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27 16 EDITOR’S NOTE Durham SportsHQ is your Hometown Sports Headquarters, focusing on local sports, health and wellness, school, community, events, fundraising and more. We invite you to submit information at info@sports-hq.ca for the publication and/or inclusion on our website and social media venues. We look forward to providing grassroots sports, health, wellness and community activity at every level.

09 05 You’re a Hurdler, You Just Don’t Know It 07 Pickering Swim Club: Serving the Community Since 1973 08 Volleyball in the Spotlight at Durham College 09 Ridgeback Days at Grandview a Huge Success 10 A Life in Motion 11 Durham Masters Lacrosse League 12 Perdita Felicien - A Natural Hurdler 14 Outdoor Take-Outs: Healthy Snacks for Winter Outdoor Fun 15 10 Tips to Boost Your Immune System During Cold and Flu Season 16 Durham Junior Golf Tour 17 Yearly Training Plans 18 It’s No Joke, We are Talking About Our Child’s Brain 20 2017 Arena Lacrosse League Schedule 21 Arena Lacrosse League Makes History 22 Do You Know Who I Am? 24 RBI Pitching Clinic 25 Sports HQ Team of the Month 27 UIOT to Honour Two All-Time Greats 30 Prep Baseball Report is the No. 1 Resource for Amateur Baseball WWW.SPORTS-HQ.CA | SPORTSHQ

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JANUARY 2017, SPORTS HQ - MEDIA PARNTER OF DJGT The Durham Junior Golf Tour is excited to announce a new strategic partnership with Sports HQ for the 2017 season. Sports HQ is now in its third year of providing grass roots information targeted at community sports, health, fitness, lifestyles, wellness and much more. Sports HQ provides real life stories about local athletes, teams, coaches and volunteers throughout a multimedia platform of print, web and social media. The nw partnership with the Durham Junior Golf Tour will be one of the golf season. Sports HQ will be covering the Tour from the Spring Classic in Myrtle Beach all the way to the Chris Karam Memorial Tour Championship in August. In addition to the updates about the tour and the leaderboard, Sports HQ will also be publishing stories about the players and volunteers past and present who have helped to make the Durham Junior Golf Tour so successful over the past 25 years. Sports HQ will be the title sponsor of our 2017 Tour Qualifier hosted at Baxter Greek Golf Club. Sports HQ is very excited to be partnered with the Durham Junior Golf Tour (DJGT), while celebrating their 25th year, as we look forward to increasing promotion and creating more exposure for this great tour and the number of exceptional young golfers. Their programs and goals are designed to provide the Junior golfers with the opportunity to experience golf under tournament conditions and at the same time, the Juniors are learning the Rules of Golf, building individual character, integrity, meeting new friends and developing sportsmanship. We at Sports HQ look forward to spreading the word about the tour and their golfers in the Durham, Northumberland, KIngston and Peterborough markets.

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YOU'RE A HURDLER, YOU JUST DON'T KNOW IT Written and photos by Durham Sports Tourism

World Champion and Olympic hurdler turned sport broadcaster Perdita Felicien told attendees of the Sport Durham Convergence, “You’re a hurdler, you just don’t know it.” Working on a book about her life on and off the track, says Perdita, has allowed her to revisit the number of hurdles she and her Mom cleared as she grew up in Oshawa and then Pickering. Perdita says she will never forget the support she received from the Durham community that she is always proud to represent. “What an honour to share with the community that helped make my dreams possible!” says Perdita. “An absolute joy.” It was an elementary school teacher, Susan Arthurs, who first noticed Perdita’s potential after she was the only student at her school to earn the Award of Excellence for her Canadian Fitness Test results. Arthurs encouraged Perdita to join the school track and field team the next spring and she was off and running. After 16 years of competing and broadcasting sport events around the world, Perdita had some valuable perspectives to share on being the best host community. “Make sure your event is athlete centred,” says Perdita. She spoke of the memorable impact of volunteers waving Canadian flags greeting her as she arrived at an airport before competing and finding that her World Championship gold medal had her name and time engraved on its backside. Other speakers included Cheryl Finn (Director of Sport Tourism

for Tourism London and Chair of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance) and Blair McIntosh (Vice President, Sport at Special Olympics Canada) through the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. They shared sport tourism best and worst practices. The event held at the Tribute Communities Centre featured an interactive panel discussion on Becoming a Winning Sport Event Host Community, with guests Bryan Crawford (Senior Director, Operations at Canada Basketball), Ryan Albright (Senior Coordinator, Games Unit, Sport, Recreation and Community Programs Division at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport), and Kyle Pelly (Executive Director at Ontario Blind Sports Association). This event is hosted by Sport Durham as a focused opportunity to share, grow partnerships, and collaborate to advance sport tourism in Durham Region. And Sport Durham has had some wins, according to Lori Talling, Sport Tourism Coordinator. “In the past year, we’ve hosted the Special Olympics Provincial High School Championships, Spartan Race, Canadian High School Ultimate Championships, Filipino Basketball Association of North American Championships, Canadian Collegiate Softball Association National Championship, and Ontario Lacrosse Festival to name but a few of the events held here in Durham Region.”

To find out more about Sport Durham, please visit www.sportdurham.ca. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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PICKERING SWIM CLUB SERVING THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1973 Written and photos by The Pickering Swim Club

THE PICKERING SWIM CLUB The Pickering Swim Club has been serving the local community since 1973. The club has approximately 200 swimmers that participate in competitive swimming from the novice to national level. The professional coaching staff is led by Head Coach Anne Ottenbrite, a three time medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and member of the Order of Canada. The club has produced many national and international level competitors including two Olympians in Lisa Flood and Laura Nichols. Training from facilities located at the Pickering Recreation Centre, Dunbarton High School and the new Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre; programming from the introductory fundamentals level to high performance and beyond is available to members. The Pickering Swim Club is a not for profit amateur swim club that follows the Long-Term Athlete Development Plan and is guided by its mission of developing youth into goal oriented adults through competitive swimming. DEVELOPMENT - GROUPS A, B & C: Teaches fundamental skills and drills. Develops technique and initiates aerobic fitness. Swimmers compete in a fun and learning atmosphere. 2-4 hours per week. WHITE GROUP: Teaches skills, drills and further develops technique, strength and fitness. The group has a full racing schedule that can lead to high school swimming. 7 hours per week. RED GROUP: Improves technical

skills and drills. Teaches efficient stroke patterning and builds aerobic fitness. Swimmers compete at Regional and Provincial level meets, including Festivals and Age Group Provincials. 9 hours per week. BLUE GROUP: Geared toward creating a fit athlete and improving technical skills. Athletes attend meets to gain racing and training experience to improve competitive performance. 10 hours per week. BRONZE GROUP: Young swimmers committed to their personal excellence. This group will develop greater fitness, speed and technical skills. Athletes compete at Regional and Provincial level meets, including Festivals and Age Group Provincials. 10-11 hours per week. SILVER GROUP: Further enhancement of technical skills and drills. Builds intensity and fitness for athletes ready to train and compete at a Regional, Provincial and National level. 11-12 hours per week. GOLD GROUP: Athletes train at high intensity, including water and strength training programs. High expectation for attendance, intensity and commitment to the program. Swimmers compete Nationally and Internationally. 1516 hours per week. All new swimmers, either FUNdamental or Competitive, must attend an assessment. UPCOMING ASSESSMENT DATES: Thursday March 2nd: 5:30pm–7:00pm

Pickering Recreation Centre Swimmers who have completed Level 3 or higher are welcome to attend any one of our assessment nights (no pre-registration required). For more information about all of our FUNdamental and competitive programs, Please visit us at www.pickswimclub.com and click on the Swim Programs tab. COMMUNITY RECOGNITION The Pickering Swim Club has been recognized by the community for four consecutive years for excellence in swim programming and instruction.

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VOLLEYBALL IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT DURHAM COLLEGE Written and photos by Durham College

In 2017 all eyes will be on the Durham College volleyball programs as the Lords look to make a run at an Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) title and a berth at a national championship while wrapping up the season hosting the annual all-star games. The women’s team had a perfect start to their season as they hit the halfway point with a 9-0 record. This marked the first time since 2003-04 season that the Lords won the first nine games of the regular season. That year led by legendary head coach Stan Marchut, the Lords finished that season with an unblemished 14-0 record and won a silver medal at the OCAA championship. Durham is no stranger to success since the hiring of Tony Clarke as head coach in the 201415 season as his teams have qualified for the final four twice and won a silver medal in 2015. Megan Romain of Ajax is leading the charge as she is first in the nation with 9.00 assists per set. One of her favourite targets has been Whitby native Shannon Dean who enters the new year

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fifth in Canada with a .450 hitting percentage. The men’s volleyball team has also been outstanding as they are in the national spotlight ranked tenth in the nation. They sit in second place in the OCAA east region with an 8-1 record, one game back of the 9-0 Georgian Grizzlies. Head coach George Matsusaki is looking to lead Durham to the OCAA championship for the fifth straight year and hopes the team can break through for their first podium finish since the 2005-06 season. Much like the women’s team, the success of the team starts at the setter position. Freshman John Pham of Mississauga is second in Canada in assists per set as he averages 10.63. Harrison Wood of Uxbridge has avoided any type of a sophomore jinx as his .517 hitting percentage ranks fourth in Canada. With four home games leading into the provincial championships, Durham looks to finish strong and bring home some hardware in February. Following the provincial and national championships, Durham will play host to the top volleyball student-athletes as host of the annual all-star game. The event will take place on Saturday, March 25. This will be the third time in four years Durham has hosted the volleyball all-star games at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre. "We are really looking forward to welcoming back the best collegiate volleyball student-athletes in the province on All-Star Saturday," said Durham College athletic director Ken Babcock. "It will be a

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full day of action on campus and we hope to have a lot of fans from the Durham Region come out and cheer on the athletes representing their colleges.” The two games will take centre stage on All-Star Saturday, but there will also be a number of other competitions that fans will enjoy including a skills competition, mascots contests and fan promotions. Not only will Ontario's best players and coaches be represented, but the participating schools will also be sending their top mascots to perform. "The host committee really wanted to make this event as fan friendly as possible. If you are at the event from start to finish, there won't be a minute where you are not entertained." Durham College is no stranger to hosting major events having hosted a number of provincial and national championships. "Hosting these events is a great opportunity to showcase our campus facilities, hospitality and the Oshawa community to the rest of the province," said Babcock. "We are looking forward to both events and welcoming athletes from all across Ontario."


RIDGEBACK DAYS AT GRANDVIEW A HUGE SUCCESS Written and photos by UOIT Ridgebacks

Smiles were left on every face as the UOIT women's hockey team departed Grandview Children's Centre Thursday morning after the second ever Ridgeback Day. With over half the team making the trip to Grandview's main location in Oshawa, the Ridgebacks were split into groups to interact with children from the Campbell Children's School after a tour by the principal. Players played hockey in the gym, had fun playing games with the parachute, did activities in the classroom and learned about dog therapy with some of the students. "The students and staff of Campbell Children's School are excited to have this partnership with the UOIT Ridgebacks," said Campbell Children's School liaison Stefanie-Anne Balcom. "The hockey team exemplified patience and compassion. Our students were the fortunate recipients of this amazing act of community outreach and we can't wait to have them bring smiles to all of our faces, again, soon." Earlier in the school year the men's hockey team visited Grandview and were tested in mini-stick games, took part in dog therapy with students and participated in the school's annual Terry Fox Walk. "It was a very rewarding experience for our players to be able to spend some time interacting with the children at Grandview," said head coach Curtis Hodgins. "It was great for all of us to see the passion and professionalism of the teachers and staff, and how patient and warm they are with the kids.

It was neat to see our players down on the floor and playing trains and building Lego with the youngsters, and to see the joy it brought to the kids." The Ridgeback Days are a slight evolution to the original partnership between Grandview Children's Centre and the UOIT athletic department. With individual student-athletes originally volunteering their time, the teams wanted to have a day every month of the school year to spend at Campbells. "This partnership is something that is very valuable to us as it teaches our athletes so much," said UOIT manager of intercollegiate athletics Scott Barker. "The men's hockey team started the year at Grandview off on a high note and we're excited to continue to hear the positive stories after the women's hockey team visit. Our athletes and department are looking forward to each Ridgeback Day this year." Once a month until April the Ridgebacks will visit the Campbell Children's School, with the opportunity for athletes to also get involved individually when they are available.

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A LIFE IN MOTION Written by Lauren Walker Manager of All Fit All Ages Gym in Port Perry, Ontario

The first thing John Scott said to me when I asked him about being featured, he laughed, “How are you going to write three hundred words about me?” Ever the joker, I couldn’t tell if it was because he had too many stories to tell or not enough. After sitting down with him it was evident that three hundred words isn’t enough. A friendly and very social man, you can often hear him joking around with other people at the gym. John said, “A lot of it is luck.” I have a hard time believing that reaching ninety years of age

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in May is all luck. “I take the odd Advil, but in general I don’t take any medication.” From playing hockey to downhill skiing, it’s clear he has lead a very active life. “I do more cross country skiing now than downhill. I play tennis in the summer and work out three days a week in the winter.” To hear his stories of canoe trips and hiking the Rocky Mountains, “I just like being active and going canoeing with my daughter or biking with my son. I do it by myself but it’s more fun to go with someone.” Family is a very important

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motivation. His son and grandson are both long time members. You’ll see all three of them here at the same time. To look at John you’d never peg him for ninety. He works out in the gym like he’s been doing it for years. Luck is one thing. A positive attitude and the desire to enjoy time with his family seem to be a genuine motivation. It’s hard to believe he has any intention of slowing down. Let’s just say I wouldn’t want to go cross country skiing with him any time soon.


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toring creating our success story. John Scanga, alumni of Whiby Warriors, Brooklin Redmen, OBK, Canadian National Jr. Field Lacrosse and NCAA, continues to give back to the sports for over 20 years by creating an environment for all interested people to try the game or continue to play, stay active and gain confidence through learning, developing and team building strategies gained through the playing experience weekly.) Created in 1995, non contact recreational lacrosse league with three Seasons (Winter, Summer, Fall) highlighting speed — non stoppage lacrosse with a concentration on player development and team building thru stable user friendly formats to maximize playing time and competition for all skill levels from beginner to intermediate to advanced. Our alumni base is full of play-

ers who have played at high levels, and their ability to lead their groups on game strategy, preparedness and fun really is the reason for years of success and enjoyment for our members. The Winter Lacrosse Program 2017 starts Thursday January 5th at Oshawa Civic Fieldhouse. REGISTRATION FOR UPCOMING SEASONS • Summer Lacrosse Program 2017 starts April 2017 at Iroquois Park Arena • Summer Registration starts March 23rd & March 30th at Oshawa Civic Field House FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO JOIN • www.dmlllax.ca • Facebook: Dmll Lacrosse • Twitter: @dmlllax • Instagram: @dmll_lacrosse

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PERDITA FELICIEN A NATURAL HURDLER Written by Scott Cherwaty

Perdita Felicien, (born August 29, 1980 in Pickering, Ontario) is a retired Canadian hurdler. Felicien is a former world champion in the 100 m hurdles and multiple medalist at both the indoor and outdoor world championships. She has won two silver medals at the Pan American Games in the event as well. The Canadian record in 100 m hurdles was set in 2004 and continues to be held by Felicien today. She was the first Canadian woman to ever win a medal at the World Championships. However, if it was not for her grade 3 teacher, Mrs. Susan Arthurs from Glen Grove Public School in Pickering, Ontario, the world would have never known and seen such a great athlete achieve so much success. Arthurs noticed Felicien in grade 3 during the Canadian Fitness test that all the schools use to do as part of their physical education program and wanted her to come out for the track team but Felicien could not try out till grade 4 as par for the age restrictions. Grade 4 came and Arthurs did not forget about Felicien and approached her again about the track team and the rest is history. Felicien

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took part in a 100m race as part of the tryouts which she won and made the team, the first team she had ever been part of. Felicien mentioned that “it was the first time she felt special, as she was working hard and getting rewarded” in track, it definitely was a thrill to win. Felicien continued through elementary school on the track team but also got involved in other sports like volleyball and basketball. Felicien cannot remember losing a 100m race until grade 8 when a girl moved into the area named Shelly Ann Brown (who became a Canadian bobsledder going on to winning a silver medal in the two-woman competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics with Helen Upperton who both retired from the sport in 2012). Felicien never felt like this before as she had never lost and it

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was a rude awakening for her. Felicien started grade 9 at Pineridge Secondary School and was determined “to focus on school not sports”. Felicien did not want to do track even though her mother encouraged all the time as her mother realized how good she was and “thought it was an opportunity to do something with her life”. After her mother being persistent for a year, “Felicien called her a nag”. In grade 10, she decided to try out for track and made the team at the 100m, 200m and relay. Running came natural to Felicien and never really put full effort into training in the beginning, loved the social aspect of being with teammates and friends which she felt was more important to her than training hard. That summer she joined the Durham Track Club based in Oshawa. Unfortunately,


the coach (Curtis Sahadath) saw Felicien’s petential as a hurdler so would only train as a hurdler and not focus on the 100m or 200m with her. Felicien won the Junior Canadian Championships in 1998 and 1999 but still was not giving it her all. She took shortcuts, was lazy at times, enjoyed the friendships on the team and was more of a social butterfly. Then in 2000, she received a scholarship to the University of Illinois and started to think that she was cheating herself and she “ should not stand in her own way” but it really it home at the World Championships in Edmonton in 2001 where she did not make the final by one spot and realized that giving 90-95% will not do. Felicien at that point started to hold herself accountable and realized the coaches were there to make you better. Felicien mentioned that “you had to want it yourself, and see how great and how far she could go”. Remember athletes give it 100% and who knows what will happen or as Felicien stated "you don’t know what you don’t know”.

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OUTDOOR TAKE-OUTS: HEALTHY SNACKS FOR WINTER OUTDOOR FUN

With the Christmas season over, we’re counting the days till Spring (I have the exact count if you need it) and taking to the outdoors to get a burst of winter fun before it’s gone. As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a winter person, but I do take advantage of it with some activities I’ve forced myself to enjoy while wearing way too many layers. I love to cross-country ski, skate and go hiking in the snow. A little sun on your nose, a crisp blue sky… and some snacks. Snacks. Yep. Use all those pockets in your parka and stash some healthy snacks for hitting the slopes or taking in a neighbourhood game of hockey. Pack up some protein for the trails and nourish yourself for the extra energy you’ll need to move in that snowsuit! Here’s some fantastic, healthy ideas that won’t be hard to pocket as you play: TRAIL MIX It’s obvious, but don’t make it boring. Throw it all in there… here’s my take: almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, peanuts (if not allergic to any of these of course), cashews, pistachios and fluff in some shredded coconut. Drop in some dark chocolate chips and toss in some dried dark cherries

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and you’ll have a delicious, portable snack to fire up your metabolism before the next goal.

C and easy to peel and go. Stuff some clementines in your pocket and juice up!

VEGGIES Because you can bring them anywhere and it’s cold out, so you are the fridge! Take along some fresh veggies like carrots, celery, snap peas and red peppers to anti-oxidize on your way up the ski-lift.

A THERMOS OF HOT COCOA Tuck this into a small backpack, your skate bag or inside your hockey gear and warm up for extended fun. Make it yummy — not the fake stuff. Here’s a terrific idea: warm up some dark chocolate almond or coconut milk, add a dash of cinnamon, a splash of pure vanilla extract and a tiny pinch of Himalayan pink salt. Get this pretty warm, but not boiling, and pour into an insulated container. The salts will give you a little mineral boost and the cinnamon is warming to your overall metabolism– stoking your thyroid to let you play just a little longer.

CHIPS Bean, Lentil and Rice chips – no, not rice cakes (use them for the puck!). Pack a bag of protein to go with some organic chips that don’t mind if you fall in the snowbank. They crunch with you. Add a few cubes of cheese if you’d like as cheese will keep fresh in the fresh cool outdoors. The carbs in the chips and the protein in the cheese will provide an excellent combination of metabolism boosting energy to fuel you up for the next 10 km (did I mention, the trail is 20 km on the cross-country ski’s here so follow me!) FRUIT Nothing mushy. You fall on your banana and you’re not gonna be very happy scraping it off the inside of your jacket. Bring apples and a little peanut or almond butter to dip in along the way. An orange is good too because it’s full of vitamin

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Don’t play outside in the winter hungry. This can lead to unnecessary fatigue and don’t forget to remember to bring some water too. We can burn a lot of calories playing out doors in winter especially with all those clothes on. Take advantage of the season’s as they come and don’t shy away from winter exercise. Come Spring your body will thank you. And pack a little snack to play all day.

Written By Erin Bell, NNCP, Nutritionist, FIS Fitness Instructor Specialist Visit me at www.erinmichellewellness.com


10 TIPS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM DURING COLD AND FLU SEASON

Twin sisters, Dr. Nicole Sandilands ND and Dr. Natalie McCulloch ND are naturopathic doctors and owners of Durham Natural Health Centre a multidisciplinary clinic located in Pickering. They are passionate about health and wellness and are thriving to change the health of our community one family at a time.

As winter has officially arrived, so has the dreaded cold and flu season. We wanted to share some tips and tricks to help boost your immune system and ward off colds and flus this season. Below are 10 helpful tips to ensure a healthy, happy winter season!

4) EAT MORE GARLIC AND ONIONS: Garlic and onions both have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties helping the body to fight off any germs it may come into contact with. (Raw consumption provides a greater benefit than cooked).

1) EAT FRESH WHOLE FOODS: Eating a variety of fresh whole foods including plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables is essential to proper immune function. A good diet provides your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay well.

5) DRINK UP: Ensuring you are adequately hydrated will help enhance your immune system. Aim for half your weight in fluid ounces. (e.g. If you weight 150lbs, you should consume 75oz. of water daily)

2) AVOID REFINED SUGARS, TRANS FATS AND SALT: These foods are known to weaken the immune system and make you more prone to colds and the flu. 3) INCREASE YOUR CONSUMPTION OF VITAMIN C CONTAINING FOODS: Vitamin C is known to boost immune function and help prevent colds and the flu. Increase vitamin C containing foods such as: oranges, lemons, grapefruit, strawberries, raspberries, black currents, peppers, spring greens, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.

6) SLEEP, SLEEP, SLEEP: Ensure you are getting around 8 hrs of sleep per night and you are sleeping soundly. Too little, non-restorative sleep is known to weaken the immune system. 7) EXERCISE: Engage in at least 20 minutes of physical activity per day. Exercise helps to increase circulation and lymphatic flow both which help boost the immune system. 8) BREATHE: Practice deep breathing exercises to help manage stress. High stress, fear, and worry can increase cortisol lev-

els in the blood which is known to weaken the immune system making you more susceptible to infections. 9) WASH HANDS: Wash your hands frequently using warm water and a natural anti-bacterial soap to the prevent spread of infection. 10) COVER YOUR COUGH: Cough or sneeze into your sleeve to prevent spreading infection and avoid touching your nose, mouth, eyes until hands are washed. Give these tips a try this winter — we hope this helps to keep you and your family healthy this season!

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DURHAM JUNIOR GOLF TOUR Written and photos by Durham Junior Golf Tour

CONGRATULATIONS NICK AND RYAN! We are proud of Nick Oosterhof (left) and Ryan Page (right), for their dedication, hard work and perseverance in achieving their goals. Nick and Ryan have worked hard on both their academics and golf training and with the support of, our golf team and their parents, have earned golf scholarships south of the border at Lake Superior State University.

2017 SPRING CLASSIC Back for 2017, the Spring Classic at Myrtle Beach will kick off the Durham Junior Golf Tour’s 25TH season! Come join us for the seventh annual off season

training camp and competitive series in Myrtle Beach offered during March Break (March 12th – 17th). For complete details check www.durhamjuniorgolftour.ca

HELP US CELEBRATE 25 YEARS! Alumni Tournament at Cherry Downs Golf & Country Club Saturday, June 17th, 2017 • Cost $95.00 Thank you to our partners for your support in 2016 and we look forward to growing the game together in 2017!

NEW FOR 2017 DJGT ROOKIE TOUR!

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ers, and the young athletes who are competing are sure to have an awesome experience playing the game with their friends. Players learn about all aspects of the game, from what and how to train, to the rules and etiquette which make the game unique.


YEARLY TRAINING PLANS Written by Jon Roy (Head Coach - DJGT)

It’s a time of year for goal setting, and the game of golf is not exempt from these new years’ resolutions. In our coaching programs, we tackle the questions of goal setting and game improvement through the use of a YTP system (Yearly Training Plans) to keep us on a set plan. The YTP system is actually really simple – we list a series of action items on a sheet of paper and every time we see our players we hold them accountable for the energy they put into these actions. The key for us, though, is that we strive to create a balanced training plan which blends the various pillars of performance into a comprehensive plan of action. We believe that what golfers really need is to play the game in a way which is confident and competent, and that making nice swings and strokes is but a portion of this… GAME IMPROVEMENT The 5 pillars of performance are: 1. Technical 2. Physical 3. Psychological 4. Tactical 5. Spiritual 1) For many of us the major goal of the winter months is to make some technical changes and to get a “better swing”. In these cases, this means looking at things like posture, club path, tension levels, footwork, etc…to name a few. There is no doubt that technical precision plays a big role in golf, and these bullets are the easy ones to come up with for most players. We spend considerable attention on this pil-

lar with all of our players, but for us it doesn’t stop here. In fact, in our opinion the swing is really just the tip of the iceberg. 2) What is often overlooked is the connection between the technique we use and the limitations of our body. We recommend that all serious players consult with medical and strength and conditioning specialists to better appreciate how their body works. Consistent attention to developing your functional movement patterns can reap tremendous gains when it comes time to play the game. Physical goals are often things like “lose weight”, “increase club head speed”, or “eat healthy”, but we usually add in things like “improve left hip mobility”. Beyond the pay value of lower scores, these bullets also contribute to a pain free and healthy body to better practice in. 3) The mind is relevant on every shot we ever hit, the brain has a role in every stroke, and attention in practice on how the mind functions through each shot is a game-changer. Like any habits, those of the mind can be trained and developed. These goals are often the hardest for players to pinpoint, but they can include things like “play with more freedom”, “be confident”, “visualize targets” etc…remember, just because we can’t see “doubt” on the t.v. screen doesn’t mean that doubt isn’t the cause for a poor swing. 4) The Tactical pillar refers to self-management skills. The very process of designing a YTP qualifies as a bullet here, and then things like “weekly reports to my coach”, “set up a practice plan”, “register for events”, “organize a club fitting” all qualify as bullets in this pillar. Tactics

is all about strategy and figuring out a game plan. 5) The spirit pillar is all about identifying why you play the game of golf. This requires a little soul-searching usually, and bullets that we often see in this pillar are things like “play more with my dad”, “exude confidence” etc. This pillar is more of the glue that holds everything together. If you don’t know why you’re playing the game than your experience of the game can often be one of frustration and even anger. It’s healthy to remember the things you love about the game So if you haven’t built your YTP as of yet you should make this a priority this week. It will help to guide your training and will help you to better understand the interconnectedness of all of your training activities. With the help of a self-directed or coach assisted YTP you will ensure that your training time is more efficient and that you will find more time for training. It’s amazing what we see when players train with purpose and direction. And it’s equally astounding to watch players try to improve without it. Jon Roy is the Co-Owner/Director of Coaching at Golf Performance Coaches. Jon is a coach and educator who specializes in player development for golf with the primary goal of making players better understand how to coach themselves!

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IT'S NO JOKE, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OUR CHILD'S BRAIN Written by Dave Evans and Hockey Canada

When the conversation about concussions comes up lets skip the jokes, we are talking about potential brain damage. It is no longer cool to say “Shake it off, you will be fine”, “I probably had 10 concussions, look at me I’m fine”, “You didn’t black out so you didn’t get a concussion”, “When you feel fine, get back out there, push through it”, “My kid wont get a concussion….it won’t happen to me attitude”, “It’s only a headache” WHAT IS A CONCUSSION? According to the Center for Disease Control, “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. So, all coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs. WHAT CAN I DO FOR MY KIDS? An absolute must-do for your child is to have them take a pre-concussion baseline test. When assessing the severity of a concussion and managing recovery, it can often be hard to determine when a child is fully healed with out the preconcussion baseline results. A rare but serious cause of

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brain damage and/or death from concussions is called secondimpact syndrome (SIS), which is when a child goes back into a game too soon and suffers a second, and potentially fatal, blow to the head.

indicate the concussion.

WHAT IS A BASELINE TEST?

FACT. A concussion involves processes at the microscopic level of the brain. Chemical changes can occur for days, weeks, or even months after impact. After a concussion, the brain is also more susceptible to injury so it is critical to prevent any second concussions or other impacts to the brain during the healing process.

Baseline testing is a pre-season exam conducted by a trained health care professional. Baseline tests are used to assess your child’s brain function (including learning and memory skills, ability to pay attention or concentrate, and how quickly he or she thinks and solve problems). Results from baseline tests (or pre-injury tests) can be used and compared to a similar exam conducted by a health care professional during the season if an athlete has a suspected concussion to help determine when it is safe to return to play. MYTH OR MISCONCEPTION ABOUT CONCUSSIONS MYTH #1: YOU MUST EXPERIENCE LOSS OF CONCIOUSNESS TO SUSTAIN A CONCUSSION FACT. Loss of consciousness is not the only indicator of concussion. In fact, loss of consciousness only occurs in a minority of cases. We now know that there are a variety of other symptoms besides losing consciousness that are important indicators of a concussion. Headache, fatigue, nausea, light or noise sensitivity, balance problems, dizziness and ringing in the ears are common physical symptoms that can occur without loss of consciousness and may

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MYTH #2: INJURY TO THE BRAIN ONLY OCCURS AT THE INITIAL MOMENT IMPACT, NOT DAYS LATER

MYTH #3: CONCUSSIONS ARE ONLY CAUSED BY BLOWS TO THE HEAD FACT. Because concussions are a result of an impact to the brain, they are frequently a result of a direct blow or trauma to the head. Concussions can also occur as a result of an impact to the face, or even to the body if the right force is still transferred to the head. Instances of concussions resulting from whiplash are a perfect example of significant brain trauma occurring without any direct impact to the head. MYTH #4: YOU KNOW RIGHT AWAY IF SOMEONE HAS A CONCUSSION In many cases, there are nearly immediate signs or symptoms of a concussion, either felt by the individual or observed by others. In some cases, however, it may take minutes, hours, or even more than a day for the symptoms of


a concussion to appear. If you or someone you know experiences a significant impact or collision, particularly to the head or face, be sure to carefully observe and monitor them for any concussion symptoms that may have a delayed onset. Do not return to play until properly tested. MYTH #5: THE EFFECTS OF A CONCUSSION ARE SHORT-TERM Depending on the severity of the trauma, some of the more apparent effects of a concussion, such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, and confusion, may disappear in just a few days or even a few minutes. However, the underlying damage of a concussion may last for years, or even have permanent consequences, particularly in a case of repeated head trauma. These long-term effects include an increased susceptibility to subsequent concussions, and multiple concussions have even been linked to permanent effects on long-term memory, depression, and dementia.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), no specific brand of helmet (or mouth guard) results in fewer concussions, despite manufacturer claims. Because the brain "floats" in fluid in the head, a helmet can't prevent it from crashing around inside the skull, which is what causes a concussion. Headgear is still important, however: It's actually designed to protect against an injury such as a skull fracture or bleeding in the brain.

MYTH #7: CHILDREN RECOVER QUICKER THAN ADULTS FACT. Children and teens do not recover from concussions at the same rate as adults, as was once believed. Because of their ongoing brain development, children and teens are more susceptible to serious head injury and postconcussion syndrome, symptoms can last for weeks or even years after the injury and interfere with school, social activities and relationships.

MYTH #6: HELMETS PREVENT CONCUSSIONS FACT. Wearing a helmet is always a good idea when participating in sports, but according to the

Canada's Philippe Myers missed the last three games of the World Junior Hockey Championship due to a concussion

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ARENA LACROSSE LEAGUE MAKES HISTORY Written and photos by A.L.L.

The opening Arena Lacrosse League Showcase Event took place Saturday, January 7th at the Tribute Communities Centre with 3 exciting games to open the ALL inaugural season. Logan Holmes of the Paris RiverWolves made history with the first ever ALL goal, one minute into their contest with the Toronto Monarchs. The Monarchs would make a little history of their own winning the first ever ALL game 12-11. The St. Catharines ShockWave lived up to their namesake, shocking the Peterborough Timbermen 9-8 on a late goal by Bryan Neufeld. The Timbermen who received stand out goaltending from Nolan Clayton could not get the equalizer well on the Power Play as time ran out. Grant Crawley was equal to the task in the ShockWave net and Chris Attwood had four goals and an assist during the win. The nightcap game had the hometown Oshawa Outlaws hanging on for a 13-8 victory over the visiting Six Nations Snipers. The Snipers had closed to game to 9-8 with eight and a half minutes left but outstanding

goaltending by Zach Higgins and some timely Power Play goals by the Outlaws put the game out of reach. Mike Triolo had 6 assists to pace the Outlaws offense.

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RBI PITCHING CLINIC Written by Ryan Morton

It is with great enthusiasm Royal Baseball Instruction announces its first pitching clinic. This clinic features former Toronto Blue Jays prospect

Sean grew up playing baseball in the Toronto area (Scarborough and Richmond Hill) which lead to 3 years with the Ontario Blue Jays as a catcher, pitcher and 1st basemen. In 2012 he was selected to the junior national team as a catcher and then transitioned to a pitcher in 2013. That summer Sean and his team competed for the world cup of baseball in Taiwan. Later that same year Sean was drafted in the 18th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. He pitched in the Jays system for 3.5 years before being traded to the Atlanta Braves for current Blue Jay Jason Grilli where he

fished off the season and his professional carrier. Sean will be assisted by RBI’s head instructor Mick Kurhan; who’s coaching resume includes 4 years at the Butler Home Run Academy and two years at “Play Ball” baseball Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mick grew up playing baseball in Oshawa at which time he won “best defensive player” while playing at the Canadians as a member of team Ontario. As an adult Mick went on to play pro ball (as a catcher) in Louisiana and Quebec. This clinic will also include additional junior and experienced senior instruction to assure lots of guidance and supervision.

Royal Baseball Instruction is offering this exiting clinic on January 28th, 2017. There will be two separate twelve player sessions. First session is 9:00 AM 11:30 AM for ages 10-14 (in 2017) (Minor Mosquito-Minor Bantam) and the second session is from 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM for ages 1518 (in 2017) (Bantam-Midget). Ages of sessions may be adjusted based on demand. The cost of the clinic will be $65 or $60 with a minimum donation of two non-perishable food items for the Simcoe Hall Settlement House in Oshawa. Please send any inquiries to ryanmorton.rbi@gmail.com

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About Next Level Lacrosse

Dedicated to the development of the individual player and introduction of lacrosse skills

with all ages. Our program focuses on high intensity training camps and specialty clinics designed to refine skills and educate players. We utilize both block and random practice

planning to ensure fundamentals and thinking skills translate into not just short term gain in practice but long term player development.

Services Provided

• Individual and Small Group • Tryouts and Evaluation • Team & Organizational

Development Programs for House League and Rep

• Training Camps Half/Full Day • Speciality Clinics (Goalie, Face-off, Shooting and

Dodging, box & field) Upcoming Events:

8 Week Winter Development Program, Saturday January,21-March 11

• 1.5 hour sessions (12hrs total), focus on individual player development, SAQ (Speed,Agility,Quickness), Weekly curriculum incorporates individual and team concepts

Family Day Positional Player Clinic, 11:00am-1:30pmOnline

• Midfield/Attack, Defence, Goalie position specific training

Family Day Face-Off Clinic with Jay Thorimbert, 2:00pm-4:00pm

• Holds 2 NLL records (Most Face-off wins in a season, most ground balls in a season)

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UOIT TO HONOUR TWO ALL-TIME GREATS Written by Scott Dennis

For the first time in school history, the UOIT athletic department is honouring two student-athletes for their accomplishments throughout their varsity career. Nathan Spaling (Drayton, Ont.) and Jill Morillo (Whitby, Ont.) will have their numbers honoured during alumni weekend February 3-4 at the Campus Ice Centre. "We are thrilled and honoured to be recognizing Nathan and Jill’s sensational hockey careers at UOIT," said Scott Barker, manager of intercollegiate athletics. "They were both the complete package when it comes to being a student-athlete. They accomplished so much academically and athletically throughout their university career and have gone on to do great things following graduation. It will be a special weekend at the Campus Ice Centre as we honour two of the alltime greats." Morillo finished he career as UOIT’s all-time leading scorer with 64 goals and 47 assists in 130 OUA conference games played. She is the only two-time winner of UOIT’s female athlete of the year award taking home the honour in 2012 and 2014 and was named the female freshman athlete of the year in 2009. “It is an honour that I find difficult to put into words,” said Morillo. “I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to represent UOIT on the ice and receive a high quality education that prepared me for the future. I owe so much to this school, my teammates and coaches for providing me with such a memorable five years.” The graduate of the nuclear en-

gineering management program put UOIT in the national spotlight being the first student-athlete to be named a CIS all-Canadian (2011). That same year she was named the recipient of the CIS Marion Hilliard Award, which celebrates excellence in athletics, academics and community involvement. In the classroom, she was a two-time CIS academic all-Canadian and four-time UOIT academic award winner. “Having the opportunity to create a foundation for UOIT athletics and be a part of program firsts was something very special,” said Morillo. “The growth that the program made each year was remarkable to see.” Morillo’s number 12 will be honoured prior to UOIT’s game against the Brock Badgers on Friday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. Spaling joined the Ridgebacks for the men’s hockey team’s inaugural season in 2007-08 and grew into one of the top players and leaders in program history. In four seasons with the Ridgebacks he appeared in 112 conference games and scored 30 goals and 61 assists. The criminology and justice studies major won the UOIT male athlete of the year award in backto-back seasons (2010 and 2011) as well as earning the top GPA of any UOIT student-athlete twice (2009 and 2010). He was also the first Ridgeback to earn three CIS academic all-Canadian awards. “To say that my time at UOIT has changed my life, would be an understatement,” said Spaling. “I owe so much to this school, the hockey program and especially

my teammates for helping me achieve such significant personal growth. To now be recognized in this way means so much.” Being a leader on and off the ice, Spaling was the recipient of the James-Baun Cup for the first times it was awarded. The cup is presented to a student on the school's Ridgeback hockey team that showcase academic responsibility, leadership and being a great teammate while in the pursuit of excellence. He was also the first UOIT student-athlete to be nominated for a major national honour as he was the OUA’s nominee for the 2011 Randy Gregg award. The Randy Gregg Award is annually given to the player who best exhibits outstanding achievement in hockey, academics and community involvement. Spaling’s number 11 will be honoured prior to the Ridgebacks game on Saturday, February 4 at the Campus Ice Centre. Puck drop against the Queen’s Gaels is 3:30 p.m.

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PREP BASEBALL REPORT IS THE NO. 1 RESOURCE FOR AMATEUR BASEBALL Written by Chris Kemlo, PBR Ontario Scouting Director

It has been just over two years since we went live with Prep Baseball Report Ontario, and what an amazing two years it has been. With 2016 coming to and end, it has given me time to not only reflect on what has taken place over this last year, but how far we have come since our inception to the PBR family back in the fall of 2014. Since its birth in 2005, the Prep Baseball Report has evolved into one of the biggest and most respected independent scouting services, with a singular focus of providing comprehensive coverage in every state/ province we are in. The mission of the Prep Baseball Report is to promote high school baseball and, ultimately, help prep athletes achieve their dreams of playing baseball at the next level. Prep Baseball Report is the No. 1 resource for amateur baseball in Ontario through our variety of events, boots-on-the-ground scouting staff, daily coverage, and multimedia platforms. Our multimedia platforms and events work in tandem, ultimately creating the most powerful source

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of high school baseball promotion in Ontario. Over the last 10 years, Prep Baseball Report has brought the same comprehensive coverage model into 27 states, with Ontario being the only active province in the country. Now, more than 700 colleges and pro scouts subscribe to the Prep Baseball Report services. We take great pride in providing the most thorough and comprehensive high school baseball coverage in each state/province. With that said, I have been able to see and scout some of the top talents in the province over the past two years, whether it was a double header in Dorchester, a weekend tournament in the GTA, or at annual events like our Top Prospect Games, or the young group of grade 9 and grade 10 prospects we take to Grand Parks in Indianapolis each year to compete in the PBR Future Games against the best players in the country in front of 120 plus college coaches and professional scouts. This year I was also able to run our first ever pre-draft camp, known as the ProCase. It was designed for the top prospects

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in the province, with all 6 high school Ontario players drafted by Major League teams in attendance. We had 22 MLB organizations represented with scouts, cross checkers, and even one senior vice president of baseball operations, along with the Canadian Junior National Team Head Coach Greg Hamilton, who all came to Dan Lang Field in Scarborough to see the top prospects in Ontario. What a enjoyable day with some of the best collaboration of talent anyone will see on one field in Ontario. Needles to say we can’t wait to do it again in 2017. We at PBR Ontario want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year, and look forward to continuing to be the main source for all your amateur baseball content. We start up in February with our first event in Burlington on February 20th, and will be in Windsor, Ottawa, and Toronto before the season starts in May. Continue to check our site at www.prepbase ballreport.com/ontario for all the latest news and updates. We look forward to seeing everyone at the ballpark in 2017.


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