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ith a roster general manager Roy Ledoux calls “veteran laden”, this group of players and solid leaders went home victorious, winning the Founders’ Cup Lacrosse Nationals in Calgary, but not without challenge. Ledoux says the boys didn’t panic

and instead took any adversity they faced head-on and rose to the challenge. However, the season, for the boys, had a rocky start. “This team came out of the gate slow, as we were missing most of the older guys who were still away at school playing field in universities such as Albany, Cornell, Potsdam, and Onondaga College. As they were still playing there, they needed to finish

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Outside the Classroom with Wendy Shaver By Victoria Klassen


endy Shaver, a middle school teacher at St. Lawrence Secondary School, coaches badminton, volleyball, and track and field. This past season the school’s girls’ volleyball team made it to the finals; the badminton team accomplished first place finishes in three different divisions; and the track and field team had around twenty students qualify for the Upper Canada Cup Championships. “I am an avid runner so I love to see kids getting involved and discovering their true potential at an early age,” says Shaver. She says she aims to compete in two half marathons every

year. In her free time, Shaver also cycles and plays golf.

“When I was a student myself, I tended to play a lot more team sports,” says Shaver. “I played basketball, soccer, broomball, and ball hockey as well as participated in track and field.” Shaver currently teaches English, health, and physical education to grade seven and eight students. She says she likes that the school offers “a wide range of activities” so that interested students can get involved. “There is the opportunity we get when coaching to relate to our students on a different level,” says Shaver, “which helps build good relationships both inside and outside of the classroom.” Continued from page 1

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When it came down to the gold medal game, Ledoux says the team worked hard for the big win. “In the gold medal game I believe that the poise of our players took over as it was close all the way through, but the players stuck to the game plan and persevered for the win. There was never really a feeling that we were in trouble as I believe that we out played them,” says Ledoux. “The Indians refused to lose. I find that the tournament is really anticlimactic to the Ontario playoffs. The competition and challenge to get to the tournament is always tougher than when you get there.” We’re looking forward for what will come next from this tough, hardworking team.

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Then and Now: Cornwall Colts Edition…Phil Roy

By Molly Kett


hil Roy grew up playing hockey with a passion, starting at a young age in Montreal. As he grew up playing the sport, Roy says he was fortunate enough to have a contact that was able to connect him with the Cornwall Colts and get him on track to reaching his goal of playing division one hockey. “I came down to visit and talk to the coaches, one was Al Wagar and I decided to play there,” says Roy. “So I had a great experience in Cornwall for two years and we played in the old Si Miller Arena, had great success and caught the eyes of Clarkson. I was able to attend Clarkson and did my four years, then did five years of pro after that and I’ve been coaching college hockey for the last ten years.” When thinking back to his time with the Colts, Roy can think of a number of fond memories, from a packed house every home game to playoff season. “I think the best memory was in the playoffs,” Former Colt Phil Roy Enjoys Watching Young Players Develop says Roy. He recalls usually scholarship after his time with the rehab he may have needed. “So playing across from the American Colts to continue his hockey career that was my dream, to get a Hockey League team who were in and play at Clarkson. “That was scholarship and I was lucky Cornwall at the time in a smaller my goal,” says Roy. He wanted enough to have one at Clarkson,” rink, but in the final playoff series to get a scholarship so he could says Roy. the Colts played in the bigger see a return on his investment in Now, Roy has taken on the role complex. “It was packed and we hockey, from the costs of travel of assistant coach for the men’s won on home ice and just played to his parents driving him to play hockey team at Clarkson. Most incredible,” says Roy. at a young age, to the equipment, of his responsibility is on the Roy was lucky enough to snag a meals, workouts, and any medical recruiting side and making sure

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they bring the appropriate players to the Golden Knights’ family. The rest of his responsibility lies with development, progression, and the maturity of the players. “Second best job in the world, next to playing pro hockey,” says Roy. “What really gets me as a coach is being part of someone’s development.”

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Rick Lalonde: The New Coach of the Cornwall River Kings By Molly Kett


ick Lalonde, having been involved in hockey for over 25 years, including as general manager of the Cornwall River Kings, will be

taking on the additional role of head in playoffs, it will allow them to coach of the team in the upcoming mature as a group and move forward as a team this season. We still feel season. After Head Coach Bob Desjardin that we have a couple of pieces we decided to move home and take need to add but overall feel we are a coaching position in Jonquier, doing the right things to make us a Lalonde was up for the position. better team.”

After taking some time to discuss it Lalonde has high expectations for with his family, Lalonde decided he his team. He expects a consistent line was ready to take on the position of up from night-to-night and a group head coach. that will continue to get better every Going into its fourth season, week, playing every game like it’s Lalonde says the team this year a playoff game. He expects players is both young and very quick. “I to be committed, play as a family, feel that after the experience this and back each other. “We want group went through last season and our athletes to enjoy coming to the

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rink and playing with passion. Play every game like it may be your last,” says Lalonde. Lalonde has a solid grasp on what it means to him to be a head coach and what he expects out of the season. “I truly believe as a coach you need to be the hardest worker in the group,” says Lalonde. “You need to be an example to your players. You work hard, make sure you are well prepared and passionate, as well as a good listener. I believe this is chemistry for group success.”

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raham Vickers is president of the local chapter, District Eight, of the Ontario Senior Games Association 55+ Games. Vickers says the Senior Games’ aim is to get seniors “involved and active, both mentally and physically.” With 325 members in this district, he says, “The games that are being offered by the Ontario Senior Games Association really encompass any form of activity that a senior would be looking for—both summer and winter.” Summer games are held from April to June, and include events like bowling, shuffleboard, cycling, bridge, and bocce ball. Winter games run from late fall until February. Vickers says some popular winter activities are skating, skiing, curling, and hockey. “It sort of encourages you to not only participate in the games when they are put on, but to try to keep a little active throughout the rest of the year as well.” The Eastern Regional Games, which occur every two years, are being held in Kingston on September 16. Participants will be coming from Ottawa, Brockville, Renfrew, Cornwall, and surrounding areas. Vickers said there are around 70 entries from his district and they will be competing in events like golf, darts, euchre, and pickleball.

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Newington Tennis Player An Ace On The Courts By Todd Anderson


ewington resident Nathan Whalley enjoys tennis so much he’s decided to try and spread his knowledge and help other young players master the sport. He’ll turn just 17 in September but he’s already the owner and operator of a business, dubbed First Serve for Kids. It’s a mobile business that sees Whalley travel to a public tennis court near his clients to teach lessons. “During the school year (2014-15) we had a presentation called Summer Company; a program where you receive a grant from the government of Ontario to help you run a summer business,” says Whalley. “My school tennis coach recommended I teach kids how to play tennis. The majority of my lessons have been held in Ingleside and Long Sault. The lessons are for kids 12 and under. The lessons will be running until the end of summer. I am thinking about running my business again next year if there is enough interest.”

Whalley has a strong pedigree in the sport to back up his qualifications. Among his accomplishments are finishing top 20 at the Ontario Federation of Secondary School Athletic Association last school year representing Rothwell Osnabruck District High School in Ingleside. To reach OFSSAA, Whalley first captured the 2015 EOSSAA championship … a feat he also accomplished in 2013. Whalley was SDG champion in 2013 and 2014 and a finalist in 2012. Also in 2012, he was named Ottawa Athletic Club Future Stars Champion. “It feels great to represent R.O.,” says Whalley, who will be entering Grade 12 this year. “The teachers and students are very supportive, and since we had success this year with our junior boy and girl also going to EOSSAA, more people have expressed an interest in joining the tennis team this year.” Personally, Whalley is hoping to create lasting memories this coming season, win or lose. “Most of the kids play for tennis clubs across

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Ontario so I was very proud of my finish (top 20 at OFSSAA last year),” says Whalley. “This year I will be hoping to return to OFSSAA but I have learned not to get too confident and just have fun. Coming from a small school it is a very big deal for someone to reach OFSSAA and I was very proud to have made it that far.”

and just carried on practising locally on public tennis courts with my dad and for the school tennis team.

“My parents have been very supportive. Tennis is not the cheapest sport to play and my parents would drive me twice a week to Ottawa in order for me to play. My school tennis coach Sue St. Marseille has also helped me by staying after Whalley’s success all started when school so I, and other members of he was 12 years old. A multi-sport our tennis team, could practice.” athlete, it was his parents (Mark Mark and Julie are proud of their and Julie) who let their son decide son’s accomplishments thus far. “We where most of his focus would be feel Nathan will benefit greatly from concentrated. “I played hockey having the opportunity to run his until the age of 12. After watching own business through the Summer Wimbledon tennis and playing on a Company. He will learn skills he homemade court that my dad made can use the rest of his working and in the backyard, my parents gave personal life. We know his love me the option of playing hockey for tennis will continue and this is or joining tennis at the Ottawa a sport everyone can begin to enjoy Athletic Club,” recalls Whalley. no matter their age or ability. We “I chose tennis. I travelled to the are both very proud of what Nathan OAC once a week at first then I was has achieved so far in tennis and graciously sponsored by Cornwall how he has been able to pass his Career College to take on another skills on through his tennis coaching session per week. After two years of opportunities.” travelling to Ottawa, I left the OAC Continued on page 7

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Before tennis, Whalley skated with the Selects in the South Stormont Minor Hockey system and has also played recreational soccer. Lately his leisure activities have included golf, while he’s not working, of course. “I have had a few clients over the summer using the public courts, this has been pretty steady for me,” he says. “I have also gained a lot of business knowledge attending the Summer Company sessions and having to keep records and complete relevant paperwork.” Nathan’s father continues to create the tennis court in their yard and the Whalley Family Tennis Tournament is held each year. Nathan calls Novak Djokovic his idol, “as he is the #1 tennis player in the world and he signed my hat at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.” Whalley’s lessons are $20 per hour for one child or $30 an hour for two. Balls and rackets are provided, or participants can bring their own racket. Whalley can be contacted at or 613-360-1665.

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Moe Bellefeuille: The Story Behind a Cornwall Club Pro By Molly Kett


oe Bellefeuille, Cornwall Golf & Country Club’s pro, has a rich golf background. He grew up playing all of his junior golf at the Glengarry Golf & Country club, where he also worked before going to Humber College for their professional golf management program. While at Humber, Bellefeuille worked at the West Island Golf Dome. During his time there, the club was named number one Titleist fitting account in Canada. After this in 2009, Bellefeuille worked at Mount Bruno Country Club for Hocan Olsson, which is one of the most exclusive private clubs in Canada. In 2013, he found himself here in Cornwall as the head pro and has been here ever since. Bellefeuille has been in the CPGA since 2005. He has also completed all five levels of the TTCP; a training and teaching program. “What got me into golf as a profession was working for Stefan Dupont at the West Island

Golf Dome,” says Bellefeuille. “I fell in love with teaching and the retail side of the business.”

When it comes to his favourite golf memory, Bellefeuille couldn’t pick just one. “I have two,” says Bellefeuille. “My favourite golfing memory is basically golfing every morning at Glengarry with my dad. The other would be playing a few holes with Fred Couples at Mount Bruno. He was my golfing idol growing up.” Bellefeuille loves his job as the head pro at Cornwall’s club. He’s in charge of running the bag shop, pro shop, and driving range, as well as giving lessons. “My current job is great,” says Bellefeuille. “I love working with the members and I have a good relationship with my boss. It’s always busy for a head pro in the summer because the season is so short. You have to be everywhere Moe Bellefeuille with son Remy Submitted Photo at once, so sometimes it’s a challenge but I really enjoy it. I would like to have me. Like I said, I love the laid members and it’s only going to be stay in Cornwall for as long as they’ll back atmosphere of the club and the positive moving forward.”

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Young Stock Car Driver Gab Cyr Drawing Racing Fans Attention By Jordan Todd


t just 15 years old, Gab Cyr is not yet old enough to have a driver’s license, but that hasn’t stopped him from having an already remarkable stock car driving career. Cyr got his first taste of driving at age six, when he started driving go-karts. He liked it from the get go. “I like the competition and the fun you have while you’re racing,” says Cyr. This is Cyr’s rookie season as a driver, but he’s been practising stock car driving for a few years now. He’d been part of a pit crew for years before that, so when his driver, Billy Cook, offered him a chance to start driving, he jumped at the chance. With Cook’s back yard to practise in, Cyr took to it easily. So, with Cook also providing a stock car for Cyr to use in competition, the decision to start driving competitively a couple years later was an easy one. Despite being one of the youngest drivers on the track, Cyr has two wins under his belt already this summer. With no plans to stop any time soon, the sky could be the limit for young Cyr.

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Pat Turcotte, Director of Boys’ Hockey at the Ontario Hockey Academy, Gets Ready for the Upcoming Season By Molly Kett


at Turcotte, director of boys’ hockey at OHA in Cornwall, grew up and played all of his minor hockey and most of his junior hockey in the area. After graduating from UPEI, he returned to Cornwall to work at OHA. Turcotte is going into his sixth year at the academy and has served as the boys’ hockey director for the

past four years, heading the recruiting for our teams,” says Turcotte. “We process for all four boys’ teams at the are headed into the season with a lot academy. of change. The Midget AA team is This season, OHA will have a a completely new team within our Midget AA team, two Midget AAA program and the 2 AAA teams have teams and an 18U Prep team. The been restructured to adapt to the new AA team will compete in the OEMHL HEO-minor league. We expect that and the two AAA teams will compete all of our teams will be competitive in the new HEO-minor. Their Prep within their league, which should team will play a variety of showcase provide for some exciting hockey.” and tournaments throughout the To get ready for the upcoming United States. season, the boys will be living in “It should be another exciting year dorms at the academy. The players

will hit the ice for a two-day evaluation to make sure they’ve been placed on the right teams to support their development. They will also experience some off-ice testing to help create programs to help their progression. “Heading into the season I expect all of our teams to be competitive,” says Turcotte. “I believe we have added some good character kids to a strong group of returning players Continued on page 10


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Cornwall Celtics Remember Great Times and Renew Friendships at Reunion By Jordan Todd


t’s been over 40 years since the Cornwall Celtics Junior B Lacrosse team played a game, but on Aug. 8, players and staff from the team’s five-year history got together for their first-ever reunion. Three former Celtics, Dave Alguire, his brother Barry Alguire and Frank Helmer, organized the event. After six weeks of planning, contacting, and organizing, the reunion came together beautifully, says Dave Alguire. “We had a really, really great day.” Hosted by Frank Helmer and his wife, who have a spacious back yard, there were beers, horseshoes, and even a golf flag set up to hit wedges.

The 18 attendees were mostly former 18 years old, and these guys are all in players, with a few support staff their 60s now.” mixed in. The day was filled with Alguire says he plans on staying laughs, memories, and catching up, says Alguire. “You lose track of in touch with the guys now, even guys, I had no idea where some of these guys wandered off to. They go where work takes them and so on, but yeah, there was just a lot of catching up. It was great day for rekindling friendships and memories.”

the ones he hadn’t seen in 40 years. While there are no plans for any future reunions, Alguire says they haven’t ruled it out.

Some people couldn’t come and some they couldn’t get a hold of. Still though, the reunion was a rousing success, and solidified the idea that the bonds they formed were for life. “For a lot of these guys, you just pick up where you left off,” Alguire says. “Last time we saw them we were 17,


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Continued from page 9 which will help to push everyone to be better. The goal for the season is always the same; work together as coaches to help each player develop. We strive to find Junior homes for all graduating players; have all of our players showcased and help as many get drafted as possible; and make sure every player has a new base-line, to improve upon, the following year.” The players have a busy year of school and hockey ahead of them and with all the changes made this year, there’s bound to be some exciting hockey for the OHA boys’ teams this season.




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Cornwall’s Air Gliders Flying High in 18th Season By Jen Halsall


ornwall’s Air Gliders Trampoline Club will begin its 18th year this September, marking nearly two decades of airborne excellence in the community. Since its opening in 1997, the club has produced a multitude of recreational, provincial, and national athletes. “We’re growing, and I think we could grow more,” says Jean Juneau, the club’s founder. “The challenge is always to find available coaches.” Air Gliders registers 50 to 75 jumpers each year, several of whom come from outside Cornwall. “We have quite a few travelling a fair distance for the training, and that’s very interesting,”

says Juneau. “One year I had three athletes from Ottawa who wanted to train with me. You never know.”

New CrossFit Gym Opens in Cornwall By Jennifer Halsall


tarting this September, Cornwall’s athletes and fitness enthusiasts One of those travelling athletes is will have a new workout option: Schuyler Schellenberg, a national CrossFit. Together, Kyle Labelle and competitor who began jumping at Air Matthew Mondoux will be opening Gliders when he was six years old. Cornwall’s first fully dedicated gym Juneau says many athletes start in on September 8th. the recreational trampoline programs CrossFit is a full-body workout before progressing to more advanced based on functional movements techniques. “The recreational aspect and actions that can be scaled to an is very important to the club,” he athlete’s ability. It’s garnered a lot of says. “I had quite a few kids who attention for its seemingly demanding were interested in moving up to the regime, but according to Labelle, the intermediate level, so it’s building program’s set-up makes it nearly up.” Juneau says this year’s athletes universal. “Whether you’re picking will be training hard to qualify for the something up or you’re getting off provincial championships in April. the couch, all the movements you Until then, they can look forward to a do in CrossFit are things you do in first meet this December. your real life,” he says. “Anybody can really do it. All you change are the reps and the weight. I could be doing the same workout as a 45 year-


old high school teacher with different weights, and get the same results.” Labelle has been involved in CrossFit for four years, and says the workouts’ effectiveness struck him almost immediately. A more recent convert, Mondoux has been doing CrossFit for just over a year. “It’s a blast,” he says. “I’ve never had this much fun training, so if you’re looking to get into shape, this is the best way to do it.” But Labelle says CrossFit’s greatest asset can’t be found in weights and reps. “The community is what makes it,” he says. “Without the community, it’s just another workout program. It really brings people together, and it builds very strong friendships. We want to help people get fit, build a strong community, and help them achieve goals they didn’t think they could.”

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Eric MacDonald Gears Up for Cornwall’s Mixed Broomball League’s Second Season By Molly Kett


ric MacDonald, leader of the CRBA (Cornwall Regional Broomball Association), is extremely passionate about the sport and has been playing since he was 18 years old. He has medalled in both the Ontario regional and provincial championships. He has also been to four world championships since 2008 with the masters’ division, winning 3 bronze medals and one silver in 2012. He will also be participating in the 2016 world championship in Saskatchewan, Canada. Just last year, MacDonald received The Cornwall Sportsman of the Year Award and in October of the same year was inducted into the South Stormont Sports Hall of Fame as an Athlete and Builder for Broomball. He’s also won several personal awards over the years including MVP, Top Scorer, and Sportsmanship awards along with dedication and selections to all-star teams.

a league. It’s a mixed league, I figured that if I do a mixed league because there are a lot of women and girls and everything involved in broomball, I figured there would be more people attracted to it, which was true.” For those who don’t know how to play, broomball is closely related to hockey, but instead of a stick there’s an official broom and instead of the puck there’s a designated broomball. Instead of skates, they have shoes that allow players to run on the ice. Aside from larger nets and the rule that states there’s only one off side which is center line, the game is identical to hockey.

MacDonald is now ready to start of the second season of his mixed league and hopes that with time, the league will continue to grow. “Well, what I’m hoping is to get more organizers, more people interested to help the team, and increase the amount of teams that we have in the league,” says MacDonald. “That way the more people we have involved the bigger and the more teams we’re going to be able to have and that’s what’s going to help us grow.”

With all this passion for the sport, it’s no wonder MacDonald hopes to see his mixed broomball league flourish in Cornwall. “I started actually Eventually, MacDonald hopes to see a separate Greater Cornwall & Areas Sports Newspaper about four years ago, I managed to getCommunity some ice in Cornwall at the Benson Centre and I started off men’s league, women’s league, and junior league. with just one night a week and we had pick ups, MacDonald also encourages all students, who may players interested, and so on and that went on for not get extracurricular at school this year to come three years,” says MacDonald. “Last year I formed play in the broomball league and try out the sport.

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Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club - Tom Brady vs. the NFL. Tom Brady is just the latest in a long list of athletes accused of tampering with equipment in order to gain an advantage. Baseball pitchers Gaylord Perry and Joe Niekro, for years were suspected of doctoring the ball. Basketball coach Phil Jackson has been quoted that on his Knick’s team in the 70’s, several players would carry a needle, Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper deflating the ball to their liking. Legendary boxing trainer and master tactician Angelo Dundee was the prime suspect in the loosening of the top ring rope allowing Muhammad Ali to “rope-a-dope” George Foreman. This situation is not so much about Tom Brady’s knowledge of deflated footballs or his lack of co-operation, as it is the power struggle between the NFL owners and the NFLPA.

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Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast -For the past 8 months we’ve been listening to the diatribes of Brady and Goodell, and in the end most of us think that it’s much ado about nothing. Brady wants to prevent any tarnishing of his reputation as the greatest quarterback since Joe Montana. He’s not willing to take his medicine for the indiscretions that occurred during the AFC championship game last January. Goodell’s reputation is already tarnished beyond repair, so this is just another incident in a litany of poor decision-making on his part. His only saving grace is that he’s been at the helm of the NFL, when they’re making record revenues of 10 billion dollars a year. As these two sides continue to posture, it’s no longer about deflation of ‘foot’balls, it’s about whose are bigger. Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - The Tom Brady vs. the NFL saga dubbed “Deflategate” is, in my opinion, absolutely ludicrous. How America has enabled itself to be sucked into such dramatics, if not complete hysteria, over such a non-issue is beyond comprehension. If the air pressure in a football was such a critical issue in the NFL, ball preparation would be closely scrutinized by the league - but it’s not. The last person to touch Brady’s footballs before they’re snapped is the official. If football pressure was an issue, officials would be trained to recognise soft footballs. It’s not an issue; in fact in 2006, the league started allowing teams to bring their own footballs to games. The NFL allows quarterbacks to break-in these balls as they see fit, for comfort, and ease of throwing & catching. With football being so much about strategy, the more comfortable the ball is for a quarterback and his receivers, the more entertaining the game becomes. Has a rule been broken? - perhaps a trivial equipment rule. Does it deserve a four game suspension? Absolutely not; maybe a five yard penalty, but leave the officials decide.


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Summerheights Hosts 50th Cornwall Wildcats At Annual Valley League Tourney The Next Level By Jim Riddell


n Sunday August 23rd, the 50th annual Men’s Valley League Tournament was played back where it began, at Summerheights Golf Club, with the coveted W. D. MacLennan trophy being won by the Cedar Glen team from Williamsburg. The other teams competing were from Summerheights, Morrisburg, Iroqouis, and Sandy Row from the South Mountain area. Each team sends one golfer each for A, B, and C classes, along with one junior under 18 years old, plus one senior over 65. The combined score of each club’s A, B, and C class golfer determine the winning team with the Jr. and Sr. golfers each competing in their own division. The Men’s Valley League was formed by Summerheights owner Dwayne MacLennan, his friend and club member Barry Blakley, Red Cook, and representatives from the other original clubs. Those clubs consisted of Morrisburg, Iroqouis, and the Brockville Highlands Golf Club. The tournament would rotate among the clubs with each taking their turn hosting the event. The first Annual Men’s

Valley League Tournament was played on August 27th 1966 at Summerheights and was won by the host team. The W. D. MacLennan Summerheights Trophy By Staff Writer was donated by Dwayne MacLennan ornwall Wildcats Prove Athletics and Academics are a Positive and presented to the winning team. The Combination Sports Energy Wishes to congratulate the following Cup was filled with beer and sipped Former OVFL Wildcats playing at the next level. by the victors, a tradition which has Jeremy Pike DB - St Francis Xavier Univ continued over the years. Since that Russell Rainey DB - Acadia University first tournament the league makeup Jason Seguin OL - Laval has changed a bit with Brockville JP Begin LB - Laval dropping out and being replaced by Quaid Johnson QB - Concordia Cedar Glen. Alexandria also competed Will Green OL - U of Ottawa Andrew McCourt OL - Carleton for a period of time, with Sandy Row Mike Leroux LB - Queens being the latest to join the group. For Matt McMillan RB - Queens Rory MacLennan, Dwayne’s son, now Sean Smith OL - McMaster (5th year) the owner of Summerheights, the 50th Kevin Aleinik DL - McMaster (5th year) tournament had a special meaning. “I Shakiym Hoyte LB - Western went to the committee and requested CEGEP: having the 50th played here, back Dylan Hambleton OL - John Abbott where it all started”. Rory also stated Sebastien Barbeau FB - John Abbott that the Valley League Tournament has Oden Robertson REC - John Abbott been quite competitive with each club Tanner Eaves DB - Champlain having their wins. The Valley League Coaches: Tournament, started by Summerheights Wayne Pike Carleton - Film Coordinator owner Dwayne MacLennan and a few Kirby Camplin Carleton - Off Assistant of his friends, has stood the test of time Kyle Handy Bishops - Offensive Line and is still going strong today.


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he results are in from the 6th annual Rivers Edge Fishing Tournament that took place August 1st. The winner of the tournament was Bernie Rivers with the largest small mouth bass, weighing in at 3.4 pounds. Pierre Rivers, who works at Seaway GM and was an integral part of this tournament, would like to thank all

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Local Golfer Ty Celone Wins Mizuno National Junior Championship By Molly Kett


n August 13, local golfer Ty Celone won the Mizuno National Junior Championship in St. Catherine’s, Ontario. Not only that, Celone recently became Upper

Canada’s club champion for the was very excited about his recent second year in a row. tournament win. “It felt great to Celone says he’s a pretty relaxed win the Mizuno,” says Celone. “It guy who likes to hangout with his was a National championship and friends when he’s not on the course. to me it meant that I can compete Despite his relaxed attitude, he against the best in Canada and do well. That’s a great accomplishment to me.” Although he came out victorious, Celone says it was very tough to win due to the length of the tournament. “Being a four day event, it was hard to put together four solid rounds of stroke play.”

to turn his passion into a career. “I hope my future holds a professional debut somewhere around the world where I can show people how I can play,” says Celone. Celone’s favourite place to play is the Upper Canada golf course. “It’s my home course and the people there are fantastic. Although the course has large greens, the layout makes it a challenge for all golfers,” says Celone.

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Sens Create Local Memories With Hometown Tour By Todd Anderson


he Ottawa Senators think it’s a good idea to make an effort to come see fans on their own turf and share in the excitement of another upcoming hockey season. As part of their 2nd annual Hometown Tour, a group of young Ottawa Senators’ stars visited SDG last month. The event gives fans the chance to meet Senators’ players and team ambassador of fun Spartacat, participate in interactive games, win tickets to Senators home games and other prizes, and more. Aaron Robinson, director of fan and community development at Senators Sports and Entertainment is enjoying the local trips around Hockey Country. He spoke to Sports Energy during this year’s stop in Cornwall, which attracted hundreds of fans. “This is the second year of the tour and the second time we visit Cornwall. It’s awesome to be back. This is an opportunity for us to say thank you to the fans. They come and see us at Canadian Tire Centre, it’s nice for us to come and see them in their own backyards.”

On August 20 it was Senators defenceman Cody Ceci and highlysought-after goaltending prospect Matt O’Connor (the Sens won a bidding war for the free agent’s services this past summer) who visited Cornwall’s Canadian Tire location. Eleven year-old Landon Brownlee of Finch visited the tour stop in Cornwall in between his training sessions at the Benson Centre. “I asked both players to sign a Sens jersey I received during a Future Sens game at the CTC (Canadian Tire Centre). I also had Cody Ceci sign my sister’s summer hockey 67’s jersey because he played for them. It was awesome because I have never met them before and for my birthday in May I got an autographed Cody Ceci picture from my friend. “ Later in August 20 in Casselman, Crysler’s Caleb Fogarty presented Ceci and O’Connor with a homemade Solo Cup trophy he created with friend Dryden Coleman. “We wanted to do something nice for them since they are doing something nice for us and I think Ceci is pretty awesome,” said Fogarty. “Cody gave me a big smile. He looked surprised but happy,

Ottawa Senators Jean-Gabriel Pageau, left, and Chris Wideman pose for a photo with Isaac McDougal, inside left, and his brother Donald during the Hometown Tour stop in Alexandria on August 18.

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too. We told him the trophy was just to hold a place for the Stanley cup but when they win the real thing we would like to make an exchange. He said he’d do his best. When I was walking away to go home, I noticed that our trophy was still on the table. They really liked it. You know they are just like normal players. They like a trophy just like me.” On August 18 Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau and defensive

prospect Chris Wideman, voted as the 2014-15 AHL most outstanding defenceman, visited Alexandria during the first leg of the tour. While signing a photograph capturing one of his hat trick goals against the Montreal Canadiens during a memorable playoff game on May 5, 2013, Pageau paused to look over the scene that was captured. “Yes, I remember this one. It was the first goal. I will never Continued on page 17

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Continued from page 16 forget that game.” Later in between road trips from Alexandria to Gloucester, Wideman told the Team 1200 radio station he was overwhelmed with the amount of people who attended the event “in a smaller town like Alexandria”. Despite an extremely warm afternoon in Alexandria, fans stood


patiently in a long lineup waiting for autographs from the two stars. Still, there were smiles on all faces, including the players who graciously bantered back in forth with their fans. Five-year-old Isaac McDougald enjoyed all the activities the tour brought with them to his local Alexandria Canadian Tire Centre. “I

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loved practicing my shooting. They gave me hockey cards, too!” Isaac’s brother Donald said he had a great time meeting with the players and enjoyed the special opportunity. Held in conjunction with CTV Ottawa, TSN 1200, Canadian Tire, the Egg Farmers of Ontario, and RV

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katers from the Char-Lan Skating Club are dusting off their skates and are ready for the 2015-16 season! Registration for their popular CanSkate, STARSkate (figure skating), and hockey conditioning programs is on September 9, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the CharLan Recreation Centre. Children 3 and up are welcome to register for the program. “This season is the third season that the Char-Lan Skating Club will be offering Skate Canada’s new and improved CanSkate program. The new program is for all ages and promotes more movement around the entire ice surface through games and fun circuits. The skaters especially like the Fast Track where they are free to skate as fast as they can while moving from station to station. The CanSkate program will be running on Monday nights,” says Melissa McKay, CanSkate Coordinator. Karen Dixon, Club President adds: “We’re seeing our CanSkaters develop strong skating skills much

quicker than we’ve ever seen before. The new program is fantastic and I encourage all parents to consider it for their children, whether it be to gain skating skills for hockey, figure skating, or simply recreational skating.” Each program has a limited capacity, so parents are encouraged to register early. While at the in-person registration on September 9, parents can also meet the Club’s coaches and assistants, learn about the different parts of the programs, such as awards and session formats, and also get the answers to any questions they have. Parents will also be able to purchase used equipment such as skates and skating dresses. A second registration night will take place on September 16th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

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Van Loon Earns Golf Exemption at World Championships By Todd Anderson


ngleside’s Landon Van Loon turned 7 years old on August 7, a few days earlier he gave himself an incredible present. Backed by a personal-best performance during the three-round Junior World Golf Championships from July 30 to August 1, Van Loon finished 17th out of 80 competitors at the event held at Pinehurst Golf Club in North Carolina. The youngster posted scores of 36 (even par), 42 (+6) and 39 (+3) for nine holes. It’s an impressive climb up the standings after finishing 53rd at the event last year. By cracking the top 20, Van Loon has now automatically qualified for next year’s event and won’t need to qualify via tournament play in 2016. “The worlds were awesome,” says Van Loon. “My goal for next year is top 10.” It’s an impressive goal to try and achieve, but if history is considered, Van Loon has a real shot to reach it.


He’s already accomplished a couple of goals set for this season including reaching the top 20 at the world’s and shooting even par in a tournament, which he did at Pinehurst. In fact, his scores of 36 and 39 on the first and final round are the 2nd and 3rd time he has ever finished under 40 in tournament play. Next he has his sights set on shooting under par.

Later in August, Van Loon was part of a talented field playing in the Canadian Invitational at Royal Niagara Golf Club in Niagara-OnThe-Lake. The course featured difficult play for the young golfers with steep hills and deep bunkers in front of the greens. Still, Van Loon shot a very respectable 40 (+4) and 43 (+7) to finish an impressive 3rd overall in the two-round event. Five of the top 20 golfers from the world championships competed in the tournament, which also included other top junior Canadians.

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be taking home the order of merit help him properly and he is definitely in the 8-and-under division. Events ready for some proper guidance.” were held in Brockville, Kemptville, According to Joey, his son will put Winchester, Upper Canada and the clubs away in a couple months Smith’s Falls. when Landon’s hockey season starts “(Landon) will be looking for a up, save for a few nice weekends Locally, Van Loon participated in coach now,” says current coach/ in the Fall should they arrive. In the Play Junior Golf Tour that started caddy/golf buddy and father Joey Van December, Landon will start hitting up and developed this season. He will Loon. “He has exceeded my ability to balls indoors once a week.


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Multisport Club Athlete Profile: Christian Belair Says Multisport Changed His Life By Molly Kett


orty-year-old Christian Belair started doing multisport activities when he turned 28 and has been in love with multisport ever since. Belair was living in Toronto when he decided to make a change in his lifestyle, which led him to move home to Cornwall and become an integral part of the Cornwall Multisport Club. “I was overweight. I was working in an office environment and probably weighed about 40 pounds more than I do now and my doctor told me my cholesterol was pretty high, and I had family history of heart problems, so you know at 28 that scared me a bit,” says Belair. Following this, Belair got involved with his office’s Terry Fox 10K race and enjoyed it so much that he ran a half marathon two months later. Belair quickly got the “bug” for running, which he says is still his favourite sport to do to this day. After his half marathon, Belair started looking into biking, which quickly led to him participating in his first triathlon through work. At this point, Belair was ready to move away from the office lifestyle. “Career wise I wanted to slow things down and get away from the rat race which wasn’t good for my health and my stress levels, and come back to my hometown and be closer to friends and family,” says Belair. He was afraid, though, this move to a smaller town would cause him to lose the group of people he had in Toronto that were willing to participate in running, biking, and

swimming as much as he did. He soon discovered Cornwall had much more than he expected. “I discovered that there’s the Cornwall Multisport Club and that they had 300-400 members and I remember being just blown away by the size of the club and how many races they had, and that other people were doing Ironman. I didn’t even know about Ironmans until I moved to Cornwall and met a few people in the club who had done it - so that’s how I actually figured out what it was about,” says Belair. Since then, Belair has done six Ironman triathlons, including an Ironman in Hawaii in 2013, which he plans on doing again someday. His roll at Cornwall’s Multisport Club has grown over the last few years. He’s gone from being a member involved in all the events, to now; the treasurer of the club for the last five years. Belair says it’s great to have “a venue of similar, similarly active people in your hometown.” Belair is personally excited for the clubs upcoming CMC Duathlon on

September 19th, which is a 2K run, followed by a 15K bike, followed by another 2K run. Belair says this well-organized event is very popular, with people from Ottawa coming to participate. It is also a lot of fun according to Belair. “I’m already shining up my bike for it, getting it ready for the event and trash talking some of my other competitors, all friendly you know, in a friendly

matter,” says Belair. Belair can’t say enough about multisport and Cornwall’s club. “For me it was life changing,” says Belair. “Come and join the club, it’s not expensive, it’s a lot of fun people, and you’re going to benefit from it in all aspects of your life. You’ll be in better shape, you’ll have more energy, life is just so much better doing multisport.”


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Georges Bougie, The “Voice” of the Colts Since Day 1 By Jordan Todd

Bougie’s role has evolved throughout his tenure with the team. Having worked in education all his life, he’s even become the team’s education director. “It’s basically keeping an eye on the boys in high school, helping them with course selection, helping them with their postsecondary education, and hopefully get those NCAA scholarships,” he explains. He says the highlights for him are the big games he’s been a part of. “We’ve had two Fred Page Cups in Cornwall, we’ve had a Royal Bank Cup, those are prestigious tournaments,” Bougie says. “You’re getting the best juniors in the country in your town; it can’t help but be a highlight.” He plans to keep volunteering for the team until it isn’t fun more. “I’m going to do it until they don’t want me anymore,” Bougie says. “I’ve got as much enthusiasm now as when I started. I just love it.”


eorges Bougie has been involved with the Cornwall Junior A Colts since they became a franchise in 1992, and he has no plans to stop volunteering any time soon. His official duties with the club are public address announcer and director of off-ice officials, though he also keeps score sheet at each game. Bougie had a similar role with the Cornwall Royals of the OHL before his gig with the Colts. So when his mentor decided to call it quits when the Colts came around, Bougie took over the job for the new team. “It’s a hobby for me,” he says. “It’s just that. I love being around the boys. I just love doing it.” Bougie says hockey is in his blood. His love of the game keeps him coming back to the rink every week. “I love junior hockey, I love the intensity. I love these kids; they give you 110 per cent at every game.”

Celtics Lacrosse Teams have strong showing at Provincials By Molly Kett

team effort that has been going on for years, in the CMLA.”

icky Tait, Rep Director of the CMLA, says “everyone involved in the CMLA is very proud of what was achieved this season.” The CMLA had all teams advance from their pool, with two of the teams advancing to the finals. The Tyke team finished as quarter finalists as did the Novice team, the Peewee team took home gold, the Bantam team finished as semi-finalists, and the midget team went home with Silver - all at provincials this year.

Not only did all of the CMLA’s lacrosse teams see widespread success, but they did so after overcoming a few obstacles. For the Bantam and Midget teams, without the help of their Akwesasne neighbours, they wouldn’t have had teams or coaches. Most of the coaches were new to the teams they coached this year. Tait was very thankful for the help. “I also expect us to continue our positive relationship with our neighbours in Akwesasne,” says Tait. “We were very fortunate to get coaches from Akwesasne for both our Bantam (Brothers Kariwate & Raweras Mitchell) and Midget (Tony Benedict & Neil George) teams. As they have greater numbers, they were able to release some players at both of these age groups to help us fill our rosters. So with that came very qualified parents who agreed to coach.”


“I believe that the total commitment we had from everyone involved helped the teams achieve success,” says Tait. “Players were committed to learning, coming to practices, and achieving as a team. Our volunteer coaches provided great practices that developed the entire team’s skill set, as well as working on special teams, and unique plays. Parents committed the time to get their child to practices, games & tournaments and volunteer on the team in some capacity. As well, our executive spent time making decisions that had positive impacts for the teams. It was a concerted

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fter a very successful kick off year, CAHAB (Cornwall Adult Hockey Academy for Beginners) is back! This year, the Hockey Learning Program has been refreshed and a second program has been added - a hockey league for beginners. As with last year, the Hockey Learning Program is geared to women and men 20 years or older,

with or without hockey and/or skating experience. While the program is aimed at beginner players, it is also suitable for anyone looking to learn the basic skills, or for those who are looking to gain more experience, proper techniques, and to generally improve on the ice. Players will be grouped by their different skill levels, right from the start, which will allow them to evolve with similarly skilled players. This year, CAHAB has added a new program, a hockey league for beginners. Starting October 15th, we will be hosting 22 one hour games where players will have the opportunity to practice the skills they acquired last year and face real-time game situations. This program will be supervised by a referee/coach so players will benefit from on-ice and off-ice explanations on positioning, break out plays, and other game-time situations. They will also learn from

other more experienced players. Mario Laroche, president and founder of CAHAB and Marc Campeau, COED & Marketing will be assisted by Pat Mcleod, president of CMHA (Cornwall Minor Hockey Association) as head coach, with two assistant coaches, Alain Bellefeuille, executive member of the CGHA (Cornwall Girls’ Hockey Association) and Chris Bradbeer. Pat, Alain and Chris are already well involved in the local hockey community. They live and breathe hockey, transmitting their passion for hockey through their teaching. Together, they bring to CAHAB high quality training at an unbeatable price. Mario says: “Last year was our first

Kevin Lajoie: The Tale of a Local Fisherman By Molly Kett


evin Lajoie, born and raised in Cornwall, works for the City of Cornwall, is married with two children, and loves to fish. Lajoie says fishing is “a great way to escape the daily grind and enjoy nature and the outdoors.” He usually goes fishing with his five year-old son Canaan and his father Dave. “We go from shore in and around Cornwall. It’s an easy, affordable activity to do and it’s always exciting when you hook into a big fish,” says Lajoie.

His earliest memory is going out fishing with his family on his grandfather’s old boat. He can recall watching his grandfather clean perch and specifically remembers camping in Lancaster, fishing off boat docks with his brother Shawn. “Back then it seemed like as soon as you threw your line in the water, a fish would

year and we had a huge success. We had to refuse some players because of too many registrations. This year, both programs are already almost full and we haven’t advertised much. I’m afraid that we might need to refuse people again this year, which is sad for some people but ultimately good news for CAHAB. Word of mouth is the best advertisement and the success of the program speaks for itself. Parents of young hockey players, if you never played hockey before, join our program and live the experience through your own eyes and legs.” For more information, visit or send an email to

bite,” says Lajoie. “Most of the time it was just sunfish but it was still a thrill to catch something. I got away from fishing for many years and then I picked up a fishing rod a few years ago on a family vacation and was instantly hooked again.”

His fondest fishing memory was taking his son fishing for the first time a few years ago. “I think he caught a couple of small fish but it was fun to watch him reel them in and see the expression on his face,” Lajoie remembers.

His favourite place to fish is the wharf in Lancaster. He says it’s a great place to go with young ones and there’s a great view of the mountains in the distance. He Kevin Lajoie catches some a big bass right off the shore. Submitted Photo says he’s caught a wide variety of fish from that location. our backyard. “I would say that forget about the hustle and bustle Lajoie is a fisherman that fishing is one of the many things of life and unwind. You don’t likes to keep local. He says that make Cornwall and area so need fancy equipment or gear to Cornwall is very fortunate to great,” says Lajoie. “It’s easy and have fun.” have world-class fishing right in affordable and it’s a great way to

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he Cornwall U 14 Coyotes Boys’ team fought off the heat and their opponents, worked extremely hard, and at the end of the Lakeshore Tournament were proud recipients of Gold medals.

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he Seaway Valley Girls’ U14 Blazers have won back-toback tournament championships after winning the 19th annual Quinte West Cameron Memorial Soccer Tournament. Not only did the Blazers come home as tournament champions, they did so in a very dominant and impressive fashion.

For the second consecutive tournament, the U14 Blazers were required to play up in the U15 division because of a lack of teams in the U14 division. In the opening game, the Blazers defeated Kawartha Inferno by a score of 8-0. The Blazers also won their second game of the day by a score of 5-0 against the home club, the Quinte West Wolverines. With the two convincing wins on Saturday, the U14 Blazers secured a spot in the semi-finals where they would defeat West Ottawa by a score of 2-0. The final would see the

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Seaway club play Kingston United to claim their second consecutive and after a scoreless first half, the tournament championship. The U14 Blazers put up some Blazers would find the back of the net early in the second half impressive numbers during the

tournament weekend. The team was a perfect 4-0, scoring a tournament high of 16 goals and recording 4 shutouts.

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he Township of South Glengarry’s Recreation Department has created a shoe exchange program and is working towards collecting 100 pairs of shoes to help support Graham Midgley’s project, in supplying footwear for the underprivileged children in Africa. With this new program, they are accepting any type of shoes and all sizes including soccer cleats, both indoor and outdoor. The idea of this exchange program first came about when Midgely and Anne Ward, the township’s Recreation Facilitator, met to discuss the possibility of running a soccer tournament as a fundraising event, with all the proceeds going towards building a school in Africa. Through great conversation, Ms. Ward also learned that Mr. Midgley’s project is in desperate need of shoes, as most Left: Graham Midgley. Right: Anne Ward (Township of South Glengarry Recreation Facilitator) Submitted Photo of these children are not fortunate a soccer program that will teach the South Glengarry is proud to the Glen Walter Minor Soccer enough to own a pair of shoes. Above support three minor soccer programs Association, and the Glengarry Soccer and beyond wanting to build a school importance of physical activity and here in the recreation department; the League Char-Lan teams. With these in Africa, Graham is also introducing sport on our health and well-being. Continued on page 27 Char-Lan Minor Soccer Association,

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223 Jarvis Street, Cornwall, ON 613-938-3281 • Continued from page 26 three soccer programs in mind, Ms. Ward quickly realized that they may be in a position to assist Midgley with the supply of shoes, especially soccer cleats. Over the years, the recreation department has briefly discussed on many different occasions, how to handle used cleats through their soccer programs and never seemed to come to a conclusion, until now. With the partnership of Graham Midgley, they have agreed to reach out to the sports families in the community and ask them to donate any shoes and/or cleats that they no longer use. They can drop their used shoes off in the drop off box that is set up inside the Char-Lan Recreation Centre (19740 John Street, Williamstown, ON) anytime until spring 2016. At which time, the hope is to be in a position o provide Midgley with all the shoes that our community has donated.


after spring 2016 and become a long term program that allows the families in our community to exchange a pair of soccer cleats for another pair when donating. This means, if your child has outgrown his or her cleats, you can make use of this program by donating the pair of cleats that are too small and trade-in for a larger size. In addition to the shoe exchange program, the Char-Lan Minor Soccer program will also be identifying which jerseys are no longer being used in our league and donate these excess soccer jerseys to Graham Midgley’s project as well. Watch for further details to participate in the upcoming soccer tournament scheduled for May 2016 on the Char-Lan soccer fields.

For more information on this exchange program or if you require any further details on donating Along with donating shoes and your used cleats in the drop off soccer cleats to underprivileged box at the Char Lan Recreation children in Africa, there is also another Centre, please contact Anne Ward at benefit to this exchange program. It is 613-347-2411 ext. 22 or email hoped that this program will continue


Rookie of the Month Blake Nuttall Age: 8 Town: Apple Hill School: Ecole elementaire publique Rose-desVents

Blake Nuttall has been quite active in several sports. This summer he has kept busy playing in the minor lacrosse system in Cornwall where he has tried his hand at goalie. He has also visited the batting cage at Batters Up in Cornwall on several occasions. As he prepares for another season with the NGS Braves at the novice level, Nuttall hopes to play a few games in net, the same position as his idol Carey Price. Nuttall has participated for a few seasons with the Cornwall Wildcats Football club. A former soccer player for Maxville in the Glengarry Soccer League, Nuttall’s favourite moment was when he was in front of an open net and he kicked the ball about 10 feet over the net. “He laughed pretty hard when he did that and still talks about it to this day,” says his father Tim.

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CHOOSING A KARATE SCHOOL By Jim Riddell, Seaway Karate Club


aking the decision to become involved in karate is a healthy and exciting choice that could potentially become a part of your life for decades. Karate is a sport that can improve your cardiovascular fitness, strength, speed, and flexibility. When choosing a karate school it is very important that you find one that meets your needs. There is no one school out that has a “one size fits all” program that is a perfect fit for everyone. There are many very good clubs of various styles, and what is important to you will help you make that decision. Some dojo’s have a combative nature - training members for kickboxing, continuous sparring, or full contact completion. Some other karate schools may place an emphasis on sport competition, often requiring participation in either tournaments or seminars. Others, such as our own Seaway Karate, focus on practical self-defense and personal development. People have many different reasons for getting involved in the sport with self-defense being either at or near the top

of almost everyone’s list. A few other reasons are: 1) you may want to become physically active 2) for stress relief 3)meet new people 4) develop a new hobby 5) training, growth, and development – maybe you would like to work towards someday becoming a karate instructor with internationally recognized certification. Most clubs will offer a few trial classes, allowing you the time to determine if they are a good fit for you. Here are a few things to look at when taking advantage of this “trial period”: 1) Respect: Are the instructors respectful in their teachings, and are the students respectful of one another? This respect should be natural and not forced. 2) The teaching style of the instructors – Does the class appear to be properly planned, flowing smoothly without any downtime? Does the instructor properly explain each skill? Does he/she break down intricate moves into components to make them easier to learn? Does the instructor keep the class interactive, asking questions to ensure understanding? Are these questions properly timed? Does the instructor positively reinforce the successful completion of a skill(s)? Does the instructor warn the class of the potential risks of using improper methods and techniques?

3) Safety: Karate is a sport that has very few injuries; most instructors are proud of this fact and strive to provide a safe physical environment. Take a look at the safety pads, kicking shields, and sparring equipment – are they in good shape with no rips or tears? Are they regularly inspected for any damage? 4) Be sure to discuss any health or physical concerns that you may have with the instructor to ensure that these issues will be accommodated. 5) Can you see yourself fitting in with this group? Would you “connect with the instructors and students? 6) Trust your instincts. A good dojo will have a safe, positive environment with a family atmosphere. If something doesn’t feel quite right you may be better off looking elsewhere. A good rule of thumb is you should always feel better at the end of class than you did at the beginning. Karate Quote: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you” Making the proper choice when choosing a dojo will make you a part of a group where you truly belong. Studying with instructors that you like and respect, and with fellow students that inspire you, will keep you committed to your goals and you will have a sport that will become a part of your lifestyle.


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he Cornwall Sea Lions Swim Club is proud to announce a great addition to the coaching staff for the 2015-2016 swim season. This comes as a result of the departure of last year’s head coach, Clayton Delaney. Clayton brought a lot of experience and expertise to the pool over the past two years, which helped a great number of the swimmers improve and move onto greater competitions. Clayton will be missed by many. The club’s new head coach, Lucie Henderson, is regarded as a leading coach in Canadian swimming and has coached at all levels: regional, provincial, national, and international. She will be leading our club into the future. Her former athletes have gone on to represent Canada, win international medals, and set Age Group and Senior National records. Lucie was the Head Coach of the Oakville Aquatic Club from 1994-2002 where she improved that club’s ranking from 20th to 4th. She then took over the head coach position of the Pickering Swim Club from 2002-2011 where that team improved from 45th to 15th and on the way Lucie produced 6 Canadian Records and National Champions and a World Champion medallist. Recently, Coach Henderson has been the coach for the Memorial Sea Hawks Swim Team out of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Semi-retired now, Coach Henderson is looking forward to sharing her wealth of knowledge and expertise with our entire club. Coach Henderson’s hire demonstrates our club’s desire to improve and be leaders in the swimming community. We will strive to keep building our great team and moving forward! If you would like to be part of our dynamic team, please contact our club’s registrar at registrar@cornwallsealions. com to schedule an assessment time.


abitat for Humanity and the Cornwall Golf & Country Club are teaming up to introduce Soccer-Golf (SoGo) to the Seaway Valley this September 12th and 13th. This unique event will provide an opportunity to participate in a fun community initiative and to raise money for Habitat operations, including the 2016 Home Build in Glengarry Township. “SoGo 2015 is about having fun and helping our community and the generosity of those who work and live here” says Charles Leclair, Events Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley. “Many local businesses are generously supporting this event like Scotiabank who have stepped up to make registering for SoGo 2015 as easy as stopping by their branch at 960 Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall.” “Teaming up with great community leaders such as the Cornwall Golf & Country Club, Scotiabank, our media sponsors and other great partners were the first steps in making SoGo 2015 successful,” adds Leclair. “We need people to come out and participate so that SoGo 2015 is a true great community event. Scotiabank will match any registration fees collected at the Brookdale branch, so we encourage people to go there and sign-up as soon as they can.” Soccer-Golf is a new sport that combines two great games. Commonly known as FootGolf, the game is played with soccer balls

on golf courses with shortened and modified holes. The goal is sink the ball in the cup in the fewest shots (scoring is similar to golf - par or below). The game is currently played at about 30 golf courses in Canada. “Other fun activities for the weekend include SoGo Skills which are mini competitions such as Fastest Kick Challenge, Parachute Speed Run, Soccer Bowling, and Looping Games,” says Leclair. “There will also be an on-site BBQ and 1-on-1 Soccer Battle Bubbles which will help raise additional funds for Habitat for Humanity. It is recommended that each player bring their own soccer ball to help facilitate the event but there will some soccer balls available for participants who do not own their own ball.” Tickets with kick-off time selection can be purchased at Scotiabank (Cornwall) located at 960 Brookdale Avenue during normal business hours. Tickets are $10 for participants under 18 years of age and $15 for adults. Enter your team of 4-5 people and select from the available ‘kick-off’ times (every fifteen minutes from 9am until 7pm) on Saturday the 12th or Sunday the 13th. “Although we hope for perfect weather, this is a ‘rain-or-shine’ event”, explains Leclair. “We would also like to remind people to dress appropriately for the event and weather, including wearing running shoes as soccer cleats cannot be worn on the SoGo field at the golf course.” For more information on SoGo 2015, Habitat for Humanity, sponsorship, or volunteer opportunities, please visit www.habitatseawayvalley. org or contact Charles Leclair at 613.938.0413 (ext. 207) or via email at

About Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley:

Founded in 1998, Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley is a nonprofit organization working toward a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Our mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. With the help of countless community volunteers, we have provided 11 families including 25 children with safe, decent and affordable housing. By building homes at low cost, requiring no down payment, and not charging interest on the mortgage, Habitat for Humanity is able to provide an opportunity, or a “hand up”, to buy a home for families that would not otherwise qualify for a conventional mortgage. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments go into a fund that is used to build more homes. The more homes that exist, the more cash flow there is for future home builds. This “revolving fund” fuels exponential growth in the number of houses that are built over time. Contact: Charles Leclair, Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley: 613.938.0413 (ext. 207) charles@ Cornwall Golf and Country Club 6740 Sutherland Avenue, Cornwall, ON K6H 7J3 www.cornwallgolf. com Scotiabank (Cornwall): 960-17 Brookdale Avenue North. Cornwall, Ontario K6J 4P5. Open Mon & Tue: 9:30am to 4pm; Wed & Thu: 9:30am to 7pm; Fri 9:30am to 5pm; Sat: 9:30am to 3pm; Sun: closed Phone: 613.930.2565.


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he summer of 2015 will go down as one my most memorable for several reasons. First, it was the summer I coached a group of eleven young ladies in the Squirt Division of Kinsmen Minor Softball. While we didn’t win the season ending tournament, we’ll have a lot of memories to look back on in the years to come. To the eleven young ladies and their parents, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to impart what little softball wisdom I have onto you. And while I’m on the subject of Kinsmen Minor Softball, you can never say thank you enough to the volunteers, otherwise known as the league executive, who work countless hours to ensure the girls enjoy the great summer game. To each member of the executive, especially the Umpire Chief, Barry Prieur, thank you for putting up with us (parents). It was the summer of playing hockey twice a week and watching some future stars play for the thrill of playing. While NHLers Jesse Winchester and Kyle Baun made appearances, the highlight was watching Midget and Junior A-aged players attempt to up their game against professional players like Brock McBride and Todd Perry. The younger players got a glimpse of what it takes to make a career out of hockey. It was the summer of learning how important off-ice (or dry land) training can be. Thanks to Ian Perry, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Own It Performance, young boys and girls playing hockey this season will be in the best shape of their lives. And if you ask them, they had fun getting in shape. It was the summer of hard racing action at Cornwall Motor Speedway. The weather was all but perfect on most Sundays for some ¼ mile DIRT track racing. Congrats to all the local drivers who entertained the thousands in attendance each week. Ah, the summer of 2015, how we will miss you. And that’s Murphy Law.

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Cornwall Celtic Peewee Lacrosse Team Wins Provincials


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oth the players and Coach Rick Filion are thrilled to bring the title of provincial champions home to Cornwall after a season of hard work and dedication. Rick Filion, the Cornwall Celtic’s coach, says the team owes their success to hard work. “I was constantly hard on them at practices and games. To be a winner you have to work hard all the time,” says Filion. “Hopefully they now understand that what I put them through was needed to win a provincial championship. The team’s success also goes out to my bench staff. In all my years of coaching, I have never had a manager who was as organized as Monica Houle. This allowed me to concentrate of coaching alone. Also to my assistant coaches, Terry Turcotte, Bill Perras, and Steve Malyon; we couldn’t have done it without them.” Filion speaks of his winning team with nothing but pride, saying that the kids believed in each other and played good lacrosse, which is why

the team came out on top as the 2015 provincial champions. “To look back, at the start of the year, at my players and to see how much they improved was remarkable,” says Filion. “I think every kid on this team grew up mentally, and matured during this lacrosse year.” The team’s captain, Ben Houle, is just excited about the big win as his coach. “Being chosen by my teammates to be their captain was a real honour,” says Houle. “I feel very proud to have been a part of an amazing team who went 6-0 to win a Provincial Championship! But to say that I was the captain of the Cornwall Celtics that went on to win the title of Peewee Provincial Champs for 2015 is just awesome. It will be something that I will never forget.” Brock Turcotte, assistant captain and scorer of the winning goal, says “It will be something that I will never forget.” What’s next for this winning team? Rick Filion says “a team party of course, to celebrate our provincial championship win.”

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Age: 12 Town: Monkland School: École Intermédiaire Catholique - Pavillon Casselman It’s been a busy summer for Savahna Vachon as she has been excelling in two sports, soccer and hockey. A midfielder with the U14 Coyotes, Vachon has used her speed and excellent ball control to help score some big goals for her squad. She recently had three game-winning tallies in a gold medal victory during a tournament in Lakeshore, Quebec. On the ice, Vachon has been skating as a forward during training camp with the Bantam B Cornwall Typhoons, where she is also called upon to lead with her offensive prowess. Vachon played soccer in the Glengarry Soccer League with Maxville clubs from the age 3 to 10 before joining the Coyotes. As a hockey player, Vachon started skating with the NGS Braves in novice before joining the Typhoons in her first peewee year.





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