GSPI welcomes Anthony Dion to the sports fray |

GSPI welcomes Anthony Dion to the sports fray

Anthony Dion
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Where to begin?

That’s always my first thought when trying to give people a brief glimpse into who Anthony Dion is as a person. I think it’s always easiest to start with the basics.

I’m 23 years old, a young 23 having just turned the age on the 25th of June. I was born in Vancouver, B.C,, Canada, so yes, I am Canadian.

From there, I moved with my family down to the small city of Woodinville, Wash., on the outskirts of Seattle when I was 4 and lived there for the next 18 years of my life.

I attended the University of Washington and studied journalism, getting my bachelor’s degree in communications and minoring in history.

In October of last year, I moved south to Ukiah, Calif., to become the sports editor at the Ukiah Daily Journal. Ukiah is a small town in northern California, along the 101 highway, which flows south to San Francisco. I was about 110 miles outside of the 49ers’ home.

Some of my interests outside of sports include watching movies (I’ll be more than willing to debate with anyone willing any topic that pertains to cinema), reading, working out and playing card games. I love water sports, especially water skiing, and also enjoy alpine skiing, so my recent move here from California should allow me to get on the slopes far more frequently.

I have a brother (21) and a sister (20), both younger than me who I love more than anything. My parents come from pretty different backgrounds ” my dad was born in California to a French-Canadian family and my mom was born in Belgium, to an Italian family before moving to Canada when she was just a teenager.

My parents have taught me everything I know and mean the world to me. I love my family and I believe that family is more important than anything and yes, that includes sports.

Yet, at the end of the day, sports is my passion. I love what I do and in my opinion, that’s one of the most important things in life. You have to enjoy what you do.

Otherwise, you become miserable in other areas of your life and who wants that?

I think what is so great about sports is they bring out the best in people. No matter what sport it is, you hear about people who come from the humblest of origins or overcome terrible tragedies to finally prosper as an athlete. There are just so many great human interest stories to be found in athletics and nothing else generates the level of nationalism that they do.

But, I think what makes sports so addicting to me is that every now and then you will find yourself watching something so enthralling, so captivating, that you can’t turn away. More than anything else in the world, they show you things you’ve never seen before.

Lastly, the roller-coaster ride of being a fan is one that you cannot duplicate. Trust me, I’m a Seahawks and Mariners fan, I know. You live and die with your teams and you wouldn’t have it any other way. And every now and then you’ll be rewarded for it.

That’s what I love about sports.

And, I think that’s what you’ll love about me.

Anthony Dion is the Post Independent’s new sports reporter. Contact him at 384-9124 or

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