Doug Harrison

Doug Harrison has covered the professional and amateur scene as a senior writer for CBC Sports since 2003. Previously, the Burlington, Ont., native covered the NHL and other leagues for Follow the award-winning journalist @harrisoncbc

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Andre De Grasse given Athletics Canada's highest honour to cap comeback season

Sprinter Andre De Grasse was the recipient of two Athletics Canada awards Saturday, including the Jack W. Davies Trophy as 2019 athlete of the year. He was also named top track athlete while pole vaulter and Canadian-record holder Alysha Newman is field athlete of the year.

Damian Warner named 2019 Athletics Canada combined events athlete of year

Decathlete Damian Warner was honoured Friday by Athletics Canada as combined events athlete of the year after medalling at three major events in 2019, while Moh Ahmed's bronze-medal effort in the world 5,000-metre final was named most outstanding performance.

Decathlete Kevin Mayer's 'speed and efficiency' prevails in virtual showdown

Kevin Mayer, the current decathlon world-record holder, overcame morning nerves and a delayed start to capture the combined events edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash virtual event on Sunday.

Félix Auger-Aliassime on why equality remains big issue

While reflecting on the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis when a police officer used his knee on Floyd's neck to pin him to the ground, Montreal tennis player Félix Auger-Aliassime recalled an incident involving his African father and Quebec police.

Reigning Olympic champ Stefanidi beats Alysha Newman in virtual pole vault event

Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, who won Olympic gold in 2016, reeled off 25 consecutive jumps before a failed attempt en route to a winning total of 34 to defeat American Katie Nageotte and Canada's Alysha Newman in a virtual women's pole vault event on Saturday.

Gaming, throwing dummies, H-O-R-S-E: How 5 Canadian Olympians are passing time in shutdown

Swimmer Kylie Masse says training without access to a pool during the coronavirus pandemic has been "a big adjustment." But she and some other Canadian athletes believe they might benefit from such challenges when they return to competition.

Brandon McBride excels off track, buys grocery cards for 8 families in need

With sports on pause, Olympic runner Brandon McBride wanted to give back to the community after hearing about people's struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic, so he and his girlfriend bought grocery cards for families in his hometown of Windsor, Ont.

Alysha Newman eager to test jumping shape in virtual pole vault event

After watching three of the world's top male pole vaulters test their athleticism in a virtual backyard competition on Sunday, Canadian-record holder Alysha Newman wants to be part of a remote women's event she believes will be held in the coming weeks.

Retired goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc 'stronger' following separation from newborn daughter

Karina LeBlanc was returning home from her second hospital visit after giving birth to her first child, only this time she would have to spend 14 days in self-isolation after doctors feared she contracted COVID-19 during her stay.

Rejuvenated runner Matt Hughes ponders doubling up at Tokyo Olympics

Canadian steeplechase runner Matt Hughes thought his career would end at an Olympics this summer. But qualifying recently in a second event has the 30-year-old eyeing the 2022 world championships and possibly 2024 Paris Olympics after next year's Tokyo Games.

Tennis shutdown, pause on life 'straight out of a movie,' Pospisil says

With Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic, Canada's Vasek Pospisil says he would be thrilled if his next tennis match occurred in August at the Rogers Cup.

Canadian athletes look for positives in Tokyo Olympics postponement

Field hockey player Mark Pearson, who secured an Olympic berth in October, is among several injured Canadian athletes and those coming off shortened seasons afforded time to recover and build strength following the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Games.

What's the rush? Canadians Justyn Knight, Sage Watson call COC decision 'premature'

Justyn Knight says he loves his country and didn't mean any disrespect but he and other athletes are struggling to understand why the Canadian Olympic Committee made a bold decision Sunday to pull its team out of the Tokyo Games this summer.

'Thankful we took a stand': Athletes react to Canada not competing at Tokyo Games in July

Canada's summer athletes on Monday flooded social media in support of the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee's decision hours earlier to not send a team to Tokyo should the International Olympic Committee go ahead with the Games as planned in July.

'This is a profession, not a hobby': Canadian runners scramble as race schedule in limbo

Tuesday’s cancellation of the New York City Half Marathon has left some Canadian runners concerned about race schedules out of their control during the Tokyo Olympic qualifying window.