KERROBERT ‑ Multi-sport enthusiast, Kayden Johnson, formerly of Kerrobert, learned he won’t be part of Team Canada bobsledding for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Kayden will now focus on the CFL after being signed by the Calgary Stampeders. Johnson had been training with the Team Canada bobsled program and will continue to do so in preparation for a potential spot for the next winter Olympics.
“Over the winter, I competed in the North American Cup with Team Canada Bobsled. The championships took place in Whistler, B.C., Park City, Utah and Lake Placid. It was a great opportunity to represent Canada again,” says Johnson.
While Kayden was touring with bobsled and away from football, the Calgary Stampeders called. Since he hadn’t played any games in the 2021 CFL season, he was eligible to be traded and grabbed the opportunity.
"I will continue to compete with Team Canada bobsled as they want me to have the best chance at the 2026 Olympics, and all the World Cup events in between," Kayden tells Press-Herald / SASKTODAY.ca.
“As well, I have started training for the CFL season as training camp with the Stampeders is in May.”
Angy Johnson, Kayden’s mother, says, “Kayden has always loved to run. He ran track, played basketball, hockey, soccer and football since he was six or seven.”
Once Johnson hit high school he began to excel in football, basketball and track. He earned spots on Team Saskatchewan football and Team Saskatchewan track in Grades 10 through 12. He competed in nationals for both sports. Angy says that in Grades 11 and 12, he helped LCBI win a provincial silver medal in basketball as well as a provincial gold at SHSAA’s Hoopla.
“As parents, and sometimes Kayden's coach, we just always wanted to expose him to as many types of activities as we could fit in to develop skills and create a love for movement and fitness," says Angy.
“Kayden's dedication to athletics and fitness over the past decade has really been the driving force behind his athletic success. We just had to get him places and make sure he was fed well (a lot of calories consumed), and he did the rest. “
Kayden was part of USports at York University, which helped him fine tune pursuits in track athletics and on the football field. Angy maintains he has had great coaches and expert support over his university days.
“We are excited for this opportunity with the Stampeders for Kayden and support him in all his future endeavours," she says.
Kayden is also a KidSport ambassador and an active supporter of his siblings also pursuing athletic dreams.