Toronto, ON - Burlington, ON's Dave Swanston and Winnipeg, MB's Richard Pope have punched their tickets to the Wendy's Kick for a Million semifinal. They are now one step closer to the chance to win $1 million in TSN and Wendy's eighth annual, international award-winning million-dollar giveaway.
On Monday afternoon, Swanston was the winner of the Wendy's Kick for a Million Eastern Canada quarter-final over Bedford, NS' Steve MacNeil during halftime of the Saskatchewan at Toronto game at Rogers Centre. The 44-year-old professor and consultant will face 35-year-old multimedia editor Pope in the contest's semifinal on October 18 at Rogers Centre.
Pope advanced to the semifinal on Saturday after beating Calgary's Keith McClelland in the Western Canada quarter-final at halftime of the Calgary at B.C. game.
In both quarter-final events, the participants were given four kicks from distances of their choice, ranging from 15 to 50 yards. The participants were awarded points equal to the distance kicked (i.e.: 15 yards = 15 points) for each successful field goal, with their final kick being a Wendy's Double and worth double the points.
Eastern Quarter-Final Results
Swanston defeated MacNeil by a final score of 130 to 25 to advance to the semifinal round. Swanston was successful on all four of his field goal attempts, splitting the uprights from 25 yards on his first kick, 30 yards on his second kick, and then closing out the competition with two more field goals from 25 yards out. MacNeil was good from 25 yards on his first attempt, but then missed on his final three field goal attempts from the 30 yard line.
Western Quarter-Final Results
Fellow semifinalist Pope advanced by beating McClelland in Saturday's Western Canada quarter-final by a final score of 85 to 60 to advance to the next round. McClelland kicked off the competition with two successful field goals from 20 yards out, while Pope was 1-for-2 from the 25 yard line. On their third attempt, McClelland and Pope split the uprights from 20 and 30 yards respectively. For his final kick, McClelland went back to the 25 yard line and was short. Pope moved up to the 15 yard line for his final attempt and was good, tallying 30 points on the Wendy's Double kick and outscoring McClelland to move on to the Wendy's Kick for a Million semifinal.
Highlights and results of both quarter-final events are available on-demand at TSN.ca.
On October 18 (one day prior to the televised event), Swanston and Pope will go head-to-head in the Wendy's Kick for a Million semifinal at Rogers Centre, following the same format as the quarter-finals. However, each participant will receive a total of six kicks from distances (15-50 yards) of their choice with the participant tallying the most points after six kicks advancing to the final.
On October 19, the final participant will attempt to win outstanding prizes by kicking field goals from 20-, 30-, 40- and 50-yards, live on TSN, during halftime of the CFL On TSN: Wendy's Friday Night Football broadcast featuring Winnipeg at Toronto (game starts at 7 p.m. ET). The prizes for this year's Wendy's Kick for a Million final include:
- 20 Yards - $25,000 Gift Card from The Source
- 30 Yards - Nissan Titan PRO-4X
- 40 Yards - $100,000 cash
- 50 Yards - $1 million in a one-time payout - or, if the 50-yard attempt falls short, $1,000 for every yard the ball is kicked in the air
Wendy's is an official partner of the Canadian Football League.
Eastern Canada Semifinalist - Dave Swanston
A native of Burlington, ON, Dave - a married father of three children - works as a management consultant and university instructor. The MBA graduate from McMaster University is a fan of the Toronto Argonauts and Toronto Maple Leafs, and counts Argos slotback Chad Owens, and former Leafs captain Wendel Clark among his favourite athletes. Dave's favourite sport is soccer and enjoys hitting the pitch recreationally, along with playing golf and badminton, and going skiing. Interestingly enough, Dave has never kicked a football before so he plans to get in touch with local teams in Burlington for some pointers. After amassing a total of 1,449 entries in this year's Wendy's Kick for a Million contest, Dave admittedly was shocked and overwhelmed to learn that he was a quarter-finalist. But buoyed by the support of his family and friends, he plans to give his best shot at winning it all.
Western Canada Semifinalist - Richard Pope
Richard is a 35-year-old multimedia editor at the Winnipeg Sun. The Winnipeg, MB native attended Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, MB and graduated with a media production certificate. Along with having a creative side, Richard considers himself a pretty good athlete. A good chunk of his week is spent playing recreational soccer, hockey and softball. This past summer he also participated in his first marathon, running the relay leg in the Manitoba Marathon. The CFL fan is a proud supporter of both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders - although he confesses that the Roughriders is his top team and Chris Getzlaf is his favourite player. Richard's strategy for Wendy's Kick for a Million is practice makes perfect. He plans to enlist the help of Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Justin Palardy and past Blue Bomber kicker Troy Westwood. Richard is pumped to be a part of Wendy's Kick for a Million after submitting 1,047 entries.