Cansport has been providing daily news, features and commentary about Canada's national teams and athletes since 1998.
At Cansport we recognize that Olympic athletes do not bloom overnight like hothouse flowers. We understand it takes years of training and competition just to qualify for an Olympic team. And then more years of increasingly high-level competition to become a medal contender.
Most important, we understand the story of Canada's high performance athletes cannot adequately be told by focusing only on the Olympic Games.
Don't get us wrong. We love the Olympics as much as anybody and were thrilled to be one of the few pure Internet sites accredited to cover the 2010 Olympics.
As much as we relish the role we play at the Olympics, Cansport's real niche is in keeping Canadian athletes in the spotlight in the years between the Games when the public and the mainstream media lose interest in high performance sport.
So, if you want to keep track of your favourite teams and athletes year round as they compete in World Cup, world championship and other high profile competitions, bookmark www.cansport.com today and visit often!
As a reporter Ron Scammell covered virtually every Olympic sport in over 30 countries for print and broadcast media, including the Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Canadian Press, and CBC Radio. He has also worked as a reporter or media attache at seven Olympics going back to the Albertville Winter Games in 1992.
Since 1993 he has run his own company providing communications services to Canadian sport organizations, government departments and Canadian corporations.
Frustrated with the lack of amateur sport media coverage in the long years between Olympic Games, Ron founded Cansport in 1998.
You'll find him on deadline every morning, seven days a week, gathering the story links for the daily email update that goes out to Cansport subscribers.
Ron lives in Wakefield, Quebec, where he runs along the Gatineau River every other day in summer and hits the cross country ski trails in the winter as often as time and snow conditions permit.
Since 1996 Mike Block has been growing up with the Internet. He has been involved in almost every aspect of web site design and development for a wide variety of government departments and agencies. In 2000, he hooked up with Cansport founder Ron Scammell and has been the go-to guy ever since for all things technical related to the site.
Apart from his skills and versatility as a designer and database programmer, Mike has a keen sense of where the Internet is headed and how to provide Cansport with the tools it needs to take full advantage of the fast-changing social media landscape.
For the 2010 Games, Mike has completely overhauled the Cansport site, giving it a sparkling new look, and a content aggregation system that makes the old site seem like a Model-T Ford!
Mike lives in Ottawa and, when he's not performing his wizardry in front of his computer screen, keeps himself fit and busy as a yoga instructor. His experience teaching and studying yoga has introduced him to many athletes who have benefitted from the practice. It's a perfect compliment to many active lifestyles, and helps people extend the enjoyment of the activities they love.