Silken Laumann

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Are You Raising an Olympian?

Vanessa Loewen’s day starts at six A.M. As she crawls out of bed to complete the homework she didn't have time for the night before (she had been competing at BC's provincial swimming championships). Today she will leave school and head straight to the pool where, with a group...

The Push to Get Physical in School

I believe our schools, communities and each of us as parents need to teach the whole child – mind, body and spirit. As adults, many of us don’t really understand how much our physical health affects our mental clarity, energy and outlook. In our work culture, we tend to...

Putting the Fun Back Into Sport

William and Kate are in a terrific swim program twice a week. More accurately, it’s a swim club. My ex and I signed them up because we wanted them to build a strong foundation for other sports they might like to try in the future. The swim club provides...

Super Silken

In 1992, at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Canadian rower Silken Laumann was the favourite to win gold. She was already a world champion, and a bronze medallist at the previous Olympics in L.A, so Canadas medal hopes were high. Then tragedy struck, just 10 weeks before The Games....

Let’s Play

I am a passionate proponent of unstructured free play for kids. I know how to play with my kids and how to get them connected with neighborhood kids. Hell, I even wrote a book about it. And yet, admittedly, last fall, structure sort of crept up on us. One...