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Sports Axxess - A Score Original Featured
We were definitely ahead of our time with the creation of Sports Axxess at The Score...17 years ago Exec Anthony Ciccone green lit this groundbreaking series.
Incredibly, Its STILL the only one of its kind - Hmmmmm what does that say?
Great team, wonderful storytelling - a definite hilight from my sports TV career. TY!
Extremely grateful to 6x Olympian (Softball, Ice Hockey) Hayley Wickenheiser for endorsing Lucy Tries Hockey. THANK YOU!
Hayley is on a mission to grow the game internationally and has done an amazing job with "Wickfest"- the Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival.
Over the course of two weekends in November 16-19 and 23-26, 2,000+ players will compete and connect while building positive female hockey experiences across all levels.
For more information and registration details, visit www.Wickfest.com
Like many Authors, I've gone through my share of rejections.
It took 7 years and 10 rejection letters before the Lucy series received a YES from a traditional publisher.
For animation, I think we are now up to 8 passes from studios/networks in 2 years of pitching.
But I take solace in the fact that reportedly it took many many tries (years) before Peppa Pig received the green light.
Sometimes it can be draining to hear all the NO's but then I change my thought process to "This is the journey...and it will come."
If you truly believe in something then you"ll make it happen. It just takes patience.
And what a lesson THAT has been for this A type. :):) lol!
Lucy Tries Hockey - 2018 Release Featured
Doors opening....Emotional Visit Featured
After a visit to Ecole Holy Name Elementary School in January, Principal Mary Laviolette encouraged her entire staff and students to create a Lucy book.
Two months later, I found myself part of a special assemby where Grade 1 to 6 students presented their beautfully crafted Lucy stories....14 of them!
I was overcome - and even teared up a few times as they proudly read their books.
After all the challenges to bring the series forward, it was pretty amazing to see how Lucy connected with these students.
The children had clearly researched their topics and many rhymed...also in French!! (which is very hard to do)
Yoga...Trampoline...Skeleton...Archery...Biathlon to name a few...WOW.
Mary said "Lucy has helped our students see the value of taking a risk and that all success begins when you try!"
"The experience unified us all with a common goal. Our school has developed a relationship with Lucy, she's now a friend to all of us."
Thank you Mary for your vision and your encouragement. Indeed, so many opportunities with this work.
Merci Ecole Holy Name - my bucket is truly overflowing!
When one door closes at least 4 will open! That's been my experience and I'm expecting the same again.
An amazing 12+ year ride at CTV Calgary ended this week. Its been a wonderful place to tell stories and support amateur sport.
Have been super blessed for the career I've carved out in sports TV so far.
The photo gallery is just a snippet!
Looking forward to what's next while moving the Lucy project to another level!!!!
SO excited about Book 4 - Lucy Tries Hockey. Here's an early concept drawing from James.
Lucy is already making a difference by inspiring children to learn about the benefits of sport!
So am super pumped about the next stage of "our" journey. ;)
There are SO many highs and lows on this book journey.
A real low are the rejection letters.
I had NINE Publishers say NO to Lucy Tries Luge.
But if you truly believe in something - you just perservere.
Thanks for this review and your support www.ActiveforLife.com.
I just know our combined efforts will make a difference in getting more kids active!
Thanks SO Much to my hometown - Guelph, Ontario for it's support.
25 years on the air.... Featured
It has truly been an interesting ride in front of the camera.
Circa 1991 at the mighty 'ol CKY near Polo Park in Winnipeg. Look at that HAIR! LOL! First on air gig - started on the Noon sports. Boy was I ever green! But OH so hungry to learn and work at this craft.
At that time, the station was right beside the old Arena which was extremely convenient for Jets post game. You would write your cast...while watching the games of the night...zip over to the dressing rooms, grab some clips, write an impact player of the game sidebar - and be ready for the show with time to spare. Unless of course the game went long. MUCH different now I find in terms of expectations. My colleagues in Winnipeg are back beside an NHL rink once again with the MTS centre so it's full circle for the Jets and CTV.
May 2016 at CTV Calgary following stops at TSN, The Score and the CBC.
Still enjoy my Sunday anchor shift. Always the best day of the week to work when you are a sportscaster!
PT at CTV allows me to pursue other projects while still working in this crazy industry. So super grateful for that!
As I tell the Kidcasters, if your'e going to do something 8-10 hours a day...better make it something you LOVE.
Was extremely thrilled and grateful for our recent campaign with Sport Chek - the largest Canadian retailer of sporting clothing and sports equipment.
If you bought any soccer ball, kid's cleats or kid's shin guards ..you received a FREE Lucy Tries Soccer book!
So this was a wonderful connection between literacy and physical activity.
Thanks again to the Team at Sport Chek for encouraging kids to get active and stay active!
This was SO cool. :))
We had our first signing event in Ontario with the Lucy books last weekend and I just wanted to send a big THANK YOU to Owner Michael Fredson of Manticore Books in Orillia.
Simcoe County is lucky to have such a wonderful Indie in it's midst!
A special shout out to the the Mallinson family and a big Thanks to Orillia Today and the Packet and Times for their coverage along with my colleagues at CTV Barrie - your support means a great deal in this journey.
Speaking of Indie book stores...a friendly reminder that its Authors for Indies Day - Saturday April 30th.
Support your local independent book store - they are true treasures and best of all...they know their books!
If you are in the Calgary region, I"ll be at Owls Nest in Britannia - please come by and say Hi!
Press box seat @ Saddledome Featured
Due to the changes in our industry, I'm quite reflective these days.
Hence the following:
When I was a regular on the Flames beat, me and Ron used to share malts after the 2nd INT. Last night we renewed that tradition for the first time since '97!
The most rewarding part of any job is the people you meet along the way.
And boy! have I EVER been blessed! :)
Btw, the TSN press box seat in the Saddledome is the same one that all Bureau reporters have sat in since TSN first went on the air in 1984!
During my first tour, I used to sit between two broadcast legends - Ken Newans and the late Ed Whalen.
How lucky I was back then as a twenty-something working to become the best reporter I could be!
I'm happy to keep the TSN perch warm for a few games while Jermain is off covering March Madness.
Work Smarter not Harder Featured
I've said it before I know. But I'm in the mood tonight to say it again:
Being a 1st time children's book Author can be a massively frustrating challenge.
The amount of marketing/publicity/social media and TIME that's required to spread the news about your project is well...mind blowing!
As a result, my health suffered to close out 2015.
Now I'm trying to lower my expectations a little and "work smarter not harder." (Thanks Heather Dougall)
And then today I received this email from a School Librarian:
CRAZY TIMES IN THE BOOK BIZ Featured
Sooooo you haven't heard from me in awhile...well it turns out launching 3 children's books in 7 months is actually QUITE time consuming. WOW!
But I KNOW with every fibre of my being that Lucy Tries Sports is a timely and important series that will make a difference.
Thanks for your shares, likes, posts, emails and retweets...you are truly helping spread the news about Lucy and for that, I am truly grateful.
Family and friends really liked this first interview re: Lucy Tries Short Track with CBC colleague Doug Dirks:
And special thanks to Speed Skating Canada's National Development Short Track Team members Jamie MacDonald and Courtney Shmyr for joining me at a recent Indigo signing event. :) :)
I just love the Grade 5's from Langevin Science School.
Such energy! Such happiness!
THANK YOU for having me back Lions Sports :) @cardelhomesyyc
I cannot thank ENOUGH our sponsor Cardel Homes for supporting this literacy program for higher needs middle schools in Calgary.
It's so important to engage this age group and expose them to different working environments!
Over the last ten years, we have reached approximatlely 1000 students...connecting them to sports teams, elite athletes, the community and the broadcasting industry. It's extremely satisfying to see the growth within the classes over the 4 sessions.
Last week, grade 8/9 students from Ernest Morrow learned more about the philanthropic endeavours of Flames captain Mark Giordano and proud Manitoban Micheal Ferland. The players demonstrated their need to "give back" which I thought was a super message for these teenagers.
Next week, Grade 5 students from Langevin Science School begin researching the Calgary Hitmen for their special press conference Nov 30th. They are such a fun group....can hardly wait!
Thanks again to Calgary Sports and Entertainment for supporting Cardel Kidcasters. Means a lot!
until next time...remember to count your blessings and Carpe Diem!
Once again a big thanks to the Canadian Sport Institute- Calgary for the opportunity to connect with their elite athletes from Bobsleigh-Skeleton, Wrestling, Figure Skating and Luge programs.
To be able to spend time with athletes 1 on 1 to discuss their Media Performance is rare so I feel quite blessed to be given the green light to share my expertise.
I now look forward to our next session with Speed Skating Canada later this month. It will be my first time back with SSC since Sept 2013 when we did some work ahead of the Sochi Games.
Most of the group are from the Development team so we'll be spending some time on their Social Media Brand and how important it is that they remember WHO they represent as members of Speed Skating Canada.
Until next time,
So High Def, society's "anti-aging" fixation and my refusal to get injections means LIGHT is this reporter's new best friend.
These days, the sun gun on the camera just won't do!
Now we'll sometimes use two light stands - like we have in this shot.
There is nothing better than when you are working with a camera person who will take the time to make GOOD LIGHT happen!
This split screen shows #TSN's Ryan Varty at his position shooting me in mine at the Scotiabank Saddledome following a Flames game. I have stood in this spot for more than a few of these and because it was for That's Hockey - we thought it would be a good working picture for Throwback Thursday #TBT lol!
The relationship between camera and reporter is so integral to the telling of a good story.
For all on camera reads or "standups" - they're the very first person to hear your words. So If they don't like it or understand it...better rewrite! Use their expertise. Afterall, putting a story together is a total team effort.
@vartycamera "You really do give Good Light. Thanks mate."