Sport for Life is excited to announce that Farhan Lalji, multiple-award-winning sports broadcaster with TSN, will be one of the keynote presenters for the 2023 Sport for Life Summit, which will take place in multiple communities across Canada throughout February and March. While Lalji may be best recognized from his time on TV, he has made an incredible impact at the community level through his involvement with grassroots sport, his building of community events, and his support of local initiatives.
Lalji was originally born in Tanzania but moved to Vancouver at the age of four. A graduate of Simon Fraser University, he began sports broadcasting in 1995 at a local Vancouver radio station before progressing to CBC and then on to TSN. Reporting on many of the biggest sporting events on both a national and international scale, Lalji has been the recipient of multiple broadcasting awards throughout his career.
For 30+ years, Lalji also has been heavily involved in developing and coaching football at the grassroots level. Holding such positions as head football coach at New Westminster Secondary School and Past-president of the B.C. Secondary School Football Association Board of Directors, Lalji has become a catalyst for positive change within the community. His actions have improved accessibility to football programs while reducing inequities within the sport. He has also built community events and supported many local organizations and initiatives. In recognition of his dedication to community service, Lalji has been named the Citizen of the Year in New Westminster and has earned other awards for his philanthropic work and his coaching.
“I had the pleasure of hearing Farhan Lalji speak at last year's Sport for Life Summit in New Westminster and he was such a compelling presenter. His personal story of growing up in the area, his message of community building and teamwork in leading a youth sports program – told in a fast-paced, insightful and entertaining manner – made the session a highlight for me,” said Thomas Jones, Sport for Life’s Director of Community and International Engagement. “His insights on society, race and pro sport as a professional broadcaster kept the audience engaged and interested.”
The Sport for Life Summit brings together leaders who work together to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. The Summit establishes an environment for idea generation through thoughtful and open dialogue across a range of topics. Through knowledge sharing, the Summit can help build and maintain networks while identifying opportunities for innovation.
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