Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
This is going to be AMAZING! I am super honoured to have a competition named after me, but I am also going to play a huge role in the planning, organizing, marketing and promotion. It's going to be an exciting project!
The main focuses of this event are to celebrate the sport gymnastics and to raise funds for Right To Play. It's a perfect fit!
More info to come....but until then, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the mailing list.
Through and through I have always believed that two of the most important things in life are to affect others in a positive way and to create a legacy. Operation legacy building = in action!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
A little more than two years after his last competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Kyle Shewfelt and a star-studded group of five other athletes and two builders will be formally inducted to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony on November 10th in Calgary.
Joining Kyle in the 2010 class of inductees are hockey star Patrick Roy, race car driver Jacques Villeneuve, wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc, speedskater Clara Hughes, freestyle skier Jean-Luc Brassard, Dr. Roger Jackson, a key figure in the Olympic movement as both an athlete and administrator and the late football legend Bob Ackles.
“It feels pretty damn good,” Kyle told the Toronto Star. “When I got the news, I was thrilled. And to see the group of people that I’m being inducted with, Clara and Chantal are two of my favourite people in the world. It’s a huge honour.”
News reports citing Kyle as Canada’s "first-ever gold medalist" in gymnastics were just slightly off the mark.
Kyle, in fact, is the only Canadian artistic gymnast to win a medal of any kind at the Olympics, an historic accomplishment that put Canada on the map in the gymnastics world in a way that it had never known before and sparked a new era in Canadian gymnastics.
In 2006, Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, inspired by Kyle like every other member of the national team, became the first, and so far, only Canadian female gymnast to win a world championship medal, earning the bronze on balance beam.
At the same world championships in Arhus, Denmark, Kyle led the Canadian men’s team to its best ever finish on the world stage -- reaching the final for the first time and ultimately placing sixth among the superpowers of the sport, including Russia, China, Japan and the United States.
Since retiring after his remarkable comeback from two broken knees to compete at the Bejing Olympics, Kyle has remained active on the Canadian gymnastics scene as a commentator for CBC broadcasts and as a roving ambassador and spokesperson for Gymnastics Canada
Gymnastics Canada salutes Kyle for his tremendous contribution to gymnastics and his selection to the Sports Hall of Fame.