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Brock Richardson and his panel of sports experts engage in a lively round-table discussion about Parasports and professional sports news and newsmakers.

Brock Richardson and his panel of sports experts engage in a lively round-table discussion about Parasports and professional sports news and newsmakers.




Brock Richardson and his panel of sports experts engage in a lively round-table discussion about Parasports and professional sports news and newsmakers.






April 9, 2021

Erik Robeznieks joins us to discuss his involvement with wheelchair basketball, and his goal to integrate the sport into the University of Michigan collegiate program. Kelly MacDonald from AMI-audio's Kelly and Company stops by to chat about the conclusion of March madness and how competitive the Toronto Blue Jays could be in the American League East. Plus, the Vancouver Canucks have been forced to stop play for the time being due to a Covid 19 outbreak. How will this impact the rest of...


March 26, 2021

AMI-tv’s show Our Community is featuring Kivi Park, Ontario’s first outdoor para-Cross country skiing training Centre. Paralympic bronze medalist Collin Cameron joins us to discuss this beautiful training ground in Sudbury Ontario. Emma Poynton is the Technical Advisor and delegate for world para-ice hockey. With the upcoming world championship in 2023, Emma stresses the importance of the game today and moving forward. Plus, Brian Lewis, former NHL referee and Head of Officiating joins us to...


March 19, 2021

Some para sports have the advantage of being affiliated with their mainstream counterparts. We discuss the pros and cons of these connections, and what can be done to boost the exposure of organizations without. We are right in the thick of the season of champions in curling, next up is the mixed doubles event. We tell you everything you need to know about this developing discipline. Plus, former Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick got traded to the Washington football team. The...


March 12, 2021

Kathy Ludwig has been involved with the Ontario wheelchair basketball program since 2010. In that time, she has helped young athletes develop the skills they need to play at the highest level. She has led team Ontario into two previous Canada games winning a silver medal in 2019. Kathy has agreed to coach at her third Canada games in 2023. Not only will her team be younger this time around she has also had to navigate their preparation in the middle of a pandemic to be at their best in 2023....


March 5, 2021

As an 11-year-old with cerebral palsy, you are usually at the point in your life where you are trying to decide what your future may look like in sports and what sport you might be successful in. Nico Lemma has done that and more, not only has he found his sport of Boccia, he is slowly climbing the rankings as a two-time provincial champion. He recently won the Ontario para-sport Junior athlete of the year. Nico and his father Patrick join us to chat about their blossoming career. Skip Kerri...


February 26, 2021

Kathy Newman comes from British Columbia and has been involved in Wheelchair Basketball Canada since 2002 as a board member and advocate. In 2019 she was inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Committee Hall of Fame for her lifetime of contributions to the growth of the Paralympic movement. She was recently appointed president and she joins us to discuss what she hopes to accomplish in her new role! The Scotties Tournament of Hearts is in full swing, Brock, Clair, and Cameron chat about what...


February 19, 2021

Two-time Paralympian, Illinois University Champion, and athlete of the year in wheelchair basketball Brandon Wagner joins us to talk about his decorated career. Plus, the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts begins today! Brock, Clair, and Cameron tell us everything we need to know about the tournament. And Alameda County sheriff's deputy Alan Strickland and his wife dropped charges from the alleged assault that took place as the Toronto Raptors won the 2019 championship. The counter-suit...


February 12, 2021

Co-hosts Josh Watson and Bret Wills talk about why they each got involved in para sports. They share what they've gained in life through sports, the good, the bad, and even some of the funny! Plus, after watching G.O.A.T, Tom Brady take home his seventh Super Bowl, the panel debates their top picks for Canadian Mount Rushmore athletes.


February 5, 2021

Tara Chisholm has been the head coach of the women’s Canadian National Para Ice Hockey program since 2014. She and the coaching staff will be holding a training camp with over 50 up and comers. Over the course of the weekend, she will put these athletes through rigorous exercises to identify their future potential. How will she manage 50 athletes virtually over three days? Tara gives us the scoop. The panel offers up their predictions for this weekend's Super Bowl between the Kansas City...


January 29, 2021

Australia-born para-athlete Ness Murby has represented three different countries in Javelin, Powerlifting, and Goalball. Ness shares what it's like to cross borders and compete under another flag, plus he reveals a new collaboration with AMI! The 2021 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are just months away, but COVID-19 still looms. As Japan denies reports that the games could be cancelled, our panel debates the likelihood of a safe and successful execution of the events.


January 22, 2021

Arinn Young spent many years playing standup basketball until 2011, when she suffered a knee injury. But that didn’t stop her love for the sport. Since finding wheelchair basketball, she has played for Canada, the United States and now Germany’s professional league. Arinn explains what drew her to Europe after a successful run in North America. And, freelance sports journalist and podcast host, Ari Shapiro, breaks down the Jays' most recent deal for 31-year-old outfielder George Springer.


January 15, 2021

Our own Claire Buchanan recounts her years playing for the University of Alabama's wheelchair basketball team as we compare the biggest differences in para sports here at home and abroad. The panel explores changes and improvements to the para experience in Canada and how mainstream participation could benefit athletes everywhere. And, Evander Kane has reportedly filed for bankruptcy and may opt out of the season; how will the Sharks adapt their 2021 strategy?


January 8, 2021

This week we chat with Canadian Paralympic sitting volleyball coach Nicole Ban about how 2020 compared to previous years for her as coach. And, NHL insider Elliott Friedman shares his take on North Division favourites for the upcoming season, beginning in just five days!


December 18, 2020

Brodrick Mackenzie returns to our program to feature dragon boating! He has had the opportunity to compete both nationally and internationally with his team Dragons In Sight. The world junior hockey championships are only one week away. With rising COVID19 concerns worldwide, is it safe to run the championships in Red Deer, Alberta? CHL Sportsnet commentator, Sam Cosentino gives us the latest on the event.


December 11, 2020

After a life-altering accident on the slopes in 2004, Josh Dueck not only returned to the ski hills as a para-athlete but went on to take the IPC World Championships just five years later. After many years of determination and success in the sport of Para-Alpine skiing, he now turns his attention to administration. Josh shares his thoughts on leading Canada into the 2022 Paralympic Games as Chef de Mission. Plus, Canadian baseball broadcaster Dan Shulman joins us to discuss his recent...


December 4, 2020

Why has the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball program enjoyed such great success for the past two decades? We speak with three-time Gold medal winning coach, Tim Frick about coaching for high performance and his induction into the Order of Canada. With a COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon, do athletes and fans still harbor doubts about the upcoming Olympic Games? Our panel discusses.


November 27, 2020

Para-Dressage is not very well-known in the para-sport community and we want to feature it! What is the sport, and how does it work? Equestrian Canada Technical Program Lead, Clive Milkins joins us to answer those questions and more. Our panel examines the Toronto Raptors' recent signings as they head into the 2021 season. Plus, both President Masai Ujiri and GM Bobby Webster’s contracts are set to expire soon, how key are they to future success for the Raps?


November 20, 2020

Wheelchair basketball's Bo Hedges shares his feelings on wearing the C for team Canada, and how his training regimen has evolved as captain. We get a look at a unique sport through the eyes of Blind Tennis athlete, Broderick McKenzie. And, our panel discusses the historic hiring of the first female GM across four major leagues!


November 13, 2020

Canadian sitting volleyball athlete Heidi Peters joins us to discuss the ins and outs of the sport. What are some of the fundamental differences compared to conventional volleyball? How did she manage to become a integral part of team Canada? Heidi explains! Plus, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made the decision not to punish L.A. Dodgers player Justin Turner after a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 during the final game of the World Series. Turner proceeded to disobey protocols and still...


November 6, 2020

What does it take to shift from able-bodied sports to para sports? We find out with New Brunswick and team Canada wheelchair basketball athlete Danielle Duplessis. Plus, we're joined by co-author of "Burks Law: A Life in Hockey", Stephen Brunt. He shares his experience writing alongside Brian Burke.