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What Ruest really loves about the sport is its fast pace. “In lacrosse, a goal can be scored in under ten seconds and three goals in a minute are not uncommon,” says Ruest. “Thus, it is called a game of runs, and a team can never be considered ‘out of the game.’” His current team, the Colorado Mammoth, is part of the western division of the National Lacrosse League. The team’s home games take place at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. “For the most part, we enjoyed a successful season this year, as we made it to the western conference finals. However, you are not truly successful until you attain your

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“There are a few short-term and long-term goals I have set for myself in which I believe to be realistic and attainable. Most notably, I want to focus on consistently improving each game. I know mistakes will be made, I’ve seen it in every game this year, it is inevitable. However, learning from such mistakes and ensuring they won’t repeat themselves allow me to be prepared for the next task,” says Ruest. “In doing so, I hope to establish myself in the league and enjoy a successful career in the NLL.” So, to what does Ruest attribute his success to thus far?

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he Régates de Long Sault or the Long Sault Regatta river hydroplane race happened this past June; an extremely exciting event for all those who attended.

and Richard Haineault won both of their qualifications heats in Hydro 350. They were all very fast and a great final was ahead of us but unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side.”

According to a press release, “Dylan Runne driving the Miss Jesel S-3 was very impressive recording the fastest time 3:53.31. Tied was Alexis Weber, My Way S-55, with 46 points, who had a first and a second place. The New Jersey driver won by the So, the drivers who accumulated tie-breaker rule because of a win the most points on Saturday were in the last race on Saturday.” the automatic winners of the In the Long Sault race, a total of second stop of the Hydroplane 67 boats were registered to race Racing League 2017 edition. with 23 in H-350, 14 in F-2500, Unfortunately, the Sunday racing program had to be cancelled because of winds over 40 km/h gusting to 50 km/h, but Michel Poirier, HRL director, said Saturday went great, with good races and battles in each class.

“First win ever in the HRL for Scott Liddycoat and the H-300. Also, the rookie Dylan Runne won his first qualification heat in 2.5L class,” says Poirier. “Of Course, Patrick Haworth, Rémy Leblanc,

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High School Field Lacrosse – To Be or Not To Be? By Carrie Seguin


ield lacrosse has been consistently growing in popularity within the world of sports over the last few years, both in terms of the number of athletes who play and the number of people who watch. Across SD&G, there have been efforts to foster the sport’s comeback at the high school level, but these efforts have met with several obstacles and hurdles. Different from the more familiar box version, field lacrosse is played outdoors on a large field measuring 110 yards long by 60 yards wide. Teams are made up of 3 attackers, 3 midfielders, 3 defenders, and 1 goalie. Athletes who play field lacrosse need to be agile, physical, have good stick handling and eye-hand coordination, and be ready to run. The movement to revive this fastpaced, intense sport in SD&G area high schools began 3 years ago when students from Char Lan District High School approached a community member about coaching the school team. Then, CCVS fielded a team as well, and the two squads competed in friendly matches throughout their unofficial season.

The following year, teams from La Citadelle and St. Joseph’s Secondary School joined the family of schools playing field lacrosse, and another unofficial season of friendly matches led to a final inter-squad tournament dubbed “The Unofficial SD&G Championship”. This year, however, only Char Lan and CCVS were able to field teams. “There is interest in playing the sport, in fielding a team at many of the area rural schools, but they just don’t have the number of kids needed to create a squad. And then, at some other schools, teacher coaches can’t be secured, and so there can’t be a team, even when there are a good number of kids interested in playing,” explains Karl Armstrong, teacher rep for the Char Lan lacrosse team. In an effort to bypass the obstacle of having only two teams this year, Armstrong explains that he reached out to teams in the Kingston area in order to expand the playing field. “The Ottawa region has a fixed league for field lacrosse – they are already set. But, the schools in Kingston are in the same boat we (schools in SD&G) are in. There are only 3 high schools that have teams in

The Char Lan field lacrosse team is made up of players as young as Gr. 9 and as old as Gr. 12. The squad, led by community coach, Bill Roundpoint, and teacher representative, Karl Armstrong, logged an A Finalist finish at an “unofficial” inter-squad tournament held in the Photo Submitted Kingston area at the end of May. 

that area: Holy Cross, Frontenac, and Moira (which is actually in Belleville). They only have each other to play against.” The result of this outreach was a round-robin tournament hosted in Kingston toward the end of May. “All

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Continued from page 5 Armstrong. The Char Lan squad defeated Moira and Holy Cross during round-robin play, but ended up falling to Frontenac in the A Finals. The plan next year for area high school field lacrosse, should the same type of “unofficial” organization have to continue, would be to consistently include the Kingston family of schools so as to enable more inter-squad play and the possibility of more round-robin tournament days. Ideally, it would be better if more SD&G schools were able to field teams and if field lacrosse could be proposed and accepted as a sanctioned sport, recognized by EOSSA. “With only a few regional high schools indicating interest and viability however, this isn’t likely to happen,” explains Armstrong. “Many obstacles would need to be addressed for more schools to be willing and able to field teams,” indicates Armstrong. Currently, the season for field lacrosse conflicts with soccer and track and field. “Just this year, 12 of my 24 players also played soccer. That makes it hard for scheduling practices and friendlies. You need your whole team to show up and sharing athletes makes that tough.” Moving up the season so that this conflict is addressed

is a possible answer, but then you have early spring field conditions to contend with. “You can’t set foot on the fields around here when they are as wet as they were this spring. It wrecks them for the rest of the spring and summer seasons.” Another issue at hand is the difficulty finding coaches for school teams. According to Armstrong, it isn’t as easy to find a coach for a lacrosse team as it is for some of the other school sports. “Unless you’ve played it, you sometimes aren’t very comfortable coaching, and not a lot of teaching staff in high schools have played.” A way around this setback is to access community coaches, something that’s been done at Char Lan. Bill Roundpoint, who grew up in Akwesasne, is a member of the Char Lan community. He’s spent a good part of his life on the lacrosse field. “I learned to play from my older brothers. I played minor lacrosse in Cornwall and then played field lacrosse at General Vanier. I played junior and senior lacrosse in Akwesasne. I’ve refereed. Now I coach.” In fact, he is the community member that students at the high school approached about reviving Char Lan lacrosse 3 years ago. At that time, one of those students was a family member. But, Roundpoint continues to coach

the school team today, even though that student has long since graduated. “Bill called early this spring and was excited about getting started. He loves the game,” explains Armstrong. About Roundpoint, who today makes traditional hickory lacrosse sticks (a skill he learned from his father who learned from his father), Armstrong states, “He’s really great for the boys. He teaches them about the game itself, strategy and skills and plays. But, because of his Indigenous heritage and cultural connection to the game, he teaches them much more. He teaches them about respect, respect for each other and for themselves, respect for competition. He shares the culture he carries with the kids.” And finally, another hurdle making it hard to play field lacrosse at the high school level, is the issue regarding the number (or lack thereof) of qualified referees in the area. “It’s tough enough to find one referee, let alone two, which is what you need for a game,” Armstrong states. A possible answer might be to organize a referee clinic for individuals interested in becoming qualified. Yet, the presence of those individuals is questionable. Refereeing is a difficult job, not for the faint-of-heart. “You need to be able to manage the game well, keep the rough stuff under control.

And it can get pretty rough,” furthers Armstrong. And so, the fate of high school field lacrosse is stuck in limbo. “It’s still up in the air about whether or not a proposal will be put forth to SD&G. It’s kind of a rock and a hard place situation. Do you do all of the grunt work and get things for the proposal in place - things like qualified referees, venues, dates for matches - and then hope that you will attract more schools? Or do you get the schools on board first and then do the grunt work? Will schools even consider the idea if everything isn’t already finalized? But what happens if you do all of that work and get everything in order and then schools don’t come in the end?” asks Armstrong. This is a situation where a lot needs to be considered and only time will tell how the issues to contend with will be sorted out. Until then, lacrosse will continue to be offered, potentially at a few secondary schools in the area, and certainly at Char Lan, albeit in an unofficial way. “It’s good to offer a sport that kids may not play in a more organized forum because then, they get to play, to find out if they even like it or are good at it,” Armstrong finishes. And for now, officially or otherwise, the lacrosse players at Char Lan District High School get to play.

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“People I respect highly within that organization urged me to give back to the ocal coach Michael Dube has been community and to the organization that passionate about sports, particularly helped me develop. I began coaching a lacrosse, since he was eight years old. He Peewee team from Halton Hills and fell in has been involved with the sport in some way love with the role,” says Dube. “Since then, I have been fortunate to meet, coach alongside, ever since. “Growing up with an athletic background, and coach against some of the game’s greatest playing as competitively as possible in minds, for that I’m grateful. It seems that in both hockey and lacrosse, shaped my trying to give back, I have been able to grow personality into the young adult I am now.  more as an individual, inside and outside of I was fortunate to compete in hockey at the the game.” Currently, Dube is coaching the Cornwall provincial Jr. A level before calling it quits. Celtic’s Junior C team as well as the semiWith lacrosse I was fortunate to play as high as the professional level in the Ontario professional Capital Region Axemen team Sr. A league and participate in various out of Ottawa. “The sport, or at least being an athlete or nationally decorated tournaments including coach, has become somewhat my identity the European Lacrosse Championships, a Founders Cup, two Presidents Cups, and as a person,” says Dube. “I have always a National Canadian University Lacrosse had a competitive personality and coaching Championship.  Sport, in general, has been continues to be an outlet for that.  At the a driver in my life for a long time- a catalyst same time, I enjoy the hurdles that come with for a lot of the growth and experience I’ve trying to build a cohesive unit by integrating been fortunate enough to endure through my many different personalities.  At the end of the day, aside from spending time with my thirty-three years,” says Dube. Dube continued on to play as a Jr. player family, competing strategically and tactically in Halton Hills Ontario, playing for his team with other contenders and being part of a team is where I feel most comfortable.” as captain.

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commit to team goals is the most important facet, in my mind,” says Dube. “It goes without saying; a row boat with its members paddling in different directions isn’t likely to get anywhere very quickly.” Both teams Dube is coaching are holding top spots in their respective leagues. “Cornwall holds an 8-3 record and first place overall in the Ontario Junior C East Conference. The Capital Region Axemen, hold second place with a 4-1 record.  Both are preparing for hopeful long runs into the post-season,” says Dube. In terms of a favourite coaching memory, Dube isn’t sure he has one yet. He does, Photo Submitted though, have a few things that come to mind In terms of philosophies and coaching in terms of standout moments. “I have been fortunate to work with a lot of practices, Dube thinks building a team great people.  Coaching in my first Founder’s rapport is extremely important. He says it’s important to understand who a player is and Cup, for Jr. B National Lacrosse Champions, what motivates them. Dube’s background was a lot of fun, because we had such an is in psychology, which he tries to use when inspired group,” says Dube. “Coaching my first semi-professional game against some coaching. “My philosophy for any team that I’ve had tremendous competition ranks highly. I the pleasure of coaching is to instill that all think I’ll reframe my favourite memory as a players ‘buy-in’ to being one part of a whole.  goal for the time being- that being winning Applying directives to inspire individuals to a national championship title together with a group.”

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from; why mess with success? But for just about anything, but Mazda has put so much thought into this man was I ever wrong.” new infotainment system and how In Cayer’s expert opinion, there the driver interacts with it. To me are plenty of positive changes he after 30 minutes in the SUV, it’s noticed the first time he got into entertaining and effortless, almost the car. like your in a cockpit of your “My first time jumping in the favourite jet flying through the Tim new machine I noticed the new Horton’s drive thru, as you’re late sporty but sophisticated steering for your next meeting.” wheel. It had Bluetooth controls Cayer also shared his excitement and everything you need on about how easy it is to merge on it, but more importantly it felt the highway, a task that older cars perfect when I wrapped my hands with less power can certainly have and fingers  around it trouble doing. was heated! Something that also “Mazda’s 2.5 L Sky Activ engine caught my eye, or better my ears was the double laminated windows produces the same amount of torque in the CX-5. This along with as horsepower. Keeping things quiet just the right amount of sound in the cockpit, by not over revving deadening material helped improve the engine, but by using all the conversation level inside our new torque available, the CX-5 jumps crossover up 10%,” says Cayer. to highways speeds with no sweat,” “You can really notice this while shares Cayer. “Mazda wants top of zooming around your favourite the line performance and second to city streets, highway driving, or none fuel efficiency. By using a high those train tracks that needed to compression motor, direct injection be replaced five years ago. The with a performance exhaust header seats feel cushy, supportive, and (just like some race cars) Mazda’s support your upper body in those able to achieve all this using regular quicker speed corners where other unleaded 87 octane fuel. Once crossovers lean over and push your you’re about to merge, keep your body out of their seats, making for eye in the driver’s side mirror and our advanced blind spot monitoring a long fatiguing ride.” system will let you know if there are The new electronic features the any approaching vehicles coming Mazda CX-5 have to offer caught up the side of your CX-5. It’s part Cayer’s eyes as well. of the Mazda’s long list of proactive “In the cockpit driving, as safety features. Once you’re up to you look slightly to your right, speed and relaxed take note of the almost at eye level Mazda’s new cars passing and checking out the infotainment system sticks out of all-new CX-5! It’s definitely a head the dash just the right amount! Its turner.” not intrusive to your eyesight as Cayer is passionate about the cars you drive, but more importantly he races, the cars and Mazda and you barely have to move your eyes the next car you decide to drive. off the driving line to see who`s Interested in checking the new calling you through the Bluetooth Mazda CX-5 out? system. It is a touch screen but “Come take a test drive of your Mazda deleted that feature while own, let Mazda show you what you’re driving. They came up with a system HMI commander (human we have to offer,” says Cayer. machine interface) designed “Driving matters and to prove that similar to some of BMW systems. we now have the unlimited mileage It uses one rotating finger control warranty. Whether you commute knob mounted on the centre to work or just like to drive a lot, console, just left of the driver’s travel as much as 60,000 km at right shoulder, giving the driver Mazda you will have a full 3-year easy, direct, and undistracted use comprehensive warranty, roadside of the stereo, navigation system, assistance, and a 5 year power train and other vehicle settings. The warranty.”


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Rack-M-Up Summer Series is Underway By: Markus Noé


or the fourth consecutive summer Rack-MUp Billiards located at 1916 Pitt Street in Cornwall ON is hosting its “Summer Series”. This is a handicap event open to all rankings excluding semi-pro and professional players. These events have been very successful in the past because, with being handicapped, every player who enters has a legitimate chance to win. The entry is $40 with some being held back for green fees and for the grand final which will be played September 16th. Each qualifying event is limited to the first 16 players paid and in order to qualify for the grand final each player must compete in 4 out of 8 tournaments. The payouts in each event are as follows, 1st $160, 2nd $100, 3rd $80, 4th $40. With only 16 allowed to enter each event it does affect the payout and it could be considered low. However the purpose of these events are more for practise and to qualify for the grand final which is ends up being $1000 added. The winner of the grand final usually takes home around $2000 for their troubles. The Summer Series is off to a great start as each of the first three events sold out. Also there has been a different winner each time, which goes to

show you the handicap system has been working. If you are interested in playing please contact Doug Disotell owner of Rack-M-Up Billiards through the business Facebook page or by telephone at 613-933-9362. If you wish to watch some of the best local players fight it out feel free to come and watch. Also Rack-M-Up Billiards is a great place to come and beat the heat in the summer as you can a friend can play for as low as $9 an hour. Qualifier 1 Results: 1 Joe Herne 2 Kirk Pawnis 3 Justin Miller 4 Steve Daoust Qualifier 2 Results: 1 Justin Miller 2 Kirk Pawnis 3 Randy O’Byrne 4 Markus Noé Qualifier 3 Results: 1 Walter Sydwolzki 2 Mike Mitchell 3 Justin Miller 4 Jacques Sauvé Remaining qualifier tournaments: Sunday July 9th Sunday July 23rd Sunday August 13th Sunday August 27th Sunday September 10th

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Joshua Uhr has a passion for hockey but he also plays soccer with the Berwick Tornadoes, ball hockey in Crysler, and on various school sports teams. In hockey, he represents the NGS Braves as a goaltender. “It’s my passion, and I’ve loved it for so many years,” he says. “I like making new friends, and being part of a team. I’m excited for every game and practice.” His favourite sports memory is, “the overtime glove grab/save in the finals in overtime at our home tournament. What a feeling. I want that feeling all the time”. Uhr says he recognizes the qualities he has gained in sports noting “teamwork, patience, discipline, and having fun with my friends” are what’s most important. It’s often said goaltenders are students of the game, and that’s definitely the case with Uhr. “I’ve always liked watching goalies play,” he says. “I like to look up stats and facts on goalies from now and before, such as Cam Talbot, Dominik Hasek, Ken Dryden, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Carey Price.” A huge Edmonton Oilers’ fan, Connor McDavid became an instant hero for Uhr when he was drafted by the Oilers. “He’s an amazing all around player,” says Uhr. “He can skate, pass, score, and plays well with everyone. I get very excited when he gets on the ice. He’s also an MVP.”

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Local Golfer Brayden Valiquette Talks Playing for Team Ottawa with Golf Ontario By: Molly Kett


Valiquette has been golfing locally since he was just seven years old. “I started golfing with my brother and step dad at seven years old, joined the junior program at the Cornwall Golf & Country Club at nine years old, and started playing competitively three years ago,” shares Valiquette.

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Recently, Valiquette was lucky enough to be selected to play golf for Team Ottawa with Golf Ontario for the span of one year. Unfortunately, it was only a short time as the program folded.

experience and opportunity,” says Valiquette. “This team has six boys and six girls. We will be focusing on Course Management and the mental preparation for a tournament. Being a part of this team has already allowed the me an exemption to the Quebec Provincials in Beauceville Quebec.”

“It was a great experience. I met new friends and was fortunate to play in Niagara, all over Toronto, and Myrtle Beach to just name a few,” says Valiquette. “Now I have been selected to play for the OVGA Junior Regional Team.” He has qualified due to his standings in the Order of Merit with the OVGA.

By Jim Riddell, Seaway Karate Club


1) Loosen up with a torque lunge – go into a long front stance with your right leg forward gripping a vertically held pillow with your arms fully extended. Rotate your torso as far to the right as possible, then return to the centre. Repeat for thirty seconds, switch legs, and rotate to the left for thirty seconds.

His earliest golf memory is heading to Archie’s to play par 3 with his brother.


Summer Drills

ell, summer is upon us once again and with it comes some challenges for the martial artist. After a long and cold winter most of us prefer the warmth and sunshine of the outdoors to sweating in the dojo. Seaway Karate, like many other clubs shuts down during July and August. This frees up our members to participate in other activities and commitments, returning to class in September rejuvenated. At our final class before we break for the summer, we provide the students with several drills and exercises that will help to maintain the conditioning level and enhance their skills. These drills take about one minute each and can be done almost anywhere. Since many people travel during the summer months here are a few drills that can be easily done in a hotel room.

ifteen-year-old local athlete Brayden Valiquette is a tenth grade student at La Citadelle, loves fishing, and of course is an avid golfer.

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“Right now I want to play hard and qualify for the Nationals in Kingston at the end of July but most of all “I was very happy to be selected have some fun playing golf,” says as I know it will be another great Valiquette.

2) Practise your knees – take a long front stance with your right leg forward, hands clasped behind your head. Keeping most of your weight on your right leg, drop down so that your left knee gently touches the floor, then come up bringing your left knee across your body and turning the right elbow in to touch the knee. Return to the starting position, repeat fifteen times, switch legs, and do fifteen on the other side.

3) Leg squat – (single leg or both –your choice) Lowering yourself into a squat, come up and execute a front kick, repeat to a count of five, then do five sidekicks, then five roundhouse kicks. Repeat with the other leg. 4) Turn a chair around so that you are facing the back of it. Place both hands on the top of the chair back and lifting your left leg into a high chamber, execute a high roundhouse kick, and hold it for a five count. Repeat ten times without touching you foot to the floor, switch sides, and repeat with your right leg.

5) Using the same chair, turn sideways so that your left side is facing the chair. Lift your left leg into a high chamber and slowly do a sidekick over the top of the chair back. Ten sidekicks with the left leg, switch, and ten with the right leg. This can also be used as a focus drill by concentrating on placing your kick directly over the middle of the chair. 6) Confined space kata - this drill enables you to practice any kata in a restricted space. Your left foot will not move during the kata - you are only allowed to move your right leg around to properly perform all stances and techniques in the correct direction.

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he newer drivers, with the adjustable head features, can have the benefit of a better shot shape and an increase in distance, so yes they can be helpful. However, if you plan to purchase one of these drivers it would be extremely beneficial to contact a professional to help you set up the driver to the way that it works best for you. Without this help, a driver with an adjustable head could hurt your game more than help it, as you may lose distance and be inconsistent with your shot shape. By finding a driver that works for you, and getting it properly fit to you, you could find yourself gaining an extra 10-20 yards off the tee.


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et me start by clearing up the thought of this technology being a gimmick. Technology has improved the forgiveness in golf clubs greatly over the last few years. The variety of settings on these clubs can change the ball flight noticeably. If you have a fairly new current technology driver that you hit well, then you may not need invest in this adjustable driver. If you are a t o player that needs to hit the ball straighter, higher/lower, or if you need to correct a hook or slice, they can definitely help. Swinging the club on the correct path is the best way to fix swing issues. If you need help, sometimes a quick lesson can help. If you get the chance, try out one of these adjustable clubs at a demo day or store where available, if it helps then consider it for sure.

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Holy Trinity Falcons Athletic Awards


By Perry Ruffo


t was a big day for athletes at the 14th annual Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School athletics banquet in Cornwall; and a very memorable one for graduating student Melissa Gilligan. Gilligan, in addition to being named the senior female athlete of the year at the 14th annual athletic awards banquet, was inducted into the Holy Trinity Hall of Fame. Gilligan, a student at Holy Trinity since 2012, is a nine-time most valuable player for the Falcons, and she’s won seven individual and team sports SD&G championships. Gilligan has been an Eastern Ontario (EOSSAA) champion on two occasions with the senior girls’ soccer team, and she’s participated at the provincials (OFSAA) three times. The two-time senior female athlete of the year at the school in 2016 was both the Lions Club Seaway Valley Soccer top player and the high school soccer award winner. Gilligan, who in September will move on to Algonquin College in Ottawa to study Police Foundations and suit up for the Thunder varsity soccer squad, earlier this year was the Lions Club awards Joe St. Denis Parks and Recreation trophy recipient. Cole Besner got the nod as the senior male athlete of the year, and other major awards went to Madison Ruffo (top junior top female athlete),

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Jeremy Latour (top junior male), and Cody Van Loon (most valuable contributor – athletic council). Individual award winners in the various sports are as follows: CROSS COUNTRY: Emma VanderBurg (MVP). GOLF: Joseph DiStefano (MVP). TENNIS: Lara Jeaurond and Kalista Coleman (MVPs). FOOTBALL: Blade Best (offensive MVP); Kylar Tyo (defensive MVP); Jeremy Latour (most improved/top rookie); Paul Howard (sportsmanship); Michael Sarkissian (most dedicated); Charles Laplante (Red Helmet award). GIRLS’ SOCCER: Megan Wensink (most improved); Madison Ruffo (junior girls MVP); Brittany Hum (senior most improved); Melissa Gilligan, and Makenna Scott (senior girls MVPs). BOYS’ SOCCER: Liam Sommerville (junior MIP); Nicholas Chaput (junior MVP); Chad Bissonnette (senior MIP); Noah Leduc (senior MVP). GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Ashley MacCrimmon (junior MIP); Annika Setterington (junior MVP); Kaitlyn MacCrimmon (senior MIP); Melissa

Gilligan (senior MVP). BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Ethan Da Silva (junior MIP); Charles Laplante (junior MVP); Jeremy Leger (senior MIP); Joshua Stephens (senior MVP). GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL: Madison Ruffo (junior MIP); Jessica Ultvlugt (junior MVP); Makenna Scott senior MIP); Lara Jeaurond (senior MVP). BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL: Umar Khan (junior MIP); Jeremy Latour (junior MVP); Bailey Greggain-Geneau (senior MIP): Liam McDonald (senior MVP). CURLING: John MacGillis (MVP). GYMNASTICS: Victoria Simard (MVP). RUGBY: Taylor Dicaire (top forward); Melissa Gilligan (top back). HOCKEY: Abby Jurchuk (female MVP); Kobe Skidders (male MVP). BADMINTON: Shalina Menon (midget MVP); Kara McClenaghan (junior MVP); Jonah Poirier (senior MVP). BASEBALL: Nathaniel Van Putten (MVP). TRACK AND FIELD: Emma Bacchiochi (female MVP); Nathan Burelle (male MVP).


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By Carrie Seguin


he summer months have only just begun, yet the Seaway Valley Rapids A/AA Hockey Association is gearing up for the 2017/18 season. Team coaches have been chosen, executive member positions have been filled, and tryout dates are being finalized as we speak. Before too long, the season will be under way. Looking back on the 2016/17 season, there are definite high-points to be noted. Of the eight SVR teams iced, six qualified for the playoffs, two of which went on through to the final round of play, finishing second in playoff standings. Additionally, the traditional Minor Bantam RapidsSweden exchange visit was, again, a

“It should be another great year,” states SVR President, Mark Desnoyers, about the upcoming season. To kick off preparations for the new season, coach selections were completed this past May. In total, 21 applications for coaching positions were considered for 2017/18, at least two applications per division (8 teams). “The recruitment team did an excellent job of finding good, qualified people,” states Desnoyers. The coaching roster for the The newly designed SVR jerseys upcoming SVR season is as follows: feature a maroon, white, and black colour scheme which is • Major Novice A – Joe Hardy complimented with a “Columbia • Minor Atom A – Shawn Pilon blue” accent. Pictured is the • Major Atom AA – TBD away jersey, which shows the

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other members of this year’s executive include: Paul Huntley (1st Vice President), Larry Thompson (Finance), Fred Esford (Equipment Manager), Greg Esdale (Coach Coordinator), Harold McBride (Risk Management and Safety), Ginny Shoniker (Webmaster), Karen Ashby (Secretary), Barb Mitschke (Office Manager/Ice Scheduler), Carrie Brunet-Jodoin (Media), Angelo Sanseverino (Director at Large), Jamie Fawthrop (Director at Large), Shawn Pilon (Director at Large).

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Some big news for the association is the announcement of new uniforms for the upcoming season. “The new jersey colour design and look was actually selected by the players and parents at last season’s end-of-year banquet held in the early spring,” explains Desnoyers. Posters of available choices were posted in the banquet hall, and ballots were filled out by those who attended the end-ofseason celebration. The new jerseys, as chosen by the majority of voters, include three main colours: maroon, white, and black, complimented with “Columbia” blue. The collar will be a fixed lace-up style, and the SVR logo will be located on the shoulders. The new uniform was designed by Join Our Game (JOG) Sports.

• Minor Peewee AA – Yvon Besner • Major Peewee AA – Pete Seguin • Minor Bantam AA – TBD • Major Bantam AA – Stan Hum • Minor Midget AA – Paul Huntley “We lost some very good coaches this year, but there are some new coaches coming on board,” Tryout dates for the upcoming SVR Desnoyers asserts. So far, Hardy and 2017/18 season are presently being Besner are new to the SVR coaching ironed out by the association; however staff. it looks as though they will likely In addition to confirming coaching be held over the last two weekends positions, the association finalized in August. More information about the 2017 SVR Executive in May. specific division tryout dates and In addition to President Desnoyers, times will be circulated soon.

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Wishin’ I was Fishin’...

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walleye,” shares McColgan.

ames McColgan is a 16-yearold kid from Montreal who is extremely passionate about fishing. Having a cottage in Summerstown allows McColgan to immerse himself in the local fishing culture.

His earliest fishing memory dates back to when he was only five years old.


“I live, breathe, and eat fish every day, all day, all summer,” says McColgan. “The only thing I read is fishing and the only thing I watch is fishing. Other than that, I pretty much stay in t h e boat.”

“The one

rod, I caught a five pound fish and figuring out what bait large mouth. I still have they want at that certain time. the rod today and I That’s the most fun part of it”. still use it,” says One of his fondest fishing McColgan. memories happened about two What he years ago, when he went up l o v e s North to a park in Quebec. “I caught a few good walleye, but my best fish was a 30-pound lake trout and that was probably the most fun because they fight like no tomorrow,” says McColgan. L a k e Saint Francis is his favourite spot to fish, right out of Rogers Marina.

McColgan says he became very passionate about the sport when he was a young boy. “Really my dad was into fishing and he would take me out when I was a little kid. When we got a cottage in Lancaster, I started taking the boat out myself and fishing every day. Then I got a job at Rogers (Marina) and from there I just fell in love with the sport. I love catching bass and

How would he get someone to try fishing who wasn’t sure about the sport?

I remember the most clear was when I was five years old, the first time I ever cast my own

m o s t about the sport is the challenge. He says he liked “the challenge of finding the

“I’d tell them there’s probably no better way to relax and no better way to have fun. Even if you don’t catch anything, it’s better than a day in the office or a day cutting grass,” says McColgan.

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Protecting the Pitches

athletic director, a phys ed teacher, and a multiple sport coach. “If it gets overused in wet conditions, it’s pretty ay and early June have brought difficult to fix.” what, to field sports athletes and While this can be inconvenient for fans, feels like unprecedented rainfall coaches and athletes, it’s a case of to Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry. This has had a deleterious effect on an ounce of prevention being worth high school sports such as soccer and a pound of cure. The prevailing rugby as schools with fields close logic seems to be that a facility that them to all users, including non- is treated with care and respect will serve the entire community for years, school local sports clubs. while one that’s abused will be out of One example of how school soccer service or barely usable. has been affected is the boys’ season, which can last up to four weeks, was compressed into just 3 days of play in less than one week. The weather has also left local secondary rugby coaches scrambling to reschedule games, practices, and referees.


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On the other hand, school athletic directors and administrators take the conditions of their fields very seriously, and with good reason. The cost of maintaining a high school athletic field can run to thousands of dollars a year, and that doesn’t include the expenses incurred when the pitch needs to be repaired if it gets damaged. “We spend at least $1 500 every spring to have the field rolled, aerated, and seeded,” explains St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School’s Jack Chisholm, who is the school’s


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What is your favorite summertime sport?

Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast -Well the definition of what a summertime sport is has been blurred by the protracted professional schedules and the need for greed by franchise owners. Even though the NHL and NBA seasons finish mid-June and just miss out on the summer solstice, we can’t count them as summer sports. NFL football starts in starts in September; therefore we can discount football Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper as a summer sport (sorry CFL fans).  That leaves us with baseball. Many books have been written about the “Boys of Summer”; this should be a clue that baseball is a summer sport.  So baseball wins by default, even though spring training is in winter and the World Series is in the fall.  But wait a minute, I do believe I’ve missed one, ah yes the most obvious one!  Sitting by the pool is the winner, a sport loved by all Canucks; oh yeah, with the radio on listening to the Blue Jays. 

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Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - Summer has a logic all its own and always brings something out in people. The extended hours of energizing sunshine spur on a sense of possibilities, plans, projects, adventure, and exploration amongst the young, the old, and all folks in between. People gravitate to all types of summer sports and the community springs to life; that’s why I enjoy summer. There are endless summer sport activities to participate in or watch within the community and I enjoy taking in as much variety of Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper sports possible; from dirt track racing to lacrosse, football to rugby, baseball to soccer, from cricket to the odd game of golf. That said, however, I have to say, every four years, my full sporting attention turns to the Summer Olympics Games.

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Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club - With no karate classes during July and August my favourite summer sport is spending time in the warmth and sunshine of the outdoors with my wife on our bicycles. Biking provides a very enjoyable workout that starts right at our front door and can be as challenging as we want to make it. It works the major muscle groups of the body, is an excellent aerobic exercise, and is easy on the joints. If you haven’t already done so, take a ride along the bike path and check out the natural beauty of the Long Sault Parkway.

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July 2017 Issue #56

Cornwall Lions Support Champs Boxing Club

Boxing Club’s Jorge Luis following By Staff Writer the Murphy vs Allaire charity boxing ornwall Lions Club Past match @ NAV Centre. The funds President Mitch Lapierre makes came from a special draw held a cheque presentation to Champs following the boxing match.


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Tony Luis — the New NABA Lightweight Champ By Jim Riddell


ony “Lightning” Luis (243) won the vacant NABA Lightweight title belt scoring a lop-sided ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated “Irish” Cam O’Connell (15-1) in front of hometown fans at the Civic Complex. The faster Luis used his jab and speed to control O’Connell and by midfight had his Red Deer AB opponent battered and bleeding. O’Connell landed some body shots of his own, but spent much of his time trying to tie Luis up and prevent him from establishing his inside game. In the last two rounds O’Connell unable to do any damage of his own, appeared to be in survival mode to make it to the end of the fight.

won almost every round. This fight sets Tony up in the rankings and has him moving in the right direction towards bigger fights. A possibility that Tony would like is an opportunity to fight lightweight champ Jorge Linares.” During a post-fight interview in the ring Tony said “He (Linares) has a voluntary defence coming up and I’m volunteering”. Another Champs fighter Ronnie “Rocket” Robidoux won a unanimous four-round decision over Argentine fighter Ivan Banish sweeping every round on all the judges’ score cards. Robidoux, a popular middleweight from Akwesasne certainly had the crowd behind him during the fight. Both fighters came out fast with Robidoux landing some heavy punches in the opening round. It made for a good bout as both fighters were aggressive, with Robidoux landing the harder punches and more of them. Banish managed to withstand the punishment, fire back, stay in the fight, and put it in the hands of the judges.

be in the works. (Sports Energy middleweight from Mississauga had it 77-75 for Cronin). used a hard right hand to KO Rene ‘Ill’ Will Madera, a twenty-six- Fernandez (6-10) of Mexico City year-old father of six, who works in the second round of a scheduled as a councillor at the Center for four-round bout. Disability Services in Albany NY put on another impressive showing, TKO’ing Mexican Rolando Mendival in the second round. Madera dropped Mendival with a left hook early in the second, then taking full advantage floored him again for the referee’s stoppage. Madera is now a perfect 10-0 with 5 KO’s.

The evening’s first fight saw the return of California bantamweight Daniel Andujo (5-2), taking on Ramon Parra (2-1) of Sinaloa Mexico in a four-round matchup. Andujo who controlled the action from the beginning, had Parra down in the third round, then landed a hard left hook to the body that put him down for the full 10 Michael Brandon (6-0), a Jr count.

Commenting on his performance Tony said, “I’m happy with the win. The jab worked perfectly and my speed dictated the pace all night. The only curveball was that I wanted to do more work on the inside but he was more awkward inside than I thought. And dirty – holding and butting. But those “He’s a tough guy, I had him hurt are the things that I learn from and a few times, but he came to fight,” will adapt in the future. But this Ronnie commented after the fight. belt is just what I need to put me In the night’s co-feature into title contention again. Canadian light-heavyweight Speaking with Jorge Luis in the dressing room after the fight champ “Irish “Tim Cronin (10-1) he said, “Tony boxed well from won a split decision over Louisbert the outside, jabbed well but could Altidor (5-2) in a non-title bout. It have used it more often. The trash was a close fight and a difficult on talk from O’Connell a few weeks to score. Many in the crowd liked before the fight seemed to have Altidor’s aggression, but Cronin Tony loading up, looking for the came on late in the fight as Altidor knockout. He had him hurt two seemed to fade a bit. The judge’s or three times but wasn’t able decision 77-75, 74-78, and 77to finish him off. Tony fought 75 was booed loudly by a large well in the centre of the ring and number of fans and a rematch may Tony Luis with his NABA Championship Belt. 

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Local Car Enthusiast Kurtis Cayer Talks Stock Car Racing By Molly Kett


urtis Cayer, born and raised in Cornwall, has a passion for cars. Cayer works on and races stock cars, but more specifically the class he is involved with is called Dirt Sportsman Modified. Some readers may know Cayer from General Vanier Intermediate School or St. Josephs Secondary School but many will know Cayer from the local sporting world, as he has been involved in a variety of athletics from a very young age. The competitive side of me came about when I started playing hockey around the age of five and I enjoyed it very much, playing for the local Cornwall Royals’ travelling team from age nine to seventeen, or so,” says Cayer. “Hockey was fun and kept me busy, but it was missing something. I started going to races with my dad at roughly the same time, five years old.  Some dirt racing and some Nascar asphalt racing.” Cayer can remember the first race he attended very well, piquing his interest for years to come. “I remember my first Nascar race

Photo Submitted in Loudon New Hampshire, probably around the age of five or so. When you attend your first race, you always have to choose a car or number to cheer for,” says Cayer. “My parents said for some reason, probably the colour and graphics, that I chose the #24 of Jeff Gordon. From that point on I haven’t missed too many of his races, unless of course I was racing then I would have it taped and rewatch!” At the age of ten, Cayer got hooked into racing himself. “A friend of my father’s invited us to an asphalt go-kart race where his son was competing. After the official race was done that day, they were nice enough to let me try the kart. I was hooked,” says Cayer. “Not long after that my father rented one

to start the season. After a couple of races, he bought me my first kart and we were running full time from that point on.” Cayer says some of the first memories he has of racing karts were the nerves that came before the race. “Mind you when they drop that green flag they all go away and this rush of energy runs through your body causing you to forget everything and anything that was on your mind and you’re laser focused,” says Cayer. “It is definitely not for everyone, but for those people that do get hooked it’s like a strong drug! I raced two different categories from the age of ten to seventeen years old. At that point we just kind of stopped racing as things were getting more and more expensive, as the travels got further and further away.” As a kid, Cayer was going to the speedway with his father a half dozen times per year or so, but his karting schedule often interfered with attending races. Once Cayer was done karting, his interesting in dirt oval racing picked up. “My buddies and I have been

going to at least half of the races a year if not more. Ironically one of my karting buddies and his good friend started racing dirt sportsman’s in 2015 and this peaked my interest even more, just for the simple fact you had someone you could lean on for information about the sport,” says Cayer. “Just like that, this past spring we set up a plan for me to race their backup car in novice sportsman class; having the okay and the sponsorship from my incredible employer Mark Conti, and having Cornwall Mazda as a major sponsor is key. So far out of two races I have won both and am leading the points.” Though there have been more cancellations this year due to rain, he’s still enjoying his racing thus far. “The car I’m driving is very well prepared by the TAS Racing team which is run by Tyler Givogue and Steve Morris, along with a handful of individuals in the TAS racing pit crew, who help make it happen every Sunday night. Pascal, Trevor, Alex, Dave, and Jesse,” says Cayer. If you’re interested in racing, go out to support our local racers and catch Cayer on the track.

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Alexandria’s Jamie Lavigne has enjoyed being involved in sports his entire life. He has found himself on different sides of the action as a player, as a coach, and also as an official. Currently Lavigne plays in the Cornwall Ball Hockey League with Phoenix Flooring and he is also a minor hockey league referee. His passion is in hockey. “Nothing brings people together more than a good hockey game,” says Lavigne. “I’ve made many friends throughout

this sport and will make many more. Some of the best moments I have of my son and I, is watching the Sens games together.” Lavigne has also coached at the minor hockey league level and recalls his career highlight in sports as coach of the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League champion Alexandria Midget B Glens. Looking to the future, Lavigne says he would love to try playing football. “Growing up, we never had the opportunity in our community to play and now it’s growing like crazy. At 6’1, 295, I think I would be pretty good at it.” When it comes to inspirational individuals in sports, Lavigne speaks fondly of one of his hockey coaches, Myles Gallant. “Myles Gallant was one of my first hockey coaches growing up and I’ve taken a lot with me since having him as a coach. I have learned a lot from him on and off the ice. I like to evolve my coaching styles around his; with the main thing being taken away is, having fun.”


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Hillary Chaussi Talks Multisport By Molly Kett


ocal athlete Hillary Chaussi is a member of the Cornwall Multisport Club, works at the Cornwall Community Hospital, and has been doing Triathlons since she was about ten years old. She is passionate about athletics, but hasn’t been racing as much as she used to. “I do not race as much as I have in the past, but still take part in the Cornwall Triathlon every year,” says Chaussi “I have been with the Cornwall Multisport Club for about ten years now. I have trained with ‘Unleash the Beast’ multisport coaching here in Cornwall and she is amazing! I am currently working out lots and training at ‘Crossfit Cornwall’.” Chaussi got involved with multisport years ago when Cornwall had their first triathlon. “Shortly after, my mom had joined the Cornwall Multisport Club; doing the Learn to Run program in 2006. Running to support Mom is where Liam, my brother and I had started running, doing the MS run in 2006,” says Chaussi. “Further in 2007 we had joined as a family. I had stopped doing triathlons at this time but continued to do 3 and 5 km runs in the following years. Running had gotten me into the mud runs and obstacle runs, doing the Dirty Dog Mud Run and The Spartan race in 2013 as well as the Mud Hero last year.  I decided to start training for triathlons again in 2012, at first taking part in relays to start — racing in the Early Bird Triathlon in Ottawa and the Cayuga Lakes Triathlon in Ithaca New York; then started doing more in 2013 independently.”

Photo Submitted Chaussi has been a member of What Chaussi says she likes the the Cornwall Multisport Club since most about multisport, is the diversity 2007. in the disciplines and the ability to do it with your family. “I have been volunteering at various races over the years, as well as taking “You’re doing three little races in part in the various events that the club once big race. I am not a huge fan puts on; for example, participating in of biking, so when it comes to race the bike tours, swim races, and social day I can push myself on the swim, events. The best part of the club is try and survive the bike, and then taking part in the organized training give everything on the run; might that they have. They have the open not run the fastest but I won’t stop. water swims and the duathlons in the I work shift work, so what’s great summer,” says Chaussi. “I find it’s about multi sport is that the training easier to train with a group of people is flexible. There is not set time or set that have a variety of strengths place you need to be, and there is not and speeds. The club is great for a lot of equipment required either. getting people together, even if I am It makes it easier to enjoy time off. not training for races it was great I don’t need to worry about being just to go run, bike, or swim with a somewhere at a certain time I just variety of people rather than alone. grab my shoes or bike and go,” says Definitely motivates you.” Chaussi. “My favourite thing about

multisport is that it’s something we do as a family. It’s getting harder as we get older. We started ten years ago and Liam and I don’t race as much anymore, with work and social lives. But when it comes to race day especially at the Cornwall Triathlon it feels like a family event. Got Mom and Dad racing along side me, with Liam volunteering it makes the whole day more enjoyable.” Ultimately, Chaussi thinks everyone should give multisport a shot. “I think that multisport is good for the community in that it keeps people active and promotes healthy living and activity. You get to meet new people that enjoy doing the same activities as you,” says Chaussi.  



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The Games are over,

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Pierre Guindon A Definition of Competitor: Glen Grant By Thom Racine


hen you hear the name Glen Grant, immediately you think of his former role as a city councillor, the various committees he presently sits on, and his love of our fair city. Those of you that remember the good ole days on the ball diamonds might recall a fierce competitor with a short fuse. “Yep, I had a little temper” Glen snickers. Glen Grant played most all of the sports, in 1962 and 1963 at CCVS; he was a part of the two time EOSSA champion junior basketball team under the mentorship of John Metcalfe and Bob Doyon. Glen was a decent ball player when he was in his teens, he was a good hitter, sprayed the ball all over the park, and he hit the odd home run. He always wanted to pitch and watched all of the great players from the mills and North End league play. He simply wanted to play in that league and play with and against them. He got a rare opportunity when he was 18 years old, showing up one night at King George Park to watch and was asked by Floyd Lefebvre and Jimmy O’Neil to fill in for an absent player. Sometimes, you just have to be lucky or as the saying goes, be in the right place at the right time. That happened for Glen that night at KGP. It was not quite as easy, as the rest is history, but for Glen Grant, that was his moment to shine and he did. While not quite sure of how it really happened, shortly after the game he was asked to apply for a job at Domtar. In a way he was being

recruited and by doing so, he would earn himself a chance to play on the very successful and sometimes powerhouse Domtar team. Grant was hired and worked in the stock prep area with Tony Morgan and was always ready to suit up. Problem was, the team was stacked, and Glen Grant would not play a game that first year at the mill. He hooked up with some of the other teams and made a career out of it, both working at Domtar and on the fastball diamond. It made for some interesting times at the mill in those days. Glen always wanted to pitch and got the chance playing for Connie Payment and the Canadian Tire team. “I threw a very hard ball and was wild as hell, but that worked to my advantage some nights.” Like most of the old guard whose ghosts still float around Seventh and York Streets, Glen lived for the tournaments, Ausable, Massena, Ottawa, Tournament of Champions under Larry Kean, and the various county fair weekend events; everyone hated to miss the opportunity. Glen recalls 1967 as a special year. A CanAm team was formed taking players from Massena and Cornwall to make up a tournament team. Marcel Leduc and Hank Gregain coached and we won just about every tournament we entered. I asked Glen about his memories at King George Park, he smiled, and you could tell the wheels were turning. “We challenged other areas of the city to pick-up games of ball, lacrosse, floor hockey, and whatever came to mind. Councillor David Murphy’s grandfather Ted was the manager of sorts who organized


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games and activities. That park was where we all grew up; we played ball there at night and congregated at the club house almost daily growing up. I lived a block away, so it was rare that I wasn’t there. KGP was a go-to place; Sunday evening double headers, left and right field bleachers and the announcer’s booth right behind home plate. People came early to stake out a place with lawn chairs, it really was an event place for thirty years through the fifties and into the eighties.”

our sporting greats, it’s easy to see, they would give anything for another week on the diamonds of their youth. For Glen Grant, those memories are fading, but he lives today knowing he prepared for his future during those simple but tough post-war years. “We played every sport. It conditioned us, programmed us, and toughened us up too. I played with everything I had to give, hated mediocrity. I knew we had talented athletes, but that didn’t mean you could just show up.” Something tells me, Glen Grant When you sit down and chat with showed up!  

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Char Lan Student Brennan Seguin: Vaulting for Gold By Casey Leger


rennan Seguin is an OFSAA gold medal winning pole vaulter at the senior level, but in his case, the road to gold was a little round and about. “I used to be a runner,” the seventeen year old smiles, “and one day he just asked me to give pole vaulting a try.” And the rest is history. He, it turns out, is coach and trainer Rory Blackadder. Blackadder is no stranger when it comes to track and field. He’s spent time teaching and coaching at North Dundas District High School, Char-Lan District High School, and Saint Lawrence Secondary School. Currently, he runs a track and field hub of sorts out of Char-Lan, with students from CharLan, SLSS, and École secondaire publique L’ Heritage participating. “Brennan holds all the pole vaulting records at all levels for EOSSAA and at Regionals,” comments Blackadder. The athlete himself seems very modest. He’s an honour roll grade 12 student, and he plans to return to Char-Lan next year to earn

a few extra credits and continue his track and field training. When asked about the time he has put into his sport, he just shrugs. “I train a lot. I work out a lot at Caveman Strong, lifting a lot of weights. That really helps. Then there’s the setting up and tearing down to practice, and practising itself.”

The vault that won Seguin OFSAA gold the first weekend of June in Belleville was a 4.40 metre leap. That’s higher than the clearance provided by most 401 overpasses, but it’s not high enough for Seguin. One of his next goals is to reach the standard for the Pan Am junior games, which is 4.65 metres. The fact is that he’s already clearing 4.9 metres in practice, according to coach Blackadder, so it seems that the sky is indeed the limit. His hard work and dedication are paying off. He’s been contacted by universities, and scouts are starting to notice him. Asked what he likes about his chosen sport, Seguin talks about risk. “I like that it can be dangerous. I’ve fallen on mats. I’ve fallen on concrete. It’s adrenaline.”

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Senior Women’s Rugby Spink to Join Lakers at Alive and Well in SD&G Oswego State By Casey Leger


n a year when local senior men’s rugby is on hiatus, 2017 has seen a resurgence of senior women’s rugby in Cornwall and area. The newly minted Cornwall Claymores Women’s Rugby Club has played two games as of early June: one exhibition and one FRQ (La Federation de Rugby du Quebec) league game. The senior Claymores lost a preseason exhibition friendly at home at CCVS to the Montreal Irish thirds by a score of 35 to 14. They lost their season opener, an away game, to a very strong Kingston Panthers squad, 75 to 5. Seventeen-yearold St Joseph’s Panthers sensation Alexis Pataky scored tries for the Cornwall side in both contests, while Holy Trinity phenom Melissa Gilligan had one and converted both against Montreal. Team notables also include Taylor Kelly, who coaches the young Tagwi Warriors

girls’ varsity team. The women are coached by Mike Smith, who is also the head coach of the Holy Trinity Falcons varsity girls’ rugby squad. Despite initial losses, Smith remains upbeat. “This is a totally developmental team,” he explained. “We have women who haven’t played in ten years suiting up with kids just out of, and still in, high school. They’re still learning to play together.” The senior Claymores team is the logical next step in the evolution of area rugby. The Cornwall Claymores U18 girls’ rugby team debuted last year, finishing third out of seven teams in the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union. Both the girls and the women are still welcoming players. No rugby experience is required. The teams can be reached on Facebook at Cornwall Claymores Womens Rugby and Cornwall Claymores U18 Girls Rugby.

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U18 Girls Rugby Season Opener


By Casey Leger


he Cornwall Claymores U18 side (not to be confused with its namesake, the Cornwall Claymores senior women) lost a heartbreaker to the Ottawa Irish in their 2017 EORU season opener at Twin Elm Rugby Park. The girls game up 4 points shy, losing 33 to 29 in hard fought match that saw the score see-saw throughout 60 minutes of play under warm but otherwise optimum conditions in Ottawa. Things started well for the Claymores when veteran Sydney Seymour, a U18 provincial prospect, opened the scoring on the second play of the game. Fellow provincial hopeful Alexis Pataky also put up points, while Ocean Francis, scored two from the wing. Leger is extremely pleased with his young club. “The kids are playing U18,” said Leger, “but 16 of them are underage. They should be playing U16 and are playing up. Going up against a true U18 club like the Irish and coming away with a 4-point loss

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As a former basketball player in high school, Elise Jodoin thought it would be important to introduce sports to her son Kain Lafontaine, six. There are so many values that can be learned. “Sports are important for the upbringing of my son, to help him learn the importance of being part of a team, understanding rules, and constructive play, as well as the commitment aspect to being on a team. Sports encourage discipline, respect, fair play, team spirit, and above all fun. It helps Kain set expectations for himself and to feel that he’s achieved and moved forward as he develops and learns the game.” An administrative assistant with Partners REIT, Jodoin enjoys watching her son play with the Tim Hortons Mini Mites Blue Jays of the Cornwall Optimist Minor Softball League during her time off. Kain also participates in basketball, just like Mom, and skating classes with Cornwall’s Own the Ice. While Jodoin enjoys the quality time shared driving Kain to these events, she also has become involved as a helper. “I assist on the field and on the sidelines as much as I can. Being part of his learning experience is the highlight of being a mom. I am a proud chauffeur to every game. Wouldn’t miss it for the world.” This summer is Kain’s second in the Cornwall Optimist Minor Softball League. Jodoin is excited to see how he has developed. “Every game I see an improvement within his skill set and let’s be honest, attention span. He’s come a long way and has started to understand the concept of the game. He is the example of a team player, hugs all around, every game, for everyone. Even the opponents. Softball is a new venture for me and my family. Kain has many supporters at each game which we are so thankful for. Kain’s grandfather, Andre Jodoin, is a big part of his grandson’s appreciation for many sports. My father played travelling hockey, lacrosse, fastball, hardball, football, golf, curling, and the list goes on.” While team sports have allowed Kain to meet new friends, Jodoin has also taken advantage of the opportunity to meet new people. “We both enjoy it. It’s the interacting with other people, creating relationships, creating new bonds with fellow teammates, coming together as a team, and feeling the sense of involvement within the sports community.”

is very impressive.” The Claymores are again this year anchored by the OFSAA veteran Saint Joseph’s Panthers, who are also this year’s SDG high school champions. The squad includes two

U16 Panthers’ provincial prospects, Morgan Hummel and Kyrah Butlin. The Holy Trinity Falcons have contributed a strong contingent to the team as well, while North Dundas District High School is represented by a single player.



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ocal athlete Bill Swinden just turned 66, but is just as involved in local sports as he’s ever been. Swinden started playing sports when he was very young, through high school and even through university. “I played football and basketball at McGill and I ended up being a physical education teacher,” says Swinden. “Now that I’m retired, I basically do a lot of sports. I’m sort of good at a lot but not great at any of them. In the summer I’ll play tennis, I hike, I like to bike, I kayak a fair bit, I play basketball on some lunch hours, I golf, I go to the gym, I swim.” Swinden certainly doesn’t let the winter slow him down. He has a different set of sports that he partakes in to keep him active. “In the winter here I have some neighbours who hibernate all year and complain winter is too long and yet I love winter because I play hockey a couple times a week, I play tennis still, I cross country ski, I’ve gotten into snowshoeing in the last year or so, I downhill ski quite a bit, and I went out and skied in the Okanagan last winter,” says Swinden. “I still play basketball and this year I’ve been refereeing high school basketball so I get back into the schools and stay in touch and stay in the loop.” He’s also involved in running local sports, too. “Right now I’m just helping with the Ontario Senior Games Association, the OSGA 55 plus and

I’ve gotten involved with tennis there so I’m running men’s tennis locally,” says Swinden. “It’s all doubles so I joined with a friend a couple of years ago and we played and then this past year they said ‘the guy who had been doing it is ready to retire and move on and you’ve got the physical education background so do you want to get involved?’ So I said sure.” Swinden says he’s been enjoying his work with the OSGA so far. The season for 55 plus tennis just finished up and Swinden won the men’s doubles and mixed doubles for his age group locally. In terms of achieving goals, Swinden doesn’t have anything too specific. “I never had a goal except participation and keep active so right now the only thing that limits how much I play is just your body’s falling apart, your knee joints, your ankle joints, but other than that nothing has kept me from achieving my goals,” says Swinden. “I was able to play Rugby up until just recently and last year I played a couple games of old boy’s rugby. I played that for my whole life. When I finished university I stopped playing football and started playing rugby.” In terms of future athletic plans, Swinden would like to do some more hiking. Recently, he just came from the east coast and hiked some mountains in New Hampshire and Nova Scotia, but would like to do more. “That’s one nice thing, that’s better than the Toronto area, is that we have mountains very close by in Quebec

Photo Submitted and New York.,” says Swinden. Swinden also mentioned his love for travel. He’s been places all over the world and has kept active and participated in sport in every place he’s been. He says it’s a great way to stay connected in the community. “I like to do a couple sports a day it keeps me active and fit, secondly I like to do a variety of individual sports, and team sports too, just the comradely and the fellowship and stuff like that, being with the guys. Rugby of course I did for years and there’s a lot of socializing with the rugby,” says Swinden. “I’ve coached for years and years at the high school and I get to know people and I get to know the community and I hope

to be a good role model for people coming up and keep them active. It keeps me involved in the community; I know what’s going on with people.” Swinden hopes to stay active and involved with local sports for a long time to go. “My basic motto is you don’t stop doing things because you get older, you get older because you stop doing things. So I just like to keep doing what I’m doing and keep active as much as possible,” says Swinden. “I’ve got three boys who are all fit and go to the gym and work out and play sports and they’re not in town here but when I see them I like to compete against them in different sports, it’s always fun. They keep me on my toes.”

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Stanley Fraser has been an O.S.G.A. District 8 Board member for twelve years, holding the positions of vice-president, president, past-president, and member-at-large. Stanley and his wife, Jacqueline, live in Alexandria. He received his BPHE at the University of Toronto in 1960. He taught and coached phys. ed., science, and zoology at Glengarry District High School. After Stanley retired he saw an ad in a local paper advertising a two-day District 8 Nordic ski competition for age 55 plus at Guindon Park. Fellow teachers, Harry Jarrett and Jack McMartin, joined Stanley in the event. After that event Stanley became interested in the Senior Games concept and joined the board. Over the years Stanley has been a convener for men’s tennis, boccé, and Nordic skiing. He has participated in nine events at the provincial level since 2002. Stanley’s favourite sports memory would be finishing his Nordic skiing competition on only one good ski. The other ski’s binding had broken. He had to propel his two skis forward with only one functioning binding. He was required to use two skis at the finish line to qualify for his time. Ontario Senior Games 55+, District 8 has over 300 active members. Their activity of choice does not always involve athletics. Many members challenge themselves and meet new people at cribbage, euchre, bid euchre, darts, carpet bowling, and floor shuffleboard. The summer events for athletic members are boccé, bowling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, prediction cycling, swimming and walking, pool, slo-pitch, and tennis. The summer events competitions are from April to June. The gold medal winners progress to regional games and provincial games. Contact District Coordinator, Marlene Neal, for more information: Or check out the website:

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A Superb Finish for the AAA Tankers By Carrie Seguin


he AAA Tankers, also known as the 2007 Casselman Pirates, finished off their 2017 spring season in Pierrefonds during the weekend of June 16-18 at the Montreal Meltdown. The Meltdown, which is a large competitive hockey tournament, celebrated its 25th year as a reputable member of the spring hockey tournament circuit. The Tankers team shook up the D1 2007 division of the tournament and drove away with the championship after six hard-fought games.

“This Meltdown win is the perfect way to end the season. We didn’t do too badly for a bunch of country kids!” states Tom Curson, assistant coach for the team; making reference to an Ottawa coach’s comment made about the team.

Having gotten a tough draw, the Tankers had their work cut out for them, facing elite teams from Quebec, Connecticut, and the Toronto area. The team managed to pull out of their pool tied for second place after roundrobin play with a 2-1-1 record. Tiebreaker rules considered the Tankers against Mimico, the other second place team, however in head-to-head play, the Tankers beat Mimico, and so they advanced to semi-final action.

The AAA Tankers team is pictured here with the Montreal Meltdown tournament cup and Championship belt after their 5-1 win against V-Red Prospects. Front Row (L-R): Eli Seguin, Nate Curson, Louis Tumber, Logan Villeneuve, Chancey Novosad. Middle Row (L-R): Mike Buller (assistant coach), Kayden Buller, Parker Thompson, Hunter Thompson, Tristan Delisle, Brandon Taylor, Tom Curson (assistant In the semi-finals, the Tankers coach). Back Row (L-R) Miguel Delisle (head coach), Nico Addy, Mark faced off against the Snipers, a team Novosad (trainer). Photo Submitted

who had beat them in championship play at the Montreal Super Challenge tournament earlier in the season. The Snipers came out hard and by the end of the second period, they led 2-0. It looked like it was over for the Tankers, but with 5 min. left in the third period the team found the net and the score was tied 2-2 by the end of the game. Overtime rules dictated a sudden death period - the Tankers scored in a goal-mouth scramble just over the 4 minute mark, advancing them to the finals. The championship round saw the Tankers matched up against the V-Red Prospects, an elite team from Maritime Canada. The Tankers took the lead in the game during the first period, and then grew the gap during the second period with two more

are successful after their rigorous tryout process or who are scouted). The Tankers powered through roundrobin play, making it to the semifinals, a surprise to many competitors at the tournament. Following this strong showing, the team travelled east to play in the Montreal Super Challenge where they made it to the championship round and lost a close match-up to the Snipers.

goals. Third period action saw the Tankers net two more. The Prospects broke the Tankers’ shutout midway through the third. The final score of the game was 5-1, a definite win for the Tankers. The team was awarded medals and championship rings; they were given the honour of skating around the rink with the tournament cup, drinking Gatorade from it in the change room. “It’s like we are real NHL players winning the Stanley Cup!” some players exclaimed. “The team’s great goaltending, very strong defence, and big timely goals - it was a great team effort.  The kids competed hard from the first game to the last and ended up getting rewarded by winning one of the most

prestigious spring tournaments in Division 1,” says Head Coach Miguel Delisle. The Tankers had a great season playing in five different tournaments, two of which they played in the 2006 division. At the beginning of April, the team made it the semi-final round in the Casselman Pirate AAA tournament (’06 Division). Later that same month, the team competed in the Cumberland Spring RoundUp tournament in the 2006 division, but they did not advance past roundrobin play. In May, the squad travelled to Toronto to play in the Bauer Challenge, a tournament which hosts many Brick teams (teams that are highly competitive made up of players who

The squad is made up of just eleven players (10 skaters and 1 goalie). Four of the players come from SD&G, two come from Akwesasne, three come from the Brockville/ Spencerville area, one player comes from Casselman, and one player travels from Deep River. Despite not playing together as a squad through the winter, the boys gelled together well and they played with speed and finesse. Delisle began working with the boys early in April and practised the team weekly. “In a very short time these kids became a team. The kids improved in all aspects of the game from their defensive play, to their passing. They learned to rely on each other and work as a unit while playing at this high level. The kids played great all spring,” he states.  The team would like to make special mention of their sponsors, Villeneuve Water Supply and Rookez Edge, who helped fund the season for the players. With these sponsorships, the team purchased new uniforms which the players wore proudly at every match. Additionally, SouthEastern Freight Lines donated money to the team which was used to purchase team jackets.

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Ryan Thomas and Junior C Celtics: Road to Hopeful Victory By Micaela Wylie-Arbic

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he Jr. C Celtics wrapped up their regular season this past June, finishing with a record of 11 and 5. Defenceman and assistant captain, Ryan Thomas, is among one of several integral players on the roster.

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Thomas was affiliated from the Jr. B Akwesasne Indians to the Celtics last year after wanting to both improve his fitness and earn more playtime. It was with the Indians that Thomas helped

athaniel Van Putten holds the title of the youngest player in the National Capital Baseball League. The 16-year-old student has been pitching for the Cornwall River Rats in this league for the past two years. “Everyone on the team is completely unselfish and looks to help each other in any way. They have been extremely helpful to me, even last year,” expressed Nathaniel. “It was probably hard to accept someone so young onto the team, but with a great group of teammates like I have, I was welcomed and grew as a person and a player; able to grow to become better every game.” At the age of three, Nathaniel was introduced to the game because his father and grandfather both played baseball. Since then, Nathaniel has been the recipient of the Senior Black Sox Baseball Award, the youngest recipient to win the Si Miller Baseball Award at the Cornwall Lion’s Club Awards, and awarded MVP for his high school’s baseball team. While baseball is his favourite sport, he is also involved in soccer, badminton, basketball, and track and field. Nathaniel’s parents, grandparents, and coach John Flannigan have been big influences on his baseball win the Founders Cup, the Junior B championship trophy, in 2015. Now, Thomas is confident he and his teammates can come up victorious in claiming another cup, snatching the beloved Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League title. “We set the goal of winning the Meredith Cup and we have a good squad to do it with,” he said. “Everyone is excited and ready for playoffs.” Although this is only Thomas’ second season with the team, he has proven himself to be a key defensive competitor for both the Celtics and in the OJCLL. “I like to think I play a leader role on the defensive end side,” he says, “making sure everyone is where they need to be in order to dictate where the play is going.” If the Celtics pull it off, it will be their second Meredith Cup since the league was established in 2008 – the first time being in 2014.

success. He also notes that his former coach, Chris Poirier, is now one of his teammates on the Cornwall River Rats. “He was my coach from the time I was seven years old until my last year with Cornwall Little League when I was thirteen,” said Nathaniel. “Now I have the honour to play with him, and without his help and influence, I must say I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

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Memorial Tournament a Gesture of Appreciation By Carrie Seguin


n Saturday, July 15th, O’Neill’s Pub in Long Sault will be hosting The Memorial Softball Tournament for Patrick Dumoulin. “The O’Neills are great supporters of Hospice, as it is a place that is close to their heart as well,” explains Jenny Vaughan, who is organizing the event with Jessica Lackey. Both Jenny and Jessica were close friends to and co-workers of Patrick. “We are doing this tournament because we are also good friends with Kayla, Patrick’s wife,” adds Vaughan. Patrick spent four months in Cornwall Hospice. He lost his battle to cancer on May 10, 2017. He was just thirty years old. Vaughan explains that the nurses, physicians, social workers, and all of the other staff at Cornwall Hospice treated Dumoulin as if he was family, like a son. “Hospice makes things as comfortable as possible at a time in one’s life that is most difficult.” Vaughan and Lackey wanted to show appreciation for the excellent

care that Dumoulin and his family received while in hospice. “Hospice went above and beyond in caring not only for Patrick, but for his wife and family as well. The nurses and all hospice staff were always willing to lend a helping hand.” Vaughan explains that the hospice staff helped to organize and celebrate Dumoulin’s Vegas-themed bachelor party, as well as his wedding to Kayla on March 11th. “The staff was amazing to help out. They did the whole set up, the decorations, and even supplied food without being asked, just out of the kindness of their own hearts.”

All funds raised at the July 15th softball tournament will be donated to Cornwall Hospice. Registration fee for teams is $200. “We aimed to have 8 teams minimum and we actually hit that number of teams in less than 12 hours which is amazing! We now are up to 6 teams that we’ve had to put on a waitlist,” states Vaughan. “There will be a BBQ with hotdogs, chips, and drinks and we will be running a 50/50, silent auction and raffle throughout the day. We have had an unreal amount of support, mostly from local businesses

Patrick Dumoulin, pictured here in Las Vegas, his favourite place to travel, lost his battle with cancer on May 10, 2017. A Memorial Softball Tournament is being held in his honour at O’Neill’s Pub on July 15th, Photo Submitted 2017.

who have donated a ton of amazing the time he was a young child up prizes!” until his teenage years.

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it work for you. When you talk about an experienced boxer, experience is not only in the ring, but that this boxer has experienced this 35 times compared to your 10. He/she has beaten it. They have gotten stronger because of it every time. And trust me if you think I can get in the ring and do that without training, working out, sparring, hitting the mitts, being trained, working the bags, you are delusional. It looks easy from the outside when you’re watching a bout and relaxing, but to do it requires skill, conditioning, training; mental as well as physical. For example for a pro once he signs a contract to box on a certain date, there is a mental and emotional progression leading up to the bout. Everyday it intensifies. It gets to the point where his/her whole life revolves around this particular fight. Having been well-trained is extremely important, sleeping well, eating properly, being focused, training hard. The night of the fight you’re in the dressing room and you think you skipped days of running, instead of 100 sit-ups a day you only did 50. You skipped days of training. It’s the moment of truth and it all comes back to you. But if you put in the time, the work, the rounds, the reps, it gives you a calming feeling , you’re focused, you’re ready, you’re reassured — because your mind will play tricks on you. Your opponent seems so big, looks meaner, looks unafraid. Truth is he or she is feeling the same way inside, but you do not

realize it. Any honest fighter will tell you there were times they wanted to run out of there. You wonder, “Why am I doing this”? After this fight I will quit. Then it’s like jumping off on a bungee jump, you’re scared, you hesitate but once you do it 2 minutes later you want to do it again.

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July 2017 Issue #56

Canham Selected for Team Ontario By By Todd Anderson

Avonmore’s Jordan Canham has been selected to Team Ontario’s U17 volleyball team.

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vonmore’s Jordan Canham has reached a new level in volleyball, a spot on Team Ontario’s U17 roster. The 16-year-old was among a

group of 28 boys invited to the camp, and only 12 were selected to represent the squad. “It feels amazing to have made Team Ontario,” says Canham. “The tryout at McMaster was nerve-racking at first. I was the only one from my (Ottawa Mavericks) team and I didn’t really know anyone. As the tryouts went on, I began to relax and feel more comfortable on the court. I really enjoyed the scrimmages and playing with the other athletes.” The Tagwi Secondary School student was invited to try out for Team Ontario, at McMaster University in Hamilton, after officials from the squad approached him while he was participating at the provincial championships with his Ottawa Mavericks team. “Team Ontario had scouts at all the tournaments this year,” says Canham. “I thought I would get invited to the tryouts, but I wasn’t too sure about making the team.” Now, over the month of June, Jordan is expected to train on his own. In July, he travels with Team Ontario to FILION AWARDS & SPECIALITY GIFTS “Helping people honour people”

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Home town: Strathmore Age: 15 School: School: Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School John Van Putten is a busy ball player. He currently participates with both the Cornwall Minor House League, as well as the Cornwall elite team. He usually plays two house leagues during the week and then during the weekends he participates in tournaments or double headers with the elite squad. Van Putten also plays baseball and soccer with Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School and he had plans of taking part, for the second consecutive year, in the annual 5 kilometre Avonmore Run to Get it Done race during the Canada Day weekend. Having participated in several sports, the young athlete says he loves baseball most. “I really enjoy the athleticism and strategy of baseball,” he says. “It is a mind game as much as a physical one. My favourite part of the game is hitting and stealing bases, but I also really enjoy pitching.” His most memorable highlight in the sport so far is going to the Little League Baseball provincials. “It was an exciting experience to play teams from all across Ontario and represent our District (District 7). I started watching baseball with my dad about a month after I was born and my dad and both grandfather’s have always played and been involved with baseball and softball so I got interested at a young age.”

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Windsor University to practise with the team for 10 days. From Windsor, the club will drive to Detroit and then fly to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to play in an international competition for 5 days. While this clearly is a new venture for him, confidence in his abilities hasn’t been an issue with Canham growing up. He could dunk a basketball in Grade 10, after all. Getting news from Team Ontario that he had made the team was another boost. “Making Team Ontario has proven to me that I can compete at a high level in this sport. I was fortunate to have terrific, encouraging, and supportive teammates and coaches the past two years playing for Ottawa Mavericks. My coach, Kerry MacLean, has helped me a lot through this process giving me advice and feedback to improve my game to make this team.” At the provincial championships,

Canham stood above the rest of the pack in the vertec (measures how high you can touch at the pinnacle of your jump). Mettle Sports Training had a booth to measure the player’s jumps and Canham touched 11’6”. This was the best mark of all who participated at the provincials for his age group. “My jumping ability allows me to spike at a higher point than most blocks. I also can block my opponents more often.” The Ottawa Mavericks competed at the national championships in May in Saskatoon. Ranked fifth going into the event, the team didn’t find their stride in time and were beat out early in the tournament. With his season over with the Mavericks, Canham is now playing beach volleyball twice a week in the St. Andrew’s beach volleyball league with his brother and friends.  

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Issue #56 July 2017


ByCasey Leger


he Long Sault Regatta took place June 10th and 11th. A sweltering Saturday saw a packed Mille Roches beach, with racers from as far afield as New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida. “Yesterday the parking lot was completely full. We parked an extra fifty cars in a roped off area. It was packed,” explained Derrick Viau who was manning the gate Sunday. High winds and choppy waters were putting a damper on Sunday’s event. As of 10 AM, the competitors were under a wind delay. “It’s not looking good for today. Some people are already packing up,” said Richard Runne. Runne and his Jesel Valve Train Racing crew travelled all the way from New Jersey to race in the Regatta. They had a first and second The Jesel Valve Train racing crew with their boat.  place finish in Saturday’s qualifying heats and were looking forward to speeds of up to 95 miles per hour in a from it,” finished Runne. Dave Kidd, with the Black Falcon Sunday. straightaway. The bigger boats, with “It’s a wild ride,” commented 350 cubic inch engines, can hit 125 crew, commented on the sport’s Dylan Runne, the Jesel pilot. “If mph. This team has about $50 000 popularity. “If you want to see big, the wind gets under the boat, it’ll go tied up in their boat, trailer, and gear. you should come down to Valleyfield. right over backward.” Runne drives “We do it for the love of the sport. It’s the Daytona of hydroplane racing. a 2.5 litre boat which can reach We certainly don’t make any money We see about fifty-thousand people

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there in a day.” The Long Sault Regatta was an HRL event. HRL stands for “Hydroplane Racing League”. The next event is scheduled for June 24th and 25th, in St. Felicien QC, according to the HRL website.

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Issue #56 July 2017


Paddle Poker Run for the Alzheimer Society By Victoria Klassen


he eighth annual Paddle Poker Run hosted by Hybrid Marine is raising money for the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District. On Saturday July 22nd, participants are invited to paddle, pedal, or sail through the course from Hybrid Marine to Squaw Island, and back. Once they return, they get dealt a poker hand. Blair Bell from Hybrid Marine said the idea for this fundraiser was inspired by his mother who had Alzheimer’s. “Fundraising helps the Alzheimer Society assist more families, and also creates awareness of the disease and the available support,” said Josée Roy-Pilon, campaign co-ordinator of the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District. The Alzheimer Society

provides support and programs for both caregivers and those affected by the disease.

Representatives of the Alzheimer Society will be at the Paddle Poker Run assisting on shore. Participants are welcome to bring their own water crafts, or paddle boards and boats will also be available to rent from Hybrid Marine. The only rule is that no motors are allowed in the Paddle Poker Run. There is a minimum $20 pledge, with a prize for the participant who raises the most funds. All participants are entered into the Best Poker Hand 50/50 contest. Bell says that this all about having on a fun day on the fundraiser has grown every year, water for a good cause.” with over $4,000 raised in 2016. For more information on this fundraiser, visit Hybrid Marine’s “It would be nice if we were to get http://hybridmarine-ltd. a lot more new faces out to participate website: in the event,” expressed Bell. “It’s com/latest-news/ or call Blair Bell at

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MacKenna Scobie: Dancing to the Beat

her into the dancer she is today.

By Victoria Klassen

“I love dancing at BCDC because you become a part of a big family, you feel very welcome every time you enter the studio, and you make life-long friends. It is a very positive environment and it helps you grow in many ways not only as a dancer but as a person,” shared MacKenna. “These friends I have made are my support, and we encourage each other with everything we do, we lean on each other in good times and bad times, and we will continue to do this as long as we are dancing.”


nytime MacKenna Scobie heard music, she would begin dancing. That was what led 10-yearold MacKenna to begin dancing at Beat Central Dance Company (BCDC) three years ago. BCDC is a dance centre in Cornwall, specializing in ballet, tap, street jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, conditioning, jazz, and musical theatre. This year MacKenna participated in hip hop and acro-contemporary dance competitions in Cornwall and Montreal, and recently won Mini Senior Dancer of the Year. She also dances at hockey games with the Cornwall Nationals Dance Team. MacKenna wants to become a dance teacher, and she assisted a teacher with a dance class this year. She thanks her own dance instructors Jane, Susan, and Collin for molding

MacKenna has a message for readers: “If you love to dance, come and check out the studio for yourself because everyone is welcome and, hey you never know, you may just shine!” Competitive dancer, MacKenna Scobie, says she has made life-long Photo Submitted friendships at Beat Central Dance Company

For more information on BCDC visit their website at www.

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