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he Cornwall Peewee Celtics After this game the Celtics found went 6 and 0 to win the their stride downing their next three Peterborough Laker Classic opponents handily with a 10-1 win Beating Gloucester 3-2 in the over Northumberland, 13-2 win opener and following it up with a over Kingston and a 9-2 win over

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he Ontario Hockey Academy is proud to announce the addition of retired pro Jeff Legue. “Jeff will be a great addition to our existing coaching staff,” says Director Giles Lascelle. “It’s exciting for us to add a former Junior MVP/ Captain, an NCAA D1 all-star.” After university graduation, Jeff played 11 years professionally in North America and Europe. “Jeff has a high level of skill. He was a Central Junior A League scoring champion, a Most Valuable Player before heading to NCAA D1 Ferris State on a hockey scholarship.” Lascelle added. “I grew up in Cornwall, and with the love of the game and hard work, hockey opened the door for a great education and a professional Jeff Legue

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Bantam AAA Eastern Ontario Wild Enjoy Successful Season By Jordan Todd


rank Hincks’ second season as head coach of the Bantam AAA Eastern Ontario Wild was a huge success, as the team won their league, their playoffs and came home with the bronze at provincials.

It was tough for Hincks to pick just one highlight from the past year. “To win both the league and the playoffs was pretty good for that group,” says Hincks. “But then again, the provincial tournament was pretty awesome too.” Last year, this team won 18 games. This year, they won 49 games.

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on the ice, but Hincks says they were one of the better teams he’s ever coached off the ice as well.

Hincks credits the turnaround mostly to the players’ work ethic.

“They were a hard-working group,” he says. “When you asked them to do stuff they would do it. The systems that we wanted to run, they worked hard at it. It was pretty good.” It also helps when teams have balanced scoring. The Wild had seven kids in the top 15 of league scoring. It wasn’t just one superstar carrying the team.

“It was a real team effort,” says Hincks.

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Occupation: Teacher and coach of the Glengarry District High School cross-country team, girls’ hockey team, senior boys’ soccer team, as well as U11 Girls’ Glengarry Hearts and Glengarry Peewee Highlanders hockey team. I have so many great memories from sports, both as an athlete and coach. As a player I was fortunate to be part of some great teams, namely the Alexandria Jr. B Glens hockey team, Glen Nevis men’s soccer team, and Concordia University soccer team, as well as many others. While playing for these teams I was fortunate to create numerous friendships and experience so many good times. As a coach winning the provincial championship (OFSAA) with the GDHS boys’ soccer team would have to be one of my favourite coaching memories. However, coaching my three daughters (Ella, Mya, and Jada) in hockey, soccer, and cross-country running over the past few years has been the most rewarding.

“It was a really nice group too,” he says. “They got along really well. Every game or practice, guys would be sitting with different guys.” To cap off the incredible year, each and every player on the team was drafted into the CCHL, an accomplishment that Hincks is very proud of. While he’s sad to see the kids go, Hincks is already excited for next Coach Frank Hincks is already year’s team. They’re rated even looking forward to next season. higher than last year’s was. Photo Submitted “Come see why Ford is Number One in Canada” for complete new and used listings

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Yoga on a Paddleboard? Relax and Try It. By Derrick Lorusso


isa Beaupre-MacKinnon has been a fitness instructor since 1995, and discovered the stand-up paddle board along the way.

“Dave [Mackinnon] and I owned a cottage in Lancaster and purchased a stand-up paddle board (SUP) five years ago,” she says. “I fell in love with it immediately, the calmness of being out on the water with your own thoughts; no cell phones. Then I challenged myself to try some fitness/yoga practise on the board.” Lisa Beaupre- MacKinnon enjoys Yoga on nothing but a board can be a very difficult feat, as BeaupreMacKinnon tells from experience. “It can be challenging but it forces you to be mindful and present,” she says. She tells us a good way of staying focused while performing. “The key really is mindfulness of everything around you (wind, current, waves), as well as paying attention to your breath, to stay calm and let go of

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your fear of falling off the board,” she says. “The best part is that the consequences of losing focus or balance only end up as a refreshing splash in the water.”

When asked if there is a prime place to do SUP yoga, BeaupreMacKinnon has one place perfect for the occasion. “Hybrid marine is the perfect place to do SUP Yoga.

Where I take the class, the water is only waist deep so if someone does fall off they can get back on board very easily,” she says, adding the environment itself is worth the risk falling into the water. “There is a little nook off the entrance way of the marina that protects us from the elements. It is a beautiful setting; a natural soundtrack of birds chirping and water lilies floating.” Her husband, Dave MacKinnon, is an avid windsurfer. A sport Beaupre-MacKinnon tried before with him. “I have tried windsurfing a few times before I got pregnant but never mastered it,” she says. “Windsurfing is a very challenging sport - not as easy as it looks. I would like to try again. My husband is a very avid windsurfer. We have made trips to Hatteras, NC; the Canadian Hole, for wind surfing.”

Bell about launching the trendy exercise at their venue. They agreed and it was a hit from the start two years ago,” she says. “We used to do only Saturday morning classes from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. This being our third year, we will be adding two more classes to the schedule Tuesday night class from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, and Sunday morning from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.” Beaupre-MacKinnon has some final advice for those who wish to try SUP yoga. “Remember that a yoga pose that you do on land will be easier on a Sup if you take a wider distance,” she recommends. “Balance is key, move slowly. Keep calm and carry on, have fun.”

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Glengarry Hearts are Growing By Todd Anderson


y This summer seven new soccer teams are representing the Glengarry Hearts in Eastern Region Soccer League action, or as tournament teams. In total, there are twelve teams representing Glengarry at the competitive soccer level.

It’s the result of plans to help promote more competitive options for young athletes. One of Glengarry’s top soccer coaches, Glen Campbell, was one of the local soccer enthusiasts asked to help encourage more teams. “(Glengarry Soccer League president) Andrew McCormick asked myself and a few others to sit on a soccer improvement committee for the league,” says Campbell. “It was determined there was an interest for more competitive teams. We just had to get them up and running.”

Campbell says no objectives have been set for these new teams, but early results are positive with many of the new teams picking up

victories in their first games.

are participating in league play in Ottawa. Five teams including U9 girls, U9 boys, U10 girls, 10 boys, and U11 boys are competing as tournament teams.

It’s not all about wins and losses though. “Just having more players playing more soccer, and at a higher level, is great,” says Campbell. “The GSL is a great league and has a great history of producing quality players from all over Glengarry. The GSL and Hearts are one in the same. The Hearts teams are simply for players looking for more soccer options. Glengarrians are passionate about their soccer. I hope the kids continue to have fun and develop.”

Campbell says the tournament teams are a great way for players to be introduced to new options and to receive more practice time and play in some high-level tournaments. This year youth soccer has seen several new rules being implemented across the country. Campbell thinks young players will catch on to the changes quickly. “The kids adapt really well. Sometimes it’s harder on us adults to adapt. The biggest and best change, in my opinion, has been numbers of players on the field and field size. I don’t necessarily agree 100 percent with all of Soccer Canada’s initiatives but they have done a great job of having the fields match the size and physical strength of the players at the various ages.”

Campbell looks back at a mid 1980’s team, guided by Alexandria sports legend Gerry Simpson, which played in a youth tournament under the Glengarry Hearts banner. Campbell played on that team and he believes it’s the first Hearts team from Glengarry. “I believe the Hearts then started competing officially in the Ottawa league in the mid 90’s under DA MacMillan’s initiative and guidance,” adds Campbell. This year six teams including U12 boys, U14 boys, U12 girls, U13 girls, 14 girls, and U16 girls

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Campbell went on to describe the changes affecting his team, the U11 girls. “U11’s and U12’s play on a field which is approximately 75 x 55 metres, quite a bit smaller than a traditional field, and uses nets 18 x 6 feet. We had to find a dedicated field for our U11 and U12 boys’ and girls’ teams who play 9 versus 9. I played ball in Lancaster last summer and noticed that the soccer field there was never being used. I contacted Anne Ward at the Township of South Glengarry and she rented it to us for the summer. The Township has been great to maintain the field for us. It’s a great setting for youth soccer.” While there are plenty of new players experiencing Hearts soccer this summer, they can look at two returning clubs for motivation. Russ Bacchiochi’s U15 girls won division 1 and Mike Jeaurond’s U13’s won division 2 last summer in the ERSL.

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A Life-long Love for Sports Card Collecting

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ave Tierney has been collecting sports cards for fifty years. It’s a hobby he continues to pursue and he thanks his mom for keeping it alive. “I was one of the lucky guys whose mom didn’t throw out their childhood collection. I carried my original collection through many moves, as I transferred from place to place with my banking career.” As owner of Dave Sportscard Shop in Cornwall, his focus has switched from collecting to trying to help track down wanted cards for his customers. “I am always on the hunt for cards I know my customers will like or can use in their sets,” he says. At an early age, Tierney joined forces with one of his cousins and began collecting cards. They would buy boxes of the wax packs. Tierney says he can remember opening packs of both hockey cards and non-sport cards like the original Batman series, Tarzan, Rat Patrol, and many other card series from the mid-to-late 1960s. “I have had several buying opportunities over the years, from the classic “shoebox” buy to picking up a nice collection that you know will sell well,” says Tierney. “Watching someone pull a ‘big hit’ in a box is also great, especially when it is not only a valuable card but someone they collect as well. Nothing says happiness like a $1000 card pulled from your box! Having a young person come in and say thank you for what you gave them and to see parents proud of their polite children and how excited their kids are enjoying their visit as much as mom and dad is also great.” A





every young person that comes in to my shop with mom or dad leaves with stuff to get them started in the hobby,” says Tierney. Tierney says this year’s most sought after player is Connor McDavid and next year it will be future NHL draft pick Auston Matthews. He notes McDavid rookie cards vary in value from $20 up to $1000. His favourite cards are from the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s, including old CFL cards, OPC hockey and baseball cards, and 1960s non-sports cards such as the 1966 Batman series.

The highlights of the year for Tierney are the Spring and Fall Sportscard Expos held in Toronto. These three-day shows are attended by thousands of people from all Cornwall’s Dave Tierney, of Dave’s Sportscard Shop, has been over the world. collecting sports cards for 50 years. He says he’s excited to see young Photo: Todd Anderson people start to take up the hobby.

Street shop will often include conversations with some of his collector buddies sitting at a round table talking about the hobby. “It’s like a bar without alcohol, says Tierney. “Everyone tends to drop in at least weekly, with many stopping in several times a week. Most wives know where to find their significant others if they need them!” Tierney says he has seen a shift in the hobby; cost being the most obvious difference. There are packs of cards that now cost $600, and that’s with NO stick of bubble gum. There are still some reasonably priced entry level products but as Tierney notes, “everyone loves the “big pull” possible from the more expensive packs.” Tierney feels the hobby is a bit stagnant at present and notes most

Dave’s Sportscard Shop’s current location is his third in twenty-six of his customers are over 40 years years. Tierney feels it is a place for old. He thinks this is because the people to drop in and see what’s hobby can be very expensive. new with fellow collectors and “I have noticed a bit of upswing watch the hockey or baseball game. though as more kids seem to be Besides sports cards he also coming back in to the hobby as offers various collectibles including they drop in with their parents who figurines and autographed pieces. used to collect as kids themselves.” Tierney says he was once That’s why he and his customers involved in most sports but have proudly tried to help share would now classify himself as “a their passion. Some of Tierney’s professional fan”. He enjoys golf customers have brought in piles and hopes to play more now that of their cards and have donated he has retired from the banking them to the local Boys’ and Girls’ profession. He is also excited Club. Tierney has provided cards to watch and play sports with his to local schools, through some of grandchildren. his teacher customers, to be used a “I feel fortunate to have been able small reward for the students. Cards to retire and walk straight into my have also been donated to the Long Sault Public Library to be given out business which I have developed to their younger members. Tierney over many years,” says Tierney. “I has set up a booth at the Cornwall look forward to many more years Colts games the past two seasons in the sports card business.”


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Riley Giving Back to Local Soccer By Todd Anderson


ornwall’s Jason Riley has been involved in the game of soccer for 35 years. During that time he has experienced a lot of wins and losses. Many of those results have been shared with the same teammates who have become close friends. “I have been playing soccer locally since I was five years old and I have made a lot of friends while playing,” Riley says. “I still play with the same core bunch of guys that I have been playing with for over 10 years. We play for the love and passion of the sport, as well as the comradery. We may not be the best team on the pitch but that does not matter to us. We go out, play hard, and do the best that we can.” During his years in the game, Riley has also put in time as a coach to many soccer teams in the Cornwall area. This year he is coaching the Cornwall Coyotes U18 girls’ team. He has seen this team grow together, just like he has with his teammates. “I am really looking forward to a good season with these young ladies,” he says. Riley’s passion for the game doesn’t stop as a player or coach. “My favourite professional soccer team is Manchester United. Growing up we didn’t get a lot of European soccer games on television, but when we did Manchester United was a popular team to show games. Then there was the 1999 Champions League final where the likes of David Beckham, Andy Cole, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, and Peter Schmeichel were taking on Bayern Munich. Man United were losing 1 - 0 going into injury time and scored twice in three minutes to win the Champions League. Every since then I was a fan.” As a child, Riley played for the SDG Blazers. As a teenager he started playing for the Cornwall City Soccer Club and eventually ended up running one of their teams in the Cornwall District Soccer

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League. Since then he has played on a variety of teams over the years in the CDSL, including Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, East Side Mario’s, McDonalds, Cornwall BBQ, and Cracked Up. While he has an extensive list of memories as a player, his favourite comes as a coach, and it can’t be narrowed down to just one event. “My favourite sporting memory ran from March to August 2015. It was during this time that I was the head coach for the Cornwall Coyotes U16 girls’ soccer team. It was my first time being a head coach for a competitive team. Sure I have coached house league for several years as my children developed the same passion for the sport as I did, but this was my first experience being a coach for a competitive team. The challenge both excited me and scared me all at the same time. We had a successful season as far as results go. We won our last tournament of the year and had a second place showing earlier in the summer with a heart-breaking loss in penalty kicks in the finals. This was an exceptional group of young women. Being able to pass on some of my soccer knowledge has been very rewarding. I hope that I was able to make them better soccer players but more importantly influenced them in a positive way. is what I will take away from my first experience as a head coach.”

As most of us know, a tragic fire recently destroyed the residence of The Ontario Hockey Academy. Thank God no one was hurt in the blaze. Sports Energy wishes owner Gilles Lascelle and his staff all the best in their rebuild. One thing that stood out to me in this tragedy was how school staff rallied together and worked with multiple embassies to ensure their international students (who lost passports) got home without delays. OHA has it right, students are their top priority. Speaking of OHA, Cornwall native Jeff Legue has joined the staff. Since retiring from a successful playing career in England, coaching at OHA should be a positive experience for both Jeff and the players.

The Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League will begin its inaugural season in the fall of 2016, with local teams in Maxville and Akwesasne. The Akwesasne Chiefs will be holding tryout camp July 16th & 17th in Cornwall at the Benson Centre. For information on the camp or the Chiefs, please contact Phil Difranco at Whistle Stops would like to welcome Tony Luis who will be contributing a monthly column on boxing, and welcome back local writer Ashley March.

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Kaitlyn Murray-MacDonald Tagwi Secondary School Kaitlyn Murray-MacDonald, a Grade 10 student at Tagwi Secondary School, has been a competitive highland dancer since the age of four; taught by her Aunt Colleen with the Murray School of Highland Dancing. This has given Kaitlyn the opportunity to compete in approximately 25 competitions a year, as well as performing in shows for various local events. Her highlights are competing at the Glengarry Highland Games and being able to travel to a different province each year for the Scotdance Canada Championship Series. This year Kaitlyn will travel to Winnipeg and compete against dancers from around the world. Kaitlyn’s other interests include playing soccer for Maxville in the Glengarry Soccer League and practising with the Glengarry Hearts. She is also a member of a variety of sports teams at Tagwi such as cross country, volleyball, badminton, soccer, and track and field. Her favourite subjects are gym and French.

Alex Winters Rothwell-Osnabruck K-12 School

Alex Winters is preparing to graduate from Rothwell Osnabruck School. He leads his teammates in many varsity sports. This year, he was captain of the soccer team and played on the RO volleyball and curling teams. Alex is a key team p l a y e r and a good sport in everything he participates in. He coached the school’s grade 7/8 soccer team and led our Lancers to an SD&G victory. The intermediate team then moved on to participate in the Upper Canada Cup for soccer. When he’s not playing varsity teams, he is supporting local sports by playing hockey for the South Stormont Selects. Alex is a wellrounded academic student and athlete who is a valuable member of the RO community.

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Nadine Kamm-Ramirez is one busy Grade 8 Holy Trinity student! Figure skating, gymnastics, tennis, soccer, swimming, dancing, and boxing are some of the sports she participates in. Figure skating is her biggest passion, she’s been skating with Skate Cornwall for 8 years now and she’s only 14. Nadine participates regularly in EOSIC (Eastern Ontario International Skating Competition) and recently won the skater of the year award at the annual Cornwall Lions Club Sports Awards, for the second time. Nadine volunteers as a program assistant with younger skaters. Her long term goal is to become a figure skating coach. This summer she will be training to become a life guard. Academically, Nadine is a very strong student, with great time management skills and maintains a 90% average. Nadine’s teachers and peers at Holy Trinity are very proud of her achievements and know that she will succeed in all of her future endeavours!

Brennan Seguin is off to OFSSA the first week in June, to represent CharLan DHS in pole vault. This will be the third year that Brennan will be jumping at OFSSA. In grade 9, Brennan won gold with a vault of 3m 30cm. In grade 10, Brennan was triumphant again by winning gold with a 4m 5cm vault. This year at East Regionals, Brennan finished in top spot with a vault of 4m 30cm. Brennan will be supported by his coach Rory Blackadder and his vaulting teammates from Char-Lan; Mackayla Petrie, Ben Dirven, and Ethan MacDonald. He is also supported by his family with a training centre in the family barn and, due to his height, this year he required a longer pole. Brennan’s goal is to make it to World Youth Games.

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his is the sixth year for the Seaway Valley Northern Lights girls’ competitive spring hockey program. With a new look, a new logo, and a new attitude, we won’t back down. As the Northern Lights program continues to grow bigger every year, the interest in the girls’ spring hockey program continues to increase. This interest has grown to the point that, for the first time ever, the Northern Lights will be operating teams in three divisions. There will be a U12, U14, and a U17 team

Scotia Stars Elites. The Lights then won three games in a row defeating the New Brunswick V-Red Prospects 6-1, AFTI Charlottetown PEI 6-2, and the DHD Shamrocks 3-1. A semi-final rematch with the DHD The U14 girls have just completed Shamrocks saw the Lights fall 3-1 their second tournament and they ending their chances for a medal. are pleased but not yet satisfied with The DHD Shamrocks would go on to their results. win the tournament. At the Quebec City AAA Bulldog In the Trois-Rivieres Panthers Cup, the U14 Northern Lights AAA Challenge, the Northern Lights advanced to the semi-finals after would once again face the eventual going 3 and 1 in the round-robin tournament champion during the portion of the tournament. In game round-robin portion of their ten one the girls fell 3-0 to the Nova competing in three tournaments. All three of these teams are expecting to play and compete in the playoff round on Sundays during their tournament weekends.

team division. The team started the weekend with a 1-1 tie against the Nova Scotia Raiders but dropped the next three games 3-1 to the Ottawa 67’s, 1-0 to the Sherbrooke Phoenix, and 5-2 to the Montreal Mustangs. The Ottawa 67’s went on to capture the championship. The U14 girls are now preparing for the Blueline Elite tournament that will be played in Hooksett, New Hampshire. Please follow our teams during the spring hockey season at w w w. l e a g u e l i n e u p . c o m / seawayvalleynorthernlights

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Own the Ice Welcomes New Fitness Instructor By Todd Anderson


ith the hiring of Torontoarea fitness trainer Paul Hudson, Own the Ice has added another qualified expert to help local athletes up their game.

Hudson, who has a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure, Community Development, with a minor in Physical Education, was hired on May 9, 2016. After speaking with Own the Ice management, he knew he wanted to get involved with the company.

Hudson. “The team has given numerous young hockey players the skills and development to move forward with their hockey careers into college and professional careers. I also know the Cornwall Colts have been a big part of the community for decades. The Colts organization has allowed young athletes to become successful educated adults. I want to help continue to grow the program and give young athletes the chance to reach their goals in hockey and in life.”

Hudson has a background as a player himself, having skated in junior hockey with the Calgary Royals. “My favourite/not favourite memory was from that last season of hockey I played, losing in the championship game, sitting in the corner by myself at the end of the game and realizing “Working with young athletes all the things hockey had done and helping them develop to get for me and my development as to their full potential, giving these a person.” individuals the opportunity to Before joining Own the Ice, see success and help them along the way - I want to help Own the Hudson was managing a gym He began his Ice give back to community and in Oakville. make a difference among young career in the fitness industry athletes and be an influential part running a youth fitness program of becoming the best they can in St.Catherines for Premier be in athletics and in life. The Fitness; teaching youth the reason I am here is to make the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, teaching them to next professionals.” exercise, and organizing daily Hudson has not only joined sporting events like boxing, Own the Ice, but he will also swimming, ball hockey, be working with the Cornwall baseball, soccer. From this Colts. position he moved into personal “I know the team has been training with GoodLife where a successful hockey club for he moved into management several years, making the playoffs after his first year as a trainer. several years in a row,” says He continued to manage a gym “I came to Cornwall for an interview and it was a great fit for both of us. I got involved through a mutual contact we had. I also knew about the company prior to this conversation and was interested in the programs they are developing.”

and explosiveness. These three words can be heard when talking to any hockey player discussing what they want to achieve throughout the off-season and see improvements on during the season. Taking this into consideration, I think young hockey players need to focus on training properly. Making sure they have a program that is built to their needs as an individual is the most important.”

Hudson goes on to say that group training sometimes isn’t productive. Individuals Paul Hudson Photo Submitted are different, and should train in Grimsby and improved his accordingly. training skills through numerous “Generalizing each athlete can continuing education courses. be detrimental to their progress. He then moved to Burlington Taking into consideration an where he continued training athlete’s needs as an individual, varying clientele, from the today’s game has come to a point average person looking to where off-ice training is just as improve their health, fat-loss important as on ice development. clients, movement-based clients Young hockey players need to (someone who needs to improve dedicate time to their off-ice flexibility and mobility), clients training to be their best.” recovering from serious surgery, Among Hudson’s cancer survivors, stunt fighters, qualifications are a continuing rugby players, hockey players, education through strength etc. and conditioning, and fitness including Focusing on conditioning, certifications Hudson says the body’s ability Poliqiun Institute Strength and to withstand the demands of the Conditioning Coach: PICP sport is extremely important. Level 1 and 2; Can-Fit Pro Taking a systematic approach to Personal Training Specialist; training can help young athletes Precision Nutrition: Essentials avoid injury, maintain structural of Sport and Exercise Nutrition: balance, and give them the Coach; Fascial Stretch Therapy; opportunity to continue playing. SWIS Muscle Testing Level 1 and 2; Darby Training Systems: “Staying healthy is just Movement Assessment; Darby as important as improving Training Systems: Level 1; conditioning. You so often Poliquin Institute: BioSignature hear the words speed, strength, Modulation.


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Banning Headgear in Amateur Boxing By Tony “The Fighting Writer” Luis


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international governing body for a m a t e u r boxing, has recently taken a bold step. They successfully filed a motion to the International Olympic Committee to remove headgear from amateur boxing. The IOC approved and this will become effective at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio for senior Males ages 19+.

Dr. Julian Bales, who serves as Special Advisor to AIBA, was featured on HBO’s “Fight Game”. He gave his thoughts on how removing headgear will actually be safer for the athletes and can reduce concussions, as the research study allegedly revealed. His reasoning is that the headgear, due to its padding, presents a bigger target, “perhaps” giving fighters a false sense of security. He goes on to say that the headgear “probably” leads boxers to lean in with their head, with headgear on. He was pressed on the issue of how no headgear can create a much higher risk for cuts and other facial lacerations. If a cut or swollen eye were severe enough, it could potentially remove a fighter

from the Olympic competition, even if he won his match. Dr. Julian Bales’ answer to this was, “I don’t feel any more sorry for him then I would for somebody who blows out their ACL” (more on this later).

read a book. Dr. Barry D. Jordan challenged the effectiveness of AIBA’s research study, as its design was not clear on how they evaluated boxers who suffered a concussion. Furthermore, the study had yet to be published in HBO’s “Fight Game” also a peer review journal, which is interviewed another physician common practice. by the name of Dr. Barry D. A few things. Firstly, Dr. Julian Jordan. He had some different Bales’ theory that fighters could thoughts regarding this issue. He “perhaps” be prone to leaning questioned the scientific validity in their head in, if wearing headgear, the research study AIBA presented is completely false. I’m not a to the IOC to make their case for doctor, but that is not his medical no headgear. He outlined the observation, it is just another difference between the two types man’s opinion, with no scientific of brain injury; the acute brain proof to back up that claim. In injury and the chronic brain injury. this case, he is another man who He explained how a concussion is is speaking like someone who has an example of an acute brain injury never stepped in the ring and has and that headgear would probably no clue what a boxer is thinking not have much influence on the when in that ring. No boxer has rate of concussion. However, he an alarm in their head that signals provides his medical opinion that them to make their head an inviting headgear could protect the fighters target, with a sign saying “HIT from chronic brain injury; in ME”, simply because of headgear. turn protecting them in later life, His lack of empathy for a boxer primarily from diseases like CTE. who could get eliminated from Dr. Barry D. Jordan is a an Olympic tournament due to a neurologist who specializes in severe cut is maddening. He is of CTE. CTE is a brain disease where the belief that the boxer knew what the brain gradually degenerates he was signing up for and that is over time as a result of repeated part of the risk in taking up amateur head trauma. If anyone wants to boxing. Correction. That is part of familiarize themselves more with the risk a boxer knowingly takes CTE, I recommend Will Smith’s when he enters the PRO ranks. latest flick “Concussion” (he Look at this way folks, the best should’ve got an Emmy).. or just fighter in his division could get

eliminated before the finals due to suffering a head butt, resulting in a cut too severe - preventing him from advancing in the tournament. So now it no longer comes down to the best boxer taking home the gold medal. It comes down to the boxer with the toughest skin. Not to mention, amateurs aspiring to be pros could be entering the pro ranks with scar tissue already developed, which could lead to a much shorter career. Dr. Bales, along with his colleagues at AIBA brass, removed a safety element out of the amateur game, only 3 months away from the Olympics. An event these boxers have been training years for, and have earned the right to experience. How thorough could this research study have been with such a short period of time to conduct it? Do you think it’s a coincidence this doctor is endorsing the idea of no headgear and also happens to be in a well paid position as Special Advisor to AIBA? Nah... No vested interest there..

If AIBA’s research study was predicated on stats of concussion rates decreasing due to removing headgear, there are plenty of variables that weigh into that. Referees are much stricter in the amateur ranks in preventing boxers from receiving punishment, and

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even more so now that headgear is being removed for senior males. To an extent, a boxer is more aware defensively and will be more proactive in avoiding punches when not wearing headgear. Therefore, potentially receiving less punches due to a different mindset, not because no headgear makes the athlete safer from damage. Why would an athlete be more defensively responsible without headgear? BECAUSE THE PUNCHES HURT MORE! Believe me when I say, concussion rates will not drop because receiving punches is LESS damaging without headgear. Bear in mind, though a boxer may take less risks to avoid getting

hit because of no headgear, the flip side is that the risk of being knocked out is much higher when they do get hit, because they aren’t wearing headgear. Yin and Yang folks. AIBA is blurring the line between amateur and pro and they’re playing a dangerous game. There are pros and cons to wearing headgear or not wearing headgear. The “false sense of security” theory quickly dissolves among most seasoned amateur boxers as they find out a punch hurts no matter what. The only ones who rely on that theory, to justify their opinion of removing headgear, are people who haven’t boxed. The truth is, although your vision is clearer without headgear, the headgear cushions the impact of

a punch somewhat, making it less damaging. Also, an amateur glove is more padded than a pro glove and designed differently, making the punches less damaging. Dr. Bales also mentions the idea of removing headgear is to make the sport “safer and more enjoyable”. Do you see the contradiction folks? Let’s be real, since when does safer mean more enjoyable? Why would amateur boxing be more enjoyable without headgear? Because there will be more blood? More vital areas being exposed to get hit, which could produce more knockouts? Which could produce better TV ratings because let’s face it, boxing fans love a good knockout! Run that by me again, how it’s safer?


The reality is amateur boxing has been a struggling sport for some time and the IOC has considered removing the sport from the Olympics. The timing could not have been any better to implement the no headgear policy. It is only to boost the entertainment value of the sport, nothing more. It’s rumoured that come 2018, the no headgear rule will become effective for not only senior males, but women and youth as well. God help us. This writer sides with the medical opinion of Dr. Barry D. Jordan who cites the risk of CTE, due to the repeated sub-concussive blows to an unprotected head. That has not been addressed in AIBA’s study, and, quite frankly, all points considered, I think we know why.

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Boxing Lives Up to Club Name - Champs By Staff Writer


hamps Eastside Boxing Club claimed some bragging rights at the 2016 Imperium Cup Boxing Tournament in Quebec in midMay. Jacob Villeneuve won Gold in the Juvenile Boys Novice 61kg division by defeating Jordan Perry of BC.

Canadian Cadet Boys Champion but Bourgon was not intimidated. Bourgon was a buzz saw during the bout administering two standing eight counts to Rodriguez while clearly winning all three rounds. Bourgon couldn’t make weight by 1kg. forfeiting his opportunity at a Gold medal, but boxed the Gold medal winner of the heavier 54kg division in an even tilt.

The 49kg Novice division was claimed by Sahil Waheed “These boys worked hard and with victories over two Quebec earned every victory in a tough boxers. field of boxers,” said Champs Mobeen Waheed claimed Club Head Trainer Jorge Luis. Gold in the 46kg Novice Cadet “They should be proud of how well they did, I know I am.” Boys division. Maximus Bourgon defeated Esteban Rodriguez (Levi, QC) in the Open Class 51kg division. Rodriguez was this year’s

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ay 20-22 saw one hundred and seventy five junior badminton players compete in the Ottawa District Junior Championships, at the RA Centre in Ottawa. Four Cornwall area athletes competed in the U17 division in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Gabriel Brie and Emilie Menard from La Citadelle won the consolation in the mixed draw. Gabriel also teamed up with partner Brandon Watkins from Rothwell-Osnabruck to win an exciting three game match and claim the gold in men’s doubles. Earlier Brandon had won a tough final match against a player from Gatineau to win the men’s singles to complete his triple crown as he had also won the mixed doubles with partner Kalie Rhéaume from Orleans. The Ottawa Badminton Association hosts a series of tournaments throughout the year culminating in the District Championships. With his wins Brandon has secured his position as U17 boy athlete and will be recognized at the AGM in the fall. L to R Emilie Menard, Brandon Watkins, Kalie Rheaume, Gabriel Brie

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World Kickboxing Champion Wins Prestigious Jacques Richard Memorial Trophy By Ashley March


ornwall has been blessed with many prestigious athletes over the years. However, not many can say that they have been named World Champion twice before the age of fifteen. Emily Vallance, just a teenager in our sporting city, has earned that title in kickboxing. Amazingly, Vallance gave up concentrating full-time on the country’s most popular sport – hockey – and started concentrating on kickboxing at the tender age of eleven. “I gave up team sports because with kickboxing, it’s all on you.” said Vallance. “Your wins, your losses, it all depends on you.” Kickboxing takes up a lot of commitment. Of course sacrifices are made such as gatherings with friends and monitoring a diet, which at that age can take a toll. But the rigorous training schedule that Vallance takes from Rolland Bissonnette has paid off in dividends.

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“I train at Patenaude Martial Arts in Cornwall. My schedule when I am competing is usually 6 days a week. Non-competition is 3 days but I’m there 5 days a week. It’s hard to do while in school but it’s all about balance.” Vallance always makes sure the school work is done though. It comes first. “I do homework on the bus, at school, and Sundays, so I can get enough training.”

Vallance first became World Champion at thirteen in Dublin, Ireland. Then last fall, she was crowned champion again along with 3 gold medals and one other in Albir, Spain. “I still can’t believe that I’m a champion,” says Vallance. “It’s awesome to be able to do that but I still feel like me. Those sacrifices are worth it in the end.”

This past May saw Vallance add another title to her collection but this time she won it right at home. Every year at the Lions Club Sports Awards, the Jacques Richard Memorial Trophy is given out to the top sports personality in the area. Past winners have included

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boxer Tony Luis, hockey greats Dale Hawerchuk, Lori Dupuis, Chad Kilger, and many more. With Vallance’s current resume, it was a no brainer. “When my name was announced, I was shocked and proud at the same time,” said Vallance of the trophy. “Winning this means the world to me. To be able to add my name to that list of previous winners is amazing. I’m proud to represent both my city and my country.”

So what’s next for Cornwall’s champion kickboxer? “I think England has some tough fighters.” Vallance says with a smile. It’s back over to Europe! “We were supposed to be attending the Worlds in Florida but due to some unseen logistical issues we can’t. So with that I hope to compete in Europe next year,” said Vallance. “My coach is looking up competitions for 2016-2017.” The more competitions then the better your name will grow. With that being said, the sky is the limit for Emily Vallance.

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any anglers feel it’s taboo to ask other fishermen, especially strangers, for tips in regards to bait, tackle, and fishing locations. A few years ago, Cornwall’s Joe Arthur decided he would ignore all that and find a way to help local ice fisherman land a “keeper”. With that came the creation of a popular community Facebook page followed by over 400 people. Initially intended to create talk in regards to ice fishing on Hoople Bay, in Ingleside, the page has become a great avenue for locals to share more than just fishing tips. “It was started as an opportunity to meet people on the ice and start a community that shares ice conditions and gear,” says Arthur. “It’s also there to have a safety line if needed during storms or vehicle problems. Everyone there usually has a smart phone and we can all communicate. When the fishing is slow it is a great source of entertainment.” Arthur has been fishing since he was a small boy, when he would visit his great aunt and uncle at their cottage on Healey Lake near MacTeir, Ontario. That’s where he had his favourite memory in fishing, landing his first bass. Now, Arthur calls the St. Lawrence River his favourite location to throw out a line. When winter hits, he can be found in his comfortable yellow and blue ice shack out on Hoople Bay. “I prefer fishing in a boat to explore the river,” he says. “In an ice hut you

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are limited to one place or a lot of work to move around. My favourite fish to catch and eat is walleye but I will settle for perch during the winter. Usually my ice hut is just a great place to eat pea meal bacon cooked on the wood stove.”

As a member of the Sea Cadets in Cornwall, Arthur became familiar with the Cornwall Lunker Club when he was looking for advice about setting up a charity fishing derby. He quickly became a huge fan of the group. “Since day one I have helped out with a lot of the planning of our events and outings and found it very rewarding. I have made some great fishing and non-fishing friends. Over the 30 years the lunker club has been around they have contributed to some great conservation projects and host local fishing derbies.” Arthur was planning to participate Cornwall’s Joe Arthur says his favourite form of fishing is trolling for Photo Submitted in the club’s derby on May 28 and walleye. also participated in the catch,” says Arthur. “Wherever and whoever you fish Blue Anchor Pike Derby for An avid outdoorsmen; Arthur also with, look up the local bait and tackle Hospice, earlier in the season. spends a lot of time during the winter shop and support them. They know “I have plans to do many other running the trails with his dog sleds. the area you want to fish and usually have the newest and innovative baits derbies throughout the summer and He also enjoys leather carving. for that area.” fall,” says Arthur. “There are a lot of His favourite form of fishing is low cost enjoyable derbies for people trolling for walleye. When he bags The Cornwall Lunker Club meets of all types and abilities in our area.” a “keeper”, he enjoys sharing the on the third Wednesday of every As a truck driver for a Cornwall company, Arthur and many of his friends, from work and clubs, try to get together on Saturday evenings at the Royal Canadian Air Force docks for a night of walleye fishing.

bounty with friends. “I don’t usually eat the fish at our house but save it to bring to non-fishing friend’s places for supper. I bring the fish and cook it and they provide the fixing’s and beer.”

month at the Cornwall Armoury, upstairs in the officer’s mess at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

“Each month we try to have a different guest speaker come in to talk to us about something regarding Arthur has a great tip for fellow the environment or regulations, or “The night usually ending in a convoy of boats on trailers heading to fishermen looking to improve their something interesting related to the Eastcourt Tim’s to show off our success when entering new areas. fishing or conservation,” says Arthur.


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Local Athlete Kathryn Stajkowski Says the Cornwall Multisport Club Made Her Move to Cornwall Exceptional By Molly Kett


ifty-six-year-old Kathryn Stajkowski has been active all her life. From studying phys-ed at Western, in London, to running triathlons in her twenties, Stajkowski has been involved in athletics for many years. Just over a year and a half ago, Stajkowski and her husband moved to Cornwall from Thunder Bay. In Thunder Bay, she focused on winter sports, as it’s a very “ski oriented place.” “I would basically ski four or five times a week and our winters there are much longer so our ski season was quite a bit different up there,” says Stajkowski. “I participated in trail runs, 5K and 10K races, couple half marathons, and sprint triathlons. Stajkowski’s entry into sprint triathlons, though, came in an unconventional way. “When I was in my late 20’s I was in a bad car accident,” says Stajkowski. “Triathlons weren’t very popular, but because I felt pretty fit I thought, I think I’ll try a triathlon. That weekend I got back (from the triathlon) I was in the car accident and it actually took me about ten years to get over that and what I decided was, I’m going to try and do a sprint triathlon, and if I can do that I know I can do anything. So I did my first sprint triathlon on a mountain bike and I really enjoyed it and after that I would do 2 or 3 in the summer and still skiing in the winter, so that’s what got me started with triathlon.” Thunder Bay, however, didn’t

have much opportunity in the way of triathlons. When Stajkowski and her husband moved for her husband’s job, the first thing she did was look for athletic clubs in her new home, Cornwall. “I was on the cycling club in Thunder Bay as well so I found out there’s a cycling club and Cornwall Multisport club. So I thought I would join because my kids are all in university so I wouldn’t be meeting people through them or through their activities so I thought that’s what I’d do when I get here,” says Stajkowski. “In the meantime, my sister encouraged me to do a

qualifying race for the worlds for triathlon; they were going to be in Edmonton the year that we were moving. I actually qualified so we moved here in August of 2014 and I needed to get in a triathlon before I went out to the worlds in Edmonton. So we moved here on a Thursday and that weekend I did the Brockville triathlon. I was tired, but I was quite happy.”

to this day the people that I met that night I am now training regularly with. People have been fantastic, very friendly, very welcoming. Personally I don’t know what I would do without the club and its members. It’s just really made our move to Cornwall exceptional,” says Stajkowski.

Now, she’s not only a member of The week after participating in the club, but on the executive as the Edmonton, Stajkowski joined the club’s secretary. multisport club in Cornwall. She Next, for Stajkowski, are the joined the personal best people but worlds in Mexico. She qualified last not just to reach a personal best. year and hopes to place within the “My goal was to meet people, and top 20 for her age group.


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t is now 1979 and things have changed in the boxing world. When the Hilton family left Cornwall there was no longer a boxing club. Muhammad Ali is now retired and Larry Holmes has emerged as the new dominant force in the heavyweight ranks. I was running track at school, played football with the Optimist Football league and doing some weight training with friends from school. I shared a paper route with a friend from school too. One day in September 1979 a friend from school tells me there is a new boxing club in Cornwall. It was advertised in the

local paper. After school that day I checked before I started my paper route and sure enough there it was “Cornwall Boxing School Boxing Program” at the Kinsmen Centre on 5th Street or as most people referred to it as “the old Y”. The new club was being run by the city recreation department. I begged my father for the extra money and went to register on the first registration night. I took the papers home so my parents could co-sign as I was 15 years old; I went back with money and papers in hand. There were about ten young men that registered the first night. Besides the recreational department doing the paperwork, there was no coach. The two coaches that were supposed to coach never presented themselves. However one gentleman who worked for the Seaway, Al McGillis did show up. Mr. McGillis was only supposed to assist the other two coaches, but he ended up running classes alone; becoming head coach. Al McGillis had done some boxing as a young man in Toronto and had trained and sparred on occasion with Canadian

we shared the sparring gloves and heavy bag gloves. We had no ring, we sparred on a taped-off area on the Judo mats, warmed up together in a big circle and sometimes some of us would sneak into the weight room downstairs and lift weights or Al McGillis had a short amateur jog in the basketball gym if it was career and had been a police officer not rented. Eventually former boxing alumni for a short time before taking on a job in Cornwall with the Seaway Gerry Blanchard (former Canadian Authority. Al had a good base Amateur Champ and Pro) joined the knowledge of the basics and group as did Art Gagnon (former fundamentals of boxing, a calm, Cornwall Hall of Famer and a good soft spoken, and humble man, fighter who in his day was never he took the club on and trained given his due). Gerry Blanchard amateur boxers three nights a week stayed and gave the boys lots of from 1979 to 1984. The “other” tips and pointers and trained us too. two coaches never did materialize, Wayne Lafave also joined; he and although they were good critics at his son Denis would help out. Gerry local club shows. But they never Blanchard and Vernon Thoocet took materialized and donated their time officiating courses, as did former to help train the young men at the boxer Joe St. Louis. Al and Wayne old Y. We trained in a small room got accredited as coaches by Boxing that was used for Judo 3 times a Ontario. They began to run shows week. There were 2-3 heavy bags in town at Nativity Hall and the old along the wall, a speed bag in the water street arena, two or three times corner, a big incline sit up board in a year, sometimes four. In addition, the corner. Equipment was sparse at we were boxing at the Massena best, we used old electric extension Club shows at St. Mary’s Social cords at first for skipping ropes; Continued on page 25 Heavyweight Champion Earl Walls. This was in the 50’s before the George Chuvalo era. Earl Walls was an Ontario Champion as an amateur and a Canadian Heavyweight Champion as a pro. He frequently fought in the U.S. and England.

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Lalonde and Desjardins, who also serves as Cornwall’s assistant GM, is he River Kings will have a the LNAH draft. familiar face behind the bench The River Kings have the first and when the puck drops on the 2016-17 second overall picks. “With the top LNAH season. Veteran bench boss two picks, it gives us so many options Bob Desjardins will return in the fall and we are exploring them all,” said as the team’s head coach. Desjardins. I’m really looking forward to Talks are always ongoing with starting the season in Cornwall,” players who will not be returning to said Desjardins, who came to town Europe or the United States as well. in the middle of the last two seasons. In the meantime, season tickets “We will be ready.” are currently on sale for the 2016-17 Desjardins would like his team to season. be built with character players who River Kings’ fans who purchase play with passion and emotion. season tickets online prior to July 1 “We have a good core here in will receive a free replica jersey. The Cornwall,” said Desjardins. “We tickets can be purchased at www. have to add to that core now.” Meanwhile, preparations are well Ticket prices are as follows: Adults: underway for the River Kings’ fifth $250, Seniors: $180 (65+), Students: season. $180 (13-18), and Children: $70 (5“It’s good to have Bob coming 12). back,” said General Manager Rick For more information, please call Lalonde. “We have been working the River Kings Operations Office closely together preparing for the at 613-933-9797. The office is open draft in June and looking at options during the off-season on Wednesday to continue to improve our team.” (12-5), Thursday (3-8), and Friday The big focus right now for (12-5). By Rodney Wilson

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District 8 OSGA 55+ Slo-Pitch Team attended the District 7 Ottawa West Slo-Pitch Challenge on May 25, 2016 at the R.A. Centre, Ottawa. Over 100 seniors participated in this event. The players are from Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott-Russell. Team and Score keeper include: Dale Swerdfeger, Calvin Beaudette, Rene Bourgeois, Roy Steele, Jim Moak, Kenny MacGillvary, John Flanagan, Dave Gordon, Jim MacKay, Glennys MacIntosh, Tina Serviss, Phyllis Burtenshaw-Lalonde , Sharon McCullouch, Stephanie Hill-Nicholls and Coach Tony Marini. This team will be competing in the Provincial Games held in Midland in Photo Submitted August, 2016.

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Age: 7 Home town: Crysler Teams: NGS Novice B, Casselman AAA Pirates, Monkland Pirates baseball Kyan Helmer has been a busy young athlete this spring. He recently capped off his second season with the Casselman Pirates where he was among the team’s top scorers. At the same time, he has been introduced to the sport of baseball; playing with the Monkland Pirates of the Cornwall Minor Baseball League. He’s also playing ball hockey in Crysler. Among his favourite sports moments are winning the A championship at his home tournament in Finch last winter and having his picture taken with the Calder Cup in Winchester. This summer Helmer has dedicated himself to practising hard to improve his shot for accuracy and power. While he enjoys several sports, he calls hockey his favourite because, “I made new friends, I got lots of exercise, and I had a chance to play in different tournaments in Eastern Ontario.” Helmer’s favourite quote is “keep your stick on the ice!” All Applications Accepted REBUILD YOUR CREDIT

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Seaway Valley Rapids Bantam “AA” Look Back on a Road Trip to Poland By Jordan Todd


n 1994, the Bantam AA Seaway Valley Rapids went on the trip of a lifetime, as the whole team had the opportunity to travel to Europe to play hockey. They visited Poland, Austria, and a few other countries during their three-week stay. After being randomly selected for the trip the year before, the team did some serious fundraising for an entire year. Their goal was to make the trip free for every player, and they eventually did. If parents wanted to come, they could pay their own way. Then, right before they left in February 1994, the tournament was cancelled. “The government had changed in Poland,” explains Gerry Goulet, who was the goalie for the team at the time. “And they cut the funding for the tournament.” Lucky for them, the host city of Katowice decided to have all the teams come anyway and set up a bunch of exhibition games for the teams. As long as they were going to Europe to play hockey, it was all the same to the

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kids. It would end up being the trip of a lifetime. “We played in Czech Republic one night, in a city called Karvina,” Goulet recalls. “That night was one of the most memorable; we played in front of 7,500 people.” Before they left, the team had collected a bunch of old hockey equipment to give away to some of the

locals in the host city. “It was crazy,” says Goulet. “There were people everywhere; they were just trying to get their hands on this hockey equipment from North America. For us, it was stuff we gave away, but for them it was gold.” Then there was the time they were given bottles of sparkling water instead of regular water to drink during one of

their games. “Everybody was just spitting it out,” says Goulet with a laugh. Goulet has many, many more stories from the trip. It truly was a unique experience, and something he’ll remember for the rest of his life. “It was just a really, really fun experience,” says Goulet. “It was just amazing.”

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BEHIND THE BENCH of Ottawa Men’s Lacrosse Team. I was also asked to assist with one of my former Junior B teams, the Gloucester Griffins, to assist in their goal-tending development and did that for a few years until stepping behind the bench as an assistant coach in 2014,” says Perras. “After moving back to Cornwall, from Ottawa in 2015, I served as an assistant coach with the Cornwall Jr. C Celtics last season. I moved back up to Ottawa after that season and was asked to be an assistant coach with the Nepean Knights Junior B organization for the 2016 season.”


wenty-six-year-old Brett Perras lived in Cornwall until leaving to attend the University of Ottawa. He has always been interested in sports, and grew up playing hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and golf. His sport of choice is lacrosse and his love for the game has only grown since childhood. Currently, Perras is working in Ottawa as a structural engineer-intraining. He has also been spending time both playing and coaching. Perras has focused his coaching on lacrosse and began coaching at the end of high school. “The boy’s lacrosse team at my high school, Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, needed some assistance with the boy’s field lacrosse team. There I coached some of the current members of the University

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That’s a pretty impressive number for any Junior hockey team. The Colts have hosted two Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Championships (2003 & 2015) as well one RBC Cup National Jr A Championship (2008). That means, the Colts have participated in seven Fred Page Cups and two RBC Cups (they earned their spot in 2000 in Fort McMurray, Alberta). That first season in 1992-93 led by Captain Stephane Marleau’s 114 points set the tone for what the franchise would become. A 15 year-old Chad Kilger would be the first of many future OHL players to suit up for the Colts prior to moving up the junior hockey ladder. Andrew Ming is the most recent alumni to use the Colts as a springboard to the OHL. Kilger will also always be the first Colts Alumni to reach the NHL with the most recent Colts grad reaching the best league in the world

Whistle Stops The “Team” has just completed Issue # 41, and as always, I would like to thank Lynn (Graphic Design), Margo (Editor), Gary (Sales), Bernadette (Website), our writers - Todd, Molly, Victoria, Jordan, Derrick, and John, our editorial columnists - Jim, Jorge, Dave, the Sports Panel - Gilles, Jake, Jim, our distribution locations, our advertisers, and of course the people who are featured in our stories. I hope you enjoy # 41 Kudos to Bishop Cup organizer Thom Racine. Hard to believe, but the Cup celebrated its 10th anniversary last month. The brainchild of Racine, he has organized each Cup challenge. We will never capture the excitement of the early years when the Si Miller Arena was packed with cheering students from St. Joe’s and HT, but the concept lives on; the rivalry is there and the game gives students an opportunity to get out, show their school spirit, have some fun, and help a great cause, The St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Drive. Ready for another 10 years Thom? Good luck to the group promoting a new gym to be built in Cornwall. It is definitely something we could use. Too bad that empty building at the corner of Brookdale and Second St on the former Domtar site couldn’t be converted. Congrats to Coach Marc Sauve and his Seaway Valley Minor Bantam “AA” squad on being crowned ODMHL Champions. I would be hard pressed to find 2 coaches with a more successful coaching resume than Sean Boulerice and Mike Pettinella. They have guided and coached the SLC Sharks

being Kyle Baun. The first Cornwall Colts link to Colgate University was on that 92-93 team; in the form of Dru Burgess. Ross Craig is the most recent Colts alumni to skate with the Raiders when he kicks off his freshman NCAA campaign in the fall. Clarkson, Ohio State, Union, Ferris State, and St. Lawrence University are just a handful of other NCAA hockey programs that have assisted Colts Alumni in advancing in hockey as well as education. Twenty-five years ago Brian Mulroney was Prime Minister of Canada, the Pittsburgh Penguins won the second of their back-to-back Stanley Cups, the Toronto Blue Jays won their first World Series and Bill Clinton was elected to his first term as US President. Twenty-five years also marked the birth of one of the most successful Jr A franchises when the Colts opened their doors for the first time.

Men’s and Women’s Hockey programs for many years, winning many tournament titles. There has to be an award out there somewhere for them. So Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is not happy with Coach Dave Cameron and is promising Sens fans with change. My vote to replace Cameron - Mark Crawford. A classy guy with a proven record in the NHL, I feel he deserves another shot in the NHL. (If he wants to resume his career.) It seems the last people most minor league hockey team owners listen to are their accountants. The River Kings are back for next season, but owner Steve Moreau needs a substantial amount of new fans to come out to River Kings’ home games. The Moreau family has made a huge commitment to make the team work in Cornwall. The foundation is strong to build on. GM Rick Lalonde and Coach Bob Desjardins know what they are doing on the hockey side. The big question, will area hockey fans co-operate and allow them to build a large season ticket base, which they need. When the Jr “A” Colts season ended, so did the Jr careers of six players. Sports Energy wishes graduating players Parker Krol, Brett Nichol, Ross Craig, Matt Morin, Lawson MacDonald, and Lawson MacDougall all the best in their future endeavors. Congrat’s and good luck to Coach Frank Hincks and his Major Bantam AAA Wild Hockey team which will be competing at the provincial championships this month. soon.

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“It definitely is the greatest hockey experience I will ever have in my life,” said James Robertson. “It was very nice to be able to show Noah our way of life and also to have the chance to spend time with his mother Jessica. Hockey may have brought us all together but the friendships and memories that were made will last forever. I would like to thank Rob Martin from Seaway Valley and Lars-Ove-Haraldsson from Sweden and the entire Seaway Valley Rapids Association for all their support during this incredible experience.”

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or Noah Andersson, his Swedishbased Kungälv hockey team’s visit to Cornwall in March was extra special. The 10th annual cultural exchange with the Seaway Valley Bantam AA Rapids allowed him to visit Cornwall, where his father Nicklas once skated as a professional hockey player with the Cornwall Aces. “It’s great to be able to see the arena and city he played in,” said Noah. “I was here four years ago when my brother did the same cultural exchange. I love Canada and the experience of seeing it.”

Andersson says he will look back fondly at his time in Cornwall and area. “I’ve travelled quite a bit with my family but this is the best trip I’ve ever been on. I got to visit the Canham Farm in Avonmore and was very impressed at the size of the farm. I also visited the Sand Road Sugar Camp and was able to see how maple syrup is made and got to taste maple candy. We also got to go to Pro Hockey Life which was awesome and then to a Sens game.”

Andersson was billeted with the Rapids’ Assistant Captain Graham Robertson during the trip. He said he was welcomed with open arms. “It’s a very good family, it feels like home. They are really fun to be with.” As part of the exciting trip, the Sweden players and coaches were able to witness the Rapids capture a couple of victories in the OEMHL AA Minor Bantam playoff championship final series. On March 29, the Rapids stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to claim the title. As the Rapids participated in the most exciting game of their season, the jerseys of their Swedish friends hung on the glass behind their bench. The Rapids players also sported Swedish-themed stick tape for the game. The Swedes, who were visiting Toronto at the time of the decisive game, kept tabs on the results via Face Time on their phones. The Rapids say having their new friends cheering them on helped spark them to victory over Kanata, four-time defending champions and the number-one ranked team in Ontario. While the two teams practised together and played against each other during the visit, there was so much more shared other than hockey. “I have made a friend for life,” said

See team photo on page 30. Sweden’s Noah Andersson, left, enjoyed his visit to Cornwall area with billet Graham Robertson, an assistant captain with the Seaway Valley Rapids AA Minor Bantam team. Andersson’s father Nicklas is a former Photo submitted: James Robertson Cornwall Aces player.

Maxville’s Graham Robertson. “We though because it was French.” connected right away. (Noah) has a Graham Robertson, also 13, says great sense of humour and he’s got in hockey he just “wants to be the sick hands.” best that I can be and hopefully get 13-year-old Andersson, a native of a scholarship. I’d like to be a police Kungälv, Sweden, says his hope is to officer.” He was impressed with the one day skate in the NHL. If not, he Swedish team’s abilities on the ice. would enjoy coaching hockey. He “They are great puck movers and they spoke about his experience during see the ice well at a high speed. They the trip playing hockey and visiting are very skilled where the Canadian game is more physical.” Robertson’s school. “Canada has fast players who are big and strong. The rinks are smaller. I went to school (École intermediaire de Casselman) with Graham. It’s a big school with lots of kids and very friendly. It was hard to understand

Graham’s father James was impressed with the Swedish team and was happy to share stories of hockey with the coaching staff. They spoke about the different aspects of coaching between countries.

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Midget B2 NGS Braves Accomplish Near Perfection By Staff Writer


he NGS Midget B2 House Braves have completed a memorable unbeaten season. After winning the regular season crown with a record of 23-0-1 record, the team kept their streak going in the playoffs rolling to a 6-0-0 mark on their way to a championship. “We had a terrific year record-wise and through bonding as a group,” said Assistant Coach Ray Lariviere. “It’s not often you get a full squad out for practice at this age, and we did pretty much regularly. We had four out of the five top scorers and solid defence. We had key contributions from our goaltending. Every player on the team played a part in the fact we were an undefeated team.” In Game 2 of their playoff championship series on March 26, the Braves faced a short-manned but determined Char-Lan Rebels club. Despite heading to Finch with just seven skaters, the Rebels kept things close throughout the game but just didn’t have enough gas in the tank falling to the Braves 4-1. In what could turn out to be his last minor hockey league game, leagueleading scorer and team captain, Matt

The NGS Midget B House Braves are 2015-16 regular season and playoff champions after going unbeaten all season. Pictured front from left are Jack Mills, Duncan Quenneville, Noah Ladouceur, Dawson Robertson, Philip Mainville, Peter Martel, and Liam Helmer. Back row Coach Raymond Lariviere, Matt Mainville, Jacob Gauthier, Joshua Villeneuve, Coach Dan Mainville, Brendan McMaster, Kyle Vanderweilen, Ryan Lalonde, and Trainer Sandie Gauthier Photo submitted Sandy Lariviere

Mainville had a fantastic outing. Mainville scored all four of his team’s goals and controlled the puck for most of his shifts, including while shorthanded. The win was a total team effort he says. “We worked hard all year and we had a great bunch of guys,” said Mainville. “It was a blast to be part of this winning team.” Ryan Lalonde and Duncan Quenneville had two assists in the

victory, with Josh Villeneuve handing out one. Char-Lan’s skaters deserve full marks for their effort. Skating with seven players for a full game, an intense championship game, is not easy. Nick Seguin had the lone Rebels’ goal unassisted with 21 seconds remaining in the opening period. In the opener of the series the Braves rolled past the Rebels 9-1. NGS led 3-0 after the first period and 8-0 after two. Matt Mainville and Lalonde each

had three goals in the win, with singles going to Noah Ladouceur, Liam Helmer, and Villeneuve. Villeneuve had three assists, Brendan MacMaster, Philip Mainville, and Matt Mainville had two, while Peter Martel, Lalonde, and Jacob Gauthier each had one. Dawson Robertson’s shutout was spoiled in the third when Seguin scored for Char-Lan early in the third period from Colin McLenaghan. In round-robin play, the Braves opened with a 15-2 win over the Cornwall Colts 2 on February 28. Matt Mainville had five goals, Lalonde scored four, Villeneuve had two, and singles went to Martel, Gauthier, and Jack Mills. On February 29 NGS defeated Cornwall 4, 6-1. Mills scored twice and singles went to Gauthier, Villeneuve, MacMaster, and Lalonde. On March 2 NGS 2 defeated NGS 1, 7-4. Matt Mainville scored three times and Lalonde and Villeneuve each had two. On March 5 NGS closed out the round-robin with a 7-5 win over Cornwall 2. Gauthier, Lalonde and Villeneuve had two goals each with a single going to Helmer. For the record, the Braves lone “blemish” this season was a 4-4 draw with Cornwall Colts 2 on December 10.

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Doug Disotell: Playing and Teaching the Game of Pool By John MacGillis


or the past 27 years, Doug Disotell has been playing billiards, both locally and at a competitive level. In recent years, Doug has switched gears and become a mentor to local players; teaching locals on how to play at a competitive level. Disotell owns and operates Rack-Em-Up Billiards hall and is also an avid player. In the 1990s, Doug was an AAA billiards player in Quebec and was ranked the 8th best in Canada. Although he no longer plays at competitive tournaments, he frequently plays against highly competitive players and keeps his skills sharp by playing league play.

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Disotell continues to stay active in the billiards community through his involvement with younger players. He has worked with many young pool players and taught them how to play, including Jason Montgomery, who has had great success in his pool career. “We’ll be working on putting together a summer program for kids who would like to learn the game,” says Disotell, who encourages everyone, especially young people to come out and enjoy the game.

Disotell also says that summer leagues are beginning shortly for those looking to begin playing and also the Summer Series of Tournaments which had $2800 of prize money on the line last year. All players are encouraged to join.

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Champs Eastside Boxing Updates

crosses. Good job, Lalen, and much improvement. Ronnie “Rocket” Robidoux squared off with Jalen Renaud of US Army base Fort Drum NY. Jalen stayed away from Ronnie throughout most of the bout electing to jab and move and hold. When Ronnie did corner his lanky opponent he blitzed him with good body shots and power shots. Jalen would clinch and hold and elect to run again. In the end Jalen won a By Jorge Luis split 2-1 decision by the judges, hamps Eastside Boxing which was heartily booed by the Club has been active on the crowd in attendance. club show circuit so far in 2016. On Feb. 27th in Montreal, Being it’s an Olympic year and three young men represented National team selections have Champs. First off in his very already been made; the Ontario first bout, 12-year-old Mubeen Silver Gloves and Ontario Golden Waheed at 95 lbs won a close 3 Gloves have been postponed round decision over 13-year-old until the fall. However, Champs Ibrahim Brahmi of Montreal. It has remained active on the club was a very impressive showing show circuit in Ontario, Quebec, by young Mubeen, who is and NY State. talented and hard-working and On Feb 12, 2016, Champs was also a great student in school. in Saratoga NY. Representing Ronnie Robidoux won a 3 round Champs was Ronnie “Rocket” unanimous decision against Robidoux who squared off Kingsley Quaderi of Montreal with Darrel Boyd of West Point in a men’s middleweight match Army base in NY State. West up. Ronnie was simply too fast Point boxers are always in and experienced for his taller, On the same great condition and Ronnie had heavier rival. his work cut out for him, but show Avery Gravelle of Champs Ronnie prevailed with a 3 round dropped a decision to older, more unanimous decision. Ronnie’s experienced Chazy Lapointe fast hands and punch output of Montreal in a 125 lbs junior boys’ featherweight matchup. proved to be the difference. Avery did very well considering On Saturday Feb. 13th in his opponent was 1 year older, Watertown NY, Champs was heavier by 7 lbs, and had 28 more in action again as heavyweight bouts than he. Avery is a talented Lalen Philips of Champs won a 3 hard-working young man and round decision over Watertown’s gave a very good account of Leslie Harriston. It was the best himself. Very proud of Avery. Lalen has ever looked, keeping his guard and defence high and Ottawa, March 11th, Lalen using his jab well to set up power Continued on page 30


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Summerheight’s Josh Amyot, It’s a Long Drive to Work By Jordan Todd


ost golf instructors have spent their entire lives around the game. That’s not the case for Josh Amyot, Summerheights Golf Links newest teacher. Amyot never really played the game growing up. It wasn’t until the age of 25, when he was living out west that he took up golf as a sort of stress reliever. “I was working for a big corporation for a while and it was kind of my outlet,” says Amyot. “And I got really into it; the learning, the instruction aspects.”

Eventually, he decided that a career change was in order. All it took was a nudge from his dad, and he was heading home to earn his certification to teach golf. That was about two and a half years ago. After getting certified, he was looking for work for a while. He had a friend whose aunt and uncle owned Summerheights, but he didn’t immediately get a job. He really got their notice at their long drive competition. “I ended up winning the long drive Josh Amyot enjoys seeing his competition, and I think that made students improve their game. a small impression,” says Amyot. Photo Submitted “From there, I started last summer.”

Amyot is just beginning his second year as an instructor at Summerheights. As a teacher, he likes to explain why to his students, rather than just telling them what to do. He finds that it really helps students, and a lot of golf instructors don’t do it. While he likes the teaching aspect, what he really loves is seeing his students improve. “I really enjoy it when students come into the pro shop and tell me they’re bombing it 20 or 30 yards farther or that they’re scoring that much better,” he says. “That’s the aspect I really enjoy, helping people improve.”

Summer Kick-off with South Stormont Minor Soccer By Victoria Klassen


he South Stormont Minor Soccer Program has been bringing kids together to play soccer for over 20 years. Sherry-Lynn Harbers, the recreation programs co-ordinator, says this summer there are 460 children in the program. They take 60 participants in the Timbits program, which is an introduction to soccer for three year olds. They play games like What Time Is It Mister Wolf?, Red Light Green Light, and Follow the Leader drills. “They start off the program with stretches,” says Harbers about the Timbits program, “and then some exercises such as running and jumping. We always include scoring in the net as one of the drills because it is everyone’s favourite!”

The minor soccer is for children aged four to 13, and they are split up into five different age divisions. All together, this program has 36 teams this summer. “The volunteer coaches are what make this program possible. We have at least one volunteer coach per team and they are usually one of the parents,” says Harbers. The Tuesday night games are played at the Arnold Bethune Memorial Park in Long Sault. Harbers says that the one location and once-a-week commitment make it a great program for families with busy schedules or more than one child who wants to play soccer. “The program is also good for those that want to play in a noncompetitive league,” says Harbers. “They are able to gain soccer skills but it is a great program to get active, have fun, and create friendships.”


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Dan Allaire vs David Murphy

That’ll be one of the amateur boxing matches at an event that’ll be held in May 2017 in support of the Children’s Treatment Centre and Champs Eastside Boxing Club. The two groups teamed up before to raise some funds a n d awareness for their causes and next year’s event promises to be a lot of fun and a good showcase of what amateur boxing is all about.

Dan and I go back to high school (I’m a year older). We’ve been friends ever since but friends who are competitive at everything we do. Whether it was playing hockey, golfing, MC at an event, or even producing more stories in day when we both worked in the Corus Entertainment news room, we have pushed and encouraged each other at every step to be better. In less than a year, we’ll be taking the idea of pushing and encouraging each other to a whole new level. We’ve had people ask us how serious this amateur boxing match is. We’ve been training up to 2 hours a day, 3 days a week since mid-March and will continue to do so up until our match.

The training takes place under the watchful eye of Jorge Luis and Matt Veenstra at Champs and includes a 2K run and 2-3 rounds of skipping --and then we begin the warm up before the actual workout! We’ve both already shed some weight and improved our cardio without losing strength. We’re learning that boxing is indeed the “sweet science”. Mark your calendar for next May (actual date to be announced later this year) for a great card of amateur boxing including a 3 round, two minutes per round, charity match. Ah, the things we do for charity!

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ossessing a great kick, and an uncanny ability to find open teammates, Mya Campbell is a treat to watch on the soccer pitch. Currently playing with the Glengarry U11 Hearts and Alexandria U12 HERicannes of the Glengarry Soccer League, the youngster notes she loves the sport because, “It is fun and I get to play with my friends.” Campbell also excels in cross-country running and on the ice in hockey. Her favourite sports memories to date are winning the popular Iona Grade 5 cross-country race, as well as winning the Cornwall tournament last fall, with her Glengarry Highlanders teammates. Focusing on soccer, Campbell says this summer she hopes to improve on tackling and winning loose balls.

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I only have 5 minutes to warm up before my round. What’s the best use of my time to make sure I’m ready when I get up on the first tee?

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irst, get the body warmed up and second, get a feel for the green speeds. To achieve this quickly try the following: head to the putting green to work on some longer putts. When you bend down to read the break, do a squat and hold it for five seconds; repeat until your legs start to warm up. Next, warm the shoulders up by making some small to large circles with your arms. Finally, grab the club you plan to tee off with and make some swings, working your way to full swings. You’re now ready to tee off. If all else fails....take a mulligan!


f you’ve only got 5 minutes, I would recommend doing a series of stretches. First off you’ll want to focus on your upper body. Stretch your neck and shoulders. Next you’ll want to stretch the hips and then your legs. It’s more important to stretch, than it is to hit balls before your round, to avoid injury. If you have time after stretching grab an 8 and a 9 iron and swing them both for about 30 seconds. You’ll be loose and you should be ready for a good a round of golf.

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always envied the guys and gals that could run up to the tee moments before their first swing, with no greater a warm up then tying their shoes, and proceed to rip one down the fairway! For the rest of us, a sound warm up routine with ample time to work through your bag can be a key factor to having a successful round. However, if you find yourself short of time some good stretches are a great way to start. Follow that with a few short shots with a wedge or short iron and then hit the putting green. As green speeds and conditions change from course to course and even from dayto-day on the same course, getting a feel for how they are rolling will give you the best advantage to score well. Remember, you can always make up for a bad shot by sinking a long putt or two!

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o, you have shown up late for your game and have five minutes to warm up. My suggestion, to get ready for your round, is to loosen up by stretching before swinging a club. Your core muscles are where the golf swing begins, so you should stretch the muscles in your back. Grab a golf club in both hands. Leaning forward, reach for your toes and do this a few times until it loosens. Standing up in your golf stance, rotate your upper body, with a club across your shoulders, holding with your hands crossed, slowly in the same direction of your golf swing. Grab two clubs and swing easy. This will help loosen you up and get your golf swing ready. If time allows a few practice putts/chips, this would also help, as you chip and putt more than you will drive off the tee. The next time you play, show up early and hit a few balls on the range and watch how it will improve your game.

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Sports Panel

The Toronto Blue Jays have experienced many on and off field changes this year. Do you feel they are in a position to make it to the World Series again this year? Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast - The Blue Jays are floundering around the .500 mark this year, which is a surprise considering their success last year. If we look more closely, the off season moves they made, such as acquiring Michael Saunders and J. A. Happ, have worked out well, although Drew Storen has been lousy so far this year. Going into this year, the biggest concern was the Jays’ starting pitching. In actuality the starters have been exemplary; in fact they are among the league leaders. The Jays needs are two-fold; timely hitting and improved middle relief. If those two areas don’t improve, then they’re in trouble. The Jays’ new leader, Mark Shapiro is more of a bean counter than last year’s manager, Trader Alex, so we can’t count on major changes before the trade deadline. If Tulowitzki, Encarnacion, Donaldson, and Bautista start hitting like they have in the past, all will be well in Jay land. Prediction, the Blue Jays will catch fire in June and July and bring home a long overdue championship to Canada. Go Jays, go! Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - The Toronto Blue Jays have certainly earned noteworthy interest from the rest of the Major League Baseball world after last year’s performance. Can they repeat the season in 2016? The biggest question facing the 2016 Blue Jays is the performance of their starting rotation. Stroman, Sanchez, and Dickey are sure players the Jays can count on, as well as Estrada and Happ as solid veterans who appeared to make late-career gains last year. The biggest variable with any team is injuries; as long as players stay healthy and with a little luck, acquire another David Pricelike deal mid-way in the seasons, the Jays are sure to make and go deep into the playoffs in 2016. Are they in-line to be favourites to win the pennant this season? I think so; here’s to another great baseball season. Go Jays Go… Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club The Toronto Blue Jays’ season has been quite frustrating so far, as many fans had expectations of them picking right up where they left off last October. With more than one quarter of the season gone the Blue Jays are under .500 and in last place in their division. To make matters worse, former Cy Young winner David Price who helped invigorate the team for last year’s run, is now on a pace to win 20 plus games with the rival Red Sox. There is still a lot of time to turn things around, but at this point it is very doubtful that the Blue Jays make the World Series this year.

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Beaupre-MacKinnon teaches Standup Paddleboard Yoga classes, but unfortunately, Mr. MacKinnon is unable to participate just yet. “I have not done her class but have gone out and done some poses myself. Having a young daughter usually means someone has to stay on shore,” he says. “I would like to take some of her classes and hopefully our daughter can join us someday as well.”

ave MacKinnon started windsurfering at the age of fifteen. It was his neighbours on Stanley Island he has to thank. “At that time one of the neighbours was an avid windsurfer and introduced me to the sport. I played around with it for a few summers but didn’t get too involved,” he says. “Then in 2006 I was introduced to someone that was heavily involved with it. Since then For someone who wants to get into is has been a big part of my summer the sport, MacKinnon tells us to find and includes trips to the Outer Banks an expert to get you off the ground. or Cape Hatteras North Carolina.” “The easiest way would be to connect MacKinnon explains what exactly with someone who has some gear windsurfing is. “In its basic design and knowledge,” he says. “It is not it is a surfboard with a sail attached a sport that has a lot of participants to it. And much like a sailboat, that in the area. It is also a sport that you sail has a boom and a mast,” he says. would want to try first due to the “But rather than using waves for cost of the equipment.” He also says propulsion like a traditional surfer, a there are groups and or clubs near windsurfer uses the wind.” He adds, Montreal and Lake Ontario that can Dave MacKinnon takes off on a windy day. Photo Submitted “By manoeuvring the sail in different help with the practice. “Also, people positions with the wind, and changing vacationing down south would it is an easy answer. “In this area, another location, but it’s a drive to feet positions on the board, a person have access to lessons more freely,” Lake St. Francis is hard to beat. Nice reach this fantastic spot. “If some and wide and lots of wind,” he says. is able to move; either downwind or MacKinnon adds. one is willing to drive 15 hours “There are also some great spots in upwind.” When asked where the best location Quebec and west towards Kingston though, you can’t beat Hatteras North Mr. MacKinnon’s wife, Lisa for windsurfing is, for MacKinnon and Toronto.” MacKinnon adds Carolina.”

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Gavin Nowry has been umpiring minor league baseball for just a year, but it’s he has a great grasp of calling the game. After playing ball with the Cornwall River Rats, as well as the Pirates in the Cornwall house league, he thought he would try his hand behind the plate. “I think it’s fun and I like being around the game. I just really love everything about the game. I like hockey, but I love baseball.” When playing, Nowry says he prefers to defend in the field rather than batting, although his favourite memory so far came from a big swing of the bat. “There are more positions to play and you get to handle the ball more when you are fielding,” he said. “My favourite moment though is hitting an in-the-park grand slam for my mom when she couldn’t be at my game on May 24, 2016.” As for keeping his composure behind the plate as an umpire, “I don’t find it hard or stressful. To stay calm and in control I just ignore the fans and focus on the game.”




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