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Living their dreams
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Living their dreams

I watched a lot of sport this past weekend. Although I said I wasn’t interested in the NHL playoffs when the Jets failed to qualify, I found myself watching the seventh games of five opening-round series, including two thrilling overtime finishes on Sunday. (It's not uncommon to find me reading and listening to music while keeping an eye on a muted TV,  all at the same time).

Soccer (which is properly called football but I acquiesce to the North American/Australian name so I can be understood) has been a lifelong passion, specifically English football, as I was born in London and my English grandparents fuelled my interest by sending me copies of Shoot!, a football magazine for boys, for years when I was a kid. I remember listening to live broadcasts of the English F.A. Cup final on CBC Radio in the 1970s, and I have watched the final every year that it's been available on live television (sometimes going to great lengths to do so).

This past weekend was F.A. Cup final weekend for the men’s and women’s competitions in England, and I watched both matches from Wembley Stadium in London. I had no cheering interest in Saturday's men’s game, a tight contest won by Liverpool in a penalty shootout, but I have become a huge fan of women’s football in the past couple of decades, sparked by the inspiring play of the Canadian women’s national team. So I was excited to watch Canadian player Jessie Fleming and her Chelsea teammates in the women’s final on Sunday. Fleming and Chelsea won and, as I watched the young woman from London, Ont., celebrate with her team, I marvelled yet again at how a Canadian kid from London, Ont., has reached the pinnacle of her sport in the past year, winning an Olympic gold medal, two Women’s Super League championships and two F.A. Cups.

Fleming’s story is remarkable and speaks to the possibilities now open to female athletes. She’s a suburban Canadian kid who started playing the game as most kids do, at her neighbourhood club, and she has since been able to study at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, win two Olympic medals and play professionally and win championships at the highest level in Europe – and she’s still just 24.

Fleming’s gold-medal-winning teammate on the Canadian national team, Winnipeg’s own Desiree Scott, also plays professionally, with Kansas City Current in the National Women’s Soccer League, and was last week named to the Order of Manitoba.

I share all this because the sporting success of players such as Fleming and Scott truly warms my heart. Their stories are inspirational – the stuff of dreams, really – and they’re part of what fuels our own youngsters in their sporting endeavours in hockey rinks and gymnasiums and on ball diamonds, soccer pitches and football fields throughout our city.


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John Kendle

John Kendle, Managing editor, Canstar Community News

John Kendle


Out and About

Charleswood Broncos Community Market • Charleswood Broncos Football Club, Every Thursday - May 12 - Sept. 29. No admission fee.

Manito Ahbee Festival • May 18-23, Red River Exhibition Park. Live music, powwow, dance competitions and much more. For complete information and tickets, see


Avril Lavigne • May 17, 8 p.m., Canada Life Centre. With grandson, Mod Sun. Tickets $85.25, $59 at

The Beaches • May 18, 8 p.m., Burton Cummings Theatre. With The Blue Stones. Tickets $48.25, $41.25, $36.50 at

Royal Canoe • May 18 and 19, 8 p.m., West End Cultural Centre. Rescheduled from April 29 and 30. Sold out.

Future Islands • May 21, 8 p.m., Park Theatre. With Oh, Rose. Tickets $48 at


Ultimate Dinosaurs • Manitoba Museum, May 21 - Sept. 5, 2022. Come and see giant full-scale skeletons of rarely-seen dinosaurs from the other side of the world. Museum hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 21-June 26; open 7 days a week after June 27.  Learn more and buy tickets at

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada • Grand opening weekend, May 21 to 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Adults $15; seniors (65+) $12, students (13 – 17) $12, you outh (3 – 12) $9, children (2 and under) free. See for more info.


The Handsome Daughter (61 Sherbrook St.) • May 18 – Paul Jacobson, Tired Cossack, Alice Hamilton; May 21 - Big Loser, Diaphanie, Jacob Brodovsky.

The Good Will Social Club (625 Portage AVe.) • May 19 – Lost Planet Airmen, 40 Dollar Mike, Phantom Killing, Enveiled, Road Rockets; May 20 – Claire Therese & The Lockdown, J.D. Renaud, Hera Nelam, Karlee Liljegren, DJ Lucky Sharms.

Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club (234 Main St.) • May 19 – The Solutions; May 20 and 21 - New Orleans Night with Dirty Catfish Brass Band; May 22 - Blues jam with Big Dave McLean.


The Rez Sisters, by Tomson Highway • John Hirsch Mainstage, Royal MTC, until May 28. Ticket info and showtimes at

Outside Joke: The Improvised Musical • Prairie Theatre Exchange, until May 22. Ticket into and showtimes at

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