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Cornwall Youth Loves Playing Golf By Diane Hunter
ORNWALL – Nicholas Valiquette is not your typical teenager. The Cornwall youth doesn’t play video games. He plays golf. The ONE STOP - Design teen recently spent some time in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as part - Printing of Team Ottawa, created by the Golf - Binding Need a Association of Ontario (GAO) U17 - Finishing QUICKnd? Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper team competition and training. “It turn arou was amazing,” said Valiquette.
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The GAO formed three regional junior teams made up of some of the province’s best male and female golfers under the age of 17. A ﬁrst for the association, the three teams, Team Ottawa, York and Waterloo are comprised of 36 athletes with 12 on each squad. The teams were created in the fall based on combines held in each of the regions. Each team has a head coach and a strength and condition coach. Valiquette, a 15-year-old grade 10 student said ﬁve girls and seven boys were chosen to make up Team Ottawa. “I like being able to play golf with my team and I have been practicing every winter,” he said. “I’m hoping Nicholas Valiquette (L) with Golf Coach Adam Holden Supplied photo. to go again next year.” and from John Haimes a performance Contender’. He gave us each a book. Valiquette said he learned a lot from specialist. “He was there to help with I have read parts of it. It’s good. It Adam Holden, Team Ottawa regional your mental game. He used to be a helps you with your mental game. A coach, Allen Hicks, Team Ottawa professional golfer,” said Valiquette. big part of golf is how you play your continued on page 5 strength and conditioning consultant, “He wrote a book called ‘You are a
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Spin training, more than just exercise By Diane Hunter
ORNWALL – Penny Bruyere has been going to the Summit Health and Fitness Club in Cornwall for many years. After a knee injury, running became difﬁcult and that’s when it all started. “I used to be a runner, and I got a knee injury,” said Bruyere. “I was going to the gym I noticed they had spin bikes. I said to Jason who owns the gym, you have all these bikes, if I get certiﬁed can I teach? He said yes.” Bruyere injured her knee during a hike through the Grand Canyon with friends. “As we were hiking down I stepped on a rock,” said Bruyere. “It twisted but wasn’t too bad. But then an 8-hour walk going down and then coming back up it was really hard. So now every time I run my knee hurts.”
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Cornwall Multi-Sport Club Proﬁle: Dana McLean By Ashley March
ana McLean’s time with the Cornwall MultiSport Club has taken her on a tremendous journey. Eight years ago a friend convinced her to take up the club’s Learn To Run program. Thinking that she would never be able to complete it, the atmosphere, strength and support she received from other members of the Club allowed to her build up conﬁdence and begin to train with ease. “From the start I was hooked just because of the people,” says McLean. “Yes, I was intimidated by the lean volunteers running along with us but they were great and friendly and full of advice.” The members of the group, along with her newfound love of running have kept her motivated right through to the present day. Running alongside Margaret St Marseille, McLean hopes that she inspires others with her passion, as she is not the usual body type of a runner/triathlete. “I wrote many race reports as I tried new races and started triathlons. I always ended them with ‘if I can do it, you can do it’ or ‘I am just getting started’.” McLean recalls her ﬁrst Olympic distance triathlon with enormous pride and remembers that it’s not about winning or losing. “My ﬁrst Olympic distance triathlon I was last to ﬁnish (notice I didn’t say came in last) but to hear the cheers from lots of friends and spectators with tears running down my cheeks at my accomplishment, which is the thing, it is your accomplishment.” In the fall of 2011 McLean took it upon herself to start a new challenge. She created the “First Motivational Tour” which consisted of races in October, November, and December in order to help train for a half marathon at the beginning of
According to Dana McLean, it is the support of friends and your own passion that will help you to succeed. From left, Adelle Densham, Dana McLean and Terry Quenneville. Supplied photo.
March. Fellow member Tracey Chaussi presented as the running, she has entered 3k swim races and everyone with a trophy upon completion. various bike tours across the area. “When I look A bronchial illness kept her side lined for most at my SportStats page I am always amazed at the of the 2012 season but that didn’t stop her from number of events for myself. These are things I keeping herself involved. McLean volunteered would have never tried on my own, or thought of herself for various races in the area and always kept doing if I wasn’t part of the multisport club.” supporting the other members of the club. “I loved The Cornwall Multi-Sport Club gets nothing every second of it, and was so emotional watching but positive words from Dana McLean and people. There is nothing like having someone at a encourages everyone to step outside their comfort race that is there just to support you.” zone and give it a whirl. “If you want to get in Dana has participated in various 5k, 10k, 21.1k, shape and meet some really great people then join 25k, and 30k races, along with Sprint and Olympic the multisport club. I could talk endlessly about lengths. The progress and strength she has this club, the people and all of the fun things we maintained and captured is an incredible milestone have done. I am more active and in better shape for her and something to beam with pride. As well now than I was in my twenties.”
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“Some Things Never Change” By Richard Waldroff Time moves on and so does one’s thinking. I was sitting in an arena not long ago, attempting not to listen but rather over hearing a conversation amongst a group of parents (mostly dads) about 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 hockey, summer hockey and hockey schools. The discussion centred on the merits of each, and it quickly became apparent that there were three factions: those who were never involved, those who had children take part, and those who had actually taken part in one of the programs. The ﬁrst two factions were obviously attempting to determine if the information provided to them by the organizers
of such programs was correct. I ﬁnd it interesting that with the number of concerns being voiced by organizers and parents on the cost of the winter hockey program, consideration would be even given to a spring or summer program. I can relate; my wife and I brought two boys through the minor hockey system, and to be fair it has not changed very much. Like parents today, some gentleman spoke with us in a rink, at a tournament or game or where ever, saying things like ”You know, your son would ﬁt right into my plans, I am putting together a team, we will play, your son’s talents are exactly what I am looking for.” You all know what I mean. Who doesn’t want the best for their children? A future NHLer is what you see. Our ﬁrst involvement was with a group operating out of the Athens, Ontario arena. The organizations name was EASTERN, and there were number players at all levels from this area, but also some players travelled from Syracuse, N.Y., so recruitment was wide spread. No boundaries existed, and like any hockey programs great friendships came about. The teams played exhibition and tournament hockey, and this was easy to do, as several organizations existed in Ottawa, Kingston, the Montreal area, Arnprior and the Toronto area. It was known as “AAA” hockey, but teams were of varying strengths. Our involvement in these programs became a family event; we used these as our vacation time with the focus being on the boys having a good time, enjoying what they were doing. These programs have to become a family commitment because of the time of year. The nice weather can make it challenging, do we really want to go to the rink? So which program is best? Hard to say, I would suggest you take a few minutes to consider what your child might be truly thinking, maybe they would have other ideas that are not necessarily along the same lines as yours. Keep your stick down.
A member of the Cornwall round and how you are thinking. Golf and Country Club, It is probably one of the biggest Valiquette has been playing golf parts of golf – your head.” for about ﬁve years. “My stepValiquette said he didn’t have dad, Sylvain Lacelle taught me,” time to see much of Myrtle Beach said Valiquette. “I would do the while he was there. “Actually junior program every Monday. not much, I played golf. I got I had a lot of fun. When I was there on Friday and I played really young I played at Archie’s, practice round Friday, Saturday a mini putt for little kids.” continued from page 1
and Sunday,” said the teen. “All week I would wake up at 7 a.m., play at 8 a.m. and go on to 7 p.m. It was awesome. They put is in teams of two. I was teamed up with Jake Bryson. We would play a scramble on the front nine, and then on the back nine, best ball. We would have to try to beat the other teams to get points. We came second. We lost by only one point.”
Valiquette said he would like to be a professional golfer some day, and is grateful he had the opportunity to be part of Team Ottawa. To learn more about the Cornwall Golf and Country Club visit http://www.cornwallgolf. com/. To learn more about the Golf Association of Ontario, visit www.goa.ca.
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he SD&G Curling Championships were held on February 18 at the Cornwall Curling Club, and both Char-Lan teams competed in the Championship Round. The girls’ team, skipped by Tosha Burns, with Tori Burns, Kylie Alford, and Morgan Gravelle came second in the consolation round. The mixed team, skipped by Blake O’Connor, with Zoe Bougie, Thomas Small, and Shayla Seguin took gold. The Char-Lan mixed team went on to represent SD&G at the EOSSA Curling Championships held in Brockville on Thursday, February 27 and Friday, February 28. On Friday, February 28 the mixed curling team won Gold! Congratulations Crusader curlers!
MURPHY’S SPORTS LAW By David Murphy The 2013-14 season is, for the most part, over for the Cornwall Girl’s Typhoons hockey program. While there are
From left: Shayla Seguin, Thomas Small, Zoe Bougie, Blake O’Connor, Submitted Photo and Coach Craig Carlisle.
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still some DS (development stream) and travelling team practices and games, the house league season wrapped up with a tournament in Kanata a couple of weeks ago. As a hockey dad into his third season (one year of Tykes and two years of Novice), I can honestly say this past season was the most rewarding. The work that goes into the Cornwall Girls Hockey Association (CGHA) program did not go unnoticed. The countless hours donated by volunteers, young and old, players and parents continues to leave an indelible impression on not only me but my nine-yea- old daughter as well. We’ve been lucky to be a part of two great teams in Novice (White in 2012-13 and Black in 201314). The hockey is entertaining and rewarding. The Novice Black Typhoons earned the CGHA League Championship as well as picking up a Gold medal in Nepean and Silver medal in Kingston. Novice White and Novice Red did their share of representing Cornwall
well this year too. But this year was much more than just playing hockey and picking up victories. It was about the friendships that developed, some teammates were around for a second year while there were new friends made as well. There were skating parties, birthday parties, and plain old fun days together that helped fortify the real reason why we’re involved with CGHA. The coaching staff, consisting of Trevor Wotherspoon, Todd Arbic and Chad McLaughlin kept the girls focused when need be, while making sure they had fun. It didn’t matter if the girls won or lost, they had the same post game celebration of piling on each other in the corner. Win or lose, the girls would want to party the same as well. Trainer Shannon Laplante was the mother ﬁgure the girls needed on the bench and in the dressing room. I’d like to thank Elizabeth Arbic, Emily Bethune, Jaeden Cooper, Heather Fardy, Olivia Laplante, Chloe Malloy, Emily McLaughlin, Julia Murphy, Jolene Riel, Evin Smart, Brianna Vincent, Isabella Vincent and Alisha Wotherspoon for reminding us parents the true meaning of sportsmanship. The Novice Black Typhoons will always be remembered by the Murphy household for making the 2013-14 season truly memorable.
Benson Cornwall Lions Club Dinner an Event Not to be Missed Sports Energy Staff
he Benson Cornwall Lion’s Club Sports Awards Committee is pleased to announce former NHL star Marty McSorley as the Guest Speaker of the 50th Benson Cornwall Lions Club Sports Awards Dinner. McSorley, 51, ﬁnished his 17year NHL career after more than 900 games with Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Los Angeles, New York Rangers, San Jose and Boston. The two-time Stanley Cup Champion defenseman scored over 100 goals and picked up 359 points and was “gifted” with 3381 penalty minutes. McSorley is best known as Wayne Gretzky’s bodyguard. The highlight of the night will be the awarding of the Jacques Richard
Trophy to Cornwall and area’s top sports personality. Past winners include Olympians Christina Julien, Melanie Banville and Lori Dupuis as well as pro boxing champion Tony Luis. The 2013 recipient of the Jacques Richard trophy was Team Canada baseball star Jenna Flannigan. Nominations are open for the more than 50 awards including the Jacques Richard Trophy by contacting David Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Awards Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 in the Salons of the Cornwall Civic Complex. For ticket information please contact Gordon Jewellers at 613-932-8714.
Team Grady Getting Results: We’re NUT Givin’ Up By Sports Energy Staff
campaign to raise funds for a St. Lawrence Secondary School teacher
uffering from a rare form of cancer has secured more than $106,000 in less than two months, reaching their ﬁrst benchmark goal of $100,000 dollars. The We’re NUT Givin’ Up Campaign has caught ﬁre, gaining media interest and garnering support through literally dozens of fundraising events planned to beneﬁt Stephanie Grady, a teacher suffering from NUT midline carcinoma, an aggressive cancer that has spread to her hips, pelvis, and spine. In order for Grady to participate in a clinical drug trial at a cancer institute in Boston, supporters have organized events ranging from online and silent auctions to athletic events and tournaments, as well as breakfasts, brunches and dinners. “It’s incredibly overwhelming,” said campaign spokesperson Heather Lisney, of the success so far. “It’s inspiring and very
humbling.” “Stephanie and her family are so thankful for all of the kindness and generosity shown by friends, family, colleagues and students; and also complete strangers who have been “diggin’ deep” to help her. It’s a signiﬁcant relief for the family knowing they can now access these funds to help with the cost of care in Boston. It’s also giving hope and providing emotional support.” According to Lisney there are many future events planned all in support of the Grady family because the treatments, and related costs, will be incredibly expensive. “Due to the nature of clinical trials, and the rarity of this cancer, exact costs are impossible to determine,” says Lisney. “Medical expenses can vary signiﬁcantly depending on length of stay in hospital and the subsequent number of treatments, scans and tests required to treat this disease. For a list of upcoming events, and to learn more about the We’re NUT Givin’ Up campaign, visit the website at www.gradyfund.com.
Karate Komments By Jim Riddell, Seaway Karate Club
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or local martial artists, the World Kobudo 2014 Convention, being held May 16th – 18th at the Lac Lemay Hilton Casino Hotel is one that if at all possible should be attended. This will be the largest event of its kind held in Canada in recent memory, with over 20 countries having already conﬁrmed participation by the ﬁrst week of March. This prestigious event, which is only held every second year, took place last at Bazeilles, France in 2012. This is an opportunity to train with some of the world’s most successful, experienced and highest ranking martial arts instructors. Whatever your discipline may be, karate, tae kwon do, jiu-jitsu, aikido, kung fu, mma, kickboxing, or any other combative art, there will be many hands-on seminars to choose from. Age is not a barrier, as there will be an abundance of children’s classes as well as several that will be of interest to the mature student. For those looking to improve their ﬁght game, submission specialist, and former UFC welterweight Champion Carlos Newton, as well as the 23 time world middleweight kickboxing champion JeanYves Theriault will both be instructing classes. For the more traditional student looking to expand on the knowledge gained at their own dojo, many seminars on technique, forms and self-defense have been scheduled. A special area has been set aside for those who would like to learn a weapon such as kali sticks, nunchuku’s, bo staff, tonfa, kubotan, or cane. , Team competition (ﬁve persons per team) in grappling, sport jiu-jitsu, point ﬁghting or kata (forms), two person kata team and threeperson weapon team. If anyone would like to compete, - put a team together, pre-register, and test yourselves against some of the best. Saturday evening in the Hilton ballroom several of the top demo teams from around the world will showcase their talent at the Kobudomania show. The grand ﬁnale of the weekend is a Championship kickboxing card, where in the main event North American champ Ben Ladouceur of Gatineau, will climb into the ring to take on France’s Frederic Kowatz for the world title. The ﬁght previous to the main event on this 10 ﬁght card will have a local ﬂavour, as fan favourite, and Finch resident Paul Norman will ﬁght for the vacant Ontario heavyweight title. I have attended four Word Conventions in the past twenty years and would strongly recommend this one to all martial artists – I hope to see you there. To obtain more info registration forms, ﬁght tickets, etc., please check the World Kobudo Federation Facebook page.
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ecently, the 10 member Exertion Team from the 325 Cornwall Kiwanis Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron placed top in basketball, top in ﬂoor hockey, top in ﬁtness and top overall. Air Cadets is a youth organization for youth ages 12-18. The Exertion Competition is a full day competition unique to the Eastern Ontario area (EOA) of the Air Cadet Program. No other Air Cadets in Canada participate in this competition. Of the 19 Air Cadet squadrons in the Eastern Ontario area, our very own Cornwall
Members of the exertion team from the 325 Cornwall Kiwanis Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron proved what they are capable of, ﬁnishing on top of a pool of 19 squadrons at an Eastern Ontario area Submitted photo. (EOA) competition held recently.
Squadron placed Top Overall. This yearly competition is a combination of sports (basketball, ﬂoor hockey, handball and volleyball) as well as ﬁtness testing (following the Cadet Canada Fitness guidelines), leadership taskings, general cadet trivia, air crew survival challenges and ﬁnally sportsmanship. All 10 members compete in all areas of the competition. This certainly is a competition in which skill in all areas is a key for success. The Team was under the supervision of Lt Mandy Gille and the team captain, FCpl Brandon Lefebvre.
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Orthotics are to the feet what glasses are to the eyes – they put things in focus. But if you don’t have them custommade, it’s like putting the same scrip in everyone’s glasses.” (Dr. Miltchin, Health, 2013) Most injuries follow a typical and predictive pattern – people ignore them until they become unbearable or until they affect their daily lives. This is no different for our feet and it often requires a therapeutic correction to adequately amend the problem. Fortunately as a chiropractor, I have a variety of tools at my disposable and one of these tools is the ability to prescribed and dispense custom-made foot orthotics when indicated. When the aforementioned orthotic is implemented, the clinical outcomes are quite impressive.
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helping them snatch number one in the eastern division during the team’s t’s that time of year; The Junior three years existence. “C” Cornwall Celtics preseason This year the number of 16 to 21 tryouts are about to spring into players expected to try out is roughly action at the Benson Center. They 50, but this number is nothing to get are expected to start up around mid discouraged about if you are looking April, with the ﬁrst game expected to to give it a go. Lauzon says they keep be during the ﬁrst week of May and 21 players and are thinking this year continuing on after that with at least that it might be necessary to keep a one to two games a week throughout few extras. the season. “It’s nice to keep a few extras if I Shawn Lauzon is the team’s head can, just to give them some experience coach and has been since its start in for next year,” he says, a tactic that 2011, but his experience with the makes perfect sense. sport as a coach exceeds that by an In order for Lauzon to produce additional 10 years. Since the birth of the Cornwall Celtics, he has been a the best possible team, he prepares tremendous part of its success, along for the coming year by scouting out with his assistant coach Dan Mackay, potential up and comers and keeping By Erynn Henry
his ears open during the rest of the on them as they once again quest year. after the cup. Lauzon led the boys into the Jim Meredith Cup championship tournament for three years running, doing his best to prepare them for whatever came their way.
“Each year we got a little bit “I think what we have works and better” said Lauzon of his teams, it’s just a matter of getting better and sounding proud of the hard work and better,” he says of his group of young commitment that the boys put into men. each practice and game. “We hope to win our division During last years Meredith Cup, again and represent the east for the the Celtics fought hard, giving it their provincial championship,” Lauzon all hoping to take home the cup and said conﬁdently. move on to the provincials. They Spring is here and the games are came close for the third time in a row, only to have it taken from under just around the corner. This season is their noses. This year they are hoping sure to be one to keep your eye on some of that Celtic luck will rub off the ball.
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ehind every successful bonspiel is a team or in this case a mob of volunteers. John Baird was the Bonspiel godfather of the event, along with his sidekick Dan Mano who did the scheduling, and everyone responded to his requests. The helpers were out in great numbers serving snacks, making sausages, meatballs, salads, and doing the many jobs that needed to be done. Congratulations and thank you John, for your time and dedication to the “Italian 2014.” Kim Baird led the kitchen crew, with great cooking skills provided by Roger Roy, Neil MacLean, John DiLabio and a host of others. Val and Linda, our decorating duo, did an extraordinary job again showing off their creativity and ﬂair. The grapevine lights were particularly special. The food was fresh, plentiful, delicious, homemade, and it went well with the communal singing during the meal!
Lauzon thinks this year should be their strongest year to date due to the fact that each year has exceeded the last, and they can only keep learning and growing stronger as a team.
get home and back for the wonderful Saturday dinner party. The curling winners were:
A winner - Neil MacLean & team defeated Alex MacDougall and his foursome. A Consolation - Norm Leroux’s team defeated Roger Bourdeau’s foursome.
B winner - Mitch Baker supported by her team defeated Mike Villeneuve’s crew in an extra end. C winner - Nancy LaSalle’s team defeated Dan Laperle & team.
D winner -Jonathon King & his crew defeated Susan Fort’s foursome. From left: John Baird, organizer, Guy Willis, second, Steve Deneka, a sponsor (not the only sponsor), Neil MacLean, skip, Julie Leduc, third, Submitted photo. and Linda Lloyd, lead.
E winner - Cliff Crites’ team defeated Mike VandeKamp & team.
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Presents...Then and Now Cornwall Royals Edition ... Pat Haramis By Ashley March
hen one takes the time to sit back and think of all the great sports teams to come out of this area, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Cornwall Royals will be one of the ﬁrst teams mentioned. The early 1980’s saw the team take two Memorial Cup championships with the ﬁrst one taking the hockey world by surprise. The Royals were not lacking in depth during the 1979-1980 campaign. Four solid lines anchored the ice and cruised Cornwall to a QMJHL President’s Cup championship by unexpectedly defeating the ﬁrst place ranked Sherbrooke Castors four games to two. For Pat Haramis, a look back during his time with the Royals as they headed out for the Memorial Cup tournament seems to tire him out. “It’s all a blur. There was so much going on that we didn’t have time to think. We didn’t have time to be nervous.” Haramis grew up in nearby Maxville, Ontario before his parents moved to Cornwall in 1973. Playing peewee hockey in the Cornwall system is what bumped him up to the Royals ranks. Always supportive in his children’s endeavors, Nick Haramis Sr. urged Pat to ﬁnd a way to get to and from games. Being busy working to support his 10 kids, he found that his time was scarce. Luckily Pat found aid in a teammate. “I can’t thank Dan O’Reilly and his father enough. If it wasn’t for them driving me back and forth from practice, I never would’ve had a hockey career.” The 1980 Memorial Cup was staged out west switching from the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba and the Regina Agridome in Regina, Saskatchewan. For some of the boys, it was their ﬁrst time on a plane. “I know it was my ﬁrst time,” recalls Haramis. “The team bought us all cowboy hats and Dan Daoust even wrote a song about us bringing home the championship. It was a number one hit in Cornwall that spring.” Laughter aside, on the ice is
where things got serious. “I don’t know what it was but every single player on that team contributed in one way or another. Yes, we had our all stars like Dale Hawerchuk but guys like Newell Brown and Pat O’Kane really made it a team effort.” When Robert Savard scored and clinched the victory with his overtime goal over the Peterborough Petes, the fun was just about to begin. “I remember coming back to the Montreal airport and there was about 38 buses waiting for us. We needed a police escort just to come down the 401!” Haramis could not believe the support the fans and community gave the team. “Cornwall really knew how to do it. As we got into Ontario and closer to Cornwall, there were people upon people lined up with signs on the overpass just screaming and waving at us. It was when we rolled into the Civic Complex that I knew how much this meant to the city.” Waiting for them in the parking lot were thousands upon thousands of screaming fans. So many that it made getting into the arena difﬁcult. “We were hanging out of the windows of the bus trying to high-ﬁve as many people as we could.” With a whirlwind trip home, the Royals were treated to a parade around Cornwall complete with sitting in the backseat of brand new Corvettes. “The work that must have went into making this celebration, I just can’t fathom it. I hope that all the volunteers with this and throughout the season know that their work did not go unnoticed. Every one of us noticed and appreciated everything anybody ever did with the team.” After a monumental celebration, Haramis turned his attention down the collegiate road. Getting offers from a few U.S. universities including Yale and Bowling Green, he decided on nearby Clarkson University to start his college career. “Clarkson had the number one ranked hockey program
Not every junior hockey player gets to hoist the Memorial Cup, so when Supplied photo. you do, you really savour the moment.
and is still one of the best today. It was a big reason why I choose it. That and it’s close to home.” Juggling schooling with his hockey prowess seemed to bolt Haramis to a higher level. In his four years as a Golden Knight, Haramis notched 140 points in 134 games. He was also a recipient of the Paul J. Pilon Memorial award which is given out to the hockey program’s top scholarathlete and team MVP. “I loved every minute of my time at Clarkson. We were always ranked ﬁrst or second in the country,” Haramis recalls fondly. “Funny thing is we lost every game in the Eastern championships but were
still awarded home ice in the next tournament because that’s how good of a team we were.” Haramis, an engineer, now lives in the Kitchener-Waterloo area with his family. His daughter excels in dance and his son is carving out his own hockey legacy, albeit on a much smaller scale. “I’d love to give back. You don’t realize while you’re playing how much people volunteer their time, energy, money to supporting your dreams. I’m going to see if my son will want to turn into coaching with me some day; I feel the need to give back to the game that gave me so much.”
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ith the coming of spring, I met up with Robin Casgrain and asked him to share some memories of perch ﬁshing and some of his methods of early spring ice ﬁshing. I found his story informative, practical and a terriﬁc read. It could only be written by a topnotch ﬁsherman. Robin has a great knowledge of Lake St Francis and the Upper St. Lawrence River area. I would also like to note that the changes made to the perch ﬁshing season, the late ice ﬁshing season has for the most part been eliminated. Here is Robins story, as told to me. “In the old days, before perch seasons were imposed, some of the best days were spent on small pieces of ice locked in bays and rush beds. In early morning or late afternoon, a person would drive by boat across mostly open water and sneak onto one of those small islands of ice with sometimes only six or eight inches of water between the spring ice and the river bottom. The noise of pulling the boat onto the ice and cutting holes surely scared the ﬁsh, but as you dropped a line and waited, they returned! Slabs! Beautiful, big perch that cruised in these shallows. “As you know, Tom, time goes quickly, especially a spring evening on a small piece of ice, which is perhaps twenty feet by thirty feet. Geese, ducks in full colour, foxes hunting along the shore. Oh! A hit, a beautiful big perch brings you back to ﬁshing. “This was a short but exiting tradition. One year the east end of
Stanley Island seemed to hold every perch on the lake, another year behind Canal Island. However, the window of opportunity was short with ships, wind and sunshine. “After ice out, we would traditionally ﬁsh the bays, it seemed the bays on the south side of the river heated up faster than the north side. “There are ﬁshers that follow the perch through the entire season and call ﬁve feet of water “deep.” Somehow I fell off the edge and think the sixteen feet is shallow! No cane poles for me now. The ﬂats east of the big islands, Butternut and Ross, hold spring ﬁsh and ﬁshers. It was not unusual to see ﬁfty boats scattered about in a small area, and everyone was catching!
“I like the edges and ends. Edges of shoals where there isn’t much current. Ends of shoals and islands where there are little eddies. Places where two or three currents meet. The channel west of Christatie Island comes to mind. “I recall one Easter weekend and most guys were out on the ice. A pretty healthy west wind had put a little water in the boat and a few live minnows on the ﬂoor. I started drifting down the gut between Christatie and Snake Islands, and after what I thought was a bite, I dropped the anchor, dropped a line and started to clean the boat.” Tom, you know the rest of the story. The channel was ﬁlled with perch. Cast in any direction and one or two ﬁsh were on even before
the line reached bottom. This was a lovely spot, fairly sheltered and out of sight. It was great for two springs, but alas, there are others who pursue the tasty perch! Soon there were as many boats as ﬁsh and then there were no ﬁsh. These spots will be good again someday The last few years, the perch seem to move more, here today and gone tomorrow. You can try a spot one day without success and return one or two days later and be in the bite. There is good variation in size and the ﬁsh are abundant. The perch ﬁshery is healthy. If you keep moving and try a variety of depths other than your traditional spots, you will discover that the perch are here.
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t has been a very good year for the Cornwall Peewee “B” Colts, as they not only conquered the east, they went on and took care of the west as well in a championship series versus Perth. After “leaving it all on the ice,” the team took a moment to savour the victory. The smiles say it all. Front row: from left, Stephane Simard, Justin Leclair Second row: Alex O’Brien, Joshua Barnes, Mick Miller, Alex Oakes, Jeremy Latour, Braeden Levac, Rowi Barnes, Nicholas O’Brien, Will Swamp, Patrick Campeau Back row: Evan Brunet, Tyler Bowen, Terrell Thomas, Brayden Valiquette, Noah White Assistant coaches Jason Leduc, Glen Belmore, head coach Ron Belmore, assistant coach Paul Bowen Missing: Mathieu Dallaire and Sebastien Martin and trainers Karen Levac, Denis Martin and manager Tina Dallaire. Congratulations everyone, you should be very proud! Submitted photo
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Fishing: A Natural Stress Reliever they spend their time off.
By Erynn Henry
t’s a sport that can be done almost all year round and is considered by most a great stress reliever. The sport is ﬁshing, walleye ﬁshing to be exact. Two local gentlemen and good friends, who have grown up fondly around ﬁshing for as long as they can remember are Kevin McEwen and Doug Byers. “I just grew up that way I guess, it’s relaxing,” said Byers of why and how he started ﬁshing. It can be an expensive hobby if you choose to compete in it and ﬁsh for sport, but for most like McEwen and Byers it’s just how
“The best spots for this area are Hoople Creek, Ault Island, and the beach in Iroquois, these spots most people know,” McEwen says, not wanting to give away any of their trade secrets. The ﬁshing season for Walleye is roughly ten months a year. It’s closed for about two months, in March and April and then opens back up again the ﬁrst Saturday in May. (If in doubt, it is always best to ask. You can see the current Ontario ﬁshing regulations at www. mnr.gov.on.ca, or just Google Continued on page 15
It is amazing what a little patience will get you! Doug Byers is shown McEwen photo. here holding onto a 13 pounder!
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of 51 games in her freshman year. She was also awarded the responsibility of being named assistant captain; an honour she proudly held. Since her return to R-O, Kristy has wasted little time and has settled back in to athletics at school. Kristy is currently a part of the badminton team, and will undoubtedly play a big role on the soccer team, as well as on the Track and Field team. Not only has Kristy demonstrated that she can perform on the ice, but she truly embodies the meaning of the term student-athlete. This ﬁrst year high school student maintains an average of over 90% which reveals her commitment to academics. Next fall, Kristy plans on playing with the Nepean Jr. Wildcats of the PWHL where she will compete against women of up to 21 years of age.
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you might not think it makes a difference, it is best to remain as quiet as possible when ice ﬁshing, because sound travels easily through the water and ice spooking the already ﬁnicky ﬁsh, says McEwen.
Ontario ﬁshing regulations. The maximum amount of Walleye you can have in your possession at any one time is four. This ensures that the ﬁsh don’t go to waste. “The bigger ones go back. It’s common sense,” says Byers. There is nothing to worry about if you’ve never ﬁshed, but are curious to give it a try. It is an easy sport to break into and like all sports; it takes practice to hone the craft. “Best thing would be to go to a bait shop right off the bat and tell them what you want to ﬁsh, walleye, pike or perch and they’d set you up,” McEwen says of how to get started.
Fishing is one sport where you can always see the result of your efforts,
Like most types of game as displayed by Kevin McEwen. sports, the best times of day to look to catch anything are the who is less experienced and hours before and after dusk and wants to give it a go. They say dawn. the best lures to use are the Both gentlemen wanted to Northland Buckshot with a rattle share a bit of their knowledge in inside and a Rapala Jigging Rap, hopes that it may help someone both tipped with minnows for
the bait. This winter has been the coldest it’s been in 30 years, which has made for lots of ice and perfect ice ﬁshing conditions. Although
“We had a good year ice ﬁshing with around 60 walleye, 20 pike and 200 channel perch being caught and most of them released.12 walleye in the 9-13 lb. range were landed and returned to catch again next season. The careful handling of these big female spawners should be everyone’s top priority; replica’s can be made without killing these ﬁsh,” McEwen says of his and Byers past year. This year has been off to a great start for the ﬁshing community, so if you haven’t already, get out there and give it a try. It will be an experience to remember and makes for a great way to relax after a lon days work.
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Boxing and MMA By Jorge Luis, President and Head Coach Champs Eastside Boxing Club
eople often ask me if MMA (Mixed Martial Arts, UFC) is eclipsing Boxing? My answer to that is “No.” MMA has certainly taken a bite out of the fan base and viewing audience of boxing and the UFC has certainly been stiff competition, having marketed their product very well with the mainstream ﬁght fan. Boxing has certainly not helped itself at both the amateur and professional levels. Pro and amateur boxing, for example, are totally different from each other, and have been for many years, in both rules and format. In the last year or two this has changed as now a pro-style 10 point scoring system has replaced the computer scoring system which most viewers never understood and that occasionally produced some very bizarre decisions. The Amateur boxing establishment has also adopted for elite level boxers a no head guard rule. The thinking is that it will attract more viewers and better ratings at the Olympics and be more appealing to the average ﬁght fan. Although I
do not like the no head guard rule, it is high time the computer scoring system has been kicked to the curb. It never represented, in my view, an accurate assessment of what takes place inside the ring. On the other hand MMA has stuck to the basics and rewards the more aggressive ﬁghter, both standing and on the ground, the points. The one who throws and scores more strikes and attempts moves, takedowns, holds and submissions usually gets justly rewarded. The UFC, other MMA events and smaller organizations are on mainstream TV and the young generation can relate to this new hybrid sport. Boxing at both the amateur and professional levels can learn from this. Boxing has and continues to be marred by bad decisions which turn the viewing public away from the game. Most of the time in the UFC a winner is clear cut, winning by knockout or submission, thus eliminating judging. However, despite the fact of less concussions and head trauma in MMA, you will be seeing more concussions in the future. Many people don’t like
MMA as it resembles a street ﬁght and is more outwardly brutal than boxing. Most MMA ﬁghters have shorter careers than boxers as there is greater wear and tear on the body as a whole at a much faster rate. Also, many viewers of UFC don’t like to see two ﬁghters rolling around on the ground and despite the subtle art of it, it is not as appealing to the viewers and many ﬁnd it slow and boring. Thus UFC President and Promoter Dana White is “encouraging” more and more stand up striking and calling for more action. This will help boxing.
primes vs. Sylva or Cain or any other MMA heavyweight on their feet. I think we know what would happen.
Despite the lack of TV exposure for boxing these days, boxing’s top star, Floyd Mayweather still outdraws and makes much more money than MMA top draw George St. Pierre. As a matter-of-fact, most pro boxers on the club circuit make more money even in off TV ﬁghts than MMA ﬁghters on TV. The only guys making serious money in MMA are the guys in the UFC at the top of the food chain. The rest are literally busting themselves MMA has yet to produce long up for peanuts with the promotion lasting Champions like Muhammad making most of the money. Ali, Mike Tyson or Sugar Ray Amateur boxing still affords Leonard. As well, most MMA young men and ladies many more ﬁghters train at boxing clubs with opportunities to travel and compete a boxing trainer because boxing is relatively injury free. Amateur a proven and scientiﬁc method of boxing also has fewer incidents of ﬁghting. It is natural for man in his concussions than minor hockey and natural state to use his ﬁsts to defend high school football…that’s a fact. himself throughout the ages. And I grew up watching Ali and other nothing beats a boxer who is well trained with the hands only. Who great boxers on TV every weekend, would win in a strictly stand-up (no now with little or no exposure and ground ﬁghting) match…George St. with MMA being so well marketed Pierre or Floyd Mayweather? As it is normal and natural that on the much as I like George, Floyd wins. surface it has surpassed boxing. My Continued on page 21 Mike Tyson or Lennox Lewis in their
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While discussing the season’s return in the fall, McLeod was optimistic “Most of the parents that I’m about the trend in enrolment over the involved with as president, tend to past few years. Record registration be really involved with the player’s numbers this past fall brought the development,” said McLeod. “When number of players into the midI look at it from tyke to midget levels, thirties (per level) said McLeod. I think overall the experience has “The larger increase happened at been very positive for parents and the younger ages,” said McLeod. players. ” “When I can I think of the initiation McLeod also sang the praises of the or the tyke level, that was one where organization’s executive members, last year we had record numbers of saying that despite each parent’s 36 or 37 players. It tells us that with interest with their own children, the the younger ages, our numbers are group is an effective team. going high and it bodes well for our “We’re talking about how we organization in the long run.” but particularly with the parents.
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long with rumours of winter’s end, the Cornwall Girls Hockey Association has also reached the end of the 2013-2014 season. After eight months of on-ice action, the local girl’s hockey association is looking forward to playing in the provincial championships this spring, along with continued ice time for participants in their three-on-three program running in May. The CGHA will also be holding their AGM on May 7 as a way of closing the books on last season and at the same time look forward to next year. According to association president Rod McLeod, credit for another successful season can be spread across the entire association,
can make the program better,” The CGHA has also had the said McLeod, “and this seems to opportunity to see an inspirational be a central focus with a lot of our player move on towards the novice level. Madison Primeau, known for discussions at our meetings.”
her struggle with a rare form of cancer, will be moving to the next level of girl’s hockey after completing the beginner’s level program. McLeod remarked upon the inspirational force Primeau has been for the association, “Knowing fully well what she’s gone through, to watch her come out on the ice playing as hard as she does, and always coming off the ice with a smile on her face.” With an exciting off-season events calendar and while developing plans for next winter, the CGHA will be continuing to spread the fun and excitement families and children can enjoy by being involved in a league that they can call their own.
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arika Dirven has been described by her teachers as a hard worker, high achiever, empathetic and collegial student. She is certainly a diligent student as she maintains an A average in all of her university level classes. Science is her favourite as she intends to pursue a career in Nursing and her goal is to attend Queen’s University for a Bachelor’s of Nursing Degree. Marika’s talents are not solely in the classroom either. Marika has played on the Varsity Ladies Hockey team at Char-Lan District High School for the last four years. Her coach, Mr. O’Farrell, describes her as the backbone of the ladies hockey team since she arrived in grade nine. In the 2013-14 hockey season, Marika guided her team to a 7 and 1 regular season record. The team lost in the championship game only after keeping the game tied 1-1 throughout regulation time and scoreless in overtime. In epic Olympic style, the game was decided in a shootout with a single goal sneaking past her. Mr O’Farrell states, “she is an amazing, hard-working student with strong academic goals.” Dirven started her hockey career with Char-Lan Minor Hockey in novice. She played out for her two novice years. She went on to play in Cornwall with the Typhoons in atom and it was here that she chose to play goalie for the team. Currently she plays on the Cornwall Typhoons “AA” ladies team. Her favourite memories in hockey have been playing in the SD&G Championship Final in both her grade nine and grade twelve year. With the school hockey season over, Marika is focusing her attention on school work and preparing for Prom as she is a member of the Prom Committee, as well. Congratulations on four ﬁne years at Char-Lan.
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Paul Norman To Fight For Ontario Title
part on his own. This includes plenty of “old school” drills, lots of tire ﬂipping, tire dragging, plus some unique exercises using an old ﬁre hose. Much attention is paid to the core and legs.
By Jim Riddell
n Sunday evening May 18th, at Casino Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Paul Norman will have the biggest ﬁght of his young kickboxing career. The twenty-four year old Norman, who grew up on Highway 43 between Finch and Avonmore, has been chosen to ﬁght for the vacant Ontario Heavyweight kickboxing title.
Norman has a saying –“the legs feed the wolf,” stating that a kickboxers legs must be at their best for optimum ring performance. Each competitor must get eight kicks in per round or face disqualiﬁcation. In a sport where everything happens in milliseconds, having strong legs late in a ﬁght can be the determining factor. Beauchamp says that Norman is a hard worker, quick learner, very disciplined and always focused. Theriault agrees, saying that Paul is an easy to work with natural athlete who takes a technical approach, is eager to learn and always asks smart questions. Leading up to the ﬁght, sparring sessions are ﬁve rounds each, ﬁve times per week, split between Chesterville and Theriault’s Ottawa South gym.
A graduate of the St. Lawrence College Pre –service Fireﬁghter Training program, Norman, who has been a member of the Finch volunteer Fire Dept. for the past four years, has a goal of becoming a professional ﬁreﬁghter. A superbly conditioned multi-dimensional athlete, he has played numerous sports in the Cornwall area. He has played hockey, lacrosse, and is a member of the Ottawa Nationals a broomball team that competes at the Provincial and National level. It was the ﬁghts Norman had in lacrosse, which led him into kickboxing. Those ﬁghts made him realize that he had a natural talent for ﬁghting, enjoyed it, and wanted to take it to the next level. He started training at Therien Jiu-jitsu and Kickboxing in Chesterville, under the direction of the facilities owner Norm Beauchamp, an experienced and successful trainer of amateur kickboxers. Several months later at the Chesterville Fair, Paul had his ﬁrst ﬁght, an exhibition match. In attendance at this ﬁght card was one of Beauchamp’s colleagues, the kickboxing legend Jean-Yves Theriault, twenty-three-time World Middleweight champion. Theriault liked what he saw in Norman, offering him the opportunity to ﬁght on an upcoming card in Gatineau.
Paul Norman is looking forward taking his kickboxing career to the Supplied photo. next level at the Casino Lac Leamy.
do not count). He did not ﬁght often while attending college, as time management is essential when committing to that next ﬁght. Once In 2009 at age nineteen, Paul had that ﬁght is agreed to you have to his ﬁrst ofﬁcial ﬁght and now has be “all in until the ﬁnal bell” says a record of 5-0 (exhibition ﬁghts Norman. This means meticously
The intensity level of the sparring builds during those two months, stopping one week before the ﬁght. After being deprived of sparring for seven days, Norman says it’s great walking to the ring with all that built up energy about to be released – “I’m ready”. He participates in the pre-ﬁght stare down but doesn’t take it all that seriously. “I haven’t cheated in my training, I’ve followed Norm and Jean-Yves direction, I’m in ﬁghting shape and I will not be intimidated by whoever it is that they put in front of me,” says Norman. “The eight weeks of intense training, no partying, following a strict diet –it all becomes worth it when the referee raises my arm.”
following Theriault’s eight-week program, which is designed to have the ﬁghter peak precisely at ﬁght time. Norman attends Beauchamp’s Fight tickets are available at Pro-kick classes for the sport speciﬁc portion of his training, Therien Jiu-jitsu and Kickboxing, doing the additional conditioning Chesterville, 613-448-1233.
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AIR GLIDERS ...................................................................... Jean Juneau ............... 613-932-5103 ........firstname.lastname@example.org Rachelle Davis ............ 613-935-4714 ........email@example.com AQUATICS Sea Lions Swim Club .............................................................................................................................................................www.cornwallsealions.ca BASEBALL/SOFTBALL Cornwall District Minor Baseball ................... Susan Poirier .............. 613-936-8827 .............................................................www.cornwallminorbaseball.com Cornwall Optimist Minor Softball ................ ........firstname.lastname@example.org ........www.cornwalloptimistsoftball.ca Cornwall Kinsmen Minor Girls Softball ....... Mike Turcotte ............. 613-933-3837 ............................................................www.kmgs.ca Ladies Fastball Fith Wheel 18 Wheelers, ..... Brian Tardiff ............... 613-938-2950 Navy Club Mens Fastball ............................... David James ............... 613-930-0033 BASKETBALL United Counties Minor Basketball ................. Brad DeRochie ............ 613-938-0533 .............................................................www.cornwallbasketball.com BILLIARDS Rack M Up Billiards....................................... Doug Disotell .............. 613-933-9362 BOWLING Olympia Bowl .................................................................................... 613-932-8421 BOXING East Side Community Boxing Club ................ Jorge Luis................... 613-933-5618 KARATE Seaway Karate............................................... Jim Riddell ................. 613-534-2042 ........email@example.com.........www.seawaykarateclub.com BROOMBALL
Upcoming Cornwall Broomball League ..... Eric MacDonald ................ (613) 936-2299 ...... firstname.lastname@example.org ................................
EQUESTRIAN Holly Hill Farm .............................................. Kate/Robbie Mac Intyre ......613-931-2493 St Georges Equestrian .................................. Suzanne Lacroix Whispering Meadows ................................... Allison Blair St Thomas Rose Quarter Horses ..................................... Karen Aitken Sarabeau Stables .......................................... Sandy Marcellus Upper Scotch Farm ....................................... Kelley Ferguson Drogheda Manor ........................................... Garry Meek FIGURE SKATING Skate Cornwall .............................................. Karin Touchette........... 613-936-9290 .............................................................www.skatecornwall.ca Can-Skate Learn to Skate .............................. Karin Touchette........... 613-936-9290 .............................................................www.skatecornwall.ca FOOTBALL Cornwall Men’s Flag Football......................... Jonathan Campeau ..... 613-551-4605 Cornwall Minor Football Association ............. Rod Simpson .............. 613-936-2888 .............................................................www.cornwallwildcats.ca GOLF Archie’s Family Golf Centre ............................................................... 613-932-8255 .............................................................www.archiesgolf.com Cornwall Golf & Country Club ........................................................... 613-931-1122 .............................................................www.cornwallgolf.com Heritage Golf Club ............................................................................ 613-347-3738 Summerheights Golf Links............................ Katie MacLennan Andrews .....613-938-8009 ........ KatieAndrews@summerheightsgolf.com .... www.summerheightsgolf.com Upper Canada Golf Course ................................................................ 613-543-2003 .............................................................www.uppercanadagolf.com GYMNASTICS Cornwall Gymnastics Club ............................ Tammy Mcallister ....... 613-933-4356 .............................................................www.cornwallgymnasticsclub.com HOCKEY ASSOCIATIONS Akwesasne Minor Hockey Association .......... Mark Terrance............. 315-250-0287 ........email@example.com Alexandria Minor Hockey Association ........... Kevin Ctaig ................. 613-551-2698 ........firstname.lastname@example.org CharLan Minor Hockey Association .............. Bruce McRae .............. 613-347-3406 ........email@example.com Cornwall Minor Hockey Association .............. Brian Caskenette ......... 613-933-8586 ........firstname.lastname@example.org NGS Minor Hockey Association .................... Chad Brownlee ........... 613-984-0410 ........email@example.com South Stormont Minor Hockey Association .... Brad Maloney ............. 613-346-0888 ........hockeymanager@firstname.lastname@example.org Seaway Valley “AA” Minor Hockey Association .... Blair Fitzpatrick ........... 613-933-0026 ........email@example.com Cornwall Colts Junior A Hockey .................... Ian MacInnis ............... 613-930-9300 .............................................................www.colts.on.ca Cornwall Girls Hockey Association ................ Rod McLeod ....................................................................................................www.cornwallgirlshockey.com Cornwall Women’s Recreational Hockey League .... Sylvie Jans .......................................................... firstname.lastname@example.org Cornwall River Kings ..................................... Al Wagar ..................... 613-935-6219 .............................................................Riverking@live.ca Cornwall River Kings ..................................... Brianna Trudeau.......... 613-935-6219 .............................................................Riverking@live.ca Cornwall Minor Ball Hockey League .............. Gerry Sommerville...... 613-703-9183 ........email@example.com ....................www.cornwalloptimistminorballhockeyleague.com Cornwall Women’s Ball Hockey League......... Dominique Laroche .... 613-936-2020 ........firstname.lastname@example.org Cornwall Men’s Ball Hockey League .............. Mitch Gagne ............... 613-932-4471 Cornwall Men’s Draft Ball Hockey League ..... Randy Lafave .............. 613-363-9413 HIGHLAND DANCING SD&G Highland Dancing Association ............ Sherry Crawford-MacLachlan... 613-347-1426 ........email@example.com ....www.sdghda.ca JIU JITSU CLUB Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club .................................. Stephen Lefebvre ........ 613-930-5489 ........firstname.lastname@example.org Sports Energy is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided on this page. If your sports organization would like to be included in this page, please email email@example.com. If your organization is listed and information should be updated, please forward current information.
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KARATE Seaway Karate............................................... Jim Riddell ................. 613-534-2042 ........firstname.lastname@example.org.........www.seawaykarateclub.com JJS Kenpo Karate .......................................... Brenda Saucier ........... 613-577-0299 ........email@example.com LACROSSE Cornwall Minor Lacrosse .............................. Terry Turcotte ............. 613-937-3354 .............................................................www.cornwallminorlacrosse.ca SOCCER Kinsmen Minor Soccer Association .................................................. 613-938-1545 .............................................................www.seawayvalleysoccer.com S.D.&G. Blazers ............................................ Mike Gilligan ............... 613-938-1545 .............................................................www.seawayvalleysoccer.com Cornwall & District Soccer ............................ Chris Smith................. 613-931-2176 Cornwall Indoor Soccer ................................ Frank Chartrand .......... 613-933-5103 Cornwall City Soccer ..................................... Frank Chartrand .......... 613-933-5103 Glengarry Soccer League .............................. Stephanie VanLoon..........................................................................................firstname.lastname@example.org Youth Indoor Soccer League ......................... Frank Chartrand .......... 613-933-5103 OTHER SPORTS Big Ben Ski Hill and Snowboarding ............... Jack Ruest .................. 613-933-6377 613-933-3586 Cornwall Blue Chargers ................................. David James ............... 613-938-4793 Cornwall Curling Club ................................... Scott MacDonald ........ 613-936-2027 Cornwall Multisport Club .............................. Rob Allen .........................................................................................................www.cornwallmultisportclub.com Cornwall Outdoor Club de Plein Air ................................................... 613-534-8855 .............................................................www.cornwalloutdoorclub.ca Cornwall Rugby Club .................................... Bill Swinden ................ 613-932-1273 Cougars Track and Field ................................ Ceri Timbrell ............... 613-537-9681 .............................................................www.cornwallcougars.org Taoist Tai Chi ................................................. Ghislain Glaude........... 613-935-5675 ........email@example.com ....................www.taoist.org/ottawa Summerstown Trails XC Ski & Snowshoes ... Jean-Pierre Tibi .......... 613-347-1229 ........firstname.lastname@example.org ..www.summerstowntrails.com Sports Energy is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided on this page. If your sports organization would like to be included in this page, please email email@example.com. If your organization is listed and information should be updated, please forward current information.
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know more about the MMA stars than about boxing. But boxing will not die. Boxing has always survived and always will….and so will MMA. MMA has debunked and exploded many myths about martial arts and secret techniques and what really works in a ﬁght and what doesn’t. But it has not nor will it eliminate boxing or surpass it at its highest practiced levels: All great MMA ﬁghters practice boxing because boxing works and is fundamentally sound, it is a natural ﬁghting form for man. As a matter-offact boxing is often referred to as “the manly art of self defense.” Notice the word “art.” And as I prefer to view it, “boxing is the sweet science,” and practiced well it is the art of hitting and not getting hit. When you see two hulking MMA ﬁghters duking it out on their feet in an action packed match…they are in fact boxing. Kick boxing maybe, but boxing all the same. MMA is great but Boxing will never die and is here to stay.
The Benchmark Testing Summer Program Is Coming By Diane Hunter
ORNWALL – Benchmark Testing’s second annual summer program will be starting soon with on and off ice training available for men and women’s hockey at the peewee, bantam, midget, pro, NCAA, CIS, and junior levels. Athletes ﬁtness testing and personalized training are also available. Training programs begin in March and go on throughout the summer with dates depending on the type of training. In addition to hockey-specialized training, Benchmark Testing offers programs for football, soccer and lacrosse players. With state of the art equipment, information on
speed, agility, reaction time, lateral movement and reactive change of direction for individual athletes is collected, analyzed and tracked. “Creating baseline data over a period of time allows Benchmark athletes to visually pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses,” said Mat Milberry, president and founder of Benchmark Testing. Milberry said that this type of testing gives athletes conﬁdence and lets them know they are moving in the right direction. Benchmark Testing began in 2013 with Milberry leading the way. “I understand the level of commitment made by players, parents and coaches in order to achieve the long-term goals of an athlete and a team,” said Milberry. “I want to help athletes and coaches gain that extra competitive advantage needed to get noticed and make it as a player and win as a team.”
continued on to play for the Brockville Braves, TMC, and was the captain of the SLC Sharks for the three years that he studied at the college. By working with the experience he has gained, Milberry is now helping young athletes ﬁnd their potential. Milberry ﬁnds his inspiration from the athletes he trains. “I gain inspiration from every athlete willing to work a little harder and make sacriﬁces in order to reach their goals in sports and life.”
Milberry said training is for any athlete age 12 and over who want to improve their game. “Any elite level athlete that wants to gauge where their strengths and weaknesses are in their respective sport,” said Milberry. “To give the athlete looking to take their game to the next level, and the conﬁdence knowing they’re progressing positively in their training and In 2009 Milberry attended St. development.” Lawrence College (SLC) earning a For more information on degree in Business Administration. Milberry played hockey in his Benchmark Testing and when hometown of Dartmouth, NS where summer programs begin, visit: he received a hockey scholarship www.benchmark-testing.com/summerto a prep school in the U.S. He program/ or call 613-363-2291.
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Andrew Pidgeon: Playing Football in Prince Edward Island They have a very active athletic program and this year enjoyed the ndrew Pidgeon is one of a success of the football team in the growing number of Ontario post season. athletes who have discovered that “We didn’t do that great in the you can play football at the college regular season, but we ended up level in Canada, and that a good winning the championship in the place to do so is in Prince Edward playoffs,” says Pidgeon. Island as a member of the Holland Pidgeon say he has thought about College Hurricanes. the role that football will play in Pidgeon, a defensive lineman his life once he graduates, but says is ﬁnishing off his ﬁrst year in he is open to a number of different the Heritage Retroﬁt Carpentry options. program. He was recruited by Scott “I’ve been thinking about that,” McEwen, who is originally from says Pidgeon, “and what ever the Ingleside area. happens, happens. I wouldn’t mind “We looked into the college, taking it to a higher level, but next ﬁlled out the online recruiting form year I’m going to be in a two-year and they got in touch with us and program, construction management, told us that there was a combine which would be good if you want happening in the next three weeks. to be a foreman on a job site.” We headed out there to see the Pidgeon says he doesn’t try college and really liked what we saw. From there I got accepted and to model himself after any other moved into res (residence) this football players. “I don’t really watch anyone,” he says, “I just try year.” to be myself.” Holland College was founded in For more information on Holland 1969 and has 13 locations across P.E.I. Approximately 30 per cent of College, visit their website at www. their students are from off-island. hollandcollege.com. By Terry Tinkess
Holland College may be a small school in many ways, but Andrew Pidgeon says he made the right choice in becoming a Hurricane. Supplied photo.
As the NHL enters the ﬁnal weeks of the 2013-2014 season it is starting to become a little clearer who will be “in it to win it,” and who will be starting their off-season a little earlier than they might have hoped. It has been a season of pleasant surprises for some and a season of disappointments for others. By the time our next issue rolls around, we will be knee-deep in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which leads us to this month’s question: Who do you see as the favourites in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs? What needs to happen for them to be able to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup by the time our extended winter turns into summer?
There are many teams in both conferences capable of winning the Cup and regular season play doesn’t mean much once the real games start. There’s more to it than talent, otherwise lower seeded teams would never make it to the ﬁnal. It is a combination of staying healthy, taking the shortest route possible (least amount of games) and either believing in yourself or being young enough to not know you aren’t supposed to win. This season I think you have to consider the Olympic effect as well and how many players on the apparent favourites didn’t get an extended midseason break. Chicago led the way with ten, but St. Louis and Detroit Canadian Press had nine, Montreal eight, Pittsburgh, Anaheim and New York, seven, and Correspondent Tampa and L.A. had six. At the other end of spectrum you have Boston, Colorado, and San Jose with only four. There’s obviously much more to it than that, but I think you can look at the youth of Colorado and Tampa and the experience of Boston and San Jose. Terry Tinkess
This is a tough question - as much as I would like to see one of our Canadian teams win the cup, it probably will not happen this spring. There are so many teams this year that have a legitimate shot at winning it all, most of them from the Western Conference, - St. Louis, LA, Anaheim, Chicago, and San Jose. Whichever team emerges from the west will have had to win a few long physical series to get to the ﬁnals and may be tired and a bit banged up. The Boston Bruins would be my choice as favourites to win the Stanley Cup this year. They have a strong well-balanced team, are deep in all areas and have one of the best goalies in the NHL. The route to the ﬁnals should be less physical, and perhaps shorter in the east. Seaway Karate Club Having been without defenceman Dennis Seidenberg since last December the Bruins could use the good fortune of avoiding any further injuries. Jim Riddell
I believe that Boston will be the team from the east in the ﬁnals, no one else has the strength, size, depth or experience and unless another team gets on an unbelievable steak they should make it. The West had the most talent with Chicago, LA, San Jose, St. Louis, Anaheim and Colorado all having a legitimate shot at getting to the ﬁnals. The difference between these teams is depth and experience. San Jose and St. Louis still struggle with understanding the mental aspect of believing that y they can win and Colorado and Anaheim do not have the third and fourth lines needed to go for rounds. That leaves LA & Chicago, both are experienced and have all the pieces in place and either can make it. The bonus for Boston Minor Hockey Coach is that the pounding that the west teams will put on each other will wear them down going into the ﬁnal and should help them. If Patrick Kane is back from injury in time for the playoffs then I predict Chicago goes back to back, otherwise LA will go the ﬁnal and Boston will win. Robert Walker
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Despite Snow, River Rats Ready to Play Ball
By Marc Benoit
ith a new President, increasing enrollment and high hopes, Cornwall District Minor Baseball (CDMB) and the River Rats are preparing for an action packed season. After recently being selected as the new executive President, Michele Durant and her executive team have been hard at work, organizing registration for the 2014 season. After a few years with some proud accomplishments for the city’s baseball fans, Durant has said she hopes to see the trend of new players continue forward,
“At a minimum we want to keep the numbers level and it would be great to increase the number of kids playing baseball, and keep the love and the passion that we have for baseball going, here in Cornwall,” says Durant.
According to Durant, the Mother Nature played havoc with the early registration sessions, resulting in lower than expected numbers. The ﬁnal registration date will be April 5, however families still interested in signing up their children for games this spring, can do so by visiting the CDMB website and contacting Durant directly. A team for players 18 or over will also be taking the ﬁeld again this season.
With most of the local playing ﬁelds still covered in snow, it seems like baseball season is a long way off. Before you know it, local baseball players will be taking to the diamond to show what they can do.
Durant also expressed similar feelings, “It helped promote baseball within the community, and at Legion Park.”
As for the River Rats’ recent wins, Poirier said “Last year our Major River Rats, 11 and 12 year olds, they won the district title here in this area, so they went on to the provincials. So we have some kids with a good love of The season will begin in early baseball.” May, with a series of doubleWith one month to go before headers slated to keep the players players take to the ﬁeld, the and coaches’ skills sharp, with CDMB is on deck and ready to more than a few ready to hit go. homeruns. Maybe it is because we have Past president, Susan Poirier commented on the overall spirit suffered through a long, hard of baseball fans in the Cornwall winter, or possibly because of community after the thrilling the rekindling of the hope that Black Sox national championship, just maybe Montreal could once again get a major league team, now four years past. but this year it seems like more “We had the 2009 Canadian people are ready to “play ball!” champion Black Sox team, which was our senior team. Since then Hopefully there won’t be any our numbers have increased for games postponed on account of snow. sure!”
Rookie of the Month Name: Maude Millette Age: 7 Plays in the Cornwall Girls
Maude is enjoying her ﬁrst year in Novice. She plays for the Cornwall Red Typhoons. She is an energetic young girl and always tries her best every time she steps on the ice. Maude’s position of choice is defence and she makes a point of keeping the adversary out of “her house”. She loves the camaraderie involved in playing hockey, and she is grateful towards all of her coaches who have instilled in her a love for the game.
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SLC Sharks Fighting For The Challenge Cup By Erynn Henry
t’s nearing the end of the season for the St. Lawrence College-Cornwall (SLC) Sharks men’s and women’s hockey teams. It’s no secret that they have been playing their hearts out, wanting to represent the college as well as the city of Cornwall the best they can. Both teams truly have done a tremendous job making it all the way to the Challenge Cup ﬁnals. Behind every great team there are great coaches leading them to victory. Head coach Sean Boulerice and assistant coach Michael Pettinella are the masterminds responsible for the talented young women and men who have banded together this year.
Front row, from left: Amber Lapierre, Annie Young, Jenay Morin, Michaela Smith, Mackie Thomson, Stephanie
“We are so proud of both teams Seguin (men’s & women’s) for qualifying,” Back row, from left: Mike Pettinella (coach), Hailey Wheeler, Julie Curtis, Lacey Taylor-Payne, Sara said Pettinella, adding that, “all Hutchingame, Tosha Weston, Cait Champagne, Roberta Mamakwa, Kat Emmell, Sean Boulerice (coach) Submitted Photo of the players are looking forward to representing SLC and the city of Cornwall in these provincial championships!” Earning a spot in the rankings that would allow a team into the Challenge Cup is no easy task. This season the men’s team ended up in the twelfth and ﬁnal spot while the women’s team grabbed third out of fourteen teams. Once you get there, however, anything is possible. “The beneﬁt of both of our teams is depth,” says Boulerice. “We have strong goaltending, steady defense and three lines on each team that can put the puck in the net.” The men fought bravely during the weekend of March 20-21, opening strongly with a 2-1 shootout win over George Brown (ranked ﬁfth) and next taking on Fanshawe, ranked ﬁrst, and losing a tough game 3-2. The win over George Brown secured them a playoff game against Lakehead University, whom they outlasted 3-2 in a shootout, advancing them into the quarterﬁnals. It was a tough go, playing against Redeemer University, ranked fourth place in the province, and the Sharks eventually succumbed to a 1-0 loss, eliminating them from the rest of the tournament. “We played extremely well going in as the ﬁnal seed in the tournament. We played our best hockey, but fell short in the quarterﬁnals,” said Kevin Veilleux, of the Sharks men’s team.
Front row, from left: Eric Mantha, Quinn MacDonnell, Mike Pettinella (coach), Mitch Lefebvre, Sea Boulerice (coach), Kevin Veilleux, Ryan Cooper Back row, from left: Jayden Lemire, Rudy VanBeilen, Eric Evans, Dylan Casselman, Yan Rochon, Jacob Dawson, Justin Rutley, Jacob Laﬂeche, Brandon Gilmore, Nathan Sanseverino Submitted Photo Missing: Colin Allaire, Evan Smits, Dustin Sinclair, Matt Dixon
“The tournament reﬂected our season as a whole in many different ways. We worked hard, won a tone of battles, but the luck didn’t come our way in the elimination rounds. Even after losing a though one in the quarters, it didn’t take long for everyone to hold their heads up and celebrate an awesome season.”
the coaches, who are still hungry Georgian College, who ranks ﬁfth in for a win, hoping the women’s team the province, on Thursday night and will fair better. will than play against Sault College “We went into the men’s Challenge on Friday morning. Depending on Cup feeling pretty good about the results, this will determine if and ourselves,” said Boulerice. “There when the Sharks will play again, was not one person on the bus that and against whom. This will be their did not feel that we had a chance of elimination round.
winning. I feel the same about the While the men can now rest up for There is clearly no keeping these girl’s chances. I like our chances!” the summer, only time will tell us if Sharks down, evening after coming The women’s team will be the SLC Sharks women’s hockey off of a loss, they are still proud of traveling to Orillia March 27 and team will bring home the Challenge their performance as a team, as are 28, where they will open against Cup.
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Presents... The Games Are Over, The Memories Live On... ...Richard Sennott rest, he has now trouble in responding.
By Terry Tinkess
t has been two years now since Richard Sennott retired from his role as the executive director of the Ottawa District Hockey Association (now Hockey Eastern Ontario, (HEO)). After having spent 52 years of dedicated service to minor and junior hockey in the Ottawa area, he does allow himself the luxury of spending some of the colder months south of the border, but he is doing anything but taking it easy.
Sennott received a call from a friend who was providing some skill training to a group of ﬁve and six-year-old hockey players, but didn’t have a lot of experience in working with players so young. Sennott, of course, offered to come and give him a hand.
“I was helping this one young fellow who was having a lot of difﬁculty making a turn, and I tried to explain to him that it was like riding a bicycle. All of a sudden it was like someone turned a light bulb on and he understood and he went and did it.
The say that if you want to get something done, give it to the person who is already has “The next session I went out, and I don’t more than enough to do, since they obviously know what he had been doing, likely skating can’t say no. It would seem this is the case outside. The ﬁrst time he did it, he did it with Sennott, because no sooner did he have perfectly, the head turned, the shoulders some time on his hands than the Central Junior Hockey League (now the Central Canada There is no place on earth that Richard turned, the hips turned. I had just turned away Sennott seems more at home than working and he skated up to me and pulled on my pant Hockey League, CCHL) came calling. on the ice with young hockey players. leg. He was about two-foot zip, and he looked Photo by Terry Tinkess “I was talking with Kevin Abrams, and he up at me and he had a smile on his face from asked if I’d be interested, so…” says Sennott. ear-to-ear and all he said was “Thanks, I did He is now the director of hockey operations volunteers. it!” It gave me such a thrill; I got chills just “Two weeks later, after I agreed to help the looking down at the little guy. and player safety, doing at the junior level pretty much what Brendan Shanahan does at guy out, he disappeared and I became the head “You know what, competitive hockey is coach at 16. That was quite the experience, the NHL level. great, but this is where the game is at.” He is also the director of the Initiation but I got a lot of satisfaction out of it.” It was a belief that Sennott carried with him Sennott coached in a lot of locations, and Program with HEO. Retired? Right. throughout his life with hockey. Ending up as Not being able to say no is nothing new to at a lot of different levels over the years, an employee at the ODHA was just the world Sennott, it is, in fact how he came to become and became involved in the certiﬁcation turning as it should. “Getting the job at the involved in the teaching and coaching side of process in the late 1970’s. He was elected to ODHA was a dream come true,” says Sennott. the game in the ﬁrst place. An injury at the age the association board of directors, becoming “I didn’t know what I was in for, but it was a of 15 set the stage for what was to become a more and more involved, until the position dream come true.” of executive director came open. “I was way of life for many years to come. The most important thing, he maintains, is successful in the application process, got the “I got hurt at junior, when I was ﬁfteen, and job and went from there,” says Sennott. the people. “The things that happen, and the they told me that winter that I would never people that you meet I think are probably the As anyone who becomes involved in minor most rewarding things you do, the friends you play competitive sport again,” says Sennott. “A friend of my dad’s called, and said ‘I don’t sport for the right reasons knows, you leave hang on to,” says Sennott. “You meet some know anything about hockey,’ and that’s the with a lifetime of memories. You meet a great people along the way, sure there is the thing with volunteers. You show up to register lot of wonderful people, share in some life- odd strange one, but it doesn’t matter if you your son or daughter and they say they don’t changing experiences, and, for the most part, work or volunteer, there are always those have a coach, and if they don’t have a coach, have a lot of fun. When asked if there were challenges. My motto has always been hockey then they don’t have a team, so someone any memories that shone brighter than all the for the fun of it. That’s what it has to be.”
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Presents... Then & Now, Cornwall Colts Edition. Former Colts Player to New Bar Owner By Erynn Henry
former Cornwall Colts player is now an owner of Cornwall’s newest bar and grill. With Deke & Squeaks, located at 58 Pitt St. Derrick Villeneuve is hoping to make a name for himself like he once did on the ice.
Villeneuve was 17 years old when he tried out and made the Colts Hockey team and he played with them until he was 19. He says his best memories as a Colts player were in his last year when he played in the Royal Bank Cup (RBC) tournament in 2008. “We were all close, we were all good buddies and we had a great coach Ian MacInnis,” Villeneuve says of his former teammates adding that Brett Michaud who played center on the Colts now works for him at the bar as one of his bartenders. Villeneuve and the bar will be sponsoring a regular feature that will highlight a former Colts player each month. He says the reason for this is to bring back memories of his days as a player.
Former Colt Derrick Villeneuve is the owner of Deke and Squeaks. He hopes to make the bar and grill the kind of place people like to stop in for a good meal and a beverage.
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There will be a number of good reasons for “I want to pick my friends obviously,” says Villeneuve in discussing who might be a good stopping by. Wednesday nights are rib nights, candidate, “also anyone who represents the Thursday nights are half priced wings, Friday community in a good way.” nights are a pitcher of beer and large pizza with Villeneuve hopes to represent the community your choice of three toppings for only $20. in a positive way himself, through his new There is a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights business. He says his reasoning for opening and soon to come will be bands at least once a the bar and grill is because he was looking for month, and don’t forget the patio will be open a change in careers, having formerly been a for the summer. milk truck driver. “I want the food to be what sets us apart from “I hated driving down the side roads and the other places, and the atmosphere too,” says icy roads in the winter,” says Villeneuve. “I did Villeneuve. “ I don’t want it to end up being it for ﬁve years,” which he says was more than (just) a party place.” enough. While the bar has only been open for about Villeneuve is hoping that Deke and Squeaks 16 days, it seems to be doing well. It’s a great will be the kind of place that people will want place to stop in enjoy a meal and read your to come in and enjoy a good meal and a good latest issue of Sports Energy. beverage.
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