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Continued from page 1 opportunity to write about things I was passionate about, too. Since then, I’ve become Sports Energy’s senior writer and I’ve continued to love learning about the athletic community of Cornwall. Everyone has been a pleasure to work with and I can tell that most of the sports communities, from hockey to soccer and multisport truly see each other as family. This paper has been incredibly supportive to my career and I’m so thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given to work with so many incredible people. Now that you’ve met me, it’s time to meet the rest of the team that brings you this monthly paper as they reflect on what this paper means to them. Mike Piquette – Founder

“I was working for the Cornwall Colt’s and during my time there it gave me the opportunity to come into contact with so many sports related success stories that were not being published. I felt a sports specific newspaper celebrating the area’s sports community might be popular

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and would provide a platform for excitement enters your gut before those stories to be told,” recalls a game, I still get that way when Piquette. I pick up and read a new edition. Looking past the printed-paper The very first issue of Sports itself, what makes me proudest is Energy News was only 16 pages. the “Team” we have assembled. Piquette says he sold an ad to the first I feel we are all like family, and 5 businesses he approached. Those everyone has the same vision to businesses still advertise with us, publish a quality product. Many of never missing an issue in 5 years. our writers come from the Carleton “I went around selling an idea I University Journalism program. I had, nothing to show as a sample. enjoy working with them and giving I was encouraged by the feedback I them the opportunity to hone their received, and my expectations have writing skills and be published,” says always been to create a positive, Piquette. “I am also proud to have quality, local newspaper that people some local writers, who joined the would enjoy picking up and reading. team because they liked and believed I do think, however, it has grown in Sports Energy. It is also a pleasure in popularity beyond my original to have the opportunity to work with expectations,” says Piquette. “I Lynn (graphic design), Bernadette love how the paper has grown and (website), and Margo (editor) each evolved. This has happened because month. They are the backbone of we have so many positive sports Sports Energy, three key people who stories to share in this area. It is are committed to maintaining our very rewarding to hear the positive high standards each month. Without feedback from people who read the them, there wouldn’t be as much paper and enjoy our content. As it “energy” in Sports Energy.” turns out, they are often reading about Margo Jankowski – Editor a relative, a friend, or a neighbour.” Margo Jankowski got involved Piquette is proud of the progress with Sports Energy, almost three the paper has made. years ago, after hearing from her “Just like coaching or playing a friend (also Mike’s sister) that Mike sport, a little tinge of butterflies and was looking for an editor.

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“I think Sports Energy is rather unique; celebrating athletic endeavours and giving people pride in their accomplishments,” says Jankowski. “It’s great that the kids, especially, can keep a souvenir issue where they or their team have been Continued on page 5

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“We met and discussed what was involved. I thought it would be quite enjoyable and somewhat familiar, being a retired teacher,” says Jankowski. “It has been very enjoyable editing the paper. It’s interesting to see all the different writing styles from contributors, but mostly, I have learned so much about amateur sport in this city that I never knew - Cornwall is full of really active people of all ages.  I especially get a smile from editing the accounts of various hockey games and tournaments - it sounds like the NHL, but when you look at the photos, often the goalie’s pads are as big as he/she is.”

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“I love to do the designs and layout. My boss is very open to any suggestions and he gives me a lot of freedom, including working from home. Often I am on a working vacation, because I am lucky enough to do my job from wherever I am,” says Dillabough. “I designed a 16page layout for the first edition, and now after 5 years we are running 44page editions. In the beginning it was half full colour and half black and white, now every page is full colour. There never seems to a problem to fill this publication with great local sports. Families love to see their kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews etc. in print.” Dillabough has enjoyed her experience thus far and wants to thank Mike for “having faith and giving me this great opportunity. I think we have become a good team.” What’s next for Sports Energy?

More of what our readers love! We can’t wait to keep bringing you stories about local sports and impressive athletes.

We’re all so glad he decided Thanks for believing in us and we The Cornwall Colt’s recently paid tribute to Canadian music icon Gord to move forward with the idea. Dillabough says this new adventure can’t wait for many more editions to Downie. A picture of Gord was on the clock most of the game and Tragically Hip music was played during whistle stops. come. was the perfect fit for her. Photo Credit: Ice Level


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he Seaway Valley Rapids Major Bantam AA hockey team reached their goal this past weekend, October 15, 2017, and brought home the Oshawa Cup. Through hard work, dedication to team, accountability to teammates, and team persevering through difficult situations; the boys showed resiliency and were determined to succeed. Following a 3-1 loss to the Burlington Eagles (Blue) and a 2-2 tie to the Oshawa Generals in the first two round-robin games on Friday, the team found its stride and reeled off wins over the Markham Islanders 4-1 and Greater Toronto Capitals 1-0 on Saturday to finish as the second seeded team heading into Sunday. In the semi-finals, the Rapids edged the Islanders 2-1 to face-off against Generals in the championship finals. The Rapids played with structure and discipline against the hometown Generals to win 3-1 and skated away with the Oshawa Cup.

Members of the Rapids team include Max Brunet, Tavish Deguire, Jacob Seguin, Thomas Oey, Ben Houle, Adam Carter, Jeremy Chenier, Jacob Nolan, Cameron Fraser, Brennan Atkins, Connor Hum, Connor Hutchingame, Malcolm Seguin, Ben McAlear, Devon St-Jean, Ethan Sauve, and Cuyler Molinaro. The Bench Staff includes Stan Hum (head coach), Steve Carter (associate coach), Paul McAlear (lead trainer), Tom Hutchingame (trainer), Jerry Sauve (trainer), and Dan Brunet (team manager).  Photo Submitted

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orty-year-old Joel Trottier from Alexandria Ontario has been involved with hockey for most of his life. It’s clearly his passion and recently in the past year he’s moved from player to coach. Trottier has played professional hockey for about thirteen years. “I got drafted by the NHL to the Boston Bruins in 1997, I played my junior hockey in Ottawa for the Ottawa 67’s then I signed the 3 year deal with Boston so I ended up in Providence Road Island in the American Hockey League,” says Trottier. “Then I ended up in Greenville South Carolina where I stayed for the last 17 years and I just moved back. That’s kind of why I wanted to get back involved in the whole thing.” Last year, Trottier played half the season as a player at 39-years-old

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for the Cornwall Nationals (part of the FHL or the Federal Hockey League). The team’s coach, though, was offered a job that he couldn’t refuse halfway through the season. This is where Trottier stepped in, taking over the head coaching position.

did but I didn’t love what I did, so I kind of came back home and got involved with minor hockey and coaching kids and then basically they asked me if I wanted to coach last year and I said no, I want to play. They thought I was crazy.” He got involved with coaching, because he felt it was time to pay it forward.

“I enjoyed it so much that I applied for it again this year and they gave it to me,” says Trottier. What’s kept Trottier involved all of these years? “It’s my passion – it’s what I love to do. I’ve done the 9 to 5 and all that stuff but I’m always getting Photo Credit: Creative Images pulled back towards my passion. It doesn’t even feel like a job even though I’m working 13 to 15 hours places, but he kept coming back to a day,” says Trottier. “It just feels the sport he knows and loves. right to me, it’s what I know and “I started working as a Budweiser it’s what I love.” sales rep and from there I went to a When Trottier retired at 31, he couple of other companies as a sales started working at a few various rep,” says Trottier. “I liked what I

“The knowledge that I have right now and all the stuff and where I’ve been and what I’ve been through and not been through, it’s just kind of a nice thing that I can give back,” says Trottier. “I’m passionate and I want guys to succeed and I want them to move up, it just makes sense to me.” In terms of his coaching philosophy, it’s more than just about what happens on the ice. Continued on page 11

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and U16/17G won their District Competitive Tier 1 division. On his September, the Seaway the boys’ side, U15 and U16 won Valley Soccer Club had five their District Competitive Tier 1 separate Blazers teams win the division.” Shield Cup Tournament Finals in For those of you who may their own divisions. not know, Seaway Valley The Shield Cup is a seasonSoccer Club (SVSC) is a soccer long knock out tournament with club, which offers recreational teams from each respective age (House League program), semigroup and level that Seaways competitive (Coyotes program), teams play during the season. and competitive (Blazers U13 Girls Shield Cup Winners The tournament is open to U13 program) soccer to Cornwall and to U18 age groups. surrounding area to more than Dan Roy, part of the Seaway 1000 players. organization, says, “For 2017, “We at SVSC don’t have we had seven of our nine teams the luxury that the Ottawa and compete in the tournament and Kingston Clubs have. For most five won the finals. The other two of our older teams, we usually teams lost in the quarterfinals. have a few extra players, that These are tremendous results attend tryouts, than the amount for a small club that competes that are required to field a team against large Ottawa Clubs. In and sometimes we need to find 2016, SVSC had three Shield a few players to field a team,” Cup Champions, which at that says Roy. “Our player pool point was the most in one single is significantly lower than the season.   Maybe we can surpass U14 Boys Shield Cup Winners big clubs. However, our club the five Championships next continues to provide an excellent season.” learning program with excellent According to Roy, the club has results on the field. We have reached this level of success for a dedicated and skilled coaches number of reasons. who dedicate and work hard with “The success of our club over the their respective teams.” By Molly Kett

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years comes from the leadership group and excellent coaches that we have. Their hard work and commitment to the development of players has transpired to the results on the field,” says Roy. “During the 2017 season, we had four teams finish in first place of their age group. This is a first for the club. On the girls’ side, U15 won their regional division

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For the 2017 outdoor season, SVSC had six competitive teams (3 boys and 3 girls in U10-U12 divisions) and nine competitive teams (5 boys and 4 girls in U13 to U18 divisions). In some age divisions, the club had to combine two age groups to make a team.

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“Basically it’s not just about hockey; it’s teaching them how to be men. These guys are anywhere from 21 to 30 years old, so you want to set them up for life situations also,” says Trottier. He says that being responsible, respectful, being on time, and working hard are some of the philosophies he focuses on.

As for the current season, it’s just getting started. The team is still in training camp, but they’ve won a few pre-season games. He has high hopes for the team, though.

“If you compete and give it everything you’ve got, you won’t hear much from me,” says Trottier. “I’m not going to come out and say we’re going to win the cup by all means, but that’s my goal. I’ve played in this league and this team’s better than what I had last year, so I think we have a chance that’s for sure.” Though Trottier hasn’t been coaching for very long, he already has a standout memory from his time as coach thus far.

“Last year we were basically out of the playoffs but every time we played somebody, we eliminated two teams last year from the playoffs, just by not giving up, and I told them this is what we have to gain, if we beat them, they’re not in the playoffs,” says Trottier. “So we did that. I didn’t win a championship or anything like that, but at the same time the guys didn’t give up on me. […] They fought all the way to the end.”

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Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast -The easy answer for the Art Ross Trophy would be to look back at the last few champs and pick from one of them. Kane, Crosby, Malkin, McDavid come to mind, maybe even Jamie Benn who won in 2014-15.  You, ever optimistic Leaf fans, might want to throw Austin Mathews in there, but I think that’s a year or two too early.  Based on the fact that I think that the Tampa Bay Lightning will clean up this year, I’ll go with Steven Stamkos, a two-time Maurice Richard trophy winner to add an Art Ross to his trophy case.  As for the Rocket’s trophy, let’s stick with Tampa and name Nikita Kucherov the winner.  Kucherov has shown improvement every year and he’s poised to dominate the NHL for the next 5 to 7 years.  He and Stamkos look like an early season dynamic duo, and will lead the Lightning to the top of the NHL this year.      Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - First of all I’d like to congratulate Mike Piquette on his 60th Edition of Sports Energy News and 5 year anniversary; great job Mike. Sports Energy News has certainly become rooted in the community. Past winners of the Rocket Richard and Art Ross trophies are the superstars of the game of hockey; Alex O with 6 RR Trophies since 2007/2008, with Sid hot on his heels through those years; Steven Stamkos with a couple of wins (2009/2010 & 2011/2012); Sid broke through to win the RR trophy in 2009/10 (tied with Stamkos) and in 2016/2017. Connor McDavid broke through last year to win the Art Ross Trophy joining superstars such as Patrick Kane (2015/16), Jamie Benn (2014/15, and Sid (2013/14). Who do I think will win the 2017/18 RR and AR trophies? Current stats indicate Alex O, Logan Couture (SJ), Nikita Kucherov (TB), Evander Kane (BUFF), and Johnny Goudrea (CALG); all could make a run for the RR Trophy. Current front runners for the A R Trophy include Stamkos (TB), Kucherov (TB), Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) and Jakub Voracek (PH). My predictive winners are Nicklaus Backstrom for the Art Ross & Nikita Kucherov for the Rocket Richard Trophy. Cheers Folks Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club - There are several elite players in the NHL that are capable of winning either or both of these awards but I will go with two players who have had a hot start to the season. For the Rocket Richard: Nikita Kucherov – The 24 year old Kucherov has been increasing his production each year since entering the league. The Lightening are due for a bounce back season and with 10 goals in the first 9 games, it seems he can do no wrong. Shooting at almost 30% while being in the top 10 in the league for shots may not be sustainable for the season, but if he remains healthy he has the potential to win the Rocket Richard. Art Ross: Steven Stamkos – Stamkos is back and quietly under the radar. Stamkos has always been a threat but seems almost forgotten as we have gotten used to seeing an ‘IR’ next to his name the past few seasons. Stamkos has always been able to rack up points and playing with Kucherov the assist column is increasing each night.


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“The plan for 2018 is to have a team at each age group for boys and girls,” says Roy. “We are presently in the motion of having a second team at a younger age group, a first for the club in many years.”

While SVSC is working on constantly improving, it seems like they’ve made it to an incredibly successful point, with five teams winning the Shield Cup Tournament. We can’t wait to see what’s next for the soccer club.

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he Seaway Valley Major Atom AA Rapids travelled to Vermont over the weekend of October 20-22, 2017 to compete in the AAA Green Mountain Avalanche Tournament. After four round-robin games, the SVR squad advanced to the championship game and claimed the gold medal. Tournament play began early on Friday morning with an 8:00 am match-up against the Northstars. It was a very lopsided win, with the Seaway team winning 12-1. On Saturday morning, the Rapids skated away with a 10-1 win against Dynamo, and then they beat the 95 Giants 10-0 that same evening. Sunday morning game play saw the SVR team facing the RSL Kings, a team from the Rapids league. A recent regular season game between the two teams resulted in gritty, hard-fought 2-2 draw, and so anticipation for this match-up was high. Additionally, because division

results throughout the tournament were so close, allowing more than 4 goals against versus RSL would result in the Rapids being eliminated from the tournament despite their winning record. The game quickly took on a backand-forth tone with both teams scoring a goal each before the midway point in the first period; however, it wasn’t long after that SVR took the lead. The game ended with a 9-2 score for the Rapids. In the championship round, the Rapids faced-off against MRO, a team from the Montreal area. MRO’s goalie was strong, stopping many of the SVR’s offence. Despite their goaltending and offensive attempts, the Seaway Valley team beat MRO 4-1, claiming the gold medal as their own.

The SVR Major Atom AA team allowed only 5 goals against and scored 45 goals while competing in the Jay Peak tournament. Back Row (L-R): Scott “Butter” Thompson (asst. coach), Nico Addy, Matteo Dixon, Pascal Paquette (asst. coach) , Parker Thompson, Larry Thompson (trainer), Tristan Delisle, Miguel Delisle (coach), Noah Lafleur Middle Row (L-R): Warren Lalonde, Alex Delormier, Dean Fawthrop, Hunter Thompson (behind), Chancey Novosad, Bennett Harty, Maxim Dube, Ayden Baumann, Logan Villeneuve Photo Submitted Front Row (L-R): Eli Seguin, Tristan Paquette

The Green Mountain Avalanche Tournament was the second of four tournaments scheduled for the Seaway they won the B Finals Championship. of December and then in the Taylor team this season. In September, the The Rapids will compete in the Hall Cup Classic hosted in Kingston team traveled to Peterborough where Hamilton Junior Bulldogs Backspin during the month of January. Classic tournament at the beginning


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he Air Gliders Trampoline Club might be one of Cornwall’s bestkept secrets. This year is the Club’s 20th anniversary, and according to Rachelle Davis it’s a rebuilding year. Davis runs the club with founder Jean Juneau and coaches Brady Lusychyn and Patrick Mondoux. Juneau is an RCMP officer and national level athlete. The club, currently training four days a week in the gym at L’Heritage on Montreal Road, has 72 members, three of whom are competing at the provincial level. The club has had national level competitors in the past, but none this year, according to Davis. “A lot of the athletes reached a level where they had to move on. That’s why this year we are rebuilding,” she states. A testament to the club’s success is

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Sports in Education By Casey Leger

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enee Rozon wasn’t always a high school principal. There was a time not so long ago, prior to her years in teaching, when Ms. Rozon was a certified lifeguard and swimming instructor, and a trainer. She has been at the helm of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School since early August, having taken the reins from retiring Danny Conway. She comes to St. Joe’s by way of archrival Holy Trinity CSS, where she was principal for three years, and before that, she started the new St. Matthew high school program, where she was principal for five years. This, however, is not her first rodeo at St Joes: She was the Special Education Program Lead there for

several years and has been with the board since 1991. Ms. Rozon, who received her degree in Education at St. Louis, Missouri/ Columbia and completed several courses at Queen’s, is currently completing a Masters in Education with a focus on Mental Health. As an experienced educator, she is a big proponent of sports in education. “Athletics contributes significantly to school collegiality,” she says. “It teaches important skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and the ability to both win and lose gracefully.” She also appreciates the idea that student athletes are students first and athletes second and believes participating in athletics is an important part of a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

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n the last issue of Sports Energy we featured up-and-coming fisherman Hayden Ferguson in this column. This month we talked to one of his fishing mentors, his greatgrandfather Claude (Pete) Poirier. Poirier, 74, has been fishing for over 60 years. A resident of Cornwall, he admires the local fishery. “I do most of my fishing in the St. Lawrence River. We have so many great areas to fish here. I

like fishing because it’s relaxing and I enjoy spending time with my grandson and great-grandsons. It is a great place to fish with family and friends. We have a lot of variety here.” Poirier notes that his favourite form of angling is trolling. “I find it very relaxing and it gives you time to look around and enjoy your environment,” he says. Along with fishing, Poirier also collects old lures and participates in bowling and hunting. Like most veteran fishermen, he likes telling stories of “the big one that got away”.

“I also love telling stories of how our grandson Deven and greatgrandson Hayden get excited when they catch a fish. It is pure joy (watching youngster Hayden fish). I love watching and listening to him. It is great how fast he learns.” Poirier says the biggest fish he has caught locally was a 35-pound carp. He hooked the fish in the dorsal fin and the capture came only after he needed to drive the boat to shore. During a trip to Mexico, Poirier landed a 165-pound marlin. He’s also caught salmon during trips to Lake Ontario. Claude (Pete) Poirier loves fishing with his great-grandsons Lain, left, and Hayden Ferguson.  Photo Submitted 

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and Angelo Violi. The duo actually stopped at the family cottage once when they were in Cornwall for a tournament. Deven, Hayden’s father, and his friend Gary Moody were able to go out fishing with them in their boat. “They took some pictures with them and we all received signed

hats,” says Poirier. “They were great guys and it was an amazing experience.” Poirier served from 1961-1964 with the Navy sailing the east coast through the Panama Canal, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Europe. His rank was Able Seaman.

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Scott Galt Talks Multisport By Molly Kett

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wenty-nine-year-old Scott Galt works as an Airborne Infantry soldier with the Canadian Army based in Ottawa and is passionate about a few things. First, his family: He’s married to Maxine Galt (formerly Bacher) with two children: Landon is eleven, Elsa is one and a half, and another baby girl is due this December. Another thing Galt, and his family, are passionate about is multisport. “Maxine and I met through our families being connected through the Cornwall Sea Lions swim club and eventually reconnecting years later by meeting downtown Ottawa at a Canada Day race,” says Galt. “My entire family is Multi-Sport Club members. My son Landon is very active in the club as well and won Male Youth Runner of the Year for 2016.” Galt has been a member of the Cornwall Multisport Club for over five years and has remained active in the club despite moving away from Cornwall years ago. “Despite the majority of my time being spent in Ottawa and Petawawa I have not found another club I have enjoyed and has offered so much. With my parents living in Long Sault and Maxine’s in Cornwall, I return often to the area and take part in as many events as possible throughout the year,” says Galt. So, what got him started? “I got started by hearing about many of the top endurance athletes in the area being part of a club. My mom told me about the club and how the different levels of performance in the club suited everyone in our family,” says Galt. “I competed in the Cornwall Triathlon for the first time

many years ago and realized I was naturally suited to endurance racing and loved the thrill of competing. This led me to make the easy choice of joining a club full of like-minded people.” Most of Galt’s involvement in the club includes running the duathlon events in the summer. Galt says he gets down to Cornwall for most holiday weekends. “The Monday night duathlons are by far my favourite event to take part in. The run-bike-run time trial has some of the fastest athletes from around the area and its so much fun to compete against those guys. Although they are not official multisport events, the Cornwall Triathlon and Cornwall Marathon are two of my favourite races that I try to be involved in every year,” says Galt. He loves the multisport club for a number of reasons; including the environment it creates amongst members. “I like that Multisport Club is such a friendly environment with all skill and experience levels that get along so nicely.  Most of all I love that the club is ageless.  I hear so many excuses from young guys at my work claiming their lack of fitness is because of their age, being anywhere from mid 20’s to early 40’s,” says Galt. “The multisport club is full of people who are much older than me and are so motivated to be active.” Next, Galt will be spending his winter run-training. Recently, Galt fulfilled a lifetime goal of competing in the Boston Marathon, but he didn’t perform as well as he hoped.

club long runs to really increase my confidence level and at the same time enjoy my time training. Running upwards of 100 km in a week alone in the Canadian winter has at times led me to not enjoy running as much by the end of the season, which is when it is time to race,” says Galt. “I want to change that this year and take a whole new social approach to training.  I will be racing at the Cornwall Marathon in April with many other multisport members and hope to run fast enough to get back to Boston in 2019.” Galt truly believes that multisport “This has resulted in me not being is an incredible asset to the Cornwall accepted to race in Boston for 2018 community, bringing people an easier where I wanted to redeem myself.  I way to stay healthy and active. am hoping to take part in some “I believe health and fitness should

Photo Submitted be an enjoyable lifestyle and not a chore. Although admittedly it has felt that way at times, I would not be where I am today if I didn’t have such good friends to share this lifestyle with,” says Galt. “Without the club, health and fitness is plain and simple not as enjoyable. A healthy and fit city is a happier city. If anyone is looking for a new sport or simply a great new group of people to train with I cannot recommend the multisport club more. […] It is a judgmentfree club that is so encouraging and helpful to anyone’s fitness goals. […] Whether it is training advice or words of encouragement in a race, the multisport club members make me feel at home every time we get together.”


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arts practitioners for the benefit of Soke Bissonnette is no stranger when it comes to travelling to martial local martial arts enthusiasts. arts seminars, either. He has taught Although he specializes in the in Las Vegas and in Germany, and is Shorin Ryu style of karate, the the Canadian Representative for The Soke does not believe in limiting Circle of Masters, an elite martial himself or his students to just the one arts association. discipline. “I encourage all of my The seminar will run from 10 students to try new things and to not AM until 3:15 PM, with an hour for limit themselves,” he says. lunch from noon to one. The cost of That’s why the seminar he is attending the seminar ranges from hosting will include experts in $40 to $60. Pre-registration begins such martial arts styles as Isshinryu at 9 AM, and students who preKarate, Shinjutsu, and Kenpo Karate, register will save $10, as registering to name just three. Students who at the door is more expensive. Soke attend the seminar will experience a Bissonnette is expecting more than variety of techniques and styles, and 100 registrants, and encourages Bissonnette believes they will be the interested martial artists to arrive early. Photo Submitted better for it.


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The Attributes: Speed By Jim Riddell, Seaway Karate Club

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everal times in previous issues I have mentioned the term “attributes” when referring to things karate related. The attributes are the skill related components that are required to be proficient at a specified sport. During the first year or two of karate training a student learns many of the basics such as kicks, punches, strikes, self-defence, etc., and the improvement will have been considerable. After that time the student will continue to develop, learning new katas, more techniques and expand into speciality training, but to physically improve each of the attributes will have to be targeted separately. There are many drills for each of the individual attributes that will keep classes challenging and exciting. Of all the attributes that are required for karate, speed is arguably the most important and definitely the most complex. Speed goes hand and hand with agility and is the ability to move quickly, performing techniques as rapidly as possible while also maintaining balance and muscular control. It is very important to keep the muscles loose as tight muscles will slow down your reaction time. A few other factors that will slow you down are tight clothing, emotional stress, flexibility, and cold temperature. To make it even more complicated there are drills

to develop offensive speed and drills to help with becoming faster defensively. For offensive training there are various focus pad and paddle drills, mirror and kicking drills all designed to increase agility, hand and foot speed. Now let’s take a look at the defensive side of things starting with reaction time. Reaction time is defined as the length of time from your first perception of a stimulus until you react to it. A prime example of the stimulus is an incoming punch during a self- defence situation. Several things have to happen in a very, very short period of time to enable you to prevent you from being struck. You have to be able to: 1) perceive the threat, 2) analyse it and narrow your responses down to just one, 3) tell your muscles how to respond. Here is where the difference between being naturally fast and having a trained response come into play. The naturally fast person will instinctively jerk their head back from the punch whereas the individual with the trained response will slip the punch and counter it. If you want to get good at reacting to punches and kicks you need to train by looking at them and learn how to sense the incoming threat ahead of time. Working various partner drills over a period of time will enable you to pick up subtle clues as to what type of kick or punch may be coming your way. The good news is that even if you weren’t genetically blessed with natural speed, you can still get faster. If you have the ability to play a video game or send off rapid fire texts on a cell phone you have the instinctive ability to react and your speed will improve with training.

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Midget A Highlanders are Golden in Cornwall By Perry Ruffo

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he Glengarry Highlanders Midget A girls took home gold from the 34th Annual Cornwall Competitive Tournament this past weekend. The Highlanders were undefeated during weekend play to capture the Championship. The girls from

Glengarry started the weekend with a 2-0 shutout win against the Russell Coyotes followed by a 6-2 win against the Vermont Shamrocks. Saturday’s play saw the girls tie Rideau St. Lawrence Thunder 2-2 and then defeated the Russell Coyotes once again with a shutout 2-0 win in the semi-finals. The Midget A Glengarry Highlanders would once again face

their rivals from the 401 corridor, the Rideau St. Lawrence Thunder. After scoring 2 goals in the opening period and following up with 1 in the second, the Highlanders went on to a 3-0 shutout win to capture gold in Cornwall.

win 3 games by shutout and only allowed 4 goals in 5 games played. Up front, the Highlanders balanced scoring attack allowed them to score a tournament high 15 goals. The Midget A Highlanders will return their focus to league play as Exceptional goaltending and strong they prepare for games in the coming defensive play saw the Highlanders weeks and their next tournament play will be in early December.

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Colt’s Veteran Justin McRae Finding His Groove

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t’s been three years since Cornwall Colts right-winger, Justin McRae moved to Cornwall to pursue his career in the CCHL. Now with the Colts well-into their 25th season as a team in the league, McRae has been a major force to be reckoned with on the ice. The third-year veteran has come to find his confidence with the team, leading second on the roster for points at the end of October. He attributes his success to finding his groove within the league in comparison to prior years, which have been periods of adjustment. “The experience really helps as you grow as a player,” he said. McRae was born and raised in Texas until moving to Peterborough in 2010, and then eventually made the move to Cornwall where he began playing for the Colts in Grade 11. His ability to manoeuvre the three zones keeps him versatile defensively just as much as he is a natural forward.

The 18-year-old hopes to bring his love for the game perhaps to the next level. Pursuing a college career is definitely on the horizon, taking after his father - former NHLer Ken McRae. Although he’s not sure of where he will end up, for now his plans include taking a college class or two during second semester in order to keep him sharp and in the swing of things. In the meantime, his main focus is on hockey. In terms of this season for the team, he hopes they can become more of a cohesive unit on the ice. “Hopefully we can start winning consistently and make a jump in the standings and even push for a championship,” he said. When McRae isn’t on the ice, he can be found either hunting or fishing. If you’re looking to catch him in his element, however, the Colts play four games with home advantage at Ed Lumley arena throughout the month of November where McRae sports the number 22.

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Gary Lecky Pearson - A HeroBC in Life Scott – Former Lion Looks Back on a Past Grey Cup By Thom Racine

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nswer this question: name three city and area residents who have played in a Grey Cup game?

That old guy, who lives down by the river in the east end, (Moe Racine), is an obvious choice. Redblacks Dan West is another correct answer. And since he has lived in this community for twenty years, it’s pretty well known that Ramada Cornwall’s General Manager Scott Lecky is the other.

With the Grey Cup game slated for the end of the month in Ottawa, I thought it might be neat to sit down with Scott Lecky and reminisce about the 76th Grey Cup game played in Ottawa in 1988. Twenty-nine years have passed since that game; his BC Lions played against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Two years earlier, the Montreal Alouettes had folded and the league moved the Blue Bombers into the eastern conference. The Bombers upset the heavily favoured Toronto Argonauts to reach the title game and represent the east. It would be the first time; two traditionally western teams would play for the Grey Cup since the league had been called the CFL. For the Lions, the path went through Saskatchewan and Edmonton. Matt Dunigan’s high powered offence made short work of the Riders and Esks which gave

at high school sports. He was Collingwood Collegiate’s Athlete of the year in 1979 and the MVP of both the junior ‘79 and senior ‘83 football teams. It was on to Guelph University for 1983, but as Scott says, “sometimes school isn’t where you see yourself”. After being named the teams rookie of the year, Scott left school, but Guelph’s coach Tom Dimitroff advised him that he needed to keep playing somewhere, if not at school. His mother was from Ottawa and convinced her son to play with the renowned Ottawa Sooners junior team. Scott helped the Sooners win the Canadian Junior Football Championship in 1984. He returned to Guelph in 1985 and again played Photo Submitted with the Gryphons which saw him drafted by the BC Lions after the the Lions the “heavy favourite” tag. college season. But sometimes the games you “I had to go to the Lions camp, I lose hurt and are remembered the knew it was going to be tough, but most for what could have been. the chips fell into place with injuries The 22-21 Grey Cup game loss in and player movement, but truth be 1988 to Winnipeg still haunts Scott told, I had a great camp and made Lecky. “I look down at that empty the 1986 Lions.” The Lions had space on my hand (where that Grey just won the 1985 Grey Cup and Cup ring could be ) and see that were stacked with great players. deflected (Matt) Dunigan pass for Scott caught the first touchdown an interception on the seven yard pass for the Lions in 1986 in his first line with under two minutes to play CFL game. Scott Lecky’s career and it really does haunt me, even lasted four seasons in Vancouver, today.” he hauled in 82 passes for 1,162 Scott Lecky was born on Staten yards and eight career touchdowns. Island while his father was working He averaged 14 yards per catch in New York. They moved back to from his slot back position and Canada, to Collingwood, Ontario in 1988, his best statistical year, where the talented athlete excelled made 52 catches, and scored four

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I asked Scott what makes the Grey up game so special. “The history of the game and the people who attend the game, no matter where the game is played or which teams are playing, the Grey Cup has a following of fans who attend every year no matter what, it really is an event. As a player, you don’t get to experience the week long parties, events and ceremonies. I have been to half a dozen games since I retired from the game and every time I see fans with their team colours, buttons and pride and its fun to be a part of it.” said Scott.

While Scott could name a host of great teammates, Matt Dunigan, Lui Passaglia and Kevin Konar come instantly to mind, yet he credits two of his coaches as great inspirations throughout his career and life. Tom Dimitroff, who played in the early sixties and coached Scott at Guelph, constantly watched his progress and had his athletes’ well being at heart. Legendary CFL coach Don Matthews was the other. Scott Lecky was inducted into Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. He continues to promote our city while running Ramada Cornwall.

It was too early to ask Scott for a prediction of the outcome of the 105th Grey Cup, but safe to say, he will be there hoping for a great game in a rejuvenated football city.

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Skate Cornwall Figure Skating Club By Victoria Klassen

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or over thirty years, Skate Cornwall Figure Skating Club has been helping children and adults learn to love the ice. The CanSkate program teaches beginners how to skate. This program is open to adults as well as children.

“The young ones like to get on their skates and learn. When they first get on the ice, they’re just trying to walk. By December they’re learning to glide and are becoming better skaters, and their morale picks up,” said Tina Roundpoint, media chair of Skate Cornwall. “They see the older skaters when they’re doing their routines after the young ones get off. So they try hard and are disciplines to get to their next level—to twirls or skating backwards. It gives them confidence in themselves, to go out there on the ice and work on their skills and try hard.” The StarSkate programs are for skaters interested in learning

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figure skating. The competitive skaters attend competitions around Prescott, Morrisburg, Smiths Falls, and Ottawa. Often the Star Skaters help as program assistants with the CanSkate program, sharing their love of skating with the young athletes. Roundpoint’s 14-yearold daughter, Angelina, is in the StarSkate program. “Angelina enjoys working towards that next level. In the Star program, they have levels of dances. She’s right now working on silver dances. The further they move up the ladder, they start getting faster and faster footwork on the ice. She really enjoys that and she wants to jump and do her spins. She loves to be on the ice. If she could be on the ice every day she would be,” said Roundpoint. The programs begin in September and go until March. If you are interested in signing up or finding out more information about Skate Cornwall, please visit: www. skatecornwall.ca

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Results of Amateurs – Importance of Amateur Boxing

By Jorge Luis

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refused to be denied and the result was a split 2-1 decision in Isha Waheed’s favor. It was a sweet victory for Isha in only her 8th bout. She learns her lessons well. Don’t let the pretty face fool you, this little girl is a beast. On the same card Mubeen Waheed boxed a rematch with Aden Benzel of Gouveneur NY. Aden was much improved and boxed very well the first 2 rounds. Only a very strong round in the 3rd for Mubeen where he administered 2 protection counts to his opponent saved the day. The judges’ decision went to Mubeen by unanimous decision.

ello boxing fans, with most or all of the attention on the pro show Oct. 14th at the Cornwall Civic Complex our amateurs have taken a back seat. In actual fact our amateur boxers had a very busy On Sept. 23rd brothers Sahil August and September. and Mubeen Waheed represented On August 8th Sahil Waheed of Champs in Sudbury Ont. Sahil Champs Eastside lost a barnburner Waheed boxed an exhibition bout to tough Lucas Cranston of the with Tucker Meyers of Windsor Ottawa Beaver Boxing Club in ON in the 125 lbs 15-16 year old Ottawa. I’m sure these two boys division. Brother Mubeen Waheed, will meet in the future as a rematch boxing in the 13-14 year old 106 lbs boys division, squared off with is in order. Great Bout! hometown boy David Schmitt. August 27th, Isha Waheed in Mubeen left no doubt as to who only her 7th bout, boxed an older was the better boxer and dominated more experienced Sierra Martinez every minute of the bout to secure a of Providence Rhode Island USA. unanimous decision. Sierra had attended and placed Sept. 29th – Oct. 1st Champs at the US Nationals and was very strong. She tried to overwhelm Eastside was in Toronto in Isha early but Isha hung in there, attendance at the Ontario Silver Representing Champs weathered the storm, and fought Gloves. her way back into the bout to close were Mubeen Waheed in the 13-14 in a very even 3rd round. Great year, 46-48 kg boys division; Sahil bout and great learning experience Waheed open class in the boys 1516 year old, 56 kg division; and for Isha who has a bright future. Jacob Villeneuve of Long Sault in Fast forward to Sept. 16th the boys 15-16 year, 69 kg novice Watertown NY, Isha Waheed boxed division. Isha Waheed was unable to previous conqueror Randi Griffith, obtain any bouts. Jacob Villeneuve who placed 2nd in her division at dropped a very close split decision the US Nationals, in the girls open to Spencer Quinn of Windsor: Very 12-13 year old 106 lbs division. difficult bout to score, fair decision. Isha stormed out of her corner and Jake won a bronze medal. Sahil unleashed bombs and never let Waheed squared off with Nolan up the pace for all 3 rounds. Isha Brothers of Windsor in an open

class boys’ featherweight final. Sahil boxed well in the first round but his tenacious opponent came on strong in the 2nd and 3rd round and won a unanimous decision. Sahil was awarded a Silver Medal. Mubeen Waheed won a split decision ( which I thought should have been unanimous) in a barnburner against Amir Nabby of Brampton ON in the junior boys open class at 13-14 years old, 4548 kg division. This was the final and Mubeen was awarded a Gold Medal. Mubeen was simply a little better and faster and did more of anything his opponent did. Mubeen raised his record to 12-0. Then on Oct. 6th Mubeen Waheed boxed Quebec Champion Jacob Blais 15 years old and a veteran of 25 plus bouts, a very nice boxing contest with Mubeen as the aggressor against an older more experienced opponent. The judges awarded a split 2-1 decision against Mubeen handing Mubeen his 1st loss in a bout that could have gone either way and which we and others felt Mubeen should have won. Whew!! Busy times for Champs Eastside Boxing and its crew. The Champs Eastside “War Wagon” (our ford E-350 van) logged lots of mileage. This is where it all starts at this level for these young athletes. This is how Tony Luis came up the line. Boxing on the road, winning some, losing some, long before he boxed in arenas around the world under the hot TV lights and in his hometown arena, Tony was one of those kids; learning to dust yourself off from defeat, brushing up on your game in the gym, road trips on the weekends, sleeping in cheap motels, boxing in others’ backyards. Striving, climbing, picking yourself up, having a dream and never giving

up on your dreams. These lessons serve young people well, they learn a lot on the road. They interact with others, learn to confront their fears and control their emotions, gain experience and learn about human nature. They learn to know themselves in ways they never would have learned. They learn what they are made of.

Some will drop out and not make it. Matter of fact 9 out of 10 that come through the door of my gym will drop out, but one will make it through, be made of a tougher grain inside; a mind and heart that are tougher and perseveres — A latent talent that is brought out, a will to win that comes out in the heat of fire; a will to work hard and sacrifice to be a fighter in the ring and out. A will to apply their natural ability and couple it with, and apply themselves to, a training program while maintaining good grades in school and not falling to the temptations of drugs, alcohol, and laziness. To be a champion you must be a contender. A contender is what? A contender is the man or woman who does their best at all times, who is willing to do what others are not willing to do. A contender strives and continues to strive under pressure, in good times and in bad, a contender takes their heart, mind and body and soul as far as their hearts, body, mind and soul will allow. A contender does not run or hide from challenges but walks to them and faces their fears and problems head on. This is what a good amateur boxing program does for young people — makes them contenders in the ring and in life. Yours in Youth and Sport, Jorge Luis

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any boxing champions will hand-pick a somewhat easier opponent when making the first defence of their title belt. That was certainly not the case for Tony Luis’s first defence of his North American lightweight title which he won this past June at the Civic Complex. His opponent, Giovanni Straffon of Mexico, is a tough as nails pressure fighter who likes to take the fight to his opponent. To make matters worse Straffon is a southpaw boxer. This has always created issues for the orthodox fighter (left hand and left foot in front) as they have to make several strategic changes when facing a southpaw. With only

a very low percentage of boxers fighting from the southpaw (right hand/foot forward) stance, this gives the southpaw a distinct advantage in familiarity of technique. Often in boxing a lesser skilled southpaw has been able to defeat a more highly skilled orthodox opponent.

Luis had prepared well for the tough and awkward Straffon, controlling the first three rounds, landing more frequently and often cleanly with the left hook. Straffon took the fourth, becoming even more aggressive, but Luis took the fifth, scoring with several power punches. The sixth round was by far Giovanni Straffon best, - with about thirty seconds left in the round and Luis with his back to the ropes,

Straffon landed a big punch, then following up with a long barrage of heavy punches. Tony was able to avoid further damage by covering up very well, then tying up Straffon’s right arm forcing the referee to separate the fighters. The referee picked up Luis’s mouthpiece which had fallen out during the action and took it to Tony’s corner. There was some confusion, as with the roar of the crowd no one heard the bell to end the sixth. The seventh was a recovery round for Luis as he moved well, got his legs back, and regained control of the fight.

not giving him the chance to execute his fight plan. The judge’s decision was unanimous: 98-92, 98-92, and 97-93 in favour of Tony Luis, winner and still the NABA Lightweight Champion.

Talking with Tony later about the fight he stated “Straffon was one tough opponent, - he landed that big punch in the sixth, and in the heat of the moment I didn’t realize that I had lost my mouthpiece until the ref brought it to my corner. I was able to cover up and not get caught again, had he landed with the mouth guard out I would have been aware of it Tony won the final three rounds immediately. That’s another tough of the fight, controlling the pace, opponent out of the way. I would turning his aggressive opponent, and now like a shot at Jorge Linares Continued on page 33

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Issue #60 November 2017 everything to gain. He pushed Tony and tested him to the core. We expected this and Tony was prepared for a long hard night. The fans sure got their money’s worth”. The co-main event pitted upand-coming Toronto heavy weight Oleksandr “Sasha” Teslenko (100, 8 KO’s) vs Nick Guevas (155) of Topeka Kansas. Teslenko, who immigrated to Canada from the Ukraine, had 224 victories as an amateur defeating some of the best opposition in the world. Very little was done by either fighter in a tentative first round drawing boos from the crowd for a lack of action. Teslenko picked up the pace in the second round, landing a couple of solid body shots, then dropping Guevas with a left hook to the head. With Guevas unable to continue, the referee halted the fight at the 2 minute and 5 second mark, giving Teslenko his ninth stoppage in eleven fights. The second fight of the night featured another fighter with a Cornwall connection. Larry Fryers had his first couple of pro fights while training with Jorge Luis and his team at Champs Eastside boxing gym. Larry a

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native of Ireland, who was living in upstate NY at the time travelled to Cornwall three times a week to train at Champs. Fryers using his jab to set up combinations throughout the fight, won a unanimous decision against Alberto Perico of Mexico. The judges scored the fight 60-54, 59-55, and 58-56 improving Fryer’s record to 5-0. The first bout was a fast paced fight with Montreal’s Mo “Mo money” Soumauro (4-0), winning a unanimous decision over Alberto Morales (6-8) of Mexico City. Akwesasne native Ronnie Robidoux, a former NY State Golden Gloves champion and undefeated as a pro middleweight at 4-0 was scheduled to fight on the card, but had his bout cancelled when his opponent, Ernesto Olvera, also unbeaten at 7 – 0, failed to meet the medical requirements by the Ontario Boxing Commission. This was the third pro fight card by Liveco Boxing held in Cornwall in the past six months and it still managed to draw two thousand people. Hopefully we will see Tony Luis back in the ring at the Civic Complex again sometime in the future.

Tony Luis addresses the crowd after successfully defending his NABA Photo Credit: Icelevel Title 

against a tough guy. There were (champion), or any contender that a couple of scary moments, but experience and skill pulled Tony can get me closer to a title shot”. through. Giovanni Straffon trained Jorge Luis, Tony’s father and hard, was prepared, and came to trainer said, “It was a tough fight fight. He had nothing to lose and Continued from page 32

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Elizabeth Denis Dessureault Memorial Hockey Tournament Brings Community Together By Victoria Klassen

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he first annual Elizabeth Denis Dessureault Memorial Hockey Tournament successfully raised over $9,000 for Lung Cancer Canada. Held from Sept. 29-Oct. 1, this charity event honoured the memory of Elizabeth Denis Dessureault.

Valley lost his wife to lung cancer on Mother’s Day. Here’s the emotional side of the story— when Elizabeth was in the hospital for a while, in the next bed, was his wife, Judy. They met each other and became friends. Elizabeth had a leather bracelet she was promoting and selling that said ‘Just Breathe’ on it, and she took her bracelet off and gave it to Judy. When she got released from the hospital, Judy came back with a cross she had purchased for Elizabeth. This came out at the tournament that they even knew each other.”

Two years ago, when Elizabeth was teaching in Fort McMurray, recently married, and pregnant with her son Jack, she found out she had lung cancer. Elizabeth had always been a non-smoker and active in sports, captaining her basketball team at Holy Elizabeth’s family was involved Trinity Secondary School for with the tournament, doing the three years. puck drop, choosing the name of “She championed a lot of the the tournament, and Elizabeth’s charities in regard to lung cancer father played on MacDonald’s Dropping the puck: Louis & Robyn Denis, Matt & Kathleen Denis, Ian research. It’s one of the most team. Eleven out of the twelve MacInnis and Alex Herrington taking the opening faceoff. underfunded cancers out there. hockey teams were local. The Photo Submitted And it seems to be affecting division winners were RayJans more and more people all of the Construction in the construction time,” said Dave MacDonald, division, Cornwall Seaway family friend of the Denis family Blades in the rec division, and and organizer of the hockey the Green Valley Grizzlies in the tournament. golden boys’ division. While she battled her cancer, Elizabeth created a line of “Just Breathe” products with proceeds going towards Lung Cancer Canada. Her blog Lizzie’s Lungs (www.fromlizzieslungs. com) educated people about lung cancer and advocated for research and funding for the underfunded disease. In February, at age 27, Elizabeth passed away.

“The tournament ran like a Swiss watch,” MacDonald expressed. “Everyone came away with a nice t-shirt with our logo on it. We had MVP prizes for every team that played. At the end of the tournament we had hats and trophies for the winning teams. Our silent auction ended at $2,400. The community support and the people who surrounded “It was very emotional the tournament were wonderful. tournament,” said MacDonald. We look forward to making this “A team member from Green an annual event.”

Cheque presentation was presented on Saturday evening prior to the completion of the tournament, from Left: Organizers Dave and Sue MacDonald, Tournament ambassadors Robyn & Louis Denis.



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Cody Van Loon: Passion, Convictions and a Set Path

said. The 16-year-old has since competed in the renowned Raisin River canoe race in the professional category. The same went for cross-country, But who is Cody beyond his where he wanted to stay in shape military aspirations? and have a little fun as well. With both his schooling and “I compete in races and either run extra-curriculars, Van Loon is never 6-12 km, paddle for two to three not doing something. He’s become a master of juggling hours, or do some sort of activity to an array of responsibilities. Between keep in shape or stay busy,” he said. the Royal Military College of Canada and become an officer in the Canadian Army under combat engineering.

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hile most eight-year-olds focus on fun and the now, Cody Van Loon was busy thinking about his future. The allure of what the military could offer him has intrigued him since he was a young boy and has been planning how he could get there ever since. Now, Van Loon is in the eleventh grade at Holy Trinity, making his long-time interests in the Canadian Armed Forces a reality. He’s currently passed his physical and aptitude testing and will be doing his medical examination in order to finish the basic enrollment process within the next few months. “The army reserves will give me a chance to get a true taste on how the military operates and what it’s like,” he said. His ultimate goal is to get into

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Cody Van Loon poses with a trophy for Athletic contribution Photo Submitted to Sports. 

school, working his job, training for In addition to canoeing and crossthe reserves, volunteering at the country, he also dabbles in running, Lions Club in St. Andrews West and hockey, ball hockey, biking, Veteran Legion in Lancaster, there hunting, and target shooting. is rarely a time when he is twiddling His passions keep him going, and his thumbs. he believes honour - a key military Among his many hobbies, quality - to be at the core of any canoeing and running cross-country task. have both become passions of his. “Without honour you can’t hope When it came to canoeing particularly, his father, a Cornwall to achieve anything in life because Hall of Fame canoeist, was a strong you can’t have a sense of pride, respect to yourself or others for advocate in giving it a try. “I have loved it ever since,” Cody accomplishments,” he says.

Cornwall Bantam B Typhoons Win Gold in Cornwall By Staff Writer

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he Cornwall Bantam B Typhoons competed in the 34th Annual Cornwall Competitive Tournament (October 27 – 29, 2017) going undefeated to win Gold. The Typhoons competed in a 6 team pool bracket. The Typhoons first game on Friday afternoon would be against the Napanee Crunch and came out strong winning the game 5 – 1. The evening game would be against a league rival the Goulbourn Rockets, the Rockets came out flying and jumped to a 2 – 0 lead but the Typhoons rebounded with 2 goals in the third period to tie the game. On Saturday afternoon the opponents would be the Springfield Connecticut Falcons, once against the Typhoons faced tough competition in the Falcons which resulted in another tie 3 - 3. At the end of round robin play the Typhoons were seeded 2nd overall and would face another league rival the Russell Coyotes in the semi finals on Sunday morning.

The Typhoons were determined to advance to the championship game and stormed the ice to a 4 – 0 win, advancing to the championship game Sunday afternoon. The championship game would be against a team the Typhoons already faced, the Napanee Crunch. The Typhoons were determined to capture gold for a special guest in attendance, novice player Camryn Cook, who unfortunately is unable to play hockey this season. The Typhoons came out hard, fast and strong winning the game 4 – 0 to capture gold in their home tournament. MVP of the tournament games were Emma Jamieson (Napanee), Karah White (Rockets), Chanel Thompson (Falcons), Emma Ransom (Coyotes) and Sara O’Brien (Napanee).

This is the second tournament of the season that the Typhoons have competed in and have advanced to the championship game, the first tournament was in September in Oshawa which resulted in a 2 – 1 lose against the Timmins Falcons.

Kneeling: Emma Jamieson, Ria Amo, Jaryn Chubb, Kaitlyn Sage, Special Guest Camryn Cook, Chanel Thompson, Lushia Vachon and Tessa Ramsey. Standing: Al Vachon (head coach), Sophie Trahan, Millie King, Emma Ravary, Emma Ransom, Shawn O’Brien (assistant coach), Cayden Iwachniuk, Karah White, Sara O’Brien, Pat Ravary (assistant coach), Photo Submitted Emma Lafointaine and Laura Grady


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presents Then and Now: Cornwall Colts Edition… Justin Roethlingshoefer JR by friends) states his time in Cornwall is what helped him mature as an athlete and person. “I met a lot of great people who are still a part of my life. I still connect with the Latour family who billeted me once every couple of weeks, thanks to social media.”

After playing with the Colts, JR attended Castleton State College where he studied exercise science, sport performance, and nutrition while playing NCAA hockey as a Spartan. Once he completed his undergrad degree, Roethlingshoefer attended Westfield State University where he completed a degree in movement science, followed by the Justin Roethlingshoefer currently completion of his master’s degree runs his own business, The in exercise physiology at Louisville. Hockey Summit. Photo Submitted He has also gained his certification as a strength and conditioning coach by the Collegiate Strength and By By Carrie Seguin Conditioning Association and the laying for the Cornwall Colts National Strength and Conditioning was great!” states Justin Association. Interestingly, Roethlingshoefer, when asked about Roethlingshoefer is also a certified his time playing with the Junior Level one US weightlifter. A team. “When you are fortunate Presently, JR is busy putting his enough to play on a junior hockey education into practice, working as team that the community really a strength and conditioning coach supports, it’s a special thing.” with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. Roethlingshoefer, who is Additionally, he works with the San originally from Alberta, was a goalie Diego Gulls, the Anaheim Ducks on the Cornwall Colts team during farm team. “I help to get the hockey the 2007-2009 seasons. The self- players’ bodies ready for the NHL described charismatic, spontaneous, season,” explains Roethlingshoefer. funny-guy was a leader on the team. Before joining the Anaheim In fact, his leadership qualities are association, JR worked with the what helped him earn the role of Columbus Blue Jackets (2011-13), alternate captain, a role that’s seldom the University of Louisville (2013given to a goaltender. “To be picked 14) and Miami University (2014from all of the leaders on that team 16). was such an honour. And to receive a Not only has Roethlingshoefer letter as a goalie, that’s exceptional,” succeeded with individual NHL and explains Roethlingshoefer. varsity clubs, he has also succeeded Roethlingshoefer (nicknamed

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Roethlingshoefer was one of the only netminders in the CJHL to wear a letter on his jersey. Photo Submitted

in getting his own business off the ground. “The Hockey Summit provides the ultimate training program to athletes under one roof,” explains JR. “We use the latest technology and techniques to help professional hockey players get in shape and stay in shape. We address physical strength and conditioning, diet and nutrition, injury prevention and recovery, efficiency and

movement.” All this to say that Roethlingshoefer spends a lot of time in the gym. “I try to stay in the best possible shape so I can be a model, an example to other athletes about what an athlete or a competitor should be,” says Roethlingshoefer. When he isn’t in the gym, JR plays golf and racquet sports, runs with his dogs, or spends time with his wife.


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Madison Grant Pursuing her Passion for Rugby in Langford BC By Casey Leger

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nyone who had the chance to see Madison Grant play rugby in Cornwall knew she was destined for the big show on the pitch. Now, in early October, Maddy is living, studying, and training in Langford, British Columbia, and is almost certainly destined to play for Canada in the Olympics and at the World Cup of Rugby.

But it hasn’t been an easy ride. When she left Cornwall for BC in late August, after coaching her former high school and club team mates in the inaugural rugby 7s tournament at the Maxville Highland Games, she was recovering from a serious concussion sustained in a semifinal game in Oshawa, where she

rugby appearance at OFSAA.

Fully recovered and living in BC, Maddy spends her mornings training, and her afternoons attending Belmont Secondary. Grant was an honour roll student at St. Joseph’s in Cornwall, and according to her teachers has always been very serious about her studies. “What I miss most about Cornwall is the feeling of being ‘home’. And I miss my friends,” says Grant. However, she’s not alone in the West: her mother, Marilyn, has moved to Langford to be with and support her youngest daughter. Asked about her future in rugby, she responds, “I would Photo Submitted say my ‘career’ is going well. was playing for the St. Joseph’s My coaches and I are on the Panthers in the first ever SDG same page as to where they see

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me moving up and forward in Rugby Canada. I have great opportunities to travel and play but more will arise once I have graduated and can focus full time on training.”

One of the things that has impressed her about rugby in BC is the popularity of the sport. “Rugby is very popular here. There are organizations and teams for every section of every city. Children at the age of 5 are out learning how to play and are growing the game. It’s quite uplifting being able to witness all the passion the community has for rugby. It gives me hope that one day that Cornwall and the surrounding cities will be able offer boys and girls the option to play at a younger age.”

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hey call themselves The Wednesday Night Group. At least that’s what co-founder and organizer Andrew Donihee calls the twenty-two core, and dozen or so fillers, who get together on - you guessed it - Wednesday nights for a little pick-up hockey at the Benson Centre from mid- September to late March. According to Donihee, who founded the group with Kevin Cameron several years ago when the two decided to get some guys together to play some hockey, the Wednesday Night Group is pretty competitive. “The guys are good skaters, good puck handlers,” he says. “Most of them have played at a level above house league.” The group even boasts a couple of OHL alumni. Although Kevin Cameron has retired from the group, Donihee now has help with organizing from Chris Villeneuve. They divide the players into two balanced teams, and the teams change every week. It keeps things fair and interesting, according to Donihee. If the hockey is intense, the guys draw the line at body contact. That helps keep things friendly. Asked about slapshots, Donihee grins. “We allow it when it’s safe,” he laughs. The group is drawn from a diverse section of the local professional community. Donihee, himself a local high school teacher, says that many of

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the guys who play are also educators. city employees and a couple of LCBO The group also includes quite a few staff. And it’s a social group as well.

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Whistle Stops The “Team” has just completed Issue # 60, and as always, I would like to thank Lynn (Graphic Design), Margo (Editor), Bernadette (Website); our writers, Todd, Molly, Victoria, Carrie, Thom, Micaela, Casey; our editorial columnists, Jim, Jorge, Dave, Matt and Christine; The Sports Panel, Gilles, Jake, Jim; our distribution locations, our advertisers and of course the people who are featured in our stories. I hope you enjoy # 60 We all have sports heroes in every sport, but it is really important to stop, remember and thank the true heroes in our community and country. Members of our Police, Fire, and Military who put their lives on the line on a daily basis. Our veterans who sacrificed so much so we can live free today. Remembrance Day is Nov 11th, Lest We Forget. Congrat’s to Chase Pearson on being named a cocaptain in his sophomore year at University of Maine. While attending a recent Colts game, the Hawkesbury Hawks were in town, and as I looked at the Hawks’ Bench I noticed Rick Dorval is their head coach. I drafted Rick as a 15 year old when I was GM in Nepean. He later played with the Colts. This got me thinking about Colt’s Alumni who have gone into the coaching ranks. The Colts can boast an

www.sportsenergynews.com impressive record of players “Graduating” to NCAA and CIAA University programs, Major Junior Hockey, and Pro Hockey, but they are also building quite a large “stable” in the coaching ranks. In the CCHL, in addition to Rick Dorval in Hawkesbury, Jesse Winchester is head coach in Brockville, Darcy Findlay is head coach in Nepean and Brock McBride is a co-coach in Cornwall. Hugo Boisvert is an assistant coach in EC Kassel a pro team in Germany, Joel Trottier is head coach of the Cornwall Nationals, Phil Roy is an assistant coach at Clarkson University, Mike Zanella is an assistant coach at Skidmore College, and Brendon Knight is an assistant coach at Syracuse University Women’s Hockey: Pat Turcotte, Jeff Legue and Jordan Bent are coaching at OHA, Eric Lalonde is an assistant coach at Royal Military College and Justin Roethlingshoefer is a strength and conditioning coach with the Anaheim Ducks. Congrat’s to the St. Joes Panthers on winning both the Charity Bowl vs Holy Trinity Falcons and then the Rose Bowl vs La Citadelle Patriotes All the best to coach Joel Trottier and the Cornwall Nationals as they begin the regular season this month. When I see Joel behind the bench it reminds me how old I’m getting. I coached Joel in Bantam “AA” Winners never Quit, and Signing out Until next Month Mike Piquette, Publisher

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Tee Line Talk with Alex MacDougall

It’s Curling Season in Cornwall

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ollowing a very successful AMJ Shorty’s Curling Classic at the Cornwall Curling Centre that saw many of the World’s elite curlers visit our friendly city the curling season is in full swing at the Cornwall Curling club. This curling season the club has initiated a learn-to-curl program which allows non-curlers the opportunity to experience the game of curling. Such things as the delivery, curling etiquette, and curling strategy will be taught. The program will run for 8 weeks from October through December. Thirty curlers are taking part and following the program the participants will have the opportunity to join the club for the 2nd half of the season and participate in league play and bonspiels. The Senior Men’s division at the club with approximately 175 members held their opening Bonspiel (see picture attached) which was sponsored by RBC Dominion Securities. Twentytwo teams participated in a roundrobin format with the top 12 teams participating in a playoff. The team skipped by Gilles Viau along with Mark Wells, Jim Peace, and Stephen Alexander were declared Champions. Second place was awarded to the team skipped by Alex MacDougall, 3rd Stewart MacDonald, 2nd Brian Cloutier, and lead Bob Browning. Third place honours went to the team skipped by Rene Lauzon, 3rd Bob McGillivary, 2nd Louis Quenneville, and lead Bert Zylstra. Presently thirtyone senior teams are challenging for the Goldhammer trophy with play continuing through to November 9th

RBC Dominion Securities Open Bonspiel Champs. L to R Stephan Alexander, Gilles Viau, (Senior President) Gerry Paquette, Mark Wells, Photo Submitted Jim Peace. 

with playoffs scheduled for Friday November 10th. Our Youth Curling program for youth aged 6 to 20 commenced on Sunday October 8th and runs every Sunday morning for the duration of the curling season. The program is divided into two groups based on age. All equipment is supplied and qualified instructors teach curling basics, and curling etiquette. The Day Ladies’ program is in full swing with approximately 50 lady curlers participating 2 afternoons a week. The Curling Centre’s Opening Bonspiel sponsored by TD Wealth Management was held during the week of October 10th to October 14th with the team of Angus McLeod, Cindy Charlebois, Jace Patkai, and Christine Piché claiming the ”A” Championship. (See picture attached), The “A” Consolation was won by the team

of Neil MacLean, Melanie Marion, Gerry Foley, and Francine Langlois. The team of Jen Baker, Denis Piché, Randy Leclair, and Margie Lockhart claimed the “B” Division with the “C” Division going to the team of Wayne Summers, Sheila Cadieux, Mike Marleau, and Joann Marion. Winners of the “D” event were JoAnn McIntosh, John Rattray, Francine Vaillancourt, and Josh Morgan. The next club event of note will be the 16th Annual Mixed Invitational Bonspiel taking place the weekend of November 11th - 13th. This bonspiel, sponsored by Perras Distefano Construction and Endless Roads RV Centre, will entertain approximately twenty teams from as far away as Boston, Utica NY, and Sherbrooke Quebec. The Grand Slam of Curling events have kicked off the curling season with their 3rd event “The National”

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taking place from November 14th to the 19th in Sault St. Marie. Grand Slam events are televised on Sportsnet. Cornwall Curling Centre member Mat Camm playing 3rd with John Epping will be participating. In our next issue we will feature Mat Camm and how he got to the professional ranks. The Cornwall Curling Centre is celebrating its 133rd year of operation, having been established in 1884, and therefore having a long and storied history. This is an open invitation to everyone to come down to the club located just east of the civic complex any night of the week and catch a game of curling. Until next month have fun and hit the broom!!!!!

The “A”Champs of the TD Wealth Management opening Bonspiel L to R; Cindy Charlerois, Christine Piche, Joann Parisien (sponsor) Jace Patkai, and Angus McLeod. Photo Submitted 


Issue No 60  

Sports Energy News, Cornwall, Issue No 60, Mike Piquette

Issue No 60  

Sports Energy News, Cornwall, Issue No 60, Mike Piquette

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