It’ll be interesting to see if Gary Lunn is any different than any of his recent predecessors when it comes to lack of vision and passion in his new role as sports minister. The feeling from this corner is it’s unlikely, even if he does have a background as a junior skier on the B.C. team.
It’s a junior portfolio still, a demotion from his previous post in charge of Natural Resources. The Victoria Times Colonist reported that he declined to be interviewed on his new position and instead offered a statement declaring: “I am looking forward to the challenge of being Minister of State for Sport as Canada prepares to welcome the world at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010."
Hardly sounds like a man of vision. Sport in this country needs a strong advocate, not a Wal-Mart greeter.
Tracking a Good Cause: Canadian track and field coaches Derek Evely and Kevin Tyler are travelling to Ethiopia to take part in the Great Ethiopian Run on Nov. 23 and are trying to raise $5,000 in advance of the trip so they can bring over baby formula, food and medical supplies to help out three orphanages and a foster home.
Evely and Tyler, who run the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre at the University of Alberta, have developed a strong relationship with the Ethiopian running community and were invited to the event – which is Africa’s largest road race -- by legendary runner Haile Gebrselassie.
The four charities the money is going towards are: The Kebetsehay Children’s Orphanage; CAFAC Foster Home; The Holy Savior Children’s Orphanage and Association; and the Kechene Children’s Home Government Orphanage.
Cheques should be made out to the University of Alberta – tax receipts will be issued if you include your information – and sent to Derek Evely at: 11643 – 76th Ave.; Edmonton, Alberta; Canada; T6G 0K9
Evely can also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org