’s hockey and is a perfect synergy with our community girls’ hockey league, the Markham Stouffville Stars Hockey Program and supports Markham’s Sport Development vision.”

In Markham, the Thornhill community has a long hockey history. The Thornhill Community Centre hosts two long standing minor hockey organizations that are very supportive of the sports development. Continue reading “City of Markham Welcomes CWHL’s Markham Thunder”

The Cricket show launches “The Coaches Corner”

The Cricket show live weekly (3 hours every Sunday 6 to 9 pm) long radio talk show launches “The Coaches Corner” with Jatin Patel Coach, Administrator & Presenter. For half hour (6:30 to 7 pm) every Sunday from June 18th 2017.

 The cricket show – Host Leon Francis and other panelists Ivor Henry, Audley Watson, Cardinal Mills enjoyed delightful live Interview with Jatin Patel on June 4th. During hour and half long live on air interview, Mr. Patel responded with the questions and queries about cricket coaching, education and game development with youth cricket in USA.
After inaugural live Interview (hour & half long on June 4th 2017) with Jatin Patel, Leon B Francis, President The Cricket Show Inc. invited coach Patel to join other hosts and become presenter for new initiative to promote coaches corner to help popularize cricket through coaching education and expert views on current cricket affairs to provide needed knowledge for the world wide Listeners.

We are delighted and are looking forward to being united with you, in order to help popularize cricket in our area and the world at large. We are all excited to have you on board and are looking forward to working with you to promote the sport we all love dearly. Said Leon B. Frances, The Cricket Show President.

It’s my pleasure to join the team & I am very much excited to Join The Cricket Show with opportunity to talk about cricket coaching. Coaching corner is new and unique program with primary goal is to provide knowledge about the game. True fans of cricket listen to the best Cricket Talk in the USA. Where they can Hear Ivor Henry, Leon Francis, Virgil Francis, James West and a host of other contributors from across the globe. Said Jatin Patel.

Continue reading “The Cricket show launches “The Coaches Corner””