Coach's Corner: Ron Smith
"The stories behind why some people are so competitive and such high achievers have always intrigued me. What drives them? Why run a marathon? Why pedal all over France without a thought for the cuisine or wine? Perhaps writing springs from the same source. From a similar obsession. Why write a novel? Or a biography of a sport’s icon? What I do know is that both fixations require passion, commitment and a sense of adventure, otherwise you’re stuck in the blocks. Writing about sport should be as thrilling as penning fiction and as demanding as making a poem. Never dumb it down! The great sports writers of the past understood this. They knew their subject, they knew beauty was in the detail, and they knew how to ride a metaphor past the post."
Ron Smith is the author of eight books, his two most recent being the illustrated children’s book, Elf the Eagle, short-listed for the BC Book Prizes and the Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Award, and Kid Dynamite: The Gerry James Story, a biography of the only athlete to compete in a Grey Cup, for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Stanley Cup, for the Toronto Maple Leafs, in the same season. James went on to win two Schenley Awards, place as runner-up to Rocket Richard for the Lou Marsh Award in 1957, and hold 18 CFL records at one time.