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Coach Lenke Szathmary dies at 92


April 12th 2013


Lenke Szathmary (Legany)The Canadian women’s gymnastics world has lost one of its pioneers. Lenke Szathmary (Legany) has died at the age of 92. She was for many years the gymnastics coach at St. Catharines Collegiate.

Born in Hungary, Lenke Szathmary, survived the challenges of what turned out to be a 6-year sojourn in a German DP camp before she was able to emigrate to Canada in 1951. She made Welland her home. After working on a farm and then in a factory on a sewing machine, Szathmary eventually managed to have her Hungarian credentials recognized.








Canada’s Emily Csikos helps Canadian team to beat Hungary


January 18 2012


Canada’s current women’s team has been playing particularly well. In the recent Canada Cup women's water polo tournament, Canada’s Emily Csikos scored five goals to ensure a Canadian victory over Hungary.






Coaching award for Tamas Buday


November 19th 2011


Tamas Buday being honoured


On Novemeber 11th 2011 Canoe-Kayak coach Tamas Buday Sr was honoured (among other top Canadian coaches) by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) with the Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award.








Olympian Gabor Csepregi in his element (again)


September 8th, 2011


Vice-President of the Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation, and more importantly, since 2010 Vice-recteur à l’enseignement et à la recherche, Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface (see our webpage about his appointment), Professor Gabor Csepregi was found by the Winnipeg Free Press enjoying a break from his serious daytime job. Where else but in his real element: water! Read Allan Besson’s article from the February 1st 2011 online version of the Free Press HERE. We thank Allan for permission to reproduce it.




Great performances by Canadian Hungarians in sports


June 21st 2010


Randy Ray


Canadian athletes and coaches with ties to Hungary continue to make a name for themselves in and on the water.


In recent weeks, men and women from various parts of Canada that were either born in Hungary or whose relatives hail from there, have excelled at water polo and rowing and on the canoe and kayak circuit. Read more...


Olympic champion Valerie Gyenge's books are work in progress


During the last few years she has been busy not only with photography, which she has enjoyed doing most of her life, but has also been writing mostly about her own life and the life of people who influenced her. Read more...

23 February 2010



Canadian swimming hopeful Pierse and her Hungarian coach Jozsef Nagy


Eva Hegyi


Annamay PierseThis has been an amazing year for the Edmonton-trained, Vancouver-based breaststroke champion Annamay Pierse. In March, she broke Australian star Liesel Jones’ world short-course mark in the 200-metre breaststroke at the Canadian spring nationals in Toronto.





17 November 2009


Canadian to coach Budapest hockey team

2009-08-19 09:19


Glen Williamson of Canada has become the new head coach of the Hungarian first-division ice hockey team of Vasas Budapest Stars, the club reported on its website on Tuesday.


Williamson, who signed a one-year contract with the club, earlier worked for the NHL team of Winnipeg Jets as assistant coach and for the Los Angeles Kings, another NHL team, as talent scout.


Williamson was the national coach of the Japanese men's team in 2001-2002, and head coach of the Berlin Polar Bears in Berlin and the Lugano Panthers in Switzerland.



Solid Hungarian Canadian connection possible at 2010 Winter Olympics


Randy Ray


The Janyk family of Whistler, B.C. promises to give the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia a strong Hungarian Canadian connection.


Their story spans three generations dating back to the 1930s and 1940s in Hungary.

Britt and Michael, Janyk, the 27 and 25-year-old children of Bill and Andree Janyk of Whistler, B.C., are being touted as potential members of the Canadian Olympic alpine ski team.



Agnes Laing - Pioneering in business and sports


by Nausikaa Muresan 


Agnes LaingLike so many Hungarians fleeing after the 1956 Revolution, Agnes Laing escaped by foot across the border with Austria. It took four days to reach the border. For security reasons the family split: Agnes’s father and her sister left together and Agnes left with her mother. At six and a half she was well prepared for the trip: she knew that, if stopped by the Russians she had to pretend to be going to the country to recuperate after chickenpox.



Gabor Csepregi


Gabor CsepregiLa nuit. L’été 1968. L’eau noire. Un navire de surveillance en quête d’éventuels fugitifs. Un homme en maillot de bain, chaussures autour du cou, s’apprête à fuir la Yougoslavie encore communiste et à nager vers l’Italie et le port de Trieste. La scène a toutes les allures d’un film à la James Bond. Pourtant, ce n’est ni Daniel Craig ni Sean Connery qui franchit le bras de mer. Il s’agit plutôt de Gabor Csepregi ...

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For a short biography of Gabor Csepregi please click here.

Pour un bref curriculum vitae de Gabor Csepregi cliquez ici.


Valerie Gyenge


Valerie Gyenge with her medalFrom humble beginnings in Hungary to the top of the podium at the Olympic Games, Valerie Gyenge's adventure really began when Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest...

TORONTO - She keeps her Olympic gold medal in the blue velvet box it came in. Its hinges were damaged during a visit to her grandson's grade school for show and tell..

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Alex Baumann and Jeno Tihanyi

Legendary Swim Coach Dr. Jeno “Doc” Tihanyi passed away

Ottawa, ON - The swimming community mourns the loss of world renowned swimming coach Dr. Jeno “Doc” Tihanyi.

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