Winnipeg SportsLife November/December 2018

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sportslife 2018 | Volume 5 | Issue 6

Winnipeg Edition

Winnipeg’s place to play Nine individuals, four teams and a family inducted into Manitoba’s Baseball Hall of Fame

Kerri Einarson and her team create a new model for curling success

Henkewich retiring as Commissioner of the WHSFL Massey’s McClymont wins bronze at the Youth Olympics Marissa Naylor finds success on the alleys and the links

Deraj and Vo garner badminton success in Alberta

Manitoba Wins National Mixed Page 12

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Contents 4 sports sportslife life


mixed doubleS curling

06 the starting line-up

Hottest News Stories

18 manitoba baseball hall of fame

in Manitoba Sports

20 badminton

10 youth olympics

Meet the 2019 Inductees

Thien Vo and Kiren Deraj Win Silvers

Ethan McClymont

Wins Bronze



22 ringette

News and Announcements

12 mixed doubles curling

Team Toba Wins

National Championship

14 Highschool football

Commissioner of WHSFL

Rick Henkewich Retires

16 Womens Curling

Four of Canada’s Best Skips on One Team

WRL Scholarships Awarded

24 University Soccer

Photo Feature

25 World Bowling

Photo Feature

26 University golf

Photo Feature

27 Community Billboard

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SportsLife is Manitoba’s amateur sports magazine. This is where sports fans will meet the Olympians of tomorrow and the medalists of today and they all compete right here in Manitoba. We exist to pay tribute to those who make sport so important to this province. Published by SportsLife Publications, it is edited by Scott Taylor and is designed and developed by Scott Taylor, Debbie Dunmall and OV Suvajac. SportsLife Magazine is printed by Quantum Graphics. Any opinions expressed belong solely to the authors and do not necessarily express the views of the magazine, or of the publishers. All published work is edited for accuracy, style, and clarity. We do accept unsolicited material as long as it refers to athletes, coaches, or volunteers involved in sport in Manitoba. For all information and advertising rates, we can be reached at 204-996-4146 or 204-296-GOAL (4625). PUBLISHER OV Suvajac Box 66050, Winnipeg Manitoba R3K 2G0 204-996-4146 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Scott Taylor ART DIRECTOR Debbie Dunmall COVER PHOTO Taken at the Granite Curling Club by Bahia Taylor CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS James Carey Lauder, Jeff Miller, Bahia Taylor, Kelly Morton, Scott Taylor, Rusty Barton, Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba, Caitlyn Gowriluk, ISC, Lloyd Louie, University of Manitoba, Badminton Manitoba, Winnipeg Ringette League, Glenn Dickson, Curling Canada, Kelvin High School, Baseball Manitoba, Chantal Zdan,, World Bowling, Valour FC Elite Girls CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Scott Taylor, Dr. Cal Botterill, M. James Murray, Amber Penner, Marj Niemi

Have a Wonderful Holiday Season! The Holiday Season is almost upon us but that doesn’t mean the sports world slows down. In fact, during the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, it might be busier than at any time during the year. There are basketball and hockey tournaments, plenty of ringette games and skiing events and without question, there will be curling. It’s Canada, after all. In this, our 2018 Holiday Edition, we want to celebrate the great performances of the past couple of months and at the top of the list is curling. We have two terrific stories from two of the most iconic people in Manitoba sport. 1. Dr. Cal Botterill, the sports psychologist who has worked with Canada’s Olympic Team and half a dozen NHL teams, introduces us to a Grand Experiment: How four successful skips, Kerri Einarson, Brianne Meilleur, Val Sweeting and Shannon Birchard, came together to form a super team. 2. And the great Resby Coutts brings us a report on the national mixed curling championship held right here in Winnipeg. As well, we will introduce you to the newest class of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame, the two Manitoba athletes who represented Canada at the Youth Olympics in Argentina and two of the greatest badminton players ever to be trained right here in Manitoba. We’ll also meet the three players from the WHSFL who made Canada’s U-18 football team, follow Marissa Naylor’s the marvelous year on the links and alleys and say good-bye to the retiring commissioner of the Winnipeg High School Football League, Rick Henkewich. We’ll pay tribute to Bisons Basketball Coach Kirby Schepp and Team Canada, 90-year-old badminton players Stefan Carter, swimmer Kelsey Wog and Wesmen soccer star ShaeLynn Dodds. As always there will be plenty of Ringette and PIT Football news and we’ve expanded our Starting Line-Up feature from three to four pages to bring you more about Manitoba’s best athletes and coaches. So sit back, relax and join us for another edition of SportsLife Magazine. It’s the Holiday Season and Manitoba’s best and brightest are always celebrating the games they love.

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




Compiled by Scott Taylor, Photos by James Carey Lauder, Jeff Miller, Kelly Morton, University of Manitoba, Sport Canada, Badminton Manitoba, Kelvin High School SportsLife Magazine brings you the hottest news stories in Manitoba sports. Once again, we’ll catch up with a number of the star athletes who have been sensational in 2018. Here’s the latest in Manitoba sport...


Wesmen soccer star Shae-Lynn Dodds

Canada Basketball’s Commonwealth Games Team, coached by Bison men’s basketball coach Kirby Schepp, was named Summer Team of the Year at the 41st Canadian Sport Awards. Back in April, Canada’s men’s basketball team earned its first medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia, winning silver. The Canadian Sport Awards, returning for the first time since 2012, is the premier event for honouring sport achievement and leadership recognition in the country. Besides Schepp, Bison men’s basketball alum Justus Alleyn was a significant contributor on the team, with a tournament high of 24 points, four rebounds, two assists and a block in an 82-67 win over Nigeria. Since joining the Bisons, Schepp has coached Manitoba to four Canada West playoff appearances and one appearance at the U SPORT Final 8 in 2017.

SCHEPP HONOURED WITH SUMMER TEAM OF THE YEAR Canada Basketball’s Commonwealth Games Team, coached by Bison men’s basketball coach Kirby Schepp, was named Summer Team of the Year at the 41st Canadian Sport Awards. Back in April, Canada’s men’s basketball team earned its first medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia, winning silver. The Canadian Sport Awards, returning for the first time since 2012, is the premier event for honouring sport achievement and leadership recognition in the country. Besides Schepp, Bison men’s basketball alum Justus Alleyn was a significant contributor on the team, with a tournament high of 24 points, four rebounds, two assists and a block in an 82-67 win over Nigeria. Since joining the Bisons, Schepp has coached Manitoba to four Canada West playoff appearances and one appearance at the U SPORT Final 8 in 2017.

University of Manitoba Bisons head basketball coach Kirby Schepp

DUFAULT TIES RECORD IN FINAL GAME OF SEASON Although Calgary defeated Manitoba to win this year’s Hardy Cup, the Bison football team showed they weren’t going to roll over to the undefeated Dinos and were led by the play of 6-foot-2, 240-pound U of M Bisons fourth-year defensive end Derek Dufault. A graduate of the Dakota defensive end Lancers program, Dufault tied a Manitoba Bisons record with three Derek Dufault sacks of Dinos QB Adam Sinagra – all three coming in the first half. Dufault finished the game with seven tackles, six of them solo, in the 37-13 loss. The record puts him in elite company, as he ties Stan Pierre (1989), Jason Rauhaus (1991), Rob Stewart (2000), Israel Idonije (2002), Warren Doepker (2002), and Justin Cooper (2006) as Bisons who have all recorded three sacks in a U SPORTS game. Dufault, who is in his CFL draft-eligible year, competed in last summer’s 2018 Valero U SPORTS East-West Bowl, a showcase for university players in front of CFL scouts.

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McKOY WINS RUSS JACKSON AWARD A day after having seven players recognized on the Canada West AllStar team, fifth-year defensive back Jayden McKoy has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Student-Athlete Community Service Award and is now a finalist for the prestigious Russ Jackson Award. The Jackson Award has been presented since 1986 to a player who exemplifies the attributes of football skill, academic achievement and citizenship in U SPORTS. McKoy has been recognized by his teammates and coaches as a leader within the Bisons football University of Manitoba program, both on and off the field. Bisons DB Jayden McKoy In terms of community involvement, McKoy has spent no shortage of time volunteering for numerous initiatives around the province, including: Israel Idonije’s Inner City Youth Football Camps, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers “Crunchers” Football Camps. He’s also volunteered every season in for football camps in Thompson, which are part of suicide prevention programming in the community. In the classroom, McKoy is a three-time U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian in the highly demanding Faculty of Computer Engineering. He is currently taking 32 credit hours in the 2018-19 academic year. On the field, he has amassed more than 180 tackles and started every game for the Bisons in his five seasons. His 14 career interceptions are second all-time in the Manitoba record book. “Jayden’s nomination for the prestigious Russ Jackson award is well-deserved,” said Bisons head coach Brian Dobie. “We’re extremely proud that he’s the representative for Canada West.”

Lorenzo Ortilla on the podium


A large number of students from Bae’s Martial Arts in Winnipeg earned themselves a spot on the WKC Canadian National Karate team this year and once again, Manitoba’s young stars performed brilliantly. Late last month three Manitoba athletes joined Team Canada in Dublin, Ireland for the World Championships and all three were outstanding. Carson Cyncora, 18 won a Silver Medal; Zenon Cyncora, 13, won a Gold & Bronze Medal; and Lorenzo Ortilla, just 10, earned himself a gold medal. Mirella Edwards, daughter of Master Malcolm Edwards, made the trip to Dublin to coach the Manitoba’s athletes. “I was very proud of their performance,” she said. “The Canadian team was very strong.”

Winnipeg’s Lorenzo Ortilla

NATIONAL JUNIOR FOOTBALL TEAM MEMBERS Three top players from the Winnipeg High School Footyball League have been named to Canada’s National U-18 team. Austin Balan, a defensive back from the Sisler Spartans; Nathan Carabatsakis, a linebacker from St. Paul’s; and Isaiah Letander, a defensive lineman from Kelvin have continued the tradition of doing the WHSFL proud. “Isaiah is a great leader with a great motor,” said Kelvin head coach Jonathan Romu. He’s a fantastic athlete, who is very strong and quick. Isaiah is a good-hearted person who is always willing to help his teammates. He has a raw gift for football and is coachable and because this was only his second season, Isaiah Letander, Kelvin Clippers he has tremendous potential. We at Kelvin are fortunate to have him as a team captain, a young man who lets his play on field do the talking. He makes plays as both a middle linebacker and offensive guard. He is a warrior who never comes off the field.”

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CARTER PRESENTED WITH MBA’S SPORT FOR LIFE AWARD The Manitoba Badminton Association has awarded Dr. Stefan Carter with the Sport for Life Award, recognizing him as an active and avid badminton player who is still playing regularly at the age of 90. Dr. Carter is an inspirational man who has lived a life full of experiences, and has learned to love, play, and compete in badminton since 1981. Now 90, he attends the River Heights Badminton Club, the MBA Access Program and Little Dragons Badminton Club in order to try and advance his skills. He competed in the 2017 Canadian Masters Badminton Championships in Winnipeg as one of only three players entered in the 85-plus category. He also had the distinction of being the oldest player competing at the tournament. Carter decided in 1981 that he would like to take up the sport of badminton and went to play at the River Heights Badminton Club. After playing just once, he was hooked. He has spent the time since playing in many different clubs throughout Winnipeg trying to improve his badminton skills. He credits many people with help along the way including Archie 90-year-old badminton Chawla, Greg and Lindsay Blamey, Khan Mai and Dan Savard. One player Stefan Carter person in particular he credits is Mike duBois who has “never given up on me and always plays with me.” Dr. Carter is not only an avid badminton player he is also a remarkable individual. He survived the holocaust to make his home in Winnipeg in 1948. He became a doctor and served on the faculty at the University of Manitoba for more than forty years as a vascular specialist. He is featured in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and has written a book chronicling his life’s experiences.

2019 NORCECA MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP COMING TO WINNIPEG Winnipeg will be the site of the next NORCECA Men’s Continental Volleyball Championship in September 2019. The tournament is the official competition for senior men’s national teams of the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA). Since its introduction in 1969, the tournament has been played every two years, and typically includes eight teams. The results contribute to continental points, and the top four tournament ranked teams advance to the 2020 Team Canada volleyball celebrates a win over the United States Olympic Games qualifier the following January. Canada finished third at the tournament in 2017, and won gold in 2015. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to host the 2019 NORCECA Men’s Championship here in Manitoba next September,” said John Blacher, Executive Director, Volleyball Manitoba in a written statement. “Winnipeg was the home of the national indoor team programs for many years, and it’s now been over a decade since we’ve hosted any international men’s volleyball events. A new generation of young volleyball enthusiasts will now get a chance to witness the sport played live at the highest level.” Matches will be held at the University of Winnipeg’s Dr. David F. Anderson Gymnasium.

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BISONS’ WOG WINS FIVE GOLD MEDALS IN B.C. MEET Third-year swimming sensation Kelsey Wog of the University of Manitoba Bisons, arrived at the Odlum Brown College Cup in B.C. and set multiple meet records and showed her off-season progression in a dominant way. She totaled five gold medals individually -- in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, the 200m individual medley, and the 200m freestyle -- and four of them were meet records. She also recorded personal best in three events. In the 200m breaststroke, she shattered the previous mark, set in 2014, by almost seven seconds. Wog also won a silver as a part of the 200m medley relay and a bronze in the 200m freestyle relay, to bring her weekend total to seven U of M Bisons swim star Kelsey Wog medals. Wog was coming off a stellar off-season, highlighted by her participation in the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan. At last year’s U SPORTS Swim Championships, she earned gold in the 50m, 100m, and 200m breaststroke, along with a silver in the 200m individual medley.

NEW FACES AT canadian sport centre manitoba

Cole Vincent

Janelle Vincent

There are three new faces at the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba. Late last month, the CSCM in Winnipeg announced that Scott Sywy, Cole Vincent and Janelle Vincent have all joined the team. A former communications and hockey operations co-ordinator for the Victoria Royals in the Western Hockey League, Sywy takes over the position of Athlete Services and Programs Manager. Janelle Vincent is a registered dietician who will be working directly with Jorie Janzen, the Director of Sport Dietetics within the Integrated Support Team service environment. While Cole Vincent will continue with his role as RBC Training Ground Coordinator he will also take over as Strength Coach.

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McClymont Wins Bronze at Youth Olympic Games By M. James Murray, Canadian Sports Centre Manitoba, Photos courtesy Canadian Sports Centre Manitoba Ethan McClymont from Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg, has returned home with a bronze medal from the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“Ethan’s hard work and dedication is the key to his success and I am very proud of him for his bronze medal performance at the Youth Olympic Games. We had a goal going into the Youth Olympic Games, and that was to get on the podium. Our ultimate goal is always to reach the top of the podium but we are very happy with the bronze medal result. The experience which Ethan has gained from his participation at the Games will translate into much bigger things for him as he works towards Paris 2024.” – Jae H. Park McClymont, a Taekwondo athlete, was joined in Buenos Aires by another

Ethan McClymont wins bronze

Winnipeg CSCM athlete, beach volleyball star Erika Vermette. The Games were held from October 6-18, and 4000 athletes from 33 different countries participated in the Games. Team Canada sent 72 athletes and took home 11 medals includingone gold,three silver,andseven bronze. McClymont captured bronze in the men’s 73-kilogram taekwondo event. He had previously won a gold medal at the 2017 Pan Am cadet games. He is a member of the Sports and Arts program, offered through Vincent Massey Collegiate in partnership with CSCM which provides support for high-performance athletes and artists as they pursue their athletic and artistic dreams and credits them for helping him stay up to date withschoolwork as he competes at world-class events.

“Congratulations to CSCM athlete Ethan McClymont for bringing home a Bronze medal! Ethan has been working with our strength & conditioning staff three times per week for nearly a year now. Way to go, Ethan!” – Adam Decker

Erika Vermette (left) and Ethan McClymont

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The Sports & Arts (S&A) Program at the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba was created in 2001 in partnership with Pembina Trails School Division

to provide flexibility and support for high performance athletes and artists. S&A is offered through Vincent Massey Collegiate and provides flexible timetables, individualized programs, performance contracts, teacher advisor programs, French immersion, an advanced placement program and honours courses. “Vincent Massey is very proud of Ethan on his bronze medal at the YOG,” said Stacy Hawash, of the Sports and Arts program. “His success embodies all the hard work he puts forth as a student-athlete.”

Adam Decker, Performance Science and Talent ID Lead, CSCM

Ethan trains with Jae Park, his coach of seven years, from TRP Taekwondo and Hapkido Academy. He says that he hopes that he can inspire people through his story for their own journeys. “It gave me a lot of pride to see them raising the Canadian flag for something that I had done for my country,” McClymont said. Vermette, a St. Vital resident, competed in Beach Volleyball along with her partner Dana Roskic from Etobicoke, Ontario. Advancing to the round of 24, they fell to the team of Lisbeth Allcca and Medalyn Mendoza from Peru. They also recently represented Canada at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships held in Nanjing, China from June 26 to July 1, 2018. l

Basketball Manitoba Provincial Team Program

Manitoba Provincial Team Coach Applications Being Accepted – Deadline to apply December 28, 2018 DEADLINE DECEMBER 28, 2018: Basketball Manitoba is now accepting applications for the 2019 Manitoba Provincial Team Program for the 17U, 16U and 15U male and female coaching positions. New for 2019 will see the creation of a male and female Western Canada Games team at the 16U age level. Deadline for all coaching applications is Friday, December 28, 2018, at 5:00 pm.

2018-2019 Centre for Performance Program Rosters Announced

Basketball Manitoba, one of the province’s leading sports governing bodies, annually runs provincial teams to provide elite athletes with a unique opportunity to develop their skills through high-quality summer practices and a challenging competition schedule. Coaches can either apply as a ‘team’ or individually. At this time we are seeking skilled and passionate people to apply as a coaching team or individual for positions involving a one year term.

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce the rosters for the 201819 Canada Basketball Centre for Performance Program – Manitoba Region. The program is a regional training centre designed to bring together male Canadian basketball athletes aged 15U males, 15U and 17U females. The program targets high potential athletes and provides

2019 Program Overview All try-outs for the 15U & 17U programs will be held in the spring, with the programs running through to the National Championships in early August 2019. The male teams will compete in the 2019 Canada Basketball National Championships in New Brunswick and the female teams will compete in the 2019 Canada Basketball National Championships in British Columbia. Both 16U teams will compete in the Western Canada Summer Games scheduled for Swift Current, SK August 9-13. All teams will also compete in warm-up competitions in Canada and the US and train regularly leading up to the championships. For more information and application; https://www.basketballmanitoba. ca/2018/10/manitoba-provincialteam-coach.html them with advanced level training and experiences to help them develop into an elite level basketball player. See the full roster at; https://www.basketballmanitoba. ca/2018/10/2018-19-centre-forperformance-program.html

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A Manitoba Mixed Miracle By Larry Michaels, Curling Canada Photos

Two is always better than one. Manitoba curling celebrated a double success story on Nov. 10, at the Fort Rouge Curling Club. Colin Kurz and his young team won the Canadian Mixed title to add to Manitoba’s curling championship legacy. At the same time, FRCC added a page to the Manitoba tradition of championship hosting. With a thrilling 7-4 win over Nova Scotia, Manitoba’s young team hoisted the national championship trophy. Back in late October, at a championship reception for their team at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Memorial CC, Fort Rouge President Keith Johnston told Kurz, Meghan Walter, Brendan Bilawka and Sara Oliver, the preparations had all

been made for the visit by them and the other 13 teams from across Canada. “The rest of the story is waiting to be written,” Johnston told the team that evening. Kurz and his team thrilled the hometown crowd with a story-book run to the Canadian championship, but the final chapter still waits to be written as they will represent Canada at the World Mixed championship in October 2019 (the location is still to be determined). It is the first Canadian title, and world appearance, for all four of the young champions. Kurz and Bilawka were at second and lead respectively on JT Ryan’s Manitoba junior team which won the Bronze medal at the 2018 Canadian

Juniors while Oliver was first team all-star when she represented Manitoba at the Canadian Juniors in both 2016 and 2017. “I’ve never really participated in mixed before last year,” said Kurz. “This is our second year playing. We put four friends together and just wanted to have fun with mixed.” Team Manitoba opened the week with two losses in their first three games, but lost only one more time the rest of the way. A record of four wins and two losses in the event’s preliminary round got them into the Championship round of play. An opening loss, 5-3 to Alberta, gave Kurz and his team a 4-3 record and put them in jeopardy of missing the playoffs, but then came three pressure-filled wins:


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single point steals on the seventh and eighth ends to beat British Columbia 7-6; a 7-5 victory over Ontario; and a stolen point on an extra end to defeat Nova Scotia 8-7. “After the first round it seemed that every time we needed to win a game, we were able to win that game,” Kurz said in a post-game interview. “And whether it was a pretty win or kind of a grind, we still managed to pull it out.” The wins over Ontario and Nova Scotia, who had both started that day with seven wins, gave Team Manitoba seven wins of their own and second place in the standings going into the Saturday playoffs. It was a repeat of the day before as Manitoba faced both Ontario and Nova Scotia again. “I think after a couple of those extra end or last rock wins we realized that maybe the home crowd was helping us out,” Kurz said. “I’ve never really had that many people watching and cheering for me.” The vocal group cheered their favorites to a 9-1 win over Ontario and a spot in the final against Nova Scotia who had beaten Quebec in the other semi-final. Manitoba jumped in front 4-1 on a twopoint steal in the fourth end, led 5-4 coming home, and Kurz ended the game with an open hit on his final stone. “I don’t think the front three could have played better,” Kurz said after the final victory. “They made everything there was to make and I was left with, for the most part, pretty easy shots. Whether I made all of them or not, I made enough of them and they just put me in the best position that they could have.” The Mixed title win by Team Kurz was the ninth for a Manitoba team since the championship was established in 1964. Ernie Boushy’s Heather team won that first championship and won it again in 1966. Those two wins were followed by championships by Barry Fry – Maple Leaf in 1973, Hall Tanasichuk – Civic Cal in 1977, and Jim Dunstone - Heather in 1980. Jeff Stoughton, with Colin Kurz’ mother Lynn playing lead, skipped Wildewood teams to the Canadian title in 1988 and 1991. Prior to the Kurz team’s victory, the last team to win the Mixed for Manitoba was by Sean Grassie’s 1998 Deer Lodge team.

The Champions from left to right, skip Colin Kurz, third Meg han Walter, second Brendan Bilwaka and lead Sam Oliver

Team Manitoba in the final

The story of the event on the ice was matched by that of the Fort Rouge Curling Club and its host committee and volunteers. “We felt we were approaching our 100 years as a club,” club president Johnston said when asked why the club had taken on hosting the event. “We wanted to find an event that would help us celebrate. We had hosted many provincial championships over the years and thought we were ready to take it to the next level.” Johnston said his objectives were simple: to put on a good show, to promote the club, to promote the sport of

curling and to show the curling world the Fort Rouge club’s capabilities. Brad McLean accepted the challenge of chairing the host committee “because it was my time to step up and help lead the Fort Rouge club forward.” McLean said the objectives were achieved. “The event was flawless,” he added. “From the ice to the facility to the hospitality, feedback throughout the week from curlers, officials and volunteers was it was outstanding. It was what they expected based on the reputation of the Fort Rouge.” l

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It’s time By Scott Taylor, Photos by Lloyd Louie Rick Henkewich knew it was time. After six years as Commissioner of the Winnipeg High School Football League, the 65-year-old Henkewich, is ready to just find a nice seat and watch the game for a change. Fact is, Henkewich has been around high school football in Manitoba for so long that some of his memories are a tad spotty. “Ok, when did Garden City start its program?” he asked rhetorically. “2005 or 2007? 2007? So I coached at Garden City from 2007 to 2009 and then I went over to Sisler for 2010 and 2011 and then went to Sturgeon and then the league. Yeah, that’s how it went. That brings us up to date.” It’s been a long career for Henkewich. In fact, when Henkewich graduated from Sisler and headed off to Simon Fraser to make his football fortune, it was more than 45 years ago. During the past six years, the WHSFL has undergone plenty of changes and far too many political battles and it has yet still produced some of the finest young athletes – and finest young men and women – in the province. For Henkewich himself, the past six seasons have been nothing short of rewarding. “I think if I had a legacy as you call it, or at least what I hope my legacy would be, is that we’ve opened up the game to more people and more different cultures every year,” Henkewich said. “We have so many new Canadians playing football. We also have a growing number of original Canadians playing. Our game has grown dramatically among our Asian community and more and more Indigenous Canadians are playing every year. We have an almost entirely Aboriginal team at St. John’s. While football participation is getting smaller in many communities, the WHSFL has welcomed more young people into the fold and we have one of the most diverse groups playing the sport anywhere in Canada. “Because of things like that we are now recognized as one of the best football league sin the entire country.” Despite all the growth and the spread of the game throughout the province, Henkewich will admit that his greatest accomplishment was simply keeping the league together. “A few years ago, Winnipeg 1 had that rogue faction that wanted to kick St. Paul’s out of the league,” Henkewich explained. “The entire league nearly collapsed. But we not only were able to keep St. Paul’s, but also make the league stronger.” To say Henkewich is passionate about the game would be an understatement. However, he came by his passion honestly. In fact, football has been a major part of Henkewich’s life since those days at Margaret Scott School. “Yeah, I started out as a receiver at Tec Voc then moved over to Sisler to play runningback, defensive back and safety, as well as punt and kick,” he said. “I never came off the field.

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Then I got the scholarship from Simon Fraser, went out there, tore up my knee and that was that. But that wasn’t the end of his football career. He came back to Winnipeg, played for the Hawkeyes in 1974 and 1975 and then coached for a while. In fact, in 1979, he was the first person to find out that Ray Jauch was going to release Bernie Ruoff because Jauch came to him and asked if he could kick for the Bombers. “I said, ‘Sure,’ and then went out to the stadium and failed my medical,” he said. “My knee never really healed the way it should have, I guess.” After working for CN and then Purolator, Henkewich took a job as an “axe man,” working for a firm that “re-structured” small transportation companies. Then he took a job with Dutch Post, which later became Inter Post. That job gave him the skills necessary to start his own firm, NRS (Neither Rain Nor Snow), a shipping business that he still runs today. However, in 1983, he returned to coaching and has been at it, off an on, for the last 30-plus years. “I came back to high school coaching in ’83 because Sisler needed a DB coach,” he explained. “I became the defensive coordinator in 1984 and we won a couple of titles and then

from 1985-88 I was special teams coach, linebacker coach, runningbacks coach and defensive backs coach for the (junior) Winnipeg Hawkeyes. From 1989-1991 I took over a real messy program with the East Side Eagles and helped them get that straightened out and then from 1992-94, I was runningbacks coach, return coach and kick and punt coach with the Bisons.” While with the Bisons, he worked as a guest coach with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (90-91) and the Edmonton Eskimos (94-95). “And then I walked away,” he said. “I was running my business and I was busy and I just walked away. But then in 2007, Garden City Collegiate was starting a football program and it was two minutes from my house. I thought that was a perfect time and perfect situation to come back.” It also provided him with what he called the greatest moment of his football career. “Despite all the things I did as a player and the championships I’ve won as part of a coaching staff, the greatest moment came in 2008,” he said. “We had a new program at Garden City and we beat St. Paul’s at St. Paul’s in the semifinal. It was just the greatest football game. Everything about it was memorable. It finished 31-29. It was my offence and our quarterback Ryan Ozunko (the MVP of the Manitoba Major Football League in 2012) threw 23 touchdown passes in seven games that year. It’s a record that will never be broken. “We had a great team and one of the St. Paul’s parents stopped me after the game and said to me that he thought we a had a great team. I’ve always appreciated that.” Now, after six seasons in a job he loved, it’s time to move on. One senses, however, that Rick Henkewich won’t be out of football for long. “You can’t do the same volunteer job forever,” Henkewich said. “I’ve recommended that my replacement be (long-time minor football organizer and executive) Jeffrey Bannon. He’ll do a terrific job. He has a marketing background and real social media savvy. He’s also at least 20 years younger.

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An Exciting New Model By Cal Botterill, PhD., Photos by Bahia Taylor and Sport Canada Kerri Einarson, one of the best young skips in the country, found herself in an enviable situation at the end of the 2017-18 curling season. Three of the other best young skips in the country, approached her about joining her team. Whenever a season winds down, even very successful curlers start to pursue opportunities with potentially stronger teams. Basically, curlers are all “free agents”, and have the opportunity to explore better options every year. Of course, after each Olympic quadrennial season, those “explorations” reach new levels, as players gear up for the next 4 years. That was the situation in which four of Canada’s best female skips found themselves. They were all free agents looking for something better when a dialogue began. Einarson had curled impressively in challenging Jennifer Jones in the Scotties national final. Val Sweeting had reached the final in the Mixed Doubles Olympic Trials, Shannon Birchard was part of the Jones team that had won the World Championship, and BrianeMeilleur had led her team to the 2017 Olympic Pre-Trials final. So what brought this impressive collection of young talent together? For sure, the dream of

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pursuing an Olympic possibility was part of it. They are all highly motivated and competitive. They want a chance to be their best. They are hungry for success and have a clear vision of what it will take. They are also still very young, yet have great experience. This The Team, from left, Brianne Mei lleur, Shannon Birchard, Val Swe is a rare combination. eting and Kerri Einarson with the Oakville They have all been Tankard successful and know the power of believing in their teammates. As they shared their dreams and goals, they also discovered They also had the courage to act on that they have team their belief that “every shot in curling chemistry, is important.” This is often given lipwhich is service in the game, but this team critical in agreed that the shooter on every shot curling. deserves the same support as the skip. They wanted the best shot-makers on their team, regardless of position. Who saysa team of four former skips can’t be best?It was new wave thinking. The road to an Olympic opportunity is a long and challenging one. The team that is focused, supportive, resilient and maintains a healthy perspective, is likely to be the best candidate for success. After all, staying with the process is what optimizes outcomes.

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Val Sweeting Over time, being drawn to excellence can be more efficient than feeling the tension and pressure of feeling driven. “Want to,” and “loving what you do” beats thinking you have to avoid failure. Curling is a game of feel. It is what produces the precision in the game. When we over-analyze or overthink, our ability to perceive is often eroded. Good teammates can help prevent this from happening. And as a perspective, we are better to throw for precision than perfection. Perfection by definition is impossible and often creates too much pressure, whereas precision feels manageable and increases our chances. So the skeptics are out there. Can this experiment by Kerri, Val, Shannon, andBriane, be successful? Time, of course, will tell. Their first major win in Oakville suggests they are off to a good

start. With talent, character, teamwork andthe attributeswe’ve mentioned, I think they have a shot. Let’s hear from the players. I asked them what they liked most about their new team so far. Kerri Einarson: “What I like most about my team is that they’re supportive and believe in me when throwing that last rock.” Val Sweeting: “The thing I like most, is how we are each dedicated to becoming excellent in our new positions. We are owning it, accepting it’s a learning process andthat we will make mistakes. But we are finding ways we can continuously get better every day.” Shannon Birchard: “My favourite part about this team is our commitment and dedication to learning, and to becoming better players. Egos have been set aside to form a single unit with a strong supportive base with each of us


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Brianne Meilleur operating different moving parts. The trust that has been formed in such a short time astounds me and assures me that our goals are aligned and that everyone is preparedto put in the work required to achieve them.” BrianeMeilleur: “Everyone is on the same page. We share the same goals, intensity and determination to do whatever it takes to be at our best individually and as part of a team. We all know what it takes and are willing to do the work.” The greatest wisdom usually comes from the performers themselves. They are the ones who have to face the music and come to know what makes a difference. Their honest insightful comments can help any developing team. l

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The 2019 Class of Baseball’s Best By Scott Taylor, Photos courtesy Baseball Manitoba The former voice of the Winnipeg Goldeyes, a baseball-mad family from Morden, three remarkable teams and a pitcher from the Golden Years of the 1940s will lead nine individuals, a family, and four teams into the 2019 Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Earlier this month, the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame announced the 2019 inductees into the provincial Hall in Morden. The 23rd Annual induction banquet will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 5:00 pm, at the Morden Event Access Centre where the Hall of Fame is located. The individuals to be inducted are Greg Cameron from Boissevain, Armin Gitzel from Carman, Dean McBride from

Brandon, John Robbins from Winnipeg (who now lives in Richmond, B.C.), Randy Robertson from Hamiota (who now lives in Stouffville, Ont.), Bruce Stephens from Brandon, the late Chuck Lindsay from Brandon, umpire Bob Senff from Virden and broadcaster Paul Edmonds from Winnipeg. The 2006-2012 Brandon Cloverleafs (Major Teams Category), the 1996-2003 Carillon Sultans (Major Teams Category), the 2007-11 Springfield Juniors (Small Teams Category) and the 1968 Coulter Red Sox (Special Category). As well, the Sager Family from Morden will be honoured in the Special Category. Let’s meet the inductees: Jon Robbins (1981---) Richm ond, B.C. Jon Robbins of Winnipeg was such a dominant pitcher that he was named the tournam ent’s top right handed pitcher at the 2002 Junior Nationa ls in Newfoundland for leading Manitoba to a bronze medal. He also helped pitch the Carillon Juniors represen ting Manitoba to a gold medal at the Western Canadia n title in 2001. He was named Rookie of the Year in the Winnipeg Senior League. He then went on to twic e being named the top pitcher and overall most valuable player in the league.

Greg Cameron (bottom row, third from right) and the Souris Juvenile Cardinals 1967

Greg Cameron (1949---) Boissevain Greg Cameron achieved success on the ball diamond very early as his Souris Little League team won the 1961 Manitoba Championships and he is still involved with baseball nearly 60 years later. Greg played in four Canadian Senior AAA tournaments and upon retiring took up coaching minor ball in Boissevain and at provincial tournaments. In 1994 he co-coached the Oildome Pee Wee Stars to the Manitoba title which earned them a trip to the National finals in North Bay, Ontario.

n Armin Gitzel (1936---) Carma pitcher, outfielder, ing tand Armin Gitzel was an outs ler. He was a key stea base and r, infielder, clutch hitte secutive Provincial force in helping Miami win six con career playing his titles from 1950-55. He continued er League from Bord tral Cen th Senior baseball in the Sou for Graysville then and s inal Card man 1954-61 for the Car tive secu two con in 1962 and 1963 where they won championships.

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n Dean McBride (1970---) Brando highly competitive the at 0, -201 1987 , ons To play 24 seas in itself but to thy wor Senior AAA level is Hall of Fame that length of for age aver ing record a .371 lifetime batt Gladstone he from ly inal Orig ing. time is truly outstand the Plumas with ng age got his start in Senior ball at a you ished in mpl acco e wer ts Pirates. Dean’s many achievemen don Bran and ers Farm a paw Nee 11 seasons each with the n was Dea ts. Gian d woo Elm the with Cloverleafs and two the 1990 batting title MSBL 1988 Rookie of the Year, won the 1997 Playoff MVP. ed with a .507 average and was nam

Bruce Stephens (1951---) Bra ndon Bruce Stephens has had two Hall of Fame careersone as a player and a second as a builder through his coaching and executive contributio n. Bruce led his small hometown Cardale team to the Manitoba and Western Canada Midget champi onships in 1968. He was a perennial SWBL all-star and five time batting champ while playing and coaching the Delo raine Royals. He led the Royals to several provinci al championships and the 1983 Western Canadian title. Bruce coached minor baseball during and after his play ing career, including Deloraine’s first Peewee Provinci al championship team.

Special Category: Coulter Red Sox 1968 The 1968 season of the Cinderella Coulter Red Sox almost didn’t happen. The team seemed likely to fold before the season due to lack of players. But it was reinforced by a trio of players from nearby Elva and they decided to carry on in the Southwest League. Against all odds, they reached the Provincial Final against a decidedly superior home team assembled by Red Sangster in Thompson and ended their dream season losing in three games to one of the best clubs ever assembled in Manitoba. Special Category: Sager Family – Morden The Sager family has made significant contributions as dedicated and skilled performers, leaders and builders of baseball and fastball in southern Manitoba. Father, Howie, is best known for chairing the Elks July 1 Minor ball tournament in Morden for 20 years. Mom, Oddney worked along with Howie in Minor ball as a coach and executive. Oldest son Steve had an outstanding career as an all-star third baseman and pitcher in Junior and Senior ball. Son Wayne was a talented lefthanded pitcher and powerful home run hitter. Daughter Jennifer might have been the most talented ball player in the family but was denied the chance for a baseball career, settled for fastball where she excelled. Special Category: Bob Senff (1945---) Umpire Bob Senff was a Winnipegger who moved to Virden in 1971 and became a highly respected umpire on Westman diamonds for 30 years. He spent all of those seasons in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League along with two years working in the shortlived Prairie League of Professional Baseball. He once umpired a Senior game in which his two sons competed against each other in 1996 and sang both the Canadian and American National anthems prior to some Prairie League games before putting on the mask to umpire behind the plate. Special Category: Paul Edmonds (1966---) Media For 19 years, 1995-2013, Winnipeg’s Paul Edmonds was the voice of the Winnipeg Goldeyes. During his broadcasts Paul consistently promoted amateur baseball within Manitoba. His Former Goldeyes radio voice Paul Edmonds dedication to the game has been a huge benefit to baseball in our province. Baseball’s loss has been hockey’s gain as Paul is currently the radio voice of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. Special Category: Chuck Lindsay (1920-2007) – Pre-1950 Harold (Chuck) Lindsay pitched both baseball and fastball at a very high level of competition. Chuck pitched baseball for Hamiota, Reston, Virden, and Belleview. Prior to WWll, Hamiota had an undefeated softball team with Chuck as the main pitcher for four years. Stationed in New Brunswick during his WWll service he was voted the best pitcher to ever play baseball and fastball in the Maritimes. The respect he had from his peers during and following his pitching career is that everybody continued to call him Chuck even though his given name was Harold. To his peers and fans he was always a “chucker.”

Randy Robertson (1966---) Stouffville, Ont. Hamiota’s Randy Robertson compiled a Hall of Fame Randy Robertson (top row, third from left) resume by with the Hamiota Red Sox the time he completed his minor ball career. As a Junior in 1985 his Manitoba Summer Games team earned a Silver Medal. Randy also started coaching very young as he ran an elite MBA program for young players from Western Manitoba in 1985-86 and also coached in Ham iota Minor Baseball from 1985-88. While his career in the MSBL was relatively short from 1984 -89 it was also outs tanding as he compiled a .352 career batting average. Cloverleafs – 2006-2012 Major Team: Brandon a long and successful The Brandon Cloverleafs had Baseball League as run in the Manitoba Senior ry year in more than eve the only team to compete stence starting in 1961. 50 years of the league’s exi been more dominant for However, no era may have their 2006-2012 teams. the Cloverleafs than that of verleafs won two league In those seven years the Clo through in the playoffs pennants and really came cial championships. with five MSBL and provin tans – Major Team: Carillon Sul 1996-2003 inly of players that The Sultans consisted ma of the Carillon Sultan came up through the ranks home games out of ir Junior team and played the highly competitive the in ing pet Friedensfeld. Com Sultans dominated Winnipeg Senior League the in 1998, 1999, 2001, and with league championships Canadian AA silver rn 2002. They earned a Weste Sultans were 2003 the lly cia vin Medal in 1999. Pro 2000 Senior AA finalist, Senior AA champions, the i-finalists. 1999 and 2002 Senior AA sem

Small Community Team: Springfield Juniors – 2007-2011 The Springfield Braves were a rural Junior AA team with their home diamond in Dugald playing in the Winnipeg Junior Baseball League. During the five-year period from 2008-2012 they dominated their city opponents by making the league final all five years. They won the league championship three of those five years and went on to be awarded the provincial Junior title three of four times.

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Deraj, Vo Win National Silver Medals Thien Vo

By Marj Niemi, Photos courtesy Badminton Manitoba They have become two of the finest badminton players in the country and they have developed their skills right here in Manitoba. Thien Vo won a silver medal in singles at the Yonex Prairie Elite tournament held in Saskatoon back in October while Kiren Deraj also won a silver medal in singles at the Yonex Alberta Junior Elite held in Calgary a week later. Vo earned his medal with wins over Saskatchewan and Alberta players to make it into the semi-final against the second seed Andrew Zhuang. He had a decisive 21-8, 21-12 victory which put him into the final against the No. 1 seed and current Canadian champion Jason Ho-Shue. Ho-Shue won the match 21-15, 21-8 to claim the gold medal while Vo took home the silver. “Losing the final made me hungrier,” said Vo. “I just want to win so bad.” The following weekend Deraj followed in Vo’s footsteps at the Yonex Alberta Junior Elite in Calgary with a win in the quarter final of the U-19 Boys Singles over the second seed Anthony Tso. Deraj then went on to topple the 3/4 seed Sheldon Xu 21-19, 21-12 to make it into the final. He fought very hard in the final losing to the No. 1 seed Yunzhi Chen from Alberta. “It was a really close match,” Deraj said. “I made quite a lot of mistakes in the first game, and lost 9-21, but in the second game, I persevered, kept the rallies going, and won 21-16. In the final game, I started off strong, and was up 11-6 at the interval. However, he started the second half very strong, and a combination of his skill and my mistakes lost me the match (15-21).” What makes these accomplishments particularly notable is the fact that the two athletes train together with Vo mentoring Deraj. “Kiren is like my younger brother,” Vo said. “I help him as much as I Thien Vo can, not only with badminton skills but also about mental preparation. I want to see him do well because I

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Thien Vo

Kiren Deraj

can see his talent and his hard work, he just needs someone to lead him on the right path. “I’m very happy to see his results at Alberta Junior Elite. But I always tell him that he should never be satisfied, work hard again and again.” Deraj also spoke about their unique Kiren Deraj relationship. “When I started playing competitively, Thien was the only one who would play singles with me, even though I would get completely annihilated every time,” Deraj said. “As I got better, I would always try to follow his examples. Even now, he is helping me grow as a player and as a person, and I am really grateful that he came to Winnipeg back in 2015.” Both players play in Winnipeg at the Winnipeg Winter Club and will be playing there at the Herb Richard Manitoba Open tournament coming up in November. Their recent victories help the players move up in the national rankings which will also help them in vying for a national title later in the season at the National Championships in February in Calgary as well as at the Junior National Championships being held right here in Winnipeg next May. l



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Winning On and Off the Ice Scoring Academics through Athletics By Amber Penner (WRL Open Representative) this season playing for her Open 3 Garden City Aces team. Cassidy Roberts studies full-time at the University of Winnipeg completing optometry prerequisites, with future goals to apply to the Arianna Yorski program and one day become an optometrist. Cassidy has played ringette for 13 years and been an on-ice official for two. This season Cassidy is actively participating in the WRL as an Open 2 player, referee, and sitting on the on-ice officials committee. Arianna Yorski has been playing Hailey Martel is currently ringette for 10 years. She is currently enrolled at the University taking two years of prerequisites prior of Manitoba with plans to to applying to the College of Pharmacy become a firefighter. This at the University of Manitoba. Her goals year is Hailey’s tenth year for the future include working as a playing Ringette, and she is pharmacist for either a pharmaceutical doing so on her U19B team. company or as a research pharmacist, Jacqueline Midford is and travelling whenever possible. You a student can find her on the ice at the University of Cassidy Roberts Winnipeg within the 4-Year Bachelor of Kinesiology in Rehabilitation program. She has been playing Ringette for 13 years and has coached for three. As she continues to participate in the sport she hopes to utilize her education by helping younger teams as a trainer. This season you can find Jacqueline in the arena playing for The Winnipeg Ringette League (WRL) gives scholarships each year to ringette participants who have demonstrated academic performance, strong commitment to the sport of ringette, leadership, and volunteerism. This year’s four winners, each receiving a $500 scholarship:

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Hailey Martel

her U19A team and assistant coaching a U16A team.

Jacqueline Midford

Congratulations to all of the recipients. TheWinnipeg Ringette League thanks all of the applicants and encourages all post-secondary students to apply next year. The WRL Scholarship Committee looks forward to receiving your applications, and seeing how committed so many players are to their sport, community, and education. Next year the WRL will introduce a 5th scholarship proudly sponsored by a local Winnipeg realtor. Details on the WRL website. l


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Anna Bird, University of Mary

Emerson Kidd, University of Texas El Paso Emma Friesen, University of Winnipeg

Valour Elite Players Headed to University Soccer By Scott Taylor, Photos Courtesy Valour FC Elite Girls

Juliana Da Silva, St. Cloud State University

A total of 11 players from the Valour FC Elite Girls who will be graduating from high school this spring spent Nov. 14, 2018 signing letters of intent to accept university soccer scholarships this fall. Goalkeeper Anna Biebrich and midfielder Alex Paul will play at the University of Manitoba; forward Tessa Carlin and midfielder Emerson Kidd have accepted offers at the University of Texas El Paso; goalkeeper Anna Bird will play at the University of Mary; defender Juliana Da Silva will head to St. Cloud State University; goalkeeper Jazmiera Ditter will play at the University of Tulsa; midfielder Emma Friesen is headed to the University of Winnipeg; defender Kaitlyn Morphy will play at Northwestern Oklahoma State University; and fullback Reese Peacock has accepted an offer to play at the University of Victoria. We here at SportsLife have covered a number of these former Manitoba Blizzard stars for years. Congratulations to all. l

Kaitlyn Morphy, Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Alex Paul, University of Manitoba

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Canada’s female team at the Worlds: from left Marissa Naylor, Brittney Rocan, Mykeala Mitchell and Dakota Eillen

Brittney Rocan

Manitobans’ Represent Canada at Bowling Worlds

A big win for Canada

By Scott Taylor, Photos by World Bowling From July 24 to August 4th two Manitoban’s, Marissa Naylor and Brittney Rocan took to the world stage in Tenpin Bowing at the World Championships in Detroit, Michigan. Through three different events and a team of eight made up of athletes throughout the country, they represented well by placing in the middle of the pack out of 14 countries. As Rocan and Naylor bowled brilliantly, SportsLife Magazine had the official photographers of World Bowling send us back a glimpse at the action. l

Marissa Naylor’s outstanding delivery

Team Canada: Left to right top row: Jakob Bowden, Marc-Antoine Caron, Gavin Sum, and Samuel Demers, and David Poupart (Coach) Left to right bottom row: Dakota Eillen, Mykeala Mitchell, Brittney Rocan, and Marissa Naylor

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The 2018-19 University of Manitoba Women’s Golf Team

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NAYLOR LEADS BISON GOLFERS INTO NATIONALS By Scott Taylor, Photos by Chantal Zdan and

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Veronica Vetensick

This past year, one of the finest female athletes in Manitoba, Winnipeg’s Marissa Naylor, completed two amazing tasks. She helped the University of Manitoba women’s golf team qualify for the National Championship and also represented Canada at the World Bowling Championships in Detroit. Naylor, the Bisons golf captain, won the Jamestown Invitational to start the varsity golf season and not only won another collegiate event but also had several top 10 finishes. In the end, Naylor helped her teammates qualify for the Canadian University Championship which will be held at the end of the spring semester. This season, Chantal Zdan and chronicled the team’s success. Thanks to the work of John Gaudes at the University of Manitoba, we can share those images with you in SportsLife. l

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