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Mitchell & Hamhuis Commit to Environment as New Owners of Tofino Marina

By Chris Lomon

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Tofino doesn’t boast a big-league hockey franchise, but the ‘magical place’ will soon be seeing a lot of two NHL players.

A pair of veteran defencemen. A Vancouver Island-based businessman. A picturesque community. A unique opportunity.

Add it all up and the result is Dan Hamhuis, Willie Mitchell and business partner Andrew Purdey as the proud new owners of the 63-room Marina West Motel, a four-acre property located on the outskirts of one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations.

“It was a really good opportunity for us,” said Hamhuis, who hails from Smithers, BC. “Tofino is a special place and we’re looking forward to sprucing the property up, and making it a place where people can come and enjoy themselves.”

Hamhuis, who signed as an unrestricted free agent with Dallas Stars this summer, was equal parts thrilled and relieved when the deal became official. “There were a lot of business terms and information overload,” laughed the 33-year-old. “But it’s really exciting now that all of the paperwork and that side of it is all done. There were a lot of daily emails between me and Willie, along with a lot of phone calls leading up to signing the deal, but now we can focus on other things.”

Hamhuis, Mitchell and Purdey were in Tofino last week for a meet-and-greet event that included a barbecue and live music.

Mitchell, from Port McNeill, BC, has skated in 907 NHL regular season games, most recently with the Florida Panthers.

Protecting the local environment is a major priority.

“We are committed to making it one of the best blue-collar marinas in the Pacific Northwest by adding fresh resources, energy, and eyes to the property,” he said on the resort’s Facebook page. “All three of us are B.C. boys from small towns who have a passion for fishing, the outdoors, our oceans and that small town camaraderie.”

Read the full story here.

Two Eco-Athletes Who Like to Go Fast Talk Green Sports: Sir Ben Ainslie and Leilani Münter

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By Lew Blaustein

Sir Ben Ainslie and Leilani Münter discuss pre-race tactics in advance of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event in Chicago in June. (Photo credit: HarryKH/Land Rover BAR)

Sir Ben Ainslie and Leilani Münter discuss pre-race tactics in advance of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event in Chicago in June. (Photo credit: HarryKH/Land Rover BAR)

Eco-athletes—sports figures who take on environmental issues—are a rare breed as compared to athletes who get involved with causes like cancer, domestic violence, and, increasingly, racism. There are several oft-cited reasons: environmental topics can be overly complex; the political nature of “green” issues can be daunting to some athletes; and the relative lack of financial muscle behind environmental causes means athletes often look to those that are better funded.

But there are athletes who, despite the obstacles, take a strong stand on behalf of environmental issues. Two such eco-athletes, Sir Ben Ainslie, skipper of Land Rover BAR, Britain’s challenger for the 35th America’s Cup, and Leilani Münter, the self-described “Eco, Vegan, Hippie Chick with a race car,” met up at an America’s Cup prep race in Chicago in June. They shared the challenges and opportunities around making their sports and teams more sustainable; why sustainability, the environment and climate change resonate with them; and how they can potentially learn from each other.

Read the full blog here.

 

Discussion at the White House on Tackling Climate Change Through Sports

Full blog post by Tanya Somanader

Athletes pose in front of a basketball hoop after participating in a meeting to discuss climate action and preparedness at the White House.

Athletes and Green Sports Alliance Board of Director members pose in front of a basketball hoop after participating in a meeting to discuss climate action and preparedness at the White House.

This year, the Opening Ceremony in Rio celebrated the culture of Brazil but also took the opportunity to remind the world the threat and challenges climate change pose to people around the world, including athletes. A few athletes — Olympians among them — came to the White House to discuss exactly how climate change is impacting the world of sports. Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler and former NFL football player Ovie Mughelli jumped on twitter to answer a few questions about this issue:

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Read the full blog post which includes Q&A videos with the President and First Lady.

Share your input on tackling climate change through sports here.

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