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An exclusive interview with Canadian hockey professional Ken Pereira

ken_pereira.jpgKen Pereira was born in July of 1973 and hails from Toronto, Canada. He is part of the men's field hockey team for the Commonwealth Games 2010 at New Delhi. Like most Canadians, Pereira's first love was ice hockey, having been introduced to the sport at the early age of 3. In fact, it wasn't until he was 16-year's old that he gravitated to field hockey.

Ken is now very much in love with his sport of choice, and is delighted that it gives him an opportunity to play against the best in the world. "I have also travelled the world twice over and I have met many great people," he said.

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An Exclusive Interview with Canadian Archer Marie-Pier Beaudet

Marie-Pier Beaudet , a 23-year old from Quebec, will be representing Canada in the archery event at the Commonwealth Games 2010 being held in Delhi next month. In an exclusive interview with TheSportsCampus, Beaudet provided us insights into her training and preparation alongwith answering some completely wacky questions about some must haves in her life.

Marie-Pier says that she showed an interest in the sport of archery at the early age of 10. She currently devotes around 20 to 25 hours each week on training, and shared that what she likes best about the sport is training with her coach next to the Saint-Laurent River during the evenings and travelling around the world for tournaments. She commented though that one could not really make a living out of archery so it was difficult to look on it as a full time career option.

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An Exclusive Interview with Canadian Hockey professional Katie Baker

katie_baker.jpgKatie Baker, a 26-year old hockey professional from Canada in an exclusive interview with TheSportsCampus shares why she loves her sport, what inspired her and her preparation for the Commonwealth Games being held in Delhi in a little over two weeks time. The Sociology major with interests ranging from the Harper Lee classic - To Kill a Mocking Bird to playing Oregon Trail on her computer, says that what she really likes about her sport is how physical it is.

Katie started training for field hockey at the age of 14, though she had been playing ice-hockey since she was 7 years old. She trains for about 5-6 hours a day including "physiological training." Her team has been doing hot yoga in preparation for the games and there is a regular training program that they follow for their physiological training. Talking about the sport she says she enjoys the fact that its a really rough sport, though it doesn't seem like it would be. When quizzed about the mental side to her preparation, she said that there is always a mental side which includes setting goals, managing distractions and focusing on the task at hand.

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An Exclusive Interview with Canadian Paralympian Diane Roy

diane_roy.jpgThirty nine year old Paralympian Diane Roy has Gold on her mind as she visits Delhi in a few weeks time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The Sherbrooke, Quebec resident was unfortunate to miss out on a Gold medal in the 5000m event at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games after organizers decided to order a re-run of the event after 6 of the wheelchair racers crashed on the penultimate lap. Amazingly, the top 3 finishers were the same, except for a change in the order, with Roy having to settle for the Silver medal.

Roy is a highly accomplished racer, independent of distances. She has won the Canadian national championships in 100m, 400m & 1500m. In addition to her silver medal in Beijing in the 5000m, she also picked up 2 Bronze medals in the 400m and 800m events. At the Delhi Games, Diane will be competing in the 1500m (Wheel Chair) event, and will be a strong favourite to win.

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An Exclusive Interview with Canadian Hockey Star Stephanie Nesbitt

stephanie_nesbitt.jpg30-year old hockey player Stephanie Nesbitt will be playing her third Commonwealth Games with Team Canada, and took out time during her pre-game preparation to answer some of our questions. Nesbitt has been a professional with British Colombia for the last 10 years, and her province has been consistently ranked in the top 2 in the country. Her first tour with Canada was in 2002 to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England. Outside of the Commonwealth Games she has also participated in the World Cup, the Olympic Qualifying tournaments as well as the Pan American Games. Speaking about her trip to Delhi for the 2010 games, Stephanie said, "The Commonwealth games are already a highlight of my career and I am very excited to have the opportunity to participate in them again."

Stephanie first picked up a stick when she was around 10 years old. She had been playing soccer since she was 4 and one of her teammates at the time who also played field hockey invited her to play on the team. Stephanie says she instantly fell in love with the sport and 10 years on she still feels the same way.

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CWG Delhi not Net Savvy?

melb_games_pc.jpgOn visiting the Official Website of the Commonwealth Games 2010 you'll learn that there are roughly 575 days left for the Opening Ceremony. Yet, for some strange reason, the cyber world seems to be devoid of any kind of hype surrounding the Games. Has the Organizing Committee failed to take advantage of the most popular medium of the 21st Century? Is this another oversight in the preparation for the Games?

If one compares the websites of the 2006 Melbourne and 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, the gulf in professionalism in the design of the respective website is clearly apparent. While the Melbourne Games website

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History of the CW Games

elizabeth_topperwein.jpgCredit for conceptualizing an athletic event for the British Empire needs to be given to a Reverend - Astly Cooper, who in 1891 called for, "a means of increasing the goodwill and good understanding of the Empire". According to historical sources listed on the Commonwealth Games Council for England website, he wished for a "Pan-Britannic-Pan-Anglican Festival" organized every four years (this was even before the Olympics were held in 1896!).

The Inter-Empire Championships were held in 1911 to mark the coronation of King George V and athletes from Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and the United Kingdom pa

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