Team KidSport

At some point, even our most elite athletes were just kids in their community or school sports programs, playing their hearts out for the love of the game. Even after competing for top sport honours at a very high level, these athletes have not forgotten their roots. They recognize the impact participation in sport at a young age had on who they are today—not only as elite athletes, but also as people. That is why the athletes featured here have joined our KidSport team of Athlete Ambassadors: to help ensure this next generation of Canadian athletes has the same opportunities to discover the power of sport.

Photography by Fusce vehicula

Jarome Iginla

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games marked Jarome Iginla's third Olympics, and his second Olympic gold medal. Previously, he was a member of the gold medal Men’s Hockey Team at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He also joined the Canadian team in their seventh place finish in Turin, Italy in 2006.

Iginla is a long-time KidSport supporter, pledging in 2000 to donate $1,000 per goal scored as a member of the Calgary Flames to the Calgary chapter of KidSport. Since then, he has increased his contribution to $2,000 per goal, with $1,000 also going to KidSport Canada to help children in all parts of Canada play sport.

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Rebecca Johnston

Rebecca grew up in a hockey environment, with all 5 of her sibling sharing love for the game. A member of Canada’s National Women’s Team since 2007, Johnston has competed in and won gold medals at 2 consecutive Olympic Winter Games – most notably, helping Canada to bring home the gold on our own soil at Vancouver 2010. After graduating from Cornell University, Johnston was drafted by the Toronto Furies of the CWHL where she was a key ingredient in leading them to the Clarkson Cup in the 2012-13 season.

Rebecca is a new member of Team KidSport who believes strongly in our mission to get kids off the sidelines and ... Read More

Simon Whitfield

Simon Whitfield is one of only five men in the world to have raced in the four consecutive Olympic Games starting in 2000 until 2012. A retired Olympic triathlon champion from Kingston, Ontario, Simon has 10 consecutive Canadian Triathlon titles under his belt. Not to mention, he was the proud Canadian flag bearer during the opening ceremonies at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Whitfield won a gold medal and set an Olympic record at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia after persevering through a 15-person crash during the bike race. With the long-time goal of being the best in the world at something, this Canadian ... Read More