By Bill Graveland and Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
CALGARY – Two-time Olympic bobsled champion Kaillie Humphries sported a gold-medal smile Friday as she presided over the kickoff to the Calgary Stampede.
An estimated 250,000 people took the morning off work, donned cowboy hats, boots and jeans, and lined up early for the parade, which marks the beginning of a 10-day celebration of the cowboy way of life.
“I’m super excited. This is honestly a dream come true, so I’m speechless. I really don’t know what to say except it’s going to be an amazing time,” said Humphries, sitting on a horse named Que.
WINNIPEG — A horse racing jockey who may never walk again has the support of her colleagues and community when they host a fundraising social in her honour in a couple weeks.
Alyssa Selman, 29, was racing at Assiniboia Downs on June 27 when her horse stumbled and she was thrown to the ground. She suffered a serious back injury that required surgery the following day. She is currently recovering at the Health Sciences Centre.
On Sunday, July 19, the Downs will host a social to raise funds for Selman and her family to assist in her road to recovery. Tickets are $15 and go on sale tonight at the guest services booth, Assiniboia Downs general office, VLT cashiers or the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper.
TORONTO – The past week has seen several threats made against Canadian airliners. The disruptions to four WestJet flights and one Air Canada plane left passengers scrambling as airlines dealt with halted operations and route diversions. Although each threat proved to be a false alarm, police are investigating them and aviation experts are taking notice.
Free Zumba classes at a Winnipeg shopping centre will keep children active during summer holidays.
The classes at Kildonan Place begin July 9, designed for adults and kids to participate together.
“Last year, we launched Zumba Gold classes for older adults and they’ve been a runaway success,” said Kildonan Place marketing manager Corey Quintaine. “We wanted to expand our active living programs to include families, so this is a great fit for us.”
WINNIPEG — With high hopes coming in, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers suffered every pitfall imaginable on Thursday night. A week after getting their first win in Regina in 11 years, they lost their momentum, their starting quarterback, and their home opener to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 52-26.
Two weeks after a strong preseason outing, Hamilton quarterback Zach Collaros hosted a clinic on Winnipeg’s defence yet again, putting up 354 yards and two touchdowns on 26-for-33 passing. His touchdown passes went to Bakari Grant and Terrence Toliver, as he adeptly picked up Winnipeg’s blitzes and exposed their defence. The Bombers continue to struggle on that end of the ball, recording just two sacks after getting none in Week 1.