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of a hat, they’ll gladly volunteer or “Curling is really picking up in chip in for whatever needs to get communities. We host the mini done gets done.” grand slam. Elite curlers from around the world come to our In October, Bourdeau retired facilities in September for the after nearly 30 years of working Shorty Jenkins Classic,” explained for the City of Cornwall’s Parks Bourdeau. “He was a renowned and Recreation department. “I icemaker in the sport of curling. He was involved with all of the major passed away several years ago, and recreation projects that happened this is kind of his legacy that’s been in the last 30 years, which is really carried on. The city is fortunate During his years as president of the club, Bourdeau enjoyed learning rewarding because as I drive around to have the Shorty Jenkins make how a non-profit organization was town I see my finger prints on some Cornwall their home now and for the foreseeable future.” of these projects,” said Bourdeau. run.

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ecently a group of local hockey It was great for this group to get to players joined together to play in the 57+ SEV International Hockey play together again and join forces with Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper Tournament located in Brossard, a handful of other local hockey players, Quebec. This tournament is an annual too. event that includes a wide variety “Despite aging and a bit slower of ages, categories and levels. The skating, the competitive edge, Cornwall teams were in the competitive enjoyment of the sport and comradery division and Greater competed against a team hasn’t dwindled,” says Smith. Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper from Montreal and two teams from the That threesome of Smith, Rick Leduc, USA. and Vic Leroux, brought their Atom A According to one of the players, winning ways, as league runner-ups, Geoff Smith, there was quite a bit of to the Classics tournament success as story-telling and reminiscing before champions.  Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper playing the first game. Smith says that the three of them “The guys were sharing stories and are “going to make sure that they suit doing the usual dressing room pre-game up together more frequently and get preparation with plenty of the typical to reminisce more about the old days joking and kidding,” says Geoff Smith. of playing half-ice at the Bob Turner “It came up that three members of the Memorial Greater Cornwall & Areas Community SportsCentre.” Newspaper Classics - Rick Leduc, Vic Leroux and Smith says he enjoyed a day of myself, although always living and playing with old friends and former playing hockey in the Cornwall area, teammates from the Cornwall and had never once played on the same team surrounding area.  since being teammates in 1968-69 on

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Minor Atom Rapids Win Gold in Montreal By Todd Anderson

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he Seaway Valley Minor Atom Rapids were the big winners at the Montreal Can Am Challenge Cup tournament November 10-12 in Pierrefonds. Unselfish team play, a commitment to defence, and an energized fore-check led the squad to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Jr. Terriers in the gold-medal match held on Nov. 12. Caleb Grady scored two goals and an assist in the final while Vincent Anderson registered the eventual game-winner midway through the second period. Nolan Menard and Brady Bell also provided goals, as well as an assist each. AJ Alejandrino handed out two helpers with Owen Dickson and Shayne Gagne each collecting one. Landon Van Loon came up with several big saves in goal to preserve the lead, especially as Boston surged in the final half of the game in an attempted comeback. “Our focus this weekend was on team play,” said Rapids’ coach, Shawn Pilon. “We talked about Remembrance Day and why we wear the poppy, to honour those who sacrificed themselves for our country. When you are part of a team, you have to do your job as the team counts on you. Anyone can defend against individuals, but no one can beat a team working together. Power of many takes away fear and instills pride and confidence.”

The victory over the Terriers came after the Rapids opened up the tournament with a 2-2 draw against the same team on Nov. 10. Kale Grant and Alejandrino scored in that draw while assists were collected by Houston Johnson, Grady, and Menard. Logan Pyke was solid in goal earning the tie. In their second round-robin game, Seaway met up with league rival Cumberland Grads for the first time this season. Alejandrino was on fire in this match connecting for three goals. Menard had a goal and an assist with Grant capping the Rapids’ scoring. Dickson and Bell each had two assists with Evan Lauzon and Anderson collecting one. Van Loon earned the victory in goal. To close out the round-robin, the Rapids needed a win over the Andover Islanders in order to finish first in the division and earn a spot in the gold medal final. This was no contest as the Rapids ran away with a 10-0 win. Johnson scored his first hat trick of the season to lead the brigade and also added an assist. Carter Rolland had two goals and an assist, Alejandrino scored twice, Anderson had a goal and two assists, Bell had a goal and an assist and Sam Pilon rounded out the scoring. Gagne had three assists while Grant and Grady had two. Dickson, Menard, and Konnor Bertrand had one each assist. Pyke picked up the shutout in goal. On Saturday, Bertrand put on a dazzling

display of offence as the defenceman went 3-for-3 in the shootout during a skills competition. Bertrand beat out all other shooters in the tournament to take home the trophy. The Rapids have been snake-bitten previously this season, losing in overtime of the semi-finals in tournaments in

Oshawa and Belleville. In Montreal, they put it all together. “I shared with our kids (before the gold medal game) that this tournament was personal, as we feel we got the wrong end of the deal in Belleville and Oshawa,” said Pilon. “The opponent didn’t matter. We wanted to prove something to ourselves.”

The Seaway Valley Minor Atom Rapids captured the gold medal at the Montreal Can Am Challenge Cup on November 12, in Pierrefonds. Pictured front from left are: Landon Van Loon and Logan Pyke. Second row from left: Owen Dickson, Brady Bell, Sam Pilon, and Nolan Menard. Third row from left: Carter Rolland, Vincent Anderson, Shayne Gagne, Houston Johnson, AJ Alejandrino, Kale Grant, Caleb Grady, Konnor Bertrand, and Evan Lauzon. Back row from left: Trainer Rich Gagne, Assistant Coach Sean Mecteau, Head Coach Shawn Pilon, Manager Shawna Mecteau, and Assistant Coach Dana Grant. Absent from photo Photo: Todd Anderson is Assistant Coach Alain Parthenais.


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First Ladies’ Tournament at Rack –Em-Up Billiards By Markus Noé

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n Sunday, October 22, Rack-EmUp Billiards hosted its first ever women-only tournament. This was the brain child of Loreen Toutant a long time competitive player, who has played at every level of pool available in Canada including the prestigious Canadian Billiard & Snooker Association’s Canadian Championships.   Since moving from the Greater Toronto Area a few years ago, Toutant has been a welcome addition to the local pool scene. Using her connections in the Women’s circuit, and with the help of the owner of Rack-Em-Up Billiards Doug Disotell, Toutant was able to organize a successful first event. Despite other events going on simultaneously, a healthy field of twelve showed up to take part; one came from as far as Kitchener ON. The two best represented rooms in terms of participation in this field were RackEm-Up Billiards and Tailgators located in Ottawa ON. This tournament was a round-robin format; each player would play each other once - a best of three games. After each player played eleven matches the

top four winners would move on. At this point it turned into a blind draw. The two semi-final matches ended up being Mel Jacobs vs Kelly Tenholder and Louanne Leger vs Sara Lee; the winners would move to the final. The losers would play to determine who would finish 3rd and 4th. Jacobs, who went through the entire round-robin undefeated, ended up suffering her first lost in the semi-final to Tenholder. Outside of Jacobs, Leger was the only local left and she lost to Lee. Tenholder appeared to get comfortable with her surroundings as the day progressed and improved with each match which resulted with her winning the tournament. Congratulations to the four winners. After a long day of pool, each earned some well deserved cash for their From left to right: Mel Jacobs, Louanne Leger, Sara Lee, and Kelly Photo Submitted Tenholder  troubles. Toutant would like to thank Doug Disotell, who returned the “green fees” into the prize fund, for his help organising and running the tournament. Toutant would also like to extend a thank you to Henry Barkwell. He acted as assistant director throughout the day and was crucial to the event going so

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In 8 seasons, we attended 4 championships and won 2. Winning is always rewarding. But the game that stands out the most was a regular season game in the 2017 season. We were playing CCVS and going into the game we were both 3-0 in the standings. We were losing 20-0 with 10 minutes left in the game. There was still a small sense that all we needed was one lucky bounce, as we were playing well; just not getting the breaks. Then, we drove the field and scored. It was like we won the game. The energy level spiked and the guys gained confidence. We kicked off and pinned them deep, forcing them to punt and giving us the ball at their 50. Again we drove but fell a little short and opted for a fake field goal that we had just installed on the sideline moments before. It worked and we got down to their 5 yard line and ran it in on the next play. Game is now 20-14 with less than 3 minutes. We faked an onside kick that worked and pinned them deep at their 5 yd line. Again, the defence was spectacular and forced them to punt. We got the ball back at their 40 and drove the ball to the end zone in 5 plays. Won the game 21-20. It was exhilarating and capped off what had been a somewhat challenging week. That game brought the players together more than any other I can remember. I was very proud of them.


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erry Martell teaches mathematics at St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School and has been teaching there for thirteen years. Not only does she dedicate her days to teaching young students, she also spends her spare time coaching high school teams as well as teams outside of the school. Martell has coached girls’ basketball at both the Cornwall Lions Club and the St. Joseph Panthers high school levels for about ten years. “I have been a fan of basketball for many years and played the sport when I was growing up,” says Martell, which was part of the reason she got into coaching basketball but not the only reason. Martell says the main reason she began coaching was her daughter, who was interested in playing the sport. “I started coaching when she was ten years old. I wanted to pass on

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Photo Submitted the love I had for the game to my daughter,” says Martell. “When I started coaching, I never thought it would go this far and that I would still be at it.” Her current season with the Senior Girls Basketball team at St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School just finished up mid November. “We won the SD&G “AA” Championship. We went onto the EOSSAA Championship but unfortunately lost both games. Although the season didn’t end the way we would have liked, it was a pleasure getting to coach this group

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of girls because I had coached many of them in their first year of club basketball back when they were in grade 6,” says Martell. “To see how wonderful these young ladies have grown up to be has led to a very memorable season. I look forward to next season!” So, what keeps her coaching basketball year after year? “The bonds that I have formed with the girls. Getting to know the girls in another light, outside the classroom,” says Martell. “I enjoy fostering and helping to develop kids’ talents and continuing to develop and promote the girls’ basketball program at St. Josephs.” In terms of coaching techniques and philosophies, Martell has a few. “I want my players to put forth a strong effort and be disciplined. They are encouraged to always work hard, both on and off of the court. Teamwork, working cooperatively, and having each other’s back are

important qualities to me,” says Martell. “I want my players to be role models and great school ambassadors. Also, as a coach, I promote a healthy life style.”   Martell has been enjoying her time coaching for many years, which also means she has a favourite memory from her coaching experiences. “Winning the SD&G Championship last season,” says Martell. “We played against Holy Trinity Falcons in our own gym. We fell behind quickly and were losing most of the game. We finally took the lead with a couple of minutes left. This electrified the fans! We went on to win while our whole school cheered us on. We then went onto the EOSSAA Championship and finished third.” The community is so grateful for coaches like Kerry Martell. Thank you for your time and dedication to your teams and players! We can’t wait to see what your teams do next.

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Participating Sports: Volleyball Soccer Badminton Basketball Favourite Sport: Volleyball Favourite Subject: Art (drama, visual arts & dance) Sport achievements: Won nationals in volleyball 2015-2016 Won 2nd highest duo in a Montreal dance competition Academic achievements: Highest grade in art, dance, drama, & geography in 2016-2016 Highest grade in cooking and nutrition and geography in 2016-2017

Participating Sports: Senior Girl’s Basketball Hockey Volleyball Favourite Sport: Hockey Favourite Subject: Kinesiology I look up to this sports personality: Marcus Allen Sport achievements: Played hockey in provincials – finished in top 5 Academic achievements: On Honour Roll every year in high school

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Christine Sinclair Sport achievements: MVP Junior Girls Volleyball SD&G and EOSSA Champions Junior Girls Soccer 2016 SD&G Volleyball Champions 2017 Academic achievements: Honour Roll Student 92%

Participating Sports: Soccer, volleyball, basketball, track & field Favourite Sport: Soccer Favourite Subject: Mathematics I look up to this sports personality: Christine Sinclair Sport achievements: She was a major contributor in the success of this year’s junior basketball team in winning the SDG gold medal and participating at EOSSAA. As a member of the Seaway Valley Blazers, her team won at the regional levels this past summer as well as finishing 4th at Academic achievements: Honour Roll student throughout her years at La Citadelle

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Marie-France Pilon Grade 11 Holy Trinity Secondary School Participating Sports: Rugby (fullback) Cross-country Badminton Favourite Sport: Rugby Favourite Subject: Biology I look up to this sports personality: Ed Whitlock Sport achievements: MVP – Badminton – gr. 9 Chick of the Match – rugby 2017 season Academic achievements: Always above 90% average Health & Wellness SHSM


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Bantam B Typhoons Win Gold in Lake Placid By Shawn O’Brien

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ver the weekend of Nov 10th, the Cornwall Typhoons Bantam B girls’ hockey team competed in the Can-Am Lake Placid Challenge Cup Tournament. We opened the tournament vs the Clarington Flames on Friday morning. It was a close game resulting in a win with a power wrist shot by Chanel Thompson with .01 second left in the third period. The Typhoons extinguished the Flames! Our second game was later that day when we faced the Bay State Breakers from the Boston area. They are a varsity level hockey team and a force to be reckoned with. The game

ended in a 1-1 tie with no decisive winner.

The Typhoons, well rested, faced the Vaughn Flames the next morning and were ready for a storm. They put out the Flames with a 4-1 win and advancing us through the round-robin to take on the Andover Islanders. Our Typhoons spread like a storm to engulf the Islanders 6-0; securing a spot in the gold medal game. We were ready to once again face the formidable force that is the Bay State Breakers but this time we showed up with a purpose. All season, we have dedicated our tournaments to Camryn Cook. She has inspired our girls from the start

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Top of the Podium - Sara O’Brien - Captain. Left to right starting with the top row. Karahkwenhawe White - Alternate, Ria Amo - Alternate, Chanel Thompson, Lushia Vachon, Tessa Ramsay. Middle Row: Cayden Iwachniuk, Millie King - Alternate, Emma Ransom, Jaryn Chubb, Kaitlyn Sage, Emma Ravary. Bottom Row: Sophie Trahan, Emma Lafontaine - Goalie, Emma Jamieson - Goalie, Laura Grady. Coaching Staff from left to right: Shawn O’Brien – assistant coach and manager, Patrick Ravary – assistant coach, Leanne Jamieson - trainer, Al Vachon - head coach. (Not in the photo) Kathleen Tonkin - trainer, Photo Submitted Camryn Cook - Honorary Typhoons Member.

the season that the Typhoons have competed in and have advanced to the championship game. The Typhoons have two tournaments remaining for the season, as well as their league This is the third tournament of play.

and we held to her story and gave the GOLD medal game all we had. We left everything on the ice and it resulted in a 3-1 victory for our Typhoons.

It’s in the Genes: Three Generations of Athletics By Casey Leger

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ports are a big deal in the Harps family, and well it should be. The Harps’ men of Cornwall and area have a long list of accomplishments and accolades to their credit. Eric Harps and his son, Steven, are both Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame Inductees, while at twelve years old, the youngest of the clan, Greg, is well on his way to getting there. First, there’s the patriarch, Eric Harps. Eric was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982, in large part for organizing the National Broomball Championships and bringing them to Cornwall. “I

played a little,” said Eric, “but I was always more on the organizing end of things.” The Cornwall Pop Shop team won it all in ‘82, their second national title in three years, and thanks to Eric, it was in front of a home crowd. Eric’s son Steven Harps is also a broomball inductee, and like his father, he has won the prestigious Jacques Richard Memorial Trophy for outstanding Cornwall Sports Personality. Steven has played in ten Canadian Broomball Championships with Embrun Plumbing, winning six of them. He was named a First Team All-Star, and he is a three-time AllContinued on page 11


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Canadian left winger. Steven’s other sports passion is ball hockey. He won ten scoring titles when he played in the extremely competitive Cornwall Men’s Ball Hockey League. Greg Harps is following in his father’s and his grandfather’s footsteps. Greg, this month’s Budda Boom Athlete, has a long, long list of accomplishments to his name, and, really, he’s just getting started. The twelve-year-old Tagwi student is a goalie on the NGS Peewee B Rep Hockey Team. When he’s not between the pipes in the winter, he’s on the floor, playing ball hockey, just like his dad, and like dad, he’s winning scoring titles, although he’s doing it at the atom level of the Cornwall Minor Ball Hockey Association. “I play because Dad played,” explained Greg, “and he was good at it.” So, apparently, is Greg.

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n the weekend of 17th – 19th, the Cornwall Bantam B Typhoons competed in the 35th Annual Kanata Girls’ Hockey Competitive Tournament (Nov 17 – 19, 2017). The Typhoons opened the tournament on Friday afternoon versus the Peterborough Ice Kats and won the game convincingly 6 – 0. The second game was later in the day against the Oakville Hornets. The Typhoons came out on top to sting the Hornets with a 2 – 0 win. The Typhoons would continue their round-robin play on Saturday morning against the Toronto Leaside Wildcats, the Typhoons emerged victorious, taming the Wildcats with a 5 – 0 win. The final game on Saturday evening was against the North York Storm, the Typhoons engulfed the Storm with a 5 – 2 win. The win secured the Typhoons a first

place spot and a berth in the championship game. The championship game took place Sunday afternoon against the host team the Kanata Rangers. The game was fast paced and exciting but the Typhoons fell behind by a goal in the second period. The Typhoons rebounded with a goal of their own only to have it called back by the on-ice official. The Typhoons continued to press on in the 3rd period and would score another goal only to have it once again called back by the on-ice official. The Typhoons lost the game 1 – 0. The entire Typhoons bench staff is extremely proud of the girls’ work ethic, grit, and determination to work hard every game. This is the fourth tournament of the season that the Typhoons have competed in and have advanced to the championship game. Player of the Game: Typhoons vs Peterborough – Emma Ransom Typhoons vs Oakville – Kaitlyn Sage Typhoons vs Toronto – Tessa Ramsey Typhoons vs North York – Sara O’Brien Typhoons vs Kanata – Emma Jamieson

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Jordan Evans: Looking Up to a Local Athlete and Activist “I was only ten when I became They have a great association and By Molly Kett

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sually, athletes are a part of the community that younger generations look up to and strive to imitate. They’re active, work hard, are expected to do well in school and behave well throughout the community.

Sometimes, certain athletes stand out as the best example of what younger athletes should strive to live up to.

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Evans is one of those exceptional athletes.

The reason Evans stands out, is because he’s not just great at sports, but he has also started a non-profit foundation called “We Photo Submitted Are All The Same,” which is a foundation that focuses on Human Catholic School from JK to grade Rights. 7, which is where he got involved Evans is the youngest of eight in student council and social children. He attended St. Andrews Justice.

interested in human rights and that is what drove me to start my own non-profit foundation called We Are All The Same,” says Evans. “In Grade 8, I transferred to Tagwi Intermediate School and I am now in my first year of high school at Tagwi. The teachers, principal, and students have been great supporters of my cause and that encourages me every day to help the less fortunate.”

While Evans works on making this planet a better place, he also participates in Track and Field long distance running and the Culture Club. He also recently attended an Indigenous Leadership Summit in Kemptville. Evans has also been playing hockey since he was four years old.

I have made many good friends through hockey. I am a Major Bantam and an assistant captain on my team. I always try to stay positive and encourage those around me to play hard and never give up even if we are losing,” says Evans. “I am also affiliated with one of the NGS Midget teams and I have already played three games for them this year. I’m not the greatest player and I’m not the worst, however I give it my all every time I step on the ice. I believe that everyone who wants to play should be given the opportunity. Regardless of the sport, whether it’s a team sport or an individual sport, I believe sports builds character and selfesteem.”

Evans is also passionate about all kinds of water sports (paddle “I love it and it is truly a passion. boarding, kayaking, and canoeing) I play for the NGS Braves and I and also enjoys paintballing and am very proud to wear their jersey. Continued on page 16

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ornwall Men’s Flag Football League (CMFFL) finished the season with intense playoff games in November. In the semi-finals, Shoeless Joe’s moved on after defeating Black. In an overtime semi-final game, JasMar won against CrossFit Cornwall, the regular season champions. JasMar and Shoeless Joe’s faced off in the championship game, with JasMar defending their title from last year with a 21-20 win. The first points came from team Jas-Mar with a touchdown. Shoeless Joe’s took the lead with two consecutive touchdowns. With four minutes left in the game, Jas-Mar tied it up and then took the lead with another touchdown. Less than two minutes remained when Shoeless Joe’s found their way to the end zone again. But on the convert, the ball hit the crossbar, leading to Jas-Mar’s win. “It’s so competitive. We’re all football fans and it’s our way to live our own little Grey Cup and Super bowl. Pretty well any team in the league can win the championships. That’s how competitive it is,” said Brian O’Neill, member of Jas-Mar. “A lot of us play fastball and soccer, so whenever those seasons are done,

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it gives us another season that takes us into hockey season; which keeps us in shape.” At an awards banquet at Quinn’s Inn, regular season, and playoff awards were presented. Shoeless Joe’s player, Mike Bissonnette, who scored two touchdowns in the playoffs, was named defensive player of the year. MVP of the playoffs went to Jas-Mar’s Brandon Picken, who scored the first touchdown of the game. The Cornwall Men’s Flag Football League also inducted Brian Legault, Frank Spagnola, and Dave Watson into their hall of fame. The CMFFL is always looking for new players. For more information on the league, please visit their Facebook group at Cornwall Men’s Flag Football.

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Evans got involved in charitable proceeds, $2400 were donated back to the Agape Centre Food work through WE Charities. “When I was twelve I attended Bank.”

getting so much support. The Keg donated $500 in gift cards to place in this year’s Christmas Basket. They also generously gave my family a $250 gift card. I had no idea I was receiving that and I later found out that they choose me out of hundreds of submissions from the We-Day organizers.”

“This year’s 2nd annual Christmas basket raffle proceeds will support the Agape Centre Food Bank as well as the Children’s Treatment Centre of SD&G,” says Evans.

Evans is also working on a promotional video for Cadillac Fairview (who has partnered with the 2018 Winter Olympic Committee), which involves talking about his foundation and what he has done to accomplish his dreams. “Their focus is on youth empowerment, making a difference, and achieving your dreams,” says Evans. “I am thrilled that people are taking notice and supporting me in my efforts to change the world and make a difference both locally and globally.”

So, what’s “We Are All The one of their leader camps and Same” all about? realized that together we can “We Are All The Same is a change the world. At thirteen years foundation that focuses on human old I travelled to Kenya, Africa for rights. I started my foundation 3 weeks to build a school for a very because I believe every person, poor community,” says Evans. no matter the colour of your “At 14, I travelled to Ecuador skin, the language you speak, or on another mission trip and our the religion you worship, should group helped build another school have basic human rights. My and also dig a well so the people foundation focuses on six main could have clean drinking water. pillars, which are food, water, Although I started my foundation shelter, education, healthcare, and focused on larger global issues I freedom,” says Evans. “I want to quickly realized that there is need make a difference in this world in our own community of SD&G. both locally and globally. I want Last year I launched our Feed the to give back to those who are less Hungry program. I raffled off fortunate.” a Christmas basket and all the

As Evans’ 2017 “Feed the Hungry” program continues on, he’s also working on launching his 2018 “Heal the Sick” program, in support of the youth mental health platform, focusing on children.

While his non-profit hasn’t exactly crossed paths with his athletics just yet, Evans feels there is a potential to make that happen.

“I would love to use my involvement in hockey and athletics to get the community involved in helping me make a difference. My involvement with hockey has given me many ideas for fundraising. Next season I plan to hold a fundraising hockey tournament to support the needs within our community,” says Evans. “I am also thinking of using my hockey and community connections to organize a cops vs. student’s hockey game as another fundraiser. The possibilities are endless.” Recently, Evans was honoured at the Me to We event in Ottawa.

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“I was nominated for the Governor General’s Award, however since there was a recent change in administration they were not able to give out the award this year therefore someone from the We-Day organization put my name forward for a shout out at this year’s Ottawa We-Day,” says Evans. “I was honoured at this year’s event and I was shocked and thrilled that my foundation is

Evans has already begun selling tickets for his second annual Christmas Basket Raffle. This year’s basket is even better than last year’s, with $3500 worth of prizes to be won, all donated by local businesses. Tickets are $5.00 and the draw is December 24th. Tickets will be available at Pharmasave in Long Sault, Dwyer Glass Cornwall, and Tagwi Secondary School. Evans and his foundation will be at the Ingleside Craft show on November 24-25th and at Walmart in Cornwall on December 16-17. You can also purchase tickets by reaching out to Evans by calling 613-662-9892 or by emailing: weare-all-the-same@outlook.ca. If you’re looking to get into the season of giving, Evans’ not-forprofit is the perfect place to start.


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athan Sunday, born and raised in Akwesasne, currently works at Akwesasne Area Management Board as their Youth Coordinator. When he’s not busy working to better the youth experience in the community, you can often find Sunday fishing. Sunday says he has been fishing for as long as he can remember. Now, it’s one of his greatest passions. His earliest memories go back as far as fishing with his dad when he was just a young boy. When asked what he loves about the sport, Sunday has trouble narrowing it down to just one reason. “It’s one of the only things that can be relaxing, rewarding, therapeutic, fun, and addictive,” says Sunday. “You can eat the fish you catch if you choose, too!” When going through photos of Sunday with the fish he’s caught in the past, it’s easy to see a clear pattern. They’re all huge catches! This likely comes from the fact that Sunday has had the opportunity to fish at a number of different places, including Alaska and Florida.

stream.” His favourite place to fish, in A separate time, he was “fishing fact, is Alaska. He says he’s been there twice. His favourite fishing in Florida and an alligator took my memories come from his travels to fish after I hooked it. The other one (alligator) was hooking on to a fiveunique fishing grounds. foot sturgeon while wading in the One of his memories includes an water below a small dam,” shares experience most people would be Sunday. scared to face. Sunday was “fishing After these close run-ins with the in Alaska when a grizzly came up on a few of us while fishing in a bigger, more frightening creatures

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hirty-five-year-old Mélanie Tessier from St-Lazare, Quebec has two daughters aged five and six, lives with her husband; they are the proud owners of Deco Stop Outdoor in South Lancaster which is an outdoor shop that is all about water: diving, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Tessier is also licensed Massage Therapist in Quebec and spends some of her spare time participating in multisport events. She calls herself “a normal person with nothing other than passion in [her] veins.” In terms of how Tessier got involved in with multisport, it’s something she’s thought about since she was very young.

“I remember being young, playing with my friends and doing triathlons in the pool and the street, but I always thought it was a sport that was inaccessible. It was for really good athletes only. I was a competitive gymnast at the time, not a ‘real athlete’ I thought,” Tessier explains. “As a young adult I started running because I was a backpacker and it’s the only way I was able to train, keep my brain calm and not spend loads of money. Running is accessible everywhere at any time, and it’s a great way to meet people. So I kept going at it with no monitoring; no goals other than keeping calm.” Tessier says that when she became a mother, she stayed at home for three years.

“I did not know what was next for me. Some of the CMC Members were coming to Deco Stop and talking about their triathlon journey and I was realizing that they were ‘normal’

people and it was an accessible sport for everyone. I decided that summer, the summer of 2014, to give it a go with a sprint tri in Brockville,” says Tessier. “That first race was awful. I trained for a grand total of about 10 hours for it. The swim was difficult and I thought I would drown, the bike was cold but the run was alright. It was the feeling of achievement, the pride and competitiveness that I found that spurred me on. The next summer I joined the CMC club. The club and its members are all really welcoming, I was able to go and train with my stroller for the running part and at home I was biking with my kids in tow in their carrier. I found what was next for me.” Tessier comes pretty far to participate, all the way from Quebec to Cornwall, so she mostly only ventures to the club for events and races. However, that’s not the only way she’s involved with the club.

“I promote the club as much as I possibly can through Deco Stop. I also train in the winter with Dan and Sandra’s spinning group at Bicycle World and I do the Monday night duathlon in the summer, which is the best,” says Tessier.

What does she like best about the and it’s easy to involve the kids since there are three sports that kids do on Cornwall Multisport Club? their own. In winter season I switch “The level of athleticism! With running for cross-country skiing.” them, you always have someone Each year, Tessier sets herself to run, bike, and swim after. The race time goals for the spring tri level is high and there is no lack of motivation coming from the group. and works towards that. She says There is a nice sense of community she likes racing the shorter distance and even if I am not from Cornwall I triathlons, so is planning on doing a feel that I am welcome,” says Tessier. few of those types of triathlons with “I don’t get bored. Because you can the Cornwall Triathlon at the top of change sport and set new distance, her list for next year. Tessier was also the 2017 Liv technique, or pace goal for each one Ambassador for Giant. Through of them or you keep them together do a duathlon; the combination is infinite this, Giant sponsored her for a bike.

Photo Submitted Village Cycle Hudson and its owner, Pascal Chevrier made this possible for Tessier. Tessier thinks multisport has the ability to bring communities together.

“It’s a reason to be together and hear about each other’s stories. We are all stronger in groups than individually and I think it’s a really good way to promote local business since we have a sense of attachment and we want to encourage each other on that, too,” says Tessier. “It helps promote the communities and stay local.”


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Colts game. But I haven’t worked since 1999, so I’ve been going to every Colts game since. And I’ve hardly missed any games. Since I’ve been here, I’ve missed 25 games at the most. In the past seven years, I haven’t missed one,” said Fry, who always buys seasons tickets.

indy Fry’s love for hockey began while watching the NHL in the 1960s, when there were only six teams in the league and she could name every player. As the league expanded, she began to lose interest. As an adult, Fry began buying seasons tickets to Her favourite moment from all watch the Royals. In 1992, when of these years was watching the the Royals were sold out of town Colts win the Front Page Cup in and the Colts came to Cornwall, Pembroke in 2000. Her second Fry was at their first game. favourite moment was watching “When the Colts came to town, them win the championship in I would switch shifts or take four 1996 against the Gloucester hours personal time if I was on Rangers, at the sold-out Civic a 12-hour night shift to go to a Complex.

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Fry used to attend the games with her family, and now she has a group of fellow hockey lovers who she sits with at the games.

“I’m a handy transit user, and I sit in the handicap area. We’re a little group, we’ve made friends with each other, and we’re like a little family down there during hockey season. We look forward to each Thursday to get together and seeing each other. It’s like a social event too for us. We love the hockey,” Fry explained. “It is a wonderful, great calibre of hockey, and it would be wonderful to see more fans come out to see it.”

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n the previous issue of Sports Energy we began to look at the attributes involved in the sport of karate that every practitioner should train to improve. The first attribute that we discussed was speed as it is arguably the most important, and the one that always seems to be in the forefront. Power is a stand-alone attribute, but is one which goes hand in hand with strength and is very closely linked to speed. To successfully achieve power in your technique a little bit of science needs to be applied. Newton’s 2nd Law: Force = mass x acceleration is a formula that is fundamental for punches, kicks, elbow, and knee strikes. Mass should be viewed not as just the hand, foot, or limb, but as the use of proper body mechanics during the execution of the technique. Acceleration is not the speed of the technique but is defined as how fast the individual can increase the speed of the technique. In other words speed is important but it is necessary to reach maximum speed in the shortest possible time. Using a punch as an example this means that the fist needs to go from a relaxed state of tension to the point of impact in the blink of an eye. Muhammed Ali, one of, if not the greatest boxer of all time, possessed an extremely fast and powerful jab. This power was generated through proper body mechanics (mass) and acceleration. In May of 1969, Sports Illustrated had Ali’s jab measured by an omegascope at .040 milliseconds. This means that Ali’s fist travelled to full extension in less than one half of one tenth of one second. This helps to partially explain the success that Ali had as the average trained reaction time is around double that time.

Each and every technique must be properly preformed to generate an effective amount of power. The reverse punch is one of the most commonly used strikes in karate and here is what must happen for it to generate the proper amount of power. 1) Push off the back foot (R to generating the power to rotate the hips. 2) Lead leg (L) is bent slightly at the knee to help with the hip rotation. 3) The right hand accelerates towards the target rotating so that the palm faces somewhat downward, the fist clinching and snapping into the target. People think of the kiai as a yell which helps to increase ones power when striking in karate, but it is actually used in numerous situations in both sport and everyday life. In sport, boxers and MMA fighters often forcefully exhale when executing a punch or a strike. Almost every Canadian has helped to push a vehicle that has become stuck on a snowy winter day and either consciously or unconsciously grunted to increase power while pushing. This power that was used to push that stuck vehicle is known as static power which is the maximum force that one can exert in a short period of time. In karate this can be utilized to push, pull, or throw an opponent. Two other types of power are explosive power and dynamic power. Explosive power is described as the ability to exert maximum force in either a single or in a series. This would refer to either a single strike or a combination. Dynamic power is the ability to exert muscular force continuously over a period of time. This could be a 2 or 3 minute sparring round, or a timed round on either the heavy bag or focus mitts. A helpful tip maximize your power in karate – get a good ground connection by pushing into the floor with your legs. By doing this the energy travels back up the body, through the limb being used and into the target.

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Viewpoint: Sports in Education By Casey Leger

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yanna Hunt has been the vice principal at École secondaire p u b l i q u e L’Heritage for almost three years. This is her first job as an administrator,

and she’s enjoying the experience. Hunt went to high school in Penetanguishene where she was an avid swimmer and earned her lifeguard credentials. Now, she’s a runner, and has coached the L’Heritage Dragons cross-country running team. Opened in 1994, L’Heritage is a small grade 7 to 12 school in Cornwall with big aspirations; it has a student body of 250 or so pupils, and enrolment increases every year, according to the administration. Volleyball is the sport of choice at the school, and it’s one in which the Dragons excel. Hunt has high praise for Coach Luc Rozon, who coaches both the boys’ and girls’ squads. “The students have a big-time commitment to that sport,” she said.

L’Heritage is also competitive when it comes to track and field, with students competing at OFSAA, and they won an EOSSAA soccer championship last year. The Dragons compete in the “A” division of OFSAA, which is for schools of up to 500 students, but one thing that is of utmost importance to the athletes, teachers, and administrators is its involvement in the Franco-Ontarian Games, which, according to some sources, is the largest annual gathering of francophone youth in Ontario. “It’s a cultural experience through sport,” said Hunt. “It gives the kids an opportunity to meet their peers from across the province and interact with them.” Being an athlete at L’Heritage is a privilege as well as an honour, according to Hunt. “Our job is to educate students, to help them become responsible people who contribute to their society. This means we have to teach them to meet all of their responsibilities.” Hunt asserts that L’Heritage helps athletes meet their academic commitments by identifying student issues, both academic and social, early on, and by working with them to prevent potential problems. “We believe in prevention,” she finished.

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Connor Primeau Named One of the CUFLA All-Canadians

Perras, the co-founder of the team and defensive coach introduced me wenty -three-year-old athlete to the Long-stick position where Connor Primeau from Cornwall, I have played ever since. I played Ontario has been recognized as one my first season of senior lacrosse for the Capital Region Axemen this past of the CUFLA All-Canadians. summer.” Primeau isn’t just a successful Primeau says he isn’t entirely athlete. He’s also successfully graduated from the University of sure what goes on behind the Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor scenes to name the All-Canadians, of Human Kinetics degree and is but believes each coach nominates currently completing a Masters players from around the league who degree in Human Kinetics, with a then go into a vote to make the list. concentration in Intervention and The league selects an honourable Consultation, otherwise known as mention at each position, which Sport Psychology. I had received in 2015 and 2016,” By Molly Kett

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Primeau grew up playing lacrosse in the Cornwall organization, where he played until he started playing junior hockey. “Once I decided to step away from hockey to pursue my education, I went back to lacrosse and played junior in Cornwall,” says Primeau. “I began at the University of Ottawa as a short stick defender. The summer before my sophomore season, Brett

says Primeau. “I am definitely honoured. It says a lot about our defensive unit and our program as a whole. It is nice to be recognized, but this was definitely a group effort. Our defensive core has been solid from the beginning, and none of this would be possible without all those guys.”

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plans to play another season with the Capital Region Axemen (Sr. B) and “They put in so much work one more year at the University of behind the scenes. Brett founded Ottawa. the team and is always looking to push forward. It’s nice to see our “From there, I hope to keep my foot team getting some recognition for in the door as a Mental Performance all the hard work he puts in,” says Consultant and possibly a coach,” Primeau. says Primeau. “Sport has been such a big part of my life; I think it’s time Primeau says the team owes all of As for what’s next for Primeau, he to give back.” their success to Brett Perras and the

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La Citadelle Patriotes Crowned SD&G High School Football Champs By Casey Leger

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Renaud, whose day job is managing the Farm Boy market on Sydney Street. Fortunately for his football club, Farm Boy sees Renaud’s commitment to the Patriotes as important involvement in the local community, and it’s something they support.

or Coach Marc Renaud and the La Citadelle squad, revenge was a dish best served cold. Cold, and, in this case, wet. On a chilly and rainy Friday, November 3rd afternoon, the Patriots became the SDG high school champs, defeating Formed in 2010, this is La the defending champion St. Joseph’s Panthers 3-0 and avenging a 36-1 Citadelle’s third year in the SDG league. Prior to that, according loss in this year’s Rose Bowl. to Renaud, the team played in the Coach Renaud had a game plan, French Catholic league. “SDG is and that plan was to control field a very competitive league,” said position and to kick all the points he Renaud. “There are lots of strong could. As it turns out, the Patriotes teams. The boys are very excited were only able to split the uprights about the win.” once in three attempts, but it was Renaud has coached the team all they needed. The other part of from its inception. He got his start that plan, which Renaud’s players executed well, was to keep the coaching at Holy Trinity, where he opposition pinned in their own worked with Trinity coach, Jeff Mac end by kicking the ball away and Allister. When La Citadelle got the deep every time they needed to. It green light from its board to put together a football team, Renaud was worked. a natural choice to head the program. “Winning feels great,” said He’s a La Citadelle graduate, and

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Memory Lane Is Only a Basement or Attic Away

who became a hero”. Try that billing today. A loaf of bread was only 15 cents in 1954. If you were caught by the cops double riding on your bike expect a $5 fine - $10 for the second offence!

By Thom Racine

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ow many times have you considered cleaning the attic or basement storage area? You know, those neat and tidy boxes stored away, because even though you have And then, the sports stories. They forgotten what is inside, they must have some value to have held on to really caught my eye. Especially, the local gems. The North End them all these years. fastball league is featured in one Several years ago, I wrote about article from August of 1951. HSPM going through those very boxes (Howard Smith Paper Mill) defeated making room for new stuff and, aside the Legion 5-2 in the final game from the odd “that’s where I put ending the Legionnaires three-year that”, most of the stuff was worthy of reign as city champs. The game was a yard sale or land fill. I found one played at King George Park in front very old trunk, handed down over the of 2,000 fans. Can you imagine that years from my great-grandmother to crowd today at 7th and York streets! my grandmother to my mother and The “Papermen” got a five hitter then to me. Inside that very tired from Vern Antoine and clubbed three box were dozens of old newspapers; homers; one by Harold Whitney well preserved; some rolled and to centre field that eluded Farmer some folded. Distinctly yellowed Graham, “enabling Whitney to make and brittle, with an odour that only the circuit for the first score in the old basement and attic items have. 4 run third”. Peppery Joe Jarvo and The Toronto Star, The Gazette, and Bob Gwynn hit the other homers. numerous old Freeholders filled that There is a photo showing Harold trunk with memories of yesteryear. Silmser scoring for the Legion while Stories from the war and the death of he vaults Rusty Conway at the plate. King George VI. The great Seaway The win sent Ralph Gault’s nine to Power Dam project was prominent the Eastern Ontario play-downs. on many pages. During the week of Who remembers the Cornwall August 20, 1951, “Broken Arrow” staring James Stewart was playing at Pontiacs in February of 1952 getting the Roxy Theatre. “He’s a Cockeyed trounced 11-0 by the Smiths Falls Wonder” with Mickey Rooney was Rideaus forcing goalie Gordie billed as “A gay story of a sad sack Buckley to still make 63 saves? Then the next night securing home

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Miron put on an offensive display making end-to-end rushes, delighting the 75 Cornwall fans that made the trip. That same weekend in junior play, Kitchener Greenshirts’ forward Orval Tessier scored two of his 62 goals that season in a 5-4 loss to Toronto St. Mike’s. Makes me wonder, with everyone scanning and saving things on their computers, down the road 50 years on; someone else will open up their own trunk and find small sticks or disks — they won’tww

In NY-Ontario league playoffs the Cornwall Falcons lead by Pete Piquette in goal advanced past Gananoque Gans with a 6-1 road victory. Claude Snyder, Roger Bourget, and Neil Burke had two points each and that Farmer Graham guy scored as well. Looks like Edgar

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As 2017 winds down, we can take a look at a fun, local sports’ year.

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he CJHL Prospects game was a highlight of the early part of the year. Forty of the best draft eligible Junior A players from across Canada (as chosen by NHL scouts and Central Scouting) gathered for a combine and showcase game at the Ed Lumley Arena.  Long Sault’s Konnor MacCormick added local flavour to the game.  And for those that remember, Cale Makar (who played for the West) was eventually chosen 4th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL draft in June.    Jakob Loucks was the 2017 Jacques Richard Trophy winner as Cornwall and area’s top sports personality.  All Loucks did was become the first Cornwall born player to win the CIS Rookie of the Year while playing quarterback for Mount Allison.   Loucks was 2nd in most passing categories while throwing for 1,325 yards, 5 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions in 225 attempts.  He also ran the ball 56 times for 404 yards!   The best part of the Loucks’ story happened at the AUS Championship Loney Bowl.  He was carted off the field on a stretcher only to return in the fourth quarter from hospital to suit up and finish the game!

  Tony Luis improved to his record to 25-3 after three victories, each one better than the last, on his home turf at the Ed Lumley Arena.  They were three very different opponents in Noe Nunez, Cam O’Connell, and Giovanni Straffon but Luis did what he had to do to secure each victory.  Ronnie Robidoux, who trains with Luis at Champs Eastside Boxing Club, improved his professional record to 4-0 with a pair of unanimous decision victories on the undercard of two of the Luis’ events.  It was the first time in over a decade that Cornwall hosted professional boxing and, based on the crowds, it won’t be the last.  Both Luis and Robidoux will look to improve their rankings in 2018 and this writer cannot wait.    And, saving the best for last, Cornwall may soon have another international star in the name of Madison Grant.  Grant starred on the St. Joe’s high school rugby team in each of the past two springs.  She’s since moved to Langford, B.C. to focus on the being a key member of Team Canada’s Ladies Rugby team.  She’s among the centralized roster of 25 competitors vying to be a part of this month’s HSBC Rugby Women’s Seven Series in Dubai.     These are just a handful of examples of the great athletes Cornwall continues to produce in a wide range of sports.    2018 should be so lucky to have as many highlights as the past 12 months!    That’s Murphy’s Law.


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A Frisbee is a Frisbee? Not Really By Casey Leger

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t’s Ultimate Frisbee, and it’s coming to Cornwall. At least that’s the plan, according to Kevin O’Rourke of the newly formed Cornwall Ultimate Frisbee Association, which will have hosted two Ultimate Frisbee clinics at the Benson Center by the time this article sees print. For anyone who missed the clinics, the Association will be hosting games every Tuesday evening at 5 PM in December and January. All are welcome to come check out the sport. So. What is Ultimate Frisbee? According to O’Rourke, who first played the sport at the University of Guelph, it’s a unique game. For one thing, there are no officials. No

referees. No linesmen. No umpires. “Fouls are settled by discussion based on the ‘Spirit of the Game’ -a principle that promotes inclusion and sportsmanship in Ultimate Frisbee,” said O’Rourke. And that’s how it works at the highest levels of competition as well. Another interesting feature of the game is that it’s played by mixed teams. ‘Regular’ games, on regulation fields, are played by teams of seven aside, men and women, on the pitch, ideally with five to seven spares. “It’s great physical activity, with lots of running,” explained O’Rourke. Regulation games last an hour, and teams adjust numbers to compensate for smaller playing areas if necessary.

Photo Submitted O’Rourke, whose other interests include dragon boat racing (apparently he’s the only trained steersperson in Cornwall) and the Cornwall Outdoor Club, says that the Cornwall Ultimate Frisbee Association is hoping to attract enough interested athletes to form a league.

The only equipment needed is a pair of running shoes. Players can wear cleats, if they choose, but they aren’t mandatory. The game is played with a disk that’s slightly bigger and heavier than a regular Frisbee, but other than that, it’s a game that’s easily accessed by everyone.

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Ally Hebert, Joining RMU Roster for 2020 By Micaela Wylie Arbic

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She eventually made the move to the girls’ program in Cornwall with the Typhoons. In her major bantam year, she joined the Ottawa Ice program, which has since changed its name to the Lady 67s.

fter hours of commutes down the 417 to Ottawa, Ally Hebert’s devotion to the game of hockey has finally paid off. She may only be half-way through her first semester The itch to head south of the border of grade eleven, but the young lady began when her oldest brother, has already committed to a full Grant, signed with the school last scholarship at a Division 1 school, year.  Cameron, following in Grant’s Robert Morris University.   footsteps, also verbally committed While this is a proud moment in this past summer.  Ally tagged along and of itself, it is especially so, as for the trip where she got acquainted all three members of the Hebert clan with the women’s hockey program. will be attending RMU on hockey From September to November, she scholarships.   kept in contact with the coaches, and The Hebert legacy will begin when one fateful day this November she Grant joins the Colonials for the got a surprising text from the coach 2018-19 season and Cameron the wanting to speak to her.

following season, skating alongside “In that call is when she said they his older brother. Ally, will join her had a full scholarship spot for me,” brothers in Moon, Pennsylvania she said, attributing her scholarship (where RMU is located) in the fall of triumph to the Lady 67s program. 2020. Although she had other potential Hebert first laced up a pair of schools on her radar - both in the skates at the ripe age of four. As years NCAA and the CIS - RMU won her progressed, she played boys’ hockey heart. - skating with both the Seaway Valley “RMU was for sure the one that Rapids and South Stormont Selects.

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students, I feel this will make the academic side easier for me,” she said. Hebert is currently leaning toward concurrent education, where ideally after university she would like to get into teaching.

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Viola was born in Moose Creek where she and her six siblings were raised by her single mom. Mr. McRae died when Viola was six months old. He had been the owner of the Village General Store. She stayed in the area when she married farmer, Menzies McRae, at age 18. They had seven children together, six boys and one girl. Viola believes her love of sports started at Camp Kagama where she played catcher on the softball team. In the 70’s she played for two women’s teams – the Junior Farmer team and the Moose Creek team. Then she started to play fastball with coach, Tony Marini. He is now the coach of the District 8 slo-pitch mixed team. Viola started pitching at this time. In the 80’s she played on the slo-pitch mixed team at the Avonmore fair and also on the Dairy Queen team with her daughter, Laurie. Coach Reg Campbell decided to hand-pick a slo-pitch women’s team for LuLu Fest in Kitchener. Lori Dupuis, Olympic Gold medal winner in women’s hockey, was also on that team. They won the gold medal. During the winter, Viola enjoyed playing goalie for women’s hockey teams. She also was a hockey referee for ages 19 and under. In 2007 she was the Avonmore bowling champion for five pin. It is no wonder she was chosen as a worthy inductee into the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 after such a varied career in sports. During her thirty-five years of playing sports she has won 50 trophies. Quite an achievement. Viola stopped playing goalie when she was 70 years old. As well as being a wife, mom, and sports enthusiast, Viola also worked as an accountant in the office of Blakely, Craig, Viscount, and then was the business manager for Highland Motors in Maxville. It was a logical transition for her to start to compete in OSGA 55+ events. She has participated in shuffleboard, slo-pitch, boccé, billiards and won medals in most events. Viola remembers the excitement at the Canada Games in 2010 when she was playing on the mixed slo-pitch team. They had to win a gold medal at their District level to be eligible to play in the prestigious Canada Games. She met a group of fun-loving people who enjoyed sports and competition as much as she did. For more information regarding District 8 activities you can check out our Facebook page at OSGA55+district8 – SDG, Prescott, Russell and Akwesasne for our list of summer and winter events and photos of past competitions or contact District Coordinator, Marlene Neal at nealm221@sympatico.ca for more information.

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A Passport to Pond Hockey Passion

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t’s coming. And it’s going to be huge. And it’s going to raise $10 000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. At least that’s the plan, according to the organizers of the inaugural Pond Hockey Classic tournament. The tournament is the brainchild of local hockey personalities Mitch Gagne and Alain Quenneville. “We wanted to do something for the community,” said Quenneville. “My uncle Norm Dubeau passed away eleven years ago after a hockey tournament at the Bob Turner Memorial Centre,” he explained. “He died right on the ice. Heart and Stroke seems like a good choice to benefit from this.” Gagne and Quenneville are organizing the event under the aegis of “Dangles and Dekes”; a company that organises and runs hockey tournaments. They held a wellattended launch night on Tuesday, November 12, at the Glengarrian Pub, which along with Bud Light and Visual Vinyl are the three major sponsors of the event. Lynn Kenney, local Heart and Stroke Director, attended the launch and was elated at the idea of the pond hockey tournament and good it will do for Heart and Stroke. To their credit, the folks at Dangles and Dekes have planned big. The tournament will be held from Saturday, February 17, to Monday, February 19. The tournament has been scheduled to include 50 adult and 24 youth teams. Anyone familiar with the Benson Centre will know the venue: the plan is to create four pond-like rinks in the north field that abuts the Centre. The organizers are not in the least concerned about filling the event: as of the launch, there were 10 teams registered, and that was without the benefit of any publicity whatsoever. Rodney Wilson, the organizing committee member in charge of communications invites all interested teams to check out the tournament Facebook page at https://www.facebook. com/2018PondHockeyClassic/ Quick facts: Teams are five-a-side, including goalies, in the adult bracket;

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auctioned off at the event, and there will be live music and entertainment at the tournament. “There will be something there for everyone,” explained Wilson.


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Fit from Within

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Following the Local Bass Fishing Tournaments By Tom Fagan

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uring the months of September and October, I have been to the final weigh-ins of two bass tournaments. There were the Renegade Bass Tournament and the Fishing Canada Rumble. I also had interviews with fishermen o n

the Pro Bass Canada Classic, the Thompson Memorial Basssssssss Tournament, and the Thousand Islands Open. The eee Renegade Bass Tournament was won by Ian Kinstler and Scott Lecky, edging out Horbik and Donnelly on the second day. The final weight for Kinstler and Lecky was 43.83 lbs, while Horbik and Donnelly’s weight was 42.19 lbs; oh so close! Cornwall winners, Kinstler and Lecky won a $65,000. bass boat with all the toys. What a classy tournament! I was amazed to see so many trailers and bass boats at motels in Cornwall. We should be proud.

Force Cub. This was a oneday tournament of the best weight for 5 bass, plus the largest bass of the day. Jean Charles Goulet and Eric Lamarche were first with 5 bass weighing 24.7 lbs. The received a beautiful

Johnson outboard motor. Maxime Chabot and Christien Fournier were second with aaaaa weight of 24.3 lbs. How close can you get? Christien Fournier won with the largest bass of the day. It weighed 6.2 lbs. That’s the biggest bass I have ever seen. Nice tournament, great people who applauded the winners, and thanks to the lady who gave me a beautiful Johnson hat that she had won.

What a great day for the father and son team, Mitch and Dennis Guay from Cornwall at the Pro Bass Canada Classic. They won I watched the weigh- for the biggest bass of the in of the Fishing Canada tournament, for the year. This Rumble, held behind the Air fish weighed 6.4 lbs. Nice

cash price. Two top notch fishermen, Andy Arsenault and Mathew Dansereau, won first place with weighins of 5 fish per day for two days. Their weights were 17.63 lbs and 18.92 lbs for the cash prize. This tournament was held

o n Lake S t . Louis for t h e first day and the Richelieu River the second day.

Congrats to the winners, the participants, and the fans. Once again, a cash-prize event and great fishing in Akwesasne, at the Thompson Memorial Bass Tournament. This event features fishermen from all over the area and further. P. J. Burns won the tournament with a weight of over 30 lbs. Congratulations! Blain MacKay was second. He, too, had a total weigh-in of over 30 lbs. This was a three fish per day, for two day total weight tournament, with live bait. I was happy

to see a live bait tournament. It is reminiscent of the way we fished bass years ago. Nothing can compete; fishing bass with live bait. Keep this tournament going. We must be grateful to the Mohawk Nation for keeping the islands commercial free. Well folks, we go west for the terrific Thousand Islands Open. It is held with f i s h

from the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario and is a cash prize tournament. This tournament is held with one hundred entries. After the first day of weigh-ins, the field is cut by fifty entries, with the best fifty fishermen continuing. The eventual winners were Gary and Chris Johnston from the Peterborough area. They had a total weight of 79.09 lbs. for 15 fish. The weights were 27.61 lbs, 27.2 lbs, and 25.46 lbs for three days. (Can you believe this?) They sure deserved the cash prize. I was told by different bass fishermen, that Gary and Christ Johnston are the very best bass fishermen in Canada. They have proved this over the years.


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Cornwall Colts Edition…Eric Lalonde By Carrie Seguin

Cornwall is a great hockey town,” states former Cornwall Colt, Eric Lalonde. “My parents are from Cornwall, and the first time I was on the skates, it was at the Civic Complex with my dad, Rob Lalonde. It’s pretty surreal to think that that very same rink ended up being my home for two full seasons of junior hockey.” Lalonde played with the Junior A Colts for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. “Living away from home for the first time, attending a new school (CCVS), making memories with new friends who became more like family, the time I was able to spend with my grandparents who were season ticket holders, my

teammates and coaches, the road trips and times in the dressing room – these are some of my best memories.”

Following his stint with the Colts, Lalonde played a season for the Kingston Voyageurs of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). “Playing junior hockey helped me to believe in myself. I was never the best player on my team growing up. I always had to work extra hard to get ice time or power play time. In the end, landing an opportunity to play junior hockey with the Colts proved to me that hard work really does pay off,” explains Lalonde. After his junior career, Lalonde attended the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) in Kingston. “There, I Lalonde currently works as a firefighter with the City of Kingston. Photo Submitted 

was fortunate to continue playing hockey as an RMCC Paladin in the CIS (Ontario University Athletic Association).” Ironically, Lalonde continues to wear Paladin colours, working as an assistant coach for the RMCC team. “I really enjoy being a part of the RMC team,” he states.

Eric Lalonde played with the Junior A Cornwall Colts for two seasons. Photo Submitted 

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In addition to coaching the military college’s team, Lalonde presently works as a firefighter with the City of Kingston, a career path he set for himself early on in his teens. He credits his time with the Colts for the success he has had in attaining this goal. “After my time at RMC, I ventured out to Vermillion, Alberta to attend Lakeland College and pursue my dreams of becoming a firefighter. Playing for the Colts gave me the confidence and bravery I needed to do this, to chase after my dreams. Junior hockey is a huge reason I am where I am today. The leadership it taught me, the teamwork skills, the motivation to succeed, the independence and maturity it helped me develop… these are direct results from pushing myself to do better

while I was playing.” After attending Lakeland College, Lalonde took the opportunity to stay out west for a few more years, living in Kelowna and Vancouver, BC. “I took time to enjoy snowboarding at Big White, boating throughout the Okanagan, and golfing on some of the most pristine courses in Canada.” Returning to his hometown of Kingston means time for Lalonde to reconnect with family and old friends while concentrating on his career as a firefighter and coaching. Lalonde appreciates the opportunity he has to continue a life connected to the hockey world. “I get to inspire young athletes in the same way that my coaches inspired me when I was a junior hockey player,” he says. “I love mentoring young athletes. My best advice to my players is to imagine where it is they see themselves as a part of their team, and in their future. Then, work hard and challenge themselves; prove to themselves that they can do it. And definitely enjoy every single minute while it lasts because it goes by fast.”

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Ladies’ Club Champions — Provincial Finalists in Niagara Falls

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uge congratulations to the Ladies’ Club Champions competitive team representing the Cornwall Curling Centre comprised of Skip Jennifer Harvey, 3rd Lise Lalonde, 2nd Stephanie Barbeau, and lead Kelly McLeod (see picture attached). The team were finalists in the Travellers Provincial Championships held in Niagara Falls held October 27th to the 29th. The Travellers is an annual event organized by the Ontario Curling Association open to Men’s and Ladies’ teams who have won their respective club championships. To qualify, team Harvey went undefeated in both Zones and Regionals to advance. The Cornwall Senior Ladies held their annual Invitational Bonspiel on October 31st with twelve teams participating from as far Alexandria, Richmond, Ormstown, and the Ottawa Hunt Club. Convenor Pam Swindon and her volunteer committee organized a great day of curling. The overall winner was the Ottawa Hunt Club ladies’ team, skipped by Lorna Dewan, 3rd Sandi Wallace, 2nd Jenny Paterson, and lead Sylvana Gaudette (see picture attached). Runner up position went to the team from Alexandria skipped by Joy Clinton, 3rd Flora Poulton, 2nd Janet MacCrimmon, and lead Diane Riley. The team from Vankleek Hill claimed the “One Game High” award with skip Dorli Wicki, 3rd Pauline Albert, 2nd Rosemary Devenne, and

lead Eva Shepherd taking that event.

The 16th Annual Cornwall Mixed Bonspiel co-sponsored by Endless Road RV Centre, Perras Distefano Construction, and Riverside Chrysler was held November 11th, 12th and 13th with twenty teams participating. The weekend winner of the A event was the team from skipped by Jennifer Harvey, 3rd Pierre Harvey, 2nd Lise Lalonde and lead Frank Woods. The ‘B’ event honours went to the team of Skip Mike Villeneuve, 3rd Mitch Baker 2nd Ron Leroux, Senior Ladies Invitational Champs - Ottawa Hunt Club and lead Pam Lalonde. C Event L to R Lead Sylvania Gaudet 2nd Jenny Paterson, 3rd Sandi Wallace, winner was skipped by Ian Bridger, Photo Submitted Skip Lorna Dewan and Convenor Pam Swindon. 2nd Julie Bridger, 2nd Denis Carter, and lead Jade Merkley. The “D” Event went to skip Mike Marleau 3rd Melissa Marleau 2nd Justin Poirier and lead Melika Marleau. A huge thanks to organizers Paul Carroll and Jane MacDonald and their committee for a great weekend of curling. The Cornwall Senior Men’s Division held their 2nd draw of the curling season with thirty-one teams vying for the Goldhammer Trophy. Following a ten game round-robin the top twelve teams entered the one day playoff held Friday November 10th. The team skipped by Denis Patenaude, 3rd Mel Haugerud. 2nd Bernie Breton and lead Bob Browning came out on top (see picture attached). Second Place honours went to the team skipped by Peter Van Loon, 3rd Hugh Cook, 2nd Luc Lefebvre, and lead Rick

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Buttle. Third Place was claimed by skip Murray Halkett, 3rd Stuart McDonald, 2nd Jim Peace, and lead Larry Marshall. The next up for the seniors is the Fourney trophy with

thirty-one teams competing. The top twelve teams will qualify for the playoff taking place on Friday Dec. 8th. Continued on page 42

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Q: Mat you have had the curling and who was the biggest opportunity with Team Epping to compete at a top level in the sport. influence in the sport? What are your aspirations moving A: My parents got me interested forward? in the sport when I was about 5 A: My biggest aspiration is years old and my father was my biggest influence coaching me and to qualify for the Olympics at the trials being held in Ottawa taking me to competitions. December 2nd to the 10th and to Q: You had the opportunity to continue performing at the top participate in the premier curling level in the sport I love. event in Canada namely the Brier. Next up on the Curling Centre’s Tell us what that experience was agenda is the long running Men’s like? Invitational Bonspiel with teams Q: Mat at what age did you start

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City of Cornwall Recreation Round-Up

For more detailed program information please refer to www.cornwall.ca or call 613-938-9898 x 2.

Winter 2018 Program Options Children’s Programming

Sportball – New Program Saturday Mornings January 2018 Non-Competitive Sports Instruction for Children – 6 months to 6 years of age. Sportball Parent & Child - Multisport - 16 - 30 months Sportball Parent & Child - Multisport - 2 - 3 1/2 years old Sportball Coach & Child - Multisport - 3 1/2 - 6 years old

Yoga for Kids

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. Returns January 2018 Benson Centre A fun and energetic flow suitable for kids age 6-11 who are new yoga practitioners. Focus on mastering basic yoga poses, balance, posture and flexibility. Each class will end with a short mindfulness practice to finish the class on a relaxing note.

Youth Indoor Tennis Lessons Ages 5 – 17 years

Saturdays 9:00 – 1:00 p.m. January 20 – March 3, 2018 Benson Centre Join instructor Drew Poirier as he teaches players court etiquette and stroke techniques including forehand, backhand, serve, and volley. Through skills and game play, this course will help improve player’s tennis ability and focus on sportsmanship and having fun. Cost: $65.00/session

Youth Badminton Program Ages 12 – 18 years Friday Evenings at 6:00 p.m. January 12 – Friday March 2 Benson Centre This co-ed badminton program will offer participants a chance to play badminton in a recreational setting. Practice makes perfect, develop your badminton skills and build your confidence all while having fun. Open to all levels of play, players must come equipped with their own racquet and indoor shoes (Non-marking soles only). Program will take place on Friday evenings at the Benson Centre.

Youth Drama Classes – Acting Out !! Mondays at 6:30 p.m. January 15 – April 2, 2018 Benson Centre The students will hone their skills in drama by working on their voice, movement, and creative play. Youth will work on character development, scene development, and creating mini-plays to be performed for family and friends in their final class. Be ready to have fun and act out (in drama class, not at your family).” Kids Improv Jr.- Ages 4 – 7 Years Monday at 5:30 p.m. January 15 – April 2, 2018 Benson Centre This is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to think on their feet and create their own scenes through Improvisational skills. Improv is a wonderful way to introduce kids to a fun form of dramatic play. This class will also teach creative movement and voice training for the kids to use in their performances. Creativity will know no boundaries with this class!” 2018 Adult Fitness Programming Monday Programming

Stroller Babes Fitness – Mondays at 9:30 a.m. – Jan. 15 Benson Centre Gentle Yoga at Lunch – Mondays at 12:10 p.m. – Jan. 15 Cornwall Civic Complex Core De Force Fitness – Mondays at 6:30 p.m. – Jan. 8 Benson Centre

Tuesday Programming

Ultimate Frisbee 18+ - Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. – Jan. 9 - Benson Centre Adult Badminton – Tuesday Evenings 8:00 p.m. – Jan. 16 - Benson Centre

Wednesday Programming

Stroller Babes Fitness – Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. – Jan.

17 - Benson Centre Gentle Yoga at Lunch – Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m. – Jan. 17 – Civic Complex Gentle Yoga in the Evening - Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. – Jan. 17 - Benson Centre Table Tennis – Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. – Jan. 16 – Jean XXIII School

Sunday Programming

Adult Tennis Lessons – Sundays 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Jan. 21 Benson Centre Adult Pickleball – Sunday Evenings 6:00 p.m. – January 8 – Benson Centre

AQUATIC PROGRAMS

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Family Gingerbread House Construction

Saturday December 9th 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Benson Centre Join us and create your very own gingerbread house and decorate it any way you like. All the goodies will be supplied. Keep your eyes peeled for this “SWEET” program. Sign up early as space is limited. Parent/Guardian Supervision and participation is required. Cost: $17/child, $14/each additional sibling

Yoga Programs Gentle Yoga at Lunch

Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m. Continues Until December 20 Cornwall Civic Complex

Gentle Yoga Evenings

Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. Continues Until December 20 Benson Centre These Gentle Yoga classes will focus on breath control, simple meditation and the adoption of specific body postures, for health and relaxation. Hatha yoga focuses on stretching and aligning the body, and helps with the promotion of balance and flexibility. For the 10 weeks we will explore different postures, stretches and relaxation techniques.

BEAT THE WINTER BLAHS AT THE Yoga for Kids AQUATIC CENTRE Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. What better way to the handle the cold months than with some time spent in the warm, wet and wonderful Aquatic Centre! Dive right in and join us for one of our many swims: Early Bird, Rehab, Preschool, Adult / Senior, Fitness, Leisure and Family Swims.

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Please check our website for our recreational swim and aqua fitness schedule. For more information swim times, swimming lessons, memberships or birthday party packages please contact us at (613) 933-3586 or visit www.Cornwall.ca.

City Seeking Volunteers to Help Maintain Outdoor Rinks

Another season of outdoor hockey is fast approaching! City crews are busy erecting rink boards in neighbourhood parks throughout the community in anticipation of the coming winter season. The practice of playing a game of shinny on an outdoor rink is a Canadian tradition with a long history in Cornwall. It is made possible in large part by the contributions of community-minded volunteers. “The City simply doesn’t have the resources to maintain all of the outdoor rinks on its own,” said Lorne Taillon, Leisure Arts Coordinator. “We are fortunate to have residents who are willing to step up and give their time to help maintain this popular winter program.” The usual arrangement sees the City erecting the boards and clearing snow, while the volunteers would be responsible for flooding and maintaining the ice. In addition to manpower, weather, location and available water sources are equally important factors in establishing an outdoor rink. This winter, the City is planning to set up rink boards in Alexander, Broadview, Dover Heights, Gallinger, Grant, King George, Mattice, Memorial, Menard, Optimist, Reg Campbell and Terry Fox Parks. Residents who are interested in volunteering or who wish to learn more about the outdoor rink program are asked to contact Mr. Taillon at (613) 938-9898 ext. 2.

December 2017 Program Options

Continues Until December 20 Benson Centre A fun and energetic flow suitable for kids age 6-11 who are new yoga practitioners. Focus on mastering basic yoga poses, balance, posture and flexibility. Each class will end with a short mindfulness practice to finish the class on a relaxing note.

Drums Alive Cardio

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Continues Until December 11 Benson Centre Feel and experience the pulsating rhythms, dynamic movements and powerful percussions of this new and unique high-energy dance rhythmical class. Drums Alive® is designed to burn fat, improve physical and mental fitness and above all, be fun! Come ready to sweat! Wear comfortable exercise clothing and shoes. A 55” or 65” exercise ball is required. Drumsticks are provided. Full session $40.00/7 classes or drop-in fee of $8.00 plus tax/class.

Stroller Babes Fitness

Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Continues Until December 20 Benson Centre Stroller Babes focuses on intervals of power walking and running with functional strength training, followed by postnatal specific core work and flexibility. This course is led by Pre & Post-Natal Fitness Specialist Jenny Irvine. Classes take place at 9:30 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday morning at the Benson Centre.

Adult Badminton

Tuesday Evenings 8:00 p.m. Continues Until December 19 Benson Centre This programs goal is strictly for enjoyment. It will also provide participants with the opportunity to play games with other participants of varying skills. Please Note: No instruction is provided and birdies and racquets are required. Four courts will be set-up each week. Costs: $6. drop-in fee.

Adult Table Tennis

Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 p.m. Continues Until May 30, 2018 Former École Jean XXIII Join other ping pong players in weekly games and tournaments. Practice and improve your skills in a fun and recreational setting. All level of players welcome. Bring a friend or come alone and find playing partners at the club! The Cornwall Table Tennis Club is committed to providing an opportunity for all participants to play table tennis, competitively or recreationally. Ages: 16+ unless supervised by parent or guardian.


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Wendell Lafave – 150 Marathons and Counting By Jim Riddell

her round. Presently on the verge of completing my sixth major for the endell Lafave of Williamstown World Abbot Marathon Challenge, I recently completed his 150th plan to complete the Tokyo marathon marathon, adding to his numerous in February 2018.” running accomplishments. He has “People ask me: ‘What are some been a five-time Cornwall Multisport of the highlights enjoyed because of Runner of the Year, a Cornwall Lions running?’ Well, they are almost too Club Athlete of the Year, and has numerous to mention and sometimes been inducted into the Glengarry it’s not the marathon itself but the Sports Hall of Fame. side trips that result from the travel Wendell began running in 1977 such as seeing Petra and riding as means of getting back into shape camels to the Treasury (think Indiana after breaking an ankle; completing Jones), the sunset camel ride to Ayers his first marathon, the Montreal Rock, an African safari, and flying International in 1984. Wendell to Antarctica in the middle of the covered the 42.195 km marathon night, seeing the sun come up and distance a very respectable time of watching the penguins waddle out of 3 hrs and 31 minutes, then waited the ocean. The 20-mile rough ride almost twenty years before tackling into Chaco Canyon was worth the his second, the Marine Corp Marathon effort and thank goodness we were in Washington DC in 2003. He then told by other runners to visit Mesa followed it up with the National Verde, both of these places showing Capitol Marathon in 2004. Wendell evidence of ancient civilizations. and his wife Sheila, both of whom Exploring is half the fun of running.” had taught for many years at local Here are just a few of the highlights, elementary schools, celebrated their described by Wendell in one word: respective retirements by running the ~ Enjoying the five boroughs of Athens marathon in Greece. Since that time their sport has taken them New York City with the support of from the boardwalks of New Jersey two million spectators —stirring and Virginia Beach to the surf of ~ Running down the Mall, through Hawaii, from the moss covered live the gates of Buckingham Palace and oaks of Georgia to the blue glaciers seeing the grand statue of Queen of Alaska, and far beyond. Victoria — moving

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2017 was a milestone year in ~ Running through the ancient running for two reasons stated quarters of Jerusalem — historic Wendell. ~ The village children around “It was my 40th year of running Kilimanjaro joining in the run from and I had set a goal of running 12 village to village — endearing ~ Arriving at the finish line in marathons in order to complete a total of 150 marathons to coincide with Sydney, Australia at the Opera House Canada’s 150 years. Some people — breathtaking ~ The finish line at the Little Grand dream and try to live out their dreams. In running, I set goals and try to run Canyon in Price, Utah — stunning ~ Running across the Golden Gate them down. In doing this it has led me to travelling to twelve countries Bridge in San Francisco — rewarding ~ Running at Furnace Creek, Death to complete a marathon in each; the latest two being Italy (Rome) and Valley — memorable ~ The Hatfield-McCoy marathon France (Paris) this year. An early goal was to complete a marathon where you pick a side to represent in in each province of Canada which the ‘feud’ — historic, entertaining ~ Running a marathon in every was achieved early in my marathon adventures beginning in 2004. continent — ambitious/expensive “I could go on but you get the That was followed by completing a marathon in every state of the US as picture. The toughest marathon? a member of the 50 Sates Marathon All of them - but especially the ones Club. I achieved my first circuit of the that involve heat and humidity. As 50 states in December 2011 and the runners know, that is the one factor second circuit in January of 2017. In that can make or break a run.” “2017 was an interesting year in my second round, it was because my wife, Sheila, had decided to complete that I needed 12 marathons to reach

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the 150th milestone. Canada’s 150th birthday was a wonderful coincidence. In completing the 12 marathons this year, eight of them were local runs. Out my 150 marathons, only 28 were in Canada so this was a big year in that regard. Fittingly, Canada’s list started with the Winterman, Ottawa in February, then the MS in Cornwall in April, Sudbury Rocks in early May, the NCRA Ottawa marathon in late May, the Friendly Massey in Massey, ON in July, Quebec City in August, Ottawa Fall Colours and the P’tit Train du Nord, Saint-Jerome, both in October. To round out the 12, I threw in Maui in January, Rome and Paris in March and Lake Placid in June. In 40 years of running, I’ve been very fortunate to meet and run with wonderful people - well runners are wonderful, aren’t they!? Larry Macon comes to mind with his record number of marathons but there are so many who just share the joy of running and travel. Actually, we are having a reunion run in Barcelona in March with some of the people from the Rome/Paris trip.” “Clubs I’ve belonged to over the years are the Seaway Valley Runners’ Association, the NCRA (now Ottawa Running Club), Cornwall Multisport

Club, the Raisin River Ramblers, the 100 Marathon Club, the Globetrotters and the Seven Continents Club. Along the way, I have been blessed to get to know, in a small way, iconic runners such as Bill Rodgers, Kathrine Switzer, Roger Robinson, and the late Ed Whitlock.” “It is with gratitude that I mention my wife, Sheila, who with her own 62 marathons under her belt, has been a great organizer and logistics diva to make our running and travel so successful.” “When I look at my Boston ring, it’s a reminder of how fortunate I have been over the last 40 years of running that I have been mostly injury free. And when I’m out biking or running or walking, I’ll often get a shout-out, often from a CMC member out training and that makes me feel grateful to be involved in such a great sport.” Both Wendell and Sheila have been putting back into the sport over the years. Wendell worked with the cross-country teams at each of the schools where he taught, Martintown, Viscount Alexander, and SJ McLeod. They have been directors of two local races, The Great Raisin River Footrace, for the past ten years, and the Chilly Willy for the past three.


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Local Goal Judge Rick Lapierre May Not Be Able to Play Hockey – but He’s Still Involved Currently, Lapierre goal judges for the Jr A Team in Cornwall, the Colts, and for the Federal Hockey League, the Cornwall Nationals.

By Molly Kett

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orty-two-year-old Rick Lapierre has been passionate about sports for most of his life. When he’s not working - goal judging - you’re likely to find Lapierre watching hockey, baseball, football, or some other sport. In terms of playing sports, Lapierre Photo Submitted has played hockey, but a different kind of hockey than the kind that time on the ice doing what he loves, comes to mind. but that hasn’t stopped him from “It’s a different kind of hockey getting involved. That’s where goal because I’m disabled,” says Lapierre. judging comes in. “So I played sledge hockey for a How did he get involved? while in the early 2000s for about “Funny story! The arena was not ten years, but it got too hard to travel in the winter time from Ottawa to made for me to see over the boards Cornwall. That’s why I quit doing until about 2008,” recalls Lapierre. “I that. I swim twice a week and I go can see over the boards now, and after to the gym twice a week so I keep that season in 2008, one of the goal judges decided to quit so I got offered myself active.” the job and that was about when I Lapierre may not be able to spend took over and started goal judging.”

“The best part of that job is getting involved and being involved in the game. The worst part is having to make bad calls against the home team,” says Lapierre. He remembers this happening at the Fred Page cup in 2016, when Cornwall hosted the tournament. “At the time it was Cornwall and the league champion from the Colts’ league, a team from the Quebec league and a team from the Maritimes,” says Lapierre. “One time I didn’t see a goal go in, because it went in under the padding and got pushed in. It was against the team that had won the Colts’ league and I remember there was smack talk about me online and friends defended me that way,

but I never saw it really online…It’s mostly positive.” For Lapierre, the positive moments are what really stand out and make it all worthwhile.

“With the team winning their championship about two years ago in 2015, they didn’t win in Cornwall, but being part of that season was the cool part about it. The team, a lot of the guys, bonded with me and I got to know them very well. That was my cool moment as a goal judge,” shares Lapierre.

Lapierre says that since he can’t play, he tried to get involved with the game in any way he can. “I want to be involved in sports any way I can, really. Give me a job and I’ll do it. Goal judging; it was my luck that it fell in my lap and I’ve been at it ever since,” says Lapierre. “It gets me to the rink. It makes me involved in the game.”

Cornwall Seaway Blades win Fourth Tournament By Victoria Klassen

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he Cornwall Seaway Blades returned home from the SEV hockey tournament in Quebec with another win under their belt. This was their fourth win of the season, with their next tournament coming up in January in Stittsville. “We have a group of guys that get along very well. They’re fun to be around. We have fun right from the time we get together in the dressing room. We really come together as a unit on the ice, so it’s very enjoyable,” said Dave MacDonald, member of the Cornwall Seaway Blades. In the 57+ age category, the Cornwall Seaway Blades faced an undefeated Massachusetts team. Cornwall scored three goals early in the game, and finished with a 6-1 win. The SEV tournament also named one of their players, Leo Seguin, as MVP. “Leo Seguin is an exceptional player. He had a great tournament,” MacDonald expressed. “He might have scored at least 10 goals in the tournament in four games. He’s a real team player. What he’s able to

Cornwall Seaway Blades

Front row Left: Mark Comfort, Jack Wylemans, Dave MacDonald, Tom Moore, Al Leroux, Leo Seguin, Back row Left: Ben Guindon, Alain Cardinal, Henry Ceelen, Louis Denis, Rick Schneider, Mike Hanton, Paul Photo Ice Level Seguin

do is make the people around him play better, he makes everyone better just by the way he plays the game.” MacDonald explained that while the team has been together for the

past four years, most of them know each other outside of hockey too. “Most have been playing hockey all their lives. One of the guys who plays with me brought a picture in of

when we were 18 or 19 years old, and we were on the same team together on Junior C. So that goes back quite a few years, and we’re still at it!”


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HEO Volunteer of the Year Award Presented to Mark Desnoyers By Victoria Klassen

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Valley Minor Hockey Association. He first began coaching with them in 1988. His other roles include Chairperson for District II and Minor Bantam AA Convener in the Ontario East Minor Hockey League AA-A.

ark Desnoyers accompanied one of his sons to the Ottawa Senators game against the L.A. Kings. Little did he know that he was being brought to the game to be presented with the Hockey Eastern “I’ve always been involved in Ontario (HEO) Volunteer of the hockey. I started way back in 1976. Year award. When I was around nineteen, I “First I was lured to the game by started coaching minor hockey in one of my sons, who said he’d won Cornwall, and I just enjoyed it so some free tickets,” remembered much I continued on coaching. Then Desnoyers. “We got there and we I got involved with the executive part were in a suite by the Senator’s of it, and stayed with it,” explained box, in the 400 section. We start Desnoyers. watching the game, and the next He humbly said that receiving the thing I know someone is grabbing my arm and saying ‘come with me, Volunteer of the Year award was you’re the volunteer of the year for unexpected, but that it is a great HEO.’ And we went down to ice honour. level, and they presented me with “I just love the game. I’ve played a game jersey with my name and the game all my life pretty much. number on it.” My three sons play the game. It’s For the past four years Desnoyers great to be around. I love hockey. has been president of the Seaway True Canadian.”

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Cornwall Classics win 57+ SEV International Hockey Tournament By Sublitted Article

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he Cornwall Classics, sponsored by Classic Care Pharmacy, won the 57+ SEV International Hockey Tournament which was held in Brossard, Que. The team won all 3 games in the round robin play and was victorious in the finals against a determined Montreal squad, 6-3. Bill deWit was the MVP in the final game scoring 3 goals. The Classics’ next tournament to be held in Stittsville in January 2018. Team members: 1st row L-R – Rod McLeod, Earl McBean, Geoff Smith, Chris Nichol, Rick Drouin, Terry Grant, Dave Higgins 2nd row L-R – Gary Herrington (Coach), Vic Leroux, Alex Herrington, Al Wagar, Bill deWit, Dale Swerdfeger, Randy Conners, Photo Submitted Rick Leduc

Whistle Stops The “Team” has just completed Issue # 61, and as always, I would like to thank Lynn (Graphic Design), Margo (Editor), Bernadette (Website); our writers, Todd, Molly, Victoria, Carrie, Thom, Micaela, Casey; our editorial columnists, Jim, Jorge, Dave, Matt and Christine; The Sports Panel, Gilles, Jake, Jim; our distribution locations, our advertisers and of course the people who are featured in our stories. I hope you enjoy # 61 Congrat’s to Nationals coach Joel Trottier on being named as the team’s GM. We hear La Citadelle Football Head Coach Marc Renaud is retiring after this season. Best of luck Marc in your future endeavours. Congrat’s to the Hockey playing Hebert family. Grant, Cameron, and Ally have made it easy on their parents’ travel plans next year, as all three have accepted hockey scholarships to play at Robert Morris University (RMU). The Colonials are a NCAA Division 1 school and are located in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburg.

The Cornwall Nationals head into December with a perfect home record. I can’t believe the November skid the Ottawa Senators went on. Was Marc Methot that important to the team? I think the trade for Matt Duchene was a good one for Ottawa and Nashville who saw the value Kyle Turris brings to a team. I’m looking forward to seeing Cornwall being featured on a segment of Rogers’ Hometown Hockey in March. The show is too short to tell all the positive sports stories that happens around here though. Special thanks to Ron Begg, Bill Makinson, and Chris Rhodes, from Your TV for inviting me on the “I Begg Your Pardon” show to talk about Sports Energy and sports in the area. On behalf of myself and my wife Shirley, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Winners never Quit, and Quitters Never Win Signing out Until next Month Mike Piquette, Publisher


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Liam Lascelle: Reflecting on Life beyond Colts By Micaela Wylie Arbic

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eteran Colts’ goalie, Liam Lascelle, is well underway in his fourth and final season with the club and is starting to think about the future that lies beyond his career in the CCHL.

tested his skill set in many ways, forcing him to remain sharp and aware. The Colts fluctuating record has kept him debatably the busiest goalie in the league, with plenty of crease action these past couple of months.

“I think it has been quite “I played my first game when I inconsistent,” Lascelle said about was sixteen. Now I’m twenty and the season thus far. “We can all be can grow a bit of facial hair,” he better, including myself.” said. Last year, the Colts went on a handful of winning streaks and ended their last 30 games with 25 wins, two losses, and three overtime losses. They received an honourable mention for the top 20 junior teams in Canada at the end of has their season.

Since his debut, he’s developed immensely as a player. Lascelle has always had to make up with his speed because of his slight height disadvantage - at 5 foot 10. This

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to at least have my university degree as a fall-back plan,” he said.

In the meantime, Lascelle is focusing on the current season. With the standings fortunately being relatively tight, he’s hopeful the team can string a couple wins “It would be nice to still be playing together soon, with a little push and hockey somewhere, however, I plan determination.

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