Iguana Books author Sheila Robertson is scheduled to appear on CTV’s Canada AM with friend and former Olympian Bruce Kidd. Tune in on May 29th at 8:10am to hear Sheila and Bruce discuss her recently released book Shattered Hopes – Canada’s Boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games.
Sheila is the founding editor of Champion magazine, Coaches Report , and the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching. Sheila attended three Olympic Games, twice as a media liaison officer for the Canadian Olympic Team and once as manager of the Team Canada media office. She won the Canadian Sport Awards’ Frank Ratcliffe Memorial Award Communications in 1995. On April 16, 2012 Sheila was the recipient of the 2011 CAAWS Marion Lay “Herstorical” Breakthrough Award.
Sheila had a ringside view of the political arena surrounding the 1980 Olympic boycott. Shattered Hopes not only serves to explore the stories surrounding the boycott, it also helps to remind Canadians of this country’s abundant athletic talent and the drive, focus and sacrifice that goes into representing this country as a member of Canada’s Olympic Team.
Sheila’s interview partner Bruce Kidd is a distinguished retired athlete, honorary Canadian Olympic Committee member and current UofT Professor and Warden of Hart House. He has won 18 national senior championships in Canada, the United States, and Britain. He won gold and bronze medals at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and was a member of the Canadian 1964 Summer Olympics team. In 2004 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada and was awarded the Canadian Olympic Order in 2005.
Bruce says “at a time when we must look beyond London (Olympics) and ask what will happen to the important opportunities after the Games, Shelia’s book is a case study of the wafer-thin commitment of Canadian governments to the genuine culture of sport in Canada.”
This promises to be a very interesting interview.
Catch it, Tuesday May 29th at 8:10am Canada AM with host Beverly Thomson.
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