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sportslife 2018 | Volume 5 | Issue 5

Winnipeg Edition

Winnipeg’s place to play Portage legend Ferdi Nelissen inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame

Vincent Massey’s 6-foot-8 Kyler Filewich: Destined for the CFL? U of W volleyball star Josh McKay signs a pro contract in France

Flin Flon Wrestler Carson Lee among best in the nation Winnipeg’s Victoria Tachinski wins the Michener Award Manitoba does well at prestigious Henley Regatta

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Contents 4 sports sportslife life

10 Body building and Fitness

06 the starting line-up

Hottest News Stories

in Manitoba Sports

22 softball

Ferdi Nelisen Inducted to ISC Hall of Fame

09 Basketball Manitoba

24 national junior football

10 Body Building and Fitness

26 high school football

News and Announcements

Shelly Paton

12 flag football

Manitoba Medals Across the Board

14 athletics

Victoria Tachinski Receives

Roland Michener Award

Canada Wins Gold – Local Players Dominate

Kyler Filewich

28 volleyball

Josh McKay Signs in France

30 The World Masters Ultimate

18 horse racing

Club Championships

Photo Feature

20 Ringette

31 assiniboia downs

Great Season at the Downs

“Come Try” Events Fuel Program

Photo Feature

SportsLife is Manitoba’s amateur sports magazine. This is where sports fans will meet the Olympians of tomorrow and the medalists of today and they all compete right here in Manitoba. We exist to pay tribute to those who make sport so important to this province. Published by SportsLife Publications, it is edited by Scott Taylor and is designed and developed by Scott Taylor, Debbie Dunmall and OV Suvajac. SportsLife Magazine is printed by Quantum Graphics. Any opinions expressed belong solely to the authors and do not necessarily express the views of the magazine, or of the publishers. All published work is edited for accuracy, style, and clarity. We do accept unsolicited material as long as it refers to athletes, coaches, or volunteers involved in sport in Manitoba. For all information and advertising rates, we can be reached at 204-996-4146 or 204-296-GOAL (4625). PUBLISHER OV Suvajac Box 66050, Winnipeg Manitoba R3K 2G0 204-996-4146 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Scott Taylor ART DIRECTOR Debbie Dunmall COVER PHOTO Taken at Oak Park High School by James Carey Lauder CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS James Carey Lauder, Jeff Miller, Kelly Morton, Scott Taylor, Rusty Barton, Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba, Caitlyn Gowriluk, ISC, WHSFL, University of Manitoba, McMaster University, Badminton Manitoba, International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, Winnipeg Ringette League, Assiniboia Downs, Glenn Dickson, PIT Football CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Scott Taylor, Johnston Hall, David Larkins, Al Gowriluk

Back to School, Back to the Gridiron It’s September, the kids are back in school and that means the schedules for football, soccer, volleyball and basketball are set and ready to go. The sports seasons for both the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba are underway and the Winnipeg High School Football League is actually not far from playoff time. Speaking of the WHSFL, our September/October edition for 2018 will introduce you to some of Manitoba’s best and brightest young athletes and our cover boy, Vincent Massey Trojans’ 6-foot-8 defensive lineman Kyler Filewich, sets us up for an issue that is full of champions, award winners and young people who are likely to succeed in their chosen sports for many years to come. For instance, we’ll meet Carson Lee, a 17-year-old wrestler from Flin Flon who is already one of the best in the country, a pro volleyball player from the University of Winnipeg named Josh McKay and Victoria Tachinski, a track star at Penn State University who has just been named winner of the Michener Award. In this issue of SportsLife, we also pay tribute to some of Manitoba’s all-time greats: A 2018 inductee into the International Softball Hall of Fame, the indefatigable Shelly Paton, a fitness star who isn’t in her 20s anymore and some horse racing veterans who helped Assiniboia Downs enjoy one of its most successful meets. Oh yes, and we also pay tribute to the winner of the Gold Cup, the last great race of the season at the Downs; the stars of the World Masters Ultimate Club Championship that was held right here in Winnipeg; and Manitoba’s successful rowers who did so very well at the prestigious 2018 Henley Regatta. So sit back and enjoy. We hope you meet someone you didn’t know before and learn about a sport you’d never thought about before. Winnipeg is blessed. It’s also Canada’s Place to Play.

– SCOTT TAYLOR Editor-in-Chief SportsLife is published at least six times a year by SportsLife Publications. All sales are managed by SportsLife Publications. All design and layout is provided by Debbie Dunmall and SportsLife is printed by Quantum Graphics. sportslife 5




Compiled by Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder, Russell Hons Photography/University of North Dakota, University of Manitoba, Sport Canada, Badminton Manitoba, Cycling Canada SportsLife Magazine brings you the hottest news stories in Manitoba sports. Once again, we’ll catch up with a number of the star athletes who have been sensational in 2018. Here’s the latest in Manitoba sport...

MANITOBANS DO WELL AT HENLEY REGATTA Members of the Winnipeg Rowing Club returned home with five First Place finishes at the 136th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines, Ont., last month. Michelle Truax won the Senior Women’s Singles, Truax and Rianne Boekhorst combined to win the Senior Women’s Pairs, Boekhorst and Truax got together again and won the Championship Women’s Pairs, Abby Dent and Justine Gillert won the U19 Doubles while Abby Dent took gold in the U17 Singles. Team Manitoba’s rowing team is coached by Janine Stephens, who won a Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. This is the second year that Janine has taken a team to Henley as a coach. Each year, thousands of men and women from more than 150 rowing clubs compete for coveted Henley Gold.

Head coach Janine Stephens

Michelle Truax, Winnipeg Rowing Club

KETLER WINS PoCo GRAND PRIX Back on July 13, Winnipeg’s 20-year-old Mitch Ketler captured the PoCo Grand Prix Cycling race in Port Coquitlam, B.C. Not bad for an amateur. It was a huge win for Ketler, an amateur cyclist competing against some of the world’s top professionals. It was also a big win for Ketler’s U-23 team, Applewood Garneau. During BC Superweek in July, Ketler had seven other Top 12 finishes to go with his win in Port Coquitlam and then, a week after his trip to the top of the podium, Ketler finished fourth at the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic in Illinois. Ketler placed 23rd in the time trial at this summer’s nationals in Saguenay, Que.

Carson Lee with Team Manitoba

Winnipeg’s Mitch Ketler (middle) wins the PoCo Grand Prix in B.C.

CARSON LEE OFF TO YOUTH OLYMPICS Team ‘Toba wrestler Carson Lee from Flin Flon is one of Canada’s best and now he’ll get another chance to demonstrate his skills on the World Stage. Wrestling Canada Lutte, in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, nominated Lee to Team Canada for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. He will compete from Oct. 12-14, at the Youth Olympic Centre in Buenos Aires. Lee was nominated based on his finish at the Cadet Pan American Championships in May. He captured a silver medal at the championships in Guatemala City then went on to finish fifth at the Cadet World Championships in Zagreb Croatia. Lee will be competing in the freestyle 80-kg event at the Games.

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MWJHL INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL HOCKEY EVENT For the first time in female hockey history in our province, the Manitoba Women’s Junior Hockey League will play host to an under-22 International Ice Hockey Tournament for female players. This six-team event will include a team from Finland, the national champion MASRC provincial aboriginal team, an all-star team from Alberta and an allstar team from the MWJHL. A sixth team will be announced soon. The inaugural International Women’s Junior Hockey Invitational Tournament in Winnipeg from Feb. 19-23, 2019. “This tournament will create an opportunity for Manitoba’s female hockey players to develop their skills and showcase their talents to younger girls interested in playing competitive hockey,” said MWJHL President Kirk Kuppers, the man who came up with the idea for an international tournament. “It will showcase an international female junior hockey experience right here in Winnipeg.”

Arnish Patel

The Players on the MWJHL All-Star Team: (from left) Mikaela Robinson, Kelsey Conrad, Alicia Prociuk and Mackenzie Henley.

RAMNARACE AND PATEL WIN FOBM GRANTS Rylan Ramnarace and Arnish Patel are already decorated Manitoba badminton players. Now, they are scholarship winners, as well. The Friends of Badminton Manitoba Endowment Fund awarded their first grants in June and three different grants were awarded: Student/ Athlete Scholarship Grant, Coaching Development Grant, and Club Initiavtive Grant. The $500 Student/Athlete Scholarship grant was awarded to both Ramnarace and Patel (each received $500). Both Ramnarace and Patel competed in several tournaments nationally during the past year. Ramnarace won a Bronze medal at U-23 and Junior Nationals in May while Patel was a member of the Junior Canadian National Team. They are also planning to compete in several national tournaments over the next season as well. They did this while attending university full time and maintaining very high GPAa. The Coach Development grant of $500 was awarded to Mano Navarro from the 17 Wing Badminton Club. The Club Initiative Grant was awarded to the 17 Wing Badminton Club and the Lac du Bonnet Badminton Club. Both clubs will be using the money to upgrade the equipment in their gyms in order to give their members a better place to play badminton.

MANITOBA WINS SILVER AT U-14 WESTERN CANADIANS Coach Dean Sproule from Niverville guided Team Manitoba to a silver medal finish at the U-14 Western Canadian Girls Baseball Championship at Spruce Grove, Alta. Manitoba lost the final 15-6 to an extremely strong team, the Selects, from British Columbia. Team Manitoba was made up of assistant coaches Patti Hucault (Bruxelles) and Chad Foster (Somerset) and players’ Avery Pickering (St. Adolphe), Ashley Scott (McCreary), Kennedy Sproule (Niverville), Brooke White (Ste. Rose), Chloe Gauthier (Ste. Anne), Rylee Cockburn (Swan River), Emily Foster (Somerset), Kennedy Toews (Blumenort), Michayla Peacock (Somerset), Tyra Molloy (Altona), Mercedes Gorham (Steinbach) and Darbi Poole (McAuley).

U-14 Team Manitoba, Silver Medalists at the Western Canadian Baseball Championship

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BISONS ANNOUNCE 2019-20 VOLLEYBALL RECRUITS The University of Manitoba Bison women’s volleyball Light Uchechukwu program is always thinking ahead. In fact, the Bisons have with the Junior Bisons already introduced an impressive recruitment class for the 2019-20 season, when they’ll add eight players – Katreena Bentley, Light Uchechukwu, Julia Arnold, Jaidyn Spencer, Asha Gurney, Simone Crevier, Keziah Hoeppner, and Olivia Schuster – to the roster. Bentley, 17, is a 5-foot4 setter from Winnipeg, who played club for the Junior Bisons. Uchechukwu, 17, is a 5-foot-11 middle from Winnipeg who also played club for the Junior Bisons. Arnold, 17, is a 5-foot-7 libero from Winnipeg, who played club with the Junior Bisons. Spencer, 17, is a 6-foot-3 middle from Bloomington, Minn., where she played club for the Mizuno Northern Lights. Gurney, 17, is a 5-foot-11 middle joining the Bisons from East Selkirk, where she plays for Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive. Crevier, 17, is a 5-foot-11 middle from Portage la Prairie, who played club with the Junior Bisons. Hoeppner, 17, is a 5-foot-9 outside hitter from Niverville who played club for the Junior Bisons. And Schuster, 17, is a 6-foot right side from Winnipeg, who played high school volleyball at River East Collegiate and club with the Junior Bisons.

OLIVEIRA AND BENNETT SHINE IN UND’S FOOTBALL OPENER It was quite a start for two Winnipeg athletes playing football at the University of North Dakota. For one thing, they helped the Fighting Hawks win the season opener 35-7 over Mississippi Valley State, but they played much more than a peripheral role in the victory. Mason Bennett, a 6-foot-4 junior defensive

Mason Bennett, UND Defensive End

Brady Oliveira, UND Running Back

end from Vincent Massey Collegiate, led the UND defense with two of the team’s seven sacks while UND’s running game was led by Brady Oliveira from Oak Park High School, who had 108 yards rushing.

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Barry Hecker & Mike MacKay Headline 2018 Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic – REGISTER NOW! Longtime NBA assistant basketball coach Barry Hecker, and Canada Basketball’s Mike MacKay will be joining Kirby Schepp, Tanya McKay, Mike Iwanchuk and Jeff Billeck at The 2018 Super Coaches Clinic at the University of Manitoba on October 1920, 2018. Your registration into this year’s Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic includes… ü 12 hours of on-court top-notch basketball presentations over 2 days. ü Wilson Basketball Coach Portfolio, 201819 Wesmen Season Pass, 2018-19 Bison Basketball Season Pass and Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches manual ($155.00 value). ü Pre-Workshop Session on Thursday October 18, exclusive access to view practices hosted by the Wesmen &

High Performance Basketball Camp with NBA Assistant Coach Barry Hecker October 19-20, 2018 Basketball Manitoba will be hosting a special athlete camp at the Canada Games Centre in Winnipeg as part of its High Performance Camp series. This High Performance Camp, lead by long time NBA assistant coach Barry Hecker is set for October 19-20, 2018 and targets male and female athletes ages 11-15. Camp Dates/Times: (player’s attend BOTH days)  Friday October 19, 2018: Coed Session #1 – 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Players are asked to show up 15-30 minutes prior to the Friday session to register. Registration will begin at 12:30 am.  Saturday October 20, 2018 Coed Session #2 – 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm The Friday of this weekend is the province-wide ‘SAGE’ in-service day (no classes) and the Saturday will see no WMBA games scheduled as the Super Coaches Clinic is running all day for all league coaches. Camp Location: Canada Games Sport for Life Centre – 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba Camp Ages: Male and Female Athletes – Ages 11-15 (as of camp date) Clinic Cost: $65.00 per athlete (taxes included) Includes 5 hours of court time with Coach Hecker and a camp T-shirt

Bison coaches prior to the clinic, early access to view presentations through online video, online access to 200+ youth basketball coaching videos and 48 youth basketball practice plans! ü Door prizes both days, Friday – Entry to a Grand Prize Draw for a trip to the Nike Championship Coaches Clinic in Las Vegas. Saturday – Entry for a Grand Prize Draw for Team Prize Pack. ü Morning refreshments, Lunch included.Basketball Store selling FIBA rulebooks, score-sheets, whistles, dryerase boards, select clothing. SPECIAL LICENCE PLATE BONUS: If you own a basketball specialty licence plate, bring a copy of your MPI registration to receive 5 entries to the Las Vegas and Team Prize pack draws for each day you attend. And receive a 20% discount at the basketball store! Early Bird registration (before October 1) – $100 for one day or $125 to come for both days. Cost to register is $110 for one day or $135 for both days (deadline October 17 at 4:30 pm ). WMBA / Peg City coaches – cost to attend will be covered by WMBA Register at: basketball-manitoba-super-coaches-clinic.html Deadline to Register:  Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 4:30 pm OR when the camp sells out (a wait-list option will be provided once the camp is full). For more information and to register go to: Coach Hecker has coached basketball since 1971; twenty one years in the NBA, along with coaching at the overseas level, professional, minor league, collegiate and high school ranks. Hecker spent 16 seasons (198698, 2001-05) with the Los Angeles Clippers making it to the playoffs in 1997 as assistant coach. He was the assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies, 2009-2013 working with Marc Gasol – defensive player of the year, Zach Randolph – NBA All Star, Darrel Arthur, Hakim Warrick, Rudy Gay – Olympic gold medal winner, and DeMare Carroll. The Grizzlies made the playoffs three of the years. Hecker served as an assistant coach with the Jiangsu Nangang Dragons during the 2008 China Basketball Association (CBA) playoffs, winning the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the history of the club. Hecker’s head coaching credits include B.S. Leiden of the Dutch Professional League (1975) and Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah (1976-78) setting a Rocky Mountain Record with the team shooting 55% for field goals for a season. He coached the Clipper summer league team to two titles. Hecker has been the director of numerous camps, including those of NBA Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues, Xavier McDaniel, Andrei Kirilenko, Wes Mathews, Robert Horryand and The Adidas Superstar Camp to name a few. Hecker spoke at clinics in China, Italy, Turkey, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. He wrote articles for Coach and AD, produced Creating the Perfect Jump Shot and he invented the GET IT UP shooting hoop.

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Preparing for the Comeback By Scott Taylor, Photos by Scott Taylor and courtesy the IFBB “I took the year off in 2018 in order to focus on my personal training and prep[ coach business,” said the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness professional Shelly Paton. “But now I’m getting excited to get back into competition. This time I likely won’t enter the fitness competition. Instead, I’m preparing for either the figure or bikini divisions of the competition.

did, in Vancouver in 2017, I had a great show and finished fifth, but the winner was just 19. It’s getting hard to compete in the Open Division, especially now. In recent years, I’ve competed against girls who had actual Olympic medals in gymnastics. “Most of the competitions now, in fitness, are made up of girls who come from gymnastics or cheerleading,” Paton added with a laugh. “I don’t think I need the stress of a fitness routine anymore.” So in September of 2019, Paton will get back on stage in an IFBB Show (either in Masters Figure or Masters Bikini) in Pittsburgh, Pa. After experiencing what she called, “a great summer,” with her husband of 25 years, Bruce Paton, Shelly has decided to get back into the gym at a serious level and prepare for another professional competition.

fitness, figure, bikini and bodybuilding competitions is a road less travelled. She had no gymnastics prowess and didn’t even start competing until she was in her late 20s. “It was about 1992 or 1993,” she recalled. “Bruce and I had just become engaged and I was teaching fitness classes at Assiniboine Athletic Club and Arizona Fitness and a few other gyms, when a young woman named Denise Conan, a bodybuilder at the time, inspired me to start training for a bodybuilding show. I remember, it was a small show at the University of Manitoba and there were two divisions: Bodybuilding for women and bodybuilding for men. “Then, six years later, in 1999, they brought fitness here. My inspiration

“I went and took an adult gymnastics class and did my first fitness show at age 34. I haven’t really stopped”

“Both figure and bikini have Masters’ divisions. Fitness doesn’t. It’s an Open competition. The last fitness show I

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For the uninitiated, Paton explains the IFBB competitions this way: “In fitness, the judges look for strength, flexibility, stamina, some gymnastics and the entertainment value of your performance. Figure and Bikini are somewhat like bodybuilding but unlike the muscular development that is required for bodybuilding, it’s about your overall aesthetic. The health of your skin, hair make up and presentation matter just as much as your physique. For bodybuilding, I describe it this way, ‘You can never be too muscular or too lean,’ to be a success. And now, the organizers have worked in a level of competition called physique. It’s kind of between figure and bodybuilding.” For Paton, the road to professional

was a woman named Kary Odiatu (who has written the books Fit for the Love of It with her husband Dr. Uche Odiatu; the Miracle of Health; and Competing with Class, A Guide to Women’s Fitness), who said I should get training and try a fitness competition.” Paton, however, was a dancer who had competed at the Baton World Championship. She had no fitness or gymnastics experience, but at 34, it’s never too late to start. “So I decided to do it,” she said with a wide smile. “I went and took an adult gymnastics class and did my first fitness show at age 34. I haven’t really stopped.” Paton started training with the highly-regarded bodybuilder and

At age 53, Trainer Darren Mehling calls her “My ageless Wonder Woman” trainer Darren Mehling and his wife Christina at Freak Fitness. It not only propelled Paton to a spot in the 2012 Fitness World Championships in Bialystock, Poland, but also got her an IFBB professional card in 2013 and entrance to the eight professional shows she’s done in the last four years. These days, Paton, whose husband

Bruce is the Box Lacrosse Refereein-Chief for the Canadian Lacrosse Association, still teaches fitness, runs boot camps and is not only a personal trainer, but also a Contest Prep Coach for Freak Fitness, getting other athletes prepared for fitness, figure, bikini and bodybuilding shows. And being 53 obviously doesn’t

matter. After all, Darren Mehling calls her, “My ageless Wonder Woman.” “I might not be that ageless,” she laughed. “I took the year off in 2018 because I’ve done two shows a year every year since 2009. But I needed the time off and now I’m excited to get back into it. I’m ready to get back to training hard again and to get back on stage.” l

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Manitoba Medals in Every Category at Flag Football National Championships New Winter Indoor League Hopes to Build on Success By Staff, Photos courtesy PIT Football Football Manitoba’s forays into noncontact football have proved highly successful over the past few years. This summer, Manitoba was represented by 6 teams at the various flag national championships and was the only province to medal in every age category in which they were represented. The U16 girls program sent a total of 13 players to play for two Manitoba/Alberta Western All-star teams which finished 2nd and 3rd in their age group. The U16 boys took home the silver medal at the same tournament in Regina, losing a close championship game to British Colombia. At the U18 National Championships, the U18 boys were crowned National Champions in Halifax after going undefeated through the tournament and capping off the weekend with a win over

British Colombia in a talent-heavy, physical battle. The U18 girls won bronze in a come-back victory over a skilled Ontario team in the third place game. At the senior men’s nationals, team Manitoba was represented by 10 players from the PIT Football League. The team knocked off last year’s champions and the reigning Team Canada squad in the championship game to take home the gold medal in Regina. These successes should help fuel the interest in flag football in Manitoba as the sport has tremendous value for offseason development for tackle players,

Manitoba U18 Boys Gold Medalists

especially quarterbacks, defensive backs, and receivers, while also serving as an alternative to contact football or a cross-training opportunity for other athletes. U16 and U18 Team Manitoba girls’ head coach, Cara Isaak, hopes that female participation will continue to

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increase. This spring four female flag teams competed against the boys in three age groups of the Spring league, with two of the teams winning division championships. “There are so many talented female football players and athletes in Manitoba that if we continue to provide them with opportunities to train and compete, we will see more girls find success and satisfaction in sport and we will keep seeing the national championship medals roll in.” Now Winnipeg youth can play flag football all year round. Football Manitoba and PIT Football will run Manitoba’s first ever winter indoor flag football league from November 2018 to February 2019, open to players aged 7-17. Registration will be limited to just 40 teams for the first season, but the league hopes to build on the successes of the Spring/Summer flag league that saw 100 teams and over 1000 players compete for 25 division championships. PIT Football, Canada’s largest touch and flag football league, will manage league administration, scheduling, and statistics, while Football Manitoba will handle league registration, rules, officials, and equipment. This

partnership combines PIT Football’s 10 years of experience running non-contact leagues, including being the official non-contact league of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and partnering with the Winnipeg High School Football league for the past three indoor seasons, with Manitoba U18 Girls Bronze Medalists Football Manitoba’s strong commitment to provide we can reach a lot of players and football opportunities to as provide them with well-organized, safe, many youth as possible. and competitive environment to play PIT Football League President, Jon flag football.” Franklin thinks that the partnership Football Manitoba Executive Director, combines the two organizations Bill Johnson, is excited about the strengths in a way that should provide prospect of year-round flag football the best possible game day experience and said “This is a great opportunity for the players and parents. “PIT Football to expand our non-contact football has 10 years of experience running offerings in the province. Flag Football is indoor football leagues and we believe in growing at an incredible rate, and we are Football Manitoba’s mission to provide a happy to be able to offer another option flag football league that follows Football for youth to participate in this fun and Canada’s guidelines on long-term athlete development and player safety. Together exciting sport.” l

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• The League will run each Sunday starting November 3rd • Games will take place at the U of W RecPlex between the hours of 1-6pm • Football Manitoba is looking to schedule one free for all style practice at the RecPlex prior to season start to introduce new players to the game and the fairly simple rules sportslife 13

Tachinski Wins Michener Award By Scott Taylor, Photos courtesy Athletics Canada and Penn State University Winnipeg’s Victoria Tachinski, a track athlete at Penn State University is one of the two recipients of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Roland Michener Award. Recently, the Canada Games Council announced that Tachinski, who competed for Team Manitoba and Team New Brunswick para-athlete Max Arsenault were co-recipients of this prestigious national amateur sports award. The announcement coincided with the one year anniversary of the 2017 Canada Summer Games which took place in Winnipeg from July 28-August 13, 2017. The Roland Michener Award is presented after each installment of the Canada Games to one male and one female Canada Games athlete who exemplifies leadership, cooperation and excellence during the Games. Each

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recipient received a $2,000 athletic bursary that is designed to provide financial assistance as they continue their athletic careers. Arsenault is from Rothesay, NB and suffered a tragic snowboarding accident that resulted in him becoming a paraplegic just 18 months prior to the start of the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Through unwavering dedication and perseverance, he was still able to attend the Games and compete in para-athletics for Team New Brunswick in both the para-shotput and para-discus events. “Being able to compete at the 2017 Canada Games was truly an unforgettable experience,” said Arsenault. “I am very proud to have been able to represent the province of New Brunswick at a national level. Tachinski competed in Athletics for

Team Manitoba, and established herself as a strong leader and role model as she helped guide her relay team to a silver medal in the 4x400metre relay. She won a personal gold medal in the 400-metres for women and a silver medal in the 800-metre race. According to the Canada Games Council, “she would always make time to attend younger competitor’s practices and pass along her own racing knowledge and encouragement. She demonstrated a positive attitude throughout the Games and always inspired her Team Manitoba teammates to do their best and keep competing regardless of the result.” The Games were held in Tachinski’s hometown of Winnipeg, which made them even more special for her. “The Canada Games were one of the best experiences of my life, and having

Victoria Tachinski wins gold in the women’s 400-metre race at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg

the games at home only added to the experience,” said Tachinski. “Having my friends and family support me and cheer me on helped me find the strength I needed to compete. “Overall the games were a success for myself, and I had so much fun. I love to run and I love to compete so the Canada Games were the perfect experience for myself. I’m currently on the Track team at Penn State and I’m enjoying the challenge of competing at the collegiate level, while completing my degree in Biotechnology. My long term goal would to someday make the Canadian Olympic team and travel all around the world to compete. Overall, the Canada Games was one of my favourite experiences and it’s helped me set up towards my next level of competition. I am so grateful towards the Canada Games committee and I’m so lucky I had this experience.” Canada Games Council chairman Tom Quinn explained why Arsenault and Tachinski were presented with the award. “The Roland Michener award is designed to recognize athletes whose tremendous personal qualities including leadership, dedication, and cooperation shine through during the Canada Games and have a positive impact on their teammates and everyone around them, and for Victoria and Max that was certainly the case,” said Quinn. “They proved throughout the 2017 Games that they are not only incredible athletes but incredible people as well, and both embody the spirit of the Roland Michener award and the true meaning of a Canada Games champion. We are honoured to be able to call them Canada Games alumni.”l

Winnipeg’s Victoria Tachins ki running for Penn State at the prestigious Penn Relays




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Escape Clause, Gourneau, Badrie, Whitehall all up at the Downs By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder and Assiniboia Downs Let it be recorded that on Sunday afternoon, the final race of the 2018 live thoroughbred meet was won by Ebadan, a horse owned by the successful Assiniboia Racing Club (with 54 shareowning members). Let it also be remembered that the final stakes races of the meet were won by Escape Clause (the Manitoba Trainers champion Jerry Gourneau Matron Stakes this past Friday), Why So Blue (the J.W. Sifton Stakes on Saturday), Eye Catching (the Winnipeg Futurity on Sunday) and Rascal Candy (the Buffalo Stakes on Sunday). The final weekend of live thoroughbred racing at Assiniboia Downs is finished for the 2018 season, and it was an outstanding season for Winnipeg’s popular racetrack.

Sky Promise with Rico Walcott aboard wins the Manitoba Derby

The track has record crowds for Opening Day, the Manitoba Derby and Fan Appreciation Weekend and once

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again, wagering rose. This year, wagering was $33,997 per race compared to $32,052 last year. That number includes partner wagering from other racing venues in North America, which carried Assiniboia Downs races. “Without question it starts with the customers,” said CEO Darren Dunn. “The attendance was again through the roof. Continuing to move the needle in the right direction with that kind of support made the season totally worthwhile.” Canada Day saw more than True Confession alone at the 10,000 pack the stands, a number wire in the Manitoba Oaks not seen in decades.” Jerry Gourneau from Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reserve near Belcourt, N.D., This year, when it comes to selecting became the second First Nations trainer Horse of the Year, the choice will be to win the trainers’ championship at difficult. Media Melee won the Gold the Downs – and the third straight Cup on the second to last weekend of considering Tom Gardipy Jr. from the season and he’ll certainly get some Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation in votes, but Escape Clause was, once again, Saskatchewan had won the last two in magnificent. The four-year-old filly a row. trained by Don Schnell, Gourneau finished with 36 wins, 41 won six consecutive stakes seconds and 36 third-place finishes in races in 2018 and 13 252 starts, and has amassed $348,744 in stakes races in the last two earnings. Gardipy Jr. and Don Schnell years, including both the tied for second. Gardipy Jr. had 27 wins, 2017 and 2018 Manitoba 24 seconds and 28 thirds and $257,815 Matron Stakes, to finish in winnings in 223 starts while Schnell, her season. despite only 82 starts at ASD, had 27 Meanwhile, Manitoba wins, 13 seconds and 10 thirds and has Derby champion, Sky won $298,969. Promise had a masterful Meanwhile, we had a tie for the jockey final month of the championship. Prayven Badrie caught Western Canadian Antonio Whitehall on the final weekend racing season and might and both riders finished with 41 wins. challenge super filly Wonder Gadot for Whitehall had 41 wins, 51 seconds and the title of Canada’s Horse of the Year. 45 thirds in 250 starts with an impressive With Rico Walcott in the irons for every $471,891 in winnings for his owners. race, Sky Promise completed the Western Badrie, who won five times in the final Canadian Derby series on Saturday night weekend, finished with 41 wins, 34 with a victory in the $150,000 British seconds and 38 thirds in 227 starts and Columbia Derby at Hastings Park. With a won $404,382. Renaldo Cumberbatch gutsy late run. Sky Promise finished the was third with 39 wins, 34 seconds and 25 Western Triple Crown with wins in the thirds in 206 mounts and won $406,777. Manitoba Derby, the Canadian Derby

(Northlands in Edmonton) and the B.C. Derby. He won three major Derby races in three time zones in just 33 days. Incredible. According to Ivan Bigg at the Downs, our little track also had the distinction of having the winningest horse in North America: “Hot Rodin,” said Bigg. “Is a 5-year-old gelding, who recently won his sixth race at the Downs, giving him a total of eight on the year. His other two wins came at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. It’s quite an accomplishment.”

The jockey leaders (from left)

Renaldo Cumberbatch, Prayven

Remember, the free VLT tournaments continue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting at 8 p.m. each night. You can get into the draw for 10 chances to win $20 in free VLT spins. Gold Cup Kayla Pizarro brings home Media Melee in the The top winner from each night participates in a month-end finale for more spins and $250 in prize money. And every Friday and Saturday, the Downs presents $10 buy-in poker. The registration is at 8 p.m. and the game starts at 8:30 p.m. The Great Benjamins Circus comes to the Downs under a big top erected in the parking lot from Sept. 21 to 23. Chef Gerry Tummillo’s popular Thursday Night Prime Rib Buffet Specials – at just $27.95 – begin on Sept. 27. In all, it was another tremendous Co-jockey champion Prayven Badrie wins another season at the Downs.

Badrie and Antonio Whiteha


“With our ability to attract new stables and more horses this year,” said Dunn, “it created a positive domino effect with the average field size up, an increase in overall wagering and even more significant economic impacts for the province. That is a win-win-win effect.” l

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Come Try Again: By Al Gowriluk, Photos by Caitlyn Gowriluk

up with St. James to co-host another “Come Try” event and it was North Winnipeg’s 2nd of the off season, with more than 40 potential players signed up, it shows that the interest in the sport is experiencing an amazing growth spurt. The family like atmosphere within this sport is one that repeats itself time and time again. Many players have become volunteers, in an attempt to give back. One of the many volunteers of this event is 13 year old Peyton Cerqueira. The grade 8 student at West St. Paul School, Cerqueira has been playing since she was 6 after having

Jolène Cavell

After spending hours watching her cousin play, 9 year old Jolène Cavell first came to a “Come Try Ringette” event 2 years ago, she said “It looked like a lot of fun, so I wanted to try it.’ When she Opening Stretch

first stepped on the ice, she realized that knowing how to skate was kind of attended her own “Come Try” event important. She signed up for a few learn and never looked back. She has been to skate classes and decided to give “Come Try” one more try. “Wow it was even more Instructors doing their thing fun.” said the now 11 year old. Granted, 11 is older than most to try a new sport for the first time but with all the options out there to choose from, is beginning to become more common , says North Winnipeg Ringette Association President Candace Melquist. This time out, North Winnipeg teamed

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Payton Cerqueira

rostered with the AA U14 Magic team for the last 2 years. “I love this sport. I love everything about it and I want others to experience it.” The Winnipeg Ringette League regular season starts October 25 at an arena near you. For more information email mediarelations@ or go to www. l

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Nelissen Inducted into ISC Hall of Fame By Scott Taylor, Photos courtesy ISC It was in 1974, when Ferdi Nelissen was 15, that he was first asked to play fastball. He was already a highly-regarded athlete when he was introduced to the game in Grade 10 by his high school coach Barry Sadler. Sadler invited Nelissen to play with Portage’s Albion Hotel Canadians, a senior men’s team in the Central Manitoba Fastball League. By the time he was 19, he was playing the game at the Open Level and by the time he was done, he had played or coached in 15 ISC World Championship Tournaments with the Portage Diamonds, Winnipeg Red Dogs, Fargo Kegel Black Knights, Saskatoon Rempels and finally, in 2002, with the Winnipeg-Wesman Landmark Alliance. Amazingly, in Kitchener, Ont., in early August, 61-year-old Ferdi Nelissen was officially inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame as an Administrator. “It’s pretty cool,” said Nelissen. “I went into the Manitoba Hall last year, so this is my second. It doesn’t get old. It’s great to be recognized by your peers. “But it’s funny, you know, I’d heard that I was being considered, and you never know if you’re going to get in. So when I got the phone call from Todd McCabe – who is actually in the role I was in as the Canadian Vice President for the ISC – I was a little surprised at that point because I never really expected it.” Nelissen was still competing as a player when he was asked to accept an

appointment as the ISC Area Commissioner for Western Canada. At first, he wasn’t going to accept but his wife convinced him to give it a shot and Nelissen became one of the most influential executives in ISC history. As a member of and later as Chairman of the Rules Committee, he participated in the formation of the Player Ferdi Nelissen catching at the 199 Rep Committee, the Out 6 World Championships of Region Player Fee Structure and the PRAWN Nelissen designation for All-World Players. said. “He’s In the end, he spent 19 years with the from Illinois, ISC as Commissioner, Chairman of the and to Rules Committee and the Canadian Viceconsider President. Then, he became a member that he put of the broadcast crew for the Internet my name up streaming of World Championship games. was just so Nelissen was inducted into the Hall flattering for with three players, an umpire and a Ferdi Nelissen Today me. It’s really recipient of the Bob Welby Memorial humbling Recognition of Service Award. Four of to have an the inductees are from Ontario and one individual of that caliber think enough hails from Newfoundland. Nelissen was of me and what I’ve done in that the only Manitoban. To make things even organization to have him consider that better, Nelissen was nominated to the ISC I’m at the same level that he’s in. When Hall of Fame by a person he admired and someone of that stature is willing to put respected. your name up, well, I’m very fortunate “Ed Kerner nominated me, he’s a past for that.” l president of the ISC and he’s a legend,”


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Dueck Top Player as Canada Wins Gold By Scott Taylor, Photos by Jeff Miller and Glenn Dickson and courtesy WHSFL and McMaster University

Former Sturgeon Creek star, Josh Robinson

Canada’s national junior football team made history and former Vincent Massey quarterback Andreas Dueck and former Vincent Massey linebacker Eryk Bujalski

were keys to Canada’s latest World Championship. Dueck was named Canada’s Player of the Game while Bujalski made the game-clinching interception as Canada defeated Mexico 13-7 in the Championship game in front of more than 25,000 spectators at Estadio Olimpico Universitario in Mexico City. With the victory, Canada made tournament history as the winningest nation at the event and the first country to win back-to-back championships. The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Junior Championships was won by Canada in 2016 in Harbin, China. Before that, Canada won gold at the 2012 tournament and also won a pair of silver medals at both the 2009 and 2014 Championships. Joining Dueck on the Team Canada roster was Josh Robinson, a safety out of

Sturgeon Heights Collegiate in Winnipeg, and another Massey graduate, Eryk Bujalski, who has moved to McMaster University in Hamilton to join Dueck for the 2018 season “The two weeks of the tournament were an incredible experience for all involved in Mexico City,” said Team Canada Head Coach Steve Sumarah. “The players were amazing the way they came together to represent their country on such a big stage against the home team in front of over 25,000 people.” Antoine Couture got Canada on the scoreboard first when he booted a field goal to give the Canadians a 3-0 with 6:43 left in the first quarter. However, Canada would be dealt with a major blow late in the frame. With 3:17 left in the quarter, Jalen Philpot was ejected from the game due to a questionable targeting penalty. He made

Andreas Dueck, McMaster QB

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contact with a Mexican player while his brother Tyson sprinted down the field into the end zone. The touchdown was recalled after the penalty. Just before the half, Freud Jean Ernst Cesar powered into the end zone to increase Canada’s lead to 10-0. That’s how it stood at halftime. In the second half, Mexico was pressing Canada. With 2:28 left in the third quarter, the team tallied a major to pull within three points of the lead. Canada sealed the victory when Couture added his second field goal of the game with 11:23 left in the game. Mexico tried to mount a comeback a couple of times in the final quarter but Canada’s defense came up with timely stops. The biggest was an interception by Bujalski that sealed the deal. Immediately following the game, just before Canada was awarded its gold medals, Dueck, who now plays at McMaster University, was named Player of the Game for Canada. “I am very proud of the coaching staff and support staff and the work they put into make this a special occasion,”

Eryk Bujalski

said Coach Sumerah. “To repeat as World Champions is an amazing feat and I thank all the players as well as the coaches who have gone before us that paved the way with their success to show

us the way. Going forward, I see how the world is getting closer and closer but this will only fuel the Canadian spirit moving forward.” l

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Kyler Filewich:

Big, strong, gifted

By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder

Kyler Filewich is an athlete with options. He could play university football and someday make it to the Canadian Football League. Or he could play university basketball and become a member of the National Team and a star in Europe or Asia. Or, he could accept a tentative offer from the University of North Dakota and play both NCAA Division football and basketball and see where the chips fall. Regardless, with everything he has going on, Kyler Filewich can write his own ticket. “He’s ranked as the 18th best player in Canada in high school football,” said Kelsey McKay, his football coach at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg. “He’s also a fantastic basketball player. He’s 6-foot-8, 250-pounds and starts at both offensive and defensive line for us. We’re also going to use him as a tight end. He’s a basketball player with fantastic hands. He’ll make an outstanding tight end.” He also carried an average through Grade 11 that hovered between 88 and 91. He’s smart, athletic and comes from a family of teachers who were also great athletes. His dad, Keon Filewich, was a basketball star at the U of M. His mom, Arlyn (nee:Adam) was not only the captain of the U of M Bisons, she was the team’s best player. His older sister Keylyn, plays post for the UBC Thunderbirds. It’s no surprise then, that at 17, he’s one of the country’s best football and basketball players. He could probably play anything he wanted at the highest level. “He’s something special,” said Winnipeg High School Football League commissioner Rick Henkewich. “If he wants to go, he’s CFL bound. To watch him as a lineman, it’s not surprising that he has such great footwork because he’s really an outstanding basketball player. He’s one of the best all-around athletes in our league.” Filewich has basketball in his blood, but he started to play football when he got to Grade 6. Before that he says his parents weren’t keen on the idea, but eventually they came around and he registered to play with the Fort Garry Lions. He’s been in love with the game ever since. “I always wanted to play but my parents kind of discouraged me until I got to Grade 6 and that’s when they just said, ‘OK, go play,’” Filewich said with a laugh. “I think they always wanted me to play because right from my first game they were there and they were always supportive.” When people suggest he could make it to the CFL, Filewich just shrugs. He makes it very clear that all he wants to do is play the game at the highest possible level. “I just want to keep playing, putting in the work, and take my game to the highest level possible,” he said. “If that means getting to the CFL one day, well, that’s what I want to do.” And that’s why he has a tough decision to make after this football season. He has talked to UND about football and

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basketball and Holy Cross about football. He’s also talked to coaches from UBC, Calgary, Alberta, Manitoba, St. Mary’s, UNBC and McMaster. Canadian school want him for both football and basketball and he’s still not quite sure he wants to give up basketball to become a full-time football player. “I’d like to try to play both football and basketball in college,” he said. “A number of the people I’ve talked to have offered me the opportunity to play both and I guess I’m leaning that way, but if I got a great offer from a school to play one sport – and it was a great offer – I might take it.” But that’s next year. This year he’s playing on a Massey team that could very well challenge the juggernaut, the defending champion St. Paul’s Crusaders, for high school football supremacy. After beating Oak Park 42-3 in the season opener, Filewich and the Trojans believe they have a chance to challenge for a championship. “I think we have a chance to do really well this year,” he said. “I feel

like we’re talented at every position on both offense and everyone on our team has a high football IQ. We can run a number of different sets and that makes us versatile and keeps the opposition off balance. I’m excited about our chances.” He’s also excited to play a little tight end. “Yeah, I hope I get the chance,” he said. “I’ve played a bit before and it’s nice to get your hands on the football. As a basketball player, I’m used to having the ball and it would be nice to have it in football too, instead of just blocking guys all the time. It would be fun.” In the meantime, he’ll be the best lineman in the WHSFL and prepare for a very bright future. “We have a really good group of leaders this year and Kyler is one of our captains,” said Coach McKay. “Kyler is one of the guys who keep us consistent. He’s also very talented and has a lot of skill. He could play pro football as an offensive lineman one day. He’s that good.” l

Game On Photographer James Carey Lauder has 35 years of photography experience. He’s a member of the Professional Photographers of Canada and Manitoba and is accredited in Sports Photography. He is currently in his 10th year as Photography Instructor at Tec Voc High School.

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McKay Signs in France By David Larkins, Photo by Kelly Morton Josh McKay is stepping out of the darkness in his latest journey in professional volleyball. McKay, the former Winnipeg Wesmen setter who was named a Canada West allstar in his final season at U of W in 201516, has signed his second professional contract overseas and will join St. Nazaire Atlantique in France’s Ligue B for the 2018-19 season. McKay, who posted career-highs for kills, aces and digs as a fifth-year senior and leveraged that into a place on the Canadian Senior B team in the spring of 2016, has accepted the offer in France after a year playing professionally in Finland.

McKay is looking ahead to his chance in France and helping his new team in St. Nazaire, a small city on the country’s west coast, about 400 km southwest of Paris. “This team has finished top four the last three years in the B division, so they’re really making a push to go to the A (division), so that was really enticing,” said McKay, who returned to his alma mater to help run a youth volleyball camp last week in addition to his own camp he ran in Winnipeg earlier the offseason. McKay credits another former Wesmen setter, Dustin Addison-Schneider, with showing him the path to the elite levels

of the game. Addison-Schneider, who won a national championship with U of W, had a standout international career suiting up for the national team during the program’s foundational years that has led to a No. 6 world ranking.

“McKay was grateful for the chance in Finland, but admits it wasn’t the perfect fit in a country where long days of darkness – sometimes 23 or 24 hours without sun in the winter – proved to be too much to take.” “I saw how hard you had to work because I got to train with Dusty and former (U Sports) guys who are supergood,” McKay said. “Dusty’s probably one of the greatest setters in Canadian history so I got to see how hard they work and they would bring me along, and I really got to see what it took.”

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McKay was grateful for the chance in Finland, but admits it wasn’t the perfect fit in a country where long days of darkness – sometimes 23 or 24 hours without sun in the winter – proved to be too much to take. “Living in that extreme was definitely the most difficult part,” McKay said. McKay will exit Finland, where he helped Team Lakkapaa to a fourth-place finish in the Finland Volleyball League, a result that McKay said was a solid ending for the club. McKay, the son of Wesmen men’s volleyball coach Larry McKay and women’s basketball coach Tanya McKay, said he remains in contact with his parents on a regular basis when overseas, and isn’t against taking the occasional bit of wisdom from his dad, one of the most accomplished coaches in Canada. Larry McKay is currently in Gatineau, Que., heading up the national Senior B team. “I probably Skype them or at least text every day,” Josh McKay said. “He just passes (advice) along. I send him my videos or he watches the game and he’ll just give me a couple pointers, if I ask. If I’m upset, he won’t ask. If I do good, that’s probably when he’s probably going to be like ‘Well, you didn’t do this…’ “But he’s a dad first.” l












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All eyes on the disc

Torque displays its skills

Tough Defense

The World Comes to Winnipeg

A remarkable reception

By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder

The World Masters Ultimate Club Championships were held in Winnipeg in late July and early August at Little Mountain Sportsplex and Investors Group Field. The WMUCC featured 72 teams from 13 countries, expanding from 26 teams just four years ago in Italy, making it the largest World Championship ever held in the Masters’ division. Molasses Disaster won the Mixed Division Gold Medal with a victory over 512 in the final. Wasabi was named the Spirit Winner and San Francisco Bridge Club won the bronze. iRot from Seattle beat Mu-Syozoku 15-11 in the final to take Gold in the Women’s Masters Division while Mu-Syozoku won the Spirit Award. And Boneyard claimed the Gold medal in the Men’s Masters Division while All Bashed was second and Johnny Encore was third. SportsLife Magazine sent the talented James Carey Lauder out to record all the action. l The Grand Masters face Japan

Eclipse meets up against lowercase stars

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Media Melee gets a “Well done” tap from jockey Kayla Pizarro (Lauder)

A battle to the finish (Barton)

Media Melee Wins the Gold Cup

Kayla Pizarro brings home Media Melee (Barton)

By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder and Rusty Barton It was the last major stakes race of the 2018 Live Racing Meet at Winnipeg’s Assiniboia Downs and it was the confident guiding hands of jockey Kayla Pizarro that made the difference in the outcome. Media Melee, owned by John Ganas and trained by Steven Gaskin, won the 2018 Manitoba Gold Cup on September 3, beating the favourite, Plentiful, to the wire. Media Melee won four stakes races last summer and appeared to be one of the top young geldings in the country, but after five tough, disappointing races at Woodbine between October and December, he returned to ASD and got his mojo back. In his biggest race of the year, Media Melee fought off the heavy favourite, 2017 Manitoba Derby champion, Plentiful, down the stretch and claimed the 61st running of the $30,000 Gold Cup, the biggest race of the season for older horses. SportsLife Magazine sent out photographers James Carey Lauder and Rusty Barton to record the big race. l

At the head of the stretch (Lauder)

The final turn (Lauder) Kayla Pizarro (Barton)

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