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hen Gary Pearson reflects on his life, which he has done a lot of recently, no doubt many visions of hockey dance around his head.

As a young boy, he watched his idol Gordie Howe as often as he could, which wasn’t that often. Yet, while most of his friends were Habs, Leafs, and one Bruins fans, he stood by his Red Wings, watched them only when they played the Habs or Leafs on TV and even when it wasn’t fashionable in the seventies and eighties, Gary loved his Red Wings. Gary played a lot of hockey too, was a long time member of the world famous Cornwall Hubs, and most of us know that his son Scott, who played in the Cornwall Minor Hockey system would have a professional hockey career and continues to be associated to the game in Atlanta Georgia. Continued on page 2

On a recent visit to Atlanta, Gary Pearson got in a little shinny with son Scott and grandson Chase. Scott was drafted by the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs and enjoyed a 9 year NHL career. Chase was drafted by the NHL Detroit Red Wings and is heading off to the University of Maine Submitted photo this season.

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When Gary Pearson heard his sons name called in the first round of the 1988 NHL Draft, it was a proud moment. In June (2015) when his grandson Chase was selected by the Detroit Red Wings; well, that was the icing on the cake. “I couldn’t believe it, that it was the Red Wings, we were all so very happy and Joan was alive to see it” remembered Gary. Gary’s wife Joan died last September.

In the history of the NHL, 160 NHL playing fathers have many years later, heard their sons’ names called at the draft. Some

even got to play with their sons, Gordie Howe comes to mind. While Scott Pearson is one of those fathers, Chase knows the hard work it will take to get to where his dad once skated. Chase will start his freshman year at Maine in the fall and will hope to one day wear his Grandpa’s favourite Red Wings’ sweater. One month ago, Gary went to Atlanta for a visit. Father, son, and grandson, laced up their skates. For Gary, it was the first time in five years. “Skating with his son and grandson was a special moment, a priceless moment, Dad didn’t want to get off the

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ice” added Scott. Gary’s response, “Scott looks like he could still play, and it was great to skate with Chase.” Gary Pearson is a humble man. He never flaunted his son’s hockey career and he proudly stands behind his grandson’s hopes and dreams. Gary knows a little about standing by something, he proved that by standing as care giver to his late wife Joan and was recently awarded with the Ontario and National Multiple Sclerosis Care Giver Award. He has recently been nominated for the International MS Care Giver Award.

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Shortly after Gary’s wife Joan died last year, Gary knew something was wrong and early this year, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. His prognosis is not good. Yet, in typical Gary style, “Its very uncomfortable to have it all about me, but I have to make the best of what I have left and it helps that I am close to my family, daughter Lori checks in on me daily, and Scott calls often, you have to have hope.” Gary, from all of us who know you and are praying for you, it ‘should be’ all about you - right now.

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n July 21 Cornwall celebrated the achievements of one of its finest athletes. Newsy Lalonde Day featured several honoured guests including Montreal Canadiens ambassador Guy Lafleur, Hockey Hall of Fame members, as well as Ottawa Senators Ambassador of Fun Spartacat, and many local celebrities and dignitaries. The day was organized at the Cornwall Civic Complex by the City of Cornwall in partnership with Ontario Heritage Trust. The highlight of the day was the unveiling of a new plaque to be erected in front of the complex honouring the one-time legendary Montreal Canadiens line dubbed the Flying Frenchmen. The line included

Thought of as one of the best always held a special place in Newsy’s heart. hockey and lacrosse players of his “He always considered Cornwall time, Lalonde skated in and scored home. He loved this town. He loved in the NHL’s first-ever NHL game the people here. He was a humble on December 19, 1917 when his man. Hockey to Newsy was to fill Montreal Canadiens defeated the the gap between lacrosse seasons. Ottawa Senators 7-4.

Lacrosse was to fill the gaps between Lalonde, who’s birth name was hockey seasons.” Edouard Cyrille, earned the monicker Thom Racine, the new president Newsy because he worked in a This Ontario Heritage Trust of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, newspaper plant before becoming plaque will be erected in front of a professional hockey and lacrosse the Cornwall Civic Complex in said he was enthused to have Newsy honour of the Flying Frenchmen. Lalonde Day be one of the first events player. Lalonde served as captain of the Canadiens from 1915 to 1921 and Photo: Todd Anderson he attended under his new title. was a member of the Canadiens’ first Lalonde, as well as, Jean-Baptiste “What a thrill this is to stand here Stanley Cup-winning team in 1916. Laviolette and Didier Pitre. today. When I think of Newsy, I think In 1950 he was elected to the Hockey On hand during the festivities were of what he means to this area. You Hall of Fame. Newsy’s grandsons Bob and Richard cannot talk about Cornwall sports Continued on page 5 Quintal. Richard says Cornwall without mentioning Newsy Lalonde.”

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3301 Brookdale avenue, cornwall “Where sales are built on service” Continued from page 4 Lafleur, regarded as one of the best players in the history of the Montreal Canadiens, and the NHL, joined the Canadiens as a rookie for the 1971/72 season ... a year after Newsy died. “When I was a Canadien, you learned a lot about Newsy,” Lafleur told the audience at the complex. “They are the ones who started the dynasty. They were the ones we looked up to. Newsy was special as a man, and as a player.” The day was about Newsy and the Flying Frenchmen, but Apple Hill’s Jeremy Chenier, 12, was thrilled to meet Lafleur. “It was awesome. He’s a legend. He used to be one of the best in the NHL and he won lots of Stanley Cups. My grandpa watched him when he was younger, so he was happy to meet him, too.” Mike Chenier recalls seeing Lafleur play locally. “He was impressive. I watched him play here in Cornwall with the Quebec Remparts. I always waited for his special shot from the side boards. You expected it to go in.” The plaque unveiling in Cornwall was the second of three to honour the Flying Frenchmen. The first was in

The event also featured a historic display of Newsy Lalonde items including player contracts and a pair of skates he likely wore. The Hockey Hall of Fame brought trophies including the Memorial Cup, Art Ross, Hart, Conn Smythe, Prince of Wales, and O’Brien Cup (championship trophy of the National Hockey Association from 1909/10 to 1916/17). The Cornwall Colts and Own the Ice teamed up to provide some shooting games to visitors and the Cornwall River Kings hosted a booth and raffle. Another local hockey legend, former Toronto Maple Leafs’ coach Doug Carpenter, was on hand to sign copies of his new book A Royal Career: Conversations with Doug Carpenter written by his neighbour Ontario court judge Gilles Renaud. The Cornwall Fire Department was also on hand with a booth. Long Sault’s Riley Houle, 3, In 99 NHL games Lalonde scored poses with a cutout of Cornwall native and former NHL star Newsy 124 goals, 151 points, and had 138 Lalonde on July 21, a day in which penalty minutes. In 104 National Cornwall recognized Lalonde Hockey Association games he had and unveiled a new plaque in his 150 goals, 176 points and 355 penalty Photo: Todd Anderson honour. minutes. The plaque being erected at Belleville, birth place of Laviolette, Cornwall Civic Complex reads, “The and the third will be in Sault Ste. Flying Frenchmen. Professional Marie, home town to Pitre.

hockey was in its infancy in the autumn of 1909 when the promoters behind the National Hockey Association, forerunner of the National Hockey League, created the Montreal Canadiens team to attract French-Canadian spectators. Belleville-born JeanBaptiste “Jack” Laviolette was hired as the playing-manager and captain. Laviolette signed Cornwall’s Edouard “Newsy” Lalonde to play forward and recruited his friend Didier “Cannonball” Pitre from the Renfrew Creamery Kings (Renfrew Millionaires) as a defenceman. This trio of francophone players formed the nucleus of the roster for several seasons and led the Canadiens to their first Stanley Cup championship in 1916. They played with such speed and finesse that sportswriters began calling them “The Flying Frenchmen”, establishing the Canadiens’ trademark playing style for generations. Laviolette retired in 1918, the Canadiens traded Lalonde to the Saskatoon Crescents in 1922, and Pitre retired in 1923. All three were later inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame for their part in establishing a legendary hockey franchise. More photos on page 14


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The team faced tough competition, and required shootouts to once again claim the tournament victory. The goalkeeper saved 3 shots in the

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The Lights were Bright in Boston Submitted Article


he Seaway Valley Northern Lights girls’ hockey team had a great showing at the 6th Annual Women’s Beantown Classic that was held in Boston, Massachusetts. During a hot and dry July weekend where the temperature in Boston hovered around 112 degrees Fahrenheit, seventeen girls found themselves in the rink and on the ice battling some of the best female hockey players from Canada and the United States. The Northern Lights would open the tournament with a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Blades. In game two, the Lights evened their record with a 4-1 win over the U16 Philadelphia Lady Flyers. The team would split the next two games falling 4-1 to Game Plan 2001, a Toronto based team, followed by a 5-2 win over the

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playoff round as they would fall to the first place Anaheim Lady Ducks After the round-robin portion of by a score of 5-1. the tournament, the Lights would find themselves with a record of 2 At the end of the weekend, the wins and 2 losses, enough to finish Seaway Valley Northern Lights in the top 16 of the 30 team division, would finish the tournament in 15th and moving on to the playoff round. place in their 30 team division. The The team’s hopes of a championship three losses came against teams that came to an end in the first game of the finished 3rd, 4th, and 8th overall.


The Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016 will be celebrated August 13th at the Civic Complex. No less than seven sports are represented among the 12 inductees. The amount of sports talent Cornwall has to offer never ceases to amaze me. Here’s a peek at the inductees. Dan Begg is being enshrined under the Builder category for his many years of dedication to several minor sports, most notably softball and lacrosse. Begg was one of the organizers that brought the Mann Cup to the Water Street Arena. Juanita Courville is being inducted as a Builder for Softball. Courville’s hard work and perseverance led to the growth of women’s softball in Cornwall and area. A player, coach, umpire, and organizer second to none, her name lives on today in the Juanita Courville Softball League. As a Builder in Soccer, Dave Cruickshank’s name resonates with multiple generations in the world’s largest sport. He’s been coaching, organizing, or refereeing soccer since 1967. Cruickshank joins his wife Nancee (Raquet Sports) as the first ever husband and wife duo in the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame. Barry Doyle parlayed a successful high school and collegiate run as a fullback in football into a spot in the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame under Football. Doyle was a legendary figure on the local gridiron scene in the early 1960’s before playing for North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Gerry Lemire belongs to the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame Class 2016 under Hockey, thanks to a successful junior and pro career as a stalwart defenceman. As a captain of the Byron Gordon Royals in 1967 & 1968, Lemire led his team to back to back CJHL championships before going on to play in the CHL. A new member of the Hockey wing of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Brent Loney was a 3rd round pick of the Edmonton Oilers after a successful career with his hometown Cornwall Royals, Hamilton Steelhawks, and


Over the last five years the Women’s Beantown has grown into the premier amateur showcase event in the United States. In 2015 they had more than 200 teams participate with attendance from close to 180 scouts, including every major Women’s NCAA Division I and Division III program. The Beantown Classic is the most highly scouted series of elite hockey showcase tournaments in North America. The girls that represented the Seaway Valley Northern Lights in Boston are. Mikaylee Henhawk, Rosie Jeneault, Dana Domanko, Olivianne Devine, Hannah Zenger Emilie Lalancette, Kyra Butlin, Olivia Salmon, Mikayla Cipullo, Alex Quinn, Alana McDonald, Hannah Thomson, Madison Ruffo, Kayla Groulx, Brianna Fontaine, Lea Hill, and Alyssa Schultz

By David Murphy Oshawa Generals. Loney also had a successful coaching career with the Cornwall Colts of the CJHL as well as stints with the Cornwall Royals and Brampton Battalion. Claude McIntosh is being inducted as a Builder – Promotion. McIntosh’s career in media spans five decades including covering some of the most memorable sporting events in Cornwall’s history. As a long time sports journalist with the Standard-Freeholder and then Seaway News, his coverage and opinion pieces were must read material for generations of local sports fans. Medals were handed to Dr. Robert (Bob) W. Robertson for his track & field success in various categories including the 100 & 400 yard runs as well as the mile and two mile races. He’s a two time Lions Club Track Athlete of the Year. Dr. Robertson’s place in the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame for Track & Field has been cemented with his induction. Rheal “Rollie” Savard is being inducted as part of the Class of 2016 – Hockey. Savard’s career began with the Cornwall Cougars in 1944 and led him to play professional in Scotland, the IHL and EHL as well as stints in the senior hockey loop with the Pembroke Lumber Kings and the Cornwall Calumets. Linda Tranchemontagne is a four time Ladies’ Champion from the Cornwall Golf & Country Club. But that’s only part of the reason she’s being inducted as part of the Class of 2016. She also served as Club Captain and on the Board of Directors. Tranchemontagne is also a humanitarian, founding the CANSEE organization with the late Dr. Garth Taylor. Geoff Trasuk is the newest member of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame in Softball. Trasuk was renowned for his power at the plate, to go along with his all-around game and his winning spirit which included numerous John Denneny League Fastball Championships. Trasuk was the first ever recipient of the Ken Payne Award for Fastball from the Cornwall Lions Club. Ron Wood was born in Cornwall. His induction to the Hall as part of the Class of 2016 is based on a successful Lawn Bowling career that included a National Championship as well as Silver at the Nationals. Wood also won the US Open in 2000 while earning Silver at the same tournament in 2008.

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Positive Sports Memories are Never Forgotten


By Jordan Todd


n issue 43, we published a story about the 1994 Bantam AA Seaway Valley Rapids who got to go on the trip of a lifetime as they travelled around several European countries during a three-week stay. We weren’t able to tell all of the amazing stories from the trip in the first story, so we’re doing another one.

Throughout much of the trip, the players were treated like rock stars by the locals. Gerry Goulet, goalie for the team, thinks they must have thought they were Canada’s junior team. “Well we had Canadian patches and flags sewn onto our jackets,” he explains. “So we had kids coming up to us all the time. It was a very surreal experience at 15 years old.” The language barrier was, for the most part, not a huge deal. Except for the fact that the age of the Rapids players was apparently lost in translation.

“Every one of these teams Photo Submitted anticipated us to be older,” Gerry Goulet with his parents Gerald & Shirley before a game in Katowice Poland. recalls Goulet. “So some nights had an extremely somber and They once got dressed in one pong with him. They spent one we were playing against 20 year educational visit to Auschwitz building and then had to walk night shaving their numbers olds. At 15.” while they were there. Even through a snowstorm in order into their hair and giving each Despite the age gap, all the at 15, the experience was to get to the rink. They played other “stupid, crazy haircuts.” games were fun. They would do powerful. a game in an arena that used For 22 days in the winter of shootouts after every game. “It was an unbelievable sense natural lighting, so the sun would 1994, the Bantam AA Seaway “So it was a really, really fun of awe,” says Goulet. “You see glare off the ice and temporarily Valley Rapids had the time experience, as far as that goes,” all the stories, but we never blind them. The team befriended of their lives. It may have really gave it that much thought. a nice homeless man outside of happened over 22 years ago, says Goulet. The trip was mostly just fun We did the whole tour and it their hotel, completely unable but the memories are as fresh to communicate with him, and as ever. And they will be for the and games for the players, was incredible.” There are too many stories. gave him food and played ping rest of their lives. but not entirely. The group


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Karate Komments - Summer Drills 2 By Jim Riddell, Seaway Karate Club


he sporting world has been a busy place this past month. Trades and free agency have dozens of NHL players and their families presently searching for homes in their new cities. The Blue Jays are turning their season around and Brooke Henderson has won another golf tournament.

In the last issue of Sports Energy I shared several drills that we sent home with the members of Seaway Karate to practise over the summer. These drills take only a minute or two to complete and are designed to enhance karate training. Here is the second part of those drills, these designed to improve your personal selfdefence. When training self-defence in a dojo

the driver’s door, then execute ten left palm heel strikes as if you were being attacked from that direction. What will help to add power to this technique is twisting your upper body in the opposite direction of your strike, - ex. Twist your upper body to the left while performing the right palm heel strike Often situations happen in a confined environment towards the passenger side of the vehicle. where many of your techniques will be of 3) Knees and kicks: practise while a) on a set of little or no use to you. stairs (use extreme caution) b) while wearing 1) On a flight of stairs: place your feet on restrictive clothing and/or different footwear different steps and practise ten palm heel c) while standing or leaning against a wall. strikes, visualizing an attacker below you. 4) Hand and elbow techniques: practice while Now turn and repeat with ten palm heel a) standing or leaning against a wall or in a strikes visualizing an attacker above you on corner b) while wearing restrictive clothing the stairs. and/or different footwear. c) In a confined 2) In your vehicle: anytime you are in a vehicle space such as a bathroom or kitchen etc. you are in a somewhat restricted position 5) Place a chair on the floor in front of you. with limited options. Visualise someone Practise your footwork moving side to side entering your vehicle from the passenger and diagonally, incorporating the appropriate side – execute ten palm heel strikes with your kicks to ankle, shin, and knee height. right hand. Next, look to the left and open we try to make things as realistic as possible, but we are in a safe, well-lit environment; often with mats. From time to time we do get the occasional bump or bruise, (martial art tattoo), but we are in a very safe setting, amongst friends and training partners.

Whistle Stops The “Team” has just completed Issue # 45, 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 Ashley; our editorial columnists: Jim, Jorge, Dave and Tony; 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 # 45 Great to see St. Lawrence High School honour former student Moe “The Toe” Racine by retiring his former high school jersey # 42. Congrat’s to Cornwall Golf & Country Club as they host the 60th Cornwall Open.

I was not surprised when Montreal traded PK Subban; I was totally surprised when Nashville traded Shea Weber. Hab’s fans will love him.

I enjoyed the plaque unveiling for Newsy Lalonde at the complex. Great job Kevin Lajoie.

I have to give Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion full marks for the moves he has made so far after taking over from Brian Murray. So far everything he has done makes sense. (to me) Bill Murphy, a long time hockey scout and good friend recently turned 80. Happy Birthday Bill. Congrat’s to all the inductees into the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame.

Congrat’s also to Thom Racine who has become the President of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame. Best of luck to all the Celtics teams heading off to provincial championships this month.

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he CMLA Tyke Celtics team demonstrated that teamwork and tenacity can bring championship results, after winning both the Ray Broadworth Memorial Tournament in Gloucester on July 3rd and the 20th Annual Nepean Knights Tournament on July 17th.

In Gloucester the team ended the tournament with a perfect

5-0 record. The Celtics set the tone early in tournament action with a big 5-3 win over the host Gloucester Griffins. Rounding out the tournament play, the Celtics went on to defeat Clarington Gaels 2, Peterborough Lakers 3, and Whitby Warriors 3. The championship game was a rematch with host Griffins and despite falling behind by 5 goals at one point, the Celtics battled back exhibiting great teamwork

and heart and came up with a big up big again in the championship game defeating the Storm by a overtime win. In Nepean the Celtics also score of 5-2 to win the tournament. finished the tournament with a 5-0 record, with round-robin wins against the Northumberland Nemesis, Kahnawake Mohawks 2, and Akwesasne Storm. The Celtics defeated Kahnawake in semi-final action to move on to the gold medal game against Akwesasne. The Celtics came

The Celtics are now preparing for the Ontario Lacrosse Association Tyke Provincial Championships in Whitby beginning on July 31st. The Celtics will commence their tournament in round-robin action against Brampton, Hamilton, and Markham.

Team members pictured are lying front: Logan Pyke, first row: Cooper O’Neil, Campbell McMaster, Kai Morrow, Quincy Houle, Paxton Lauzon, Mason Giguere, Brady Bell; second row: Trey Lauzon, Alex Roach, Parker Sauvé, Camden McCuaig, Rylan Shoniker, and Beck Palmer; third row: Bonnie Ruest, Assistant Coach, Elias Ruest, Assistant Coach, Scott Mc Master, Head Coach, and Steve Morrow, Trainer. Missing from photo: Photo Submitted Noah Blondin, Nathan Wheeler, Assistant Coach, and Trish Morrow, Manager.


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“And that’s just so awesome,” says n August 13 and 14, a three-pitch softball tournamaent is being held Coderre. at the Legion to raise funds for the Guy Lauzon, MP for Stormontmental health centre being built at the Dundas-South Glengarry will also be Cornwall Community Hospital. attending on the Sunday around two Steve Coderre is from Ottawa, and o’clock. he came to the centre in October 2015. So far, there are seven teams Newsy Lalonde’s grandson Richard Quintal speaks during the plaque He’s now been clean for nine months, registered, but Coderre says he’ll take unveiling ceremony. “Newsy always considered Cornwall home,” he Photo Todd Anderson and decided to do something to give up to 16. Registration costs $250, said. back to the centre that helped him get and each team must have six men and his life back on track. four women. The actual format of the “I love baseball,” he says. “So I tournament will depend on how many came up with the idea. And it’s close teams end up participating. With the incredible reception he’s to my heart, because I deal with mental health and addictions, so that’s what I got, Coderre plans on making this an annual event. He’s decided to stay in came up with.” Cornwall. Coderre says everything is going Coderre says they’re still missing very well. He’s gotten sponsors and a couple things. He’s hoping to some amazing donations for the silent fi nd someone to donate or lend auction. Recovery Cornwall donated a huge 4-foot by 8-foot oil painting of the the equipment, and they still need more frozen food. Anyone old Second Street. interested in registering, donating, “It’s beautiful,” says Coderre. or volunteering at the tournament “Someone offered them $2500 for it, should contact Steve Coderre at but they didn’t take it.” or calling him at 613-363-3290. There’s also going to be a barbecue.

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he novice Celtics are flying high heading into the upcoming Ontario Lacrosse Championships. The Celtics went undefeated on the way to claiming the championship at the Nepean Knights tournament. The novices (aged 8-10) opened with a 6-3 victory over the Centurions de la Rive-Sud of Montreal. Keenan Quenneville led the way with 2 goals, with singles going to Kieran O’Connell, Sydney Benoit, Dean Fawthrop, and Brayden Besner. Ryder Stablanket and Maxime Tessier had assists. The next match-up was against host Nepean and it took an exciting goal from Benoit with 32 seconds remaining to earn Cornwall a 5-5 tie. Other goals were scored by Ross McMaster, Fawthrop, O’Connell, and Quenneville. After falling behind the Rive-Nord Mustangs by a score of 6-3 in the second period, the Celtics rallied to earn a 12-7 win. Besner led with 3 goals and an assist. Mateo Dixon and Quenneville had 2 apiece with singles going to Caleb Barnes, O’Connell, Kaiden Pyke, McMaster, and Benoit.

Submitted photo Mikael Lampron had an assist. Cornwall needed a tie or win in their final round-robin game against the Toronto Stars to advance to the tournament final and they did not disappoint, recording a dominant 9-4 win. Besner and Pyke had 2 goals each along with help from Dixon, Benoit, Quenneville, McMaster, and Barnes.

That set up a rematch with Nepean which Cornwall had only defeated once this year in 4 tries. The Celtics stormed out to a 6-1 lead and never looked back – taking the gold medal with a 9-3 victory. O’Connell had a hat trick in the win, Quenneville chipped in with 2 goals and an assist. Also contributing were McMaster (1G,

1A), Besner (1G), Benoit (1G, 1A), Fawthrop (1G), Warren Lalonde (1A), Xavier Gault (1A), and Lukas Gault (1A). Goaltending duties were shared by Joshua Jamieson and Miguel PointGuzman. The Celtics now head to the provincial championships in Whitby starting Aug. 5th.

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CMLA Midgets: Settling for Silver in Second Tourney of Season!

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s you can see by the team pic, the CMLA Midgets weren’t happy with the final outcome of last weekend’s 2016 Ray Broadworth Tournament! Second place hats weren’t as sweet as the gold medals from the Northumberland Tournament a month ago.

The Celtics opened the tourney with a 5-4 loss to the favoured Gloucester 1 team. Squandering a solid 4-1 lead, the Celtics allowed the Griffins four unanswered goals, in the latter part of the game. The physically dominant home team did not give the Cornwall squad any opportunities to shoot within the house. Bouncing back from the loss, the Celtics trounced West Island 14-2 in the first of Saturday’s three games. The middle game of the day saw the Celtics come up against the equally ranked Oshawa Blue Nights. The boys knew they needed the win if they were going to make it to the finals in the 5 team B/C division. They stayed focused and executed the practiced plays to finish the match with a 5-3 victory. The team then had the opportunity to refuel and rest before hitting the floor again at 8 pm. Sherbrooke proved to be no match for the Celtics and the boys walked away with a decisive 10-2

win; earning them a berth in the finals on Sunday. A rematch versus zone nemesis Gloucester 1 was on deck for the 4 pm tilt! To date, Cornwall had upset the higher ranked Griffins 2-1 early in the season, tied them 2-2 a little later in zone play, and of course was upset by the rival squad in the opening round 5-4. The rubber match final certainly looked to be an exciting one. Even though ten spots separated the two teams in my lax rankings, the Celtics had proven that they could upset the undisciplined, physical Gloucester Griffins. Unfortunately the Celtics allowed goals early in the game and were not able to come back and capitalize on a number of power play opportunities. Not helping the cause were three offensive players out with injuries; Jock left early in the final game while Leblanc was hurt in the morning bout. At the buzzer, the scoreboard reflected the 4-1 loss. The CMLA Midgets are pleased with their results to date and will continue to develop at practices. The Celtics are also hoping to have three players rejoin the team from injuries. If the team pulls together to execute what Coaches Raweras & Kariwate Mitchell are teaching them, there is no doubt they can achieve success at the upcoming Nepean tourney before heading to Provincials in August!

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challenging fish to catch, the muskellunge has been called “the fish of 10,000 casts” by fishermen referring to the time and patience required to land one. Local angler Shawn Little can attest to the difficulty of capturing the prized fish.

“If I was counting, I would say it would be very close to 10,000 casts. I caught my first (musky) in 2014 on the Ottawa River. I was shutout in 2015. This year I have three so far. It can be long hours with nothing to show, very frustrating, but also very rewarding when you catch a big one.” Perhaps 10,000 casts is an exaggeration regarding successful musky fishing, although, landing a fish like Little did this past July 13 generally does take time and patience.

During a fishing trip on the Kemptville Creek, Little landed his largest muskellunge yet at just over 20 pounds. It basically happened by accident, as he and his fishing partner were actually looking to enjoy a day of bass fishing. Luckily, Little brought along his musky rod equipped with 50-pound test braided fishing line, as well as a handful of musky lures.

“I decided to throw out some musky lures to finish up the day,” Little recalls. “It was my fourth cast and (a fish) hit seconds after my lure hit the water. I knew right away it was a musky and knew it was heavy with my rod tip bending into the water. After a minute or so I could see its colours as it was coming closer to the boat. The fight was maybe three minutes long, I am not positive about that though, it happened so fast it seems.”

Shawn Little realized his dream of landing a large musky after capturing this one on July 13 in Kemptville. It tipped the scales at just over 20 pounds. Photo submitted by Shawn Little

resort when musky chase their bait to the boat.

of opportunity to fish.”

Muskies are one of the more popular species Little says he enjoys all kinds of fishing with his fisherman strive to land as trophies. In most areas, family – wife Lynn, and sons Owen and Josh – as anglers are encouraged to return the fish to water well as friends, but he prefers casting from his boat Little’s friend Dan Kearney was his net man and (catch and release) because of their low population the most. played an important part in landing the fish, as well numbers. as releasing it successfully back into the river. Earlier this summer Little participated in a “I have never considered keeping a musky,” says tournament, the Bass Challenge, in Gananoque but “It would have been very difficult to do it myself,” Little. “I like the idea of letting them go so they can didn’t have the success he was hoping for. Little admits. grow to be giants for others to experience catching.” Little has visited the Rideau River, which the “I didn’t do well. I caught six pike. I wish it was In fact, Little rarely keeps any of the fish he catches. Kemptville Creek meets north of the town of a pike tournament.” Kemptville, on about six other occasions he says. He He has other reasons to head out on the water. Still, it was a day of peace and relaxation as he has had several musky follow his lure, but none this “I like fishing because I find it peaceful and large have latched on – even after he has employed relaxing. I fish pretty much every day that I don’t worked his way to another 10,000 casts, waiting for a popular figure 8 manoeuvre anglers use as a last work. I’m lucky I work shift work. It gives me lots the next trophy fish to strike.

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Academically, MacDonald will be studying business. He says he enjoys the intricacies of business, is good at math, and believes he’ll excel at the social aspects of it. “I think it’s a good fit.” Hockey isn’t the only sport MacDonald will be playing at Marian. During his tour of the school, he met the soccer coach. They got chatting, and he’ll be playing on the university’s soccer team this upcoming year, as well. “I played soccer at a high level growing up,” says MacDonald. “But I had to give it up, mainly because hockey was getting Photo Icelevel so busy. But I still love it, and I still play men’s league in Cornwall.” awson MacDonald, 21-year-old All in all, MacDonald says he’s very former captain of the Junior A excited for his first year of university. Cornwall Colts, will be heading off to Having played Junior A up until his Marian University in mid-August on a 20-year-old year, he’s now been out of hockey scholarship. high school for a few years. He always The small university is located in Fond enjoyed school and was a good student, du Lac, Wisconsin. There were several so he’s looking forward to getting back other schools interested in MacDonald, into it. But, like all kids heading off to but ultimately he decided Marian was university for the first time, he’s also a the right fit. little nervous. “It’s a really good hockey program, “I haven’t left home my entire life,” and it’s a really good school,” Macdonald he explains, “Having said that, it’s a says. “And when I went to visit there, I good nervous. Yeah, I’m excited. I just got a real impression that it was a pretty tight-knit group of players and coaches.” want to enjoy the whole experience.”

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orty-two-year-old Bill Kingston not only works hard running Cornwall Newswatch, he’s also avidly involved with the Cornwall Multisport Club. Also involved with sports outside of the Cornwall Multisport Club, he calls himself an avid hiker, who is “working on becoming an Adirondack 46er; hiking to the summits of all forty-six High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains.

Kingston began getting involved with multisport when he was working in Parry Sound. “I started cycling year-round to work primarily because I drove a big truck and the gas was getting expensive at the time. The cycling grew into a regular habit for me. When I moved to Cornwall in 2007, I wanted to try something new and decided that I wanted to add running into my list of activities,” says Kingston. “I took the ‘Learn to Run’ program with the Cornwall Multisport Club the next year and that’s how I became introduced to CMC. Because I’m not a swimmer, the idea of duathlons piqued my interest and that’s when I started doing them competitively.” Kingston participates in both the spring and fall duathlons with the Cornwall Multisport Club, but says he would like to

get involved with more events. “I like the fact that it’s a sport where you are, for the most part, competing against yourself,” says Kingston. “Training in different disciplines always keeps it interesting and finding new running and cycling routes always makes it a new experience.” Currently, Kingston is training for The Canadian Half Ironman Duathlon on Labour Day weekend. After this event, Kingston will be transitioning into running races with the Army Run Half Marathon this September followed by the Atlantic City Marathon in October.

For Kingston, the Cornwall Multisport Club has inspired him to try new sports and events. “When I started with the Cornwall Multisport Club, if you would have asked me if I would ever run a marathon or do a half ironman duathlon, I would tell you you’re crazy,” says Kingston. “I did the ‘Learn to Run’ to complete a five kilometre race, but the sport is addictive. Next it was a 10K, then a half marathon, and so on. It’s also self-rewarding, not only at the finish line, but in your overall health. I have been healthier, had fewer colds, and have a better health-wise overall since taking up a religious Bill Kingston with fellow CMC Club member Kathleen Hay. Photo Submitted running and cycling regime.”

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von Besner grew up playing minor sports in Cornwall, from hockey and lacrosse, to soccer and more. Now Besner spends much of his time coaching local athletes. He has become even more involved with coaching sports since the late nineties, and since having three children of his own; Caitlin, Madison and Brayden who he has been coaching for the “better part of 18 years.” After post-secondary school, Besner spent a few years helping coach some minor sport programs and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “I started off coaching Girls’ Hockey and Girls’ Softball in Cornwall and would spend a few years as an executive member of Kinsmen Girls’ Softball and Cornwall Girls’ Hockey Association. I would only stay on with the softball for a few seasons as my summers began to be very hectic after I took on the role of president of the Cornwall Girls’ Flag Football Association,” says Besner. He has coached girls’ softball, girls’ flag football, boys’ and girls’ hockey, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and boys’ lacrosse over his time coaching. Besner says he has really enjoyed the time spent with his children

Submitted Photo as well as the other players and parents he has met along the way. “I also have a very supportive and understanding wife Chantal that understands the time and commitment it takes to coach,” says Besner. Currently Besner is in the midst of coaching Cornwall Celtics Novice Rep


Lacrosse, having just finished up coaching an AAA spring hockey team with Own the Ice Colts, and spending last winter coaching CharLan Rebels Atom Rep as well as being an assistant coach with Cornwall Girls’ Hockey Peewee B rep team.

Besner calls his coaching philosophies and approach “old school”. “Work hard and you will be rewarded. I always ask my players to challenge themselves to be better,” says Besner. Besner’s current lacrosse season is going well. The team is coming out of their first tournament win of the season in Nepean and will be heading off to Provincials in early August. Besner is hoping the team brings home the gold. Last winter’s hockey season was a success; the team going undefeated in their regular season, but losing in the Upper Canada District finals, in the fifth game in a 3 out of 5 series. Besner says in terms of favourite coaching memories, he has too many to count. However, “one thing that stands out was coaching my oldest daughter’s Bantam rep team and winning 6 of 7 tournaments we attended. Made for some very long weekends,” says Besner. Besner’s experience in sports has influenced his continuous involvement with coaching. “I owe a lot of my successes in life to what I learned playing sport and hope I can pass some of this on to these young athletes. Sports have always been a passion of mine,” says Besner.


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A New Water Sport, Flyboard, Takes Off in Cornwall By Molly Kett


orty-eight-year-old Gheza Toth is trying to bring a new sport, Flyboard, to Cornwall. Originally from Romania twenty-one years ago, Toth has started his business Eastern Ontario Flyboard at the local Summerstown Marina in hopes of Flyboard taking off. Flyboard is a new sport, appearing on the market around 2011- 12. It was created by a French Jet Ski champion Franky Zapata and quickly became popular in Europe for those looking for a new water adventure. Flyboard is a type of jetpack in a sense, which propels the user off and above the water and into the air. The Flyboard rider stands on a board, which is often connected by a hose to a personal watercraft. Skilled Flyboard riders can do amazing tricks, but proper gear, especially a helmet and proper training are essential. “In Europe it’s very popular, down South it’s starting to be popular, in

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Though Toth doesn’t compete, he quickly became interested in the sport and thought he would give it a try. “Here where I live in Cornwall, we don’t have any sports like that or attractions for young people and I said I’m going to try it and see what happens,” says Toth of bringing Flyboard to Cornwall. Now, Toth rents, sells, services Flyboards and makes special events for the sport in the local area. This August, Toth is trying to get into Cornwall’s Waterfest to display the sport and what it entails. Due to the new nature of the sport, Toth says it hasn’t quite picked

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that all of these items will help internal events such as the open, is our Club last another hundred and also excited about the upcoming ot only is the Cornwall Golf twenty years!” 60th edition. “This is my seventh and Country Club celebrating Bertrand says the club is a source year organizing this event and the 60th edition of the Cornwall because it is our 60th we are trying Open, but it’s also celebrating its of both fun and excitement. “It to make a successful one and it is also fosters a sense of belonging 120th anniversary as a club. and friendship which is hard one of the oldest event in Eastern Tim Bertrand, the club’s to match,” says Bertrand. “In Ontario,” says Champagne. “We president for the last two years, says today’s fast-paced world any will have approximately 300 to there are many upcoming events event that can last for sixty years 400 people playing our course organized, including a formal is an amazing thing. I am proud of over the weekend. We will also gala to celebrate this milestone. the organizers and volunteers who have 40 plus professionals play “We also have many fund-raising donate their time and energy each on Monday afternoon and will initiatives underway to restore year to make this such a successful have our local television station, our aging Club House back to its event.” Cogeco, filming the tournament.” original lustre,” says Bertrand. “It Champagne says it’s important Ray Champagne, the club captain is with great hope and excitement whose job also entails organizing for a club like the Cornwall Golf By Molly Kett


and Country Club to succeed financially and grow in terms of members on a yearly basis so it can continue to open year after year, as it’s a place people meet, enjoy the golf, have dinner, watch comedy shows and more. He says he volunteers his time, as it’s been a second home to him over his sixteen years as a member. “I would like to see this golf course succeed so that our younger generation like my grandkids get to enjoy what the great life it has given me over the last 40 years,” says Champagne.

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An Interview with Boxing Great Gaetan Hart By Tony “The Fighting Writer” Luis help me to control my weight when I was all the moments you experienced in your

“It was the crowd, the spotlight. I was blessed to have such a good following in Montreal, the fans always appreciated me. I missed hearing the cheers. You feel like people forget about you. When you retire, it all stops.” — Gaetan Hart Four months ago, I attended an amateur boxing show in Gatineau, Quebec. I was one of the guests of honour, along with a couple of other up and coming pros. But this was not my night. The night belonged to the star guest of honour, Gatineau boxing gym owner, Gaetan Hart. I felt privileged to be sharing this evening with this former world class fighter. I wondered just how many of these young amateurs actually knew who this man was, or, even had an idea of how courageously he represented the Canadian flag, in his time on the world stage; a real life Rocky who would sit by the phone, ready to take on any challenge, on any given notice, on either side of the world. After a brief amateur career, which didn’t even make it out of the novice ranks, he embarked on his professional journey. It was a roller coaster ride that saw many highs and lows. Ultimately, he cemented his claim as a legend for Canadian boxing. He finished his career with 57-31-4, 25 KO’s. Of course, the fighter in me also started sizing this man up, as I am well aware he fought in my weight class in his prime. I had to give my head a shake and leave my ego at the door, and remind myself this Canadian legend is now 62 years old. There will be no fight for me tonight! Which ended up being just fine with me. I got to sit with Gaetan throughout the evening and chat boxing, exchange stories on each other’s respective careers, have some laughs, introduce him to my beautiful fiancé, and show him pictures of my baby; all in all, just bonding with a fellow warrior and brother in boxing. Here are some highlights from our conversation that night. TL: Gaetan, before we discuss the specifics of your career, I have to ask this question before I forget. Is it true you smoked throughout your whole career? And decided to quit AFTER you retired? Crazy eh? But I never smoked a pack a day or nothing like that. I limited myself to 2-3 cigarettes a day. TL: Rocky Graziano smoked throughout his career and would have a cigarette in the dressing room before his fights to help him with his nerves. Yeah, I wasn’t that brave; the last few days before the fight I would cut out the smoking. But I will say it helped with stress and did

training. (*at this moment there is a brief pause and then we both begin laughing at his lame attempt to justify his bad habit). TL: How soon did you get into boxing, and what lead you to the sport? I started boxing around 14-15 years old. There was this kid at school who was constantly bullying me. One day the bullying escalated to a fight and he gave me a black eye. When I came home, I had to explain to my father what happened. He bought me a pair of boxing gloves and hung up a heavy bag for me in the garage. He showed me the basics and I started practising and whacking that bag every day. A few weeks later, I stood up to that bully and he never bothered me again! TL: So you got your feet wet in boxing practising with your father and a single heavy bag in the garage. How soon thereafter did you find your first gym? Not long after, I heard of a gym in downtown Gatineau, where I was living at the time, and I would go there from time to time and watch the guys train. I signed up and slowly worked my way into it and really started to grow a love for the sport. I started competing in amateur fights. After 7 amateur fights, a manager in Ottawa discovered me and approached me after a fight and said “Gaetan, with your aggressive style, you should strongly consider turning professional”. I thought, why not? I was a young man (19 yrs old) and wanted to make money. I lost my first fight against Paul Collette, who was also making his pro debut, near the end of 1972. I would end up fighting him again about 10 years later and got my revenge! But at the time, I was very disappointed, losing my first pro fight. But I stayed in the gym, kept training, and improving, and started winning more than I was losing, and no matter what, I was always learning and gaining experience. I travelled and boxed everywhere in my career; Italy, Puerto Rico, Chicago, New York, Atlantic City. TL: With only 7 amateur fights, clearly you were not entering the pro ranks with any signing bonuses and the benefit of a manager who would protect you. There was no development stage. Definitely not. With my first manager/trainer, Vern Stevenson, we fought everywhere. He would pick me up at 5 am every morning to run, and he trained me hard in the gym and always made sure I was in shape. “Have gloves, will travel” was my attitude. I was always in the gym ready to take the call for a fight, at any given notice. It was a tough way to start my career and make a living. But thanks to him, at least I got to have an opportunity to go pro. I was thrown in tough, from the beginning, but I also learned a lot and it paid off in the long run. TL: You had a well-travelled career, fought a who’s who of Canadian contenders and champions, won the Canadian title 3 times, and shared a ring on the world stage, with some of the best fighters of your time (Aaron Pryor, Livingstone Bramble, Claude Noel, Alfredo Escalera, Bruno Arcari). Out of

career, is there one that sticks out for you; a personal favourite, or even just a funny story that media and fans may not know about? First I will say, that I always thought I beat Livingstone Bramble and should’ve got the decision, but that’s boxing. My three fights with Nicky Furlano come to mind. (Hart won 2 out of 3; their last two fights were for the Canadian title). But this is my best story. It’s near the end of 1975, 3 years into my career. I’m between fights; nothing is lined up for me at the moment. It’s 5 am when I hear the buzzer go off at my front door. It’s my trainer; he says “Gaetan, I got a big fight for you! Great opportunity!” I say, “Ok, where?” He replies, “Puerto Rico. But if we’re taking this fight, we need to take the earliest flight, ASAP!” I said yes and we headed for the airport. I’m sleeping on the plane when I wake up and it comes to me, “Who am I fighting?” My trainer says “Alfredo Escalera”. “Who’s that?” I asked. He says WBC Jr. Lightweight Champion of the world. “Are you crazy?!” Relax Gaetan! You’ve been training and you’re tough. Just do the best you can, fight hard, if we don’t win, we don’t win. But it’s a good payday, and the experience; this fight can only make you better”. Two days later, I went 6 rounds with Alfredo Escalera. I had just turned 22 years old and I learned what it was like to bleed from a cut for the first time. The cut is what did me in. I was bleeding everywhere and they finally stopped it in the 6th round. TL: That’s wild. What an amazing story. Sometimes, you hear horror stories when a fighter boxes in a foreign country. They poison the food, they send hookers up to your room etc. How were you treated when you landed? I can’t say anything bad about my time in Puerto Rico. They had me stay at a real nice place, close to the ocean, food was great. In fact, my biggest hassle while I was there, was arguing with my girlfriend on the phone, because I was missing dinner at her family’s. “But Babe! I’m really in Puerto Rico; I’m going to fight the world champion!” TL: Now I have to ask a difficult question. You had a great trilogy with Cleveland Denny. In 1977, he beats you by unanimous decision. In 1978, you win a split decision in the rematch for the Canadian Lightweight title. The two of you would meet for a third and final time in Montreal, in June 1980, on the undercard of the classic first battle between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran. In a thrilling battle, you get the win via 10th round TKO. Sixteen days later, Denny passed away from injuries he sustained in the fight. The story has been well-documented. I can’t even begin to imagine the different stages you’ve gone through psychologically over the years, dealing with that experience. As a fighter myself, I understand you cannot be held responsible for that tragedy. You simply did your job. Unfortunately, there are other


Cleveland Denny stories out there. With all the authorities that exist in boxing, from sanctioning bodies, to athletic commissions, to referees/trainers/ringside doctors; is there anything that can be done differently to prevent a tragedy like Cleveland Denny? Or is it just a risk that we don’t talk about enough; that a fighter takes when he steps in that ring? It’s a risk, and it will always be there. Listen, I fought five world champions in my career. There were many times that I could have suffered the same fate. Luckily, I was blessed with a good chin. I was always tough and I was always in good condition. You can recover from shots much better if you’re in good shape. That’s why it’s so important for a fighter to take care of himself. TL: What’s the best advice you can give to a young man/woman who wants to box professionally? If you train hard, treat your body right, and perfect the basics, you have nothing to worry about. The rest will fall into place. TL: Retirement… Every fighter is their own person, with their own unique experiences. But often times, most fighters come back for the same reasons (money, the spotlight). Your first comeback was in 1990, after 6 years away from the ring, beating undefeated favourite Michel Galarneau. You would then lose a majority decision to Greg Gayle and retire. You came back 2 years later, 1992, to fight Michel Galarneau again, this time for the Canadian title, which you were attempting to win for the 4th time. This time, Galarneau wins a decision, keeps his belt and you hang up the gloves again. You would come back 8 years later, in 2000, at 46 years old, losing to a journeyman who would not have belonged in the same ring as you, in your prime. What was it for you that would compel you to come back? What makes life after boxing so hard for many fighters? It was the crowd, the spotlight. I was blessed to have such a good following in Montreal, the fans always appreciated me. I missed hearing the cheers. You feel like people forget about you. When you retire, it all stops. All you hear is silence. I should also mention I went through a divorce, lost my house, and that made things difficult as well. So I would go back to what I knew best to make money, boxing. Also, it’s even harder for a guy like me, who had no education; so good paying jobs were hard to find. So I worked construction for many years, working like a dog, for a small pay check. Of course as years roll by in retirement, you fall more and more out of shape, coming home from a long day’s work, too sore to do anything, you have no life. At least that was my story in the early years of my retirement. TL: Champ, I want you to know my father is a big fan of yours and watched you growing up. My grandfather also admired you and if he was here today, he’d be thrilled knowing his grandson is interviewing you! Thank you for your time! It’s been a pleasure. Anything in closing? Just a big thank you to the fans who still remember me and appreciated me. You guys have touched my heart for life.


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Ali – Simply the Greatest

By Jorge Luis


t will go down in history that in 2016 the world, our planet Earth lost the great Muhammad Ali. Who was Ali? A champion? An outcast? A hero? A legend? Ali was all of those at one time or another during his life. As an athlete and boxing champion he was simply amazing and one of a kind. Natural talent flowing out of every pore, combined with a work ethic and love and passion for

his chosen sport. His dedication to training and desire to be the best was only matched by his enormous talent and gift. Born to box. In the 1960’s Sonny Liston was a feared heavyweight champion, considered greater than any champion before him; the Mike Tyson of his day. Yet who can forget, or could believe, Ali toying with Liston with a style never before seen. He completely dominated Liston like a child. Muhammad Ali in the 1960’s as a boxer and athlete was simply an alien from space. His grace, form, style, footwork, and speed were out of this world; never before seen. He began a new era of athletes, bigger, stronger, faster, more graceful, magical, and in Ali’s case never to again be duplicated. Ali was an original, one of a kind in the ring and out. “I don’t have to be who you want me to be, I’m free to be who I want to be”. “I’m young, fast, handsome, and can’t possibly be beat, I must be the greatest”. He was black, loud and

proud. His words rang like a melody to our ears and in the hearts of every African American. They could do and achieve anything they wanted and be free. Free to be proud and good and equal. Free to be beautiful and not be afraid. Who can forget Ali standing up to the government of the United States; to give up the prime years of his career for a cause? In the end his most unpopular stand was justified. The Vietnam War was a pointless needless war and Ali’s biggest win came in the courts because he stood for his beliefs. Was he intelligent? Ali was not an intellectual but was guided by an innate internal intelligence. Although not formally educated, he was simply brilliant. He was true to himself and he innately knew “the secret” …belief in himself and his destiny in the Universe. He just knew and lived it, making it happen. He was a fighter as skilled as any in history with speaking skills outside the ring never before heard of. A fighter

in the ring and a man who fought for what was right not just for himself but for all human kind. It’s hard to fathom that one man did everything he did and became everything he became in only 74 years. He made young men like me believe you could be like him. You could be your own man, use your own voice, stand up for your beliefs and be respected for who you are and what you do. To have strength and love. To live a life defiant, but with dignity. Simply Ali was a role model, a man of action; most of all a man of principle who affected me and all mankind throughout the world. Everywhere in the world everyone knows who Muhammad Ali was and is. One of a kind, an original, an alien from space, an athlete like Ali comes along once in 100 years. We will never see another one like him in our lifetime. Thank you Champ…. for being you. RIP Muhammad Ali 1942-2016 Yours in Sport - Jorge Luis

Looking for a Social Way to Get Active? The Cornwall Cycle Club May Be for You By Molly Kett


roy Blackadder, president of the Cornwall Cycle Club and avid participant, says the Cornwall Cycle Club has been constantly growing in terms of memberships over the last year. The Cornwall Cycle Club has been an instalment in the local sporting world for a long time. “We do everything from some racing, a lot of club riding, and a lot of events we put on. We do mountain biking in the fall, road riding in the spring through summer, we’re getting bigger every year,” says Blackadder. “We do developmental rides on Wednesday nights which we started about three years ago now, to get new riders out to get a feel for the road and get them riding in a group and get them feeling comfortable on their bikes. We do everything from higher tempo riding for more advanced riders on Tuesday and Thursday nights, on the weekends we do larger group rides trying to get as many club members out as we can.” With all this variety, it’s no wonder the club is on the path of continuous growth. Last year, the club sat at around 60 members. This year that number has grown to 90, with Blackadder hoping that number will reach past 100 by the

end of the year and to keep growing from there. This growth has a lot to do with the city’s change in perception of the Cornwall Cycle Club. “I believe it’s because we’ve really opened up the cycle club to a lot of different classes of riders, where it used to be everybody thought the Cornwall cycle club was just an elite club, just for the few guys that were really into racing,” says Blackadder. “We really tried to change the mindset in this city, and among people, that we’re not just an elite race group we’re just a bunch of people that love to ride their bikes. We started doing these other types of rides, coffee rides on Saturday and rider development rides on Wednesdays to show more of the social aspect of cycling and showing people that there is a lot more to the club than just getting on your bike and making it go as fast as you can.” Blackadder says the club enters teams in events like the Rideau Lakes Bike Tour, and other similar events. There’s always an exciting event to look forward to as a member of the club. “Coming up on the long weekend in September we have events leaving Cornwall, we’re going to cycle from

A group of riders from the Cornwall Cycle Club out for a 100 km ride. Photo Submitted Troy Blackadder is 2nd from left.

Cornwall to Lake Placid. We’ll be staying overnight in Lake Placid and then the next day cycling throughout the Adirondacks and then back home by vehicle,” says Blackadder. Blackadder says the club has many different levels of cyclists. They have a group with a strong competitive edge, a group that likes occasional races along with tours, and other groups that prefer the social aspect of the club. Blackadder’s



is the longer bike tours. “I’m a tour rider; I like long tours on the bike. I like getting on the bike and going 5 to 6 hours on the bike,” says Blackadder. The club is always accepting members, and for those who are on the fence about joining, Blackadder says he would “tell them to come out on any bicycle they own, come out on a Wednesday night social ride and we’ll show you how much fun biking with the Cornwall Cycle Club can be!”

Taking Tourism to New Heights By Todd Anderson


esidents in Eastern Ontario and beyond can visit a new world-class park that opened on July 8. Skywood Eco Adventure, located in Mallorytown, on the 1000 Islands Parkway just west of Brockville, is being called Canada’s largest aerial and zip line park. Looking for a use of the old Brown’s Bay Campground property, the Parks of St. Lawrence Commission teamed up with Treetop Trekking to create the new tourism hotspot for the region. Ian Wilson, chairman of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission thinks it is an ideal fit. “This is exactly what we should do to this space,” he told a large group of media and VIPs at the park on July 7 before everyone took to the courses; a day before the official opening. “I am really looking forward to this. I am bringing my grandkids here this summer. It’s a great way to show them nature. It’s a good spot for 70 year olds, too.” The park features a zip line tour, adventure courses, discovery courses, the Discovery Zip Line, and Treewalk Village. The zip line tour includes eight zip lines, featuring a 700-foot run over a marsh that is sure to boost adrenaline. The adventure courses include many climbing obstacles and games with zip lines mixed into the courses. The

27 executive officer Darren Dalgleish is especially proud to see such a beautiful facility come to fruition. “I grew up in this area. I used to visit Brown’s Bay Campground all the time. What a great use for it. I am so very excited for the opportunities here. This is world-class.” Township of Front of Yonge Mayor Roger Haley feels the park will boost tourism. “Welcome to our playground. So much effort and thought went into this. This is another event to keep people in the St. Lawrence Parks area.”

With roadways, old bathroom buildings, and other infrastructure already in place, construction of the park was made all the more easy. The “Eco” part of the name is also very fitting. No A sampling of some of the courses located at Skywood Eco Adventure fasteners, bolts, or screws entered any Photo: Todd Anderson of the trees in the park. Instead, the Park. obstacles, platforms, and zip lines “hug” discovery course is for beginners or level. children and is only a few feet off the On July 7 after the opening ceremonies the trees with creative craftsmanship and forest floor. The Discover Zip Line and breakfast, VIPs and media were ideas provided by the construction crew. is only 10 feet off the forest floor and allowed to participate in the various Only trees deemed dangerous (dying is ideal for individuals with mobility courses Skywood has to offer. trees, or those with hanging limbs) were restrictions, and children or beginners, removed. With a face full of sweat, it was clear or anyone apprehensive about climbing. As for safety, harnesses include two Treewalk Village will open later this Gananoque’s Sawyer Flemming was getting a good workout in the adventure hooks plus rollers and you cannot unhook summer and will feature a network of course. “Don’t worry, that one isn’t one hook without the other being closed. tree houses connected by bridges, ramps, as hard as it looks like,” he said while There’s no way of having all three points nets, and slides. This course will be fully looking back before tackling the next of contact all off. Guides and rangers enclosed, so safety equipment will not be obstacle in his way. “This is a lot of fun.” are spotted all over the courses, to lend a necessary and parents and or guardians St. Lawrence Parks Commission chief hand or guidance if needed. may watch their children from ground

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Bruce Kirton, Incoming President, District 8, Ontario Senior Games Association 55+ Submitted Article

Bruce was a supervisor for the Engineering Department of Pratt and Whitney in Montreal. He helped to detail the design of the gas turbine engines used in planes. Bruce also raised purebred,

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ruce Kirton is from Laggan, near Alexandria. He will be chairing the Board starting in September 2016. Bruce and his wife, Janet, came to Canada 50 years ago from North Lamtonshire, England, and raised their four children in Glengarry.

polled Hereford cattle until the Mad Cow Disease adversely affected the Canadian cattle market. His hobbies now are mainly sports interests – tennis, golf, and curling. Bruce’s vision for his coming position, as President of the Ontario Senior Games Association 55+, is to increase the number of seniors participating in both the Summer and Winter Games in District 8 which encompasses Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, Russell, and Akwesasne. By keeping active mentally and physically we will grow older gracefully.

La Citadelle’s Athletic Gala a Tremendous Success! Submitted Article

Senior Male Athlete of the Year.

he past season for La Citadelle athletes has been an exceptional one. The

Teacher Jo-Anne Dexter’s tremendous contribution to sports was also highlighted during the evening as a new trophy has been created in her honour to recognize student coaches who excel, by devoting hours to coaching various sports teams. Skyler St-Andre was the first student to be awarded this new Student-Coaching Excellence Award. Jo-Anne Dexter was herself a recipient of the OFSAA Colin Hood Award which recognizes her contributions and lifelong devotion to La Citadelle’s high school athletics program.


School’s Athletic Association held their annual athletic banquet, on Friday, May 2nd, 2016. This year’s theme, Une soirée à Paris, welcomed athletes and coaches with arches, original photographs, and an Eiffel Tower. They had plenty to celebrate with numerous SD&G championships and several additional athletes representing their school at the OFSAA championships in golf, cross country, badminton, and tennis. Over 150 Patriotes were present at the Annual Sports Gala. At the end of the night, La Citadelle’s athletes received numerous prizes, medals, and trophies. Prestigious honours were received by Emilie Memard, Junior Female Athlete of the Year; Amede Fontaine, Junior Male Athlete of the Year; Adriana Conti, Senior Female Athlete of the Year, and Alexandre Gaulin,

Within different disciplines, seven other awards were given for great leadership and outstanding dedication to sports. Recipients for the Louise Charron trophy were Colton Harper, Benjamin Sinfield, and Adam Pilgrim. Recipients for the Paul Charron Trophy were Alix Marcil, Adriana Conti, and Cedric Deschamps. Recipients for the Claude Seguin Trophy were Anik Belanqer and Alexandre Sequin

Photo Submitted for representing Claude’s three golden rules. Lastly, the Denise Dumais trophy was awarded to Connor Lalonde and Alix Marcil for their spirit of sportsmanship. In addition, other medals and trophies

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World Financial Group Signs on as Presenting Sponsor of the AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic World Curling Tour Event Submitted Article


he Shorty Jenkins Classis World Curling Tour event has just signed World Financial Group (WFG), an international financial services corporation, to become a presenting sponsor in the 2016 Shorty Jenkins Classic World Curling tour event to take place in Cornwall September 15-18. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Classic has attracted the elite of the curling world and some 2,000 spectators every year since inception. “We are very thankful to World Financial Group for this generous contribution,” said Chairperson Gord

McCrady. “As a presenting sponsor, WFG has the opportunity to promote itself in a manner that is consistent with their strategy to grow business in the Eastern Ontario market.”

Gushue, 2016 World Champion Kevin Koe, Glenn Howard, John Epping, along with Cornwall’s Matt Camm, to name a few.

Cornwall welcomed the “World Financial Group is thrilled opportunity to host the “Shorty” to have the opportunity to be a major last year when Brockville’s Country sponsor of this event with our solid Club took a pass due to a broken base of customers in Cornwall,” said compressor. Following a strong WFG President Richard Williams. proposal and negotiations, Cornwall “Our company is focused on families became the new home for the event. and community, and this world For Cornwall, hosting the event curling event aligns with our mission results in an over $300,000 economic of supporting events that are familyimpact to the community which friendly and bring so many people will continue to grow as the event’s together.” popularity does. Thirty-nine teams will attend FOR MORE INFORMATION: the event in September including Gord McCrady, Chairperson – defending Shorty champion Brad (613) 803-7053


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It’s been over a month now since the blockbuster deal that sent PK Subban to Nashville in exchange for Shea Weber. We had to ask the panel what they thought of this deal. Panel, what to you think? Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast - If you were to believe the pundits and prognosticators in Montreal, the trading of Subban is the equivalent of “the sky is falling” in our nearby metropolis. Rarely has such an event caused more tongues to wag, with outcries of how the Habs manager was played, like Keith Urban’s guitar, by the Nashville cowpoke. I’m thinking that Bergevin simply referred to that famous Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare”, when deciding to reconstruct his NHL team. Subban is the hare, fast and daring with an unbridled passion for the game. Bergevin’s coach, Michel Therrien is not fond of rabbit, and he had grown tired Subban’s antics. Enter the turtle, Shea Weber, he of the steady play, a stay-athome defenceman, with a cannon for a shot. With Weber in the fold, the expectation is that the Canadiens will be less prone to errors and Weber’s steadying influence in the dressing room will solve some of last year’s issues. If this helps bring Lord Stanley’s mug to Montreal, the fans will soon forget the wascally wabbit, and maybe poutine avec tortue will be in vogue. Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - Upon learning of the Subban trade to Nashville for Shea Weber, I shared the same sentiments of many Habs’ fans; what the heck is the Canadians management group thinking? The City of Montreal grew to love PK for his spirited style, both on and off the ice and his contributions to the city, not least of all the $10 million he committed to raising for the Montreal Children’s Hospital last year. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre summed it up stating, “The trade hurts, especially given Subban’s involvement with the city”. Mayor Coderre added “He clearly wasn’t someone who conformed — he strayed from the beaten path — but he had a magnificent connection with the people of Montreal, and that’s why we loved him”. The trade itself has the appearance of a personality conflict rather than a good team improvement decision. Will this trade make the Habs a better team? Nashville will certainly benefit with PK on board. All the best in Nashville, Pernell.r was the greatest.

Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club - Rumours had been circulating for a while that P. K. Subban, for various reasons, may be traded this summer. The Montreal Canadiens organization made a “hockey trade” just days before P.K.’s no trade clause was about to kick in, sending him to Nashville in exchange for Shea Webber. Is Shea Webber a better hockey player than P. K. Subban? Not according to the stats – except for scoring goals P.K. looks much better on paper. Will the Habs be a better team because of this trade? Quite possibly they will be, as Webber is still a top defender who brings leadership and many intangibles to Montreal, and could be the type of player that the team has needed to win.


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Meet Vicky and Steve Tait A Love for Sports – Tait family By Todd Anderson


inch residents Steve and Vicky Tait are strong supporters of their children Carter and Cami. Not only can the parents be found cheering on their kids at their various sporting events, they are often behind the bench or among the organizing committees helping field their teams. “It is important for us as parents, to raise healthy, well-adjusted children. We both grew up playing sports and recognize the value it had for us. Being part of a team is immeasurable. We have all learned that a successful team is one that plays and develops together and recognizing everyone’s role in the team’s success. The teams we’ve enjoyed the most are the ones that every player and adult involved is rewarded by the team environment.

Our kids have developed leadership skills. Sometimes that means being the loud cheerleader in the dressing room or quietly playing your heart out for the rest to see. We (as a family) have all made so many great friends from the teams we have been a part of. Your children’s sports become your social life, so you need to get involved and make it an incredible experience for everyone that is a part of it. There are so many opportunities for youth - our kids are learning life skills that they will take with them to the workplace.”

Steve has coached hockey for 10 years at various levels with the North-Glen-Stor (NGS) Braves and Seaway Valley Rapids organizations. He is a past-president, along with other executive positions, with Continued on page 35

Vicky and Steve Tait have dedicated themselves to juggling their kids’ athletics schedules. A sporty lifestyle is a passion they share with Photo submitted: Carter Tait both daughter Cami and son Carter.

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Fishing For Special Needs, the 2016 Edition, Another Successful Year

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ifty-one-year-old Art Levert runs Cornwall’s “Include Program,” which works to bring events and creates special programs for locals with special needs. Levert dedicates the majority of his time working with special needs and absolutely loves it.

“I have a company that caters literally custom-made programming around the individual’s wants and needs and wishes, as opposed to me trying to fit them in a program I actually fit a program around them,” says Levert. “It’s not like a round peg in a square hole, it’s about catering to that person and their wishes, and whatever matters to them matters to me. I didn’t invent the wheel; I’m just trying to make a good tire.” He began this program in 2008 and has been at it ever since. One of the events that goes along with this program is the Fishing for Special Needs event.

“Basically it’s one of our many events, but fishing is one that wasn’t really being done around here,” says Levert.

Mark & Justin posing with the catch of the day.

outdoors, adventure, and more, combined for what was bound to be a great experience for the participants. “We’re geographically in a great spot for fishing,” says Levert. “So we decided ‘hey, you know what’s missing? Everybody’s doing this everybody’s doing that, why not take them fishing?’ Everybody loved it. Great response, and then I had all these professional fishermen giving their day to this cause. It’s kind of a one-of-a-kind thing in at least this area.”

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The location gives the area and boat launch for free; they organize picnic benches and offer washroom facilities. Everything the event would need, Levert says was covered for free by the facility, sponsors and local businesses making the day manageable for all. Levert says he can’t say enough good about the volunteers who Photo Submitted make this event possible.

“We just take these kids fishing, extremely simplistic. Even wheelchair-bound people can go on a pontoon boat and they’re assisted on and we have a land fishing option so kids who are afraid of “We have sponsors, like let’s water can fish off the side,” says say Volkswagen will sponsor a Levert. boat, Dairy Queen will sponsor a Levert says the best part of the boat etc, and we have a barbeque,” says Levert. “It’s just a great great day, is “the gratification on their time. We go over the do’s and faces, especially when one caught don’ts of the nature side and the one. One of our guys with Down environmental side of things too syndrome who caught a fish and I and teach lessons as we do this, swear he was a kilometre away and all on the fly. It’s really really you could hear him screaming he caught one. It’s unbelievable.” awesome.” twenty-five and sometimes the first fifty depending on the size. The participants are then assigned to a team with a captain and the captain takes the kids out to fish.

The event happened July 16th, Levert says the turnout was with every participant having a amazing and full of gratification blast. for all.

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I can’t seem to control the distance of my shot when I’m chipping, either going too far or not far enough. Can you help me?

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o control distance around the green, we first want to ensure consistent contact in chipping. Practise and experiment until you can find a technique that works for you. Next, we want to control trajectory. This can be done by either changing clubs or opening the club face to add more loft. An often overlooked part of all of this is grip pressure; loosen your hands and wrists. You’ll feel a loss of control at first, but gain more control in the long run. Final thought: great chippers and putters are visual people. You’ll know you’re on the right track when you can visualize the path the ball is going to take on your practice strokes and then execute it just as you saw it.

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istance control on shots around the game will get better with practice. Here are a few things that will help you with different distances while chipping: For a long chip, I address the ball with a slightly open stance and most of my weight on my left side. Even though the ball is in line with my back foot and the shaft is leaning toward the target, my head is behind the ball. This is crucial to hitting it crisp. From here, I swing the club back and through, and the ball comes off low and rolls a good distance. When I need to hit a medium-length chip, I play the ball a little farther forward in my stance and lean the shaft a little less toward the target. I’m still favouring my front foot, but my stance isn’t as open because I don’t need as much lowerbody rotation to hit it the correct distance. It’s also important to note that my head position hasn’t changed. For short chips, my weight distribution is 50-50, the shaft is perpendicular to the ground, and my hips are fairly square to the ball, which I’m playing off the heel of my front foot. This allows the natural loft of the club to pop the ball up, so it doesn’t roll very far when it lands.

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NGS, Lower-St. Lawrence Minor Hockey League, and Upper Canada Minor Hockey League. He has been an assistant coach and trainer with the Cornwall Minor Lacrosse Association for three years; coached soccer in the Berwick minor league, and plays hockey, men’s baseball, and mixed three-pitch. He’s also a proud member, district chief, of the Finch Fire Station. Vicky has managed several hockey and lacrosse teams (many with Steve at the helm); is a current Cornwall Minor Lacrosse Association rep director; convened a minor baseball league, and plays broomball, softball, ball hockey, and mixed three-pitch. Both are members of Finch

Recreation and have been involved with school councils at Tagwi Secondary School and Roxmore Public School. They have both been cheerleaders for other sports their kids have been involved in including spring hockey, soccer, gymnastics, baseball, volleyball, basketball, cross-country, track and field, swimming, duathlon/ triathlon, golf, and bowling. The Taits were asked about their favourite memories from their children’s life in sports. While playing in Perth a week after his grandfather Clayton passed away, Carter went into the game with his hockey stick newly taped with CS #10 in marker on the knob. “Dad put his initials on everything,” says Vicky, adding her dad wore #10 in hockey. That year Carter’s Rapids

team went 0-28-2 and they were playing the Silver Seven who went 15-12-13. In that game Carter scored five goals in a 6-5 loss. He was congratulated by everyone including teammates, parents, and the opposition. Camden started training six hours a week in gymnastics in 2012 and loved it, but some events more than others. In competition, she had to compete in all four events (bars, beam, floor, and vault). In Smiths Falls in March 2013, the first competition of the season, she was incredibly nervous and baled on the vault and had a decent performance on the floor. After a pep talk from her coach Tammy and Cornwall Gymnastics Club teammates, Cami continued. She was near perfect on the bars. “When they were calling

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“They have always been my favourite times,” says Brunet. “The team we take is made of members from different teams, in different leagues. We camp, we play soccer, we laugh, we enjoy every aspect of the game. It always brings out the best in each team member and shows that you don’t always have to play on or come from the same team to be successful as part of a, if you all work towards the common goal of the team. You play where and when is needed and bring the best of you to the team every time you step on the field.” As for her primary philosophy of coaching ... “We win as a team and we lose as a team,” she says.




“Carter and Camden have both gained confidence through sport. They will both be serving on Tagwi (Secondary School’s) Student Council for the 2016/17 year. We believe that both kids developed leadership skills and confidence to try out and take on new challenges that might be out of their comfort zones and different than their peers. They also understand the financial commitment and how our family makes it work. While we don’t go to Disney at March Break, we enjoy many ‘mini vacations’ at tournaments with awesome teammates.”


Athlete of the Month Elysa Brunet is an avid sportswoman in the SDG scene. If not found running the local soccer fields with the Glengarry Soccer League Tier II - Laggan, as a call-up with the GSL Glen Nevis Senior Women or the Cornwall District Soccer League Division 1 Ladies Strikers, she can be found on the sidelines as a coach. Brunet is an assistant coach with the U13 Girls Glengarry Hearts, and head coach with the SLC Sharks Women’s Indoor team. Along with soccer, she has also played volleyball, golf, basketball, and indoor soccer. Her favourite memory though, is from soccer, namely the several Perth soccer tournaments she has attended.

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