From a media release:
Everyone deserves a level playing field. DebutingÂ Monday, September 7, atÂ 8:30 p.m.Â Eastern on AMI-tv, the AMI original productionÂ Level Playing FieldÂ highlights and celebrates the power of sport by introducing audiences to the athletes, community groups, healthcare professionals and grassroots innovators who demonstrate a desire to help drive positive social change through sport.
Hosted by Paralympian Greg Westlake,Â Level Playing Field‘s eight half-hour episodes travel across the country, following the stories of athletes and organizations.
In the premiere episode onÂ Monday, September 7, atÂ 8:30 p.m.Â Eastern on AMI-tv, we meetÂ Rob Shaw. The 30-year-old para-athlete fromÂ North Bay, ON, has been playing tennis competitively from a young age and coaching, including coaching wheelchair tennis. After sustaining a spinal cord injury that resulted in C5-C6 level paralysis in all four limbs, Rob has limited mobility but has not stopped playing the sport he loves.
Future Season one episodes focus on Paralympic hopefulÂ Anthony Lue, boxerÂ Debbie Haryett, Para Triathletes Jon Dunkley andÂ Jessica Tuomela, Para Judo star Priscilla GagnÃ©, Wheelchair Rugby Canada team membersÂ Shayne SmithÂ andÂ Eric Rodrigues-Furtado, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
Season one ofÂ Level Playing FieldÂ was developed following the broadcast of two 2019 pilot episodes featuring Para Ice Hockey and Para Cycling. Stream the pilot episodes on demand on AMI.ca and the AMI-tv App.
In keeping with AMI’s mandate of making accessible media for all Canadians, Season one ofÂ Level Playing FieldÂ features Integrated Described Video (IDV) making it accessible to individuals who are blind or partially sighted.
HostÂ Greg Westlake
Para ice hockey team captainÂ Greg WestlakeÂ helpedÂ CanadaÂ to the silver medal at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
At the World Para Ice Hockey Championships in Gangneung,Â South Korea, inÂ April 2017, Greg, a forward, helpedÂ CanadaÂ defeat arch-rivalsÂ U.S.A.Â to win a record fourth world title for the Canadians. The win marked his third world championship gold: Greg was on teams that won in 2008, 2013 and 2017.
Greg competed at his third Paralympic Games in 2014, in Sochi, and collected a second career Paralympic medal asÂ CanadaÂ won the bronze. Greg finished the Sochi Paralympic Games tournament with four points in five games, including an assist onÂ Billy Bridges’Â insurance goal in the bronze medal game 3-0 victory overÂ Norway.
In addition to Para ice hockey, Greg is developing a successful career as a broadcaster. He worked as a reporter for CBC at theÂ TorontoÂ 2015 Parapan American Games and the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
Greg had both legs amputated below the knee at age 18 months. When he was born his feet were malformed and were never going to be fully functional. The technical term is congenital bilateral below knee amputee. He began playing Para ice hockey with the Mississauga Cruisers in 2001 and made his debut in 2003 with Team Canada at age 17.
Level Playing FieldÂ debutsÂ Monday, September 7, atÂ 8:30 p.m.Â Eastern on AMI-tv. Stream episodes post-broadcast on AMI.ca or using the AMI-tv App.