Sports & Athletics

Rower Douglas Vandor and weightlifter Jeane Lassen Webcasts

The torch burns bright

Special episode of the McGill News webcast where Douglas Vandor, BSc’98, MSc’01, and Jeane Lassen, BEd’05 reflect on their own Olympic experiences and the ways in which their athletic careers have shaped their personal and professional lives.

Illustration of a hand holding an olympic flame Society

Once an Olympian, always an Olympian 

The Olympics always offer a unique blend of exceptional skill, thrilling competitions, and surprises, and the 2024 Paris Games are certain to do the same. What’s life like for the athletes who take part in the world’s biggest international sporting event? We asked some McGillians with firsthand experience.

Jean-Philippe Darche and Mathieu Darche People

From McGill to the Stanley Cup and the Super Bowl

Jean-Philippe Darche and Mathieu Darche were award-winning student athletes at McGill, and both managed to transition from Canadian university sports to careers as pro athletes. Their playing days are over, but they continue to have an impact in the world of pro sports – and they have the championship rings to prove it. (Cet article est disponible en français.)

Derek Drummond smiling from behind a podium On Campus

Remembering Derek Drummond

One of a kind. Genuine and fun. A very special human. A steady and kind presence. A glance at the tributes flooding Derek Drummond’s Facebook page in the wake of his passing on November 17 tells you just how beloved he was in the McGill community and beyond. If you didn’t know him, you wish you […]

Olivier Niggli arms crossed People

Levelling the playing field

As its director-general, Olivier Niggli, MBA’06, leads the World Anti-Doping Agency’s efforts to promote fair play and punish cheating at international sports events.

Charles Bronfman speaking into a microphone on stage On Campus

A Conversations starter

Charles Bronfman, LLD’90, played an instrumental role in the creation of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. He recently visited McGill to announce a new initiative that will be led by MISC – Conversations, sponsored by Charles Bronfman, a high-profile discussion series that will be launched next year.

Karen O’Neill speaking in front of a microphone People

Championing Canada’s Paralympians

As the CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Karen O’Neill, MA’84, was busy preparing for the 2022 Beijing Paralympics. She and her team have had to plan for the complications of the pandemic, while ensuring that Canada’s Paralympians get the spotlight they deserve.

Lilah Fear sitting in the stands People

Ice dance champion is Beijing bound

Lilah Fear is taking a break from her psychology classes at McGill to compete in the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. The four-time national ice dance champion from Britain trained in Montreal (and received mentoring from Tessa Virtue) in preparation for her Olympic debut.

Earl Zukerman has been the sports information officer for McGill's Department of Athletics and Recreation for more than three decades (Photo: Owen Egan) People

The most passionate McGill sports fan of them all

As McGill's longtime sports information officer, Earl Zukerman, BA’80, has watched McGillians win Olympic medals, Stanley Cups and the Super Bowl. He is almost as iconic as the athletes and sports teams he has supported for decades.

Back to top