About Daniel Wagner

Daniel Wagner is a freelance sports writer, who covers the Canucks for the Vancouver Courier. He loves lots of things — comic books, punk rock, good movies, bad junk food — but mostly Jesus and his family.
18 08, 2017

AIA Volleyball’s trip to Paraguay takes unexpected, miraculous turn

By |2017-12-12T13:43:36-05:00August 18th, 2017|Tags: |

In a small church building in Paraguay with white walls, white tile floors, and white plastic chairs, a couple dozen people are gathered together. Most of them are clustered around a man named Caesar, who is sitting in a chair at the front of the church. For four years, he’s been completely blind. Slowly, he’s [...]

23 05, 2017

AIA Soccer kicks off Ethiopia tour

By |2018-03-13T12:59:13-04:00May 23rd, 2017|Tags: |

What if you could use your passion for sport to help change the world? That is the question Athletes in Action has been posing to soccer players throughout Canada, encouraging them to see how sports can make an impact off the field. Some of those players will be joining Athletes in Action staff as they [...]

10 04, 2017

A visit to Israel brings the Bible to life for CFL players and chaplains

By |2018-03-13T13:01:48-04:00April 10th, 2017|Tags: |

In early February, a group of Athletes in Action chaplains, members of their families, and two players from the CFL, traveled to Israel to tour symbolic Christian and Jewish sites. It was an opportunity to bring stories from the Bible to life in a unique way and it had a powerful impact on everyone who [...]

1 03, 2017

Olympic gold medallist knows that she is enough in Christ

By |2018-03-13T13:08:37-04:00March 1st, 2017|Tags: |

Being a chaplain at the Olympic Games is “like attending ten funerals and one wedding every day,” according to Dr. Ashley Null, former chair of the Major Event Chaplaincy Commission. It’s a quote that Jarret Wall took to heart as he was blessed with the opportunity to serve as a chaplain in the Athlete’s Village [...]

8 11, 2016

Chaplains provide spiritual leadership to the CFL

By |2018-02-15T16:22:37-05:00November 8th, 2016|Tags: |

When you’re an athlete, so much of who you are can get wrapped up in what happens on the field, court, or ice. This is especially true for professional athletes, whose sports are also their workplace. That’s why so many CFL players feel blessed to have a chaplain with the team. Every CFL team has [...]

15 09, 2016

Despite missing the Olympics, Philip Osei keeps the faith

By |2018-02-15T16:27:38-05:00September 15th, 2016|Tags: |

Like many of you, Philip Osei spent the last couple weeks watching the Rio Olympics, cheering on Team Canada. Unlike you, Osei was not meant to just be watching the Games; he was meant to be there, competing in the 400 meter dash. He watched Wayde van Niekerk crush Michael Johnson’s 400 meter record from [...]

17 08, 2016

Rudy Verhoeff quietly serves for Canada’s men’s volleyball

By |2018-03-13T13:25:40-04:00August 17th, 2016|Tags: |

Canada barely qualified for the Olympics in men’s volleyball, sneaking in with a five-set win over China in the Olympic Qualification tournament in June. It’s the first Olympic appearance in men’s indoor volleyball for Canada in 24 years, but the team is clearly not satisfied with just being there. The 12th-ranked Canada ended up in the “Group of [...]

21 06, 2016

Football opens doors in Cree communities

By |2018-02-15T16:29:32-05:00June 21st, 2016|Tags: |

12 years ago, Paul Racine helped introduce football to the Cree communities in northern Quebec. Now, helping the youth of the James Bay Cree has become one of his passions. The youth pastor and football coach helped lead football camps organized by Gordon Hudson, a former professional football player with the Ottawa Rough Riders. They were joined by coaches and [...]

21 06, 2016

Faith helps Canada’s fastest woman race to Rio

By |2018-02-15T16:30:36-05:00June 21st, 2016|Tags: |

Khamica Bingham’s OIympic dream began when Perdita Felicien’s ended. One of Canada’s medal hopefuls in the 2016 Summer Olympics was initially inspired by one of Canada’s greatest Olympic disappointments. At the 2004 Olympics, Perdita was the favourite to win gold in the 100m hurdles, but in the final, she hit the first hurdle and crashed [...]