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Nick Struthers Brings New Sport to Cornwall By Molly Kett

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ineteen-year-old Nick Struthers and his mother Nancy Struthers are making a splash in Cornwall by introducing a new sport to the community called hydro flight. Nick spends a lot of his summer working, but Greater Cornwall & you Areas Community Sports Newspaper when he has free time can find him on the river practicing this new aquatic sport, on the jet blade, in and above the water out front of Roger’s Marina. calls hydro flight the first “anti-gravity” sport. Hydro flight allows the 3308 Second St. East, Cornwall, ON rider to float and navigate above the water and learn different tricks while connected to a jet 613.932.9281 ski. There are a few different versions of the sport, but Nick practises and teaches using a jet blade. The jet blade has two separate boots on their own bearings, allowing the rider to have more control. Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper “It was actually my Mom’s idea to bring the jet blade to the marina,” says Nick. “She asked me if I was interested and then we went to Florida this winter, where I did my training Includes with my brother. This winter was the first Dessert time I tried this sport. Since then I have been a casual rider. What makes it tricky to get out as much as I would like, is that you need Nick Struthers hits new heights on his Jet Blade. Submitted photo a second person to control the throttle on the a little tricky at first getting used to the balance go and find another location that is convenient jet ski.” Open Since his training, Nick has been teaching and learning not to react against the board but to get to, not too busy, and deep enough as til 11 pm well,” says Nick. Bacon this relatively new sport to locals in the to go with it, then correct your course.” Cheeseburger Currently, Nick is using the water in front For more information and the opportunity Cornwall area. “It’s a little difficult to teach,” Meal Deal says Nick. “I was told the younger the person of Roger’s Marina, but as the river gets busier to try out this new sport, contact Roger’s 1307 Pitt St. (corner of 13th) Cornwall is, the easier it is for them to get the hang of it throughout July, Nick will have to find a new Marina at 613-931-1443 or e-mail at and so far, from what I have seen, it’s true. It’s location to teach the sport. “We will have to

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Brianna Ladouceur Takes to Cornwall Speedway for Another Year By Jordan Todd


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Presents... Then & Now Cornwall Colts Edition: Travis Locey


ravis Locey grew up on the outskirts of Cornwall, playing hockey. Locey started young and says hockey allowed a small town boy the privilege of enjoying the game and driving into the bigger city. “My earliest hockey memories started at the old Bob Turner Arena in the city of Cornwall,” says Locey. “My parents worked hard to attend every game I played. When I scored a goal, the deal was that I could go to the 7/11 corner store in Cornwall to pick up a large Slurpee, which always resulted in a stomach ache.”

His time with the Colts may have been short lived, but he loved every minute of it. Locey says Ian MacInnis was nothing short of a coaching genius. “The team had depth, talent, and a sense of real respect for everybody involved,” says Locey.

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“The day I put on a Colts Jersey and stepped foot on the ice I got this truly overwhelming feeling,” says Locey. “I’ll never forget looking up at my parents and seeing their faces there to support me. That moment was, without a doubt, my favourite memory as a Colt.”

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Locey grew up watching the Colts play at the Si Miller arena, meeting new friends and enjoying the game. From then on he knew being a Cornwall Colt was his goal for the future. At fourteen, Locey decided to make a commitment to hockey. Every night after school he would train with Jeff Gibbs, helping him rise to the junior hockey level both physically and mentally. Lisa Leader, his skating coach, also helped him hold his own with Cornwall’s elite.

focusing on academics. He moved to Antigonish, Nova Scotia to attend Saint Francis Xavier University. He graduated this past May with a Kinesiology degree. Two of his years at St. FX, he played hockey with the Antigonish Bulldogs. To this day, At twenty, Locey decided to start hockey is Locey’s main form of

exercise. Currently, Locey is pursuing his passion for teaching. Volunteering with disabled children in Antigonish let him to being a therapeutic skate instructor, followed by his current job as a Residential Counsellor at the

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Pickleball Gaining In Popularity By Jordan Todd



In the same tournament in the categories 55/64, the winners were as follows:

Robert Péladeau, convenor of the event, says the event first started in 2010, and since being introduced, pickleball has been steadily gaining in popularity in the Cornwall area. He estimates about 200 people now play the sport in the region.

GOLD; Sue Forget and Joanne MacLeod.

wenty participants gathered at La Citadelle on May 30 to take part in the annual Ontario Senior Games Association District 8 Pickleball Qualifying tournament.

Photo to the left, The Ladies 55/ 64 from Right to Left:

Lower left photo, The Mixed 55/64 from left to right : GOLD; Claude Lapierre and Susan Forget, SILVER; Dan Julien and Sandra Bougie, Bronze; Joanne and Murray MacLeod.

Pickleball is a tennis-like game played on a badminton-sized court with solid paddles and a ball similar to a whiffle ball. Péladeau says it was introduced mainly by people visiting Florida and seeing people there play.

Lower right photo, The MEN`s 55/64 from Left to Right: Gold; Michel Cadieux and Murray MacLeod, SILVER; Walter Telewiak and Dan Quenneville.

Murray MacLeod, who won gold in the Men’s 55 to 64 division at the tournament, says the game is like tennis, but a little easier on the body, and more fun. “You just have a better time,” he says. “It’s very, very, very fast play as compared to tennis.”

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Coaching Lacrosse A Family Affair By Krystina Caponi


acrosse is a big part of the Ruest family’s life. For years, Jack and his wife Bonnie have coached, governed, and volunteered for the Cornwall Minor LacrosseAssociation. “We enjoy all sports but lacrosse is by far our favourite,” says Bonnie. “We love the speed of the game and the excitement it generates.” The Ruests got involved with the CMLA back in 2000 when their two sons, Elias and Jacob, started playing the sport. Jack has since built up his lacrosse resume, coaching almost every level in both the house and rep leagues. Bonnie—a coach herself— is serving her first year as direc-tor in the CMLA.

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The pair is also coaching the novice house league together. “The most rewarding part of coaching is building player confidence,” says Bonnie. “It is remarkable how quickly kids pick up and love the game.”

The love of the game would even follow their sons into adulthood. Like his parents, Elias—who played junior B with the Cornwall Celtics— found himself coaching peewee with the association. His brother Jacob currently plays Senior A lacrosse for the Langley Thunder. “Needless to say lacrosse has been a big part of our lives,” says Bonnie. “We feel privileged to have the coaching and fan opportunities we’ve had.” Bonnie and Jack Ruest coaching the novice house league together. Submitted Photo

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Josh Laderoute Coaching is His Passion

coaching mentor in Mike Piquette, who showed him the ropes as they osh Laderoute may never co-coached Laderoute’s first foray have been skilled enough to into competitive hockey. “I learned play competitive hockey, but his a lot. He threw me into the pool passion for the game has allowed without any floaties and told me him to coach at levels he never to swim,” Laderoute says. “And I really appreciate that.” reached as a player. Freshly equipped with his Laderoute moved to Cornwall when he was young, and grew up newfound coaching knowledge here. A self-proclaimed “house and experience, Laderoute was league hero”, hockey was always ready to take the next step. He a big part of his life. When he and coached competitive hockey in his friend were offered a chance Ottawa for a few years before to coach after their final year of getting a job for a Junior B squad, house league hockey, he leapt and a Junior A team soon after. He at the chance. “We both did our recently had to resign to move back coaching course in September of home with his family in Cobden, 2006,” says Laderoute. “I started but his coaching career is by no coaching novice that year, and means over. “I’ve always wanted to coach the World Juniors, I think I’ve been doing it ever since.” that’s one of the best tournaments He coached in Cornwall and going,” says Laderoute. “I’ve also Peterborough the next few years. always wanted to coach in some When he eventually moved back of the European leagues, maybe Josh Laderoute is on top of the game behind the bench. home, he was excited to find a Switzerland or Finland.” Photo by Karolina Roussakis By Jordan Todd


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Cornwall Celtic’s Peewee Go Undefeated at The Conrad Rollings Memorial Lax Tournament to Capture Gold in Newmarket Bottom Left: Ethan Sauve, Daylon Ezard 2nd row L to R, Connor Carriere, Roenick Jodoin, Bennett Lessard, Connor Hum, Matthew Lalonde, Landon Brownlee, Brock Tucotte (assistant captain) Back Row L to R Monica Houle (manager), Ewan McMaster, Terry Tu r c o t t e ( a s s i s t a n t coach), Kaleb Malyon (assistant captain), Bill Perras (trainer), Ben Houle (captain), Steve Malyon (assistant coach), Colby Dobbins (assistant captain), Landen SinďŹ eld, Malcom Cooper, Rick Filion (head coach) Submitted Photo

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ean O’Farrell began teaching at Char-Lan District High School in 1999 and has coached student athletes for nearly as long. At school, he coaches the girls’ and boys’ hockey teams, and the junior boys’ soccer team. This

past season, the girls’ hockey team qualified for OFSAA, the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association championships. While the Char-Lan junior boys’ soccer team made it to the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (EOSSAA) championships.

the end,” says O’Farrell. “I like teaching them to try their hardest no matter what is going on, on the field or the ice—just to always give their best effort.” O’Farrell says coaching is one way for him to stay involved with sports without actually playing them.

past four years. He first became involved with this organization when he began coaching for his daughter’s soccer team. Now his eldest daughter coaches for CharLan Minor Soccer, and his two other daughters play on teams in the league. “The kids always Outside of school, O’Farrell has have fun playing sports,” says “I like seeing my teams improve been president of the Char-Lan O’Farrell, “and it’s always fun to from the start of the season to Minor Soccer Association for the be around that.”

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Alex Labonte Giving Back to the Wildcats Program the coaching I’ve had.”

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lex Labonte, the linebacker and special teams coach for the Cornwall Wildcats, volunteers his time coaching kids to give back to the organization that helped him so much. The Alexandria native was first introduced to the Wildcats after being recruited by current head coach Kirby Camplin to play for the team, which Labonte says helped him get recruited to the University of Ottawa. As thanks to Kirby, he is now in his third year as the Wildcats’ linebacker and special teams coach, and he’s learned a lot in that time.

Since then, he’s developed into his own coach. Building relationships with the players is important to him, since it helps them work as a unit. He says he just enjoys helping the kids progress.

“They’re all good athletes by that time,” he says. “Basically just put them on the same page and get them to play a little better.”

Labonte has coached his last game this season for the Wildcats, since he was offered a two-month contract to play football in Germany. But he says he’ll be back, and as long “I had no clue what the hell I as he’s in the area, you’ll be was doing the first season, to be seeing him on the sidelines for honest with you,” says Labonte. the team. “I was basically copycatting all

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Wildcat Rookies Make an Impact


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t’s been a disappointing season so far for the Cornwall Wildcats of the Ontario Varsity Football League, but for many of the rookies on the team, it’s been a great learning experience. Nick Bowman, a 17-year-old Cornwall native, is in his first year with the Wildcats. The wide receiver was recruited by head coach Kirby Camplin after Camplin saw Bowman play in other places. The relative size and speed of the game has been a challenge, but he, along with the rest of the team, is learning and adjusting. “Each game we’re making steps towards improvement, and getting closer to our goal of actually winning games,” he says. “Everyone’s improving as a team.” Zachary Rottier is a first year defensive end who lives in Potsdam, Submitted photo New York. He has two friends Nick Bowman shows a burst of speed Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper who played for the Wildcats and recommended he try out for the team; lot of first-year athletes on the team, going to be a few more good games stress reliever, but more importantly it makes him feel like a part of a he did just that. Despite the rocky but I think we’re starting to flow to come.” start for the young team, Rottier also now,” he says. “I think there are Bowman says, for him, football is a family. sees a brighter future. “There are a

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The Pan Am Games, being held in Toronto this summer, have been pegged with a 2.5 Billion dollar price tag. Do you feel Ontarians are enthused about the games and is the price tag justified to hosting this event? Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club - The Pan Am Games is a major sporting event that will feature more than six thousand athletes from forty-one different countries. As the games draw near, the increased media coverage will get sports fans across Canada enthused. The 2.5 billion dollar cost of the games is being split between the Federal and Provincial governments, along with those of the sixteen municipalities hosting the various events. Much of this money has been spent on upgrades to the infrastructure and construction of venues, which will be used for decades following the completion of the games. I think that the lasting benefits of these upgrades, the revenue generated by the influx of over 1.5 million spectators, and the positive exposure gained by hosting the Pan Am Games justify the cost. Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast - As a fan of sports, it’s great to show off our country to the world, and reward the hard working athletes for their dedication to their craft. But it’s hard to believe that Ontarians would be enthused about the billions spent on these games, with all the cutbacks that are happening in our province. With 500 million in cuts to education, in addition to cuts in health care funding, the arts, and social service programs, how do we justify the costs of these games? The obvious revenue increases to the GTA coffers will benefit some, but the majority of us will not reap these benefits. Hopefully some of the revenues created by the games will be directed back into sports programs that benefit our youth. Let’s trust that some of the 10 new venues that have been built, such as the soccer stadium, the velodrome, and the aquatic center will be enjoyed by the public and not just elite athletes. Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - Are Ontarians enthused about the Pan Am Games? I’m sure there’s a small number of Pan Am game fans and athlete family members who are looking forward to the games and folks who stand to gain financially, but for the majority of us; NOT AT ALL. The Ontario Government is coughing up $2.5 BILLION of taxpayer’s money to host these games. Hell that kind of cash could buy 32 Phil Kessels. Think about it; a Stanley Cup in Toronto would be much more memorable than the 2015 Pan Am Games. The revenues from the sale of Toronto Maple Leaf players’ Stanley Cup Winner Bobble Heads and T-shirts would probably pay for a dozen waterfront condos. Even Winnipeg managed to host the Pan Am Games in 1999 for $100 Million. What are they thinking? There are 1.4 million tickets for sale folks, ranging in price from $20 for adults, up to as much as $355 for the opening ceremony. Step right up folks.


Fight For Change By Jim Riddell


n Saturday May 9th, “Fighting for Change”, a fundraising event for the Children’s Treatment Centre was held at Nav Canada. This was an extremely well organized event, enjoyed by a capacity crowd. George Chuvalo, Canada’s greatestever heavyweight boxer was in attendance as guest of honour and after dinner speaker. Several local fighters from Champ’s Eastside Boxing entered the ring to showcase their talent and to help support this cause. The main event featured Cornwall’s Ronnie Robideux taking on Kingston’s Patson Ncube in a spirited exhibition match between two experienced and talented fighters. The weight differential between the combatants was slightly over the allowed seven pounds, therefore the match was deemed an exhibition and no judge’s verdict was rendered. Robideaux is a twenty year old two time Adirondack New York State Golden Gloves champion, who now lives in Cornwall. Recently, Robideaux took first place in his division at the prestigious Adidas Cup tournament held in Quebec. A boxer–puncher with over forty fights on his resume, Ronnie hopes to turn pro in the next year, or so. Champ’s Max Bourgon was awarded “Fighter of the Night” for his performance in a victory over Jordan Cashon. Max is a very well-spoken 11 year old who has been boxing for three years. Max, who now has thirteen fights, credits boxing for giving him confidence. His long term goal is to eventually turn pro and bring a world title back to Cornwall. Thirteen year old Isaac Bennedict won a decision over Matthew Vitco. Isaac recently won the gold medal at the Ontario Silver Gloves tournament, in the novice division. Lalend Phillips, who has

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only been boxing for about a year, finished strong, but lost a close decision in his fight. There were several women fighting on this card, with Miriam Lalonde’s victory over Emily Kakuris winning “Fight of the Night” honours. Miriam has been boxing at Champ’s for eighteen months and has had three fights. She plans to continue fighting and loves to help out with others at the gym. The final women match featured friends who have sparred together before. Neica Roleau, 43 of Long Sault, began boxing after her children grew up and has been at it for three years. Neica’s friend and opponent, Jennifer Neal; a mother of two boys 9 and 8, lives and trains in Valleyfield and works at Cornwall’s CBSA. Jennifer said that fighting her friend presented no problems for either of them. “We will do what we have to do and what happens in that ring tonight will stay in that ring”. The fight was close with Jennifer Neal getting the decision over Neica Roleau.

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ell in playing with lots of amateurs I notice 3 common themes. One most golfers’ choice the wrong tees to play from they let ego get in the way instead of trying to find the appropriate yardage to play. Know the yardage you carry the ball and the total yardage that suits your game the best and play that tees, regardless of tee colour. The second thing I notice is players aren’t ready to go when it is their turn. Paying attention to who is on the block or who’s shot it is speeds up the game. Third and final thing I see is routines that are rituals. They take too many practice swings or spend too much time in the play box.


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Alexis Kett recaps her year at OHA By Molly Kett


ixteen-year-old Alexis Kett just wrapped up her first year at Cornwall’s Ontario Hockey Academy (OHA) and is ready to go back for her next. Kett grew up in a small town called Findlay in Ohio. Growing up in Findlay there were no options to play girls hockey, but Kett, who is very passionate about the game still wanted to play. Her only option was to play boy’s hockey, which she started doing when she was only four years old. Soon however, Kett couldn’t keep playing with the boys’ team. “As I got older, the boys started growing fast,” says Kett. “I was now up to their shoulders. My family wasn’t comfortable with me playing boys’ hockey after I broke my arm. I played on the girls’ Triple A Blue Jackets the next year. I then heard about OHA from one of my closest friends on the Jackets, Ally Covert. I visited, loved the program, and knew they would try their best to get me where I wanted to go.” Kett spent her first year playing for OHA’s white team on defense, coached by Brad and Christine. Kett says her coaches did more than enough for the team throughout the year and kept them constantly motivated. Kett is just as thankful for her teammates. “The team was wonderful. There was never a dull moment with them,” says Kett. “When one of our teammates was told she had cancer, our team helped her stay strong and leaned on each others shoulders. Thankfully, she is cancer free.” Although the team didn’t win a Alexis Kett with coaches Christine Jefferson and Brad Nicholson tournament, they did win 33 games, tied 28 and lost only 12. Kett says and missing her family, birthdays, and days worth it. “All of the wonderful throughout the year they all improved losing contact with some friends has people you meet make living so far as individuals and as a team. made the year really tough, but the away worth it. You learn so much Kett says living so far from home experience she earned made the tough from the coaches, all the friends, and

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on Fraser has always had a passion for sports. He grew up having a backyard hockey rink in the winter and participated in minor hockey and football programs throughout his high school years, but without television exposure, golf wouldn’t have been in the spotlight. In 1966, a Christmas gift of a 7-piece starter set of golf clubs changed things for Fraser. In 1967, Fraser began to spend time working at golf courses. In the spring of 1970, news that Bob Dean, longtime Head Professional Course Superintendent at Cornwall Golf and Country Club, had an opening for a Pro Shop attendant made its way to Fraser. In his new job, he supervised

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club storage, club repairs and Pro Shop sales. In Fraser’s second year on the job, it was suggested by Dean that he spend more time on the practice range, along with the offer to pursue golf as a career by registering him with the Canadian PGA, as his second assistant. “Thus began a five year apprenticeship, which would include attending numerous seminars consisting of methods of teaching, merchandising, advanced club repairs, and rule of Golf,” says Fraser. “Fourteen years as assistant, all at one club was unusual but being a local resident never eager to “leave town’” enabled one to return each season.”

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Come 1988, Fraser made the move to Summerheights Golf Links. “I cannot express enough appreciation to Dwayne and Rory MacLennan for the opportunity to further my career at their marvelous facility, one I’ve treasured for the past 28 years. Currently, being one of two teaching professionals on staff, with reduced Pro Shop duties, has enabled me to “ease” into retirement,” says Fraser. “It has certainly been an honor and privilege to have been associated with the MacLennan Family and I would not want to close out my career anywhere else.”

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Upper Canada Rowing Club Wants to Make a Splash

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ince its inception two years ago, the Upper Canada Rowing Club has made rowing more accessible to the community, both recreationally and competitively. The club—located at Lakeview Park—has over a dozen members, and continues to welcome people as young as 12 to join. “We go when the water is quite calm so that’s a nice way to take in the local area,” says coaching director Francis Clark. “We have a lot of distance and options we can cover.” And for those with no rowing experience, the club offers eight introductory classes that prepare new members before they go

out on the water. “We teach them the elements of the stroke, we get them comfortable with the movement of the hands and then put them in a boat so they can feel it and become comfortable,” says Clark. The annual membership fee is $130, but $99 for beginners in their first year. This spring, the club is also working directly with students from Ontario High Schools. Training has already begun, both in the gym and, eventually, on water, in order to prepare students for competitive rowing. “It has been growing, so more people have been coming down and want to learn how to row,” says Clark. “There are a lot of sports that are played and we are trying to make a place for ourselves.”

Char-Lan Tennis Pair Burns and McFarlane Make it to OFSSA

The mixed doubles team of Tosha Burns and Jeremy McFarlane fought their way to a spot in OFSAA at the Rexall Tennis Centre in Toronto on June 1-3. The team won their first match 7-6(8-6). Later in the day, after falling 8-1 in a tough contest, the team moved to the Consolation Draw. In their closing match, Burns and McFarlane faced a strong team from Barrie, losing 8-3. OFSAA was a positive experience for the duo. Thanks go to their parents, supporters, and to Tosha and Jeremy for an excellent effort for Char-Lan, this tennis season.

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The Beginning of a Lovely Tradition at La Citadelle

On Thursday, June 5, with great joy and enthusiasm, several former football players donned their Patriotes jerseys with pride. They played in a first, of what will hopefully become an annual, charity game. This game was to raise money to send children to a camp program run by The Society for Child Welfare in the United Counties of SD&G. This initiative brought a lot of fun and good memories, and raised $300. At the end of game, the players said they had no doubt that it would happen again next year. Submitted Photo and Article

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Having a ball in Alexandria By Todd Anderson


recreational baseball league in Alexandria is helping children learn the basics of the game. Considered a “fun league” by organizers, where teaching is the primary objective, the Glengarry Minor Baseball League has seen its ups and downs, but as familiar faces continue to return year-after-year, the league appears to be here to stay. “We try to teach kids some skills while allowing them to have fun playing,” says league organizer Donald McDougald. “We hope to keep these kids in our league, but we also encourage them to play in Cornwall, where they have a better chance to play on travelling teams and in tournaments.” This year the league boasts six teams (two in senior coach pitch (1012 years old); two in junior coach pitch (7-9 years old) and two in T-ball (4-6 years old). In the past the league featured just two divisions, but expanded this season to satisfy requests from players and parents,

as well as goals from the organizers. “This year we decided to divide into three groups because we had enough players and we decided it would help solve some problems we had in the past,” says McDougald. “There was too large an age gap in the coach pitch division, so some kids were bored while others were scared.” Seven-year-old Maxville resident Noah Mainville loves playing in the league. “My favourite is playing on first base and tagging people out,” he says. Noah’s brother Isaac also plays in the league, at the T-ball level. “I like to bat as far as I can and run the bases fast,” said the five-year-old. Games are played Saturday mornings at the ball fields behind the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria. All three divisions play at the same time, starting at 9 a.m., which seems to be favourable for families – especially those with players in more than one division. 90 minutes and ball is done for the week. McDougald says the next

step is to explore the opportunity of is back to lend a helping hand playing games against other centres, along with several other volunteers like Cornwall. including: Mark Adam, France “We used to have our own Little Brunet, Julie Bourgon, Samantha League region. We gave that up a Peters, Jocelyn Menard, Iris Clark, couple of years ago and our region Dean MacGillivray, and others. was absorbed by the Cornwall league. We could therefore enter teams in the Cornwall league if we had enough players interested in the travelling. We also have the opportunity to play exhibition games against the Cornwall league travelling teams this year if we can find enough interested players. I am hoping to take advantage of this because it would be a great opportunity for our players.” McDougald adds that organizers will also discuss the possibility of having the 10-12 age group pitch to each other next year and a clinic over the winter or spring might help introduce that aspect and skill next season.

“There was never baseball when I was a kid in Alexandria,” says McDougald. “Wayne Lapierre got a league running, but it eventually died out when Wayne moved on to a higher position in Little League Canada. Mark (Adam) was amazing and helped run the league until this year even after both of his kids had stopped playing.”

Now the league welcomes players from all over the county and beyond including Alexandria, Vankleek Hill, Maxville, Williamstown, Lancaster, Glen Robertson, etc. Registration numbers over the years have been mid 30s in 2011, 46 in 2012, 71 in 2013, 61 in 2014 and 76 this year. The minor softball in Alexandria “We have had quite a few kids that was organized by Wayne Lapierre have played year-after-year, so we are from 2005 to 2009. After a one-year making progress,” says McDougald. hiatus, McDougald helped resurrect Photos on page 26 the baseball league in 2011. Lapierre


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St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School is quite proud in selecting grade twelve student Omar Sarwar as it’s athlete of the month. Omar is a five sport athlete at SJCSS, competing in basketball, soccer, badminton, volleyball, and track and field. Omar is an excellent overall athlete, but more importantly, he is a very humble and extremely coachable young man who always displays a positive attitude. Always respectful, he possesses an incredible work ethic and epitomizes sportsmanship. He demonstrates excellent leadership qualities and has always been willing to share his knowledge helping others to develop their skills. Both on and off the court, Omar is highly respected by coaches, teachers, students, and fellow athletes. Despite his busy athletic schedule, Omar has also continued to maintain an over 90% average throughout his high school years; an amazing accomplishment. Both academically and athletically, Omar is a true ambassador for St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School.

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Jenna Flannigan Bats Up to Play with Canada’s National Women’s Baseball Team. ByMolly Kett


enna Flannigan started playing baseball for the Cornwall District’s Minor Baseball Team when she was nine. For a few years, she played both softball and baseball in Cornwall, but began to focus on baseball, as it offered a competitive program. At fifteen, Cornwall no longer offered a team for her age group, so she joined a competitive softball team in Kanata. She switched to different softball teams for a few years until she learned about Team Canada for women’s baseball. She then knew she had to switch back to baseball and in 2011, she made the team. There are so many reasons Jenna loves the sport. “It’s a great sport,” says Jenna. “It’s a team sport that’s played outside in the beautiful summer weather. Unlike other team sports, there is no time limit. Baseball is challenging, as it is both a mental and physical game. Baseball also offers many amazing opportunities to meet new people and play baseball around the world.”

Jenna also plays for the Cornwall River Rats baseball team during the summer months. This July 14th, the Cornwall River Rats will be hosting a game against the Women’s National baseball team. Flannigan will be playing for Team Canada. “It will definitely be different and interesting playing against the team I mainly play for, throughout the summer, on our home field,” says Jenna. John Flannigan, manager of the Cornwall River Rats, is very excited for the upcoming game. John says he’s hoping to see a big crowd as he knows that people with be impressed with the level of play.

Not only will Flannigan be playing with Team Canada on her home field this summer, but she will also be taking to the field with them at the Pan Am Games. John says he’s really looking forward to seeing Jenna play with the team for the games. Jenna is excited as well and is pleased that the sport seems to be growing in popularity.

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with over 700 athletes to the Games,” says Jenna. “Seeing women’s baseball in the Pan-Am Games is very encouraging because it means

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Adriana Conti is a remarkable studentathlete who humbly shines above others when it comes to overall achievements in academics and sports. She is a Grade 11 student that has it all; a gifted athlete, an excellent student, and a natural leader! This year, Adriana won 4 gold medals at local SDG championships with the senior girls’ basketball team, tennis team, golf team, and badminton team. She has also won two silver medals with the senior girls’ volleyball and soccer teams. She is always ready to take the necessary steps to ensure her success and does so with a positive attitude. Adriana, as point guard for the Patriotes’ senior girls’ gold medal basketball team, was also named tournament MVP at the Queen’s Invitational basketball tournament. To complete this exceptional year, Adriana was named Senior Female Athlete of the Year and received the Denise-Dumais Trophy for her outstanding sportsmanship at La Citadelle’s annual Athletic Banquet. Overall, Adriana is an exceptional student-athlete and we are pleased to nominate her as La Citadelle’s athlete of the month!

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any athletes try to give back to their communities; sometimes a simple donation or by volunteering with people to get them moving. Local athlete Sebastian Warner is doing something very different. He’s opening an outdoor exercise park, located in Lamoureux Park between the museum and splash pad, made for anyone and everyone. He tells us two people are to be thanked for the inspiration. “Both of my parents have been a huge inspiration in taking on promoting community fitness,” said Warner. “Dad got me into running about 10 years ago when he visited me and challenged me to a 10km race. Watching him start from nothing at around 55 and decide to get into marathoning was both a shock and inspiration.” Warner’s mother, having taught yoga for 30 years, has also been a big help. “She has been a community fitness advocate her whole life,” he says. Warner hopes his facility will get people involved no matter what age. “Facilities in our community such as this will give our population the opportunity to be active, regardless of age and circumstance,” he says. Warner couldn’t build the park by himself. Fellow worker Patrick Clarke Sebastian Warner presented the idea to the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise, and the two have Warner heads off snowshoeing or trail been working together ever since. running during the winter. “I used to Warner tells us the two Rotary Clubs injure myself running on the road every in Cornwall have much experience winter,” he says. “Trail running and within this kind of work. “They have snowshoeing have put an end to those done numerous similar projects in the injuries and made running much more past such as the tennis courts, traffic enjoyable.” Warner mentions these two circle flags, children’s playground, activities are a great way to challenge Rotary Gazebo, Rotary Eco Gardens him. “Both sports are lower impact and more,” he says. “We have a lot of and challenge you in different ways. members with experience in these types We have some great trails for running and snowshoeing in our area,” he says. of projects.” “Gilles Parisien is our local snowshoe When he has some time to himself, running fanatic and got me into it about

Submitted Photo five years ago. I’ve been hooked ever since.” What many people don’t know is Warner practices yoga often. Telling us the many reasons why it helps. “Ease of mobility, relaxation, peace of mind, yoga helps with all of this,” he says. “The yogic breathing exercises probably give me an advantage for running.” He also tells us about a muscle many people don’t seem to concentrate on. “I think the diaphragm is likely the largest muscle people don’t work

out on a regular basis,” said Warner. “There is a noticeable difference in lung capacity and ease of breathing after these exercises.” Having done many volunteer works around the area, when asked what was his most memorable, a canoe trip with exchange students comes to mind. “I’ve enjoyed taking our Rotary exchange students out in the Raisin River canoe race the past couple of years,” Warner said. “Neither of them had ever canoed. Somehow we shot the dam successfully both years and finished more or less dry.” It is understandable for someone with a busy work schedule unable to keep active and healthy. Warner gives some simple advice for those who are unable to find that time. “Make time for yourself everyday. Make fitness, keeping active and eating well part of your lifestyle and everyday routine and it will come naturally, no matter how busy you are,” he says. “I tell myself when I’m feeling lazy that I’ll feel better after working out, and I always do!” For anyone who wants to chip in to the construction of the park, Warner tells us how the citizens can help. “We accept any and all donations. Those donating $250 or over have the option of being recognized with an engraved brick at the workout park,” he says. “Contact me at for more information or ask any Rotarian in our community. 100% of the proceeds will go to the project.” Recently Warner was placed fourth in the Seaton Soaker 50km in Pickering, and the Kingston Self-Transcendence Six-Hour Race. But that’s far from his racing this year. “I plan to do the eight day, seven-stage ENDURrun in August (that’s my summer holiday),” Warner says. “My ultimate goal is to do the Ultra Tour de Mont Blanc which is a 168km race around Mont Blanc in France.”


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Wishin I was Fishin... A Campfire Fishing Story

Local Fisherman James Rutley Shares His Love for the Sport

area. He likes to get out two or three times a week and hopes that next year, when he retires, he will be able to fish a lot more. Part of the reason Rutley loves to fish is taking out new fishers and seeing them succeed. He does have a trick to get them on the water. “I usually take them out in the boat and say ‘I’ll teach you.’ Pickerel fishing, the way I do it, is with a bottom bouncer and there’s a trick to it. It’s not easy fishing, but once you get the hang of it, catching a large pickerel and bringing it up, you Submitted photo can’t beat it,” says Rutley.

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ames Rutley started fishing at a very young age and loves the sport. Although he took a break from fishing at one point, when he began working with Bob Loney, whom Rutley calls a really good fisherman, he was back at it again. Loney taught him how to fish for pickerel, and now, that’s all he fishes.

He is thrilled he’s started fishing again. “I love it,” says Rutley. “I love the time out in the river. I love to meet the people out on the river, I love to take people who have never fished before out fishing and I love to Jim began fishing at a young age see the expression on their face years ago. “He brought his son when they catch something.” down to Cornwall. They live in Rutley says his earliest fishing Toronto now, and I took his son memory is with his Grandfather out fishing, and his son actually in Perth, fishing for bass. He out-fished his father, and the recalls catching a fish so large boy was like, six-years-old. It he almost fell into the water. was great,” says Rutley. Rutley has many fond fishing Rutley says he would like to memories, but two of them head up to Hornpayne again on a stood out in his mind. “Taking fishing trip. “We used to go with friends and going up north to a group, it was unbelievable Hornpayne and going to fly fishing!” fish,” is the first memory, says Currently, Rutley’s favourite Rutley. His other favourite memory was reacquainting place to fish is above the dam with a high school buddy three near the Long Sault, Ingleside

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ORNWALL – June 3rd 2015 - The past season for La Citadelle athletes has been exceptional. The school’s Athletic Association held their annual Athletic Banquet on Friday, May 29th 2015. This year’s theme, A Night at the Oscars, welcomed athletes and coaches with gold stars, movie reels, and a red carpet. They had plenty to celebrate with numerous SD&G championships, one EOSSA championship, one OFSAA championship and three additional athletes representing their school at the OFSAA championship in golf and badminton.


Over 150 Patriotes were present at the Annual Sports Gala. Prestigious honours were received by: Emilie Ménard, junior female athlete of the year; Colton Harper, junior male athlete of the year; Adriana Conti, senior female athlete of the year; and Reeve Nicholson, senior male athlete of the year.

A new trophy for superior sportsmanship has been created to honour Denise Dumais’ lifelong contribution to sports. Eric Brunet and Adriana Conti were its first recipients. Seven other awards were given, for great leadership and outstanding devotion to sports. Abbie Cameron and Caleb Fontaine received the Trophée Louise Charron. Myriam Fontaine received the Paul Charron Trophy and the Claude Séguin Trophy was awarded to Mélanie Carrière and Caleb Fontaine. Other medals and trophies were awarded for ability, effort, improvement, excellence, and dedication to various sports. Congratulations to all of our athletes Award Winners L to R Caleb Fontaine, Melanie Carriere, Myriam Fontaine, Emilie Menard, Adrianna Conti, Submitted Photo Eric Brunet, Reeve Nicholson (Absent Colton Harper & Abbie Cameron) and thank you for an amazing season.

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Renee Lortie: Following Her Dreams Across North America


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enee Lortie has been keeping herself busy, with an academic and athletic career that has taken her from Canada to the United States. Born and raised in Cornwall, the 22-year-old began building her resume as an ice hockey player in high school, where she played for the Cornwall Girls’ Hockey Association and at the Ontario Hockey Academy. After her graduation, Lortie accepted a scholarship to Norwich University and, in 2010, moved to Vermont where she played forward for their women’s hockey team. “We practiced two to three hours a day and played games on the weekends and sometimes during the week,” says Lortie. “It’s what every committed hockey player dreams of doing.” After completing her four year degree in Biology, Lortie moved back to Ontario in May 2014. The following September, Lortie enrolled at St. Lawrence College, where she played on the Sharks’ women’s hockey team. The first-year nursing student was part of the team’s

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successful season, which ended with consecutive cup win. “We have a Provincial title,” says Lortie. “It was a gold win at the 2015 Challenge great group of girls and one of the a really fun experience and I’m happy Cup Championships—their second best moments was when we won the I got back into my skates.”

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Christine Lefebvre, Manager of Parks and Recreation, Retires After Thirty-two Years of Service. By Molly Kett


hristine Lefebvre, Divisional Manager for Parks and Recreation in the City of Cornwall, is retiring after working in the Parks and Recreation department for thirty-two years.

the city. A few accomplishments stand out in her mind. “I, along with my team, my staff, and my general manager, helped build the Benson Centre which is an accomplishment we’re very proud of,” says Lefebvre. “We worked with great community partners and a wonderful fundraising team. It was very rewarding the first day we opened the doors and heard all of the positive comments that came to us from our residents and the users. That was really a proud moment.”

Mother of two and grandmother of two, Lefebvre plans to spend her retirement with her family. Lefebvre says, “I will be spending time with my husband and children and grandchildren of course, some travel, and spending more time Along with the Benson with my parents. Spending time centre, Lefebvre recalls a few with family is probably at the other moments that she will top of my priority list.” never forget from her times Looking back on her career, with the Parks and Recreation Lefebvre has thoroughly department. “There have been enjoyed her time working for many proud moments,” says

having their cooperation over the years. “

Lefebvre says the most rewarding part of her job was the participation of the community. “The kids having fun in our parks and our splash pads and people enjoying our facilities are probably the most rewarding,” says Lefebvre.

Lefebvre. “We opened a new aquatic centre in 2005, so that was pretty exciting after a long period of planning for a new facility. It has been wonderful working with all our minor sports associations and developing some pretty good policies and

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Former Cornwall Colt Player Travis Locey remembers back to his time with the Colts as a Favourite Sports Memory. “The day I put on a Colts Jersey and stepped on the ice I got this truly overwhelming feeling” say’s Locey. “Ill never forget looking up at my parents and seeing their faces there to support me. That moment was, without a doubt, my favorite memory as a Colt.

While looking forward to spending more time with family, Lefebvre says there is going to be a lot to miss. “The staff, my team, I will miss immensely,” says Lefebvre. “The Parks and Recreation staff has been very supportive. They’re all hard workers and they’re all really good people so I will miss speaking to them everyday, tremendously.”

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AIR GLIDERS ...................................................................... Jean Juneau ............... 613-932-5103 Rachelle Davis ............ 613-935-4714 AQUATICS Sea Lions Swim Club AUTO RACING Mohawk International Raceway .................... Brian Mulligan ............ 613-938-6751 BASEBALL/SOFTBALL Cornwall District Minor Baseball ................... Susan Poirier .............. 613-936-8827 Cornwall Optimist Minor Softball ................ Cornwall Kinsmen Minor Girls Softball ....... Mike Turcotte ............. 613-933-3837 Ladies Fastball Fith Wheel 18 Wheelers, ..... Brian Tardiff ............... 613-938-2950 Navy Club Mens Fastball ............................... Brian O’Neill ................ 613-936-1960 ...................................................................... Frank Marceau ............ 613-936-9077 BASKETBALL United Counties Minor Basketball ................. Brad DeRochie ............ 613-938-0533 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 BROOMBALL

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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 ......... 613-543-4561 Upper Scotch Farm ....................................... Kelley Ferguson Drogheda Manor ........................................... Garry Meek FIGURE SKATING Skate Cornwall .................................................................................. 613-936-9290 Can-Skate Learn to Skate .................................................................. 613-936-9290 FOOTBALL Cornwall Men’s Flag Football......................... Steve McMillan ........... 613-551- 4605 Cornwall Minor Football Association ............. Rod Simpson .............. 613-936-2888 GOLF Archie’s Family Golf Centre ............................................................... 613-932-8255 Cornwall Golf & Country Club ........................................................... 613-931-1122 Heritage Golf Club ............................................................................ 613-347-3738 Summerheights Golf Links............................ Katie MacLennan .................613-938-8009 ........ Upper Canada Golf Course ................................................................ 613-543-2003 GYMNASTICS Cornwall Gymnastics Club ............................ Tammy Mcallister ....... 613-933-4356 HOCKEY ASSOCIATIONS Akwesasne Minor Hockey Association .......... Mark Terrance............. 315-250-0287 Alexandria Minor Hockey Association ........... Kevin Ctaig ................. 613-551-2698 CharLan Minor Hockey Association .............. Bruce McRae .............. 613-347-3406 Cornwall Minor Hockey Association .............. Patrick McLeod........... 613-933-8586 NGS Minor Hockey Association .................... Chad Brownlee ........... 613-984-0410 South Stormont Minor Hockey Association .... Brad Maloney ............. 613-346-0888 Seaway Valley Minor Hockey Association ..... Mark Desnoyers ......... 613-571-6517 Cornwall Adult Hockey Academy for Beginners ........ Mario Laroche ............ 613-363-3861 Cornwall Colts Junior A Hockey .................... Ian MacInnis ............... 613-930-9300 Cornwall Girls Hockey Association ................ Rod McLeod Cornwall Women’s Recreational Hockey League .... Sylvie Jans .......................................................... Cornwall River Kings ..................................... Mike Lecuyer ............. 613-933-9797 Cornwall Minor Ball Hockey League .............. Gerry Sommerville...... 613-703-9183 Cornwall Women’s Ball Hockey League......... Dominique Laroche .... 613-936-2020 Cornwall Men’s Ball Hockey League .............. Mitch Gagne ............... 613-932-4471 HIGHLAND DANCING SD&G Highland Dancing Association ............ Sherry Crawford-MacLachlan... 613-347-1426 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 Carried Forward If your organization is listed and information should be updated, please forward current information.


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ornwall is in the midst of T-Ball season. It began on May 4, and will continue until the first week of July. There are about 50 children, from ages four to six, who are participating in T-Ball, says Gordie Van Putten, president of Cornwall District Minor Baseball. He coaches T-Ball and has had the opportunity to coach his own two children. Van Putten says T-Ball is a great outdoor sport that teaches children about sharing, taking turns, and supporting your friends—because we are always cheering everybody on. In T-Ball, children learn how to catch a ball, stand, hold the bat properly, and hit off a tee.

Van Putten says parents are also an important part of the program because T-Ball requires adult helpers, on the field, to guide the children. He says it has been very rewarding to Caedmon Van Putten enjoys watch the kids grow and develop as playing T Ball with friends baseball players. Submitted Photo

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or the second time in its five-year history the All-Star Challenge returns to its founding league, the CCHL, for the 2015 season. Cornwall has been selected to host on the heels of a memorable Fred Page Cup, which was a monumental success on and off the ice. Fans in Cornwall will see 9 elite allstar teams compete over three days in a unique format. Each team plays two round-robin games within their groups of three for seeding purposes only. Games consist of two twenty-minute halves, creating an urgent and intense game from the drop of the puck. Originally held in 2011 in Smiths Falls, the Central Canada Cup was a creation designed to reinstate an all-star game but with a more meaningful format; to have Junior ‘A’ leagues provide a best-on-best event with league versus league. This year for the first time, with the arrival of the Maritime Hockey League, all five Eastern Canada CJHL member

leagues will participate. The event will now be called the EASTERN CANADA ALL STAR JUNIOR A CHALLENGE and the MHL joins entries from the Quebec Hockey League, the Northern Ontario Hockey League, four entries from the Ontario Junior Hockey League, and two entries from the host Central Canada Hockey League. Previous years the event has been held in Toronto (2014 OJHL), Terrebonne (2013-QJHL), Wellington (2012-OJHL) and Smiths Falls (2011-CCHL). This event serves as a scouting opportunity for NHL, NCAA, CIS, and CHL programs and annually attracts over 100 organizations. It also allows for the staff of Team Canada East to have a final view of many eligible players to participate in the World Junior A Challenge, which this year is being held in Ontario for the first time (Cobourg, OJHL). Further information will be available in the coming weeks

Inset photo, Maxville brothes Noah, 7, and Isaac, 5, Mainville are both enjoying their seasons in the Glengarry Minor Baseball League. The Glengarry Minor Baseball League boasts 76 players this year from areas including Alexandria, Williamstown, Maxville, Vankleek Hill, Glen Robertson, etc. Photos Submitted by Lindsay Mcintosh-Mainville


Ronnie Robidoux Win’s his Division at Ringside for Youth Boxing Tournament in Ottawa By Jordan Todd


onnie Robidoux, a Cornwall-based boxer, has big plans for his future.

The 20-year-old Robidoux recently won his division at Ringside for Youth in Ottawa, a fundraising event for the Boys and Girls Club. He says he was also voted the best boxer there. For Robidoux, though, winning is nothing new. “I haven’t lost since last year, I think,” he says. When Robidoux first took up boxing, he was just trying to lose some weight. He never thought he would

become so good at it. He says he enjoys the rush. “I was just going to have one fight,” he says. “I looked into MMA, but I didn’t like it. So I went back to boxing and I stuck with it ever since.” Rubidoux’s home gym is Champs Eastside Boxing Club, where he trains yearround for his dozen or so fights per year. As for his future in sport, his next big move is going pro. “I’m going to try to get the nationals under my belt, a few more big events,” he says. “Then, yeah, I’ll try it.”

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ne of the joys of early summer is getting to see some local hockey stars return home to Cornwall and area. It’s not uncommon to see hockey pros Jesse Winchester (Colorado Avalanche), Brock McBride (Austria) and Todd Perry (KHL) either at the rink or on a local golf course. Winchester has been a special guest of the Boys & Girls Club golf tournament the past few seasons, even serving as inspiration for some weekend hackers who could use the help (rumour has it that Winchester is a low handicap player). This year, a common sight has been McBride along with Perry working with younger players on the ice at the Benson Centre. Both are more than happy to impart their experience on teenage players looking to take that next step. A recent welcomed, albeit cameo style appearance at one of those ice times was former Colts star and one of the new Chicago Black Hawks Kyle Baun. Baun’s NHL career began with a 3 game stint in the later stages of this past regular season for the eventual Stanley Cup Champions. Baun’s former Colts and Colgate NCAA teammates, future pro players like Tyson Spink and Mike Borkowski have also been spotted at the Benson Centre working with younger players while staying in shape for next season. All of the above are either local hockey products or played their Jr. A careers here with the Colts. Perry was another type of Colts player (Barrie Colts of the OHL). They are all fine young men who have already had or will have lengthy careers in hockey either as players, coaches or management. It’s refreshing to see, especially when they give back to the game by nurturing younger players (boys and girls) either through various camps (Own The Ice) or other organized events. And they give back to the community in non-hockey ways too including being a part of various golf tournaments (Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club), participating in fundraisers (Rachel’s Kids’ Garden Party, Denim & Diamonds) and many more. Next time you bump into one of them at the grocery store, at a local shop or at a fundraiser, say thank you – they’ve earned it.

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EOSA LC Meet Results By Staff Writer


he Cornwall Sea Lions competed at the 2015 Eastern Ontario Long Course Regional Championships meet held in Nepean, Ontario from June 5-7, 2015. The Sea Lions were well represented with 19 qualifiers. Standout performances were provided by several swimmers with Kaden Kilger, Kennady Kilger, Ally Lecky, Mackenzie Wright, and Gregor Macpherson bringing home hardware. Most continue to train to compete at the provincial and national championships this summer. Kaden Kilger, Gregor Macpherson, Amanda Mullin and Rori Campbell will represent the Sea Lions at the Swim Ontario Summer Festival – a provincial championship meet for swimmers aged 13 & younger. Pictured Above: Ashleigh Jackson, Ashley Mullin, Sarah Sidorchuk, Ally Lecky, Wyatt Brochert, Rori Campbell, Myrah Murray, Mackenzie Wright, Kaden Kilger, Sadie McAlear, Gregor Macpherson, Francesca

Emilie Contant, Sadie McAlear, Giovanniello, Olivia Dobson, Kennady Kilger, Amanda Mullin and Head Coach Clayton Delaney. Mackenzie Wright, and Kennady Photo Submitted Kilger will compete at the Swim Ontario Provincial Championships, Free, 31st 50m Free, 32nd 100m Free, 12th 200m IM, 12th 50m Back Kaden Kilger: 1st 50m Back, with Kennady also representing the Free Olivia Dobson: 31st 400m 3rd 50m Free, 3rd 100m Breast, 3rd Sea Lions at the Swimming Canada Sarah Sidorchuk: 14th 50m Free, 35th 50m Fly, 38th 100m Fly, 200m Back, 4th 100m Back, 6th Age Group Nationals in Quebec Back, 20th 200m Back, 26th 50m 39th 200m IM, 48th 100m Free, 48th 200m IM, 7th 200m Free City. Free, 26th 200m IM, 27th 100m 200m Free, 48th 50m Free Boys 12 New Swimmer Assessment and Breast, 32nd 100m Back Francesca Giovanniello: 36th Gregor MacPherson: 2 n d Registration for the 2015-2016 Girls 12 200m IM, 26th 100m Fly, 39th 50m 50m Fly, 2nd 100m Free, 3rd 100m season will take place on Friday Fly, 45th 100m Free, 47th 200m Free, Back, 4th 50m Free, 4th 200m IM, September 18th, 2015. Please email Ashleigh Jackson: 11th 50m Back, 5th 100m Fly, 9th 200m Free the Cornwall Sea Lions Registrar to 14th 100m Back, 20th 200m Back, 53rd 50m Free schedule a time for your swimmer: 22nd 50m Free, 27th 100m Free Alexandra Lecky: 3rd 50m Free, Boys 15 & Over 9th 50m Back, 9th 50m Fly, 11th Girls 13-14 Wyatt Brochert: 5th 200m Back, 100m Free, 14th 100m Fly, 14th 50m Results from the Regional Kennady Kilger: 2nd 50m Fly, Breast 7th 200m Free, 7th 50m Free, 8th Championships are below: 5th 800m Free, 10th 100m Fly, 10th 100m Back, 8th 50m Back, 15th Sadie McAlear: 10th 200m Girls 10 & Under 400m Free 200m IM Fly, 15th 100m Fly, 19th 50m Fly, Rori Campbell: 4th 100m Free, 4th Amanda Mullin: 12th 200m 21st 200m IM, 23rd 400m Free, 25th Jason Toth: 8th 200m Breast, 9th 100m Back, 4th 50m Back, 5th 50m Back, 16th 100m Back, 21st 100m 200m Free, 27th 100m Free 50m Breast, 20th 50m Fly, 26th 50m Free, 6th 200m IM, 7th 200m Back Fly, 25th 50m Fly, 26th 50m Back, Mackenzie Wright: 2 n d Free, 28th 100m Free 37th 200m Free, 52nd 50m Free Myrah Murray: 17th 100m Back, 1500m Free, 4th 800m Free, 4th 200m Marshall Wilson: 7th 50m 25th 50m Free, 25th 100m Free Girls 15 & Over Back, 5th 400m Free, 9th 100m Back, Breast, 8th 100m Breast, 12th 50m Girls 11 Free, 18th 50m Fly, 30th 100m Free, Emilie Contant: 4th 100m Fly, 6th 13th 50m Back, 17th 100m Fly Ashley Mullin: 30th 200m 50m Fly, 6th 200m Fly, 9th 100m 31st 200m IM Boys 11

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Legault Soccer Tournament a Great Success By Todd Anderson


t’s a tribute to a friend. It’s also an event that has helped so many others.

The Marc Legault Memorial Soccer Tourney has a motto that fittingly describes the annual event; “Small fields. Short games. Great times.” The 7th annual tournament was held on June 13 at Alexandria Island Park and featured around 200 players on 20 teams. Games were won and lost, and trophies were given out, but the primary objective was fun.

“Marc was a great friend to everyone who knew him,” says tournament organizer Donald McDougald. “Nobody had a bad word to speak about him and he was always the nicest, most genuine guy in the room. It touched us all when he struggled through his battle with cancer and a few of us decided to do something in his memory. We decided on a soccer tournament because many

of us grew close to Marc while playing soccer with him on the Hellfish team (in the Cornwall and District Soccer League). He was an original member and was a great teammate. We figured if we could do something for local charities and touch anyone’s life it would be a great reminder to everyone of the type of impact Marc had on all of us.”

This year the event raised approximately $5,300. Over the years, coupled with an annual euchre tournament the group of volunteers has also organized, over $65,000 has been raised to local charities.

“We have not earmarked the money from this year for anything in particular right now,” McDougald says of this year’s totals. “We made our annual contribution to St. John Ambulance (who always covers our event), annual bursaries at the Alexandria high schools, and we make donations to places like the Glengarry hospital, CHEO, etc. We are also always willing


to look at any suggestions people Atlantic has helped us every year and Desautels Meat has also been have.” The group of volunteers who a major sponsor over the years”

Other support has come from help organize the event is lengthy. McDougald appreciates all their Scotiabank, BDO Canada, VIA Rail, Upper Canada Playhouse, efforts. “The tournament’s success Wajax, Ivaco Rolling Mills, and really has depended on DA MacMillan, among others. volunteers. We have no paid people who work with us, so we need a lot of support from people who get nothing other than self satisfaction. The tournament started almost entirely with teams who were captained by Marc’s friends. Over the years friends have continued to help with set-up, captaining teams, barbecuing, etc. The biggest thanks go to my wife Lyne and Dominic Thauvette, who have been unbelievable. Dominic takes care of the euchre tournament and the barbecue at the soccer tournament. Lyne takes care of all the registration and paperwork on the day of the tournament. We have also been helped by sponsors in the community. The

McDougald says measures have been set to ensure anyone can participate. “Yes, it is a soccer tournament and that is the basis, but we try to focus the tournament so that it is appealing even for people that have never played before,” says McDougald. “We play on small fields so that nonplayers can better be part of the game. Basically, the tournament is more about having a laugh with friends than about scoring the winning goal. That is what makes it fun for everyone and keeps people coming back.” For more information on the tournament, please contact or

Donald McDougald stands with a sign dedicated to his friend Marc Legault at the Alexandia soccer field. McDougald reflected on another Photo by Todd Anderson successful Marc Legault Memorial Tourney, the 7th annual, held in June at Alexandria Island park.


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ummer presents a challenge for many martial artists. With seasonal sports, family vacations, and various other outdoor activities, there is often little or no time left for karate training. Being honest with ourselves, most of us would rather be doing almost anything outside rather than sweating it out in class during the summer months. Like many other clubs, Seaway Karate shuts down during July and August -giving our members the summer off to participate in other activities, returning in September rejuvenated. At our last class in June we provide our group with a half dozen or so drills that they may want to try during the summer. These drills are fun and innovative, can be practised alone, take no more than a minute or two to do, and can help maintain

or even improve present skills. Here are a few of our drills for this summer. 1) Plank to push-up. Starting in the plank position, keeping your core engaged and your back straight, place one hand at a time into the push-up position. Then return one arm at a time to the plank position. Repeat several times alternating the arm that makes the initial move. 2) Wall-sit kata. Standing with your back against a wall, slowly slide down the wall until your thighs are parallel with the floor. Choose a kata and slowly execute the hand techniques from that kata, maintaining the sitting position. 3) Side kick hydrant. Starting on all fours, slowly bring your right knee forward and execute a side kick. Try to bring your knee up as close as possible to the corresponding shoulder chambering the kick. Great drill for working the waist and gluts.

4) Arm circles. Start by holding your arms straight out to the side for approx. 15 seconds. Make a very small initial arm circle, and then slowly make each subsequent circle ever so slightly larger until reaching full circle. This should take approx. one minute to get to this point. At full circle, slowly reverse, making each circle slightly smaller until you return to the original start position with arms straight out to the side. Hold for another 15 seconds. 5) Close your eyes and slowly perform a front kick stopping at full extension, making several circles with the foot. Repeat 10 times with each leg – a balance drill that is also good for the core. 6) No rope skipping drill. Staying on the balls of your feet and keeping your elbows close to your side, skip for at least 120 wrist rotations or jumps. This gives you two per second for one minute. Good for both upper and lower body.

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A New Member To The Roller Derby Family By Derrick LoRusso


ocal women’s roller derby club ‘The Seaway Roller Derby Girls’ has welcomed its newest member, Mia Robertson, to the family. Robertson found the group through a friend who’s been watching the games for a while. “A good friend of mine volunteers for St. John’s Ambulance and attends the games,” she says. “He told me that Cornwall had a Roller Derby team and encouraged me to check it out.”

losses as wins,” says Jasiewicz. “Because if you can learn anything from playing better teams, if you can take anything positive away from the games then we consider it a win that will just make us stronger for the next game.”

When asked how helpful the other girls have been in making her feel at home, Robertson said she has been given tons of support. “All the girls on the team have been amazing!” she says. “They’re so encouraging, helpful, and supportive. They want to see you perform to the best of your abilities. I love that they are always willing to give me helpful tips and advice.” She adds all the girls in the team are a big inspiration to her. “I watch them skate/play and I aspire to be that good one day!” she says.

Robertson told us how excited she was before she had her first big game with the group. “I was looking forward to playing with the Girls and applying everything I’d learned since I started!” she said. “I was also looking forward to holding my own and showing everyone what I am made of.” The Girls were headed to Long Jasiewicz tells us everyone who Sault Arena to tackle Kingston’s joins the team is family, and is own Skateful Dead. to be treated like family. “When Long time member of the team, you join derby you are family. Dana Jasiewicz, told us what And Mia, as well as our other kind of strategy they had going newbies, are now our family as into the game. “The strategy well,” she says. “We will teach in playing Kingston’s Skateful them, help them, mentor them, Dead was simply teamwork,” and guide them through their she says. “Listening to each transition of learning the game to other on the track, being there for becoming effective derby girls.” your sisters to back them up and Robertson has some words providing defence and offense, of wisdom for anyone who is using what we’ve been working not sure about the competitive on for several years - stay calm, sport of roller derby. “I would stay organized and listen to the recommend it to anyone, with or coaching staff.” without skating experience. Try Even with a strong team and not to judge the sport and give it good communication, the girls a try!” she says. “It’s more than lost 215-190 to the Skateful just a bunch of tough women Dead. “We even look at our pushing each other on a track.”

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