Meet three Airdrie heroes that sports just can’t do without.
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For Tara Pickford, APA has always been about more than just dancing. Since opening the studio 11 years ago, Pickford and her team have worked hard to provide an environment for young dancers to not only learn proper technique and skills, but to grow as people.
Airdrie Pro Rodeo hasn’t always been the five-day professional event it is today. In fact, it started off rather modestly. According to longtime resident Dan McKinnon, it all started in 1967 when members of the Lions Club, then just two years old, decided to organize an event to mark Canada’s centennial.
The Airdrie Brewers are more than just a baseball club – they are a family. Homegrown; community owned operated and cultivated. “Out of our 17-man roster – 16 played minor ball in Airdrie,” says general manager Tim Kehoe.
At least one good thing came out of the massive flood that hit Calgary in 2013 – it sparked the creation of Airdrie’s very own semi-professional football team. The Airdrie Irish Football Club is now in its second season in the Alberta Football League (AFL). Team president Matt Squires was playing with the AFL’s Calgary Wolfpack when the June 2013 flood hit.
The sport of archery is gaining in popularity in Airdrie. Right on TargetThe Cuthbertsons have a foam Bambi in their Airdrie backyard occupying a spot in a flowerbed. At least they did this past winter.
The season had wrapped up the night before, but the folks who keep BMX racing on track in Airdrie are back at Fletcher Park bright and early the next morning – a Saturday morning – to prepare the facility for the winter break.
When the biggest moment of Keely Brown’s young sporting life arrived it was met with stunned silence for a few moments.
It must not be a superstition among cowboys to not talk about their injuries, because when he’s asked, Jake Vold reels off some of the many he’s incurred. It’s a long list.
“It happens lots,” Vold says. “I’ve broken my arm a few times. I’ve broken my leg. I’ve broken some ribs, my wrist.
Airdrie boasts amazing women in all walks of life, and the following three women exemplify “amazing” when it comes to athletics.
Some jog for exercise, while others run for sport. Many more ‘roadwork’ enthusiasts lace up just for the fun of it. Then there’s the select group that combines all those attributes with a little dash of philanthropy along the way. For those wishing to exercise a little charity into their running routine, Airdrie offers several fundraising fun runs throughout the summer.