Is Sports Still Play?

“You win a few, you lose a few, but the ones that are rained out hurt the most”

Bruce Kidd
Bruce Kidd is vice-president and principal of the University of Toronto Scarborough and a professor of kinesiology and physical education. Bruce was champion in the six miles at the 1962 Commonwealth Games, and, after fifty-two years, he still holds the Canadian junior record for the 5,000 metres. He has participated in the Olympics as an athlete, journalist, contributor to the arts and culture programs, and accredited social scientist. In 2007, he coordinated the literature reviews that shaped the policies of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace, and as chair of the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport from 2009 to 2013, he strengthened the Commonwealth Secretariat’s commitment to sport as a means of development. He was founding chair of the Olympic Academy of Canada, served on the boards for Toronto’s 1996 and 2008 Olympic bids, and helped plan the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan American Games in Toronto. He is an officer of the Order of Canada.

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Jennifer Hollett I have been digging into the pages of The Walrus Summer Reading issue and remarking at all of the contributions from our former and current Fellows. It reminds me that every issue of The Walrus is a result of a culmination of efforts (including lengthy fact-checking) from the editorial team, the emerging journalists they train, and the generous supporters who make all of this happen.

Through The Walrus Editorial Fellowship Program, we have the privilege of training the next generation of professionals who are passionate about the integrity of journalism. In the Summer Reading issue, 2021 Cannonbury Fellow Connor Garel wrote a piece on Frankie Perez and the art of breaking. Tajja Isen contributed an excerpt from her first book, Some of my Best Friends. Isen, who also began her career at The Walrus as a Cannonbury Fellow, is currently Editor-in-Chief at Catapult magazine.

Our 2022 Chawkers Fellow, Mashal Butt, was instrumental in making sure we got the facts straight in our Summer Reading issue, having fact-checked six features, including Sarah Totton’s short story “The Click.” And, you can look forward to a cover story on housing affordability by our 2022 Justice Fund Writer in Residence, JS Rutgers. (Rutgers is now a climate reporter for The Narwhal.)

Donations of any amount (great or small) mean that we can keep on training future journalists in the rigorous practice of fact-checking and editing. With your support, we can continue to keep The Walrus available to readers everywhere as well as help foster the next generation of reporters, copy-editors, fact-checkers, and editors.

With gratitude,

Jennifer Hollett
Executive Director, The Walrus