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This Week in Sports - Canada


The GIST's Bits & Bites

December 18, 2020

🎾Tennis: While Serena Williams may not have won that elusive 24th major this year, she more than made up for it off the court. The tennis superstar made the annual “Most Productive” list by Fast Company, which also included NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace.

  • While the rest of us were perfecting sourdough starters and working on jigsaw puzzles, Serena was busy training for Grand Slams, investing in startups and women’s sports, supporting Black female entrepreneurs, running her S by Serena clothing brand and raising a three-year-old. What can’t she do?

🎾More tennis: Things just keep getting better for Leylah Annie Fernandez. After qualifying for her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open in January, then making it to the second round of the U.S. Open and the third round of the French Open, Tennis Canada announced the teenage phenom and Milos Raonic (pronounced RAU-NITCH) as their Players of the Year.

🏒Hockey: The World Juniors start on Christmas Day in Edmonton, and while we’re pretty pumped to cheer for Team Canada, we’re saving a little room in our GISTer hearts for Team USA, too. We know, we know — but Team USA is about to make herstory.

  • Team USA’s Theresa Feaster will become the first female assistant coach at the World Juniors and at any major men’s championship in USA Hockey’s history. Next step: following in her dad’s footsteps to one day run an NHL team.