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sportslife 2019 | Volume 6 | Issue 4

Winnipeg Edition

David Mutai wins 2019 Manitoba Marathon

Volleyball’s NORCECA Championship coming to Winnipeg

Winnipeg’s Naylor Wins National 10-pin bowling title

Gold Future USPORTS Stars like Massey’s Jackson Tachinski show their skills at 2019 WHSFL Senior Bowl

Winnipeg’s Anders plays on Canada’s National 3X3 team Winnipeg’s Mislawchuk reaches podium at ITU World Cup event

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Hail to the Champions As summer arrives in Manitoba, it’s a great time to get out to the lake and play some golf, partake of a little slo-pitch or head to Assiniboine Park to catch the cricketers. Summer is a different time in a town that spends almost 12 months of the year curling, speedskating and playing hockey. Of course, that doesn’t mean that here at SportsLife we aren’t still interested in hockey, speedskating and curling. Quite the contrary. When our curlers and speedskaters are being inducted to various Halls of Fame and our hockey players have world champion Ball Hockey competitors, there is still plenty of reasons to keep those winter sports at the top of our to-do lists. In fact, we live in a province loaded with national and international champions that many of our citizens have never even heard of. And in many cases, they are champions in sports not everybody knows. In this issue of SportsLife, we’ll introduce you to Angie Cerilli, Julianna Thompson, Connor Roulette, Paul Kastes, Tyler Teasdale, Dawson Pasternak, Nate Goodbrandson, Rory Neill, Cole Plowman and Owen Weihs, who just won World Ball Hockey Championships. You’ll get to know Emily Potter who is off to the Pan Am Games with Canada’s National Basketball team, Jennifer Saunders who won her 24th national racquetball title, Marissa Naylor who won another Canadian 10-pin bowling championship, plus national bronze medal boxer Justice Harborne, world ball hockey bronze medalist Remi Laurencelle; triathlon’s ITU World Series bronze medalist Tyler Mislawchuk; and a kid named Nico DeGuzman who won six gold medals at the national karate championships. We also feature some of Manitoba’s finest young football players – including our cover boy, Massey’s Jackson Tachinski – the Manitoba Marathon champions; some curlers headed to the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and we’ll also set you up with all the inside news from the 2019 NORCECA Volleyball championships. So, sit back, relax and fire up the bar-b-que. Here’s a lot of summer reading – and it’s nothing but good news. – SCOTT TAYLOR Editor-in-Chief

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Compiled by Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder, Jeff Miller, Sport Canada, Basketball Manitoba, Sport Manitoba, Marissa Naylor, University of Manitoba, Canada and Hastings College


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 we’ve featured before and introduce you to some newcomers who have taken the local sports scene by storm…


Christian Michael signs at Hastings College in Nebraska

Winnipeg soccer star, Christian “Cristiano” Michael, has signed a letter of intent to play for the Hastings College Broncos, in Nebraska. He will attend Hastings on a combined academic/athletic scholarship. Hastings has been Great Plains Athletic Conference Champions for the past 18 years, and have won the NAIA national championship twice. He is the only Canadian on their roster. Born and raised in Winnipeg, he played premier youth soccer with Winnipeg South End United. At 14, he left WSEU, and moved to a soccer academy which focused on mastering his touches on the ball and maximizing his playing ability. He joined the Manitoba Major Soccer League and enjoyed playing against more experienced adult men with higher skills to help elevate his own game. Cristiano currently is playing with CCS Sweatshack in the MMSL’s Division 1.

LANGELAAR WINS MICHENER AWARD The Canada Games Council has announced that Team Manitoba speedskater Tyson Langelaar of Winnipeg has been selected as one of the two recipients of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Roland Michener Award. The other winner was Team Ontario athlete Claudia Heeney. The Michener Award is presented after each installment of the Canada Games “to a male and female Canada Games athlete who exemplifies leadership, cooperation and excellence during the Games.” Each recipient will receive a $2,000 athletic bursary that is designed to provide financial assistance as they continue their promising athletic careers. Langelaar competed in Men’s Long Track Speed Skating and took home an impressive four Gold medals in the Men’s 500m, 1000m, 1500m, and Mass Start along with one Silver medal in the 5000m. “The Canada Games are focused on developing the next generation of great Canadian athletes and leaders, and Tyson and Claudia are incredible examples of both,” said Evan Johnston, the chairman of the Canada Games Council. “Their talent and dedication to their sport is inspiring.” Langelaar was thrilled. “I was very happy to be back for my second CWG’s in Red Deer and being able to skate on natural outdoor ice again,” said Langelaar. “It was an advantage for me to skate outdoors due to most of my career learning how to skate in outdoor conditions before moving to Calgary full-time to train indoors at the Olympic Oval. The 2019 CWG’s was a surreal experience for me by entering races hoping to medal, skating for my home province again, and celebrating my 20th birthday in the athlete village. Winning this award is extremely meaningful to my heart. Reading the list of previous winners and including myself alongside them is very motivating and encouraging for me to see how far I can go with my craft.”  

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Tyson Langelaar

MANITOBANS WIN MEDALS AT SR. BALL HOCKEY WORLDS Angie Cerilli and Julianna Thomson each won gold medals as part of the Canadian Ball Hockey Association’s Team Canada Women’s Program at the World Ball Hockey Championships in Kosice, Slovakia last month. Meanwhile, former Western Hockey League star, Remi Laurencelle, helped the Team Canada Men’s Program capture bronze. In the women’s tournament, Thomson, an 18-year-old goalie with the St. Mary’s Flames, led the way in net with a 4-0 record, allowing only one goal. Cerilli had a strong World Champions, Team Manitoba performance as a forward. She had one assist during the tournament. Both players were representing Manitoba on Team Canada for the first time. Laurencelle was playing for the second time on Team Canada and was tremendous. He had five points in seven games playing on Canada’s No. 1 line. Team Canada’s men lost once again to Slovakia who have now won four world championships in a row. Laurencelle now has a bronze medal to go with the silver he won in 2017. Canada is set to play host the Remi Laurencelle next World Championship in 2021. Manitoba is a potential host location.


Josh Terin

St. Paul’s Crusaders volleyball star, Josh Terin, has committed to play at the University of Winnipeg this fall. The 6-foot-1 one left side will enroll in the Criminal Justice program and join Brandon Crocus Plains’ star Liam Kristjanson as those who have officially announced in the ’19-20 class. Terin, who was a graduating all-star this past season, has competed in the provincial program, and was named the No. 2-ranked player in the province in the annual coaches’ poll. In addition, he was named a MHSAA AAAA provincial all-star for his Crusaders. “The team atmosphere (with the Wesmen) is great and Larry (coach McKay) himself is a great coach and his qualifications are above anyone else I can think of,” Terin said. “Just the atmosphere and the culture makes the U of W a really strong team for me.”


Manitoba’s Justice Harborne with the gold medalist from Japan

He has been quickly developing into one of Manitoba’s greatest amateur boxers. Now, he’s made his mark as one of the nation’s top up-and-coming international fighters. Justice Harborne of Beausejour, is a quiet kid who packs a very mean punch. The soon-to-be-18year-old Harborne, who has been fighting out of the Eastman Boxing. Club in Beausejour ever since he was 10-years-old, has just come back from last month’s Junior and Youth International Tournament in Eger, Hungary, where he won a The winner, bronze medal, losing only to the eventual gold medallist from Justice Harborne Japan. After the event, where he fought for Canada’s National Youth Team, Harborne had the opportunity to stay behind and train with the Hungarian National Team. In the meantime, he’s been putting together quite a resume. He was named his school’s Athlete of the Year in 2016, 2017, and 2018; finished in second place in the 2015 Ringside World Championships; attended the Boxing Canada Nationals where he won bronze in 2016, silver in 2017, and bronze in 2018; won gold in the youth (17/18) 60-kg (lightweight) class at the 2019 Super Channel Championships in Langford, BC, beating Alberta’s Kyle Oliver in the final; and he won a Silver Medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

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NAYLOR WINS YBC NATIONAL SENIOR GIRLS TITLE Winnipeg’s Marissa Naylor continues to get the job done. At the Youth Bowling Canadian Championships in Laval, Quebec last month, Naylor won the National Marissa Naylor Senior Girls Singles 10-pin title at an event in which Manitoba fared extremely well. There were seven provinces competing in three divisions – Bantam, Junior and Senior – in a match play format. Not only did Naylor find success but so, too did the Manitoba Girls Combo team, which finished second thanks to a gold for Naylor and a silver for Grace Burton. John DeLeon also won a silver medal while Rhea Anamte secured a bronze as Team Manitoba medaled in five of the eight events. 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze. Meanwhile, at the 5-pin Championships in Oshawa, Ont., Team Manitoba medaled in 12 of the 17 events, winning four golds, four silvers and four bronze medals. It was the best team result Manitoba has had in the 55-year history of the championships. In comparison, Saskatchewan had the second most medals with eight.

BUJAN, WARKENTIN ON CANADA’S FISU GAMES TEAM As we speak, the 2019 Summer FISU Games are taking place in Gwangju, South Korea. There are two University of Manitoba Bisons taking part with Team Canada. Named to her first Team Canada appearance is women’s volleyball libero Cassie Bujan, who recently finished her fifth and final year with the Bisons. Bujan, from Anola, was a 2018-19 Canada West Second Team All-Star who broke two Canada West conference records – most digs (448) and most digs per set (4.87). Bujan played in all 24 matches for the Herd. Meanwhile, Curt Warkentin will also be part of the delegation. As the Associate Director of Cassie Bujan with the Bisons Athletics at Bison Sports, Warkentin will be an Operations Officer with the Team Canada Mission Staff. Warkentin joined Bison Sports in 2007 after seven years as assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Waterloo and six years as Athletic Director and men’s basketball coach at CMU. This will be the second time that Warkentin has been a member of Team Canada mission staff, as he was also at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea. The FISU Games started July and will run until July 14. Canada finished 16th overall at the 2017 FISU Summer Universiade with 13.

PAT LEECH, WILLIAMSON DERRAUGH FAMILY HONOuRED Last month, Olympian Pat Leech (née Durnin) was inducted into Speed Skating Canada’s Hall of Fame while the Williamson Derraugh Family were presented with the Gagne Family Award, which honours the family legacies that run through the Canadian speed skating community. Leech, a Winnipegger, was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a builder for her long-term involvement and exceptional contributions to the development of speed skating as a coach, administrator and volunteer. Leech competed at the 1975 Canada Winter Games, bringing home a gold medal in the 1000m and silver in the 400m. She joined the Canadian national team at age 16 and went on to capture three bronze medals at the World Junior Championships level, before moving onto the senior ranks where she took part in a number of events including the 1977 Women’s World Speed Skating Championships and 1979 World Sprint Championships. The highlight of Leech’s athletic career came when she represented Canada at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, where she placed 23rd in the 3,000m. Meanwhile, the Williamson Derraugh Family – who have helped shape speed skating in Manitoba and across the country for more 50 years – were presented with the Gagne Family Award. The Hall of Fame inductee Pat Leech with Susan Auch members of this well-known speed skating family – Peter Williamson, his wife Lori (nee: Toshack), and their children Tyler, Reece and Elizabeth – have impacted countless young athletes through their involvement in coaching, administrative and technical positions with the Manitoba Speed Skating Association and Speed Skating Canada.

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FOUR BISONS PLAY IN EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME Bisons quarterback Des Catellier along with DE Brock Gowanlock, OL Myles Rose-Standish and WR Macho Bockru helped Team West beat Team East 35-17 in the 2019 USPORTS East-West Bowl at MNP Park at Carleton University in Ottawa. It was the 17th Annual east-West Bowl and the Bisons played outstanding football. Gowanlock had two sacks and was the best player on defence all day. Catellier had a terrific game, thanks in no small way to Rose-Standish and the play of his offensive line. Bockru, meanwhile, caught a couple of passes. Catellier will enter his second season with the Bisons, Gowanlock was a Canada West All-Star this season, Rose-DStandish is a versatile lineman entering his fifth year at the U of M and Bockru had a breakout season with the bisons in 2018.A national committee of U SPORTS and CFL head coaches and scouts selected the players for the East-West Bowl after their respective teams nominate them.

U of M Bisons quarterback Des Catellier

POTTER NAMED TO CANADA’S PAN AM GAMES TEAM Winnipeg’s Emily Potter, who plays professionally with Politechnika Gdanska in the Polish Women’s League, has been named to Canada’s national women’s basketball team. The Canadian team will play at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Currently ranked a program-high fifth in the FIBA World Ranking, Canada travels to Lima looking to defend their gold medal from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Canada is in Group A for the Lima 2019 Pan American Gamesand will face Brazil (August 6), Paraguay (August 7) and Puerto Emily Potter Rico (August 8) in the preliminary round. Potter, a 6-foot-4 post, played her high school basketball at Glenlawn Collegiate in Winnipeg and then went off to the University of Utah on basketball scholarship. She had a tryout with the Seattle Storm of the WNBA and then signed in Poland.

MANITOBANS STAR IN GOLD MEDAL WIN It’s been quite a season for Connor Roulette. The Winnipeg Thrashers scoring sensation played his first game for the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds, played on Team Manitoba’s ice hockey squad at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, won a gold medal with Team Manitoba at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships and late last month helped Team Canada capture the gold medal at the World Junior Ball Hockey Championship. In total, nine Manitobans helped Canada win the World Juniors in Czech Republic last month. Head Coach Paul Kastes of South Winnipeg, coached Connor Roulette (Thunderbirds), Dawson Pasternak (Portland Winterhawks), Tyler Teasdale (Brandon Wheat Kings), Owen Weihs (Wheat Kings), Nate Goodbranson (Everett Silvertips), Rory Neill (Calgary Hitmen), and Cole Plowman (Wheat Kings) to the World title in Prerov and Zlin, Czech Republic. Undefeated Canada West beat Canada East 8-6 in the final. Pasternak was the tournament MVP and scoring champion while Roulette was named top forward. Neill earned Top Defenseman honors while goalie Plowman had the best goals against average in the tournament.

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The Event of the Year By Scott Taylor, Photos courtesy Volleyball Manitoba and Volleyball Canada

The most important volleyball event to be held in Winnipeg in more than a decade is on its way. The biennial NORCECA Men’s Continental Volleyball Championship takes place Sept. 2-7, 2019 at the University of Winnipeg’s Dr. David F. Anderson Gymnasium. The tournament is the official competition for senior men’s national teams of the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation and the results of this tournament will not only contribute to continental points, but the Top 4 teams will advance to the 2020 Olympic Games qualifier in January of 2020. “The countries that generally challenge for the main titles every year are Cuba, the United States and Canada. Mexico is always strong so is Puerto Rico and several other Caribbean nations, as well. There are 38 countries in our zone,” explained Volleyball Manitoba executive director and tournament organizer, John Blacher. “There will be eight men’s teams playing here in Manitoba – the host team from Canada, and we expect the USA, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico, plus the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago. “The significance of this event is that normally it’s just the continental championship. This year, however, there is also an Olympic qualification aspect to it. With the eight countries that are competing, six of the eight are also competing in major Olympic qualifiers in the middle of August. The Top 4 teams from the NORCECA Championship, unless they’ve already qualified for the Olympics, will qualify for the NORCECA Olympic qualifier in January. So, it’s not a direct Olympic qualifier, but it still gets teams closer to the Games and there is something significant at stake. Only four teams will compete in the NORCECA Olympic qualifier in January and those four teams will emerge from this event.” This is, without question, the most important international tournament to be held in Manitoba in almost a dozen years. “We haven’t had men’s international volleyball in Winnipeg since 2008,” Blacher said. “It will be our first opportunity to watch, live on provincial soil, our men’s national team, in over a decade. There are so many young kids who have never had a chance to see our team live, in person, and now, at the University of Winnipeg, they’ll be able to see them live, 30 feet from the court. When you watch on TV, it’s pretty exciting but to see it live, you really appreciate the power with which these players can hit the ball. It will be exciting for our young players to see their skill and finesse. It’s going to be special.”

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So now that we’re little more than a month away, how does Canada stack up? “Canada, over the past two or three NORCECA Championships, has been a contender, no question,” Canada’s Jason Derocco passes the ball Blacher explained. “In 2015, they won the championship for the first time ever. In 2017, they came in third, 2013 they came in second, losing to the United States in the final. So, we’ve been in the hunt. It’s usually Canada, USA and Cuba. If you look at the tournament historically, that’s the way it’s turned out. Those are the Top 3 teams. “And this event will feature some of the top ranked countries in the world. Canada is currently ranked sixth, the highest they’ve ever been ranked, and after a fifth-place finish at the 2016 Olympics (the first Olympics they qualified for since 1992). “USA is No. 2 – always a top country in world volleyball. Cuba is 18, but always a threat with talented young physical athletes. Mexico is 21 and Puerto Rico is 24, and they are always dynamic teams that play with such passion.” For local fans, the most important aspect of the tournament will be the quality of Canada’s team. If they’ve already qualified for the Olympics, there is a fear we might not send our best. According to Blacher, that fear is unfounded. “Regardless of whether Canada has qualified for Tokyo 2020 in August, and they have a good chance of qualifying, they’ll send a very good team,” he said. “If they do qualify, they might not send the A-plus roster, but it will still be a very strong team. Canada has good depth now, especially within the Top 18-24 players. They can all contribute internationally very successfully. Canada competes in the qualifier in China in August with Argentina, Finland and China. It’s a very competitive group, there is good parity among that group. But of those four teams right now, I would think Canada would get the pre-tournament nod. Argentina and China are also very good, so it will be a very competitive qualifier. “So, Canada could be in the Games by the time they get to Winnipeg which would make it a celebration opportunity for them and it will be a great opportunity for people in Winnipeg to watch some of the athletes who will play in the Olympics. If they haven’t qualified, we’ll see their A-plus

squad and they’ll Manitoba players will be potential roster players for Canada be vying for a in September. Top 4 finish so “So, yes, we’ll have a strong local they can qualify flavor and all of them are strong in January.” international players. Justin Duff So, will we get a is the veteran amongst the group, chance to see our Duff was on the 2016 Olympic local athletes? team and Derocco has been a “That is our major player since 2017, so there expectation and are strong players there. It’s very understanding,” exciting.” Blacher said. “In This is going to be great and fact, there could tickets are on sale now. Just go to Canada’s Adam Schreimer Canada’s Eric Loeppky attacks be four. I’ve the website. been watching the rosters of the recent Nations League, the There is a NORCECA link you can click and it will give you old World League that includes the Top 16 countries in the all the information – where to park, what ticket packages world where Canada just finished out of the playoffs with an you can purchase and even information on how you can 8-7 record, very respectable and just become a volunteer. outside the 9-6 mark that made the “You can now buy individual tickets playoffs, so they were right there. They although we still haven’t announced the competed over five weekends, and schedule,” Blacher said. “However, I think on the roster, on a given weekend, we you can assume that Canada will play had Justin Duff on the squad for one Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday in that 8 p.m. of the first weekends, Jason Derocco premier match spot, plus the semifinal on was on the roster every weekend, Friday and then on Saturday, the medal Eric Loeppky played on three of matches will be at two o’clock and four the weekends and we had Adam o’clock and we expect they’ll be playing in Schreimer, a backup setter who the four o’clock match. It’s going to be Canada’s Justin Duff with was new to the team, so those four very exciting.” l the hamme r

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Mislawchuk Reaches the Podium By Scott Taylor, Photos courtesy Sport Canada

Winnipeg’s Tyler Mislwachuk wiped away tears of joy and admitted he might break training protocol. “I’m absolutely over the moon,” said Mislawchuk late last month, after becoming the first Canadian male to ever reach the podium at an International Triathlon Union World Series event. “I’m going to have a beer tonight to celebrate.” Mislawchuk, 24, a 2016 Olympic triathlete for Canada, was quite emotional after staying with the lead group for the entire race and eventually winning a bronze medal at the June 29 race in Montreal. He finished just five seconds behind the winner, Jelle Geens of Belgium. “Seeing all those familiar faces, people I’ve trained with and friends, it’s just incredible,” Mislawchuk told Triathlon TV. “I can’t really explain it. You don’t plan to get emotional like that. It just comes out.” Mislawchuk was right in the hunt for the final kilometre of the marathon until Geens of Belgium broke away on the final stretch. There were 55 athletes in the race, a race that turned out to be as much a battle against the elements as it did, the finest triathletes on the planet.





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In fact, there was wind and driving rain, but there were also long stretches of sunshine and intense heat. Still, the Victoria-based Winnipeg Olympian finished the race in 53 minutes and 54 seconds. In the triathlon world, Mislawchuk’s bronze was not a big surprise. After all, earlier in the season, he became the first Canadian in six years to win a World Cup race when he finished first in Mooloolaba, Australia. Two weeks ago, he won another World Cup event in Huatulco, Mexico. “It is crazy, and a dream come true,” an emotional Mislawchuk told Truathlon TV at the finish. “Every corner there were Tyler chants so to do this at home is more special than any moment I have had in the sport.” Geens finished the 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre cycle and five-kilometre run in 53 minutes 49 seconds. Mario Mola of Spain, the defending champion in Montreal, was two seconds behind him. Mislawchuk was three seconds back of Mola finished third in what he called the best race of his young career. “To go against the best guys in the world and think you can win, is amazing to me,” said Mislawchuk. “I believed I could win, too. There were so many Tyler chants that I’m sure every other athlete that I was running with was wishing their name was Tyler.” Mislawchuk came out of the swim 13 seconds behind Geens, so in a sense, the Winnipegger was eight seconds better than the champion in the cycling race and the 5K run. At the end of the cycling race, 28 competitors were bunched together and Mislawchuk was right near the front. There were 10 athletes who broke away midway through the run as the rain started and that’s when Geens, Mola and Mislawchuk made it a three-man race. With 1.3K to go, Mola surged to the but Mislawchuk and Geens responded without hesitation. In the end, Geens outsprinted Mola and Mislawchuk to the finish to win his first ITU World Series gold medal. “My legs came off a bit and they popped me off around one of the final corners, but I knew I was going to be on the podium,” Mislawchuk told Triathlon TV. “I can’t believe it. I came up short, but I’m still over the moon. We had sun and rain and wind and it made for an epic finish. It started pouring everything I had into it and I loved it. The weather was also a bit of adversity that played in my favour, I think.” At the finish, Mislawchuk credited his coach, Jono Hall, the Head Coach of Triathlon Canada’s National Performance Centre, with guiding Tyler to the medal. “I told Jono after the race I couldn’t have done this without him,” Mislawchuk said. “He’s so positive to have around, is such a big supporter and is pivotal to all of this.” l


Changes for High Performance Programming for 2019-20 Will now be known as “TAP Manitoba” (Targeted Athlete Program of Manitoba) Effective for the spring of 2020, the 15U and the 17U male Provincial Teams will train around club activity until late July when it will host a mini-camp before departing to compete in the National Championships. Tryouts will be in late May 2020. The participation fee for the male program will be dramatically reduced. The male program will also select up to 20 players for the 15U and 14U teams. The female program will follow an up-dated curriculum designed for each of their age groups (age 15U and 17U). The female program will include age advanced local competition and tournament play in Canada and the USA.

TAP Tryouts Aug 17 & 18, 2019 at UW Tryouts for both the male and female TAP Manitoba program will take place August 17 & 18 at the University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Center.

Saturday, August 17, 2019 SESSION #1 FEMALE 15U TAP: Born 2005, 2006 & 2007 12:00pm to 2:00pm SESSION #2 FEMALE 17U TAP: Born 2003 & 2004 2:00pm to 4:00pm SESSION #3 MALE 15U TAP: Born 2005, 2006 & 2007 4:00pm to 6:00pm Sunday, August 18, 2019 SESSION #4 FEMALE 15U TAP: Born 2005, 2006 & 2007 12:00pm to 2:00pm SESSION #5 FEMALE 17U TAP: Born 2003 & 2004 2:00pm to 4:00pm SESSION #6 MALE 15U TAP: Born 2005, 2006 & 2007 4:00pm to 6:00pm For more information and to register go to: The TAP Manitoba basketball program is officially supplied by Under Armour & Wilson

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2019 WHSFL VAR Week 1 – Bombers vs. Sask. (Sunday, Sept. 7); Bisons @ Calgary (Sept. 6) Thursday, September 5 – K. East @ Dryden @ 4:00 pm Murdoch @ Kelvin @ 5:00 pm V. Massey (W) @ Sturgeon @ 5:00 pm Crocus @ Miles @ 5:00 pm @ Falcons Elmwood @ W. Kildonan @ 5:00 pm Friday, September 6 – St. John’s @ Beaver Brae @ 3:00 pm Steinbach @ St. Paul’s @ 5:00 pm (BROADCAST) Dakota @ Sisler @ 5:00 pm Grant Park @ Oak Park @ 5:00 pm R. East @ V. Massey (Bdn) @ 5:00 pm St. Norbert @ DMCI @ 5:00 pm Garden City @ Portage @ 5:00 pm Week 2 – Bombers BYE Week; Bisons @ Alberta (September 13) Thursday, September 12 – Miles @ Dryden @ 4:00 pm St. Norbert @ Crocus @ 4:30 pm Neelin @ Tec @ 4:30 pm Sisler @ St. Paul’s @ 5:00 pm Murdoch @ Steinbach @ 5:00 pm DMCI @ K. East @ 5:00 pm @ East Side Maples @ Churchill @ 5:00 pm Friday, September 13 – Portage @ Beaver Brae Dakota @ Kelvin Sturgeon @ V. Massey (Bdn) River East @ Grant Park Elmwood @ Garden City St. John’s @ W. Kildonan Fort @ Springfield

@ 3:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm Playing 4 A Purpose @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 14 – Oak Park @ V. Massey (Wpg)

@ 2:30 pm Homecoming (BROADCAST)

Week 3 – Bombers @ Montreal (Sat. Sept. 21); Bisons vs. UBC (Sat. Sept. 21) Thursday, September 19 – Miles @ Portage @ 4:00 pm Garden City @ Crocus @ 4:30 pm Neelin @ Fort @ 4:00 pm @ East Side (BROADCAST) St. John’s @ K. East @ 5:00 pm @ Nomads V. Massey (Bdn) @ Oak Park @ 5:00 pm W. Kildonan @ DMCI @ 5:00 pm Springfield @ Churchill @ 5:00 pm Homecoming Murdoch @ Sisler @ 7:30pm @ Nomads Friday, September20 – Grant Park @ V. Massey (Wpg) Sturgeon @ R. East Dryden @ Beaver Brae St. Norbert @ Elmwood Tec @ Maples Steinbach @ Kelvin Dakota @ St. Paul’s

@ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 4:00 pm Homecoming @ 5:00 pm @ 7:00 pm Homecoming

Week 4 - Bombers vs. Mont. (Fri. Sept. 27); Bisons vs. Regina (Sat. Sept. 28) Thursday, September 26 – St. Norbert @ Dryden @ 2:00 pm Elmwood @ Beaver Brae @ 3:00 pm Maples @ Neelin @ 4:00 pm V. Massey (Bdn) @ Murdoch @ 4:30 pm Sturgeon @ Steinbach @ 5:00 pm

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K. East Kelvin Crocus Tec Grant Park

@ @ @ @ @

Miles R. East DMCI Springfield Dakota

@ 4:30 pm @ East Side (BROADCAST) @ 6:45 pm @ East Side (BROADCAST) @ 5:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 7:15 pm

Friday, September 27 – 4 games in Wpg max (Bombers home) unless double-headers Garden City @ W. Kildonan @ 3:00 pm Homecoming Churchill @ Fort @ 3:00 pm St. Paul’s @ V. Massey (Wpg) @ 4:30 pm Sisler @ Oak Park @ 4:30 pm Homecoming St. John’s @ Portage @ 4:30 pm Homecoming Week 5 – Bombers @ Sask. (Saturday, October 5); Bisons @ Sask. (October 4) Thursday, October 3 – Portage @ Crocus @ 4:00 pm V. Massey (Wpg) @ Steinbach @ 4:30 pm DMCI @ Elmwood @ 4:30 pm Neelin @ Churchill @ 4:30 pm Springfield @ Maples @ 4:30 pm Oak Park @ Dakota @ 5:00 pm Beaver Brae @ K. East @ 5:00 pm @ East Side (BROADCAST) Friday, October 4 – Tec @ Dryden @ St. Paul’s @ R. East @ Sisler @ Kelvin @ G. City @ St. Norbert @

Fort St. John’s Sturgeon Murdoch Grant Park V. Massey (Bdn) Miles W. Kildonan

@ 3:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ Nomads @ 4:30 pm @ 4:30 pm Homecoming @ 4:30 pm @ 4:30 pm @ 4:30 pm @ Falcons @ 4:30 pm

Week 6 – Bombers vs. Montreal (Sat. Oct. 12); Bisons BYE Week Thursday, October 10 – W. Kildonan @ Beaver Brae @ 3:00 pm Kelvin @ Sisler @ 4:15 pm Springfield @ Neelin @ 4:15 pm Fort @ Maples @ 4:15 pm Crocus @ K. East @ 4:30 pm @ East Side St. John’s @ Garden City @ 5:00 pm @ Nomads Friday, October 11 – DMCI @ Dryden @ 3:00 pm V. Massey (Wpg) @ V. Massey (Bdn) @ 4:00 pm Oak Park @ River East @ 4:15 pm St. Norbert @ Miles @ 4:15 pm @ Falcons Elmwood @ Portage @ 4:15 pm Churchill @ Tec @ 4:15 pm Steinbach @ Dakota @ 5:00 pm Sturgeon @ Grant Park @ 7:15 pm @ Dakota (BROADCAST) St. Paul’s @ Murdoch @ 7:00 pm @ Nationals Week 7 – Bombers @ Calgary (Sat. October 19); Bisons vs. Calgary (October 19) Thursday, October17 – Portage @ W. Kildonan @ 4:00 pm Beaver Brae @ Garden City @ 4:00 pm Churchill @ Springfield @ 4:00 pm River East @ V. Massey (Wpg) @ 4:00 pm Murdoch @ Dakota @ 5:00 pm St. Norbert @ K. East @ 4:30 pm @ East Side DMCI @ Miles @ 6:45 pm @ East Side Fort @ Neelin @ TBD @ Nationals Friday, October 18 – Sisler @ Steinbach @ 4:00 pm Oak Park @ Sturgeon @ 4:00 pm

RSITY SCHEDULE St. John’s Maples Kelvin Dryden V. Massey (Bdn)

@ @ @ @ @

Elmwood Tec St. Paul’s Crocus Grant Park

@ 4:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ 5:00 pm @ 4:00 pm @ East Side (BROADCAST) @ 6:30 pm @ East Side (BROADCAST) 

QUARTER-FINALS – Bombers vs. Calgary (Friday, October 25); Bisons @ Regina (October 25) Wed., October 23rd – Home Run Sports Bowl Q-Finals (lower seed @ higher seed - TBA) ** will need to play Varsity Q-Finals Wed & possibly move JV Q-finals to Tuesday** Thur. October 24th – Friday, October 25th – 4 games in Wpg max (Bombers home) unless double-headers SEMI-FINALS - Bombers BYE week; Bisons – Semi-final (November 2) October 30 – JV Home Run Sports Semi October 31 – Division 1 & 2 Consolation Bowl finals October 31 – Canadinns Bowl semi-finals November 1 – ANAVETS & CTV Bowl semi-finals

@ Broncos @ East Side @ IG Field @ IG Field

WHSFL CHAMPIONSHIP BOWL FINALS Bombers – West Semi? (Sun. Nov. 10th); Bisons – Can. West Final (Nov. 9) November 7th - 5:00 p.m. – JV “Home Run Sports Bowl” @ IG Field - 7:30 p.m. – “CanadInns Bowl” @ IG Field November 8th - 5:00 p.m. – “CTV Bowl” @ IG Field - 7:30 p.m. – “ANAVETS Bowl” @ IG Field JUNIOR VARSITY 12 Week 1 - EXHIBITION Wednesday, September 4th Vincent Massey at St. Paul’s Grant Park at Dakota Steinbach at Oak Park Week #2: Wednesday, September 11th Grant Park at Oak Park Steinbach at St. Paul’s Saturday, September 14th Dakota at Vincent Massey - Homecoming Varsity to follow at 2:30 as double header

5:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm

5:00 pm 5:00 pm 12:00 Noon

Grant Park at St. Paul’s Steinbach at Vincent Massey

5:00 pm 4:30 pm

Week #7: Wednesday, October 16th Oak Park at Grant Park St. Paul’s at Dakota Steinbach at Vincent Massey

4:00 pm 5:00 pm 4:00 pm

Quarter Finals: Wednesday, October 23rd Teams Ranked #1 and #2 after Week #6 bye into the semis Team Ranked #3 vs Team Ranked #6 at team #3’s field Team Ranked #4 vs Team Ranked #5 at team #4’s field Semi Finals: Locations TBA Thursday, October 31st Team Finished #1 plays winner of game between Team Ranked #4 and Team Ranked #5 Team Finished #2 plays winner of game between Team Ranked #3 and Team Ranked #4 Finals: Thursday November 7th Winners of semi-finals play each other

@ 5:00 pm

JUNIOR VARSITY 9 Week 1 Exhibition Games Week 2 Wednesday, September 11th Crocus Plains @ River East Garden City @ Sisler Friday, September 13th Sturgeon @ VMC Brandon Or Friday, September13th Week 3 Wednesday, September 18th Sisler @ Crocus Plains VMC Brandon @ Garden City River East @ Sturgeon Week 4 Wednesday, September 25th Garden City @ Sturgeon Crocus @ VMC Brandon Sisler @ River East Week 5 Wednesday, October 2 TBA @ Garden City VMC @ Crocus TBA @ Sturgeon

5:00 pm 5:00 pm 3:00 pm

5:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm

Week #3: Wednesday, September 18th Steinbach at Grant Park Oak Park at Vincent Massey Thursday, September 20th Dakota at St. Paul’s - Homecoming Varsity to follow as double header

5:00 pm 5:00 pm 4:30 pm

Week #4: Wednesday, September 25th Oak Park at Steinbach St. Paul’s at Vincent Massey Thursday, September 26th Grant Park at Dakota - Homecoming Varsity to follow as part of double header

Week 6 Wednesday, October 9th River East @ Garden City Crocus Plains @ Sturgeon VMC Brandon @ Sisler

4:30 pm 4:30 pm 4:30 pm

5:00 pm 5:00 pm

Week 7 Wednesday, October 16th River East @ VMC Brandon Garden City @ Crocus Sturgeon @ Sisler

4:30 pm 4:30 pm 4:30 pm

5:00 pm 7:15 pm

Week #5: Wednesday, October 2nd Dakota at Steinbach Vincent Massey at Grant Park St. Paul’s at Oak Park

4:00 pm 4:00 pm 4:00 pm

Week #6: Wednesday, October 9th Dakota at Oak Park

4:30 pm

Week 7 Wednesday, October 23rd Wheat City Challenge: Brandon Crocus vs VMC Brandon @ top seed Wpg Semis: (A) 3 @ 2 (B) 4 @ 1

5:00 pm standings seeded game 5:00 pm

time TBA /4:00 pm 5:00 p.m. East Side Field 7:30 p.m. East Side Field

Wednesday, October 30th JV 9 Championship winner A vs B Time and Venue TBD

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We Pl 2019-2020 DAY DATE Mon Aug 19 Tue Aug 20 Thu-Sat Aug 22-24 Thu Aug 29 Fri Sep 6 Sat Sep 7 Tue Sep 10 vs. Fri Saskatchewan Sep 13 Sat Regina Sep 14 vs. Tue Sep 17 Fri Sep 20 Sat Sep 21 Sat Sep 28 Sun Sep 29 Fri-Sun Sep 27-29


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lay For Winnipeg DAY DATE GAME/EVENT WOMEN MEN Fri Oct 18 LETHBRIDGE 7:00 PM Fri-Sun Oct 18-20 Lakehead Tournament TBA Sat Oct 19 Jamestown TBA Sat Oct 19 MOUNT ROYAL 7:00 PM Sat Oct 19 BRITISH COLUMBIA 5:00 PM 6:45 PM Sun Oct 20 BRITISH COLUMBIA 2:00 PM 3:45 PM Fri-Sat Oct 25-26 LEA MARC PRINTING TOURNAMENT TBA MBB Fri Oct 25 CW Play in Games TBA Fri Oct 25 Trinity Western 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Sat Oct 26 Trinity Western 5:00 PM 7:00 PM Sun Oct 27 CW Quarter Finals TBA Thu-Sun Oct 31-Nov 3 CW Final Four TBA Fri Nov 1 FRASER VALLEY 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Sat Nov 2 FRASER VALLEY 7:00 PM 5:00 PM Thu Nov 7 Brandon 6:00 PM 7:45 PM Thu-Sun Nov 7-10 U Sports WSOC Championship (Victoria) TBA Fri Nov 8 Alberta 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Sat Nov 9 Alberta 5:00 PM 7:00 PM Sat Nov 9 BRANDON 6:45 PM 5:00 PM Fri Nov 15 Regina 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Fri Nov 15 Alberta 7:30 PM 6:00 PM Sat Nov 16 Regina 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Sat Nov 16 Alberta 5:00 PM 6:30 PM Thu Nov 21 Manitoba (Duckworth Challenge) 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Fri Nov 22 MANITOBA (DUCKWORTH CHALLENGE) 6:00 PM 7:45 PM Sat Nov 23 MANITOBA 1:00 PM 3:00 PM Sat Nov 23 Manitoba 7:45 PM 6:00 PM Thu Nov 28 BRANDON (Jim Schrofel Night) 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Fri Nov 29 REGINA 7:00 PM Sat Nov 30 REGINA 7:00 PM Mon Dec 2 Brandon 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Sat-Mon Dec 28-30 WESMEN CLASSIC TBA Mon Dec 30 North Dakota State College of Science Tue Dec 31 Mayville State 1:00 PM Fri Jan 3 THOMPSON RIVERS 6:00 PM 7:45 PM Sat Jan 4 THOMPSON RIVERS 6:45 PM 5:00 PM Fri Jan 10 MACEWAN (Breast Cancer Weekend) 6:00 PM 8:00 PM








Jan 10

UBC Okanagan

6:00 PM

8:00 PM VB


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(Breast Cancer Weekend)

7:00 PM

5:00 PM BB


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UBC Okanagan

4:00 PM

6:00 PM VB


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6:00 PM

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6:00 PM

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7:00 PM

5:00 PM BB


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3:00 PM

5:00 PM VB


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UBC Okanagan

6:00 PM

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6:00 PM

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UBC Okanagan

4:00 PM

6:00 PM BB


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6:45 PM

5:00 PM VB


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6:00 PM

8:00 PM BB


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7:00 PM

5:00 PM BB


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6:00 PM

8:00 PM BB


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6:00 PM

7:45 PM VB


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5:00 PM

7:00 PM BB


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6:45 PM

5:00 PM VB


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8:00 PM

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7:00 PM

5:00 PM VB


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Feb 21-23 CW Quarter Finals





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Thu-Sun Mar 5-8

U Sports MBB Championship


Thu-Sun Mar 5-8

U Sports WBB Championship





CW Championship Games








5:00 PM

5:00 PM ALL

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Championship (Manitoba)

Thu-Sun Mar 12-15 U Sports WVB

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Brandon Blizzards’ U12 Team win their first WRL Title By Kevin Speirs & Rob Henderson

Brandon Travellers’ Day Parade June 2019

Savannah Smith, left, and Kennedy Smith on the carpool ride home after the big game. The ride home is shorter with the gold

Caitlyn Erickson, left, and Gracie Blatherwick operate at ring-shooting station at the Westman Dreams for Kids Children’s Country Fair in Brandon

The Brandon U12 Blizzards came a long way to win their city’s first Winnipeg Ringette League title – in more ways than one. As the farthest team from Winnipeg, the early wakeup calls and long hours on the road were a way of life for the Blizzards, who won the WRL’s U12 A4 Division championship with 10-4 victory over the Selkirk Stingers in the final. The Blizzards played their entire schedule, even their ‘home’ games, in Winnipeg and the surrounding area, often leaving home before the sun was up in the morning. They played twice on every game day during the regular season, cutting the number of trips in half. The team piled up about 5,000 km. “This presented some challenges to the team and meant lots of preparation the night before, double-checking alarms and triple-checking equipment bags while also keeping an eye on the Weather network, hoping to keep all the excitement on the ice instead of during the drive,” Blizzards head coach Kevin Speirs said. “Quiet car rides were the norm, even with carpooling going into the city. However, as soon as they walked into the locker room the stereo, laughter and excitement were all quickly turned up to eleven.” The back-to-back games also made for some mentally and physically gruelling days. Throughout the season

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the Blizzards worked hard on their individual skill and positional play, with a special emphasis on skating. The Blizzards were 2018-19 WRL U12 A4 Gold Medal Champions even fortunate to have a skating coach, Michelle built a float for the annual Traveller’s Riesmeyer, who worked tirelessly on Day parade. “Team building, for me, is with the players on their technique. a very important thing to do to help us Working with a skating coach was with our playing and even just getting to particularly valuable for the Blizzards know each other better”. as the Brandon Ringette Association While the Blizzards steadily improved often has players join at a later age. Last throughout the season, so did their season the Blizzards had a number of opponents. The Stingers became players who were only in their first or Brandon’s closest rival as the season second year of ringette. went on, beating the Blizzards three The learning curve was steep early on straight times as part of their perfect – the Blizzards won only two of their first record in the second half of the regular nine league games. But as they gained season. The close competition pushed experience and confidence, their play both teams to be their best as they met steadily improved. Playing twice a day, two more times in the playoffs, with which seemed to be a disadvantage Brandon skating away with a couple of early on, became a strength in the hard-fought wins. playoffs when the Blizzards were able The Blizzards hope to keep the to channel all their energy each day momentum up as they work to build into a single game. the sport in their community. Last “We had a rough start to the season, season was the third year for Brandon but with tons of support from our teams competing in the WRL, and family and coaches we made it through the second time they took part in the winning gold and bringing home a playoffs. Brandon teams have also banner for our rink,” said team captain enjoyed success at the provincial level as Bella Penner. The Blizzards participated well, with the U14 and U16 teams both in activities, they had swimming parties winning silver medals in the provincial ‘B’ championships this spring. l , outings, parties and players of all ages

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Winnipeg’s Thien Vo Wins National Badminton Title By Ryan Giesbrecht, Photos courtesy Badminton Manitoba

Thien Vo needed to keep his cool. Of course, for Manitoba’s finest young badminton player, that was no problem at all. In an up and down match during the finals of the Yonex 2019 Junior U23 National Badminton Championships, Winnipeg’s Thien Vo, was able to hold his composure when it counted and came back to take the national title. In the championship match of the U23 Men’s Singles against Miklos Kanyasi of Alberta, Vo won the first game 21-6, fell 15-20 in Game 2, and then won a 22-20 thriller to claim the title. The sensational final was one that played with the local fans’ emotions, as Vo handily won the first game in quick order, but the second game was a complete turnaround. Momentum shifted mid-way through and to everybody’s surprise he lost to Kanyasi 15-20.  Miklos carried his momentum into the third game, took an early lead and hung on to it for most of the game. In fact, he landed himself two match points at 20-18. But at that point, something went right in Thien’s favour and he was able to hold steady and win four points in a row to take the national championship. However, his work wasn’t finished. Next up was the U23 Men’s Doubles Championship match. In this event, Vo was teamed up with Felix Tessier and the two were fresh off beating the No. 1 seeds, Morneau/ Nguyen from Quebec, the day prior. However, they simply weren’t able to carry that momentum into the final. They simply were not able to put together the same level of magic against the No. 2 seeds, Lee/Wang from Alberta. Lee and Wang showed why they are considered true

doubles specialists as they caught the bird early, anticipated well, and controlled the match from beginning to end. Thien and Felix were a new local partnership and far exceeded their expectations in making the final, and although they took home silver, they can look forward to improving their game for the next big competition. There is little doubt that Thien is no stranger to the spotlight. After moving from Vietnam to Winnipeg in the winter of 2016, he immediately made his mark by winning the Men’s Singles event in the Prairie Senior Elite, his first national circuit tournament while living in Canada. Since then he has made several national tournament finals and semi-finals, including winning a silver medal at last year’s Junior U23 National Championships in Burlington Ont. Thien is able to compete in Junior U23 National Championships because he only needs a permanent resident card to qualify for that tournament. For Thien to represent Canada on the big stage, he needs his citizenship, something he’s looking to get in the near future.  For now, he trains and coaches out of the Winnipeg Winter Club waiting for his opportunity to move to the next level. He’s still relatively young at the age of 21 with plenty of years ahead of him to make his mark on the national and international stage, and Manitobans should be proud that he has chosen to represent our province. l

Thien Vo at the top of the podium in singles

Thien Vo in a singles match at the Nationals

Thien Vo and

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Wesmen Lock Up Handfull Young Soccer Stars By Johnston Hall with notes from David Larkins Photos courtesy University of Winnipeg This off-season, University of Winnipeg Wesmen head soccer coach Amy Anderson went looking for a goalkeeper and a top-notch midfielder. To her delight – and thanks to her hard-work recruiting right here in Winnipeg, she found both.

Amy Anderson Olivia Martin and Coach

First, Oak Park High School and FC Northwest midfielder Olivia Martin committed to the U of W and then Coach Anderson went out and recruited Dakota Collegiate and Bonivital keeper Taryn Raabe and then grabbed Madisyn Furber, a keeper from Garden City Collegiate. With Martin, Raabe and Furber, Anderson has now recruited six outstanding young players, a group that includes Emma Friesen of River East Collegiate, McKaely Snider from the U of W Collegiate and midfielder/ forward Tia Lecox of Ottawa. “I actually see Olivia as a utility player already,” Anderson said. “I think she’s going to be a player that’s going to fight for a starting spot. One thing I noticed right away is her work ethic, so I think she’ll fit in quite nicely.” Martin said she began giving more thought to a post-secondary career at the beginning of indoor season in 2018 and was encouraged when Anderson told her what she was looking for. “She said she wanted someone who’s hard-working and always going to put in the effort,” Martin said. “And that’s kind of what I do. It seemed like a good fit. I feel like I always give it a hundred.” Anderson said the versatility she sees

in Martin means she won’t necessarily be confined to the midfield. “So far I see a kid who wants to win the ball, so I’m going to put her on the WOMEN field,” Anderson said. “If she plays left back, she plays left back, and I think she’d be up for that. She wants to play and be a part of it. She wins the ball and she plays it simple.” Martin also played on the Oak Park varsity girls basketball team, which captured the AAAA provincial championship in March. Meanwhile, Furber took a year off before deciding to play at the U of W. “Coming out of high school, I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to pursue anything as a sport, but I definitely had my options open,” Furber said. “But the reason I want to play soccer in my second year is because I feel like something was missing.

Taryn Raabe and Coach

Raabe, who also competed in volleyball, handball, track and badminton, will enrol in the Faculty HOME SCHEDULE of Kinesiology. Anderson believes she has a player who will come in right away to compete for playing time. The Wesmen starting keeper position is open after last year’s starter Madison Fordyce decided to forego her final year of eligibility and will instead join the coaching staff. Raabe played her high school soccer with the Lancers boys’ team, an experience she said helped prepare her for the next step. “Taryn is one of the more athletic keepers we’ve brought in, and the great thing about her is she’s going to progress,” Anderson said. “She’s fit, she’s a strong worker and I think, too, playing with the boys has helped for sure. I see a confidence in herself and her athletic ability and you have to be quite confident to play with the boys.” Raabe said she formed an instant connection with Anderson.

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Amy Anderson

“I definitely missed being in a sport and being on a team. The year off made me miss it even more, which is why I’m really excited about it.” Raabe, meanwhile, wasn’t certain she was going to play university soccer, but her coaches, mentors and friends convinced her that it would be the right thing to do. “I had a couple of coaches say you’ll regret it if you don’t,” Raabe said. “It was kind of a last-minute thing for me. I think it was just the fact that one of my friends (McKaely Snider) signed and she was really excited about it, and it was just seeing her excitement that I thought maybe I was going to be missing out.”

erson Madisyn Furber with Coach And

“I loved her the first time I met her and it wasn’t like she pressured me into anything,” she said. “She was all ears about everything, wanted to get to know me as the player and not just ‘I want you to play for my team.’ It was good getting to know her and her getting to know me other than just specifically playing soccer. It was very personal.” l

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By Scott Taylor, Photos by Bahia Taylor

Wood has long had a reputation as a coach who can prepare any player to be at his/her best at the next level. Now, however, at their Performance Centre, he has a shopping list of scientific training devices that not only help players become better, but also gives them the information they need in order to optimize performance with every workout. “We used a couple of different pieces with a couple of our hockey players today as a way to monitor their progress and training readiness,” Wood explained, at a workout with Nick Henry (NHL/ AHL) and Chase Harrison (ECHL) back in June. “We used Force Plates, ed Chase Harrison’s explosiveness is test which, in this case, we used to measure vertical jump. The For Jeff Wood, there is more to plates measure the forces being training athletes than just running pushed into them by the athlete sprints, lifting weights, a few so we can measure discrepancies calisthenics and then going on the on the left side and right side and occasional long- distance bike ride. we can measure lower body power, For Wood, there is now a lot more reactive strength and their body’s available at his fingertips than the ability to decelerate and accelerate distance on the treadmill and the as quickly as possible. We get helpful time on the elliptical machine. At The Canada Games Sport for Life information from that test for each individual athlete to individualize Performance Centre, Wood and his their programs based on their daily colleagues have all of the scientific monitoring tests.” gadgets at their disposal to make up But that’s not all. As the summer and coming Team Manitoba or Team moves forward, the players will be Canada athletes the best they can exposed to a number of devices that possibly be. will help make them better athletes. In fact, any time you head into “We recently added Watt Bikes to The Canada Games Sport for Life our space,” Wood explained. “These Performance Centre, you’ll see bikes have a variety of training and Wood and his colleague Neal Prokop testing protocols that we can use with working with professional hockey our athletes. For example, at the NHL players, members of the Winnipeg Draft Combine, they do a Wingate Goldeyes, a group of the province’s 30-second peak power test and we best young soccer players or the can do that test along with several provincial volleyball teams. This is a others with these bikes. centre for Manitoba’s best and now it “Our Polar Team heart rate is all wired up.

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monitors can track heart rate during on- and off-ice sessions, so we can operate within the proper work and rest ratios for their sport. With the GPS component Jeff Wood (left) and in the his Canada Games Sport for Life monitors, we Performance Centre colleague Ne can measure al Prokop: “The data is on the pla sprinting yers’ phones.” speed, the number of sprints, etc. This way we manage their training load to make sure they are not over- or under-training. “Most importantly, our athletes have their training programs on their phones. We can save all that data and show it to them on one page at the end of the training block. It’s all stored on a cloud platform so we will have their programs year after year. None of these athletes forget their phones so they won’t forget their programs like they could with paper programs. “The bigger challenge is keeping them off snapchat while they train”, says Neal Prokop, Sports Performance Specialist, with a chuckle. To go along with this technology the Performance Centre also has equipment to measure velocity, power, strength, stamina and body composition (body fat and muscle mass). Which is ideal for Wood who has been preparing athletes to improve at the next level for 25 years. He now has the science to accompany his skills. It’s obvious the players enjoy all the gadgets – even if they’re not always sure what the data means. “We have some cool stuff that we like to use with our athletes,” Wood acknowledged. And we do use this

“Wood has long had a reputation as a coach who can prepare any player to be at his/her best at the next level.” equipment extensively. For instance, we are using the heart rate/GPS monitors with a soccer team. Wes Darvill and couple of the Goldeyes guys are here often. Wes trained with my buddy, the late Scott Hebert in Vancouver, and used the Keiser machines quite a bit. We also have the provincial volleyball kids training in the evenings as well.” One of the things that make all the equipment so intriguing is that it gives the athletes a chance to compete with each other off the ice, court or pitch. “Elite level sport is about competition, right? If one athlete does 0.8 meters per second bar speed on a squat, the next guy wants to do it faster,” Wood said. “This concept can be applied to any exercise or drill. We have a variety of different

tools we can use to get the metrics of their sessions and because their training sessions are challenging, that element of competition that these kids enjoy and thrive on, adds some fun into their programs. “That’s why they play at the level they play at. We wanted things based in science for the science geeks in us, but we also wanted a competition component for the athletes because they love that. They want to get faster, stronger, improve power and be able to see that what they are doing is working for them. With these few pieces of technology, we are better able to blend science and coaching and we can show them that in real time. It is the next level in an athletes’ training.” For years, Jeff Wood has been considered one of the best athletic

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trainers and coaches in the country. He’s often asked to speak to groups and is sought out by the best athletes in Manitoba to prepare them for their next competition. Now, however, he’s got science at his fingertips. In the moment, he knows exactly how far his athletes have come and how far they still need to go. It’s hard to imagine, but with the advances in science and technology available at The Canada Games Sport for Life Performance Centre, Jeff Wood is now a better coach than he’s ever been. l

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Curlers Honoured in 40th Anniversary Sports Hall of Fame Induction By Resby Coutts, Photos courtesy Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame

Jackman. Art Pollon, Jim Williams and Ab Gowanlock Russ Jackman is one of a legion of Manitoban curlers who won the Manitoba men’s curling title and went on to win The Brier in their one and only time in the Canadian Championship. The 1953 Brier title came ten years after the young Dauphin curler was recruited by Ab (Spats) Gowanlock. It took another 66 years for the accomplishment to earn Jackman, Gowanlock and their teammates Art Pollon and Jim Williams an induction into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. It was worth the wait. As a young man interested in curling in the early 1940’s, Jackman showed enough promise to have the legendary Gowanlock invite him to join his team. Gowanlock had earlier won the 1938 Brier, skipping a different team from Glenboro. When he won again with his ’53 team, he became the first (and still only) two-time Manitoba Brier champion from rural Manitoba. Both the 1938 and 1953 teams were among eight Manitoba Brier champion teams and one individual curler who were inducted June 6 in the 40th Anniversary Veterans Induction of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Jackman, now in his 89th year, was the only surviving member of that illustrious group of Manitoba curling legends.

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“He asked my father if I could join his team. Dad told Ab he’d have to ask me but he also said that if I wanted to play, he’d pay my dues,” Jackman remembered after the induction ceremony. Jackman recalls that Ab Gowanlock became like a second father to him and says, although it was unspoken, he often felt that Ab thought of him as a son a well. “He was a quiet man, a real gentleman,” Gowanlock’s former lead says with admiration, and love, that shows in his voice these many years later. Jackman says Gowanlock was always thinking on the ice and he expected his team to be thinking along with him. Characteristic of the time, the skip would call the shot and put down the broom. The thrower would be expected to know what the call was and how much weight to throw without a lot of talking down the ice. He also describes his former skip as a great instructor who expected you to learn from the misses. However, when there was a miss, later there would be a quiet comment from the skip that he would have liked a little more weight or a little less weight. That was his way of reinforcing the lesson to be learned. Ten years after that recruiting call to Jackman’s father, the Gowanlock foursome won the provincial title and went on to defeat Quebec in a sudden-death Brier playoff game in Sudbury. Quebec had lost their opener before running unbeaten to the final round robin game, including an 8-7 round seven win over Manitoba. The Gowanlock foursome had lost one more, at the hands of a Northern Ontario team skipped by Grant Watson

Howard (Pappy) Wood who had been a part of three Manitoba Brier championships with his brother, Ken Watson. Team Gowanlock finished the round robin on the morning of the final day of play. They had a last round bye and their 8 win -2 loss record meant they had to hope for a Saskatchewan win over Quebec to force a playoff. A 9-5 Saskatchewan win gave the Dauphin team the playoff chance they needed and they posted a close 8-7 win over Quebec’s Ken Weldon to bring the Brier title home to Manitoba. Mark McDougall was at the June 6 ceremony to congratulate Russ Jackman. As a ten-year old, he was in the Dauphin Arena for the celebration when the team arrived back in Dauphin and he remembers the excitement very well. “I was more of a hockey guy,” McDougall admits, “but I knew Bobby Pollon (Art’s son) and Jim Williams’ sons so I had to be there.” It was a family thing – a community thing. There had been a big party at the curling rink when the team left for the Brier and McDougall recalls the homecoming celebration was also to be in the curling rink but the crowd was too big so it was moved to the old DMCC hockey arena. “We filled the stands and the ice,” he recalls. Justifiably, Russ Jackman is very proud to have been named a Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame honoured member. It is a sentiment he knows would have been shared by Gowanlock and the rest of the team. “Ab would be real proud, as I am

proud to be here to represent the team,” Jackman said. Asked to share his memories of the other inductee teams, Jackman said he had not played the inductee teams from the 1930’s but that his recollection of a few games against the 1947 Jimmy Welsh team was that “you always knew there was going to be a fair bit of weight in the game”.

The 1941 Bob Gourlay Team He only played Howard Wood Sr. once – in the Manitoba final game of 1953, a 9-8 win in a 12-end game as was the standard of the time. “Playing the final end, they thought they had us. I heard them saying to

each other ‘Sudbury here we come’ but they didn’t make it,” Jackman recalled, smiling from ear to ear. In addition to the Gowanlock 1938 and ’53 and Welsh 1947 teams, five other early Canadian champion curling teams were among the 40th anniversary The 1934 Leo Johnson Team Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame inductees. They were teams skipped by 28 individuals and 15 teams inducted Howard Wood Sr. in 1930 and 1940, Bob in the 40th Anniversary Veteran Hall Gourley in 1931, Jim Congalton in 1932, of Fame class. It was a tremendous and Leo Johnson in 1934, evening. l The one individual curler inducted was D.C. (Mac) Braden, one of the earliest Manitoba curling superstars. Among many other accomplishments, he won the MCA Bonspiel Grand Aggregate six times in the ten years between 1906 and 1915. The curlers were among a total of The Lt. Governor with the inductees and some family members



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The faster game By Scott Taylor, Photos by Jeff Miller, Kelly Morton and courtesy Basketball Canada Wyatt Anders got involved in 3X3 Basketball while he was playing USPORTS varsity basketball for the University of Manitoba Bisons. Since then Anders has become one of the finest 3X3 Basketball players in the country and just recently represented Canada at the 3X3 World Cup qualifier in Puerto Rico. It’s been a long road to Team Canada for the 6-foot-7, 28-year-old Anders, but now that the 3X3 game has been approved as an Olympic sport in Tokyo in 2020, it’s been a road worth travelling.

Jelayne Price with the Wesmen “I got involved with the game while I was at the U of M and over my final two years with the Bisons I was quite involved with 3X3,” Anders explained. “I think Coach (Kirby) Schepp liked that I was playing 3X3 because it helped me with the regular game. In 3X3, you get so many more touches than you do in regular basketball. In 3X3, I was touching the ball so much more and developing my skills within a very high-level of competition. Playing 3X3 was good for my U of M game.” Anders just returned from representing Canada at the 2019 FIBA 3X3 World Cup qualifier in Puerto Rico. Team Canada was made up of Anders, Jelane Pryce from Innisfill, Ont., who played college ball at the University of Winnipeg; Bikramjit Gill from Toronto, who played college ball at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana; and Michael Linklater from Saskatoon via Thunderbird First Nation who played

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Team Canada, from left, Wyatt Anders, Jelayne Price, Bikramjit Gill and Michael Linklater. at the University of Saskatchewan. Canada finished fifth out of eight teams at the qualifier. For those unfamiliar with the newest Olympic sport, 3X3 basketball, is a fast-paced, highly-competitive, and physically demanding version of 3-on3. Played only in the half court with a 12 second shot clock, teams have 10 minutes to score 21 points. The first team to reach 21, or the team with the highest score at the end of regulation time, wins. “There is no time to celebrate baskets and no time to rest on defense,” said Anders. “When the ball goes through the hoop, it’s going right back out to a shooter who is likely to hit a three while you show boat. There is no wasted time and no resting. We try to substitute at every whistle in order to stay fresh. This is a much more intense game than fiveon-five.” Because it has become such an international sport – there is a FIBA Division and a World Cup circuit – Anders has had the opportunity to compete on both international circuits for several years. He travels regularly across Canada and the United States to play but has also been to Romania, Slovenia and the Netherlands. As a result, both Anders and Pryce have been among the Top 10 players in Canada for the last few years. Together on various teams, they’ve finished fourth at the 2018 Saskatoon Masters, were Canada Quest Finalists, and have won the Winnipeg 3X3 tournament this past season.  Not bad for a kid who started playing basketball in middle school. “Yeah, I probably started to play in Grade 6 – I don’t even know how

old I would have been – at Golden Gate School,” Anders recalled. “Then I played high school ball at Sturgeon (Heights), from there I played at CMU, and then at the U of M. The past six or seven years playing 3X3 have really been rewarding.” With 3X3, Anders will have plenty of opportunity to compete close to home or across the world. The FIBA World Tour has events coming up in Saskatoon, Prague, Lausanne, Debrecan (Hungary), Montreal and Los Angeles before the end of September. However, Anders and Co. are part of Basketball Canada’s Canada Quest circuit (which includes the Red Bull Reign Winnipeg event that he won) and he’ll compete in the West Final in Edmonton on July 13 and 14. There is no shortage of high-level events. “We’re always looking for sponsorship,” said Anders, a U of M Education grad who works as a substitute teacher in order to have the time available to play international tournaments. “The travelling can get quite expensive, so we’re always looking for corporate support to get to national and international events. But that’s part of the game and it’s a pretty great game.” l

Wyatt Anders with the Bisons

Srishti Suren of India’s U18 National Team commits to Wesmen By David Larkins, Photo courtesy University of Winnipeg Tanya McKay has gone the international route to add to her Winnipeg Wesmen roster. The head coach of the Wesmen women’s basketball team has announced the commitment of 19-year-old Srishti Suren of Chennai, India, and a member of the Indian national program. Suren will enroll in Psychology and plans to minor in neuroscience. She will have five years of eligibility. Suren has experience competing for India’s national team, competing at the U16 Asian championship in 2015 when she averaged 7.0 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, and then at the 2016 U18 championship, where she averaged 2.5 and 4.5. Suren was recruited to play for NCAA Division I San Francisco for last season, but was unable to pursue a roster spot because of commitments to her national team, which competed at the 2018 U18 Asian championship. Now she’s landed in Winnipeg, in part thanks to a connection from a former player of head coach Mike Raimbault’s. Inderbir Gill was the MVP when Raimbault coached the University of Northern British

Columbia to a college title in 2010. Gill has coached Suren and mentioned the opportunities that exist in Canada, with Winnipeg being among them. From there, McKay took over the recruitment and quickly had Suren sold on making UWinnipeg her next basketball home. “We’re getting a kid who’s played FIBA international, has a lot of basketball under her belt and has travelled the world so she’s not afraid to leave to play,” McKay said. “She comes here with five years of eligibility, so I think the timing is great for the program.” Suren said she likes to play an up-tempo style and is comfortable shooting the ball from the perimeter. At 5-foot-11, believes she can bring stretch-forward skills to the Wesmen as well as experience in the FIBA game. “I feel my international experience has given me more confidence to face the court globally and taught me how important communication on and off court with my team is,” she said. “Playing internationally has also developed my friendship skills on

and off the court, which I will help me have a good understanding with my teammates. I’ve been wanting to fly high in life and I think this is one step closer to my dreams of playing in one of the top basketball leagues in the future.” McKay is excited about the potential element Suren will bring to the program. “She just plays so athletic,” McKay said. “She can hit the three, she can drive, she defends well and uses her length. She’s a kid who’s played a lot of basketball and I think that’s contagious. She’s coming to play basketball, so she’ll help elevate practices and be driven to compete.” l

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Master Malcolm Edwards and Team Manitoba

Six-time gold medallist Nico DeGuzman

Manitoba Wins 31 Medals at Karate Nationals

By Scott Taylor Photos by Mirella Edwards, Jayson Cyncora and Malcolm Edwards

Lorenzo Ortilla with the kick

The kids from Bae’s Martial Arts in Winnipeg were successful as they attended the 2019 WKC Canadian National Karate Championships Gatineau, PQ, last month. There were 12 athletes, 11 from Bae’s Martial Arts and one from Plum Blossom Kung Fu School, who made the Manitoba karate community proud by winning 15 gold, eight silver and eight bronze medals. “As coach of these young athletes I am extremely proud they train hard and compete even harder,” said Coach Malcolm Edwards, the Master at Bae’s Martial Arts. Nico DeGuzman Nico DeGuzman won six gold and two silver with his medals; Carson Cyncora won two golds and medal a silver; Zenon Cyncora won two golds and haul two bronze medals; Lorenzo Ortilla won a gold and a bronze; Artem Kukharenko won a gold and a bronze; Brooklyn DeGuzman won a gold medal; Haiyllee Santos won a gold, two silvers and a bronze; Brandon Santos won a gold and a bronze; Ivan Medvedovsky won two silver medals; Jackson Lachaine won a silver; and Nikita Bazer and Grey Lachaine each won a bronze medal. The 2019 WKC World Championship will be held in November in Niagara Falls, New York. l

Coach Edwards with Lorenzo Ortilla Carson Cyncora

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Team Bresch wide receiver Breydon Stubbs from Massey

Team Bresch runningback Russell Listmayer Aofblock white to stop the pass WestbyKildonan

Hutter Leads Team Sangster to Victory By Mike Still, Photos by James Carey Lauder It was the Manitoba Bisons show during the annual WHSFL Senior Bowl back in late May as multiple commits had big games. On one side, Vincent Massey quarterback Jackson Tachinski – who played on a team honouring the late Ron Bresch – tossed two touchdowns to future teammate Sammy Hezekiah (CTV Bowl winner with River East, who will play SAM linebacker at the U Team Sangster QB Kieran of M). But it wasn’t enough to stop Benson of Daniel Mac future Bisons receiver/St. Paul’s standout Tristen Hutter, whose three first half scores for Team Sangster (honouring Lawrence Sangster, the late head coach/founder of Kildonan East’s program) were more than enough for a 41-22 Team Sangster victory. SportsLife Magazine sent photographer James Carey Lauder out to IG Field to record the action. l

Team Sangster QB Brody Lawson of St. Paul’s

Team Bresch QB Jackson Tachinski of Vincent Massey

Team Sangster WR Ridley Coppens of Grant Park

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Kenya’s David Mutai, the Marathon winner, had a comfortable lead at the first exchange

Women’s marathon champion Selene Sharpe of Winnipeg

The kids and their teacher from Jack River School came down for this year’s relay

Manitoba’s Race for Everybody By Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder

2019 Manitoba Marathon wheelchair champion Shane Hartje Thomas Podruchny from Oakville ran his 272nd Marathon this year

It was a very important year for the Manitoba Marathon. Not only was it, once again, an official qualifier for the prestigious Boston Marathon, but this year, it was the home of the National Half-Marathon Championships. Maybe that’s why the time was so good. Tristan Woodfine from Cobden, Ont., finished first in the Men’s half marathon with a time of 1:04:44. He broke the record of 1:05:05 set by the U of M’s Abduselam Yussuf in 2015. Malindi Elmore of Kelowna, B.C., set the new women’s half marathon record, finishing with a time of 1:11:08. That beat 1:19:48, which was set by Janis Klecker in 1986. David Mutai of Kenya finished first in the men’s full marathon, with a time of 2:27:10. In the women’s full marathon, Winnipeg’s Selene Sharpe, 19, who finished second last year in her first Manitoba Marathon, won this year’s race in a time of 2:53:39. SportsLife Magazine sent photographer James Carey For Rebecca Sturgess of Winnipeg, Lauder out to record the day’s action. l nothing could make her happier than Marathon Sunday

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