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March/April 2018 Volume 5 Issue 2

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03 | Sarnia Sting 04 | Letter from the publisher 08 | Welcome to ICU Auto Glass 10 | 5K Run to Benefit African Service Project 12 | Blazin BBQ 13 | Confidence through Paddleboarding

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04 | CKPL Book Review

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05 | Summer Provincial 55+ Games 14 | Effects of Sleep Deprivation 16 | Check Out SuperKids Ninja Zone

Sarnia Sting Playing Record Year Submitted by CK SportsXpress, Photo credit Sarnia Sting The Sarnia Sting have had a record year. With only 11 games remaining in the 2017-18 OHL regular season at time of print, the Sarnia Sting need only three more wins to pass the single season win franchise record of 42 claimed two seasons ago (2015-16). Several games throughout the home stretch in March could be potential first round playoff matchups, and the Sting will look to set the tone for what is expected to be a long, hard fought playoff run. Goalie Justin Fazio continues to impress, now the franchise’s all-time leader in single-season wins by a goaltender with 30 wins. Always looking forward, the Sting continue to develop their team, signing Mitch Eliot February 9th. The Grosse Point, Michigan native was originally selected by the Sting in the 11th round (204th overall) in the 2014

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06 | The Making of Champions 11 | Ronald McDonald House Benefits from Hockey

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07 | YourSports Brings Sports Exposure to Tv

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15 | Taking it to the Next Level 18 | Fischer commits to Western Mustangs

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17 | CCS Celebrates the Olympics

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fromthesidelines letterfromthepublisher march / april 2018

Happy Spring! I hope the warmer weather brings you good cheer, and that you own a good pair of rubber boots! I am excited to introduce you to Julia Duenas. Julia is a fifth year at UCC, otherwise known as The Pines and is doing a co-op placement with me this semester. She edited this magazine and will be working with me on the next two issues. Julia brings a wealth of experience in design, sound and video editing. We are excited to continue to expand our video and podcasting capabilities with her expertise! If you see Julia out and about, make sure to let her know she is doing a great job. Plans are in motion for our Sporting Goods Sale and Expo with daily athlete appearances, workshops and more. Contact us today to get your message in front of thousands of people this June! As always we will continue to use the power of sports marketing to reach our audience, the 60% of people in Chatham-Kent who spend nearly $60 million a year on recreation alone. The reviews are in, and sports marketing works! If you have a message to get out, we can help!

Rebecca Reimer, Publisher CK SportsXpress rebecca@cksportsxpress.com 519.436.4990

Submitted by Kate McCullough Vandenhende, CKPL Author Marcus Thompson scores a slam dunk with this biography of NBA superstar Stephen Curry. Learn about the personal and professional life of this talented Golden State Warrior and how he helped lead his team to victory in the 2017 NBA Championships.

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EDITOR Julia Duenas GRAPHIC DESIGN Debbie Dunmall ddunmall@gmail.com CONTRIBUTORS Don Hector, Shannon Sasseville, Dale Elliott, Nicole Smith, Cindy McFadden, Dr. Briand Sides, Liz Collins, Darren Heidt, Sharon Smith, Aaron Hall, CKPL, ICU Auto Glass, Sydenham Current, Rebecca Reimer, CK SportsXpress Team and other sports enthusiasts PHOTOGRAPHERS Sarnia Sting, Don Hector, Shannon Sasseville, Dale Elliott, Nicole Smith, Cindy McFadden, Sarah, Ystma, Liz Collins, Darren Heidt, Sharon Smith, Aaron Hall, Cindy June Photography, YourTv Chatham-Kent, CK SportsXpress Team and members of various local sports organizations and community sports fans

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Qualify for the 2018 Summer Provincial 55+ Games in Mississauga, Ontario Submitted by Don Hector, Photo credit Don Hector Floor shuffleboard, darts and billiards events will all be part of this coming springs activities being scheduled in the Chatham-Kent area from early April to June. A number of active and mentally challenging events are all part of the diversity of activities being offered to the 55+ crowd in Chatham-Kent this coming spring. Events are offered for Fun, Friendship and Fitness as a primary goal but many of these April to June events

will be qualifiers for the Provincial 55+ Summer Games two day event being offered in the Mississauga area from August 10 to 12, 2018.

Activities occur across the Chatham-Kent area at Older Adult Centres, retirement homes

and facilities that host many of the active events – Golf Clubs, Lawn Bowling, Carpet Bowling, 5 Pin Bowling Centres. Other events include Pickleball, Tennis, a number of card game events including contract and duplicate bridge, euchre, bid euchre, six handed pepper and cribbage.

For more information on local Chatham-Kent 55+ games and events go to: www.ckseniorgames.com Media inquiries or further information please contact: Don Hector, Chatham-Kent 55+ Games Coordinator Email: ckseniorgames@gmail.com • Telephone: 226 881-2453

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The Making of Champions Submitted by Shannon Sasseville, Photo credit Shannon Sasseville Not every kid can go to the Olympics. In fact, most of us won’t. But that doesn’t mean we can’t create champions. Being a champion means setting a goal and achieving it. What’s great about swimming is that it is a race against yourself, a challenge to beat your best time, or an endurance test to what you are capable of. Being a champion also doesn’t mean coming in first; most of us won’t. Being a champion is a state of mind, an attitude and a sense of self that can be nurtured and grown. This is how we create champions in swimming and within our club. To become a Pool Shark your child doesn’t have to be the best swim swimmer out there. They don’t even have to be a good swimmer. If they can swim one lap, and have the desire to be better and to challenge themselves, then they would make the perfect Pool Shark. As we say, “If they can swim, we can teach them to race.”

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CK SportsXpress, in partnership with YourTV Chatham-Kent is proud to produce a new sports show featuring local sports organizations. YourSports is an opportunity for organizations to share their history, programming and opportunities with the community. Each segment includes an interview about the organization or event with a CK SportsXpress reporter, and footage of the sport being played. The show airs on local Cable 11 / HD Cable 700 and is released on YouTube and social media outlets. So far The Breast Buddies, Chatham Ringette, Chatham Y Pool Sharks, Chatham Youth Bowling and the Chatham Granite Club have benefited from this exposure. Hayley Smith of the Chatham-Kent Wildcats says the organization is excited

about the opportunity, “We have heard good feedback from our parents, coaches and executive... We have had new inquiries about our programs, so for us, this is a win!” The Chatham-Kent Wildcats are not the only ones benefiting from the video series, the Chatham Ringette interview gained over 2000 views on Facebook in the first two weeks of its release. You can find all the videos when you look up YourTV Chatham-Kent on YouTube or

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Welcome to ICU Auto Glass Submitted by SportsXpress and ICU Auto Glass, Photo credit SportsXpress

ICU Auto Glass was launched in 2011 and has grown from its first small shop on Lacroix St. to its current location at 258 Grand Ave in Chatham where it is conveniently located across from Goodwill. ICU Auto Glass has occupied their current location for the past four years and the business continues to grow and thrive. Starting a business is a daunting proposition and the Wilsons have been able to get through the crucial first five years and continue to grow. Owners Michael and Janine Wilson are a large part of the reason for this success. Both have business backgrounds and know that focusing on the “customer service” aspect of business is what separates them from the pack and puts them head and shoulders above the competition.

You can feel the positive attitude and attentiveness to the customers needs the second you walk into their clean, bright, and comfortable showroom. “Hello, what can we fix for you today?” is the greeting you will receive upon arrival, and the Wilsons live up to that statement. Every type of Auto Glass repair is available there, from stone chips repair to windshield and rear glass/door glass replacement to mirrors and leak issues, they do it all. As Mike says “We started out like any other business, with zero customers. In our six years of operation we can proudly say that 80% of our customers today are either repeat customers, referrals from current customers or from Chatham-Kent’s Insurance brokers. This is a tribute to us as a business. When you can develop this type of customer loyalty, it shows people trust you and are satisfied with what you are offering.”

Janine, who does the invoicing and insurance claims end of the business, tells us that competition is fierce as “the big guys” as she refers to the corporate chain stores, “own the glass manufacturing plants, the glass distribution facilities, the insurance claims centres and the installation facilities. This makes it very challenging for independent business like ours to compete, but we do, and we will continue to do our best to provide exceptional service as that is what keeps us in the game. Remember, when it comes to insurance claims, you, the customer have the choice of where you get your car repaired, choose independent, support small business.”

ICU Auto Glass is truly a Chatham-Kent success story and a business that the Wilsons are very proud of, and it really shows.

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5K Run to Benefit African Service Project Submitted by Dale Elliott and SportsXpress, Photo credit Dale Elliott This July, Team Tanzania 963 a group of 14 local resident will be going to Africa with East Africa River Mission directors Graydon and Sarah Baker. The East Africa River Mission is dear to the team’s heart. Their mission is stated in the team’s verse Psalm 96: 3 “Declare His Glory among the nations, make known His marvelous deeds among all the people.” East Africa River Mission has built a school and committed to teaching English to local residents, giving them the hope and opportunity to advance to university and beyond. For more details, go to www. eastarm.net The Tanzania Team 963 team’s goal is to help build a house for one of the local pastors and meet any

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other needs they can along the way. The team is hoping to provide bikes for their family’s 5 boys. You can see from the photos what they have to play with is less than ideal. Dale Elliott, a member of Tanzania Team 963 states, “Their house is simply made of a dirt floor, mud and straw walls with a thatched roof. We are planning to build a cement foundation, block wall and tin roof house. It still won’t have electricity or running water, but that is fairly common for them and this will be a significant upgrade”. The team will be partnering with a church close by, visiting and helping as needed. Another group from Indiana recently assisted this church during Christmas by building a Sunday school. “Our team will assist however we can with serving in worship too as we are preparing testimonies, music and children’s programs to share while we’re there too.” Dale said.

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As one of the team’s fundraiser’s, They are hosting Run 4 Rufiji, a 5K/2K run/walk family fun event. The run will be taking place on April 7, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Mud Creek. There will be an option for either a 2K or a 5K walk/ run. All proceeds will go towards Team Tanzania. To register as an individual it will be $20 and as a family elad_34@ hotmail.com. To register for the Run 4 Rufiji 5K / 2K event, go to www.run4rufiji.com. To donate to the team’s trip: contact Emmanuel Baptist Church Chatham 519351-2112 or email Dale Elliot for more information elad_34@hotmail.com.


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Ronald McDonald House Benefits From Travel Hockey Submitted by Nicole Smith and SportsXpress, Photo credit Nicole Smith and Cindy June Photography A group of 13 and 14 year olds took the experience of playing travel hockey to another level this season. The Chatham Kent Cyclones – Bantam Minor team collected personal care products when they stayed in hotels to donate to homeless shelters and the Ronald McDonald House. Team mom Nicole Smith, noticed a post on Facebook from the Ronald McDonald House in London asking for toiletry items for the families staying there. “Being a travel hockey family we spend a lot of nights in hotels so sounded like an easy way to help out.” Nicole shared the idea with her husband, Darren, who sent an email out to the entire team before a weekend tournament. “The boys did a great job. Knocking door to door at hotels asking people for their soaps/shampoos.

They collected so much that we were able to make a donation to a homeless shelter at Christmas and then our final donation to the Ronald McDonald House.” The donations were a team effort, with coach Jeff MacDougald encouraging the boys along the way. “All weekend, during a tournament, they’d randomly walk up to us and say “Mrs. Smith, I have soaps for you.” And they’d unload their pockets. And our son, Konnor, would come home from practices with little bags of soaps.” This isn’t the only fundraiser the team has done this year. When hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, they raised $250 in one day to help with relief efforts. Nicole is hoping that the tournament collections will be the start of something great in the hockey community. “It’d be great if all of our hockey associations would get on board and collect these

items. Homeless shelters, women’s shelters etc. would definitely benefit from it!” The team has showed great generosity this season and Nicole is constantly impressed by their awareness of the needs around them. Perhaps their centre player Colin Holmes sums up their mindset best when he says, smiling, “Skate it Forward!”

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Blazin BBQ Has Raised Over $150,000 for Organizations Submitted by SportsXpress Since it opened its doors seven years ago, Blazin BBQ has helped raise over $150,000 for local teams and organizations. Ever aware of the local support they receive, owner Matt Jenkins is proud to be able to give back.

“At Blazin we love supporting the community. The more we can partner with the community to raise funds for their needs the more we grow together.”

Blazin BBQ donates a portion of the ticket sales back to the organization. Canadian Cowgirls, Chatham Ringette, runner Jessica Labelle and more have benefited from this delicious fundraiser! Labelle, who was featured in a previous issue of SportsXpress says “Choosing this way was easy! The Blazin team has always been a supportive group. Through the staff and customers, I couldn’t ask for a better group behind me, showing support at multiple events.”

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Gaining Confidence with Paddleboarding

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Submitted by Cindy McFadden, Photo credit Cindy McFadden The paddleboard bobs in the water, as waves created from participants in the Wallaceburg pool rock it back and forth. A girl with Down Syndrome sits on the board; she takes a deep breath, rolls onto her knees, and pushes to her feet. She grabs the paddle that is handled to her, and dips it into the water, propelling herself forward. Her confidence grows with each stroke, and she giggles with pride. Only months ago, this girl protested when encouraged to stand on the board, and was content to stay seated unless she received assistance and support while standing. At the other end of the pool, a man with autism jumps to his feet on his paddleboard, not worrying about falling into the water as he had when he first began this program with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent Special Populations. Although he continues to feel the exhaustion of his muscles the day following paddleboarding, he can also feel the strength that is building in his core. A young man who has participated in this program for the past three years has expanded his skills from simply standing and paddling, to paddling while commandeering two boards at

once, somersaulting on the board, switching between paddleboards, pivots, and complex jumps. As the participants of the program play, splash, engage in yoga, and build their skills, their parents and support workers can’t help but notice the smiles on their faces, the increase in their self-esteem, and the ever increasing confidence in their abilities. Not only does this program promote exercise and social activity, it provides participants with a sense of accomplishment. By the end of every Friday night, the participants leave the pool exhausted, and while some even fall asleep on the ride home, there is always a smile lighting up their face. Chatham-Kent Special Populations will once again be running a paddleboard camp held at Rondeau in July.

For more information please contact Cindy at (519) 360-1998 ext. 4226, email cindymc@ chatham-kent.ca or find us on Facebook at CK Special Populations.

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Thank you for your generous support this past Christmas season! With your help we are supporting hundreds of families in Chatham-Kent. We appreciate your continued contributions of food and personal care items for those in need! DONATE TODAY! List of urgent needs and drop off locations can be found at www.cksalvationarmy.org or cksalvationarmy

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Effects of Sleep Deprivation Submitted By Dr. Brian Sides, Photo credit Dr. Sarah Ystma I recently read an article from the medical journal The Lancet reporting that too little sleep can accelerate aging and contribute to the incidence of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, memory loss, and obesity. These are the very

conditions that have risen to epidemic levels in out society. Scientists found that sleep debt resulted in hormone imbalances of insulin and cortisol levels that are critical for proper energy, metabolism and balanced blood sugar. In addition to these, thyroid stimulating hormone was also decreased contributing to lower energy and weight gain. The

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researchers concluded that consistent lack of sleep can be as detrimental as severe stress and they found that as little one week of sleep deprivation can affect the hormone balances. Admittedly, sleep is a necessary health element that I often neglect and I find many of my clients neglect as well. Numerous other studies have been done showing how lack of sleep contributes to decreased brain function, but this is the first study I’ve seen that looked at these crucial hormone levels. Most experts agree that seven hours of sleep is the bare minimum, but that many people could benefit from as many as nine hours every night and that 10 p.m. is the ideal bedtime. For us night owls, the only good news from this study is that it appears that the hormone imbalance from sleep debt can be made up with a few nights of sleep recovery. Sleep well!

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Our Tiny Novice’s Team performed for the first time at the January Winterfest with Cheer Evolution in St. Catherines, receiving an Outstanding Performance award. Our team will be attending the Ontario Challenge competition, with the Ontario Cheer Federation in March at the Powerade Centre in Brampton. We wish them good luck and fun! Find out more about our initiative with dōTERRA on instagram @ eightcount_essential_oils. Check out 8 Count Cheer on Facebook and Instagram or our website, www. eightcountcheer.wixsite.com/mysite.

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Come Check Out SuperKids Ninja Zone Submitted by Darren Heidt Photo credit Darren Heidt Not only do we offer gymnastics to keep your child fit and active, we also have Superkids Ninja Zone program. SuperKids Ninja Zone is the physical outlet you’ve been searching for. Designed specifically for high-energy children, the SuperKids Ninja Zone is the perfect workout for your crazy kid. Classes are fun, challenging, and dynamic for kids who love obstacle courses climbing running and tumbling. Based on a solid curriculum with components from Tumbling, Gymnastics,

Parkour and Athletic Fitness. Each week, your child will learn new techniques and fun ways to use their bodies to overcome obstacles in new and functional ways. Ninja classes are offered for boys and girls 5-11. New to our facility is Parents Night Out. The Parents get to go out and enjoy an ADULT evening without worrying. Enjoy dinner, a date, and a movie – whatever – Leave the kids with us. Your kids will have fun with gym time games and fun activities. Your night out begins at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. pizza and snacks are

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CCS Celebrates the Olympics and our South Korean Friends Submitted by Sharon Smith, Photo credit Sharon Smith

“Today, we join the world and celebrate athletics, sportsmanship, and fair play of Olympic Winter Sports, as well as the traditions and culture of South Korea, the host country!” This was declared by some Chatham Christian School students and teacher, Mrs Sarah Hopman – once in English, once in French and once in Korean. Thus began the school’s Opening Ceremonies Assembly. Each year the elementary school students are divided into “families” or teams with students from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8 on each team to participate in activities throughout the school year. During the two weeks of the Olympics, these

families gather daily to participate in Olympic themed activities. This year the activities included the Opening Ceremonies with Soohorang, a big cardboard replica mascot made by students Amy and Lily. Other activities were bobsled design and building, which was followed by a bobsled parade and relay race; celebrating Canada’s National Flag Day; learning more about South Korea’s traditions and games; celebrating their New Year’s Day with our friends; Olympic Bingo; the annual Grade eight vs staff floor hockey game; and ending with an afternoon of various fun activities that were concluded with the Closing Ceremonies.

It was so wonderful to see the students and teachers getting excited about Korea, Canada, and the Olympics. The older students have been encouraging and helping the younger students with the different tasks and activities. So many smiles have been seen while learning, having fun, and enjoying the Olympics!

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Fischer Commits to Western Mustangs Submitted by Aaron Hall, Sydenham Current, Photo credit Aaron Hall Wallaceburg’s Brett Fischer has committed to play for the Western Mustangs women’s basketball team. Fischer made it official during a small ceremony at Wallaceburg District Secondary School back in December. Fischer, 17, told the Sydenham Current she’s excited to wear purple and white starting in the fall. “I chose Western because it felt like home,” she said. “Both the girls on the team and Brian Cheng (head coach) were really welcoming. The school was a great fit for my academics and it was a bonus that it’s only about an hour and a half from home.” Fischer said her other choice was McMaster University in Hamilton, but she opted for the London, Ontario school instead and their kinesiology program. Fischer is not the first person in her family to compete in varsity athletics at the university level. Her mother Elizabeth won five national championships with the University of

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Toronto women’s hockey team and her father Richard played on the football team at the University of Toronto. Her sister Shauney played five years on the York Lions women’s basketball team and her sister Sawyer currently plays for Algoma University. Her older brother Brayden played multiple sports at WDSS and her younger brother Camden plays multiple sports in Wallaceburg as well. Fischer says she has had an amazing support system growing up. “My mom has supported me throughout my entire basketball career,” she said. “She always has been there to make me a better person and player. My two sisters, Shauney and Sawyer, with both of them having experience with postsecondary basketball, they have been able to help me. Also Janine Day. The last four years she has coached me for high school and the past two years for my OBA season. She helps with my skills and always asks if I ever need gym time.” Fischer added: “All my family members have always supported me as well.” Day told the Sydenham Current that Fischer has made a huge impact during her time at the high school. “Brett has been an integral part of the

Tartan Girls Basketball program,” Day said. “She played on the senior team all four years at WDSS. Brett is very coachable, highly skilled and possesses outstanding leadership qualities.” Western’s women’s basketball team competes in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Western Division, and travels all across the province every fall/winter competing against other universities.

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