Bruce Kidd. Photo: Halifax Examiner

Bruce Kidd will speak in Halifax next week, so in preparation, Tim Bousquet interviewed Kidd in Toronto last week.

Kidd was a teenage distance running sensation, a Commonwealth Games gold medalist and Olympian. He went on to become an athletes’ rights advocate, a leading historian of sport, and a social activist working to end South African apartheid and to combat homophobia and promote gender inclusion in sport.

Kidd has long worked to ensure that opportunities to enjoy the benefits of sport and recreation are widely shared throughout Canada and the world.

He’ll be in Halifax to deliver the keynote address at “Playgrounds and Podiums: Contemporary issues in sport,” a student-organized conference at Saint Mary’s University. Click here to see the full conference agenda.

In his keynote address, Kidd will address the current Canadian Sport Policy and its uncritical focus on high performance over other objectives, in the context of the long trajectory of aspirations for a nation-building sport system from Confederation to the present time. The talk — Friday, September 29, at 7pm, in the theatre named for a bank in the building named for a grocery store —  is open to the public, and free.

*Note: in the podcast, Tim incorrectly refers to Kidd as the “president” of the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus. In reality, Kidd’s title is the principal of the campus.

Plus, Tim and Terra discuss the IWK CEO spending scandal and Amazon’s chances of coming to Halifax.

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  1. Great interview with Bruce Kidd.
    Every child should have after school access to sports and the arts – expand their minds and have them express themselves.