sportslife 2017 | Volume 4 | Issue 4
Winnipeg’s place to play Darvill Enlists a Former Goldie to Become Goldeyes Best Hitter
Jockey Adolfo Morales is the Downs’ Red-Hot Winner
Sherman Greenfeld Inducted Into Two More Halls of Fame www.SportsLife.life
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Marissa Naylor Wins National Female Bowling Crown Then Gets Set For Summer Golf Season Full Manitoba Marathon Coverage
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The Best bowler is a great golfer
06 the starting line-up
23 high school football
24 assiniboia downs
12 touch football
25 triathlon championships
Hottest News Stories in Manitoba Sports
Darvill Prepares for 2017 Season
Bombers/PIT Launch New Partnership
Alleyn and Wagner Play International
16 Bowling and Golf
Marissa Naylor Crowned Canada’s Best Female Bowler
Winnipeg Stars Move Up
Morales Dominates June Racing at the Downs
Mislawchuk and Roy Win National
26 manitoba marathon
Teresa Fekensa Bayisa Wins/Results
28 manitoba marathon
39th Annual Run Photo Feature
29 wwcFL football
30 women’s soccer
Off Season Preparation
Hope and Smiling Begins in the Ring
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Canada’s vs Costa Rica Photo Feature
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SUMMER IS PARADISE IN OUR TOWN Despite a number of tolerable winters over the past few years, life still isn’t easy in Winnipeg in January. However, snow, cold, a challenging drive and a penchant for cocooning, is worth the suffering when summer arrives in Manitoba. The lakes, the parks, the big sunny sky, they’re all the things that make summer in our city something close to paradise. And this year’s summer edition of SportsLife celebrates all the things that make summer great – Shaw Park, Assiniboia Downs, Investors Group Field, the Manitoba Marathon, the golf courses and all the wonderful people. Our own Lisa Lysen has a terrific story about Rock Steady Boxing and the two sensational people – Brandt Butt and Sheri Larsen-Celhar – who make the program a civic treasure. We also introduce you to Canada’s finest female bowler, Winnipeg’s Marissa Naylor, who also happens to be one of the three top female golfers in the province. As well, we take you to the Downs where 46-year-old Peruvian jockey Adolfo Morales calls Winnipeg his second home and is tearing up the track this season. We introduce you to Wes Darvill, the talented third baseman from Langley, B.C., who has not only become one of the best ball players on the Goldeyes, but also one of the best in all of independent baseball thanks to an athletic trainer from Winnipeg. And we get you up-to-date with all the latest inductees to Manitoba’s and Canada’s various Sports Halls of Fame. Just to round things out, we have full Manitoba Marathon coverage, full coverage of the Canada-Costa Rica soccer friendly featuring Winnipeg’s own Danielle Scott, a pictorial look at the Fearless’ female football team and all the latest amateur sports news from the U of M to the national gymnastics championships. So thanks for picking us up and taking us to the lake. We hope to provide you with a good read as you watch the sunset tonight. After all, we’re SportsLife, Winnipeg’s Place to Play.
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Compiled by Scott Taylor, Photos by Jeff MIller, James Carey Lauder and Bruce Fedyck 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 so sensational in 2017
MANITOBANS WIN FOUR MEDALS AT GYMNASTICS NATIONALS Led by Brandon’s Olympian Isabela Onyshko, Manitobans won four medals at the Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Montreal. As well, our local athletes also had some very solid, nearmedal performances. Here are the highlights of Manitoba’s performances: High Performance Categories: Junior: Quinn Skrupa, Brandon Eagles Gym Club: Bronze in All Around. Silver on Beam. Fourth on Floor. Seventh on Vault. Senior: Isabela Onyshko, Brandon Eagles Gym Club: Gold on Beam. Fourth in All Around. Fourth on Uneven Bars. Novice: Okeri Katjivari, Brandon Eagles Gym Club: Fifth on Uneven Bars. Fifth on Beam; 10th in All Around. Men’s National Open: Davey Boschmann, Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre: Bronze on High Bar, Seventh on Vault. 11th in All Around. JO Level 10 (12-15-years-old): Alexis Gillespie, Panthers Gym Club: Fourth on Vault. JO Level 10 (Over 16-years-old): Jamie Wakin, Springers Gym Club: Fourth in All Around. Fourth on Uneven Bars. Fourth on Beam. Stephanie Clarkson, Springers Gym Club: Seventh on Beam.
CANADA BEATS COSTA RICA IN FRONT OF 14,000-PLUS The kids sure loved it. Jessie Fleming scored in the third minute, captain Christine Sinclair scored on a penalty kick and Adriana Leon tallied late as Canada’s national women’s soccer team beat Costa Rica 3-1 in an international friendly on Thursday night. An announced crowd of 14,434 at Investors Group Field wore their red and white Team Canada shirts and cheered loudly from start to finish. Canada scored early as Sinclair set up Fleming on what turned out to be a beautiful goal. Costa Rica didn’t get a shot until the 27th minute. Most of the first half was played in Costa Rica’s end. Sinclair scored her 168th career goal on a penalty in the 52nd minute to make it 2-0, but Winnipeg’s Desiree Scott, who played well until she gave away the ball in the 56th minute, and Costa Rica scored to make it 2-1. It didn’t matter to all the young players in the crowd. They came to worship their heroes and they did it for a full 90 minutes.
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AKOT RECLASSIFIES, WILL HEAD TO ARIZONA THIS FALL Winnipeg’s 6-foot-8, 205-pound basketball phenomenon, Emmanuel Akot, a former member of the Winnipeg Wolves, has decided to reclassify and will enter the University of Arizona this fall. Akot, who has been playing at Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, UT, and has also played with Team Manitoba and Team Canada, had originally decided to play his extra year of Prep School basketball at Wasatch and enroll at Arizona in the fall of 2018. However, the five-star-rated commit was convinced to start at Arizona this fall. Akot will be asked to fill the vacancy left by Kobi Simmons who opted for the NBA Draft after his freshman season. Akot, a leaper, playmaker and solid inside scorer, will start in the backcourt for the Wildcats next season.
DAYRIT COMMITS TO UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG Don Dayrit (Winnipeg, Manitoba) one of the best high school players in Manitoba, has committed to head coach Mike Raimbault’s program at the University of Winnipeg for the start of the 2017-2018 Canada West season in September. Dayrit, a 6-foot guard recently completed his final season as a member of the Sisler Spartans. During the season he averaged 27.9 points and four rebounds per game while connecting on 48 per cent of his shots from the field and 84 per cent from the free throw line. The Spartans co-captain was named the Most Valuable Player at the 50th Wesmen Classic leading the Spartans with a game high 28 points in a 74-61 victory over Dakota in the Championship Final.
BRANDON U ANNOUNCES A NEW WALL OF FAME CLASS Brandon University Athletics has announced its 2017 Wall of Fame inductees, a group that includes eight individuals and two teams. It’s a pretty outstanding collection of some of the best athletes and teams in Manitoba history. The 2017 induction class includes: Neil Andrews Community Leader: Football (1965-1966) Debbie Baker (nee Morris) Athlete: Basketball, Field Hockey (1975-1980) Karen Dunbar (nee Anderson) Athlete: Basketball, Field Hockey (1968-1972) Peter Hagberg Athlete: Football (1969-1973) Doug Hedley Athlete: Hockey (1977-1982) Lorne Lagimodiere Athlete: Football (1968-1973) Ron Westcott Community Leader: Curling (1965-1969) Rick Williamson Community Leader: Judo, Football (1968-1972) Bobcat Men’s Hockey Team (1980-81) College Caps Football Team (1950-51) The Dick and Verda McDonald Sports Wall of Fame is located on the second level of BU’s Healthy Living Centre. The display features team pictures, artifacts, and uniforms from past teams and athletes of Brandon University and Brandon College. Tickets for the Wall of Fame brunch on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Victoria Inn Imperial Ballroom can be purchased from the Customer Service Centre at the Healthy Living Centre for $50. Tables of eight can be reserved for $350, and those travelling from outside of Brandon can reserve tickets by calling (204) 727-7354.
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MANITOBA FIRST: PROVINCE WINS BOTH NAHC CHAMPIONSHIPS It was a national first for Manitoba at the 2017 National Aboriginal Hockey Championship. Cross Lake’s Justin Nachbaur of the OCN Blizzard scored the winning goal at 13:25 of overtime as Team Manitoba beat Team Ontario 6-5 in overtime in the championship game of the men’s event at the NAHC in Cowichan Valley, B.C. With the win, Manitoba claimed both gold medals at this year’s NAHC. The women, coached by Dale Bear, were so good, they won the championship game 7-0 over Team Saskatchewan. This is the third time the Female Manitoba team has won gold in the championships (2009, 2010) and the second time for the male team (2002), which is coached by Kevin Monkman. The NAHC provides a forum for elite Aboriginal hockey players throughout Canada. Each region is represented by two teams, one male and one female which are both comprised of bantam and midget age athletes from across their region. The event aids in fostering cultural unity and pride and celebrates the athletic abilities of Aboriginal athletes from across the country.
BISONS’ BERUBE, CERNY AND WOG AT SUMMER UNIVERSIADE Bison track coach Claude Berube will join swimmer Kelsey Wog and swim coach Vlastimil Cerny at the 2017 Summer Universiade (FISU Games) in Taipei from Aug. 19-30, 2017. Berube was recently selected as head Athletics coach for Team Canada. For Berube, now in his 21st season with Manitoba heading into the 2017-18 season, this is the fourth time (2007, 2011, 2015 and 2017) he has been named head coach for Team Canada at a Summer Universiade. As well, he was a Universiade staff coach in 2005. In addition, Bison throwing and jumping coach Mingpu Wu will also be a part of Team Canada as a staff Athletics coach at the 2017 Universiade. Wu was part of Team Canada for the 2011 Summer Universiade. The Canadian Summer Universiade Athletics squad will be formally announced after results from the Canadian Track and Field Championships held in Ottawa from July 3-9, 2017. The team will be comprised of athletes competing at U SPORTS-level plus NCAA or NAIA competitors, as well as those athletes from Canadian colleges. Canada won three Athletics medals at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea – silvers in men’s racewalk and women’s 1500m and a bronze in women’s shot put.
DUFRESNE WINS PRESTIGIOUS AUSTIN-MATTHEWS AWARD Coleen Dufresne, who was both a remarkable CIAU athlete and then a highlyrespected CIAU, CIS and U SPORT coach and administrator, has been named the winner of the 2017 Austin-Matthews Award from U Sport. The former University of Manitoba Bison athletic director and women’s basketball coach retired almost a year ago after 32 years at the university. This is only the second time someone from the U of M has received this prestigious award since they started handing it out in 1981. The Austin-Matthews Award is presented annually to “an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to interuniversity sport, as demonstrated by long-term commitment and leadership as a coach, director, chairperson and/or executive committee member at the local, provincial and/or national levels.”
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Darvill Joins with an Old Goldie to Prepare for Goldeyes 2017 Season By Scott Taylor, Photos by Jeff Miller and Dan LeMoal
Wes Darvill Early in the 2016 American Association baseball season, Wes Darvill was struggling at the plate. The veteran professional from Langley, B.C., either couldn’t get comfortable in the batter’s box or could get accustomed to the pitching at the independent level. As the season went along, Darvill got his game together and finished the season with a .262 batting average with 51 runs scored, 41 runs driven in and 18 stolen bases. He vowed in the offseason that he’d start the 2017 season just as he left off the 2016 campaign – on a tear.
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Darvill went back to the West Coast and started working out with a new trainer. When the 2017 season started, Darvill was ready to rip. After the first 36 games this season, he’s hitting .348 with 22 runs scored and 19 driven in. Last year, he had two home runs in 96 games. This year he’s matched that number in 36 games. “My trainer, Scott Hebert is a guy who is originally from Winnipeg,” said Darvill. “He usually trains mostly hockey players in the Vancouver area, so yeah, I worked out with him in the off-season. He’s a really fun guy to work out with. Tons of energy every day and it was fun to be in the gym with him every day.” For those who might remember, Scott Hebert was a Goldeye himself, although it was a long time ago. These days, he is the owner of Excel Fitness, and has been a Strength and Conditioning Coach for 15 years. He’s the former Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Vancouver Canucks (1999-2001), and has had much success with hockey players from the NHL, AHL, WHL, and countless Junior and Minor league
players from lacrosse, rugby, football, soccer, baseball, and basketball. He’s known as a trainer who gets the most out of all the athletes he trains. He’s a Reebok Master Trainer for B.C., a guy who certifies fitness professionals in a variety of courses through Reebok University. What people might forget about Hebert, a consummate professional in his field, is the fact that during the Goldeyes first season, Scott Hebert was the team’s conditioning coach and then doubled as Goldie. “Yeah, he doubled up as Goldie and the strength coach back in the 90s,” Darvill said with a laugh. “But he won a ring back in those days and we took a picture together when I received my ring, so that was pretty cool. “We did a lot of explosive training, rotational training, core training and shoulders. Olympic-type base lifts and a lot of shoulder pre-hab.” Obviously, that training regimen did Darvill a lot of good. This year he’s not only pounding the baseball, he also has 10 steals in 22 games. Last year, he had 18 in 96. When he arrived in Winnipeg in April
regimen helped, but I also think seeing and knowing the pitchers really helped, too,” said Darvill. “It’s a combination for things. I’m used to the ballparks, I’ve seen some of the pitchers again and the more you see the pitchers, the more it helps the hitters. I believe that, anyway.
Wes Darvill (left) and Scott Hebert in the gym of 2016, he had played seven seasons of professional baseball in the United States, but he’d never been to the ‘Peg. He used the opportunity to drive from west to east. “No, I’d never been to Winnipeg before,” Darvill said with a laugh. “It was a great drive coming here from Langley. I came down through the Rocky Mountains to Calgary then across Saskatchewan with all the big tractors. It was quite an experience. I actually liked it a lot. It was a cool drive.” Darvill, who came out of the same high school program as former Blue Jays, now White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie, is a guy from B.C. who never played any hockey. From the heart of baseball in Canada – the West Coast – he never dreamed of playing on Hockey Night in Canada, but he did dream of playing on ESPN’s Baseball Night in America. “I never played hockey, just baseball,” said Darvill. “I played for the Langley Blaze, an awesome organization with great coaching, then I played for Greg Hamilton on the junior national team with a lot of great coaches and great players there. I got lots of exposure there and it was fun playing. It was like a pro atmosphere there. I was drafted by the Cubs right of high school (fifth round in 2009).” Darvill, 25, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and played seven
seasons in the Cubs organization. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder with the rocket arm put up good offensive numbers in the minors, but not good enough for the Cubs. After last season, Darvill wanted to hit better and run faster and that’s what he and Hebert worked on all winter. “He wanted to add bat speed and to do that we added horsepower at the moment of truth,” said Hebert. “We worked on every single part of his swing from his big toe to the top of his shoulders. He hit the ball last year, he just didn’t hit it hard enough. We added miles per hour to his swing with the use of video, by making him stronger and giving him better rotation in his hips. We also changed his stance in order to give him a few extra milliseconds to determine the speed and trajectory of the pitch. “Then we worked on his speed. We made him quicker on the base paths. I have hours and hours of footage of the work we did.” Hebert, who has worked with hundreds of pro hockey players including the Sedin brothers, Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith, made Darvill a better ball player. In fact, this season, Darvill has been better than anyone could have expected. He’s faster, stronger and smarter and he’s been playing with a lot more confidence. “I think the switch in off-season
“Coming back with the same guys, the same coaching staff, helps too. I’m much more comfortable here now than when I arrived last spring. Ultimately, though, it’s confidence. That’s what every hitter thrives off. So it’s a combination of things that have helped make me a more confident hitter.” And it also didn’t hurt that the Goldeyes’ first Goldie is now one of the best strength and conditioning coaches in Vancouver. l
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football for all
BLUE BOMBERS AND PIT FOOTBALL LEAGUE LAUNCH NEW PARTNERSHIP AIMED AT ADULT REC FOOTBALL PLAYERS By Jeff Eyamie, Photos by Johany Jutras
Sometimes, Winnipeg Blue Bombers play recreational football. Take Bombers starting running back Andrew Harris, for example. According to the PIT website, Harris played in 2010 and 2011. He played a total of six games, logging a sack, six interceptions, nine TD passes and a total of 31 points. “I played one or two games. It was a lot of fun. I remember they were late games – a Friday or Saturday night, I think it was, a bunch of guys I played high school with. It was a good time.” “It gives guys an opportunity to still play the game without the physical tackling aspect. The running the routes and being a DB, those are very similar to the pro game on the gridiron. It’s a great way to run around.” The Winnipeg Football Club wanted to strengthen the connection between the pro game and recreational football, which is why the Bombers have entered into a new partnership with the PIT Football League. “Both the PIT Football league and the
Winnipeg Blue Bombers share the love of football, so it’s a natural partnership that we’re excited to launch,” says Blue Bombers President and CEO Wade Miller. “The Bombers aim to support the entire thriving football community in Manitoba, including recreational touch and flag football players,” Miller says. The PIT League is now the official touch football league of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and with that distinction comes several perks. “The players are extremely excited about their upcoming games at Investors Group Field with teams making requests for games ‘under the lights,’ and specific game dates so that visiting family and friends can attend,” says PIT League President Jon Franklin. “Having your team’s championship photo on the Bomber site is very exciting and this year’s IGF Championships will be especially thrilling.” The partnership provides a larger feeling of validation for an often under-the-radar adult recreational sport. The partnership also elevates the PIT game day experience, with prizes for players practicing sportsmanship and fair play, and the incentive of having awards and scores highlighted on www.
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bluebombers.com. “Many Manitobans are avid football fans, but not everyone knows you can play non-contact football – as an adult – in competitive, beginner, coed, and over-40 divisions, and you can do it year-round,” Franklin says. Sometimes, Winnipeg Blue Bombers play in the PIT. And sometimes, players in the PIT become Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Murdoch MacKay grad Derek Yachison recently signed to the Bombers’ practice squad and credits the PIT with continuing his football development during his high school career. “You can’t get better at football without playing football,” Yachison says. “Being able to continue playing competitive football throughout the winter and in the summer, before the tackle season begins, was a huge part of my development.” “The PIT helped me strengthen bonds with my high school teammates and beyond. Some of the relationships I created last to this day.” The PIT Football League has more than 4,000 members and its teams play more than 1,600 touch and flag football games annually in Winnipeg, on fields all over the city. The PIT football league is open to players of all skill levels including high school, adult recreation, elite national level, 40+ masters, co-ed, and women’s players. The PIT league is the largest touch football league in Canada and operates year-round offering three indoor seasons played at Winnipeg’s two premier indoor facilities and one
Teams that play in the PIT touch football league get a bunch of new Bombers perks thanks to a partnership deal that makes the PIT the Official Touch Football League of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Derek Yachison (far right) wins championship in the PIT summer outdoor season with teams playing at the finest fields across the city, including at Investors Group Field. PIT Football offers the best
recreational game day experience in Manitoba. Team and individual registration is available year-round and all skill levels are welcome. l
Starting this season, teams get: • One regular season game at Investors Group Field • Every division’s championship game on the turf at IGF • Big discounts for tickets and the Bombers Store • Access to pre- and post-game parties at the Cabana and Lounge • Players and teams featured on Bluebombers.com • Draws for free tickets to Blue Bombers home games
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Alleyn On FISU Team. Wagner Alternate on National Jr. Team By Scott Taylor, Photos by Jeff Miller University of Manitoba basketball coach Kirby Schepp calls the Canada West Second All-Star Team, his first conference allfour-year veteran point guard, Justus Alleyn, “our best guy.” star selection at the U of M. He also calls second-year forward James Wagner, “a guy we Alleyn, a solid 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, had his best season expect to step up to be a dominant player this season.” statistically in 2016-17. He was tied for ninth in conference However, before the 2017-18 U Sport basketball season scoring at 17.4 points per game, was 10th in three-point begins, Wagner and Alleyn will spend some of their summer percentage at 42.5 and tied for 16th in Canada West in minutes vacation playing international basketball. played per game at 30.6. He started and played 19 of 20 Wagner has been named an alternate on Canada’s National conference games. He was also fourth on the Bisons with 3.6 Jr. Basketball Team while Alleyn will represent Canada at the rebounds per game, third at 2.1 assists per game and third with 2017 Summer Universiade (FISU Games) in Taipei from Aug. 1.3 steals per game. He was the on-court leader and Schepp 19-30. While Wagner will only see court time if another player is expects him to be even better this year. injured, will be one of the on-court leaders at the FISU Games. Alleyn grew up in Ottawa but moved to Winnipeg and played “There is no question that Justus is our best guy,” said Schepp. “This season, he will be the face of our club. He had a great year last year and there is no reason to believe he won’t have a great year this James coming season.” Wagner Last year was quite a remarkable one for the Bison men’s basketball team. After finishing 12-8 in the regular season, they stunned the world in the playoffs, taking our powerhouses UBC and Calgary on their own floors, going 5-1 in the process. That meant, the Bisons qualified for the U SPORTS championship for the first time since the 1985-86 season. The man that Schepp will lean on this season will be the coach’s on-court traffic cop, Alleyn. Last year, as a 21-year-old fourth-year player, Alleyn was named to
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football and basketball at St. Paul’s High School in Grade 9 and 10. In Grade 11, he gave up football and just concentrated on basketball. It was a smart move. These days, he’s an economics student at the U of M who one day hopes to become an accountant. This summer, however, he’s expected to be a major part of our national team program and, for the first time, will wear a Team Canada jersey on the world stage. “I’ve loved every second of my time at the U of M, having family and friends watch me play,” Alleyn said. “There is nothing I want more than to win a National Championship in a Bisons uniform.” Well, maybe a FISU Games gold medal would be a close second. l
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Basketball MB High Performance Player Camps for Ages 9-15 Set for Aug 21 - Sept 1
Basketball Manitoba’s High Performance Camps for ages 9-15 set from Aug 21-25 for girls and Aug 28 - Sept 1 for boys. Camps to be held at the Canada Games Qualico Training Center at 145 Pacific Ave. The high performance training center is a brand new 3 court, 14 hoop facility in the heart of Winnipeg. Camps will be led by High Performance Coaches Dan Becker and Randy Kusano with support from current and past coaches in the Manitoba Provincial Team and Centre for Performance programs. To Register go to basketballmanitoba.ca/2016/01/hp-campsummer-registration-form.html
2017 Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Tickets Available for Sept 30 Event The evening will see the induction of two players (John Cook and Deb Steele-Kretschmer), four builders (Dennis Alvestad, Michael Hill, Larry Marquardson and Wayne Ruff), and two groups of teams (1991 Team Manitoba 19U Women’s Provincial Team, Vincent Massey (Winnipeg) Trojans Varsity Girls 1982-83, 1986-87 and 1987-88). The details are as follows : • An informal wine and cheese gathering for all of our newest inductees and all other members and friends will take place on that Saturday afternoon at 1:00 - 2:30 pm at the Hall of Fame and Museum (University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre – 2nd floor) • The Ceremony will be held at
the Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue, Saturday, September 30 with the bar opening at 5:30 pm and dinner served at about 7:00 pm; the induction ceremonies will follow at about 8:00 pm. A Silent Auction will be part of the evening. • Tickets are $80.00 each; reserved tables of eight (8) are $600.00 each; tables will be designated and reserved for groups so you can sit with those you know. • You can purchase tickets by completing the form found at www.basketballmanitoba. ca/2017/06/2017-manitobabasketball-hall-of-fame.html, from Basketball Manitoba at 145 Pacific Avenue, phone 204-925-5775,or from Ross Wedlake at 204-668-9494, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
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The Best Bow
By Scott Taylor, Photos by Mike Legace/Golf Manitoba, James Carey Lau On first blush, Marissa Naylor is just another smiling, happy, 19-year-old third-year University of Manitoba student. There is nothing about her that makes you sense that she’s special. Very special. Earlier this year, Winnipeg’s Marissa Naylor was crowned Canada best female bowler. The absolute best in the country. At the 2017 Canadian Tenpin Federation’s national championship, she won gold in women’s team play, bronze in single, bronze with her brother, Liam, in doubles, and gold in singles allevents. She bowled down more pins than any other Canadian female bowler at the national tournament. She was the best in the nation. In the meantime, Naylor is also a golfer. A good one, too. Last year, as an 18-year-old junior, she won three events on the Maple Leaf Junior Tour – Regina, Selkirk and Winkler. This year, she’ll be a member of the University of Manitoba’s re-born women’s team. Marissa Naylor, in her quiet way, has emerged as one of the finest female athletes in Manitoba. And it certainly hasn’t hurt that she’s come from an athletic family that gives her more than just emotional support. After all, her father, Darren, is her golf coach (along with Harbourview professional and a great player in his own right, Michel Pilon), while her brother
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wler is a Great Golfer
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is not only her doubles partner on the alleys, but her full-time caddy on the course. In fact, he gave up his own potential career as a golfer to lug around his sister’s bag. “I started golfing when I was 10,” said Marissa. “My brother and I had a membership at Bel Acres, but my brother quit playing to become my caddy. We work really well together. Although, I didn’t really start taking golf seriously until I was 12, in 2010. My dad was a golfer and he gave me a club and told me to have at it. I really didn’t have a lot of success until this past year when I won three tournaments on the Maple Leaf Junior Tour. From there, I made the provincial team and went to the nationals in Halifax.
“At the end of last season, Briann Tokariwski, who is the new coach at the U of M asked me to play, so we’ll start playing in the new Bisons program this September.” As fine a golfer as she is, she’ll probably concede that she’s a better bowler. After all, she’s won
three national championships in Youth Bowl Canada (YBC) competition and four in Canadian Tenpin Federation (CTF) events. In October of 2016, the CTF named Marissa and Liam, Manitoba’s 2016 Youth Bowlers of the Year. This year, however, she won two gold medals at the CTF Nationals in Kelowna in the senior group – 18-22 – the most highly regarded age-group at the national level. “It was pretty exciting,” she said. “I was in quite a competition with Miranda Panas from Southern Ontario who is also on the national team. She was in the lead after the second day, but I took over the lead on singles day. I knew at the end that I had it, but it was close.” This will be the first year she’s played on Canada’s national team. She made the team in Montreal and will represent Canada at the Worlds next year in Detroit. “I started bowling when I was six years old,” said Naylor. “My parents were in a bowling league at Chateau Lanes and that’s where I started. I just got interested in it and developed a passion for it. “I didn’t get started competitively until I was 10, in 2008. After that, I made my first Nationals that year, in 2008 and bowled at every Nationals from 20082014. Then, after missing the Nationals for two years, I went again this year.” A disciplined athlete, she’s also a disciplined student. She’s heading into her third year of the
Recreational Management program at the University of Manitoba. Her goal is to become an occupational therapist, but as she says, “that’s not until after I get my Master’s degree.” She’s also a budding photographer whose work has been published right here in SportsLife Magazine. Obviously, Marissa’s parents are her biggest fans. “She is a great mentor for our growing youth program at Chateau Lanes, especially with the girls,” said her dad. “She also assisted in the high school tournament by taking pictures and doing some coaching. She’s always willing to help grow the participation in the sport. “We are extremely proud of both our kids in how they handle themselves around the youth in our program. They’re great kids and great mentors.” l
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Girls in Sport: Offseason Preparation for Ringette By Amber Penner (WRL) and Alex Paton, Shock Performance Nutrition As we are currently halfway through the Winnipeg Ringette League’s offseason, it is the perfect time to remind you of some steps you should be taking to get ready for the 2017/2018 season. At this time of the year if you are a manager or a coach, you should be contacting your troops and rallying their commitment for the coming season. If you are an adult player in need of a team, do not hesitate to contact the Winnipeg Ringette League (WRL) Open Rep (Amber Penner) during this time; the WRL is happy to contact various teams, dependent on your skill, comfort, and availability, to find a place for you to play. Please also refer to your associations for registration dates, and the Ringette Manitoba and WRL websites to find training camps and tryouts available for your age and level of play. To further assist in your offseason preparation, the following is a quick health blurb to remind you of your body’s health needs for excelling in life, and specifically in sport. Doesn’t being a girl in sport rock? I certainly think so. From a young age, my parents encouraged me to try playing everything, and now I adore using the trials and triumphs of growing up as a female athlete to help other females succeed with sport and wellness nutrition. From tyke to teen to adult, females have such specific and different requirements for their bodies, these requirements are particularly important for active females. The beautiful nature of Ringette is its start-stop mentality; implying that players are using a combination of overall endurance for two periods, but also the anaerobic, quick “sprints” on the ice. This uses up the body’s glycogen stores or essentially their ready to-go fuel, so there is a fine balance between the body needing fuel for both skate-sprints and the overall endurance for the length of play.
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All athletes require specific quantities and kinds of food combinations, at specific/ideal times, in order to achieve their maximal performance potential, limit recovery time, decrease chance of injury, improve or maintain mood, and meet their daily requirements with the added demands of the activity on their bodies. But as a female, there are some extra requirements that come into play, even at early ages. Eating enough and eating often; it is very important for girls and women to shape the importance of eating well for life and sport. Especially in a dynamic sport, females are often at an energy-deficit for daily calories needs. After accounting for body basics (enough carbohydrates, protein, essential fats and hydration), the following should be considered: Females, even more so active females, have a higher requirement for iron; this is especially important when a female enters menstruation age. Calcium & vitamin D are also important for bone development, bone density and energy levels; calcium sources extend beyond milk to yogurt, cheese, leafy greens, seafood, legumes, and fruit. Hydration & electrolyte requirements in females are also higher than males, especially at certain phases in the menstruation cycle, as a female’s core temperature raises and thus their
sodium levels can drop (creating a higher potential for dehydration). What is a great way to get iron into the body? Pair a high iron containing food with a high vitamin C food. The awesome combination of iron and vitamin C act like puzzle pieces; when they find each other, they help the other absorb quicker and more readily in the body. Foods like spinach and orange slices, when paired, can actually increase absorption up to four times the absorption if consumed separately. So take a shot at it, you’d be surprised what a little practice can do for your nutrition game! l Alex Paton, Shock Performance Nutrition Sport & Wellness Nutrition Specialist
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Hope and Smiling Begins in The Ring By Lisa Lysen, Photos courtesy Rock Steady Boxing
The slogan on the wall is clear: “And in this corner – Hope.” And hope there is, although, of course, that’s not all. Hope is only a small piece of what you see when you look around this particular boxing club, a place brimming with energy and enthusiasm, eagerness and determination. It’s a Saturday morning at Winnipeg’s United Boxing Club and this week’s Rock Steady Boxing program is just getting underway. The gym is filled with drive and purpose, men and women of all ages. There is just so much positive action. It is not, however filled with the type of athletes you might expect to find in a boxing club. These boxers are different and they have a very special devotion and resolve driving their workouts. They come from all over Winnipeg, some from as far away as Niverville, from varied backgrounds, ages and walks of life. But they all have one thing in common: They all have Parkinson’s Disease and they are all here to fight it. Rock Steady is a non-contact boxing workout that successfully helps
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diminish signs of Parkinson’s Disease. First established in Indiana in 2006, the program has won many prestigious awards and is recognized as effective in increasing the quality of life for those living with the disease. In February of 2016, Brandt Butt and Sheri Larsen-Celhar brought the program to Winnipeg. Offered in conjunction with Winnipeg’s U-Turn Parkinson’s, it’s a nonprofit volunteer organization. Parkinson’s is a neurological disease that presents many challenges, physically, mentally and emotionally. Often characterized by tremors, it can cause depression, anxiety, personality changes, speech difficulties, motor skill issues and numerous other complications. The onset can be quite rapid or very slow. Its cause is unknown and there is no cure. However, Rock Steady Boxing is credited as being beneficial in delaying and diminishing symptoms of the disease. Both Butt and Larsen-Celhar have studied in Indianapolis and are certified as Rock Steady coaches.
Brandt, a national boxing champ has a solid background in amateur boxing. Sheri is a nurse practitioner. Between the two they bring added skills to an already proven program. A few minutes of talking with them and you know that whatever knowledge and talents they may bring, their kindness, their genuine interest and concern and their enthusiasm outweighs everything else. They obviously believe strongly in the results they see, and that can’t help but inspire. It’s no wonder that from a modest beginning with a handful of participants the program has grown to 42 members and expanded to two Winnipeg locations. “We like to give everyone individual help. But we never turn anyone away either,” said Butt. “We want to make it work for everyone who comes out.” Because balance is often an issue with Parkinson’s, chairs are provided for anyone who feels uncomfortable standing. “Sitting workouts are effective, too,” Butt said. “Anything you can do to keep moving is going to help and boxing works all muscle groups, which is ideal.” There is also a stability belt for anyone who needs extra support. “We don’t expect everyone to work at the same pace or anyone to push too hard but we encourage everyone to do their best” said Larson-Celhar. “Some days are going to be harder
physically than others, but then everyone who works out experiences that”. Brandt explained “And of course it’s going to be worse with Parkinson’s. But I like to make sure everyone knows the best thing is that they still came out, even if it was hard to get here.” “Sometimes it’s not about the workout. It’s just getting out and being with the group that makes all the difference,” Larson-Celhar added.
“My favourite moment is always when that first smile happens”, Butt said, smiling himself. Butt explained how, with the “Parkinson’s mask” that accompanies this neurological disease, smiling is often difficult. “But you see that first smile start up and it always does,” Butt said. “And that’s when you know the workout’s
helping.” “It’s the small things that are huge” said LarsonCelhar, her eyes sparkling with enthusiasm. “We have a lady who loves baking. She gave it up because her hands just couldn’t do it anymore. She was scared at first that she wouldn’t be able to do the workouts, but she kept coming and doing better and better. Last week she brought us her homemade cinnamon buns.” Now Sheri’s eyes have a trace of tears “That was huge.”
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Greenfeld Inducted into Canadian Racquetball Hall of Fame By Scott Taylor, Photos by Sherman Greenfeld and courtesy Manitoba Racquetball Sherman Greenfeld is a 55-year-old dad with a teenage son who is quite an accomplished soccer player. Zack, 15, is a star with the Winnipeg Whitecaps and plays in the elite soccer program at Glenlawn Collegiate. These days, Sherman is a successful radio salesman with the city’s Bell stations and a chauffeur and cheerleader for Zack’s soccer career. But there was a time, not all that long ago, when Greenfeld was one of the finest athletes in the world. Already a member of Manitoba’s Sports Hall of Fame, Greenfeld was recently inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame at the Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sports in Netanya, Israel. Then last month, he was inducted, along with the inaugural class of Lindsay Myers, Heather Stupp and Cliff Hendrickson, into the Canadian Racquetball Hall of Fame. There was good reason for that. Greenfeld won 10 National Open Singles Racquetball Championships, 20 Provincial titles, two Pan Am Games (1995 in Argentina and 1999 in Winnipeg) and two World Singles Championships (Mexico in 1994 and Bolivia in 1998). For a period of time 20 years ago, there was no better player on the planet. He was also twice named Manitoba Jewish Athlete of the Year, although it could have been dozens of times if the keepers of the award didn’t want to appear fair. He won the Ivan Velan Award, Canadian racquetball’s highest honor in 2000 and in 2003, Racquetball Canada created the Sherman Greenfeld Award which is given to a male junior player who “displays excellence on and off the court.” “I was very fortunate,” Greenfeld
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said modestly. “I was involved in racquetball, between the late 70s and mid-80s, Brett Jewell a 10-year period when racquetball was really big. We had the CBC Racquetball Classic at Court Sports Club on Taylor Avenue. It ran Saturday afternoons and Manitoba’s racquetball legends: Jen Saun ders, Ron Brown and Sherman Greenfeld I remember all at Brown’s induction into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. the CBC trucks on Taylor so they could shoot the event. work, dedication and sportsmanship “It was nice to be in the first class of that he set on and off the court will be inductees to the National Racquetball his lasting legacy.” Hall, but I was the only inductee who These days, Greenfeld lives with his attended the event,” said Greenfeld of son Zack, stays involved in Zack’s soccer the Induction Ceremony last month in career and plays a little golf and squash Brassard, Que., near Montreal. It was in his spare time. really cool that Jen (Canadian team “I played racquetball up until about member and Manitoba Racquetball a year and a half ago,” he said. “It executive director Saunders) did the had come to the point, back in the video. I coached her when she was 80s and 90s, over a 20-year period, 10-years-old.” where racquetball was my whole life. I devoted all my time to training, Saunders also introduced practicing, playing matches, travelling, Sherman at the ceremony: spending time with coaches and sports When I first saw Sherman Greenfeld psychologists and trainers. I guess some play racquetball I was 10 years old athletes can just go out and play for fun. and had made the eight-hour trip I couldn’t. I need that high level, intense from Thompson to Winnipeg to play competition just to enjoy it. racquetball in the big city for the first “I’ve found that in spite of the 10 time,” Saunders said. “He was a super national championships and two World star and the reason I wanted to be on championships, I’ve never really sat the National Team. I had never seen back and understood what I did or why racquetball played like that before. I did it. I don’t think you do until you He was athletic and fast and always reach that time when you’ve retired. I’ve looked like he was having fun. I think I retired and it’s rewarding for me to look even went home and tried to develop a back on those days and everything we backhand serve. The example of hard accomplished.” l
Winnipeg High School Football STars Move Up By Scott Taylor, Photos by Jeff Miller and courtesy WHSFL
The 2016-17 Winnipeg High School Football League has been But, of course, Massey isn’t the only done for seven months, but it’s still an exciting time of year. Winnipeg High School sending its top This month, the Winnipeg Rifles announced the players players to university football. Head that they’ve signed for the upcoming season and that’s a long coach Stacey Dainard, who has four list of high school graduates. players on the Rifles list, will QB Riley Naujoks, St. Paul’s also graduate these outstanding RB Jeremy Gillis, Vincent Massey young ballplayers from his RB Brandon Urciuoli, Murdoch Mackay program: RB Anthony Sesay, Vincent Massey DB Brody Williams, Manitoba G Spencer Filmon, St. Paul’s DB Shae Weekes, Manitoba C Trayvon Albert, Maples RB Remis Tshiovo, Manitoba K Stuart Campbell, River East OL Wyatt Edmonds, DT Ronnie Brooks, Kelvin McMaster WHSFL Commissioner DT Anthony Lavalee, St. John’s Rick Henkewich DE Devon Daniels, Elmwood Meanwhile, a handful of DT Kevin Noriega Gomez, Vincent Massey players from other Winnipeg DE Nathan Dunsmore, West Kildonan high school programs will head off to university DT Matthew Jarrett, Sisler football this coming season. Stu Nixon at Oak Park Andreas Dueck running DE Jeff Ducharme, Portage Collegiate will send Shackur Harris to Saskatchewan and Cole to McMaster LB Torian Kitt, Miles Macdonnell Adamson to Manitoba; Jon Romu at Kelvin will send LB Marco Di Fonte, Oak Park Silas Trachilis to the University of Toronto and Justin James LB Stephen Hart, Sturgeon Heights to Waterloo; Ian Bowie at Lorette will send Reilly Gordon to LB Colton Copp, St. Paul’s Manitoba; Mark Diboll from Portage Collegiate will send DB Geno Bruning-Haid, Grant Park Gage Foster to Queen’s; Robert Dinsdale from Crocus Plains DB Noah Rampersand, Maples in Brandon has Doug Wilkinson heading to the University of DB Zac Wood, Oak Park Alberta; and Grant MacMillan at St. John’s will send Lavallee DB Jake Richardson, St. Paul’s to the Rifles (see above) and James Moar to the DB Ronan Sheikh, Grant Park Valley Huskers of the BCJFL. DB Domenic Horvath, Miles Macdonnell “The WHSFL is awesome,” said DB Emmanuel Stewart, Miles Macdonnell commissioner Rick Henkewich. “This is the best developmental league in the province The Winnipeg High School Football and no other league is close. And our strength League is the most important comes from within. All of our coaches are welldevelopmental organization for the next trained and experienced. No other league can level of Manitoba football player. One compete against playing for and representing Oak Park’s Nic Demski now with the program in particular has done a tremendous your school. It’s what the best players want to Saskatchewan Roughriders. job of turning out the next generation of do. And because of our success, our league is player – perhaps even the next generation of CFL player. growing every year.” Head Kelsey McKay was proud to supply this list of Vincent It is a tribute to the WHSFL when you note that eight CFL Massey – Winnipeg graduates moving on to U SPORT (and players were once WHSFL players: Thomas Miles (Churchill) even NCAA) football across Canada and the Upper Midwest and Andrew Harris (Grant Park and Oak Park) in Winnipeg; of the United States: Anthony Coombs (Sturgeon Heights) in Toronto; Nic Demski QB Andreas Dueck, McMaster (Oak Park), Eddie Steele (Kelvin) and Grey Cup champion DL Myles Baldwin, McMaster Keinan LaFrance (Sturgeon Heights) in Saskatchewan; and REC Abdul Gassama, Manitoba Mike Benson (St. Paul’s) in B.C. REC Brayden Saville, Manitoba “And make no mistake, we turn out great football players, DB Galata Gurmu, Manitoba eight in the CFL this year, but we also develop great people,” OL Tong King, Manitoba said Henkewich. “Men like Lloyd Axworthy and Gary Doer DL Jalen Burley, St Francis Xavier played in our league. The WHSFL turns out great football DL Josh Diamond, Minnesota Duluth players and outstanding young men – and women.” l
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Morales Dominates June Racing at The Downs
By Scott Taylor, Photos by Adolfo Morales and courtesy Assiniboia Downs
To say that June was a big month for jockey Adolfo Morales would be understating the obvious. The gifted, experienced Peruvian rider won four times on June 2 alone, four times the next weekend and once on Wednesday, June 14, to take the lead in the jockey standings at Assiniboia Downs. Of course, to be fair, Morales is a guy who has won 857 races in his career and last season surpassed the $9 million mark in earnings. “I still feel good,” said Morales, as he reflected on an outstanding effort in June. “I come from a horse racing family so this is what I do and what I’ve always done.” Morales mere presence in Winnipeg is a tribute to the quality of our local track. Born and raised in Lima, Peru, his father and grandfather were both jockeys, who became trainers, and his brother was a jock until he “got too tall.” He has cousins who ride, as well, including Pablo who races at Presque Isle in Erie, PA, and at Tampa Bay Downs. Adolfo, grew up in this family of riders/trainers and while his father initially didn’t want him to be a jockey, after his grandfather trained him, his
dad – the legendary Arturo Morales – made sure his son had a chance at success. “He told me if I was going to do this then I would do it in the United States,” Adolfo said. “So when I was 17, he gave me some money and a plane ticket and I landed in Miami and went to work galloping horses at Calder (Fort Lauderdale). When I got my paperwork done and I had my license, I started riding at Hialeah. The first race I rode in, I was dead last. “But a month later, I won my first race at Calder – won two races that day – and then moved to New York and was the leading Bug Rider at Aquedeuct.” Morales has ridden in Peru – where he holds the distinction of being the only jockey to ever win all four legs of Peru’s Quadruple Crown (1992) – Chile, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and, of course, the United States and Canada. He spends his winter season at his home track, Turf Paradise in Phoenix, where he owns a home and lives with his wife and two children. However, for the past four seasons, he’s been a fixture at Assiniboia Downs.
“I was racing at Canterbury Park and an owner shipped a couple of horses to Winnipeg for the Oaks and the Derby in 2003,” he said. “I won the Derby and liked it here. We came back a few more times and then, four years ago, my agent at Canterbury got sick and Mike Pierce asked me to come to Winnipeg to ride. I liked it here and I got good rides and the people were very nice so I kept coming back.” So after six years at Canterbury, he made Assiniboia Downs home and while early June’s nine-win performance was a bit of an anomaly, it certainly wasn’t shocking. “I always feel like I am going to win,” he said. “I always try to keep focus on riding good all the time. “I’m a little older than some of the riders, but I think I still got it. I know what I’m doing so as long as I feel good, I’ll keep riding. I love to race.” Racing continues at Assiniboia Downs all summer. There is racing on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights with post times at 7:30 p.m. and there is the occasional special Sunday and Monday afternoon cards with racing beginning at 1:30 p.m. l
Adolfo and his father, the legendary Arturo Morales Morales as a two-year-old at his grandfather’s ranch in Peru
Morales galloping a horse in an early morning ride at Assiniboia Downs
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Mislawchuk and Roy Win National Triathlon Championships By Fiona Rettie, Photos by Stephen Maunder, courtesy Canadian Centre for Sport Manitoba Manitoba Olympian Tyler Mislawchuk looked the Olympic star of old on Sunday as he sprinted to victory at the CAMTRI American Cup & Canadian Triathlon Championships in Ottawa. The win was Mislawchuk’s first podium finish of the season. The 22-year-old returned to competition just six weeks ago after being sidelined by an injury after the Rio Olympic Games. In each of his two World Cup events, Mislawchuk lacked the kick he needed for a podium finish, finishing sixth and 11th respectively. The race in Ottawa, however, was different. Meanwhile, on the women’s side, Manitoba junior triathlete Kyla Roy, took home the Junior National title, racing in a deep field of elite women. “To be National Champion feels amazing,” she said. As for Mislawchuk, it was the strong running portion of the event that made the difference. Mislawchuk and Mexico’s Eder Mejia managed to separate themselves from the rest of the field and then, while tucked behind Mejia’s shoulder along the homestretch, Mislawchuk made a break for it with 200 metres to go, leaving Mejia in the dust as he captured both the CAMTRI and
National titles in front of a home crowd. “I came here to try to win,” he said. “Anytime you race a triathlon it’s going to be hard and it wasn’t easy today. I had to push all the way.”
Kyla Roy (Centre)
Fourth out of the water and part of the lead pack on the bike, Mislawchuk was patiently waiting for the right time to make a move on his competitors. “It was a risk, but it had a reward this time,” Mislawchuk said about his tactical approach to the final. Although he is still anticipating his return to Olympicdistance racing, Tyler Mislawchuk looks to be back in a big way.
Champion Tyler Mislawchuk
The Final Kick
Meanwhile, in the women’s junior competition, Roy was outstanding. No stranger to winning National Championships,
Roy admitted that she found this year’s competition quite different. “I have had some minor setbacks throughout the winter,” she said. “But overall my training has been going quite well and I’m happy to execute a good race.” Less familiar with the sprint-distance race than elite athletes like Mislawchuk, Roy said she found the two-day format with heats and finals enjoyable but difficult. “(This format) was very different,” she admitted. “It challenged everyone to their limits.” The CAMTRI American Cup served as the age-group competition for Canada’s junior athletes, meaning the 18-year-old Roy competed head-to-head with elite women and Olympic athletes like Paula Findlay, Joanna Brown, and Amelie Kretz in both her heats and finals. “It was really exciting and super nerve wracking, racing against Olympians,” said Roy, who finished 11th overall. A wavy swim and windy bike portion kept Roy on her toes, and paired with the new race format, served for a tough and rewarding experience. Next up for Roy is the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. She’s on the hunt to help Team Manitoba lock down a few medals, and is looking forward to competing in provincial colors at home. After the Games, Kyla will turn her attention back to training hard in anticipation for her NCAA Division debut in the fall with Arizona State University. l
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Toronto-based Teresa Fekensa Bayisa Wins Manitoba Marathon By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder
Teresa Fekensa Bayisa of Toronto, an super run – Fekensa Bayisa won the big Ethiopian who escaped the horror of race by more than a full minute over war in his home country, grabbed the Jeremy Walker of East St. Paul, Man. lead early and cruised to victory in – two hours, 38 minutes for Fekensa the 39th running of the full Manitoba Bayisa to three seconds to 2:39:07 for Marathon back on Father’s Day. Walker. “I came to Canada to run,” Fekensa Jeff Sacco of Winnipeg, who was fifth Bayisa told the Winnipeg media last year, finished third this year in a through a translator. “Because of the time of 2:44:21. He ran it in 2:55:46 last situation in my country, I didn’t want to year so a big improvement for Sacco. go back. I’m protesting that oppressive Daniel Heschuk of Neepawa system and I want to stay here. completed the half-marathon in “I’m very happy that I won in 1:09:45 to win that event by almost Manitoba for the first time. Now I three minutes. Michael Middlemiss of want to try and run a better time in the Regina was second in 1:12:29. future.” Emily Ratzlaff of Winnipeg won the Fekensa Bayisa, who won the women’s marathon in a time of 3:14:38 Saskatoon Marathon at the end of May, while Jaclyn Adamson of Winnipeg had flags draped on him by members won the women’s half-marathon in of the Oromo Association of Manitoba. 1:23:37. Oromos are the largest ethnic group Perhaps the most intriguing story of living in Ethiopia and have long the event belonged to Teddi Sweatman despised the oppressive regimes that of Winnipeg. She finished third in the have run their country. women’s 10-kilometre race in a time of As a crew of almost 12,000 competed 44:37.6. That also put her in first place in this year’s various events – full in the women’s 65-69 age group. marathon, half-marathon, The run started 10-kilometre run and the Christopher Frank runs at the University hard. Frank finished of Manitoba ninth in the full and ended marathon. inside Investors Group Field. The runners, almost unanimously, enjoyed running inside the stadium. l
Right from the start Toronto’s Teresa Fekensa Bayisa set a great pace and easily won the 2017 Manitoba Marathon
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Chris Schroeder (476) and Matt Schaubroeck (472) both finished with a sub-3:25 Marathon
RESULTS: Men’s Full Marathon: 1.) Teresa Fekensa Bayisa (2:38:03) – Toronto 2.) Jeremy Walker (2:39:07) – East St. Paul 3.) Jeff Sacco (2:44:21) – Winnipeg Men’s Half-Marathon: 1.) Daniel Heschuk (1:09:45) – Neepawa 2.) Michael Middlemiss (1:12:29) – Regina 3.) Davit Hagos Kidane (1:13:08) – Brandon Women’s Full Marathon: 1.) Emily Ratzlaff (3:14:38) – Winnipeg 2.) Ali Cummings (3:16:19) – Sudbury 3.) Rebecca Cunnane (3:16:36) – Winnipeg Women’s Half-Marathon: 1.) Jaclyn Adamson (1:23:37) – Winnipeg 2.) Emma Kusch Dahle (1:25:53) – Winnipeg 3.) Kristjana Britton (1:26:48) – Winnipeg Men’s 10K: 1.) Sebastien Klassen (38:56.9) – Winkler 2.) Levi Warkentine (39:08.4) – Winkler 3.) Darren Dujlovic (40:22.1) – Winnipeg Women’s 10K: 1.) Amanda Johnston (41:12.7) – Victoria 2.) Shayna Giesbrecht (43:31.9) – Winnipeg 3.) Teddi Sweatman (44:37.6) – Winnipeg (F65-69 age group)
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Running Wild! And a day for great T-shirts
The 3:30 Marathon group
Manitoba Once Again Flocks to the Marathon By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder
It has become Manitoba’s Father’s Day tradition. Everybody Sunday in mid-May for the past 39 years, the brain child of the great John Robertson once again spills out onto the streets of Winnipeg as thousands participate on the Manitoba Marathon. Of course, there is more to it than just a 26.2 mile grind. There is a half-marathon, Fun Run and relays. Marathon Sunday is one of the best sporting days of the year (because when you’re done you can go to Assiniboia Downs or the Goldeyes game) and as we always do, we sent SportsLife photographer James Carey Lauder out to chronicle the day. l
A day for young and old alike
The Marathon is for everyone
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Acknowledging the fans
Amanda Myall (82) carries for the Fearless
Fearless Whip Saskatoon 30-10 in WWCFL Action
A great Fearless tackle on Saskatoonâ€™s Cori Thorstad (5)
By Scott Taylor, Photos by Marc Nedelec
Back on May 28, Manitoba Fearless played host to Saskatoon Valkyries in a Western Womenâ€™s Canadian Football League game at Investors Group Field. It was a great day for the Fearless wo won their only game of the season, 30-10 over visiting Saskatoon. It was a day of exciting football and fearless play as Winnipeg Photographer Marc Nedelec went out to the U of M to record the action for SportsLife Magazine. l Marissa Milani (8) about to corral ball carrier Samantha Matheson (22) of Saskatoon Big bock by Fearless linewoman Lori Turski (64) Fearless ball carrier Johanna Theroux
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Action around the Costa Rica goal
Canada’s Deanne Rose (6)
CANADA BEATS COSTA-RICA IN WOMEN’S FRIENDLY By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder Desiree Scott
Back on June 8, Canada met Costa Roca in an international women’s soccer friendly at Investors Group Field. There were more than 14,000 young soccer fans in attendance as Canada, featuring Winnipeggers Desiree Scott and Sophie Schmidt, beat Costa Rica 3-1. SportsLife photographer James Carey Lauder was there to capture the action. l
Canada’s Rebecca Quinn (5)
Canada’s Kadeisha Buchannan (3)
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Schmidt with some room
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