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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.

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Canada

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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.

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@AMIaudio

Language:

English


Episodes

The Big C

2/27/2024
Coming up on today’s program we speak with Shawn Lucas, the defensive coach for the Canadian Women’s Para-Ice Hockey program. We also give our final reflections on the 2024 Scotties Tournament of Hearts and talk a little NHL hockey.

Duration:00:58:03

Against All Odds

2/20/2024
Coming up on today’s episode, Brock recently had the opportunity to chat with Canadian para-soccer player T about his experience at the 2024 Para-Pan Am Games. We also discuss what to expect from the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, beginning in Calgary, Alberta on February 16,2024.

Duration:01:05:41

Is It Easy Being an Athlete

2/13/2024
Coming up on today’s show, we speak with Ari Shapiro to discuss all things Toronto Blue Jays. Also, as another NFL season wraps up, we recap the Super Bowl and then discuss the idea of what it’s like to be in athlete and a teammate.

Duration:01:04:19

An All-Star Episode

2/6/2024
Coming up on today’s show, Brock sits down with Boccia athlete Lance Cryderman to talk about his experience at the 2023 Para Pan American Games. We also pay respects to his mother, who recently passed away unexpectedly. Plus, we reflect on the All-Star break in the NHL.

Duration:01:09:10

It's About Time

1/30/2024
Coming up on today’s show we chat about the announcement made on CBC earlier this week that Paralympic athletes will be receiving funding when they win medals. The panel gives us their thoughts on what that means for the para-sport community. Plus we chat about the AFC and NFC championship games in the NFL playoffs.

Duration:00:58:55

Road to the Podium

1/23/2024
Coming up on today’s program, there was a significant change at the head coach position for the senior women’s wheelchair basketball national program, the panel discusses the fallout from that. F38 discus thrower Renee Foessel stops by to talk about her experience at the Para Pan-American Games and the road to Paris. We also debrief the divisional round in the NFL playoffs.

Duration:00:59:28

The Top of Our Game

1/16/2024
Coming up on today’s program, we have our first guest of 2024. WheelchIr basketball player and Paralympian Tamara Steeves joins us to talk about her experience at the 2023 Para-Pan American games, plus we talk about a Toronto Raptor getting fined and maybe a little NFL too.

Duration:01:02:44

Are Sports Fair?

1/9/2024
Coming up on today’s program, we continue our series on the Para-Pan-American games. Here in part two we have a discussion around the idea of equality in sports. In the last part of the program, we take a closer look at Canada’s fifth-place finish at the Workd Junior Hockey Championship and we preview the upcoming NFL playoffs.

Duration:00:58:27

A New Beginning

1/2/2024
On today’s episode, The Neutral Zone makes its return after a 4-month hiatus, sponsored by Ontario Para Network. Today, we reintroduce ourselves to all of you and then have a discussion about the recent Para Pan Am Games from Santiago, Chile. We will also discuss the debut of the newly formed Professional Women’s Hockey League and give you our initial thoughts.

Duration:01:00:23

Grand Finale

8/29/2023
In this edition of The Neutral Zone, we present our final interview from the Canadian Paralympic Committee Summit. This time, we feature Danielle Doris, a swimmer from Moncton, New Brunswick. In the second half of the program, stay tuned for a very special announcement.

Duration:00:55:23

Professional Versus Amateur Sports

8/22/2023
On today's program, we present another interview from the Canadian Paralympic Committee Summit by speaking with sitting volleyball athlete Danielle Ellis from White Rock, British Columbia. In the second half of the program, we delve into the discussion of whether the Olympic Games should be reserved solely for amateur athletes.

Duration:00:55:38

Canada's Game is Hockey

8/15/2023
In this edition of The Neutral Zone, we present another segment from our series of interviews conducted by Brock at the Canadian Paralympic Committee Summit in March. This installment features a conversation with retired Para Ice Hockey player, Greg Westlake. In the second segment of the show, the panel discusses a CBC report on a study indicating that over 400 Canadian youths have experienced both physical and mental assault.

Duration:00:54:28

Media Portrayal

8/9/2023
On this edition of The Neutral Zone, we release another interview from the Canadian Paralympic Committee Summit in March. This week, Brock speaks with wheelchair basketball athlete Tara Llanes, a resident of North Vancouver, B.C. Plus we discuss the idea of the media portrayal of athletes in parasports.

Duration:00:52:27

The Long Game

8/1/2023
On today's show, we release another Canadian Paralympic Committee Summit interview, with Jesse Zesseu, a long jump athlete from Toronto, Ontario. Additionally, we will be discussing Major League Baseball as we approach the last leg of the season!

Duration:00:55:35

Para Powerlifting

7/25/2023
On this episode, we speak to Jake Beaton about his career in the sport of para powerlifting. What is it, what is training like, what competitions does he have coming up and more. In the second half of the episode, we bring you another interview conducted by Brock Richardson at the Canadian Paralympic Committee Summit in March. This week, Brock speaks with para cyclist Nathan Clement. After the interviews, Claire, Cameron and Josh share their thoughts.

Duration:00:51:49

Para Ice Hockey Down Under

7/18/2023
On this episode, we speak to Emma Poynton and her role in helping to grow Para ice hockey in Australia, as well as her work growing women’s Para ice hockey worldwide. We also touch on her work with the International C-Pool Para Ice Hockey tournament in Thailand. In the second half, we bring you another interview conducted by Brock Richardson at the Canadian Paralympic Committee Summit in March where Brock speaks with Nathan Riech, a middle-distance runner. After the interviews, Claire, Cameron and Josh give their thoughts on them.

Duration:00:44:29

Off Season

7/11/2023
On today’s episode, we release another interview from the Canadian Paralympic Committee Summit back in March with Sitting Volleyball athlete Heidi Peters. In the second half of the show, we discuss the off-season changes for the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs as well as whether the Denver Nuggets can repeat as NBA Champions next season.

Duration:00:54:15

Respect or Disrespect

7/5/2023
On today’s program, we are joined by Women’s Wheelchair Basketball athlete Tamara Steeves. Tamara and her teammates are just coming off of a 5th-place finish in Dubai at the recent World Championships. We also chat about the idea of respecting and disrespecting parasports when it comes to competitions and not having live feeds.

Duration:00:54:46

Hall of Fame Episode

6/27/2023
On today’s show: Our very own Claire Buchanan was recently inducted into the Toronto Sports Hall of Fame, along with wheelchair rugby athlete Shayne Smith. They had the honour of being the only two para-athletes to be inducted. We sit down with the pair to chat about their wonderful careers. We also reflect on the interview and discuss everything related to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Duration:00:53:27

Small Town Success

6/20/2023
On today’s program, we release another interview from the Canadian Paralympic Committee Summit. Brock sits down with Meghan Mahon, a Canadian goalball athlete from Timmins, Ontario. In the second half of the program, we discuss whether a professional team can run out of gas during a championship run.

Duration:00:54:48