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Like father, like son, Pearsons enjoy draft success By Todd Anderson

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ornwall native Chase Pearson was back in the area last month to visit with family and friends, and celebrate Includes some big news. The 18-year-old had his name called by the Detroit Red Wings at Dessert Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in July when he was selected in the fifth round, 140th overall. Pearson was accompanied by a large cast of supporters in attendance during Open the Florida event, where he followed in til 11 pm Bacon his father’s footsteps. Scott Pearson was Cheeseburger drafted in the first round, sixth overall, in Meal Deal 1988 by the Toronto Maple Leafs. 1307 Pitt St. (corner of 13th) Cornwall “It was pretty cool to be there,” says the lanky teen who dubs himself a responsible two-way forward who can chip in offensively and takes care Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper of his own end of the ice defensively. Chase Pearson took time to relax at his family cottage on the shores “I can’t describe how it felt to hear my of the St. Lawrence River in Long Sault in July. The Cornwall native name being called. I worked hard my was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the fifth round, 140th overall, whole life for that moment. It was really earlier this summer. Photo: Todd Anderson exciting for me.” Chase’s father Scott says it is exciting competition as he goes up the ladder. For the former Huron Hockey School in times for the family right now, however, him, it’s about training and preparing Cornwall. he knows only the first step has been each day.” “I try to absorb as much information achieved. “It was pretty humbling to The knowledge and experience as I can,” says Chase. “He’s given me be a part of the (draft) experience. To Chase can gain from his father is a good advice, on and off the ice. Not a sit in the stands, it brought back a lot of rare commodity. Not only does the lot of guys have this type of thing at memories when I was his age. I’m proud elder PearsonSports have 292 games of NHL their disposal. He wants me to go as far Greater Cornwall & hard Areas Community Newspaper of him. He worked to be here. I try 3308 Second St. East, Cornwall, ON experience under his belt, he also has as I can. He’s been a really good coach to keep him grounded. He was drafted, over two decades of experience as to me all of these years. It’s pretty neat 613.932.9281 now he has his foot in the door. The an instructor and coach for various we were both drafted by Original Six bulk of the work is coming in the future teams, programs, and camps, including Continued on page 7 though. There’s so much parity. So much



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Mr. Frank Benedict and his brother Mr. Mike Benedict Sr. As I grew up, these two gentlemen taught me not only things about lacrosse but also things that would help me later on in life. They selected me as captain of our junior lacrosse team, which was a huge compliment because I was from Cornwall playing on an all-native lacrosse team.” Filion says Frank and Mike are the reasons why he still coaches today.

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ick Filion has been involved in sports, specifically lacrosse, since the age of four. As he grew older, he continued to play lacrosse as well as hockey, broomball, football, rugby, and field lacrosse. To this day, Filion is still playing both lacrosse and hockey and is an active player for the Six Nations Masters Team, as he has been for the last sixteen years.

Filion has been mainly coaching lacrosse for the last couple of years; last year with the Ontario Champion Junior C Celtics and this year with the Cornwall Peewee Rep Celtics.

Not only has Filion been playing sports since the age of four, he has also come to coach lacrosse and hockey as well. “The reason I became involved in coaching was due to the lack of coaches available,” says Filion. “I was coached by a lot of great men, however the two that influenced me the most were two brothers from Akwesasne,

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together, winning a provincial title in 2002. They also coached together at the Junior C level and Junior B level. Filion went on after that to coach the Ottawa Titans at the Junior A level. His extensive coaching background doesn’t stop there. He started coaching hockey when his son was a young age. He coached for Cornwall Minor Hockey, Akwesasne Minor Hockey with Pudge Thomas, and also the Seaway Valley Organization. He followed his son to the junior level and coached the CharLan Rebels as well. “I am old school when it comes to

coaching,” says Filion. “I am very hard on my players and expect the best from them at every practice and every game. Lacrosse is a very emotional game because of the fast pace and hard hitting.” Filion has been a dedicated coach in the Cornwall area for many years and has always done it for his love of sports and the children. “I think that giving a child the opportunity to participate in different sports is the ideal thing. They would learn things in sports that would benefit them later in life,” says Filion.

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ent McDonell, former Cornwall Colts player, has lived the dream of any young hockey player. From playing hockey on the river as a kid to the NHL, he’s accomplished many of his goals and still plays the sport he loves.

McDonell’s earliest hockey memory is skating on the local Raisin River as much as he could as a kid. “Skating on the river didn’t help my skating though,” McDonell remarks McDonell started playing for the Cornwall Colts in 1996 when Al Wagar obtained his rights from the Hawkesbury Hawks. He thoroughly enjoyed playing for this local team. “We had a lot of great older guys on the team and two great coaches, Al Wagar and Brent Loney. We won the championship, so that of course would be my favourite memory,” says McDonell.

After his time with the Colts, McDonell went on to play for the OHL, with the Guelph Storm. Being captain of the team and getting to play in the Memorial Cup in Spokane are highlights of his time with Guelph’s team.

From 2002 until 2004, McDonell snagged a coveted spot in the NHL playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets, something most hockey players only dream of accomplishing. “It was amazing. Getting to play there was a dream. It was short lived but I am thankful for the experience,” says McDonell. Currently, McDonell is with Malmo Sweden in the SHL. He has been in Sweden for eight seasons now. His daughter was even born there. “This will be my last season playing so I am looking forward to making this one of my best years yet,” says McDonell. As far as what comes next for McDonell after his final season, he isn’t quite sure where life may take him. “I have some ideas of what I would like to do, and we will see if they pan out,” says McDonell. “Life is an adventure right?”

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Highland Games veteran continues to compete at home By Todd Anderson


algary resident Kristy Kennedy returned to Glengarry in July to visit family and friends. It was also a good time for some fun and games. Make that the Glengarry Highland Games. The Glengarry native plans to compete in her 10th Glengarry Highland Games Women’s Heavy Events competition in Maxville on July 31. Speaking before the event, Kennedy reflected on her years in the sport. “Before my first competition I was absolutely nervous. I was walking into something with women who have been training for many years and had a lot more muscle on them. In all the group photos it might be hard to find the little one standing amongst all the women, that is me. Now, before competitions, I still get nervous. I always told myself, this is all for fun. I know I’m not going to win, but I have the support of my family members and friends that come out to cheer me on, especially my Dad. He has not missed a Games yet.” A former Glengarry District High School student, Kennedy has been living in Calgary for the past seven years. For the past five years she has been an employee of WestJet. With perks from work, she has averaged four or five trips home per year. All of her family still lives in various corners of Glengarry so it’s nice to return home, especially during highland games weekend. If you have ever watched The Glengarry Highland Games heavy events, in any of the levels of competition whether it is professional, master’s, amateur or women’s, you quickly notice how supportive athletes are towards each other. It is one aspect that keeps Kennedy coming back, even now that she lives clear across the country. “It’s not all about winning,” Kennedy says. “It’s going out there to see your family of competitors you have seen every year. It’s like a reunion for me when I come home from Calgary.

When I’m the next one up to throw, they are right behind you cheering you on, encouraging you, and giving you little hints to improve your next throw. I remember one year, in my second or third year of competing in the sheaf toss I recorded 15 feet and I was thinking, wow, I did really well. No way will I be able to get 17 feet. Sure enough I went up to the bar, took my time breathing, relaxing, and performed my normal throw. I let her rip. Sure enough it went over. I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy. It ended up being my favorite event at the Highland Games.” Kennedy calls the caber toss her second favourite event. She likes the challenge of being the smallest person on the infield, in front of all those spectators, trying to flip a 12-foot pole. “It’s the adrenaline, inching your way down the caber into a squat position, and no one is holding the caber for you. You are on your own. It’s bigger at the top then goes narrower on the way down. My hands are at the bottom of the caber and it’s leaning on my shoulder. You have to pick up the caber (approximately 45 pounds) and get your hands under the bottom of the pole really fast, and I mean fast. Then you have to either walk or jog with the pole and at the right time you have to try and flip it at a complete 12 o’clock position. I have yet to get that, but I’m hoping for it one day.” Other events listed in the women’s division include: stone throw (12 pounds), weight throw for distance (28 pounds), weight throw for distance (14 pounds), hammer throw (16 pounds), and weight throw for height (28 pounds). While Kennedy has been thankful for the help from her opponents on event day, she notes others have stepped up over the years to help guide her in the right direction. “When I first started I was actually never even thinking of competing at the highland games,” says Kennedy. “It wasn’t until one day I was working at the gym in Alexandria and my cousin Lisa MacDonald, who I compete against, asked if I would

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work out with her to help prepare her. So we started training. One day I get a call from (event organizer) Rod McLeod asking if I wanted to compete since someone dropped out and they needed to fill that spot. That’s when my journey started. Going forward from there, (former competitor) Lee MacKinnon helped us both out when he could, but my biggest supporter that has helped me out in the front yard of our home, is my dad Gerard Kennedy. He was never too far from me encouraging me and pushing me to do better.” As a student at GDHS, Kennedy was a big part of several championshipwinning soccer teams. She thrived in goal demonstrating poise and confidence while playing in many high-tension and competitive contests; Kennedy back-stopped two silvermedal-winning teams from the Ontario Federation of Secondary School Athletics Association championships. She started playing the game at age four and moved through the ranks of the Glengarry Soccer League, eventually capturing the Top Goalie

award for the Senior Women’s League. After high school she played college soccer for the Fleming Knights for a couple of seasons and was named Top Goalie, as well as an all-star. Kennedy continues to play soccer in Calgary. In high school, Kennedy also participated in volleyball and girl’s hockey. Now with 10 years under her belt in the heavy events competitions, Kennedy has attempted to encourage other athletes to give it a shot. “They always say, that looks hard, or I can’t do that. I always tell them, just try, you never know if you don’t try. I’m the smallest one out there and I still go out and I have fun. It’s a little overwhelming at first but I think I give hope to some women and maybe children watching the events that anyone can do it. I don’t go out there feeling intimidated by the other competitors. I know they train and I actually really encourage them and cheer them on because I know they are competing for that trophy. Good on them. For me, I just go out there and show that a 5’5” and 150-pound woman can actually do it and not be afraid.”

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Alain Quenneville Competes in Cornwall’s Upcoming Strongman Competition By Molly Kett


l Quenneville, also known as “Killer” from his thirty years of playing local hockey with the Colts, Comets, and Warriors, is competing in Cornwall’s 2015 Strongman competition this August. Competing in Strongman competitions began for Quenneville in 1998, when he was looking for a new way to train for the hockey season. He started doing Strongman training with his cousin Mike at Paradise Gym, now known in the area as Summit.

“After a few months of hard work, we both decided to sign up for the strongman event,” says Quenneville. “We were only doing it for fun and we both love new challenges. Well, guess what? I won the event! It was an amazing experience and it was helping me get stronger and faster for the hockey

season!” Quenneville competed his first year, which he won, in the middleweight division, for those weighing 185 to 220 pounds. He competed the following year and placed third in the heavyweight division, for those 220 pounds and over.

Now, seventeen years later, after being challenged by his wife Brittany, Quenneville has decided to compete in the Strongman event this August. This year’s event will be held at Quest Gym in Cornwall on August 15, with a $50 entrance fee. The competition has five events: tire flip medley, farmers walk, log press, car deadlift and truck pull. There are 4 divisions, including a ladies’ division and the winner of each will take away a cash prize. “Everyone is welcome. Come cheer on this great event and the athletes,” says Quenneville.

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teams.” During the Cornwall trip this summer, the former member of the Cornwall Colts (Chase played in Cornwall during the 2013-14 season) was able to meet with some of his friends still living in the city. On the evening previous to being interviewed for this story, Pearson slept in a tent with two of his friends in the backyard of his cottage property. The boys woke up the next morning to a yard scattered with ladder ball games, a volleyball court, various water crafts, fishing rods, and other fun hobby and sporting items. Pearson realizes the importance of

relaxation, and when it’s time to get to work. “You have to be serious. You have to get in, and stay in shape. I need to work on my legs. If I can improve my explosive power in my legs it will help me take the next step. I need to be in the gym. I’m going to go hard every day. You need a break like this during the summer, too, but when I get back to the gym I will focus on getting stronger. As the summer closes, I will get on the ice more, but you try and take a little bit of time away from the rink during the summer.” Pearson recently participated in the Red Wings’ Development Camp held in Traverse City, Michigan. Among the invited prospects in camp were top prospects and high draft picks Anthony Mantha, Dylan Larkin, Evgeny Svechnikov, as well as a handful of sons of popular former NHLers, including Nicklas Lidstrom’s two boys. Pearson was able to meet with a few former Red Wing greats during the camp. He admits his allegiance as a Philadelphia Flyers fan has now changed. “I’m a Detroit fan now. They usually ice a pretty good team. They run a firstclass organization in Detroit. There was a lot of good practice and off-ice training (at development camp). I learned a lot of new things and it was really good to get that new perspective. I had a nice chat with (former Red Wing star) Kris Draper. They played a long time. To be able to

7 just talk to them was great for me.” Also in attendance, was former Colts and friend Tyson Spink. “It was cool to see him there,” says Pearson. “It was a familiar face out on the ice.” Tyson’s twin brother Tyler missed the camp with an injury. Such as with Pearson, the Red Wings have an abundance of prospects with strong NHL lineage in the fold. That’s not the criteria when drafting, according to Tyler Wright, the Red Wings’ director of amateur scouting, who was quoted in a recent story on “I don’t think it plays a lot in the actual pick-making,” Wright said. “I think it has a lot of stock in (their) character. They’ve been brought up in a hockey background. It’s meant everything for them. The pedigree helps in the character department.” Sitting on the cottage patio, overlooking a private bay off of the St. Lawrence River, Pearson reflected on his season with the Cornwall Colts in 201314 when he scored eight goals and 23 points in 39 games as a 16-year-old. “I had a lot of help from the older players and coach Ian MacInnis. They helped me develop into a junior player. I was able to meet new friends (at St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School during his Grade 10 year). It’s fun to come back to Cornwall and see my buddies, enjoy the water and spend time with family.”

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What is your Favorite Sports Memory? James Robertson Maxville Thinking about my years of coaching hockey and being able to watch both of my boys play the game, I’m finding it very hard to think of one single great moment. I’m most pleased with the great people you meet along the journey. As a coach, I always took pleasure in trying to teach the kids to the best of my abilities and still making it a fun experience. For years I’ve been able to see so many kids grow from Timbits to bantam and midget. Along the way I’ve watched them progress from barely being able to skate and hold a stick to coming down the wing in full stride and letting a slap shot hit the twine. These kids have developed as players, and also made friendships that will last forever. When I really think about it, my proudest sports memory is being lucky enough to coach so many kids and watch their growth as hockey players.

Looking ahead, Pearson expects to skate next season with the University of Maine Black Bears or return to the Youngstown Tier 1 Junior A Phantoms where he played last season. “It depends on how online school courses go this summer,” says Pearson. “Either option is really good for me. I’m going to take things day-by-day. I want to get better every day.” Last season Pearson recorded 12 goals and 26 points in 57 games for the Phantoms. He also recorded 96 penalty minutes. Most of Pearson’s minor hockey was with the Atlanta Fire, a minor hockey association his father has worked with since 1999. In his last season with the Fire in 2012-13, the centre recorded 11 goals and 24 points in 22 games playing in the 16 and under league. Unlike his son, Scott Pearson played most of his hockey in Canada starting up in Cornwall minor hockey systems before reaching the Ontario Hockey League with stops in Kingston and Niagara Falls. Chase says securing a spot with Maine University is something important to him. “We went through different paths to get drafted,” says Chase. “The good thing for me is my dad knows what it is like after hockey. The education is pretty important. That’s why I wanted to commit to Maine. When hockey is done, what are you going to do?”

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with duct tape for a ball, rocks for posts, and were playing on dry dirt. All of the kids were playing in bare feet resulting in several injuries and some toe nails coming right off” said Midgley. “It’s sad to see how people are living there. Most people literally have nothing but a make-shift roof over their head. But at the same time, it’s extremely gratifying when we are able to make a small positive change, and see how much the locals appreciate it.”

installed and three coaches were hired, along with a full plan to run more extensive camps at the same school. Midgley brought this plan to SLC Athletics & Student Life Officer, Jacquie Cartwright, who immediately wanted to help.

“Graham came to me a few weeks before he was going to leave and asked if the College had anything it could donate to his program” Cartwright said. “I knew that we have been hanging onto old jerseys for a few years, Having witnessed the raw waiting for a good opportunity talent the kids possessed, to use them. This was an obvious Graham felt compelled to make program to get behind.” a difference in the lives of the With two team sets of SLC children he had just met, and Sharks jerseys and other donated began fundraising with friend soccer equipment in-hand, Roger Lee to build a proper Midgley and his friend, Roger soccer field and collect soccer Lee, arrived back in Uganda to related donations from Cornwall find the posts and nets installed and surrounding community. and ready for play. The only thing By the summer of 2015 two the group was missing was chalk goalposts and netting were Continued on page 13

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Darrick Harrop: The Story Behind a Cornwall Club Pro


were great players that always shot under par. Now I realize it’s 43-year-old Darrick Harrop has the farthest thing from it.” been playing golf since the age Harrop says he has many of three. His dad would take favourite golf memories, but his him to Archie’s to hit balls on stand out golf moments go back Sunday afternoons. Harrop says to tradition. “Anytime I get to he always looked forward to it, tee it up with my Dad at a new which led to his passion to play course that we wouldn’t get to golf. play if I wasn’t a Pro.” By Molly Kett

These moments shared with his father led to a successful golf career. “I am a PGA of Canada Class “A” member,” says Harrop of his qualifications. “While working at TCTI as a lifeguard I would play with a variety of people from TCTI and one day Reg Deschamps said to me ‘your wasting your time as a lifeguard, you would make a great Golf Pro. With your coaching skills it would be a perfect fit.’ Well, I had always thought Golf Pros

Currently, Harrop is the golf pro at Héritage golf course in the Cornwall area. “Being a Golf Pro here at Héritage is mainly PR. I deal with the public, and our members and try to make their experience here more enjoyable,” says Harrop. “I currently teach as often as I can, as well as own the pro shop here at Heritage. I aid in the marketing, social media, and help with organizing tournaments as well as the daily operations.”

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Let’s Play Ball at O’Neill’s Pub By Victoria Klassen


ummertime at O’Neill’s Pub means annual softball and volleyball leagues, and successful fundraising tournaments. Mike O’Neill bought the pub last August and has helped the sports leagues grow from previous years. There are now 20 volleyball teams and 11 softball teams. The season began after the May long weekend and will end around the beginning of September. O’Neill’s Pub is in Long Sault, 10 minutes from Cornwall. O’Neill says around 60 per cent of the league’s players are from Cornwall. O’Neill’s Pub is conveniently situated with volleyball courts in front, and a ball diamond behind the pub. “With the volleyball, I play once a week, and the ball, when they’re short, I fill in and play,” says O’Neill. “And the fact that I get to play with my kids who are 24 and 21, it’s a lot of fun. You interact with a lot of different people.” O’Neill’s Pub also runs charity tournaments, including an annual Canada Day volleyball tournament to raise money for the Long Sault firefighters. Some past tournaments this year have raised $1,800 for pulmonary hypertension, and $1,500 for CHEO. “The community is very active and very supportive,” says O’Neill.

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Another School year is once again just around the corner. What advice do you have for kids (and their parents) who are thinking of playing school or organized sports during the school year. Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club - There are so many sports available for today’s youth. I would recommend that one try a wide variety of sports and activities, both team and individual, to see which are enjoyed the most, and which ones he or she is best at. There are numerous benefits to be gained from participating in organized sport. Friends will be made, time management and discipline skills learned, and if a sport is continued; leadership skills which will help later in life. No matter which sport is chosen it will involve a parental commitment consisting of money, time, transportation, and most of all, support. Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast - My advice to kids and parents would be to just do it. Over 30% of Canadian children can now be categorized as obese. That’s an embarrassing and unhealthy statistic. One way to reverse this trend would be to ensure that our children play intramural sports at school, and continue to participate in other physical activities outside of school hours. It’s not a ‘nice to have’, it’s something as parents that we need to encourage, so that our children grow up to be healthy productive adults. In this age of sedentary behaviour, our kids will also benefit from social interaction with other children, and learn about winning and more importantly, losing in a competitive atmosphere. As an added bonus, children might have fun and enjoy playing sports. Imagine that! Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - Sports activities play a significant positive part in the school and social experience of many children. However, be aware of any negative drawbacks. Children playing sports in school or organized sports often enjoy a positive social interaction which can help a youngster learn effective skills, interacting with peers and adults. When a child feels welcomed into this environment, school performance may become stronger. Kids playing sports learn valuable lessons on how to cooperate with others, play fairly, and develop self-discipline as he or she strives to excel at a sport. Children need daily physical activity to stay healthy and strong and these activities often have a direct impact on children’s emotional well-being. Kids may have reduced bouts of anxiety and depression and increased self-esteem, which may improve confidence. The focus of sports participation should centre on learning skills, developing teamwork, and having fun. If a focus turns toward unhealthy competition, the experience could become negative. Supervise and monitor your child’s sporting experience to ensure that the positives outweigh the negatives. Get involved and ensure your child keeps sports participation in perspective to keep it positive.

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Amateur boxing Changes By Jorge Luis


he Pan-Am games are currently taking place in Toronto, finishing up July 26th. This great event has been covered by TSN and CBC. Among the many great sports and events is International Olympic Style Amateur Boxing. The Pan-Am games are a qualifier for the 2016 Olympics. The IOC only allows a maximum of 24-32 boxers per weight division from around the globe. In order to qualify an amateur boxer must be more than the best in his country at his/her weight. They must win or medal in the top 3 at the top tournaments, such as the World Championships, the Commonwealth Games, and the Pan-Am Games. At these particular

games the countries to watch for in boxing are the Cubans (always!), the Americans, and the Brazilians. The Brazilians have benefitted greatly from a Cuban National Coach and Cuba training methods. The USA, despite its economic woes, still puts a generous amount of funding into its sports programs and has a deep talent pool, though they have not medalled much at recent Olympics. And Cuba, despite its poverty, continues to have one of the best boxing programs in the world. They benefit from great coaches and unity throughout the country. They all seem to be on the same page, so when an athlete wins the nationals and becomes a national team member, his training will not differ too greatly at the national training camp. So, Boxing fans, here’s what you may have seen or what to look for in the next couple days. Boxers will box 3 rounds of 3 minutes each, no longer 4 rounds of 2 minutes each. This is good, it separates the men from the boys and requires more training and conditioning and strategy. A big thumbs up from me in this department. Also the


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International Association has gotten rid of the computer scoring system which made the boxing more like fencing than boxing. Believe me the extra 3 minutes makes a difference both in strategy and in conditioning. The scoring is based on the Pro-like scoring system, whereby the winner of a round is awarded 10 points the loser 9 points. This can be subjective because some judges are scoring on aggression and impression, while others are watching for clean scoring blows and defense also. Adjustments need to be made and more education is needed as many judges do not have a boxing background or experience. The other difference is there will be no headgear being used. This is supposed to be more appealing to the mainstream boxing fan, but it’s a new rule that I don’t like. The headgear is meant to protect the boxer from cuts and abrasions and to protect the ears. Remember these boxers are boxing 2-3 times maybe 3-4 in a week. That means if they get injured they cannot continue in the tournament. It’s not like a pro boxer who will not box again for a couple of months. AIBA the International body governing amateur boxing has erred in my estimation and taken a step backward in safety measures. The real reason AIBA endorses this is because they have started their own pro league to keep boxers in their ranks instead of turning pro. Just a few short years ago they were charging exorbitant fees to “test” and “approve” your brand of equipment and headgear. Only certain brands were used, not because they were safer or better but simply because they paid the high fees, while most companies opted not to pay. Now they remove the headgear! So it is quite possible, and it has happened at other major tournaments, that the best boxer in his division can suffer a head butt injury and be unable to pass the medical examination the

next day and is out of the tournament. Not good for the boxer and not good for boxing in general. Where does Canada stand in all this? And how is Canada faring? Our boxers represent themselves well and with respectable performances. The last really solid favourite we had on the Canadian Team was Custio Clayton at 69 kg (152lbs) who has now turned pro. What’s lacking in Canada at the moment is unity. Once the National Team member starts boxing internationally their personal home coach no longer works with them. The “national” team coaches work with the athlete. Some of these coaches are excellent, but are not familiar with the athlete. Our system could be more like the Cubans’; absorbing the National Team members into a national training base, where they train year round and attend school and get familiar with the coaches and coaching methods. We start pushing our home town coaches aside at the nationals and at the International level they only work with national coaches at occasional training camps. Back in the 80’s and 90’s boxers such as Lennox Lewis, Shawn O’Sullivan, Willie DeWitt and others all had their personal home club coaches in their corners at the Olympics. The results were clear and proof was in the pudding. We have many good coaches in Canada, but they are not being used properly and I attribute that to our lower level of performance and calibre at the International level. Our athletes need more experience, more funding from government, and the involvement of their coaches. Trace our history. I rest my case. Boxing fans, I hope you have enjoyed watching boxing at the Pan-Am Games. Enjoy any free boxing on TV and support your local boxing club. Yours in Sport Jorge Luis

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ow often have you heard “Keep your head still?” You cannot possibly expect to make solid contact with the ball if you move your head (up, down, sideways) during the swing. When the head moves, everything else moves and that leads to “miss hits.” In order to maximize power and achieve full body rotation, your head must remain still, behind the ball at impact. As you extend “down the line” and release the club through the ball, your head should naturally turn to the target. Accelerate smoothly through the ball to a full balanced finish, and you will start hitting more solid shots. Enjoy the great game of golf and best of luck as you strive to improve each time you play.

Continued from page 8 to line the field. Fortunately for Midgley and Lee, the locals were able to quickly improvise, burning garbage and using the ash to line the field.

The pair organized a friendly match between male students within the school to officially unveil the new improvements. Over 1,300 people came to help set-up and cheer on the players in what turned out to be a thrilling 1-0 match. A few days later, the pair repeated the event for two girls’ teams, resulting in the same impact. “It was easily the best environment I’ve been a part of. Everyone was so supportive and appreciative of the game” said Midgley.

whose mission is to train, equip, and deploy committed Christian leaders in the proper use of sports ministry for the purpose of sharing the Gospel and to alleviate human suffering. Since connecting with Sports Outreach, Midgley and Lee are in the process of collaborating with the organization to create a long-term project to create more soccer fields and structured soccer programs. “We just got back a few months ago, but already can’t wait to go back. We’ll spend the next 12 months fundraising and collecting donated equipment to create more fields and opportunity for play.” Midgley said.

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here are two very common reasons for topping or missing the golf ball and keeping your eye on the ball isn’t one of them. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching a handful of blind students over the years and, well, obviously they weren’t keeping their eyes on the ball. These types of missed shots occur, 99% of the time, because either the player has lost their spine tilt prior to impact (often labelled “lifting the head”) or they have not kept their arms extended at the moment of, and through, impact. Try focusing on your nose while you swing. If the distance between your nose and the golf ball doesn’t change during your swing you will have a much better chance of maintaining your spine tilt and you won’t “lift”. If you are still topping the ball chances are that you are pulling your arms in toward your body prior to impact. Try small shots focusing on fully extending your arms through the ball and down the target line. Those topped shots will be a thing of the past!

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old a club horizontally across your chest, held with your hands folded flat against the chest. The handle should point to the target and when you swing correctly, with a good shoulder rotation, the grip should point to the ball. Use this drill to practice the correct back swing body rotation. Next continue the drill with a downswing through impact. A clear signal that you have swung through correctly is when you face the target with your right shoulder lower than your left. If you find you are swinging through with your right shoulder level or above the left shoulder it is likely you have raised your body on the downswing. This often occurs due to an incorrect set up and poor posture and the need to compensate during the golf swing. Something you can do, that is easy as well, is just focus on hitting the front of the golf ball. This will help you hit down on the ball a bit more.


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kayaking: slalom and freestyle. Slalom kayaking is a race. Freestyle kayaking is a 45-second run where you do as many tricks as you can. Zwanenburg does both, but he’s competing in freestyle in the upcoming world championships.

Zwanenburg hasn’t competed in any events recently. His focus has mostly been on training on the Ottawa River, the site of this year’s world championships from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. “Me and a few other members of the national team get out and paddle Zwanenburg has one event coming Kayaking is a family thing for together,” he says. “We take videos up before the world championships: Zwanenburg. His father did some as and we use those to all coach each Montréal en Eau-Vive. “This year it will probably be quite more of an a kid, so the whole family got into other.” international event, seeing as there are it. Eventually he tried competitive There are two kinds of competitive a lot of Europeans and people training kayaking, really enjoyed it, and the t just 19 years old, Cornwall’s Zachary Zwanenburg is already a member of Canada’s national kayaking team, and he’s been busy preparing to compete in the upcoming world championships in Ottawa.


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for the worlds,” says Zwanenburg. Zwanenburg has actually made the national team in C1 kayaking; a style he’s never actually competed in for a big event. “It’s the same boat, except you’re kneeling in it and you have a canoe paddle,” he explains. “Everything’s the same except for that.” It’s also way harder, says Zwanenburg. But he looks forward to the challenge.


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the mouth, so the impact is absorbed more evenly, protecting the wearer from dental trauma. A single blow to the chin or jaw can be quite damaging to the teeth, jaws and the TMJ, as well as the soft tissues of the mouth, including the lips and tongue. Why is a custom-fit sportsguard recommended?

It is now your choice to play it safe and protect your smile. We, at Sharbin Dental Centre, encourage you to make an educated decision in protecting yourself and your child from possible dental trauma by wearing a sportsguard during your athletic activities. Why a sportsguard?

A single blow to the mouth can cause serious dental damage that can be very painful, disfiguring, and can be quite costly to treat, taking months or even years of treatment to correct. You can minimize the risk of this type of injury by using a sportsguard when you take part in sports and other recreational activities. It is recommended that anyone playing contact sports or engaging in aggressive activities should wear a sportsguard, as they are proven to reduce the incidence of dental injuries in children, teens, and adults. What is a sportsguard?

A sportsguard, also known as a mouthguard, is a resilient protective appliance that fits over your teeth and is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age. How does a sportsguard work?

A sportsguard acts as a cushion between your teeth, providing an actual barrier between your teeth and the soft tissue in your mouth. It also redistributes the force of a hit to

Many athletes resist wearing a sportsguard because of bulkiness and poor fit. A custom-made sportsguard can be more comfortable and can offer enhanced protection, compared to stock or boil-and-bite mouthguards. A properly fitted guard may make the difference between a minor injury and the damage and pain incurred from severe dental trauma. Customfit sportsguards are especially recommended if you wear braces, as a blow to the mouth can damage the brackets and wires of your braces, and can also cause cuts and tears to the soft tissue inside your mouth.

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and crossfit, to name only a few. Who recommends the use of sportsguards?

Although the use of sportsguards is no longer mandatory in certain sports in the province of Ontario, the Ontario Dental Association and Health Canada still advise and encourage their use. Many studies have shown that sportsguards help prevent chipped or broken teeth and protect against soft tissue trauma, therefore they are highly recommended by dentists and

At Sharbin Dental Centre, we strongly advocate and encourage the use of a custom-fit sportsguard to help prevent minor or serious injury and possible permanent oral trauma. Since 2008, we have been hosting an annual sportsguard clinic at our office, inviting existing patients and new faces to participate in having a protective guard custom-made at a discounted fee of $40.00. This year, our clinic will be held from Monday, August 10- Thursday, August 13, 2015, between 8:10am-5pm, by appointment only. You can call our office to book an appointment at 613933-6069, located at 780 Seventh St. West, Cornwall, ON, across from the Benson Centre. Please play responsibly!

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This depends on frequency of use and the intensity of activities being participated in. Over time, they can crack or tear, weakening the guard and affecting its protective qualities. Also, as children and teenagers grow, their mouths and jaws change size and shape, making even a custom guard ill-fitting and ineffective. Are sportsguards only for hockey players?

Any sport with a strong chance of contact with other participants or hard surfaces requires mouth protection, while practising or competing. Just as you would wear other protective gear, such as shin guards and shoulder pads, you should wear a sportsguard, as full-face gear and helmets do not offer enough protection from dental trauma. Therefore, a custom-made sportsguard is highly recommended for anyone participating in activities on a professional or recreational level, such as hockey, lacrosse, soccer, rugby, wrestling, martial arts,

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Wishin I was Fishin... A Campfire Fishing Story

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that kept the Club alive is truly the hardest working group of guys that I have met,” says Rousseau. “They understood that the Club was very important to the community, and more importantly to themselves and their families, that they did everything that they could to maintain the Club.” Rousseau says to date the club has approximately 90 members, but that the number is constantly growing. The membership prices are $50 for a single and $61 for a family, including a spouse and children under 18.

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he South Lancaster Fish & Game Club was incorporated in 1979 and has since been an important part of the community. The club’s mandate is to preserve hunting and fishing traditions, all while nurturing young people’s passion for outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing while emphasizing conservation ethics.

Shawna Rousseau, the club’s President, says the club hosts a variety of events geared to both adults and children. Rousseau says these events keep their members connected and involved. For the adults, the club offers turkey shoots, trap shoots, big buck contests, walleye tournaments, and their members Big Fish Day. For the children, they host an annual Kids’ Fishing Derby where each participant between 6 and 16 goes home with a prize. Rousseau says this

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This has been Rousseau’s first year as the President of the club and she says it’s been a learning curve. She loves the club and loves being part of it. “My favourite thing about the Club is its ability to grow, become bigger, and really become a leader in the area for outdoors events and conservation,” says Rousseau. “Conservation is really where I want to focus my time, as I don’t hunt although my husband and my daughter do and I’m a weekend fisherwoman, who happens to catch a big one every now and again just to keep my husband humble!”

event has become the club’s “must attend.” “This event in particular is my favourite event,” says Rousseau. “The smiles and shocked looks on the kids’ faces are truly hilarious The club’s next big event is to watch. You can already see that they’re working on their ‘fish stories’ their 50/50 raffle and booth at the Williamstown Fair on August 7-9 to pass along for years to come.” followed by their Walleye tournament In the past, the interest in the club had dwindled, but the members and on August 22. If you want to get the community were able to keep involved, the club is always open to it alive. “The group of people new members.

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Cornwall Wildcats Football Club Adds New Midget Team for the Upcoming Season

I mean, the great thing about football is it appeals to athletes of all shapes and sizes,” says Camplin. “It doesn’t matter your shape, your size, your height or your weight, big or small there’s a spot for you on the football field. It is the ultimate team sport so we’re definitely looking for more athletes.”

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irby Camplin, President of the Wildcats Minor Football Club, says they have added a brand new Midget team, geared towards ages 17 to 19, for their upcoming season. This is the first year the club will be offering football for this age group, making football teams available in Cornwall for ages 5 to 19.


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this year so this is the first year we’ve put together a program that specifically targets seniors in high school,” says Camplin.

the Tyke team for 8 to 10 year olds, Mosquito for 11 and 12 year olds, Peewee for 13 and 14 year olds, Bantam for 15 and 16 year olds, and now for the Midget team.

Registration has already begun “With the impending teacher Camplin says they’re always strike or work to rule or whatever for the upcoming season, which is going to happen, we think there goes from August until October. looking for new talent. “We’re will be no high school football Kids are now able to sign up on always looking for new athletes.

Camplin loves the game and has been involved for almost a decade with the Wildcats. He thinks it’s a great game for kids to learn and get involved with. “It’s the ultimate team game, it teaches kids discipline, it teaches them the value of being part of something that is bigger than themselves,” says Camplin. “One star can’t win a football game, there needs to be everyone else doing their job so that the team can have success, so it’s very much a team oriented game.”


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Inside Sports Photography, with Bobby Lefebvre By Jen Halsall


obby Lefebvre isn’t like most hockey fans. He’s been around rinks for years, but he’s not shooting pucks. Instead, he’s shooting pictures; thousands of them, in fact. Lefebvre is a self taught photographer and has been taking photos for over a decade, capturing the progress of CJHL and OHL stars. From league games to the World Juniors, he’s been honing his photographic skills across eastern Ontario.

It’s tricky catching the right moment, but Lefebvre’s passion for athletics certainly helps. “I’ve got a sports eye,” he says. “People ask me, ‘how did you know that was going to happen?’You just know from watching the game, you know who and when to follow.” It’s challenging, but to Lefebvre it’s well worth it. “It’s a hobby,” he says. “It takes a lot of work, but you keep going. Some weeks are really busy, and you’ll shoot Thursday to Sunday. Some months my website, (www. has more than 50,000 pictures viewed. It just depends what’s

going on.”

From headshots to action photos, Lefebvre’s work has appeared online and in newspapers across Eastern Ontario. He’s now helping others enter the world of sports photography,

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SUMMER TRAINING DRILLS - Part 2 By Jim Riddell, Seaway Karate Club


he sporting world has been a busy place this past month. The FIFA Women’s World Cup has been won by the US, trades and free agency have dozens of NHL players presently searching for homes in their new cities, and the PanAm and ParaPan games are underway from early July until mid-August. In the last issue of Sports Energy I shared the summer drills that we send home with the members of Seaway Karate to work on over the summer. These drills take only a minute or two to complete, can be done almost anywhere and are designed to enhance karate training, here is the second part of these drills. 1) Mountain Climber sidekicks – In a push-up position, bring one knee towards your chest with your foot on the floor, extending the other leg straight behind you. Keeping your hands on the floor, your back straight and your butt low, “jump” up and switch feet so that your other leg is now bent. Continue jumping and alternating legs as if sprinting in place. Every 5 leg switches, rise and execute a sidekick. Alternate kicking leg every 5 climbers. 2) Walking Lunge front kicks – stepping forward with your right foot, bend both legs so that your right knee is at a 90 degree angle and your left knee nearly touches the floor. Keeping your abs tight step forward with the left foot and perform a front kick. Repeat with the opposite leg, and then continue alternating legs as you step forward. 3) Bicycle self-defence kick – Lying on your back with your feet flat on the floor and your hands behind your head, raise both legs until your shins are parallel with the floor. Keeping your abs tight straighten your left leg and bring your left elbow across your body to touch your right knee. Then straighten the right leg and draw the right elbow to the left knee. Alternate back and forth as if pedaling a bicycle. After five elbow to knee touches, roll onto your left side (visualizing someone attacking you) and execute a sidekick at shin/ knee height with your right leg. Alternate side/ kicking leg every five knee touches 4) Wall sit hand technique – This is a variation of the kata wall sit. Standing with your back against the wall, slide down until you are in a sitting position with your thighs parallel to the floor. Maintaining this position perform each of your blocks and strikes with both hands e.g. – face block, first with the left arm, then the right, Strive for nice crisp technique. 5) Standing in front of a mirror in a fighting stance with a five pound dumbbell in your left hand slowly execute a jab. Slowly, and do not straighten the arm as we do not want any elbow joint injuries. Keep an eye on the mirror for any flaws in technique. Continue for at least one minute. 6) Right cross with five lb. dumbbell – in a fighting stance in front of that same mirror, left hand up protecting your chin, slowly execute a right cross, again being very careful not to fully extend the punch, preventing an elbow injury. Keep a close eye on technique, hands up, elbows in, etc. At least one minute. Spend a little time on these drills in the upcoming month – then back to karate class.

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ew decorative street banners have been erected on Second Street to commemorate Veterans Walk. The project was a joint venture between the City of Cornwall and the Cornwall Legion Branch 297. “This is a dream come true – a project 3 years in the making,” says Ken Heagle, Past President of Branch 297. “We would like to thank Mayor O’Shaughnessy and City Council for their support.” Veterans Walk was created to recognize our veterans whose sacrifice is honoured each Remembrance Day at a ceremony at the Cenotaph. Veterans Walk links the Cenotaph to nearby Legion Branch 297. The banner design features the official poppy image of the Royal Canadian Legion. During the period leading up to Remembrance Day, millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a symbol of national pride and respect, a visual pledge to never forget the more than 117,000 Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. Cornwall City Council approved the project earlier this year, and it has been supported by Cornwall Electric, owners of the poles on which the banners have

been installed. “Veterans Walk is a small gesture of the community’s respect and gratitude for the sacrifices of our veterans, and the ongoing good work of the Royal Canadian Legion,” says Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy. In August, Legion Branch 297 will host visitors from France who will be in town to commemorate the Battle of Normandy.

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Multi-sport Club Athlete Profile: Monique Branchaud

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he Terry Fox Run is an opportunity to not only get out and run, but to support a charity that’s been around since 1981.

Monique Branchaud, local runner and supporter of the run, has her father to thank for starting the family tradition of running for a cure. “My father has been a long-time supporter of the Terry Fox Run,” she says. “One of my dad’s good friends died of cancer at a young age. The Terry Fox foundation is all about research, and finding a cure.” But Branchaud’s first real race took her by storm and got her into the sport. “My first real race, with a bib, was the Heather Saaltink memorial run in 2011,” she says. “I registered early, and I was still skeptical about whether or not I could do this. When I picked up my race bib, the number was number eight. Eight has always been my dad’s hockey jersey number.” It was then she realized this was the right thing for her. “At that moment, I felt that I was well supported, and that I could indeed do this. This is the moment

that I became a runner, because I believed that I could.” When asked about her first Terry Fox run, Branchaud has fond memories of the event. “I don’t remember my time, but I do remember that it was very well supported with great volunteers, and wonderful food at the end,” she says. “It was during one of these runs that I decided if I could do 5km, maybe I could double it and do 10km. The next year, that is exactly what I did, and this gave me the courage to start training for a half marathon.” Her son Nicholas has been aiding in the family cause since a young age, all thanks to his grandfather. “My son has always been very close to his grandfather (my dad), and has done the 5km with him several times, with my dad even carrying Nicholas part of the way,” Branchaud said. Instead of asking people for pledges, Branchaud’s son came up with a brilliant strategy. “Nicholas was very shy, and wouldn’t ask anyone for pledges. He suggested that if we held a yard sale, that he could sell some of the toys that he no longer played with, and he would put this money on his pledge sheet.” She adds, “At the age of seven years old, he started the “annual” Terry Fox yard sale. He did this (with help of family and friends) for seven years to accumulate pledges.” But Branchaud doesn’t just run for the joy of exercise, she has a personal connection with the deadly disease, almost losing her father-inlaw. “I have family members who have died of cancer. My father-inlaw lived an extra 2 years because of the breakthrough in treatment

Monique pictured with her son Nicholas and Father Albert Levac prior Submitted Photo. to competing in her first Terry Fox Run

options. This allowed my children to form lasting memories of their ‘poppa’,” she says. “Had he not had this treatment, my children probably would not remember their paternal grandfather.” When asked what gets her up and motivated everyday, Branchaud tells us it’s the feel good sensation that follows after a good run. “I am currently training for my third halfmarathon. I like to get out early in the morning and get my run done,” says Branchaud. “It sets the stage for the day, and puts me in a good mood. Only I can do the work, so it’s up to me.” She adds, “Last year, I decided to get into triathlons. I volunteered in 2013 for the Cornwall Triathlon, and I really enjoyed the energy of this race and the participants,” says Branchaud. “As soon as registration

opened, I signed up for the try-atri, and then started training. I took swimming lessons, and signed up for other try-a-tries.” She adds, “I did 2 try-a-tries, then upgraded to sprints. I did 5 triathlons in total, and loved every minute of it. I also did some destination races, or ‘racecations’.” For anyone who is afraid to participate in the Terry Fox run, or is unsure if it’s right for them, Branchaud had some very simple advice. “The Terry Fox Run is a great venue to walk/run/bike/jog any distance that you like, for a great cause,” she says. “There is no pressure to finish within a certain time. I encourage everyone to participate in something that they are passionate about. Grab a friend and start training!”


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Sean Smith: A Smooth Transition from Player to Coach brighter.

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ean Smith, offensive line coach for the Cornwall Wildcats, says that while the 2015 season was a tough one for the team, there are lessons to be taken away from it. Smith is a former Wildcat player himself, and he has played football for Team Ontario and at McMaster University. So when he was offered an opportunity to coach for the Wildcats, he was excited to have a chance to give back to the team.

The Wildcats were a very young team this past season, says Smith, but that’s just what happens in minor sports with high turnover rates. Their 1-7 record was disappointing, but with lots of players returning, the future looks

“We get most of the guys back next year,” he says. “So hopefully we can do a little better.”

The 2015 season also taught the coaching staff some valuable lessons. “You just have to be patient at the start of the year, and understand that each year is a new group of kids,” says Smith. “And you work with them the best you can.”

Being from the area, says Smith, helping local kids develop their skills is a huge reward for him. “I just like giving back, hopefully helping other kids get scholarships to school, to move on, and keep playing sports,” he says.

Smith says that as long as he’s in the area, Sean Smith while competing at McMaster he’ll be helping out with the team. Photo Harold Smith University.

Camp SpArtS Going Strong In South Glengarry

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amp SpArtS has had a packed summer so far! Camp has visited two different museums, many special guests have come to share their skills with the campers, and the camp visits the St. Andrews’ pool each week! All of our counsellors have been busy planning engaging games and

skill building activities for all sorts of different sports. Each of our weeks is focused on a different sport category. In the month of August we are focusing on Hockey, Volleyball, Racket Sports, and Team sports! This is the first year for all three of our camp counsellors and they have created such a great program for this summer that our campers don’t want

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Lalancette gaining notice at Cornwall Motor Speedway By Todd Anderson


ornwall’s Justin Lalancette took home his first feature win in the Sportsman Division at Cornwall Motor Speedway on July 26. A racer since the age of five, the victory is right up there among several other highlights in the young driver’s career. “It’s the highlight of my season so far,” says Lalancette. “I started 11th in the race. It’s my first win in Cornwall but I have been consistently finishing in the top seven all season, except for the first race, and received the Bandit Performer of the Month for July.” Looking back at that first race this season, the 20-year-old was involved in an accident on opening night and finished the evening early with his car on the flat bed. Even with that setback, he’s still left with a shot at winning the points championship. While updated points, including his victory, were not available at press time, the belief is the July 26 win Cornwall’s Justin Lalancette celebrates his first feature victory in the would push Lalancette into second Cornwall Motor Speedway. place behind leader Corey Wheeler. RPM Speedway in Saint-Marcel- he has also finished third once and “Corey Wheeler has quite a bit of de-Richelieu, as well as a few races fourth twice at the local circuit. experience and won the championship in Cornwall. Last year at age 19, he Lalancette points to his father, Luc, last year and has a big enough lead,” participated in his first full season in as the greatest influence in his racing says Lalancette. “There is a small the Sportsman Division finishing 6th career and says he wouldn’t be where point difference between the drivers in points. he is right now without him. “My in the second to fifth positions and dad has been the one always there Along the way, he has won track one good or bad night can make all championship in the Go-Kart series in to help. He bought me my first Gothe difference.” Cornwall and Brockville. He finished kart at the age of three. The first few Lalancette began his racing career second at RPM Speedway at the age times I went in it I was scared of the at age five when he joined the local of 16, his first season in the Modified sound of the motor so he would push Go-Kart circuit. Up to the age of 14, Division. Also that year, he finished me around the parking lot for hours he would visit tracks at Cornwall 6th in his first 100-lap Canadian so that I could practice maneuvering Motor Speedway, Brockville National Race at Cornwall Motor cones and braking. My dad has spent Speedway, Can-Am Motorsports in Speedway in the Modified Division. too many hours to count working so LaFargeville, New York, Paradise that I can race. Thanks Dad.” Last season, Lalancette won his first Speedway in Geneva, New York, and As racing fans may or may not Route 58 Raceway in Fowler, New and second feature in the Sportsman York. When he reached the age of Division during the same race night at know, race nights on Sundays at 16, he joined the Modified Division Stadiaume St. Guillaume. Along with Cornwall Motor Speedway are only in Granby, Drummondville, and his victory this season in Cornwall, possible after hours of hard work

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throughout the week from each team. “In order to maintain the car and avoid breaking down in a race, it requires many hours per week,” says Lalancette, who graduated this spring from St. Lawrence College with a diploma in Business. “It takes approximately 20 hours to wash, do maintenance, and scale the car (weight and adjustments) not counting body work and problemsolving if something isn’t working correctly. For example we spent an extra 15 hours last week on the car because there was a fuel problem.” Obviously, he can’t do all that work alone. In steps Dad once again, along with friend Guillaume Bourdeau if there are any motor issues with the Continued on page 23


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car. Lalancette says he also receives lots of help from friend Miguel Peterson and his mother, Wendy, and sister, Emilie. As owners of Total Race Supply in Cornwall, Lalancette’s parents have been able to share their knowledge of the sport during their sons rise in racing. “Because my parents own and operate Total Race Supply and my dad has been going to the races and tradeshows all his life, he has the knowledge and information to all the newest updates to help me in racing. He also has the contacts for technical support and greatly needed sponsors. Total Race Supply is the main dealer for Troyer Race Cars and they have been my main sponsor along with Heinke Baldwin Racing for the Sportsman and Modified Divisions. Furthermore, over the years I have received sponsorship from some of Total Race Supply’s suppliers like Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Wilwood Brakes, Winters, Leaf Racewear, Bert’s Transmissions , ATL. Racing is extremely expensive and I would not be able to do it if it were not for my sponsors. Because of the business, while I was growing up, there were often race teams (Jimmy Phelps,

Matt Sheppard, Danny Johnson, Steve Poirier, Todd Burley) from the US and Québec that would park their haulers at our house or shop and work on their cars while they were on tour. As a kid, it was quite an experience to have the top runners from the series at your house and be able to help. As a family, we spent many weekends on the roads and at the tracks and those memories will always be good ones of my childhood.” Now, as a young man, he has set his sights on his first point’s championship victory in Cornwall. To Lalancette though, there is so much more than winning. “I have met so many great people through racing, way too many to mention names. I count myself lucky to have been able to be part of the racing circle. I have had the chance to go to Daytona with Mario Clair race team, go to Super DIRT week in Syracuse each year since the age of 10, and also to the PRI tradeshows in Indianapolis with Total Race Supply and Kirkey Racing.” Along with racing, Lalancette played hockey throughout his childhood and continues to play pick up today. He’s also a certified level-3 referee.


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Robyn Campbell takes sixth at Canadian University/ College Golf Championships By Jennifer Halsall


resh from her first year at the University of Guelph, 19 year-old Robyn Campbell has come home a success after placing sixth at the Canadian University/ College Golf Championships. She says the championships are her best performance to date. It wasn’t easy –a rookie on the University of Guelph golf team, Campbell faced fierce competition. “Everyone else who was at the top of the leaderboard was much older than me,” she says. “There was only

one other girl who was in first year too, who placed a stroke ahead of me.” However, Campbell says the age range wasn’t intimidating –in golf, experience is all that matters. “I’ve won other tournaments before but this, coming sixth, is probably the best,” she says. “It’s on a much bigger stage, it’s a national competition.” She’s worked hard to get there. Campbell hefted her first set of clubs at five years old. She’s been golfing ever since, working at Summerheights Golf Links

and volunteering with the junior program. At 15, Campbell won the club championship, a victory that further ignited her passion for the sport. “I was the youngest or one of the youngest to ever win it,” she says. “It was a pretty big moment, and it definitely motivated me to keep getting better.” Campbell is already thinking forward to her next year at Guelph, when she hopes to compete in the Championships a second time.

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he 2015 season was a rough one for the Cornwall Wildcats – especially for veterans like third year defensive back Reeve Nicholson. After going 6-2 the past two years, the 1-7 record of Nicholson says the 2015 Wildcats the 2015 Wildcats was a tough pill to lost about 20 to 25 veterans from last swallow. year’s team, which contributed to this “It was a really tough season for me being a difficult season. As a veteran, to play,” says Nicholson. Nicholson knew he had to step up and Nicholson began his football with the try to be a leader, but with so many Wildcats. He wanted to play before that, new faces, it was a tall order. With and he would regularly toss the ball lots of players coming back next year around with his father, but, he says, his though, he has higher hopes for the parents never really let him play. Then, 2016 season. about three years ago, Nicholson’s “By next year, I think we’ll have brother offered to pay for Nicholson’s a pretty good team that has some football costs, and he was finally able knowledge about the game, and I think to play in an organized league. He loves we’ll actually be pretty good,” he the family-like feel of being part of a says.

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NGS teammates receive new training at CCM hockey camp By Todd Anderson


group of North Glengarry Stormont atom and peewee-aged players took time off from summer holidays to participate in the 2015 CCM Skills Camp held at Ottawa University Sports Campus on July 12. The day camp featured skill development on and off the ice as well as class instruction detailing fitness and nutrition goals. The camp notes on its website “Our goal is to teach youth players how to develop and maintain the physical and mental strength that is needed to excel in the competitive sport of hockey.” “The experience was awesome,” says Maxville’s Dustin Villeneuve. “I got to try new drills and I learned how to exercise and stay fit.” The off-ice portion of the camp included field work like speed and reflex training, strength building exercises with a heavy rope, agility and balance work, and stick-handling. “During dry land, I liked the drill

where one person had to balance on a board and play catch with a soccer ball,” says Maxville’s Hamish Nowry. “I would like to show it to my coach next season. I learned it’s important to eat healthy throughout the day so you are ready for game time. I would do it again if I have the chance so I would recommend it to other kids.”

Hamish’s older brother Gavin was among a few of the NGS kids who also participated in last year’s camp held in Montreal. “In dry land, I liked the drill called cat and mouse where one person was the cat and the other the mouse and the cat had to chase the mouse around four pylons without jumping over them,” said NGS major peewee players, from left, Jacob Nolan, Gavin Nowry, Cami Gavin. “It’s a real fun camp. I liked Tait, Chloe Anderson and Dustin Villeneuve ham it up for the camera Montreal because it was shorter but after a fun day at the 2015 CCM Skills Camp in Ottawa on July 12. I liked Ottawa because I learned Photo submitted: Vicky Tait more.” During the on ice portion, the cords to help work on explosive be great for strengthening my legs.” players went through various activities starts and power skating. “I enjoyed While the kids enjoyed the fun on including a hardest shot competition the bungee cord drill the best because the ice and field, they were surprised and several puck and skating drills. it was something more challenging to learn so much about fitness and Another drill unique to most of the for me,” says Finch resident Corinne nutrition during the camp. “I learned campers involved the use of bungee Anderson. “That type of drill would Continued on page 28

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Ontario Senior Games 55+ District 8 Annual General Meeting was well attended

Royal Canadian Legion, Cornwall was the location recently of the O.S.G.A. 55+ District 8 Summer Games medal presentations, Annual General meeting and lunch. Claude MacIntosh, City councillor, Sports Editor, columnist was the Guest Speaker for the occasion. President Graham Vickers chaired the meeting. Nomination list of the District 8 Board was presented by past President, Stanley Fraser. Members are as follows: President: Graham Vickers Vice President: Bruce Kirton Past President: Stanley Fraser Secretary: Ann Cook Treasurer: Marie Beckstead Games Coodinator: Marlene Neal Publicity Director: Stephanie Hill-Nicholls Directors-at-Large Beverly Graham, Dave MacDonald, Robert Peladeau, Angela Lafleche Spokesman for the Friendly Circle Seniors, Avonmore, Carson Elliott, requested a partnership with O.S.G.A. 55+ District 8 members to join them at the International Plowing Match, September 22-25 in Finch. The Avonmore Seniors will be in attendance in the History and Heritage tent and asked for members to sign up to join their team. A meeting will be held this summer to organize the schedule. The Summer games had nineteen venues and were enjoyed by participants from Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, Russell and Akwesasne from April to June. The gold medal winners for these games are invited to compete in the Eastern Regional Games in Kingston in September. These gold medal winners are: Bid Euchre ........................Bernard Villemaire/Gilles Cadieux Bocce.................................Bob Pearson/Lucie Coloshio Bowling 5 pin Teams Roland Cloutier, Pierre Potier, Robert Beaudin, Maurice Lalonde, Richard Mony 55+ Men ..........................Real Chenier Women ..................... Estelle Beehler 65+ Men ........................... Reg Thiviege Women ...................... Beverley Ferguson Carpet Bowling ................Cecil McDermott Cribbage ............................Sheldon Walker/Pat Granger Cycling ..............................Women – Linda Vickers ...........................Men – Graham Vickers Darts – Women.................. Linda Bernard/Libby Vipond Men ..................... Jim Scott/Glen Adams Mixed – Diane Andre/Norm MacDonald Euchre ...............................Dianna Moffatt/Linda Bernard Floor Shuffleboard ...........Graham Barcley/Raymond Contant Golf – Men - A Division ..Brian McNairn B Division .....Lawrence Larocque ................................ Calloway – Bob Crummy ...........................................Women – A - Monique Patenaude ...........................................B Division – Elise Muir ...........................................Calloway – Barbara Mabe Lawn Bowling ..................Connie Keeler/Cecil McDermott Pickleball - 55+ Women Susan Forget/Joanne MacLeod Pickleball - 55+ Men.....Murray MacLeod/Michel Cadieux 55+ Mixed ........................Susan Forget/Claude Lapierre 65+ Women ......................Suzanne Tardiff 65+ Men ........................... Claude Lapierre/Dave Cruikshank 65+ Mixed ........................Suzanne Tardiff/ Walter Telewiak Tennis - Women – 55+ ...Julie DeYoung/Maryl Roy 65+ ..................................Suzanne Tardiff/Adele Parkinson Men - 55+ .......................Murray MacLeod/Pat Maloney 75+ ....................... John Dritsas/Hans Opel ........................................... 80+ - Julien Provonost/Murray McLellan Mixed – 55+ - Brenda ......McCullough/Murray MacLeod 65+ ...................................J.G. Brisson/Suzanne Richer 75+ ...................................George Baker/Arleen Cain-Roy Prediction walking - Women 55+ - Elise Muir 75+ ................................... Jacqueline Fraser Men 55+ ...........................Leo Lafleur 75+ ...........................Victor Dawkes Horseshoes ........................ The gold medal winners, Don Cameron and Jacques Sequin, of this tournament will not compete in Kingston in September. No other district has Horseshoes competitors.


Seaway Valley Coaches Selected For 2015-2016 Season


resident Mark Desnoyers and his Seaway Valley Executive have had a busy off season as they prepare for the upcoming 27th season of providing A and AA minor hockey to Area minor hockey players. Coaches have been selected and on ice tryouts kick off for all levels except Midget, on August 22 at the Benson Centre. (Please refer to the Seaway Valley Website for exact times and dates for each team. Coaches for the upcoming season are as follows:


Miguel Delisle

Minor Atom “A”

Major Peewee “AA” Pete Seguin

Todd Walker

Minor Bantam “AA”

Denis Villeneuve

Major Bantam “AA”

Major Atom “A” Major Atom “AA” Shawn Pilon

Minor Peewee “AA” Greg Esdale

Marc Sauve

Herbis Seguin

Midget “AA” Paul Huntley


Rookie of the Month Logan Villeneuve Maxville’s Logan Villeneuve has been thriving on the soccer pitch this summer with the Maxville Celtics U8 boys of the Glengarry Soccer League. Villeneuve has been playing as a striker, full back and even goal keeper at times. While chipping in offensively, he has been a leader on the defensive side of the game utilizing a strong kick to clear balls out of trouble. “I enjoy running with my friends and scoring goals,” says the eight-year-old Maxville Public School student. “My team is doing really well this year. We’re getting lots of wins.” Along with soccer, Villeneuve is also a talented hockey player. Last season he skated with the NGS novice B Braves. He also skated with the Casselman Pirates this Spring. Villeneuve also points to ball hockey and football among his favourite sports.


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Continued from page 25 all kinds of new stuff about nutrition,” says Villeneuve. “They showed us a lot about how to exercise and stay fit.” A veteran of two camps now, Cami Tait and her friend Chloe Anderson, both from Finch, were the only girls participating last year on the Sunday during the camp in Montreal. “It felt reassuring being with my teammates,” says Tait. “Chloe and I made friends right away with a girl named Lindsay as she was the only other girl there (among the major peewee players). We had fun together!” Tait even received some special attention while leaving for the change room after her on-ice session. “(The instructors) were really nice, funny and joked around a lot. One coach pulled me down by putting his stick in my skate blades. He kept doing that and pushing me jokingly saying, ‘come on Cami, get up, what’s wrong, can’t you skate? It’s time to get off the ice’ it took me forever to get off the ice but it was funny.” Chloe agrees the instructors were a big part in making the day enjoyable. “The experience was great, a lot of kind people. (The instructors) taught me how to maintain good health

while playing sports and staying active. I enjoyed my time in Ottawa better because I was a little more prepared for it. The coaches in both Ottawa and Montreal were great, very experienced and knowledgeable. The camp helps you improve by simply going over basic drills and putting a new twist on them.” The teams were divided into different groups during the day and spread out throughout the complex experiencing various areas of development. During a lunch break, the group came together and was able to learn about life as an NHLer, and the road to stardom, during a Skype interview with young Ottawa Senators defenceman Cody Ceci. “That was my highlight of the day, Skyping with Cody Ceci,” says Crysler’s Zayne Rutley. “It was also pretty neat to get all the stuff at the end of the day.” Fellow Crysler resident Jacob Nolan was impressed to learn superstar Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche is sponsored by CCM and how the company makes their sticks. “They treated us really well and we did a lot of fun stuff,” he said. “Getting a free stick at the end was awesome.”

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Graham Robertson enjoyed a fantastic hockey season playing left wing for the Major Peewee AA Seaway Valley Rapids. Robertson thanks his line mates who helped him finish sixth in league scoring with 39 points (13 goals) in 30 games. This summer Robertson competed in the Lobster Fest tournament in Portland, Maine with the Can-Am Rebels. The team was made up of a lot of local players and friends. The squad reached the finals but lost 3-0 to Pro Hockey USA. In the summer Robertson notes he likes to play a lot of golf as a member at Glengarry Golf Club. Delivery Available OU-CAN-EAT ALL-Y SOUP, SALAD AND FRUIT BAR



NGS players, from left, Hamish Nowry, Zayne Rutley and Corinne Anderson enjoyed a healthy pasta meal during a lunch break at the 2015 CCM Skills Camp in Ottawa. Education on fitness and healthy Photo: Todd Anderson eating was part of the day’s training.

While all of the kids note they had a fun time at camp, they were asked about the importance of taking a break from the game during the summer. “I think you need to try something new so you don’t get bored of it,” said Corinne Anderson. “You should try other sports, relax, go swimming or camping.” Says Villeneuve, “I like to try other things in the summer like playing my other favourite sports, soccer and ball hockey.” Tait says her time away from hockey makes her want to play even

more when the next season comes around. “Yes it is important to get away from the rink in the summer and doing something else like soccer. Then you are excited to get back to hockey in the fall.” Chloe Anderson feels it’s important to maintain training to a degree, like attending camps like this one, during the summer to maintain your skills. “The rink is not something you can just throw away all summer. Practice is important if you want to get better.”



enna Flannigan is a Pan Am Games Silver medalist. The Cornwall born and raised Flannigan helped Team Canada Women’s Baseball Team come to within one game of winning Gold (the United States went undefeated to capture the Gold). Flannigan went 2-for-3 including an RBI double as Canada impressed more than a few baseball types with their strong showing in the first ever women’s baseball tournament at the Games. Flannigan had an impressive tournament going 6-for-17 at the plate (.352 average), scoring 3 runs and picking up 4 RBI, while drawing 3 walks and not striking out. She also contributed defensively with 10 put outs in 6 games. Hopefully the International Olympic Committee took notice of the quality of the baseball to consider including it back into the games, maybe as early as 2020. The irony is that IOC brass has requested that the sport be as “clean” as a possible (meaning performance enhancing drugs) – it’s a whole other column, another time, about the integrity of the IOC (do as I say, not as I do). Flannigan’s (and Team Canada’s) achievements were of special interest in Cornwall and area. Baseball organizers have been enjoying a slight surge in the game following the 2009 Senior Little League World Series appearance by a group of Cornwall players. Maybe this will bring a second surge of players to the game, especially females. Girls’ hockey made great strides following Lori Dupuis’ Gold and Silver medals at successive Olympics. It’s a good likelihood that will happen to baseball (or even softball) in Cornwall, thanks to Jenna Flannigan. If the estimated 900-1,000 people who attended the Team Canada exhibition game at Black Sox field at Legion Ball Park are any indication, Cornwall could see a lot more talent develop over the next several years. As for Flannigan’s future? The Women’s National Team will now begin preparations for the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Cup in South Korea - yet another international event for Cornwall to have a vested interest in. That’s Murphy’s Law, I’m David Murphy.


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Keeping Up with the Seaway Valley Blazers U-17 Team

The Blazers at the Ambassador’s Tournament in Kingston this past July.

Names from left to right: Eric Belanger, Joel Leger and Chase Young, Paul Lepage (coach), Alex Gaulin, Tyler Turgeon, Jacob Giroux, Bailey Lepage, Jeremy Clement, Nicholas Laurin, Anthony Vincelli, Jordan Lunny, Shelley Lepage (manager) and Jacob Lepage (assistant coach). Photo Submitted Missing from photo, team members Nicholas Guibord, Jonah Proulx, Michael Brie, Jady Coleman, Marc Andre Fournier

By Krystina Caponi


he Seaway Valley Blazers moved from premier to the regional level this year, and while this means tougher competition for the U17 boys’ soccer team, Coach Paul Lepage is optimistic. “We will only get better if we play better teams,” says Lepage. “They

have the skills to compete. They need to understand that they belong at a regional level and are good enough to win.” Lepage says his coaching style is simple this season. Players are expected to know how to control the ball, where to be on the field without it and, most of all, play like a possession team. “I want to control the play. If you have

the ball more, your chances of winning increase,” The Blazers proved they could do just that at the 2015 Ambassador’s Tournament in Kingston this past July. After beating West Ottawa in the semifinals, the Blazers went on to face the Kingston Clippers in the gold medal game, where they lost 2-1. “With all

things against them—no subs, one of the hottest weekends all summer and [playing] the semi-finals and finals without our goalie—they seemed to pull together, play as a team, and complete a game for the first time this year,” says Lepage.

Watching from the sidelines.... Marc-Andre Guibord - Team Manager By Staff Writer


s this season unfolds, we find ourselves in a different position. Because of our success last year, winning the Premiere League our U-17 Boys’ Blazer team has been battling at a Regional level this summer. The talent and skill set of this league which includes some Provincial calibre teams has forced our boys to bring it every game...No freebie games .. “We are not in Kansas anymore, Toto”. I have to say that Coach Paul has instilled a compete level that has been demonstrated...and has been fun to watch. The mix of players has changed this year, opening up different debates on “who’s on first” and who plays where. The navigation through the different games and game situations has been handled masterfully by Coach Paul. Coming off a silver medal at the Ambassador’s Cup Tournament in Kingston the boys and parents look forward to the second half of the season. As our boys grow together I cannot help reflecting on how much fun it is to watch their skills and talent develop. Go Blazers Go !!! More importantly remember, “ not too many summers left together boys... cherish the moments and each other !!!” Watching from the sidelines...

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The Seaway Valley Blazers started the weekend with a 5-1 win over Pembroke and followed that up with a 4-0 win over Kawartha. On Sunday morning, the Blazers beat Quinte West 6-1 and Rockwood 2-0 in the semi-final. The final would be a rematch of game 1 where they would face Pembroke and the U14 Blazers continued

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Sports Energy News, Issue no 33, Cornwall, Ontario Mike Piquette