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Oxford Learning ............................................. 4 Whitby Girls Softball ...................................... 6 Edge Hockey .................................................... 7 Twist Performance and Wellness ............. 8-9 Blythe Academy ............................................. 10 Town of Whitby ............................................ 12 Ajax Wanderers ............................................ 16 Durham Shredders ....................................... 18 Serron Noel ........................................... 22-23 Jim Jackson .............................................. 26-27 Scary Skate ..................................................... 28 Whitby Curling Club ............................ 30-31 Whitby Sports Hall of Fame ....................... 32 Ultimate Cheer ............................................. 33 Todd Keirstead .............................................. 36 Team of the Month........................................ 40 Vikings Rugby ................................................. 42 Graphic Design

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Dave Ashton 905.903-3416 dave.ashton@tallshipsmedia.com www.tallshipsmedia.com On the Cover Oshawa Generals Forward Serron Noel

Contributors Lady Blue Knights Field Lacrosse, Jeff Roux, Dallas Knowles, Whitby Lightning, Ajax Wanderers, Whitby Sports Hall of Fame, Oshawa Generals, Mary Giacalone “Scary Mary”, WGSA, Canlan Ice Sports, Whitby Curling Club, Town of Whitby, Brandon R. Peddle, Adam Stanley,

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It’s back to school time again! Certainly, we have enjoyed the company of our children for the summer. We have enjoyed our progeny for 9 1/2 weeks or 63 days or 1,512 hours or 90,720 minutes or – if you are really a masochist – 5,443,200 seconds! As happy as we may be to have them back at their studies, our fondest wishes are reserved for their feelings. We want them to want to return to school, to want to succeed, to enjoy the quest, to work hard – perhaps even harder – this year. But, how do we accomplish this? What can we do to help? A quick review of the two rules of motivation will help. 1. We cannot motivate children. We can create lots of stress for them (and us); we can complicate their lives, but motivation comes from within. Children motivate themselves when they discover we are offering them something they want. 2.Your child is already motivated to do those things that they feel


are important or of value to them. They lose motivation when they are expected to do things they do not understand and that do not appear to be important to them. So what happens when our kids start back to school seemingly motivated and then lose that momentum? Where does their motivation go? No matter how hard it is to believe, our kids are capable of logical and rational thought. How they are acting is a direct result of some conclusion or feeling they have – usually not consciously held – about themselves. If they don’t appear motivated, it’s because deep down, they have concluded that giving the appearance of trying is not in their best interest. The trick for us, as parents, is to make sure that our expectations are properly understood at our child’s level, not just at ours. Visualization exercises can often help. Have your child visualize success in school. Make the picture complete. See the classroom. See completed

homework being handed in. See a report card. See him/ herself studying without distractions. See the final result – happiness and so on. And finally, here is the last, true secret. Motivation is a result of the action you take to achieve your values and goals! Action comes first; motivation follows. For the first few months of every new school year, help your kids devise a study time, help them get and stay organized and make sure they know how to start every assignment or homework piece. Enrolling in a good study program will help. Help them get started! That’s the key – starting – action! Action first, feelings later. Don’t expect deep feelings of motivation to arrive before action. Start the engines first. The celebration comes later! Contact the Oxford Learning location nearest you today! Or visit us at www. oxfordlearning.com for complete program information.

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A Home Run Season

Whitby Girls Softball Association Wraps Up a Great 2018


t’s hard to believe our season is about finished, but 2018 has been another great year for the Whitby Girls Softball Association and all of our players and families. Our membership is strong with approximately 600 girls from Whitby and Durham Region playing in our house league and Select programs. Our house league season ran from early May through mid August. Each team played one game a week during the regular season, and we finished up each division with a playoff tournament and season-ending banquet. Once again, our Learn to Play program, for girls aged 5 through 8 years old, was tremendously successful, with over 120 young players learning the basics of the game of softball, and having a fun time doing so each week! We wrapped up our program with a “bring a friend” fun night and banquet….about 35 friends joined us that evening and we hope most of these girls will sign up in 2019. Of course, the Whitby Girls Softball Association is particularly proud of our Select program. Eight different Select teams representing divisions

2018 Regular Season Champions • Mite – Wow 1 Day Painting • Squirt – North Garden Dental • Novice – Ontario Power Generation • Bantam – Comfort Crew Heating and Cooling • Midget – Roy’s Enterprise Mite through Midget participated in many tournaments across the GTA throughout the summer months, representing not only the WGSA, but the Town of Whitby. Interest in our Select program is at an all-time high as almost 140 girls tried out in the spring to make these teams. As a result, all of our teams were very talented, so we saw plenty of gold, silver and bronze medals throughout the summer! The goal of the WGSA is for our players to have fun as they develop their individual athletic and team skills through team practices and friendly competition. It takes many volunteers – coaches, scorekeepers, conveners, board members – to make our program work so effectively.

Thanks to all who contributed time and effort this year. Thanks as well to all our sponsors – these are local businesses and organizations who contribute money to our program to allow us to offer such a cost-effective sport to local families. If you’d like to contribute, please consider attending our 2018 Annual General Meeting which will take place on October 10th, 2018. Lastly, the WGSA program doesn’t end with summer – we will once again offer players opportunities to learn through our fall and winter clinics, and we will run several fun events for our players throughout the off-season, so no need to wait to next summer to enjoy!



















• Fall/Winter Classes • • Team Training • • Christmas Camps • • March Break Camps • • Body Checking Clinics • • Pre-Tryout Camps •


• Summer Camps • • Small Group Training • • Elite Defence Camps • • Explosive Skating Clinics • • Video Analysis Training • • Player/Team Assessments •




The Right Buttons

Victory Royale Starts With Plan That Includes Fortnite


hey say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In pop culture there are always things that catch the cultural zeitgeist and grab people’s attention, like unique properties of a magnet, some are pulled toward them and some are repulsed. This phenomenon is even more true is today’s digital culture where going viral no longer requires a hazmat suit and a quarantine, but instead invades all aspects of social media, day to day conversation and every joke on late night television. There are many ways for people to compete, to show their skills, to stimulate their competitive spirit, or in some cases, provide an avenue of fun, activity and exercise. For most, Hockey still dominates our Canadian culture but there are many other sports and activities that attract different folks with different strokes. It seems however there is one

activity, one game, one obsession that is taking over everywhere, that every kid is interested in, that is part of almost every kid conversation in 2018 ... and, there are dances. That game, of course, is Fortnite. Since its September 2017 release it has taken the world by storm, downloaded over 125 Million times (and counting) often with millions of people playing at once. The game fad is not new, nor is the search for hot new trends and forms of entertainment in the world of pop culture. We innately have a grass is always greener desire for the next best thing. Occasionally something comes along that truly becomes an outlier and changes the game forever and like it or not, Fortnite is everywhere. Sure, the dances are fun and helps keeps kids moving but what is it about this game that is mesmerizing every kid with a device, any device? There was a time when there was

a constant battle to keep kids from playing video games. The battle to get kids off the couch, away from the device and moving more often came down to playing the ultimate parent card but never really getting kids to buy-in. Now, gaming has evolved into competitive “E-sports” which goes way beyond entertainment and a way to waste time and has become a lucrative industry. Experts are even making 6-figure monthly incomes for others to WATCH them play games online, yep, you heard me. E-sports events are selling out stadiums and pay-per-view venues, colleges are now offering scholarships for E-sports teams. There is even discussion about E-sports making their way into becoming an Olympic event. And, now people are actually hiring video game coaches like they would hire personal trainers. Ugh!




THE CARROT OR THE STICK I may be a NOOB when it comes to Fortnite, but I am hoping to use what I know to help motivate kids to still want to keep moving and find a way to fit a healthy lifestyle into their busy lives. In Life and in Fortnite we all want to keep getting better because the alternative is to get worse. Just like the game is built to learn, evolve and allow players to get better as they gain experience and progress through the game, health, fitness and performance works the same way. The specific goals may be different but ultimately we are all trying to get better. So sit back, grab a Chug Jug and at least hear me out. They say, if you can’t beat them, join them. If kids are going to keep playing video games, we need to find a way to also ensure they stay healthy. Maybe you can even use the motivation that being healthier, better fuelled and well rested will improve their performance in video games, that way everyone wins. Rather than using the stick and simply stating the obvious and saying video games are bad, time is better spent playing outside, reading books, exercising etc. I have decided to jump on the wave, and instead come up with a plan for parents to use this Fortnite phenomenon as a carrot to help motivate kids to also focus on their mental and physical health. The answer – trick them. We all have dreams. The dream of becoming a pro athlete is not for everyone but, technically anyone could become a pro gamer. BE LIKE NINJA! Not like, an actual Ninja of course. Ninja is the most famous gamer in the world right now and everyone’s Fortnite role model. He a lifelong gamer, but he is careful to remind his fans that he did well in school, played soccer and other sports, attended (and finished college) and had a job as he perfected his craft, prioritized

If you manage your time and energy right, it can all work together. the important things in his life and now makes $500K/month playing games.

TICK. TOCK. The goal is to get a little better every day; at school, in your sport, with your fitness, with your relationships, and yes, with Fortnite. If you manage your time and energy right, it can all work together. Each day has 24 hours. Each week has 168. Finding a way to prioritize time to get kids up and get moving for 3-4 of them should not be difficult. Determining what to eliminate from your schedule instead and finding the expertise and motivation is often more of the problem. Being efficient with their time, eating well, exercising in a program that makes the best use of their time (not wasting it standing around taking to their friends about Fortnite) will help them get back to their homework and then back to their Fortnite game while still leaving time to get to bed early. Make a schedule, balance out the time and stick to it! SLEEP IS WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS Don’t sacrifice sleep for games. Sleep is the time when your body repairs itself, if we don’t get enough sleep, we don’t perform well. We all know that sleep is important and that we need it, but do we know why? The effect of sleep on performance has become a topic of great interest. Scientific evidence clearly shows a relationship between critical sleep factors (sleep length, sleep quality & sleep phases) and human performance. 

The 2 hormones that control appetite, ghrelin (induces hunger) and leptin (suppresses it). When you are sleep deprived your body produces MORE leptin and LESS ghrelin which typically leads to not eating enough one day and too much the next. It also causes cravings for starchy carbs and sugars vs. high quality whole foods. Inadequate sleep also leads to increased levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) that causes the body to conserve energy and hold onto fat during waking hours. If we don’t sleep well, we don’t eat well. The lack of sleep or cumulative sleep debt is associated with changes in mood, concentration, motivation, endurance and recovery that have a negative effect on athletic performance, school and any mental and physical demands. It also puts athletes at risk for overtraining/ under-recovery. Ideal sleep amounts are in the range of between 8-10 hours of sleep each night plus a 30 minute nap if you can make it happen (You're Welcome!).  It is important that each person determines the amount of sleep they need per week.  (eg: 8 hours/night = 56 hours per week)  You should be looking to get between 56-70 hours of sleep each week, including naps.

FUEL YOURSELF Don’t fall into the trap of the typical gamer diet. Mountain Dew and Jalepeno Cheetos will not cut it Performance nutrition quite simply depends on sound principals of basic nutrition. The healthiest of diets are composed of real, whole, unprocessed foods which includes a variety of nutrient dense whole foods containing high-quality proteins, carbohydrates and fats, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants which will provide the body with the raw materials needed to support the body in order to enhance performance and optimize body composition and health.




New School Values Blythe Academy Offers Flexibility For Student Athletes


or young athletes, finding the right balance between sports and academics can sometimes be overwhelming. The rigors of training and practice schedules can make it difficult for students completing elementary, middle school, and high school to follow a standard timetable and meet class deadlines. As an accredited private school, Blyth Academy Whitby offers unique flexible scheduling and personalized academics for studentathletes grades 6 to 12. This cuttingedge restructuring of the academic school year has dramatic benefits, allowing students to engage in sports and fitness training throughout the day while still completing schoolwork. Blyth Academy Whitby high school operates on a four-term schedule. Students take only two courses per term, as opposed to a more traditional semester setting (four courses a semester) or a full-year setting (eight courses daily spanning the entire academic year), allowing them to manage their academic workload much more effectively. “Our two course per term structure allows students to feel less overwhelmed and provides a better balance between athletics and academics,” says Blyth Academy Whitby Principal, Kim Hacker. “We are a small school with small class sizes which means we know the students well. Our teaches are well aware when students have extensive periods of play-offs or try-outs, and can better accommodate their schedules.” Average class sizes of seven students, combined with 2.25 hour classes taken five days a week, allow students more time for in-depth review. Our method also enables staff to give each student individualized attention on an ongoing basis. It leaves part of the day free

for athletic and fitness training, and supports athletes who train outside of Ontario for part of the school year. “Our four term schedule approach allows students, including those who train in warm weather sports, to take a term off and still earn most credits in-class during the school year,” affirms Principal Hacker. “For example, our golfers leave in February to a warmer climate for better training and still have time to complete three terms before they go, and one when they get back.” In conjunction with our digital campus, Blyth Academy Online, students who spend a portion of the school year training outside of Whitby have access to over 100 high school courses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “When students take advantage of our online courses while they are away, they are able to complete the school year with the expected number of credits,” says Principal Hacker. Students at Blyth Academy Whitby also have the opportunity to utilize summer school at the campus.

“Often we find that athletes that miss a lot of academic time, prior to joining us, sometimes have gaps in their schedules or some credits they haven’t earned along the way,” she says. “Our Blyth Academy Online courses or summer school courses allow them to catch up on a course they missed or prepare for a heavy year ahead.” Additionally, Blyth Academy Whitby provides academics to student athletes who play in professional leagues outside of the city, and return home once their season comes to an end. “We have a lot of students who play OHL hockey, who live in the area and when their season typically ends in March, they move home and have the ability to take two credits with us in term four,” says Principal Hacker. The Blyth Academy academic model has proven success. Our alumni have achieved both academic and athletic scholarships from tier-one schools, competed internationally, and even play at professional levels. For more information visit blythacademy.ca











Anyone Can Do It!

Take Advantage of Active Programs Whitby Has to Offer


eing active has many health benefits for all ages, so don’t wait, start today. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” A quote from Arthur Ashe; professional tennis player, outlines the approach that Whitby fitness takes with every new participant. Anyone can do it. We’re here to help you! The Whitby Civic Recreation Complex Health Club’s Healthy Start program is available to all members, as part of their membership. Getting started, making healthy choices and staying active is easier with the support of the Town of Whitby fitness staff. Certified by the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, the fitness staff will help you to get started and to stick with it. Receive hands on assistance from a free fitness assessment and personally designed fitness program, to ongoing

coaching and motivation, any time you are in the facility. Get started at any stage of your life. The Get Active, Stay Active – Your Way program is designed for sedentary older adults, age 60+ to become more involved in physical activities, make healthier eating choices and make new social connections. Certified fitness staff will assist participants to find their best way to stay active for life. Participants that have started in this program love it. Heather Earl likes that you work at your own pace, get a push when needed, but it’s gentle. Michael Silz joined the program to get in shape and live a healthier lifestyle, but he found the social aspect of the program very rewarding. David Joseph says, “it’s an outstanding program, that got him motivated and on the right path to reaching his physical fitness and nutrition goals”.

You should try it too! This program has been made possible by a grant through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for an Active Living Program for adults age 60+ who are not currently active. NEW FALL PROGRAMS Whitby Recreation has many activities suitable for all ages and interests. Find something that you enjoy. Visit Whitby.ca/recreation for a program for you and your family. Look for NEW Family Fitness, Family Zumba and Family Yoga programs starting this fall. Free trial workouts for all first time Health Club participants. —Written by Marianne Schlottke; Town of Whitby Recreation, Supervisor of Fitness Services.


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New Training Lineup Oshawa Church Hockey League adds Trio of Programs For 70 years, the Oshawa Church Hockey League (OCHL) has provided players from the Durham Region with the opportunity to play hockey. With a focus on sportsmanship and fair play, the OCHL’s grassroots program has seen a progression of leadership, talent, stewardship and the love of the game. In 2018, the OCHL is excited to announce the introduction of three new programs that will support its over 850 players continue to grow as players, as well as give even more families the opportunity to play Canada’s game. LEARN TO PLAY The OCHL is excited to introduce, in collaboration with the NHL, NHLPA

and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Learn to Play program for the 2018-2019 season. The Learn to Play initiative was developed to offer more families a chance to experience everything that youth hockey offers. As one of only 15 programs in Ontario, the OCHL and Learn to Play will offer new players a fun, barrier-free opportunity to play hockey. Available for first time players between the ages of 4 and 9, Learn to Play provides its players with free head-to-toe equipment and unique development programming for 24 weeks. HEADSTART HOCKEY The OCHL is also excited to

announce that Head Start Hockey will be supporting all divisions up to Novice. The Head Start program is specifically designed to teach proper skating techniques, stride power, how to handle the puck, and much more, in a fun environment focused on younger hockey players. SCARY SKATE The most fundamental skill in hockey is skating and this is what Scary Skate will bring to the OCHL this season and moving forward. As a new partner, the OCHL is excited to bring its players the opportunity for focused coaching relative to skating with speed and power.




Banner Campaign Ajax Wanderers Had Plenty to Celebrate in 2018


he Ajax Wanderers Rugby organization enjoyed another fantastic season in 2018. Here are some of the highlights: • Sr. Men’s Team - Finished 1st in the East Division of the Championship League. • Annual Family Day was a HUGE success that was capped off with a great game against a Junior touring side from the Beddau RFC U17 side in Wales. Many Wanderers representing the club this summer at the Provincial level for Rugby Ontario. • U15 Men: Colton Mowbray, Justin Taylor • U16 Men: Daniel Svoboda, Colby Bell, Alexander Lee, Sam Marler, Sam Reimer • U16 Women: Mia Webb, Macy Ince, Tristin Hopkins, Nicole McKoy, Amelia Blanco, Serna Murphey, Breanna Henry-Bipatnath, Layah Morrison-Davis • U17 Men: Cole O’Prey, Jerred Cresswell, Alex Kropman, Ben Mowbray, Taylor Rowed, Alex Ielo • U18 Men: Cole Brown, Eric Keppen, Liam McLaughlin • U18 Women: Megan Robertson, Sarrynn Hopkins • U19 Men: Levi Konecny, Erik Keppen • U20 Women: Alexia Russell UPCOMING EVENTS • Winter Indoor Training: All Junior and Senior Teams • Fall 7’s: Please contact Stew Dobbs for Details • McCormick Cup Championships

HOLIDAY RENTALS Thinking of hosting a Holiday Party? Please consider the Ajax Wanderers for your holiday rentals. We are fully licensed under the LLBO and offer VERY reasonable rental rates. Email club.rentals@ajaxwanderers. com for more details.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY The Ajax Wanderers will be celebrating 70 years of rugby in Ontario in 2019. Established in 1949, the Wanderers were the VERY FIRST rugby club in ALL of Ontario. We hope to have many events throughout the year to honour this special anniversary.


Hello, we are The R.E.S.T. Centre and we would like to introduce ourselves to the Durham Region. Floatation Therapy has been around since 1952, and has now arrived in the Durham Region. We are located at 1916 Dundas Street East in Whitby, Ontario. Our hours of operations are, Mon. to Sun. from 8am to 12 am, last floats start at 10:30pm. Floatation therapy is great for, chronic pain, chronic stress, injury recovery, mental strength, the effects

of chronic pain & chronic stress has on the mind body and soul, great for pregnant females, as well as a pure form of meditation. Floatation therapy is also very beneficial with recovering from a concussion or a serious head injury. The R.E.S.T. Centre was the first centre in Ontario, back in 2011 in Sudbury Ontario, and we relocated to the Durham Region and opened our doors in July of 2017. We were the first Centre to be allowed to go Chlorine free as our

secondary form of sanitization has been proven to surpass the Ministry of Health’s requirements regarding chlorine. We use a natural form of H202, so as you float your body is better able to absorb the magnesium from the Epsom salts. We use the highest quality of Epsom salts brought in from Germany. We have 4 floatation tanks as well as a Registered Massage Therapist. Call us today at The R.E.S.T. Centre today and book your float with us.

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Blaze Your Trail Ride with Durham Shredders Mountain Bike Club


urham Shredders provides a way for youth to be active and truly push themselves toward both social and personal goals. We've put together a group of the greatest coaches around to teach, mentor, and inspire kids of all skill levels. Mountain Bike X-Country Cycling is an ideal outdoor physical activity that combines the best of individual and team sport values, offering both physical and mental challenges in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Durham Shredders is: • A not for profit Mountain Bike X Country Cycling club for kids! • Suitable for all levels of riders from beginner to competitive. • Coached by avid cyclists with a wide range of experience, certifications & abilities. • Focused on fun, fitness & skills development. • Flexible! Multiple 6-Week sessions are available. Programs include: LEARN TO RIDE Whether riders are just starting out, having never been in the forest, or happen to have strayed from beaten path once or twice — everyone needs the basics. Coaches will choose trails appropriate for your child’s ability level to help them develop their technique, stamina and skills. Programs will work on developing skills on local X-Country trails. The focus is on fun, fun, fun! WHO: Boys & Girls, ages 5 - 17 Groups for beginner to advanced riders (depending on numbers; beginner riders ages 5 -12 may be placed in a younger age group). LEARN TO RACE Shred the trails 2 nights a week! Once the basics are in place, learn to ride all levels of trails including climbing, dropping and shredding. Coaches will

choose trails appropriate to your child’s ability level to help them develop their technique, stamina and skills. Programs will work on developing skills on local X-Country trails as well as pre-race training/techniques and participation in the Thursday night race series. WHO: Boys & Girls, ages 9 - 17 Groups for beginner to advanced riders (depending on numbers; beginner riders ages 9 -12 may be placed in a younger age group). XC DEV Suited for the competitive shredders who are interested in racing on the

Durham Shredder MTB X Country race team. Participants can also choose to race the Ontario Cup series. Shred the trails 2 nights a week and work on developing skills on local X-Country trails. This program will focus on continued pre-race training and techniques, as well as participation in the Thursday night race series and option to participate in the Ontario Cup XC series. WHO: Boys & Girls, ages 9 - 17 Groups for intermediate to advanced riders. Perfect for the child with an interest in improving skills and racing competitively.






sports mom of the Month Sponsored by the Pandora Store at the Oshawa Centre

MEET KAREN ... Karen is one of the most deserving and dedicated moms that anyone has ever met. Her unwavering support on the sidelines for her sons has helped to grow their skills and passion for a multitude of sports. Her encouragement as a proud mom and cheerleader has helped to raise sons who are hard working and dedicated. Her youngest Dylan has played blast ball and t-ball this year with Karen coaching both years. Dylan played hockey for his first year this year, played 3 on 3 with head start in the spring and is doing their summer program. He is looking forward to starting again in September. Austin started with t-ball when he was four and has played every year — Ben his dad also coached him every year. He is playing AAA minor rookie this year and Karen is managing Austin started hockey when he was four, played select 6, MD 7 gold last year and Novice A blue this year. Karen you are an amazing mom and mentor. Let’s all salute you and recognize you this issue as Sports Mom of the Month.



Gifted Talent Noel Expected to Deliver for Oshawa Generals


hen the puck drops to start the 2018-19 OHL season the Oshawa Generals will be looking to Serron Noel to be a major contributor. The 6’5” forward from Nepean is entering his third season with the Gens where he will try to build on his successful 2017-18 campaign. During his first two OHL seasons, Noel has worked hard to improve his skating stride and mobility and this has had a direct impact on his point output. In the 2017-18 season he more than doubled his rookie totals finishing the year with 53 points (28 G, 25 A). Expectations are high for Noel given his overall improvement and the experience he gained during the offseason. Since the Gens were eliminated from the playoffs in March, Noel has accomplished some significant milestones in his hockey career. The biggest coming last June when he was drafted in the second round (34th overall) by the Florida Panthers. After the NHL draft, Noel was named to Hockey Canada’s World Junior Summer Showcase roster. The

Sport Chek World Junior Showcase features junior prospects from Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the United States who play an eleven game minitournament. This wasn’t the first time he had donned the red and white jersey having previously represented Hockey

Canada at the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship, 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Each time Noel has played in a major international event, he has showcased his tremendous talent — he led the team in scoring at the 2016 U17 World Hockey Championship, won gold with Hockey Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Cup, and most recently led Canada in scoring at the U18 World Championships in Russia. Given all of the success that he has experienced in his first two years with the Generals and in international play, it is clear that he will be looked upon to be one of the leaders both on and off of the ice for the team this season. Noel and the Generals will begin their season on the road when they play the Kingston Frontenacs on September 21st with the home opener taking place on Sunday, September 30th at 6:05 pm. Congratulations to Serron Noel for being drafted to the Florida Panthers and best of luck to him and the rest of the Gens in their upcoming season.




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sports Dad of the Month Sponsored by Six Thirty Barbers in Whitby Shores

MEET BEN ... It is only fitting that our first ever Sports Dad of the Month is married to our Sports Mom of the Month. Ben's youngest Dylan has played blast ball, t-ball and hockey this year. Austin started with t-ball when he was four and has played every year — Ben has coached him every year. He is playing AAA minor rookie this year. Austin started hockey when he was four, played select 6, MD 7 gold last year and Novice A blue this year. Congrats, Ben! Well deserved recognition for all the time you spend keeping your children engaged in sports and promoting physical activity. A special thank you also goes out to our new sponsor — Six Thirty Barbers — that appreciates the effort it takes to be a Sports Dad!


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Hockey Dreams Jackson is living Proof That Perseverance Pays Off


hen it comes to hockey, it doesn’t matter how or when you fell in love with the game. It’s a life-long passion that runs deep with tradition and meaning. It often exceeds your expectations and goes well beyond what a sixty-minute game has to offer. It’s about dreams, friendship, dedication and perseverance. Not all hockey players are fortunate to earn a living doing what they love. It’s that one-in-a-million opportunity, and even when you step onto NHL approved ice, wearing an official NHL approved jersey, it’s surreal. It’s every ‘hockey lovers’ dream, whether it comes true or not. Dedication and hard-work are a must and there are no guarantees, no matter how skilled you may be. If you’re lucky enough to reach the highest level in professional hockey, count your blessings. Very few make it and those that do, need every ounce of effort possible to stick around. Oshawa, Ontario is home to some incredibly gifted athletes, especially when it comes to hockey. The Oshawa Generals are a treasured commodity throughout the city. Their fans are extremely dedicated to the Ontario Hockey League team, win or lose. So, it’s easy to see why the Oshawa Generals are of historical significance to the city of Oshawa. That said, they’ve also played an integral role in the development of future NHL players. Oshawa native and former Oshawa Generals player, Jim Jackson, is no stranger to the importance of junior hockey. Jim’s journey began with the Oshawa Generals, of the OHL. He knew what he wanted and understood that it doesn’t necessarily happen over-night. There’s a process, no matter your skill level. It takes hard-work and perseverance to obtain such lofty goals. “I was pursuing my dream and a goal of mine, and one of the steps is to play junior hockey.” While his tenure in the OHL didn’t finish with the Generals, his time with the hockey club helped lay the foundation and helped to put

Oshawa native Jim Jackson (bottom) has made the successful transition from NHL player to coach, leading the Markham Thunder to the Clarkson Cup. him one step closer to reaching his ultimate-goal. “When you’re from that town and you grew up in that town, and people have seen you play before, you don’t want to let them down. But it’s exciting.” After short stints in the Eastern Hockey League and International Hockey League, Jim caught the eye of a Canadian NHL hockey team, the Calgary Flames. All his hard-work and persistence finally paid-off. In 1982, he was given the chance to lace-up for the Calgary Flames and determined to give them a reason to keep him around. He played 48 games for the club that season, accumulating 20 points within that span and a plus/ minus of 9. He was fortunate to be included in the team’s playoff efforts that season also, putting up three points in 8 games played. Describing what it feels like to play in the NHL for the first time, Jim had this to say, “Once you get there and you step on the ice, it’s the most amazing feeling and your hearts pounding, and excitement.You feel like a kid in a candy store.” It was a solid start to his NHL career. Unfortunately, like many others,

short-lived. It was during a game in Washington, D.C. when his career came to a screeching halt. Jim had, not to sugar-coat anything, snapped his leg in half. All the hardwork, tireless hours of practice and conditioning, virtually laid-to-waste. “It’s all part of it, right? You play a sport and you know, you have a break, getting injured in a sport.” A tough break to say the least. “Mine happened in Washington and I snapped my leg in half. And when that happened, it kind of put my ‘NHL Days’ aside.” It wasn’t the end of his playing days, but certainly shortened an NHL player’s lifespan. He would play a total of 3 NHL seasons with the Calgary Flames, a handful or so with the Buffalo Sabres, and a bunch played in the American Hockey League with the Rochester Americans. It may not be the ‘fairly tale ending’ he’d hoped for, but this story does have a happy ending. While with the Rochester Americans of the AHL, Jim was fortunate to play on a championship calibre hockey team. The Americans, thanks in-part to Jackson’s heroics, went on to capture the 198687 Calder Cup Championship. It was the fifth Calder Cup won by the franchise at the time, and one of six



Do Come True in total. The team’s success may have led Jackson to another brief stint in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, but something tells me he wouldn’t trade that championship in for a longer career in the NHL. “I would say the most exciting in hockey that’s ever happened too me, is winning the Calder Cup.” It isn’t ‘Lord Stanley’s Cup’, but it’s pretty darn close! As many retired hockey players do, Jim stayed involved in the hockey world. Whether it was working side-by-side with his wife and her hockey training school, or coaching women’s hockey, he’s always had a passion and love for the game. Now, the coach of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League ‘Markham Thunder’, he’s been able to share hockey wisdom with many talented hockey players. The Markham Thunder had a ‘Cinderella Story’ season once moving from Brampton, capturing their first Clarkson Cup Championship in team history and doing so under the guidance of head-coach Jim Jackson (shown on the right in the photo). Through the ups and downs of a storied professional hockey career, which transitioned into coaching, he was able to experience incredible moments, that some of us can only imagine.

“I look back at my opportunity that I had, to play in the NHL, the American League, and you know, a bunch of leagues. And you know what? I had a great experience.” It wasn’t only about reaching the highest level or playing for an NHL team, there was more to the story and it contributed to life outside of hockey. “I had a great opportunity to play for a lot of great hockey teams, the Calgary Flames, the Buffalo Sabres, you know, the Rochester Americans. I had an opportunity to play for these great hockey teams. Not only to play for the teams, but too meet a lot of amazing people, that helped me.”

Hockey has more to offer than meets the eye, it helps build friendships and develop, not only as a player, but as a human being.You take so much of it with you when you’re finished playing, that can be considered invaluable experiences and overall, priceless memories. “So, you know what I take out of it, is the friendships I made, you know. I pursued a dream and a goal, and I’ve reached that goal and that dream to play in the NHL.” Growing and changing as a person is an inevitable part of life, whether it’s becoming a brother, father, husband, or even a professional athlete. It takes drive, perseverance, dedication, and a passion to succeed. If you want something badly enough and have the heart to get there, no matter how many people tell you that “It’s never going to happen,” and “You’re living in a dream world.”, just remember this, it does happen. Goals are set for a reason. "If you work hard enough and put your talents to good-use, anything’s possible. "Take it from a man that’s accomplished the ‘impossible’. “It’s just like, it just becomes natural. And you just start becoming yourself as a player, and everything just becomes natural. It was, it was a dream come true.” — Story by Brandon R. Peddle



Power Planning The Importance of Adding Skating Technique to Practice


t’s September and hockey is fully back into the swing of things. At this point coaches want to know how to incorporate power skating into their practices. There is a lot for coaches to work on like shooting, passing, offensive and defensive zone coverage, and breakouts, so to add power skating may seem impossible, but trust me it is workable. Coaches know how important skating is to the game and want to incorporate it into their practice plan, but often don’t know the best way to go about it. 1) STRAIGHT FORWARD EASY SKATING TIPS If your association does not have designated power-skating development for the players or teams, you as the coach will need to spent time on skating development in practice. Even though coaches are not trained as power skating instructors there are certain aspects of skating fundamentals that we can all see, and these are the fundamentals that coaches should stress. These fundamentals include having the players bend the knees more than

where they feel comfortable, pushing the legs to full extension in the forwards and backwards stride. Keeping their chest and eyes up. Keeping their sticks down on the ice and not swinging them high in the air. Also, make sure they do not hunch over but rather bend with their knees while keeping their back straight. 2) BE CREATIVE A great time to practice power skating drills is during the warm-up. This is even before the pucks come on the ice. However, with the older age groups power skating techniques can be practiced while using pucks, as well. One of the greatest problems I encounter while traveling rink to rink is with the creativity on the part of some coaches and the lack of well-rounded drills. For example, simply because the pucks are on the ice does not mean that the players have to carry it with them everywhere they go. Be creative. Maybe, place the pucks in a certain location and have the players do some fun and explosive skating maneuvers before they pick up the puck so they have no

distractions and are free to concentrate solely on their technique. 3) HAVE FUN I know that players need time to work on skills such as passing, shooting and stick handling — the "fun" part of hockey. While these important aspects of the game should be practiced, let's not forget that skating better and more efficiently only helps to make these skills stronger. As a coach you need to stay away from using power skating as a punishment. This automatically sets the wrong tone for the players. There are, of course, times to work on conditioning and endurance drills and times to work on technique as well. With each individual situation being different, it is the coach’s job to weigh all the factors and decide the best times for each. We at Scary Skate find that the beginning of the season September/ October is the best time for technical power skating and it is important to stick with it as the season progresses. Scary Mary says I will see you all at the rink ………




Sweeping Trend

Whitby Curling Club Growing with Sport's Popularity The Whitby Curling Club is a member-owned, six-sheet curling facility located in Whitby, Ontario. The interest in the sport of Curling has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past few years. With the exposure of Curling through the Scott Tournament of Hearts, Tim Horton’s Brier, Grand Slam Events and the Olympics, more and more people want to try out the game. We are always looking for new members to join our club. As a member of the Whitby Curling Club you become part of a community. Members take pride in the club and are encouraged to get involved in helping out in a volunteer capacity. The Whitby Curling Club is fortunate

to have certified instructors to help new curlers learn how to slide and to teach you the rules of the game. The Whitby Curling Club rents out available ice to groups or individuals wanting to learn or play the game. If you are interested in learning more about how you can bring a group into the club or if you are just curious to try out the sport then contact us at the Whitby Curling Club. We also cater to office or staff meetings that want to incorporate Team Building Skills. This unique way of holding business meetings or training seminars will definitely be one that will be talked about around the water cooler the next day. We can provide you with a meeting room, coffee,

tea and a light snack, and curling instruction. For more information on the availability of our “Team Building” Ice and Meeting Rental facilities contact the Whitby Curling Club. Additionally the Whitby Curling Club has rooms for a variety of events such as a wedding reception, anniversary and birthday celebrations, lunch meeting, bridal/baby shower, Jack n Jill, or staff Christmas party. Our lounge contains the bar, dance floor and a comfortable sitting area for up to 140 guests; and our dining room can accommodate up to 115 guests for dining functions. The Whitby Curling Club provides you with a great facility that has the experienced staff to make your social gathering a definite success.




COMMON CURLING TERMS BONSPIEL: A curling competition or tournament. BUTTON: The circle at the centre of the house. CURL: The amount a rock bends while travelling down the sheet of ice. END: A portion of a curling game that is completed when each team has thrown eight stones and the score has been decided. GUARD: A stone that is placed in a position so that it may protect another stone. HAMMER: The team with the last stone in any given end of play. The 16th delivered stone in any end is called the “Hammer” HOG LINE: A line 10 meters from the hack at each end of the ice HOUSE: The rings or circles toward which play is directed consisting of a 12-foot ring, 8-foot ring, 4-foot ring and a button.

MIXED CURLING Join as an individual, with a friend or as a couple - members of any skill level who wish to curl in a social atmosphere. The mixed leagues are social-oriented leagues where curlers of all skills (beginners to experts) can enjoy the sport. Members may curl in one or more of the following leagues. DAY LADIES LEAGUE Welcome! The day ladies section of the Whitby Curling Club has a variety of leagues available to you. All our games are from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. MENS CURLING MONDAY/THURSDAY EVENING LEAGUES: There are 4 draws in the league during the season. Each draw lasts about 5 games. The regular season starts in October and ends late March. The playoffs begin after the regular season and end about the middle of

LEAD: The first player on a team to deliver a pair of stones for his/her team in each end SECOND: The curler who delivers the second pair of stones for hi/her team in each end. SHEET (or Ice): The playing surface upon which a curling game is played. SHOT ROCK: At any time during an end, the stone closest to the button. SKIP: The player who determines the strategy, and directs play for the team. The skip delivers the last pair of stones for his/her team in each end. THIRD, VICE: The third player on a team to throw two stones in each end. Generally this player acts as the skip when the skip is delivering his/her stones and assists with shot

WHITBY CURLING CELEBRATES ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A BIG PARTY ON SEPT. 8TH! April. There are usually 16 teams that go into the playoffs. The men’s closing ceremony at the end of the season is very popular because both the Men’s Rated and Thursday Night Men’s Divisional leagues combine for it. It starts off with the final games for both leagues followed by dinner and the awards presentations. There are many draws during the evening and everyone who comes will win a draw prize or door prize. YOUTH CURLING The season runs from mid-

October to end of March. Curlers may participate in competitive and recreational in-club bonspiels each year. Out of club bonspiels and leagues are also available at an additional fee. Club brooms available and equipment is also available for purchase from our Pro-Shop. LITTLE ROCKS This recreational league is for players aged 8 to 12 years, with ice time each Sunday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. On-ice instruction and coaching is provided. U18 AND U21 This league is for players 13 to 20 years of age providing members with a recreational and competitive development program. Recreational programming is on Sunday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm; competitive development is Mondays from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.




Who's Next?

Whitby Sports Hall of Fame Begins Selection Process By definition, a hall of fame represents a collection of individuals who have been acclaimed as outstanding in a particular field of endeavour, profession, or locale by a group of electors. In some cases, such institutions are single-entity organizations, that is, all of their inductees are recognized on the basis their achievements in the same area of specialization; some of the more popular examples of this type would be halls dedicated to the fields of rock ‘n roll, agriculture, mining, insurance, aviation, and for sports fans, hockey and lacrosse. However, many halls of fame are far more encompassing in their characterization of a field of endeavour, preferring to recognize the achievements and contributions of individuals under a somewhat wider umbrella. This is not to say that one method is better than the other but simply a matter of interpretation by the respective hall founders and their succeeding panels of electors. The Whitby Sports Hall of Fame falls under the category of all-encompassing institutions. Established in 1997, the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame recognizes and honours persons and groups of persons who, through their individual or group efforts, have: • Contributed to the advancement and quality of sport within the Town of Whitby, or • Exhibited and attained athletic prowess in a particular sport of such a standard as to attract acclaim and recognition from the sporting community at large Over its first 21 years, the Hall has steadfastly adhered to this mandate. To date, past and present Executive Committees have recognized and honoured representatives from no

fewer than 17 different sporting disciplines; this includes seven teams and 49 individual inductees for an aggregate membership of 244 athletes, builders, team executives, and members of the media. Many people within the sporting community, both locally and abroad, will mistakenly refer to Whitby as a hockey town or a lacrosse town. While this is understandable to a degree, based on the history of success for Whitby-Brooklin in these two sports, the sheer breadth of having inductees from 17 sports in the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame belies this notion of a one-sport or two-sport town. Whitby athletes and teams have represented our community on the national, international, and Olympic

stages in such disciplines as gymnastics, sailing, rugby, swimming, and precision skating to name but a few (see the complete list by visiting http://www. whitbysportshalloffame.com/hall-offame/inducted). Our Executive Committee will reconvene in late September to begin its 2018-2019 session. One of the first orders of business will be to select the inductees for 2019, to be honoured at our 22nd Annual Induction Ceremonies at Royal Ashburn Golf Club on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The official announcement of the newest inductees will be made during the last week of January 2019 – who will they be, and might we be further expanding the range of sports represented in our Hall?







Knights Riding High Incredible Season for U19 lacrosse Team


his year’s version of the Lady Blue Knights U19 Elite women’s lacrosse team remains undefeated and are having a season for the ages. They are undefeated in OWFL league play and just won the Nike Cup at Syracuse University this past week. Although they are the defending champs at Syracuse they have not had an undefeated season in years. The core of the team, those in grades 10 and 11, is rather young with only three grade 12s and one grade 9 on the team. It looks like the future is bright for these girls as the next few years should be their strongest. The girls have been playing teams from Orillia, Toronto, Owen Sound and Peterborough and have beaten them soundly.

Their coaches, former Team Canada players Katie Guy and Tessa Chad have the girls performing on a level rarely seen in the province. Katie Guy and Tessa Chad (who plays currently for University of Louisville, Kentucky) bring their high level of knowledge of the game and push the girls to be the best they can be. Hard work and skill seem to be the message as the girls are able to implement the coaches’ systems and finish off their plays. There are currently six girls committed to NCAA Division 1 schools out of a possible 11 players that can commit with more girls currently strutting their stuff at NCAA camps.

Hence the trip to Syracuse to demonstrate their skill and tenacity in front of a few dozen NCAA coaches. The success of this Dream Team seems to be rooted in the LBK system where girls, as young as four, start at an early age and develop into one of nine Rep teams. The majority of these girls played as Baby Blue Knights (age 5) and have developed their craft over time in the system. The LBK club is the premiere club in Ontario and has NCAA and Canadian universities travel to OWFL tournaments to watch them play. The club has a spot for all girls no matter their skill level or athleticism and foster the idea of girl power mixed with hard work and sportsmanship.




Golden Sweep

Lady Blue Knights Dominate at Provincials

U11 Elite girls struck gold in the A division final with an 8-3 victory over the Oakville Lady Hawks.

The Lady Blue Knights' U13 Elite squad cruised to gold with a 5-1 win over Toronto Beaches.

The Lady Blue Knights' U11 Competitive team captured silver in the C division final.

The U15 Elite girls earned a convincing 14-4 win over Toronto Beaches in the A Division Final to capture gold.

The Lady Blue Knights' U15 Competitive team took silver in the B division championship.




Inspiration to a Tee Todd Keirstead Helping Veterans Play Golf Again


lmost four years ago Todd Keirstead did a golf instructional demonstration at a veteran’s hospital when he came to an important realization. The trick shots he had been performing for a few years – building up a brand so well known that Golf Channel named one of his shots as the No. 1 trick shot in 2014 – actually were emulating the injured service men and women he was doing the demonstration for. Instead of being just pure entertainment, Keirstead – who most recently was the golf competition supervisor at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto – realized he could be more inspirational and inspiring. Now, that realization has come full circle. Running through the end of September, Keirstead will be performing for United States Air Force members and their families in a new ‘Recharge for Resiliency’ initiative. The program began in 2015 as a new tool to encourage service members and their families who are affected by deployments to participate in morale, welfare, and recreation programs and activities. LPGA Tour golfers like Amy Read participated in instructional clinics in 2017 and Keirstead will be travelling across the United States and into Europe and Japan performing for hundreds of servicemen and women in the Recharge for Resiliency Golf Days. “It’s my way of saying ‘thank you’ for everything they do – not only the individuals that are serving but also their family members and all the sacrifices they’ve made,” says Keirstead. Keirstead says he’ll be performing for an hour, and at one of the sites in Colorado Springs he’ll also be doing a 30-minute motivational talk. It will be entertainment, he says, but for the past number of years Keirstead, who is able-bodied, has shown that

Todd Keirstead

"These shots that I’m doing for pure entertainment are actually motivating and inspiring for these troops"

people who may be in a wheelchair or may be blind can still play golf. The shots he hits (he’ll put on a prosthetic limb or a blindfold, for example) are entertaining for some, but inspiring for many others. “The last 10 minutes of the show I’ll be explaining to them how the military has changed my life and how I’m taking the entertainment show and turning it into a motivation/inspiration show,” he says. “A lot of the shots I hit are emulating the wounded veterans situations.” The trick shots, he admits, are not really tricks. By making sure he has all the correct fundamentals down, he’s able to hit any shot the way he does. But because it’s so unique, he’s sure the audience will leave with a smile on their face after a break from their every-day military lives. Keirstead’s new role with the USAF

is part of a grander program he has called Bring Back the Game, an initiative supported by adidas golf and TaylorMade in Canada. The Bring Back the Game clinics, Keirstead says, are helping people to overcome their barriers and show golf as a tool to help build confidence and self-esteem. He says he’s “very fortunate” to be asked to give back to the U.S. military using this platform, and he’s hopeful it will expand the message that golf is a sport for all people regardless of age, physical or mental ability. “These shots that I’m doing for pure entertainment are actually motivating and inspiring for these troops,” he says. “It’s showing they can play golf in an adaptive way.” — Adam Stanley/ Golf Canada



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Viking Sails South Webster Grateful for Training Time in New Zealand


n 2010, Paul Connelly (head coach of the Oshawa Vikings) introduced the game of rugby to a 10 year old named Brock Webster. Falling in love with the game Brock played his first official season of rugby in 2012 with the Oshawa Vikings. He would continue to play the game he loved for the Vikings and his high school (Uxbridge Secondary School), where Mr. Connelly coached him. It was at the age of 14 that Brock decided to take things a little more serious in deciding to try out for the provincial team. Making the team and travelling to Ottawa Brock competed with his Ontario teammates as they won a series against British Columbia. He would continue his development with representing Ontario furthermore at the U16 and U18(7’s) age groups, where he found his teams and himself receiving bronze and silver medals at the Canadian Rugby Championships. In the summer of 2017 Brock was selected for the Rugby Canada U18 team that would compete at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Nassau, Bahamas for 7’s rugby. He would later be selected to represent Canada at the World School Sevens in Auckland New Zealand, the Youth Olympic qualifiers in Vegas, and to travel to Arizona and Hong Kong to represent Canada for 15’s rugby. In the process he continued to play for his high school and his club the Oshawa Vikings, where he and his teammates won the Ontario championships. This summer Brock was selected by For the Love of the Game as one of two from the Canada U18 age group to travel to Christchurch, New Zealand and train at the Crusaders International High Performance Unit for six weeks.

There he would learn from some of the best in the world, view professional rugby at its best, train in a professional environment, and gained the full New Zealand rugby experience by playing with the U21 Premier club in New Brighton. “It was an experience I’ll never

forget," said Brock, "Several surreal moments that I am so grateful for." This fall Brock will continue his rugby pursuits moving out to Langford, BC to train fulltime with the National men’s program and continue his education as he begins studies at the University of Victoria.



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Durham Total Sports Volume 7 2018  

Durham Total Sports shines the spotlight on local athletes, sports teams and organizations including the Oshawa Generals.

Durham Total Sports Volume 7 2018  

Durham Total Sports shines the spotlight on local athletes, sports teams and organizations including the Oshawa Generals.


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