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Local Rider Taking The Equestrian World By Storm By Jentry van Baal

For most kids, the seasons and changes in the weather are a deciding factor in deciding what sport they will play, from hockey in the winter to football in the summer. However for 10 year- old Kaylee Arsenault of St. Andrews, it doesn’t matter if it’s rain or shine, summer or winter, you can find her on horseback all year round. Since the age of four, Arsenault has had a love for horseback riding. “She got a lesson package for her birthday after bugging me for a whole year because she rode a pony at the Williamstown Fair,” says mother, Lisa Laflamme. Since then, Arsenault has been a part of Holly Hill Farms

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in Cornwall, with coaches Robbie McIntyre and daughter Kate behind her every step of the way. The accomplished young equestrian has come a long way since her first pony ride just a few short years ago, starting to compete at the age of six at the local fairs, and quickly moving up the rankings. She has already reached one of her goals of competing at the national finals at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF) in Toronto last November. This year, Arsenault is competing on a new mount, an eight year-old medium pony named Captain, who is currently only in his first season. The duo have been working together for the past year and a half, and hope to have a successful season on the Quebec AERSO (Association équestre régionale du Sud-Ouest Classique) circuit and qualify for provincials this fall. Always thinking ahead, Arsenault already has a young large pony that she has been developing lined up for next season. “They hope to qualify for at least a provincial final and take it from there to see if the pony has what it takes to make it to RAWF,” explains Laflamme. Arsenault’s hard work and dedication to her riding career proves that success doesn’t always come easily. The St. Lucie’s student has had to learn how to balance her education

Kaylee Arsenault and Captain competing at Ferme Beaulieu in Ste. Justine de Newton, QE earlier this summer.

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with her riding schedule, working hard to keep up in school, all while riding “in at least two lessons per week at Holly Hill and a few practice rides at home,” says Arsenault. Lindsay Small of Summerstown, who also rides at Holly Hill, is one of many who recognizes the young rider’s talents and efforts. “She’s very dedicated, she works hard, and rides at a very sophisticated level for her age,” says Small. “I believe she has bright future in the equestrian world.” As any mother would be, Laflamme is proud of her daughter’s accomplishments, as well as her

attitude. “She has a good sportsmanship attitude, always encouraging her fellow barn mates and competitors”, she explains. “The biggest highlight was watching my daughter compete at RAWF…watching her go into the ring was a pride I cannot describe.” With Arsenault’s devotion to the sport, the young athlete has much more ahead of her. Of course, her dream would be to one day make it to the Olympics, however in the meantime, “she is happy just taking it one step at a time,” says Laflamme.



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By Terry Tinkess

Remember Skinny Mini Miller and the Los Angeles Thunderbirds? If you answer “Yes,” not only are you showing your age, but you are also showing how much of an impact Roller derby had on North American culture for almost 40 years. It disappeared in the mid-70’s, but now it’s back! The Seaway Roller Derby Girls and the Power Dames team are alive and well and practicing at the Long Sault arena. Tammy Marion (aka “Tambr”nak) handles merchandise and media relations for the group (each player The Seaway Roller Derby Girls take to the track at the Long Sault arena as they prepare for Derby Day on August 11. has a nickname they play under.) Photo by Terry Tinkess She says that becoming a part of the team is more than just coming Power Dam) since November but There are currently 22 skaters out to skate. If you join the team, you skated when she was younger and involved and one coach. “It’s take on a supporting role. No one participated in figure skating, so she perfect,” says Marion, “Since you gets to just skate. As well everyone knew that the skating part wasn’t really only need fourteen for a team. pays monthly dues and the rest of the going to be a problem. There were In September we’ll start recruiting money they need they get through other considerations though. again, and hopefully get enough new fundraising efforts. girls to have two or three teams. That “I’ve never really played a contact For many, Roller derby is seen sport,” says Marion. “We’ve all played way we can have a house league and more as entertainment than as true the elementary sports, the baseball, compete against each other.” sport, but there is a lot of strategy the basketball, the ball hockey. But in The Power Dames are still looking involved, along with a lot of hard high school and beyond I never really for a home for the time when the ice work. “There’s so much going on,” joined any sports. returns to the arena. Locally, they says Marion, “and unless you know haven’t been able to find a school “You’re training in a different the sport, you don’t get it, but once that would allow them to use their you start to understand it, you think way. You’re using your body in ways gymnasium, because the wheels on “Oh, wow, look at what they just you’ve never used it before. That’s the skates do leave scuff marks on why we do so many drills, over and did. the floor. over so you build those muscles in Marion has been skating with the right spots so there are hopefully “It’s not black scuffs,” says Marion The Power Dames (a takeoff on less injuries. “because no one has black wheels,

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MURPHY’S SPORTS LAW By David Murphy I’m a proud hockey dad. I’m a proud soccer dad. Heck I’m just proud to be dad to a girl who loves life and participates (or has participated) in several sports/activities. Am I happy when she wins? Of course because she’s excited and so am I. But I’m happiest when she comes off the playing field/ ice win or lose and looks up and me and says “That was fun. I can’t wait to come back”. That happens often and that’s what sports should be about. I’ve been lucky enough to coach my daughter at soccer, and at seven she’s already to the point where she needs coaches who understand the game better than me. She’s having a blast with her new coach this year and I’m just happy to be on the sidelines cheering. I’ve already witnessed a parent belittle a teenage volunteer coach about playing time in U7 house league.

For those who have not had the pleasure of, or are too far removed from watching this level, you have volunteer coaches who are trying to handle up to 12 kids. Most coaches try to keep the players on the sideline across the field from the parents to limit distractions (mom and dad) and keep the kids focused on soccer. In this case, the teenage coach lost track of who was playing as one child sat with their parents most of the game. So when this coach looked to the sideline with the rest of the players to sub, the one child was inadvertently skipped over once or twice. Innocent mistake but it turned into much more when one of the parents began to lambast the coach for their child’s lack of playing time. There was no discussion, no pointing the issue out in a calm manner. There was a lot of yelling and to the point where the other coach and referee had to intervene. Really? In U7 house league? If the child was with the other kids on the proper sideline, the rotation would’ve happened. Sounds like a simple solution. Instead, let’s blame the volunteer, teenage coach and make them feel bad to the point they contemplate

quitting. I don’t have to connect the dots to tell you what’s wrong with that picture. I’ve been fortunate to have been around sports at all levels as a player, commentator or fan most of my life. I witnessed parents who believe their child will play at the highest level and blame the coach or team manager for any shortcomings. I’ve even witnessed grown men and women with these kinds of parents. I’m a firm believer that you can’t hide talent. If your child is good enough to one day play at the college level or pro or go to national and international competitions, they will. But most of the children playing with your son or daughter, yours included will likely end up following in your footsteps. So think about the example your setting next time you’re about to yell at or berate somebody who is volunteering their time to help teach or plan a specific sport/activity for your child. Otherwise, sign up and try it yourself, but I’m guessing you won’t.


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Cornwall Girls Hockey Kick Start Day By Staff

The Cornwall Girls Hockey Association (CGHA) is trying to get people promote girls hockey. to start thinking hockey by holding their first-ever Kick Start Day on The CGHA will be treating the even as an opportunity for families Saturday, August 11th at the Benson Centre from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. wishing to donate gently used or new equipment to help playing within According to CGHA president Rod McLeod, the event has two goals. the Association. The goal is to outfit first-time players in need with gently “The day is designed to promote girls hockey in Cornwall and surrounding used equipment (does not include helmet or skates). areas with a special emphasis on new comers to the sport or the girls For people interested in making a donation and not available that day, program,” says McLeod. please contact Brian Tardiff at 613-363-8349. The CGHA has raised The day will feature 3-on-3 hockey between 10 a.m. and noon, followed just over $4,000 towards the Kick Start program and continue to accept by an opportunity to play hockey in a friendly scrimmage atmosphere donations towards that cause. from noon until 1:00 p.m. Registrations will be accepted for the 2012-13 season. Payment plans “The Association’s “Bring a Friend” program will provide support are available. coaches to help guide and teach girls of all ages how to skate and play,” For more information on Cornwall Girls Hockey Association and says McLeod. registration dates, please contact or There will also be off-ice activities with hot dogs, hamburgers, Chantal at munchies and drinks available as well as outdoor activities designed to


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After 20 years as the executive director of the Ottawa District Hockey Association and a lifetime of support for minor sport, Richard Sennott has finally retired. A reception was held on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Ottawa’s Southway Inn. Taking over for Sennott as the executive director will be long-time ODHA staff member Debbie Rambeau. We wish the both of them all the best in their new roles. (l-r) Debbie Rambeau, current executive director, ODHA, Richard Sennott, past executive director, ODHA.

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Hockey Today For Tomorrow By Richard Waldroff

It is my belief that we in Canada have two streams of Hockey: 1) High Performance 2) Recreational. Let me explain my thinking. High Performance This stream is intended to place players with the greatest skill in programs that will challenge and develop their talents and desires. At the Junior level we have “Major Junior” and “Junior “A”. Each of these programs provide players with an opportunity to develop both physically and mentally, opening doors for movement to the pro ranks or the scholarship route, which ever they choose. These players are also exposed to Provincial, National and International events representing their region and country. At the Minor level we have “AA” and “AAA” programs in place. While we have in place all the tools required to operate this level successfully, we do need more supervision to ensure consistency and greater freedom of player movement. I believe “AA” must not be offered before Major Atom, at which time players should be introduced to checking. “AAA” must not be offered before Major Peewee. At this age level the player has one to two years of high performance training and experience. Flexibility for movement must be present at both “AA and AAA” to ensure the better skilled players are provided a continuous high level of challenge, allowing them to move in an upward direction. Access to movement must have very tight guidelines to ensure only those players who fit the criteria are moved. Panels of knowledgeable individuals should review each case and make a ruling. These leagues and teams need to self regulate; existence needs to be on merit not supply, (if an organization’s team does not posse the talent, then the team should not exist, and the talented players be permitted to move where their skill will be most developed) Recreational As some would say, this is the type of hockey you can take “from the cradle to the grave”. This really is where our game is, the game we all love, the game promoted daily on our beloved CBC. Many commercials talk about the greatest and vastness of our country, and that also applies to our game of hockey. I would say we have absolutely no idea how many simply play the game as a recreational activity. I have heard of many versions of “recruitment and retention” for the game of hockey, but I say none will be successful as long as we keep painting everyone with the same brush. We need to recognize that the sport has two distinct paths, all beginning in the same place and ending in the same place (recreational hockey). Some will remain on only the one path, but others will take another path only to return to the original path sometime in the future. As I mentioned earlier, we have all the tools and structure in place for the High Performance stream, but have failed miserably on the Recreation stream. What might the recreational stream look like? Good question. I am not a 100% sure but we have to start somewhere. First off what do I mean by “recreational”? Recreational is the playing of the sport for the fun of doing so. This is what most Canadians do, each receiving a certain level of satisfaction by taking part. Competitive? Yes, it will still be competitive. This is inevitable. Any time you pit one human against another it becomes competitive. Programs that provide access for youth to build their love, passion and skill for our game must be flexible enough to recognize the level at which the individual is playing, yet contain quick references by which coaches, instructors and evaluators may aid the players growth. Whether we admit it or not, these people are educators. In my next column I will touch on the different people in our game. Until then, “keep your stick below the waist.”


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Rebecca Everson: From Kinsmen to Blazer By: Tammy Larin

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When you think of the average 16 yearold girl, you think mall, movies and boys. That is not the case for Rebecca Everson, a grade 11 student at St. Lawrence High School.

and she has been a dedicated athlete of It is obviously quite an accomplishment to not be beaten or even tie a game the the developmental program ever since. whole season,” said Everson. “It came At the age of nine, Everson made the down to the last game against the second tournament select team, the “Cornwall best team and it was a very close game. Coyotes,” as a goalkeeper, and at the age It’s a great example of how the team of eleven became a Seaway Valley Blazer. worked so well together supporting each “I love the game of soccer because it’s other throughout each and every game all fun and also I like the competitive nature season long.” of the sport,” said Everson. “I am a As for the future in soccer, Everson competitive person.” does have some goals in mind. “I will be Everson, (#19) currently plays happy to make a varsity soccer team.” midfielder (sometimes subbing for other positions) for the U-16 girls Level 4 Seaway Valley Blazers, coached by Dennis Fournier and Gilles Plourdee. The Blazers are part of the Eastern Ontario Soccer League, which includes teams from as far as Ottawa and Smiths Falls.

That is the realistic goal she has set for herself as she will be heading off to university in a couple of years. Everson is a great role model, a hard worker and is dedicated to whatever she does. (She is even known to be a little dedicated to watching “The Bachelor” if and when she gets any time to relax.) To support Everson and cheer on your Cornwall Blazers the next home game will be at Cornwall Optimist Park on August 16th at 6:30pm.

When asked if she could name someone who has inspired her, Everson’s first response was “Christina Julien,” but then added “A previous coach of mine, Chris Smith.” She explained that her previous coach of seven years really helped develop her as a soccer player and was a great motivator.

Known as “Becca” to her family and close friends, Everson does not have much time just to “hang out”. Everson is a sports orientated person involved in many sports in Cornwall, including hockey and dance, not to mention all the school sports. Her passion and dedication Everson has had many memorable however, is with soccer, which she plays all year round. At the age of four, her moments in soccer but one that has parents Tom and Joheen Everson enrolled stuck with her was going 14-0 over her her in the Kinsmen minor soccer league, U-12 season as a Blazer in the ERSL.”

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The Big Question: By the time you read this, the London Olympics will be well underway. By Anne Phillips We at Sports Energy wondered how much interest there would be in watching the summer games, and what sports would generate the most interest. Sandra Gauthier: Of course I do. I can’t wait for the swimming, especially the synchronized swimming. If Canada is in it, I’m watching.

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Danielle Quesnel: The winter Olympics are more my style. I just follow the gymnastics in the summer Olympics.

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(Whistle) The First edition of Sports Energy has hit the streets and I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the positive comments and cooperation I have received. Once again a big thank you to Lynn, Terry, Bernadette and the editorial contributers, the great kids who make our stories possible, our readers, our advertisers and the over 100 locations who have joined our distribution “Team” and made Sports Energy” available to their customers.

(Whistle) I was saddened to hear of the passing of Theresa Square on July 1/ 2012. Theresa was the manager of the Anowarakowa Arena on Cornwall Island. She was a tireless worker and volunteer for many youth related organizations. My heartfelt condolences go out to her husband Eugene David, her son Aundray and the rest of her family. (Whistle) It’s great to see Brent Loney and Dave Fontaine out at the Benson Centre running conditioning camps for peewee and bantam age kids. They will also be behind the bench of the Eastern Ontario AAA Major Bantam Wild this season. The Wild organization couldn’t find 2 better coaches to guide their players in such an important year. Way to go Brent and Dave. (Whistle) Also often seen at the Benson Centre, two of my favorite Colts players Tyler and Tyson Spink, preparing to head off to their first

year of NCAA Div 1 college hockey at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. These guys are two of the most dedicated players I have met. I hope you follow the same path as another former Colt, Colgate Graduate and NHL player, Jesse Winchester. Good luck boys, have a great season on the ice and in the class room. (Whistle) While reading the story on young Ty Celone, who at 13 years old is the Summerheights Junior Club Champion, it brought back many fond memories of when I was thirteen and an avid golfer. The only difference I see in Ty and myself is where it takes him 18 holes to shoot a 77, I could do it in only 11 or 12 holes. (Whistle) Memo to kids and parents August is the month to register for many fall / winter sports. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is, what’s important is you register, participate and have fun.

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Thunder Bay Takes Provincial Junior Baseball Title The Thunder Bay American Nationals will make a long road trip even longer as they head to Lethbridge, Alberta after securing a berth in the National Championship by winning the Provincial Junior Championship last week in Cornwall. The Nationals went undefeated in the tournament and finished things off by outscoring the Orleans Red Sox 6-4 in the final game. While the general consensus was that the host Cornwall Black Sox and their supporters played the ideal hosts off the field, the team would have liked to have had a better performance on the diamond, as they were defeated in each of their three games. The Provincial tournament featured players aged 13 and 14 with teams from Thunder Bay, Orleans, Brockville, Oakville, Pembroke, Windsor, East Nepean and Cornwall.

Cornwall Girls Hockey Association Gearing up For a New Season By Staff

With the extended period of warm, dry weather we have been experiencing this summer, it is difficult to think about the 2012-2013 hockey season, but that is exactly what the Cornwall Girls Hockey Association (CGHA) is doing The CGHA, which has been operating for more than 30 years, had more than 330 players registered last season, ranging from Tyke (initiation program with four, five and six yearolds) to Intermediate (under 21.) Teams compete in annual tournaments for rep and house league. The first registration session for house league and competitive programs was Wednesday, July 25th at the Benson Centre. The CGHA also offers five and ten week clinics for goaltending, defence, puck handling as well as, (new this

season,) a shooting clinic. Players who have competed in the CGHA have gone on to make a name for themselves in hockey. “We have more than 60 (CGHA) alumni that continue to leave their mark on the sport,” said CGHA President Rod McLeod. “From Lori Dupuis, Dominique Laroche, Beth Depratto, Mikky King, Jenna and Kayla Lascelle we have been represented at the Olympics, NCAA, and CIS as well as with the National Women’s League. “Where appropriate programs are not available, we offer all female players from Cornwall, SD&G, PrescottRussell, Akwesasne and Upper New York State an opportunity to follow their passion with hockey.” For more information on the The Cornwall Girls Hockey Association are already hard at work Cornwall Girls Hockey Association and preparing for the 2012-2013 season. Top left – Brian Tardiff, CGHA future registration dates, please contact Executive, Rod McLeod, CGHA President, Jenn Jurchuck, supporter or Bottom Left: Abby Jurchuck, Chantal Seguin (Registrar) Submitted photo. Chantal at


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Robin Ruest isn’t your typical bodybuilder. At 46, many would consider him ready to retire from a pastime he only recently began competing in.

His interest in working out began when he played football in his teens. Wanting to build up some strength for the sport, Ruest bought plastic weights that he used in his basement. He soon joined a gym, and when football ended, he was still pumping iron. “The passion of working out has really always been there,” said Ruest, who continued to pursue bodybuilding for the next 30 years. Competing, however, was another story. “When I was younger, there weren’t many natural federations around, and to compete in a non-tested organization meant I’d have to take certain substances that I really didn’t want to,” said Ruest. During a routine workout four years ago, someone asked Ruest which competitions he’d entered. Ruest replied none, an answer that hadn’t bothered him before but suddenly did. “(I realized) 20 to 30 years from now when I’m in my wheelchair, I’ll regret not having (competed),” said Ruest. Ruest entered the 2009 International Drug-Free Athletics Eastern Canadian Classic show, competing in and winning the novice and masters divisions, calling it by

far his sweetest victory. On a normal contest preparation day, Ruest starts his morning with 45 minutes of cardio. After breakfast, he heads to work as a special constable with the Cornwall Community Police Service from 8:00am till 4:00pm. Then it’s off to the gym for weighttraining and cardio for several hours. After supper, he completes the day by practicing posing for half an hour. While many assume that success in bodybuilding is based on exercise, they’re overlooking one crucial step. “Diet is basically the number one factor,” said Ruest. “Cardio is important, weightraining is important, but none of that works if your diet isn’t 100 per cent (right).” Every night he painstakingly measures, weighs and packages his food that he can easily access during his workday. Ruest also has a system of cycling carbohydrates during the week, spending several days ingesting a high level of carbs and balancing it out with several days of lower to no carbs. While signing as a pro at his age with Ultimate Fitness Events last November seems a bit late in the game, being able to compete has come at a perfect time for Ruest. With his children older and no longer


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Like any other 17-year-old, the Tagwi Secondary School student likes to spend her spare time hanging out with her friends. She also spends her summer training for hockey, which she plays competitively in the winter. She used to play soccer during the summer, but has since given that up.

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Not all sibling rivalries are bad. Sometimes they can push you on and help you to achieve great things. Such is the case with golfer Robyn Campell. Following in big brother Caley’s footsteps, Robyn first started hitting golf balls around the age of five. By the time she was 10 she was playing competitive golf. Since then, there has been no stopping her. “My brother is a golf professional,” says Campbell, “and I always wanted to do what he did.”

Her accomplishments include being the youngest winner of the Summerheights Ladies club championship the past two years. She has also won the Ottawa PGA Junior Challenge Tour two years running.

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Blanchard says that Lacrosse is growing both in Canada and the U.S. and is a great way to keep fit. “Many hockey players play Lacrosse in the summer to stay in shape,” he says, “NHL players like John Tavares, Gary Roberts, Joey Nieuwendyk, and Wayne Gretzky played lacrosse.” According to Blanchard, it is the best way to stay in shape. For more information on the Cornwall Lacrosse Association and the Celtics, visit their website,

By Diane Hunter

Seven young Cornwall lacrosse players have received scholarships as a result of their involvement in the Cornwall Minor Lacrosse Association (CMLA) the Cornwall Celtics Lacrosse team. The CMLA started in 2000. “It has come a long way in 12 years,” said Perry Blanchard, head coach for the Cornwall Celtics Pee Wee division. “Compared to other programs that have been around for 50 years like Orangeville, Whitby, and Brampton, we are just in our infancy.” Blanchard says the seven players received scholarships and have gone on to schools both in the United States and Jacob Ruest Photo Supplied Canada. Top players are often recruited to schools in the U.S. “These schools Jeffrey Hebert ......... Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut; know that there is talent in Cornwall,” Justin Ingram ......... St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York; says Blanchard. “People are starting to Jacob Ruest ............. Robert Morris University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; take notice.” Shawn Fontaine ...... The University of Western Ontario Jore Phoenix ........... The University of Western Ontario; The following are the successful Andrew McKay ...... Bishops University in Sherbrooke, Quebec players and the schools they are Brett Conway .......... Bishops University in Sherbrooke, Quebec attending: (Bishops University won the National championship last year)

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When fishing competitively for bass Bissonnette says the first thing you want to do is go out early in the morning when the bass are moving and catch your limit. Even, if they are small, you get your confidence up. When fishing in new areas, he suggests talking the local fishermen and the tackle store workers they will tell you what they catch, how and where. According to Bissonnette there is one secret to being successful. “Think like a fish.”

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at competitive fishing he entered a local derby. Bissonnette was hooked. “Just competing against other people gets your “Mojo” going.” Entering a Pro-Am (professional/ amateur) tournament is the best way to learn about tournament fishing. The entrance fees are less than the

professionals’, and the amateur gets to fish from the professional’s boat. There are specific prizes only for the amateurs. “It’s a good way to learn,” says Bissonnette. “You’re learning from the pros: What they’re using Happiness is catching your very first fish. Tyler St Louis 6 proudly (equipment), what kind of structure shows the small bass he caught. they’re using, where they look.” photo by H. Armstrong

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part: Team Ontario U-17 Camp Wraps Up By Terry Tinkess

Being selected to play for your country in any sport is an incredible honour, but for Canadians, pulling on that sweater with the red Maple Leaf is something that young hockey players, both male and female grow up dreaming about. On the mens’ side, those dreams can come one step closer to reality by being selected to play for one of five under-17 regional teams that will compete against the world in the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. The selection is a long, demanding process, and this year the road to a spot on Team Ontario travelled through Cornwall. Starting with registration on July 4, and wrapping up with scrimmages on July 8, approximately 84 of Ontario’s top young players will compete for a roster spot, knowing that if history repeats itself, making this team will give them a good idea about what

players who have played for Team difficult part of the process will be Ontario before going on to become a the waiting. The final evaluation date first-round NHL draft pick. for players eligible to play in the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge It is an opportunity, plain and is November 15. The rosters of the simple, and every player on the ice five Canadian regional teams will be will be trying to catch the eye of named shortly thereafter. head coach Troy Smith, (assistant coach, OHL’s Kitchener Rangers) In the meantime, all a player can and his two assistants, Roger Hunt do is keep playing the game, hoping (Oshawa Generals) and Wayne Clark that sometime in mid-November (Peterborough Petes). they will learn that this year they will be spending the Christmas holiday The dreams that surround the season playing hockey against the players who gathered at the Benson best U-17 players in the world. New Centre are no less realistic than the Year’s 2013 could be one they will dreams of any player who came never forget. before. Tristen Elie, (Eastern Ontario Tristan Elie, from Green Valley, is Wild, ODHA “AAA”) from Green one of 80+ under-17 players trying Valley is the only true “local” player to win a roster spot on the 2013 at the camp, but Hunter Racine, version of Team Ontario. Photo by Terry Tinkess (Ottawa Jr. 67’s, ODHA “AAA”), grandson of former CFL football the future holds for them. Jeff Carter star Maurice “Moe” Racine is also in Mike Piquette (Los Angeles Kings), Logan Couture attendance. (San Jose Sharks), Drew Doughty As hard as the competition will be (Los Angeles Kings), and Taylor during the five-day camp, the most Hall (Edmonton) are just a few of the

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James Amelotte: Success builds Success By Terry Tinkess

Imagine that you’ve been a successful minor baseball pitcher, but then you move on to become a success the next season as well, this time pitching for the State University of New York (SUNY) Kangaroos in Canton, New York. Not bad, eh? But then to finish off the year you also pitch for the Ottawa Fat Cats of the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) and end up pitching a complete game victory against the top team in the league to wrap-up the Cats home regular season.

ten hits. For Brantford, it was only their sixth loss of the season. Following the game, Amelotte spoke to the media about how much this victory meant. “Best feeling this year so far, beating that team especially,” Amelotte said. “Out of all people, I didn’t think I’d be the one to beat them.” Amelotte ended up the IBL regular season with a record of five wins, one loss, an ERA of 2.83 and 33 strikeouts.

Being James Amelotte, the former Black Sox player from Cornwall, Ontario is pretty The Fat Cats finish the regular season in good right now! fifth place and will face the Guelph Royals In his freshman year with the SUNY in their best-of-seven first-round series. Canton ‘Roos, Amelotte finished the Amelotte, as you might expect, will get a season with 49 strikeouts. In his final game chance to add just a little more icing to the of the season he struck out 13 batters and cake. allowed just one earned run on seven hits while pitching 9 1/3 innings. (The ‘Roos, unfortunately lost 4-2.)

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By Diane Hunter Every Thursday evening a group of people meets at Island Park in Alexandria, Ontario to run in an attempt to stay in shape. Some run for health, some run for competition. There are from 20 to 25 people who get together in the summer and run with the help and direction of Jeff LaPierre. There is no name for this club, and there is no advertising: the club communicates by word of mouth. In the winter, the club meets at the Alexandria Dome, which has an indoor running track. The Alexandria Dome does advertise its winter programs, but other than that, people often join simply by accident. Some people are in the park to watch their children play soccer, or just to visit the park and relax. In most cases, people have heard about the club from someone else.

Laurier Rochon and son Tristan meet on Thursday nights to run and stay in shape. Inset: Jeff LaPierre, organizer of the running club.

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Jeff LaPierre runs every day to stay in shape for competitions and marathons. “It’s better that sitting on the couch watching T.V.” says

LaPierre, who has been running for the past seven years. “I started running because I was embarrassed.” He had been coaching soccer and

The Alexandria Running club has been meeting every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for about a year and a half. The cost is $30 per month and most sessions run for about 10 weeks. In the winter, the group increases in size to approximately 40 to 60 participants ranging in age from nine to sixty. All are welcome to join. “Just show up and we’ll get you started,” says LaPierre. “Running is for everybody.” If you would like to join the running club, just show up at Island Park on a Thursday evening between 6 and 7 pm. For more information on activities available at the park or Alexandria Dome, visit: http://www.

Local Teacher Tries to Make Rowing Club a Reality By Jentry van Baal

As soon as the ice melts, the water warms, and the summer sun comes out, the waterfront becomes a hot spot for local boaters. Among the different types of crafts out on the water is Kevin Donnelly, rowing down the canal in his sculling boat, and it shouldn’t be too long before a whole club of rowers joins him. For the past three years, Donnelly has been trying to start up a rowing club in Cornwall. “I started (rowing) as a student in Ireland…in University,” he Kevin Donnelly shows first time rower Michelle Rozon the ropes out on the canal. Photo by Jentry van Baal explained. He picked up the sport once again when he moved to the area and began teaching. Foundation, who have also supported School, he would one day like to see Donnelly hopes that with the help of the St. Lawrence Rowing Club in the sport introduced to the schools and posters around the city, media attention, Despite the perfect location for Iroquois, for funding, which would develop interschool activities. and simply being spotted out on the river rowing along the canal, starting the assist in acquiring a container suitable club hasn’t always been smooth sailing. Athlete Alicia Brown, 19, of will generate further interest and attract for the equipment needed for the club “The main challenge is to store boats,” Williamstown, recently caught wind people to the new sport in Cornwall. and help with additional costs. said Donnelly, “We’re still struggling of the possibility of a rowing club, and Despite the challenges that he must for storage.” Donnelly has been offered Once developed, the rowing club will already thinks highly of it. “It makes use a location in Guindon Park by the boat be geared more towards the youth, and of Cornwall’s ideal location for water face before the Cornwall Rowing Club is launch right on the river, however he plans to incorporate both competitive and sports,” she explained, adding that it up and running, Donnelly has confidence is still looking at options for the home recreational rowing. Seeing as Donnelly would be a great way to encourage when he says that it is “definitely going of the Cornwall rowing club. He has is currently in the teaching profession youth in the area to get moving, and to happen, it’s just a matter of getting as also looked to the Ontario Trillium at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary a great “alternative to team sports.” much out of it as we can.”

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Cornwall Golf & Country Club .............................................................613-931-1122 .............................................................. Heritage Golf Club ..............................................................................613-347-3738 Summerheights Golf Links..................................................................613-938-8009 .............................................................. Upper Canada Golf Course ..................................................................613-543-2003 .............................................................. GYMNASTICS Cornwall Gymnastics Club .............................Tammy Mcallister ........613-933-4356 .............................................................. HOCKEY ASSOCIATIONS Akwesasne Minor Hockey Association ...........Mark Terrance ..............315-250-0287 Alexandria Minor Hockey Association ............Kevin Ctaig...................613-551-2698 CharLan Minor Hockey Association ...............Bruce McRae ...............613-347-3406 Cornwall Minor Hockey Association ...............Brian Caskenette ..........613-933-8586 NGS Minor Hockey Association .....................Chad Brownlee.............613-984-0410 South Stormont Minor Hockey Association ...Brad Maloney...............613-346-0888 Seaway Valley “AA” Minor Hockey Association .....Blair Fitzpatrick ............613-933-0026 Cornwall Colts Junior A Hockey .....................Ian MacInnis ................613-930-9300 .............................................................. Cornwall Girls Hockey Association .................Rod McLeod ..................................................................................................... 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Cornwall Sports Hall Of Fame Class Of 2012 Announced By Staff

Twelve inductees representing eight sports will be part of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012. The induction dinner is an event that is always looked forward to with much anticipation. “It’s the one night the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame has (every two years) to truly recognize the great athletes, coaches and builders in our community from a wide range of sports,” said Dinner Chairman David Murphy. “The Class of 2012 is a collection of talented athletes and builders that have made Cornwall and area a better place for their respective sports.” The athletes, and their respective sports are as follows: Wayne Froats - Softball Donald Roy “Twig” McElhone - Lacrosse Jerry Bruyere - Broomball Steve McGillis - Softball Frank Chartrand - Builder Soccer Merton “Bud” Hanon - Builder Equestrian John Parisien - Softball Claude Regnier - Skateboarding Marc Dupuis - Hockey Maureen Pinkos - Swimming Rae Armstrong - Softball Harold Murphy - Hockey Created in 1968, the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame today boasts more than 300 athletes, coaches and builders who excelled in their sports of choice. The ceremony officially recognizing the selected athletes as “Hall of Famers” will take place at The Benson Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 11th, 2012 in the Salons of the Civic Complex. Tickets are available by contacting David Murphy at or at Gordon Jewelers 13 2nd St. West.


An active athlete in many sports, Claude Regnier knew the first time he stepped onto a skateboard in the mid1970’s that it was love at first roll. Claude began competing and was soon representing Cornwall in competitions throughout North America and the World. In 1981, Claude won the Canadian Slalom Championship and successfully defended the title in 1982. He would win it again in 1986 and 1990. In ’86 Claude finished 2nd at the Trans World Championships. Claude’s love of the sport has led to him mentoring young skateboard athletes around the world leaving him a legacy as a successful coach and builder of the sport of Skateboarding. Claude Regnier, welcome to the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2012.


John is a multi sport athlete who would win several MVP awards but it’s the softball diamonds where he made his real mark. John started playing in the mid 1970’s and by the mid 80’s was leading the M&S Masterbuilders to the John Denneny League championship. His catching abilities were sought after and many of the travelling teams of the era recruited him. Known for his screaming line drives and towering home runs, John made five trips to the famed Ausable Forks Tournament from 1987 to 1992 where he was named to four straight All Star teams while also winning the Alan Douglas Memorial Award for base hits four years running. John was also a fixture on the Crate Ideas teams of the late 80’s and early 90’s winning his second Lions Club Sportsman of the year for Softball in 1993. John Parisien welcome to the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012.


Merton “Bud” Hanson’s passion was horses. In 1967, Bud made a 200 acre farm in Lunenburg home to the Big Oak Morgan Horse farm eventually turning out World Champion horses. The Big Oak Morgan farm would see championship horses at the Grand National, International, Regional, State and Provincial levels as well. In 1973, Bud became a member of the American Morgan Horse Association, Canadian Morgan Horse Association and Equine Canada. A total of 23 Morgan horses would win world championships thanks to Bud’s commitment of excellence. Merton “Bud” Hanson died in November, 2009. Merton “Bud” Hanson is now a member of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2012.


Maureen Pinkos had success in competitive swimming from the get go when she attended the 1978 Ontario Championships as a 12 year old winning gold in the 100m and bronze in the 200m freestyle events. Later that year, Maureen would win 3 Silvers and Bronze medal at a championship meet in Point Claire, Quebec while following that up with 10 medals at an event in Watertown, New York against girls older than her. She finished 1978 with a trip to Coventry, England to compete against older girls qualifying for two events and taking home a Bronze in the 50m freestyle. A year later, Maureen won 11 medals at the Provincial Championships in Peterborough and was the overall points champion. The Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 welcomes Maureen Pinkos.


Rae Armstrong is a multi-sports star who was a dominating pitcher in the heyday of Cornwall’s softball leagues of the 1950’s. Known as the “Speedball Merchant” Rae was also a feared hitter. Rae could be and was, called upon to pitch in back to back games over the course of his career. In 1954, Rae was a key player on the Howard Smith Paper Mill team that won the North End Championship. Long time manager of that team, Ralph Gault said of Rae, “There isn’t a hurler in the City who can work as often and as effectively.” Rae Armstrong, the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 awaits you.


Steve’s passion for fastball begin as a youth and a by 1982, he was named Rookie of the Year in the Cornwall Industrial League. Steve’s pattern of winning MVP awards as well as batting and pitching titles began in 1983 and continued for the next 3 decades in several leagues including the Industrial, John Denneny and Cornwall and District Fastball Leagues. Steve was recruited along with CSHOF member Mike Branchaud to play for Milverton of the Toronto Senior Fastball League in 1996 and helped them qualify for the World Championships. In 1999, Steve pitched for Canberra Australia in the McArthur Cup Shootout against Australia’s best players while also being on the championship team for the World Senior Fastball Tournament in North Bay. Steve was a part of two World Masters tournament teams winning a Silver Medal in 2009 in Australia and is a two time (2008, 2012) winner of the Cornwall Lions Club Sports Award for Fastball. Steve McGillis, welcome to the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2012. Hall of Fame, Class of 2012.


Wayne Froats was a well known pitcher in Cornwall’s Industrial League. Wayne made his way to the North End League in 1956 and spent three seasons chucking for the Howard Smith Paper Mill team (1961-63). While known for pitching, Wayne was also among the league leaders in batting as well. Wayne played in many leagues including teams like Farran’s Point and Glengarry Transport where he earned league MVP honors in 1968. His career included two no hitters, one in which he had 18 strikeouts. Wayne is also a member of the South Stormont Sports Hall of Fame (2010). Wayne Froats is a member of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2012.


Frank starred at soccer and was the backbone of the La Citadelle Patriots team in the 1970’s. Frank was a part of the birth of the Cornwall City Soccer Club and it’s his leadership that has helped the club’s success. Frank was behind the growth of the group and by the late 90’s there were three mens and one ladies competitive teams. The annual indoor soccer tournament had a record 92 teams in 1999 and 2000. Frank was a catalyst to the Cornwall Sport Centre (since moved to the Benson Centre) as he was the person responsible for ensuring the Dome’s viability, the turf and remodeling the clubhouse. Frank Chartrand, the Class of 2012 for the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame welcomes you.


A local fan favourite, Harold Murphy was a household name in Cornwall and hockey in the 1960’s. Harold’s accomplishments include backstopping the Byron Gordon Royals from 1962-1967 taking his team to the CJHL finals in 1964-65-66 including a Memorial Cup appearance in 1964. Harold held the CJHL record for lowest goals against average (2.54). Harold spent time with the Tulsa Oilers and Toledo Blades of the IHL. The Toronto Maple Leafs invited Harold to their 1967 training camp. While not big in stature, his heart made up for it. Harold Murphy, the Class of 2012 for the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame welcomes you. Sports Hall of Fame, Class 2012 welcomes Marc Dupuis.


Donald Roy “Twig” McElhone began playing goalie in lacrosse in the 1950’s. Don’s career in Cornwall began in 1965 when he played for the Mustangs. The following year, Don was the starting goalie for the Cornwall Wildcats and went undefeated for 18 games – he played forward in the other two matches, scoring four goals and two assists. That team, with Donald as the backbone won the Ontario Championship only to fall short against New Westminster in the Castrol Cup (now the Founders Cup). Don spent the next 25 years playing Senior Lacrosse in Nova Scotia as well as coaching at various levels and is a legend Maritimes Lacrosse. In August of 2006, Don played a lacrosse game in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia allowing him to play a meaningful game in six different decades. The Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2012 welcomes Donald Roy McElhone.


Marc Dupuis’ hockey playing days began in Cornwall and led him across North America. After missing only two games in four seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Belleville Bulls, Mark was a 5th round draft pick of the Chicago Black Hawks in 1994. Marc spent six seasons in the International Hockey League and American Hockey League playing in 168 games scoring 10 goals and picking up 26 assists. Coaches maintained Marc was their go to shut down defender. Marc also spent several years playing in the ECHL, CHL and UHL before retiring to Cornwall. Marc came out of retirement to become a regular on the Quebec Senior Hockey League circuit which included a championship season in 2004-05 with the Cornwall Comets. The Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Class 2012 welcomes Marc Dupuis.


From the early 1970’s into the 80’s, Gerry Bruyere would become the Jean Beliveau of the game of Broomball in Cornwall. Gerry was a preeminent star in the leagues, all star tournament teams as well as Provincial and Canadian Championship tournaments. Gerry’s strong work ethic along with a deft scoring touch led to more than 400 goals over a 20 year career. Many fellow Broomball stars cite Gerry as the best of his generation. The Class of 2012 and the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame welcomes Gerry Bruyere.


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Senior Moment: Bob Thompson: If You Are On The Team,

You Play By Terry Tinkess

If you asked the average sports fan what well-known coach is known as “The Hoodie,” they would tell you Bill Belichick of the NFL’s New England Patriots, who is notorious for wearing hooded sweatshirts. However, anyone who has played high school basketball or attended a basketball camp in the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry would probably tell you that “The Hoodie” is now-retired teacher Bob Thompson, who, like Belichick, is seldom seen hoodless. Thompson, like Belichick, is the consummate coach: he like to win, but sees the value in competing. He can evaluate talent, but also believes that if you are chosen to be part of a team, you have a right to expect to play. It is that belief that got him involved in coaching basketball in the first place. “I was watching a high school game when I first started to teach,” says Thompson. “And the coach had about 12 players on the team and was only playing seven of them. Later, when I walked by the office, I told the principal that if they ever needed a basketball coach to let me know. “I strongly believe that if you’re on a team, you should play. If you’re not going to play, you shouldn’t be on the team. Just don’t have people sitting on the bench.” Thompson, who was a high school teacher at Rothwell- Osnabruck (RO) has coached all the high school age levels (both boys and girls), travelling teams and has run a number of successful basketball camps in this area since 1992. He has also run camps in Potsdam

Some people wear their heart on their sleeve, but Bob Thompson wears his passion on his t-shirt. For Thompson, basketball and coaching young players has been a life-long Photo by Terry Tinkess labour of love.

(N.Y.), coached the Upper Canada Ice Girls basketball team, and at one time Cornwall/ United Counties basketball as well. All told, he has been involved in the game for about 37 years. (I didn’t coach the two years I was out west because they didn’t have a program,” says Thompson. Thirty-seven years is a long time, but Thompson says that he hasn’t noticed that much of a change in the athletes he coaches. “A lot of people say that young people today have changed, but I don’t think that much has changed,” he says. “I think there are more athletes that have experience playing the game before they get into high school. Most young people in the 70’s and 80’s didn’t even see a basketball until they got into high school, but now there are programs even for tiny, little kids, so they have played before. That is different.”

It is obvious that Bob Thompson is a coach who truly enjoys what he does. He says he has coached a lot of memorable kids, but won’t name them because to name one would exclude someone else, and that isn’t the way he does things. He says that the young people he has encountered in sport are all good “When you’re looking at the difference in people, when you look at sports, you get the good ones,” says Thompson. “They wouldn’t be there if they didn’t want to and even the players who might be a problem off the court aren’t a problem once they step onto the court because they want to be there, they want to play.” Maybe they see that someone sees this in them and appreciates their effort, that someone has made them feel like they belong.

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The Games are over, The Memories Live On Bruce Racine: Great Teammates, Great Fun By Terry Tinkess

Hockey players all around the world dream of making it to the top level of their game, whether that means the NHL, the Swedish Pro League, the KHL or some other league where the competition is stiff and the rewards are great. Is it possible though, to have a good career without consistently earning a starting position? According to now retired professional goaltender Bruce Racine, it most certainly is. “I always tell people that I am one of the most fortunate players around, even thought I didn’t have an extended NHL career up at the high levels,” says Racine, who was born in Cornwall. “I played 15 years pro, mostly in the minor leagues, but I had a brief stint with St. Louis, the one year. I also had a lot of call-ups with Pittsburgh in the early days, and the reason I say I was really lucky is that I got to play with the 1991 Penguins team that won the Stanley Cup. That team had Mario Lemieux, Mark Recchi, Jagr, Kevin Stevens, Ron Francis, and Bryan Trottier. The list goes on, and I got to be around those guys and learn a lot abut what it takes to play at the pro level and stay there. Not only that, but that team went on to win the Stanley Cup and I was there for that, and I got a Stanley Cup ring that my dad wears now.” While it was hard, being the third goalie, the “Black Ace,” as it were, Racine says it was a great experience. “I kept getting pounded on. Jagr would be on 45 minutes after the regular practice and just want to shoot on me. As fun as it was, it was still physically demanding.” Racine also spent some time as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and got to play with Doug Gilmour.

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Unfortunately, he was again the third goalie behind Felix Potvin and Damien Rhodes. In St. Louis he got to experience Mike Keenan’s coaching style and discover that 30- second shifts applied to goaltenders as well (Keenan is notorious for repeatedly changing goaltenders in order to affect the flow of the game.) “It made it challenging, but I can’t say anything bad; he gave me a chance to be up there, and that was the year they traded for Wayne Gretzky. I got to play with Gretzky, Brett Hull, Pronger, Shane Corson. “So I got to play with Lemieux and Gretzky, two of the games greatest players, and be coached by Scotty Bowman and Mike Keenan, two of the games biggest coaches as

well. I had a good, fortunate career.” Racine finished off his playing career playing in Finland, which he says was a great experience. “I got to see another part of the world, but it is also a great hockey country.” Did he ever have to pinch himself to see if this was all real? “Growing up in Metcalfe, just outside Ottawa, and to realize where I got to, yes, I sometimes had to pinch myself. To play in every NHL city and meet the people I’ve met, it has been great.” So, with all the memories, does Racine think it was better being a starter in the IHL, or a backup in the NHL? “I love to play. Being a backup in the NHL, you are that close. I wouldn’t turn that down, but I wouldn’t turn down starting in the “I” either. “The first year I played in Muskegon I won 37 games and I had a blast. They both have their perks, but I wouldn’t give up the chance to play.” If he had the chance, would Racine have done anything different? “I don’t like to look back and say, “Gosh, I wish I had done this or I wish I had done that.” I think it took me a long time to realize I was good, which is a weird thing to say, but it took me a long time to realize I had talent. I think I just played of instinct and athleticism. “I think I wish I would have had a bit more belief and confidence as a young player. I think I gained it being around all those pro guys, but I think there was always that question, “Am I good enough?” Today, Racine owns a goalie school in St. Louis and tries to help young goaltenders acquire the skills they need to excel. “I tell the kids all the time at my goalie school to have the confidence, obviously the work ethic, the training and dream big. “Have that dream and don’t let anyone say you can’t do it, but take it one day at a time. Make a plan, and follow your journey day by day.”

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Local Swimmers Compete At Nationals In Calgary By Jan Murray Four members of the Cornwall Sea Lions took part in some high-calibre competition at the Canadian Age Group Swim Championship taking place July 26 – 30 at the Talisman Centre in Calgary, Alberta. The four female athletes who qualified for Nationals are Ales Nurse, Ally Lecky, Emilie Contant and Claudia Duguay. The four have been competing with the Cornwall Sea Lions for several years. Cornwall Sea Lions Head Coach Simon St. Pierre confirmed that this is a major event. “The meet is attended by 182 teams and 1600 swimmers from across Canada,” says St. Pierre. All four of the girls are from the Cornwall area. Two of the them, 16year old Alex Nurse and 15-year old Ally Lecky have been swimming with the Cornwall Sea Lions for six years and have had the opportunity to compete at nationals before. Contant has also been with the team for six years and Duguay for seven. For

The Talisman Centre will play host to some of the best young swimmers Canada has to offer between July 26 and 30. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

the youngest of the group, Emilie Contant, 15, this will be the first time she has made the trip to nationals. This year the Cornwall Sea Lions have 50 members, 18 who are swimming at the competitive level. St.

Pierre is hopeful that the girls will do well and make it to the finals. Duguay who swims in the 16-18 division will compete in the 50 and 100 metre fly as well as the 50, 100 and 200 metre freestyle events. Lecky will compete

in the same meets but in the 15-year old category. Contant who is also in the 15-year old age group will compete in the 50, 100, and 200 metre butterfly as well as the 200 and 400 metre individual medley. Nurse (in the 16-18 year old age group) is the only one of the group who specializes in long distance swimming. She will compete in the 800 metre and the 1500 metre freestyle meet as well as a 5-km open water race. With some of the best swimmers in Canada present, the competition is challenging. “So far the girls are swimming well,” said St. Pierre. “They were all excited. They were looking forward to competing with the best 18 and under swimmers in Canada.” The girls, who are travelling with their parents and head Coach St. Pierre, will be in Calgary for a total of seven days before returning home the first week of August to enjoy six weeks of rest and relaxation before resuming training on Monday September 17th.

Cornwall Multisport Club: An Experience the Whole Family Can Enjoy biking and swimming. In the spring

By Tammy Larin

Could you run a 5k race? For most people, the answer would be no. Some probably would not even make it around the block once. If you think you would like to give it a try though, then maybe the Cornwall Multisport Club would be a good place to start. There is more to the Cornwall Multisport Club than running,

the club offers several training sessions designed to teach people

how to run with their learn to run program. While the club does provide training for triathlons, it

also offers a wide range of activities that anyone can do. The focus of the

club is to get people from Cornwall

Linda Dickie, a former member of the Multisport Club says it has a lot to offer. “It is a great way to meet new people that have the same interests and also a way of families to do something inexpensive together,” says Dickie. She is not a member at the present time only due to scheduling conflicts.

learning proper running techniques, learning how to breathe properly and building endurance gradually. At some of the sessions there are guest speakers who offer advice on a wide range of topics from how to eat before you run, to what to do for aches and pains after an event.

For more information or to get and the Seaway Valley participating The club offers programs for involved you can visit the website in events and programs to keep fit anyone approximately five years at and stay healthy. and older. The sessions include

Cornwall Minor Hockey Association Final Registration Session Before Late Fee

The last in-person registration session before the late fee is applied will be held on Friday, August 10th from 6 to 9 pm – MacEwen Room, Benson Centre. Commencing August 11th, all registrations (with the exception of the Initiation Program [Timbits] or new registrants) will be subject to the mandatory late fee of $100.00.


CMHA will be conducting a grassroots development skills camp on August 25, 2012. Open to all Novice to Peewee players. The camp will emphasize on technique in skating, passing, shooting in a fun atmosphere. Each group is limited to 30 players per ice session. Donation of 2 non-perishable items will register you for these sessions. Items collected will be donated to the local food bank.


Level 1 & 2 Referees Date: September 29/12 - Nav Centre, 8 am - 5 pm Level 3 Referees Date: September 12 & 19/12 - Nav Centre 6 - 10 pm each night REGISTRATION is MANDATORY for all officials to attend any clinics at Anyone interested in becoming a referee will need to contact Ron Belmore in advance to registering at Check out CMHA website ( to register or call the minor hockey office (613 933-4816) on or before August 20th leaving a detailed message.

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Third Annual Riversedge Fishing Tournament Held At Pilon’s Island By: Tammy Larin

Sunshine makes for a perfect day to hold a fishing tournament and that is exactly what it was for the participants in this year’s Riversedge fishing tournament, held at Pilon’s Island on July 21st. This year. marked the third consecutive year for the annual fishing tournament. The event is organized by Pierre Rivers and Trevor Mayer. “The tournament started out with the employees of Seaway GM as a way of getting together and having a fun day with family and friends, and progressed into an annual event,” said Rivers. This year, fifteen entrants competed to have the greatest combined weight from five bass caught by the end of the day. Each participant donated $25.00 to the pot, which is then divided between the top two anglers of the day. This year’s winner, weighing in with 11.21 pounds with 5 bass, was Mike Levasseur. The “BIG FISH” award

went to Peter Sanidas, who reeled in were twenty eight entries, compared to a bass weighing 3.3 pounds. “I would this year, with only fifteen.” Anyone is welcome to participate in like to see more entries next year in the tournament” said Rivers. “Last year there the tournament and the more entries the

better. If you are interested in entering next year’s tournament, contact Pierre Rivers at 613-360-4398 or Trevor Mayer at 613-577-0856.

MOUTH GUARD CLINIC DAY Sharbin Dental Centre 780 Seventh St., West (across from Benson Centre)

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Sharbin Dental Centre pledges to sponsor the Cornwall Minor Hockey Association. Half of the proceeds of the day will go to support the association in order to continue to allow your children to play this game we so dearly enjoy, the other half of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity. The Mouth Guard Clinic will run on a first come first served basis and the doors will be closed at 7:30 PM sharp. Please come early to ensure your place. For information contact Sharbin

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Summerheights Junior Golf Camp Gives Young Golfers a Good Start By Terry Tinkess Golf continues to be one of the fastest growing sports in Canada, and one of the reasons is that just about anyone can play the game. To get the most enjoyment, however, it is a good idea to understand and work on some of the basic skills involved in the game. With that in mind the South Branch Golf Association is once again putting on their junior golf program at the Summerheights Golf Links.

The South Branch Golf Association is made up of members from Summerheights. Each year they volunteer their time to teach young players about course etiquette and how to play the game. Ray MacDonald, who has been involved in the program for about 25 years, says that this year there will be about 110 young golfers involved. “The numbers have been pretty consistent over the years,” says MacDonald. “We have a lot of volunteers, and you will find that they do it because they love the game.” On the first day of the program, France Longtin and Anna Pettinella were very busy getting each golfer registered and pointed in the right direction. “It is rewarding,” says Longtin, who has been involved for three years. “It’s fun and the kids are very grateful for what you do for them.”

Nathan Levac, 8, Ethan Sauve, 8 and Connor McCabe, 9, were eager to hit the links on the first day of the Photo by Terry Tinkess Summerheights junior golf camp.

Nathan Levac, 8, Ethan Sauve, 8, and Connor McCabe, 9 are three of the young golfers that were eager to get started on day one. They each say they really like golf, and McCabe

hoped to take his video game skills out onto the course. “I’m really good at Wii Golf,” he said proudly. Golfers are placed into groups based on age and ability. Over the course of

As well, the kids really seem to benefit from the instruction. “We have one little boy who has been here since he was six or seven years old, and now he shoots in the 70’s,” says Pettinella, who has been involved for nine years.

“We need to keep promoting the sport so that we always have the younger golfers coming in.”

Ethan Sauve, 8, takes his turn on the driving range at Summerheights

Photo by Terry Tinkess

the six-week program, golfers rotate from stations that focus on putting, chipping and driving. They also get a chance to spend some time on the course playing a few holes. The program runs on Mondays from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm starting in July and ending in late August and costs only $20 per player. Junior Summerheights members are taken into the program first, but then it is opened up on a first-come, first served basis. Registration starts in May. The attitude at Summer Heights is one that is fully supported by Golf Canada. If you would like to learn mor about junior golf and some of the initiatives that exist to help the next generation of golfers, visit their website a You can visit the Summerheights website at

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