Team KidSport Calgary

Rebecca Johnston

Rebecca grew up in a hockey environment, with all 5 of her sibling sharing love for the game. Rebecca Johnston has been a member of the Canadian National Women’s Team since the year 2007. Hockey was her true passion and she knew at a young age that she wanted to play for team Canada during the Olympics and represent her Country. Throughout her career with Hockey Canada, she won 2 gold medals and 7 silver medals at the Women’s World Hockey Championships and she is a 2 time Olympic Gold Medals (2010 & 2014 Olympics) and silver Olympic medalist (2018 Olympics). 

Rebecca Johnston graduated with a Degree in ... Read More

Chris Cederstrand

Chris played hockey the WHL for the Red Deer Rebels and Swift Current Broncos. After a workplace injury he had his right leg amputated above the knee and took up sledge hockey in 2012. During his sledge career he played with the national program for 6 years. He captained the development team was a alternate for the Sochi Paralympics and won a silver medal at the 2015 IPC world Championships. Chris is also the first above knee amputee Fire Fighter in North America and was named one of Shaw’s 50 Outstanding Canadians. 

Why KidSport? Kidsport gives kids the ability to be involved in sport. Not only are they being active they are learning valuable lessons that will carry them through life. 

Micaela Widmer

Micaela is a retired Skeleton athlete who competed internationally for both Canada and Switzerland. She finished of her career by competing on the World Cup team, representing Switzerland. After retiring from a 13 year skeleton career, Micaela started working with the Alberta Tennis Centre were she is the Member Services and Operations Manager. Micaela also coaches skeleton for the Alberta Skeleton Association and most recently working as a private coach for members of the Italian World Cup skeleton team. Micaela is passionate about keeping children active and is also a Fast & Female Ambassador. 

Why KidSport? I ... Read More

Kyle Shewfelt

A three-time Olympian, Kyle Shewfelt made a historic breakthrough at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens when he won gold on floor exercise for Canada’s first ever Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics. Shewfelt nearly added a second medal on vault, but missed out on the bronze in a controversial judging decision.

While Shewfelt’s gymnastics was internationally renowned for its flow, cleanliness and elegance, he was as equally a determined competitor. After Shewfelt broke both of his legs on a bad landing during a training session at the 2007 World Championships, he underwent surgery and rehabilitation. Just 11 ... Read More

Robin Randall

Name: Robin Randall

Hometown: Drinkwater, SK

Former Team Canada Goaltender (water polo)

Competed in:

  • 6 World Championships
  • 4 Pan-American Games
  • 2008 Olympic Games Beijing

 

Why KidSport Calgary?

I was very privileged to have had the opportunity to engage in sport as a kid. It made my life what it is today, and I can’t think of a better way to encourage personal development, teamwork, and constructively challenge today’s youth than with sport. For that reason, I chose to be a part of the wonderful team at KidSport Calgary and Area and help today’s kids become tomorrow’s champions.

William Dutton

William Dutton is an Olympic speed skater and multiple World Cup Medalist.  William's home town of Humboldt Saskatchewan gave him all of the opportunities he needed to get his speed skating career started but after his medal performance at the 2007 Canada winter games he decided to pack his bags and move to Calgary.   Calgary is considered one of the best speed skating training facilities in the world and allowed him to train on ice full time to pursue his Olympic dreams. After living in Calgary for 11 years, William now considers it home and he plans to continue his support for Kid Sport Calgary while he ... Read More

Kodette LaBarera

Kodette LaBarbera is a realtor, wife and mother who has been committed to building better communities through a healthy, active and charitable lifestyle.

Kodette and her husband, former NHL goalie Jason LaBarbera, are parents to two sons, Easton and Ryder. In 2013, she began co-starring on the W Network’s hit TV show “Hockey Wives”. Through the popular docu-series, she showcased her charitable endeavors, focusing on her commitment to Autism – a cause close to her heart as her son Ryder was diagnosed in 2012.

Her philanthropic efforts have resulted in over $1,000,000 raised for multiple charities in ... Read More

Madison Charney

Madison Charney is currently a member of the Canadian National Skeleton team pushing for the 2022 Olympics. She has been competing on the national team since 2014, and enjoys travelling the world while competing. She has competed on the World Cup Circuit with top 10 results, and has amassed multiple top-10 finishes at World Junior Championships. During the off season, Madison is attending Mount Royal University working her way towards a Degree in Marketing.  

Why Kidsport? While Madison was fortunate enough to grow up in a house hold that was able to provide opportunities for organized sport, she understands ... Read More

Eric Francis

Eric Francis has been a Calgary sports columnist since 1994, covering everything from the Flames and Stampeders to the British Open, Super Bowl and Olympics. Eric is also a best-selling author and longtime morning show host on JACK FM who spent two years on Hockey Night in Canada before moving over to Sportsnet where he is a Flames TV analyst and senior columnist. 

Francis is extremely active in the community, emceeing various charity events including his Charity Hotstoves and his beloved Pizza Pigout, which raised $70,000 at his 16th annual for KidSport Calgary. 

Eric and wife Sarah have two young children, Kelly and Cole.

Cassie Hawrysh

An only child born to Ray and Kathy Hawrysh, Cassie was raised in Brandon, Manitoba. A French immersion student from K-12, Cassie went on to graduate with distinction from the University of Regina - School of Journalism in 2007 with her BA in Journalism 

Athletically, Cassie is a former varsity volleyball and track and field athlete – but is most recognized as a Team Canada World Cup Skeleton Racer.

After one season as a left-side hitter on the University of Windsor Lancers (Windsor, Ont.) Volleyball team she transferred out west and pursued a career in track and field - competing as a heptathlete and relay ... Read More

Patricia Jaworski

Growing up in small town Quebec, Trish was fortunate to be involved in a variety of sports: from figure skating to equestrian and everything in between!

Trish focused on rugby at the College (John Abbott), University (McGIll), provincial (Quebec) and developmental national levels while still in Quebec.  An adventure to Fort McMurray for work, and a few rugby games later, Trish took up the sport of Triathlon. In this new activity, Trish competed in various events in Alberta & British Columbia and at the 2010 ITU World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.  After moving from Fort McMurray to Calgary, Trish tried ... Read More

Emily Baadsvik

Emily Baadsvik is a New Brunswick import who came to Alberta in 2006 with hopes of playing rugby at a National level. After suffering a serious training injury, her dreams of high level sport were placed on hold. It was only after watching the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and a push from previous Canadian Olympic Bobsleigh Athlete Morgan Alexander, that she attended a bobsleigh identification camp. Fast forward to 2014, and Emily successfully represented Canada as a proud Olympic Team Member at the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi.

The work ethic and dedication learned from sport became the foundation for becoming an ... Read More

Graham Vigrass

Born in Calgary. I grew up playing volleyball at the Volleydome and then continued on at the University of Calgary. Made the national team in 2012. Competed in the 2016 Olympics and have played pro for 5 years in France, Tunisia, Turkey, and Germany. 

Haley Daniels

Haley Daniels, a National team member for white water slalom canoeing has been at the forefront of gender equality reform to push for equal opportunity in sport. She along with other fellow canoeists have been pioneering a legacy towards Tokyo 2020 where women’s canoeing will make its debut in the Olympics. 

Grace Dafoe

Born and raised in Calgary, Grace was a figure skater from as long as she can remeber, right up until she started pursuing her post secondary education in 2011. She competed up until the novice level and obtained her gold figure skating, skating skills and interpretive tests. Her best skating memories however involve the sense of community established and friendships formed through sport. 

Her time in sport led her to pursue a Degree in Health & Physical Education - Physical Literacy at Mount Royal University. Applying her lifelong experience as an athlete, she quickly became interested in long term athlete ... Read More

Maria Samson

Maria Samson grew up about an hour outside of Montreal on a farm and spent her high school years playing boys football, basketball and rugby. After going back and forth between basketball and rugby throughout college and university, Maria settled on rugby after moving to Calgary in 2008.

Maria earned her first senior international appearance against South Africa during the 2011 Nations Cup in Oakville, Ontario. Since joining the National Team, she has been a member of every National Senior Women’s Tour, earning a total of 21 caps. At the regional level, Maria has played for ten different clubs across Canada, ... Read More

Mozac Samson

Mozac was born in Suva, Fiji and played rugby throughout his childhood and teenage years. Upon moving to Canada in 2005, Mozac joined several rugby teams across Alberta before settling in Calgary in 2009 with the Calgary Saints. That same year, he joined the Prairie Wolfpack who compete nationally and Mozac has become a constant feature within the team.  

In 2015, Mozac helped the Wolfpack secure their first ever National Championship by scoring a hat trick in the final, which crowned him the league’s top try scorer and Player of the Year.

Performances in 2015 earned him a call up to the National Team. In ... Read More

Geoff Snider

Founder and CEO of ELEV8 Lacrosse Inc., Geoff Snider, has played 19 Seasons of professional lacrosse. His complete dedication at all levels of the sport is both genuine and passionate. Geoff is compelled to assist ELEV8 student-athletes reach their maximum potential while creating enriched training and learning opportunities both on and off the field.

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Geoff began his lacrosse career with the Burnaby Lakers of the BC Junior ‘A” Lacrosse League, winning three Minto cups.

During his professional NLL playing career with the Calgary Roughnecks and Philadelphia Wings, Geoff was ... Read More

Jessica Zelinka

Jessica Zelinka is a Canadian pentathleteheptathlete, and 100 m hurdler. She competed at 2 olympics (2008, 2012) in heptathlon. After having a baby daughter (Anika) in 2009 she came back and broke her Canadian record in the heptathlon and qualified for the Games by winning the individual 100m hurdle finals at the Olympic trials in Calgary (2012). She is now coaching, mentoring and speaking about the importance of equipping our young athletes with high performance "living" tools; in combining all-around athletic development with empowering mindset practices to build resiliency to handle challenges on and off the field.

Mike Soroka

Born and raised in Calgary, AB Mike attended the Calgary French & International School. He started hockey at the age of 4 and he dreamed that one day he would be in the NHL, but at the age 14 he decided that baseball was of more interest to him. He played for PBF Redbirds under Jim Lawson from 2010 - 2015. In between those years he played for Alberta at the 2013 CSG, Team Canada (u18) and the University of California Berkeley. He was drafted to the Atlanta Braves in the first round (28th overall) in 2015.  He made his Major League debut with the Atlanta Braves on May 1st, 2018 in NY against the Mets.

Until ... Read More

Christian Del Bianco

"I was personally fortunate enough to have parents that were financially able to put me in sports,” said Roughnecks goalie Del Bianco. “I believe that every child should have that same opportunity to be a part of something bigger than themselves. When you donate to KidSport you're not only helping kids, but also parents who financially struggle, be included in the sports community."

 The program will see both Del Bianco and the Calgary Roughnecks Foundation direct $30 while Ascent Consulting Ltd. donates $500 for every regular season assist recorded by the Calgary goaltender. In addition, Del Bianco is ... Read More

Akeem Haynes

If there was a perfect word to describe Akeem it would be perseverance,

Born in Savlamar, Jamaica, Akeem didn’t have much of an advantage from the beginning.  With limited options and tragic events happening early in life, he moved to Canada with his mother seeking a better life.  However, they fell into tough times and struggled to find stability.  In a span of five months, they moved seven different times and eventually found themselves homeless in the middle of winter when Akeem was 13. 

Down but not out, with the help of some friends, they were able to get back on their feet.  Akeem became involved ... Read More

Jordie Fike

 Jordie is a Professional Chuckwagon driver who competes in the World Professional Chuckwagon Association as well as the Calgary Stampede. 

Before competing on the racetrack Jordie played Hockey for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. Jordie calls Blackie Alberta his hometown. He and his wife Tamara have a daughter Teal. In the off season Jordie manages the Blackie Hockey Arena. 

“Sports have been a huge part of my life. They have taught me so many life lessons and given me an outlet to put both my physical and mental energy towards still to this day. It is so important for kids to play ... Read More

Mikayla Martin

She grew up in Squamish BC with a passion for the outdoors. Mikayla fell in love with skiing at the age of eight and since then she has had a burning desire to be one of the best in the world and compete in the Olympics. Skiing has lead her to many incredible places across Canada, the USA, Europe, South America and even to New Zealand where she won the World Junior Championships in Ski Cross, but Calgary has become her base for the winter months. Her passion for sports extends beyond just skiing, she loves rock climbing, soccer, squash, hockey, almost any sport regardless of how good or bad she may be at it, she ... Read More

Liz Janze

Growing up in Mission BC, Liz spent majority of her childhood learning karate at the local Dojo. Karate taught Liz respect, focus, discipline, physical literacy and confidence! She understands how important it is to create a space where kids can be themselves and learn about goal setting. 8 years filled with tournaments, weapons training, and a training trip to Okinawa Japan Liz obtained her Black Belts in Goju Ryu Karate-Do. This foundation of martial arts allowed Liz to pursue other athletic endeavours, in her late teens/early 20s, such as short track speed skating and bobsleigh. Sports gave Liz the opportunity to ... Read More

Jason Ogilvie

Born and raised in Calgary AB Jason was involved in amateur sports from a young age, playing baseball, basketball and volleyball. After a long hiatus from sports, Jason, got into long distance running and obstacle course racing after signing up for a local event with friends from his gym. Loving the physical and mental challenge that running and obstacle course racing provided, he found himself crushing his goals and pushing towards new limits. Jason is now an elite obstacle course racer who attends many events in Canada and the USA, he constantly strives to build his skillset to be the best racer he can be.

When ... Read More

Chelsea Karpenko

Chelsea grew up in Winnipeg, MB and has been involved in high-level athletics her whole life. An athlete at heart, Chelsea competed in everything from hockey to basketball, track and field to soccer…. you name it, Chelsea played it!

 At 15yrs old, Chelsea moved away from home to pursue her hockey career and attend Notre Dame High School in Wilcox, Sk. Athletics and academics have always been equally important to Chelsea and that led her to attending an Ivy League school, Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Chelsea played NCAA Div 1 hockey for the Cornell Big Red for 4 yrs, winning multiple leagues ... Read More

Marco Carducci

Born and raised in Calgary Alberta. Marco grew up in a soccer family and has been an avid soccer player ever since he could walk. To pursue his dream of becoming a professional soccer player, he moved to Vancouver to join the Vancouver Whitecaps youth academy at 14-years-old. Marco signed his first professional contract with the Whitecaps at 17. He has had the privilege to represent Canada at the U17, U20, and U23 levels and captained the U17 national team to the U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2013.  He recently moved back to Calgary to join the newly formed Cavalry FC in the Canadian Premier ... Read More