Dinos Diversity Panel: Anti-Black Racism in Sport

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. MT
Platform: Zoom

The Dinos Athletics department invites you to join current athletes, recent alumni and community leaders as we discuss some of the largest and most widespread culture movements across the globe. 

The Diversity Series panelists will discuss personal experiences, ways that they’ve seen their sporting community change, and opportunities for the world of sports to become a more inclusive environment. 

The Dinos strive to create an environment where every athlete, fan and community member feels welcome and supported, and this panel will give you insights into how you can do the same in within your sports team. 

Sponsored by ATB

Meet the Speakers

Anton Bellot is a former linebacker with the University of Calgary Dinos Football program. He graduated in 2015 from the Haskayne School of Business and currently works at ATB Financial as a Senior Manager of Entrepreneurship, specializing in emerging industries, hospitality, tourism and agriculture.

Temitope Ogunjimi, better known as Temi, graduated from the University of Calgary in 2018 in Law & Society. She is a former multi-sport athlete, competing in both Dinos Wresting and Rugby, and was named the 2018 Canada West female athlete of the year gone on to become member of the National Women’s Rugby 7s team based out of Victoria, B.C.

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson was born in Winnipeg and joined the Dinos men’s basketball team in 2009. He wrapped up his career in 2015 at No. 3 on the Dinos’ all-time scoring list with 1,799 points and has gone on to a professional career in Europe, with stints in Portugal, Spain, France, and Finland. He is currently playing for Groningen in the Dutch league.

Ruth Adekugbe was born in Manchester, England, and moved to Canada when she was two years old. She comes from an athletic family of seven, including two brothers playing professional soccer. She grew up playing soccer with the Calgary Foothills Club where she usually found herself to be the only Black athlete on her team. She is currently enrolled at the University of Calgary, looking to focus on Political Science or Law & Society, and she is a member of the Dinos Women’s Soccer Team.

Freya Szmidt, originally from Reading, UK, is a former member of both the Dinos Women’s Basketball team and the Track and Field Team. After injury she stayed on with the Women’s Basketball team as a team assistant, helping them reach the Canada West Final Four for three straight seasons and to the 2018 and 2020 National Final 8. 


Workout Like an Olympian

Date: Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m. MT
Platform: Zoom

Do you like to keep active? Do you enjoy a variety of workouts and to try new things? Have you ever worked out with an Olympian? This hour-long interactive training session is your chance to do just that! 

The Olympic Oval, known by many UCalgary alumni as the queuing point for convocation, is world-renowned for its Fastest Ice in the World TM and home to the Canadian long track speed skating team. 

Justin Warsylewicz won a silver medal in the men’s team pursuit at the 2006 Turin Olympic Winter Games and graduated from the Faculty of Kinesiology with a BSc. in exercise and health physiology. He is now a long track speed skating coach at the Olympic Oval. 

Join Justin for an interactive, livestreamed, speed skating-style training session! See how your current workout compares to that of an Olympic speed skater and take away tips for simple and effective workouts that can help improve not only your performance in sport, but in everyday life as well.

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Meet the Speakers

Olympic Oval Long Track Speed Skating Coach

Justin Warsylewicz began speed skating in his hometown of Regina at just four years old. He moved to Calgary after finishing high school to train full-time at the Olympic Oval with the national long track team, and in 2004 became the all round champion at the World Junior Championships. Justin made the Olympic team in 2006 and garnered a silver medal in the men’s team pursuit with teammates Arne Dankers, Steven Elm, Denny Morrison and Jason Parker. 

After retiring from speed skating in 2014, Justin completed a Bachelor of Science in exercise and health physiology from UCalgary’s Faculty of Kinesiology as well as a diploma in massage therapy through Mount Royal University and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist designation from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. 

Justin joined the Olympic Oval long track coaching team in 2017, coaching a stage two long track group full-time and also works as a Registered Massage Therapist. 

Justin is married to his former teammate and Canadian national speed skating team alumna, Brittany Schussler, with whom he has two children. 

Sponsorship & Events Advisor, Olympic Oval

Robyn Wilson has been a UCalgary staff member since 2009 and alumna since 2014 when she earned her BA in communications studies. Robyn is currently Sponsorship and Events Advisor at the University of Calgary and operates her own Jazzercise dance fitness business in her spare time. 


Faculty of Kinesiology Trivia Game

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m. MT
Platform: Zoom

Think you know everything when it comes to the Dinos, Active Living, the Outdoor Centre, The Olympic Oval, and the High-Performance Lab? Here’s your chance to test your trivia skills, learn something new and, perhaps, walk with an awesome prize.

The Faculty of Kinesiology prize pack includes awards of $200, $100 or $50 (gold, silver and bronze) — plus, of course, those invaluable bragging rights!

If you don’t know the answer, whoever teams up with Mr. Google the fastest, might just win. Yes, the rules are loose! 

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Meet the Host

Marketing and Corporate Events Specialist, Olympic Oval

After living in Japan for over a decade, David Vink moved to Calgary and has been working for the Olympic Oval for 10 years. He speaks Japanese, lives in Canada, has a Dutch passport but 23 and Me says he’s Norwegian. Go figure. Whenever he’s not at the University – he’s building his side business (FoxCamp.ca) reading, swimming and comic-coning. His cat Bug is the feline devil incarnate. 


Dinos Diversity Panel: Indigenous Inclusivity Within Athletics

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. MT
Platform: Zoom

The Dinos Athletics department invites you to join current athletes, recent alumni, and community leaders as we discuss some of the largest and most widespread cultural movements across the globe. 

The Diversity Series panelists will discuss personal experiences, ways that they’ve seen their sporting community change, and opportunities for the world of sports to become a more inclusive environment. 

The Dinos strive to create an environment where every athlete, fan, and community member feels welcome and supported, and this panel will give you insights into how you can do the same in within your sports team.

Sponsored by ATB

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Meet the Speakers

Jeff Horvath is the current principal at Tsuut’ina Nation High School, and is a member of the Ojibways of Onigaming in northwestern Ontario. He is on the National Board of Directors of Outward Bound Canada, and is an Assistant Hiking Guide for the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary. 

Trechelle Bunn is currently majoring in Law & Society at the University of Calgary and is an active member of the Dinos Women’s Hockey team. She is a proud Dakota Sioux woman, and has plans to minor in Indigenous Studies and attend Law School after graduation.

Sienna Prince-McPherson is approaching completion of her education degree, focusing on elementary science. After playing for one season with the University of Montana, she returned home to Alberta and has spent the last four seasons with the Dinos Women’s Soccer team. Her family originates from the Peguis First Nation, which is the home of the Anishinabee-Cree peoples. She is a direct descendent of the well-known and peaceful Chief Peguis through her Maternal Grandfather’s lineage.

Rilee ManyBears is a member of the Siksika Nation and a distance runner that trains with the University of Calgary track & field team. He won gold in the 3,000m North American Indigenous Games in 2014, and gold in the 8km race at the World Indigenous Games in Brazil in 2015. In 2016 he became the first Siksika Nations member to complete the Boston Marathon.

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