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Submitted by Bowlerama On Sept 11, 2015, the longstanding business of Bowlerama Royale attracted new owners! Mark Decman, Brenda Dottermann and Sean Thomas, never ones to shy away from a challenge, were attracted to the competitive/recreational bowling centre for several reasons. Many projects have been undertaken since to provide the necessary upgrades to the facilities, the menu, and most importantly, the customer service! It seems that the building at 2086 Dundas St. was always destined to be a bowling centre. From its inception as Town Bowl, its transition to London Roller Palace, then London Furniture, and then back again to Bowlerama Royale, many Londoners would recognize this as a place where they bowled or roller skated in their youth. And today, their children may be enjoying the highly successful Youth Program on Saturday mornings. Bowlerama Royale’s Youth Program, headed by Paul Rideout, can boast about its Canadian record breaking London youths, like Mykaela Mitchell (first London youth to be awarded Canadian Bowler of the Year, 2015) and Cole Sitzes (at just 12 years old, having recently broken the 4 Game Youth Total in Woodbridge, ON). Having seen Rebekah Loker recently win Senior Girls Youth Singles and Brayden Vaughan win Junior Boys Youth Singles for all of Ontario, we are pleased to say how proud we are of all our youth bowlers, coordinators and their coaches. We have a dedicated talent pool that will be a force for the future!

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New 2016 Fun Runs! Submitted by Runners’ Choice Runners’ Choice will be offering FREE fun runs throughout the year to give runners in the London and surrounding area an opportunity to get out and have some fun while testing their fitness. Fun Runs will be spread out throughout the year around our existing London Honda Race Series events. We are offering these events free to runners with the option of a donation

to a local charity. Our goal is to offer running events to the entire community with varying distances from 2k and up. All distances will be timed and accurately measured, and are designed as a family friendly event. Our first two events held in February had a modest turnout and collected 75 pounds of food for the London Food Bank, and 40 pair of shoes to be donated locally! This summer will

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Previewing the ’16 Majors Submitted by the London Majors and photo by Wayne Brown and Brown's Photos As the London Majors get set to write the 2016 chapter in the story of the historical franchise, they are augmenting some familiar faces with some big name additions to the lineup this season.

Catchers Both Mike Ambrose and Sean Refflinghaus return to behind-the-plate duties and are both looking to build off the 2015 season. Hometown veteran Ambrose is currently playing professionally in Australia, and he looks to further build on last season’s numbers with the Majors. He had four home runs last season to go along with a .267 batting average. The versatile player competed at a number of infield and outfield positions last season, as well, but will mostly be catching this season. Refflinghaus played as a junior call-up last year and hit .265 with 12 walks in his part-time role, gaining lots of experience which helped him to an MVP season with Fanshawe College in the Ontario College Athletic Association.

Infielders/DH Two additions highlight this part of the team: shortstop Keith Kandell from California and first baseman/outfielder Ian Horne from New Brunswick. Kandell is a three-year veteran of the Intercounty Baseball league, having played for Burlington last year. He is a former all-star (2014) and also played in the Pacific Association for the Sonoma Stompers. A potential candidate for a leadoff spot with his speed, he replaces veteran infielder Paul Lytwynec, who has taken a position working as a police constable in Oxford County with the Ontario Provincial Police. Horne played NCAA Division 1 baseball for Norfolk State in 2014, and in 2015 he played for the San Francisco Seals in the Far West League, as well as the University of New Brunswick. The ball travels well off his bat and as a switchhitter he will be an asset to the Majors line-up. Returning this season is the Majors’ power hitter and

fan-favourite Cleveland Brownlee. He led the team in home runs, and with his .321 batting average and 26 RBIs, he earned 2nd team all-star status. He will be chasing some of the Majors’ all-time records this year, including home runs. Returning at second base is Chris McQueen. The London native had a good rookie campaign for the Majors last year, hitting .286 with 12 stolen bases and took over the starting spot in the playoffs, hitting a blistering .365. He can also play the outfield and is pegged as a likely replacement for Cody Mombourquette, who moved back to the Ottawa-area for work. Also returning in a hitting role is veteran Brett Sabourin. Last year was his first full season as a hitter (he was formerly a starting pitcher). He hit .287 last year with 12 RBI, and he will compete for at-bats this season with others in a potentially potent offence.

Outfield Venezuelan import Angel Castillo will be a new face in the Majors’ outfield. The 6-foot-3 right-handed batter has played professionally throughout the U.S. and internationally, most recently playing in Japan with a .260 batting average through 50 games. Joining Castillo will be Byron Reichstein of St. Thomas, who rejoins the team and has all the tools to be an all-star type player. Humberto Ruiz hit .300 last year as a regular starter and has speed to go along with his increasing knowledge of the game every season. Tyler Follett, a speedy London native, will be a junior call-up who is currently attending school in Baltimore on a scholarship and is one of the top hitters in his freshman season.

Todd Leavitt from Vernon, British Columbia, who boasts a fastball clocking in at 90-92 MPH joins the Majors after stints professionally across the United States. He most recently pitched for the Pericos de Puebla of the Arizona Winter League where he went 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA and 4 saves. Own Boon returns with experience from a championship run with Western University, and he will likely be a starter this year after splitting starting and relief duties last season. His 1.80 ERA was tops on the Majors last season to go along with his 1 win and 2 saves. Cory Hammond returns after an injury-plagued campaign last season. He is a former IBL 2nd team all-star and will be competing along with Jordan Skavinsky and Braeden Ferrington in the bullpen for innings.

Coaches Co-Owner, General Manager, and Coach Roop Chanderdat, who returns for his 11th season with the team, continues to work on the roster and looks to announce some pitching and import players very soon. Joining Chanderdat will be Casey Daniel Pulham at third base. Max Escrogin will move to the role of pitching coach, while Jeremy Parking returns to the role of first base coach.

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A look at tournament season Submitted by LDBA Baseball and photo by Nick Brooks With opening day just around the corner for many LDBA teams, the summer tournament season will be a busy one locally as well. Many associations host Baseball Ontario sanctioned tournaments as a fundraiser for their organization. St. Thomas Minor Baseball, London Badgers Baseball, London West Tincaps, and London Tecumsehs will all be hosting events this summer. The London Badgers tournament will host 155 teams this year over two weekends, and is arguably one of the largest tournaments in the area. “There will be over 2,500 participants attending the tournament this year,” said Badger Tournament Chair Derek Brooks. “With the huge number of teams, tournament games will be played at 16 different fields.” St. Thomas Minor Baseball, meanwhile, will be hosting the 11th Annual Cardinal Classic at the Doug Tarry Complex and Centennial Sports Club Minor Baseball Complex in St. Thomas with over 90 teams attending. The Cardinal Classic has grown from just 24 teams to now becoming one of the largest in Ontario. “I think that teams continue to come to this tournament because of the facilities, it's an early tournament and one of the biggest in the province,” said St. Thomas Minor Baseball Tournament Chair Stephen Miron. “Word of mouth has been a big contributor also, as many teams speak

highly of the St. Thomas Cardinal Classic. I’ve been told by many that the reason they come back is that it’s one of the best run tournaments around, and that says something about the great volunteers we have in the organization to host this event ever year.” The London West Tincaps host two tournaments every summer that have also become a destination for teams from across the province. The Bob Stark Rookie Ball Tournament has been a mainstay in area tournaments for over 20 years. This tournament was started by Mr. Bob Stark, who was a pioneer in the rookie ball division coaching for many, many years. The Rookie Ball “B” Provincial Championship trophy is also named after Mr. Stark. In addition to the rookie ball tournament, The Tincaps also host a mosquito classic, which has over 20 teams taking part each season. Meanwhile, this year the Tincaps will also be hosting the Baseball Ontario Minor Mosquito A provincial championships on Labour Day weekend. The London Tecumsehs have just started to host tournaments recently, and have listed this year both minor and major mosquito as well as minor and major peewee. The Tecumsehs organization is London’s newest completive baseball centre after a merger of the travel programs from Eager Beaver, Southwest London, and South London. Dorchester is hosting Rookie Ball Summer Slam in July, and Southwest

Also includes Aylmer, Delaware-Komoka-Mt Brydges, Dorchester, Exeter, Lucan-Ilderton, Ingersoll, Mitchell, Sarnia, Strathroy, Tillsonburg, and Wyoming

London also hosts several rep and select tournaments throughout the summer months. One thing that makes these tournaments possible is the tireless effort by the tournament committee. Efforts generally start early in the year to begin planning and organizing some of these first class events. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers in each organization commit to spending time at the parks for each association, taking care of minor field maintenance, pitch counting, scorekeeping, and just being the face of the organization. The feedback that most conveners receive is how well run the events are and how wonderful the fields are in London/St. Thomas. This area has some of the finest parks around, and many complexes that are very helpful to the operation of a tournament. “We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated group of people that are willing to give back to their programs and help with our tournaments,” said Brooks. “Our parents, grandparents, and coaches work so hard to make these events possible.” Miron adds: “I would like to tell you a set number of hours that are invested into the event, but I don't keep track. It is a lot of hours. If I had to guess, I would say in the hundreds. From the startup, to answering endless emails/phone calls, collecting payment, writing schedules and organizing on-site Convenors and setup … The planning process starts in November and runs straight through to the actual tournaments in May and June. The tournament season will be capped off by the Baseball Canada 13u National Championships hosted by the London Badgers and the LDBA. This event will take place at Stronach Park from August 25-28 with 10 provincial teams competing in the prestigious event.

St. Thomas Midget Cardinals - Chatham Tournament Champions 2015 Back Row (left to right): Coach Troy Rick, Head Coach Derek Brooks. Middle Row: Coach Chris Ross, Kyle Lovie, Travis French, Curtis Gremonprez, Matt Brooks, John Principe, Shawn Gold, Coach Shawn Phibbs. Front Row: Ryan Esler, Colton Phibbs, Trevor Ross, Jake Rick, Tommy Ceolin, Jaret Wait, and Bat Boy G-Money Phibbs

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Excitement in the air for 2016 Submitted by EBBA and photo by Norm Allison ager Beaver Baseball is experiencing a swell in registration numbers that it has not seen in decades. “The success of the Blue Jays no doubt plays a part in registration, but the success of the Little Slugger and Tball programs is also a factor,” says EBBA president Rick Peters. The Little Slugger program, for players born in 2011 and 2012, builds basic base-

ball skills by rotating through practice stations. The Tball program, for players born in 2009 and 2010, continues to build on those skills with more developed drills and the introduction of a scrimmage each week. Little Slugger and Tball teams will dominate the fields at Mornington Park on Saturday mornings. The biggest registration increase has been in the Rookie division (players born

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in 2007 and 2008), which has grown to six teams and thus now eliminates the need for travel to other leagues. For the first time, all games will be scheduled at Mornington Park. “The numbers at the indoor clinics have grown steadily each week,” said Rookie convener Ryan Legros. “It gets interesting with over 40 players throwing a ball back and forth in the gym, but it’s great to see this many players coming out before the season starts.” Both Mosquito (2005 and 2006) and PeeWee (2003 and 2004) divisions will also have far fewer away games than in past years. Mornington Park will have all three fields filled with EBBA teams every night of the week. EBBA, a volunteer organization, has been providing a structured baseball program for London players for 62 years and shows no signs of slowing down!

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Diverse class for Baseball Hall in ‘16 Submitted by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony this year will feature one of the most diverse inductee classes in the 33-year history of the Hall. This year’s inductees include: Pat Hentgen Hentgen has been part of the Toronto Blue Jays organization as a player, coach, ambassador or special assistant for 26 years. In 1993, he was inserted into the team’s starting rotation and blossomed into an all-star, registering 19 wins and a Game 3 win in the World Series to help the Blue Jays capture their second consecutive championship. From there, the 6-foot-2 righty evolved into the club’s ace. In 1996, he won 20 games and became the first Blue Jay to win the American League Cy Young Award. Dennis Martinez Martinez recorded 100 wins (second-most in franchise history) in parts of eight seasons with the Montreal Expos from 1986 to 1993. Nicknamed “El Presidente,” Martinez was the first Nicaraguan to play in the major CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM INDUCTION WEEKEND – JUNE 16-19 June 16 – Celebrity Homerun derby & ballgame June 17 – 20th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic & Banquet June 18 – Downtown Baseball Family Street Festival June 18 – Induction Ceremony: St. Marys, Ontario

leagues, and he famously tossed a perfect game on July 28, 1991 – the only one in Expos history. Martinez was selected to three all-star games (1990 to 1992) and in 1991, he topped the National League in ERA (2.39), complete games (9) and shutouts (5). Wayne Norton Norton played in 1,206 minor league games – including five seasons in Triple-A – before becoming a baseball executive and scout in Canada. In the mid-1970s, Norton founded Baseball Canada’s Junior National Team and became a long-time coach for the organization. In 1986, Norton established the National Baseball Institute (NBI) in Vancouver, which produced Canadian big-leaguers Matt Stairs, Corey Koskie, Denis Boucher, Steve Sinclair, Paul Spoljaric, Rob Butler, Jason Dickson, Aaron Guiel, and Derek Aucoin. Norton has served as a scout for the Seattle Mariners since 2000. Howard Starkman Starkman has spent four decades as an executive with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was initially hired as director of public relations on July 4, 1976, and he served in that capacity until 1998. In 1999, Starkman was elevated to vice-president of media relations, before transitioning to vice-president, special projects from 2002 to 2014. In 2014, the Blue Jays established the Howard Starkman Award and named Starkman the first recipient. This award is handed out annually

to a Blue Jays employee “who best exemplifies the values of integrity, innovation, accountability, team work and a passion for winning.” Tony Kubek The Toronto Blue Jays were fortunate to land Kubek as an analyst on their TV broadcasts in 1977, and during his 13 seasons in the booth for the club, he educated tens of thousands of Canadian viewers on CTV and TSN about the sport. Kubek was one of the best and most respected analysts of his era. For his efforts, Kubek was the first broadcaster to work exclusively as a TV analyst to win the National Baseball of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence in 2009. He was also the first Ford C. Frick Award winner to have called games for a Canadian team. William Shuttleworth Shuttleworth has been called the “Father of Canadian Baseball.” When living in Hamilton, Ont., in 1854, he organized Canada’s first formal baseball team, called the Young Canadians of Hamilton. From 1854 through the 1870s, Shuttleworth was a driving force behind the sport in Canada, and he served as vicepresident of the first Canadian baseball organization in 1864. Shuttleworth passed away on March 31, 1903, and is buried in Hamilton, Ont. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. www.baseballhalloffame.ca

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AG London scores indoors Submitted by AG London Following a very successful indoor season, AG London would like to congratulate all its teams for their performances during the winter. Both the 2002 Boys and 2002 Girls teams became back-to-back Indoor Ontario Cup Champs, while the 2003 Girls also found themselves capturing the Ontario Cup this year. The 2003 Boys were finalists of Indoor Ontario Cup. A big congratulations also goes to Thomas Ribeiro and Kaila Novak, who both made the Ontario Provincial Team.

2002 Boys: Back-to-back Indoor Ontario Cup Champs Coach: Mike Marcoccia, Top Row (left to right): Jaden Blackman, Tomas Ribeiro, Ben Holt, Eleias Himaras, Phillip Castelhano, Caden Bax-Campbell, Dino Hajdarpasic, Logan Rieck, Connor Millar. Bottom Row: Lucas Henao-Gil, Jalen Loague, Caleb Roberts, Roque Abrantes, Jack Terpstra, Duncan Naudie, Carlos Cabral, Monaco Basacco

2002 Girls: Back-to-back Indoor Ontario Cup Champs Roster: Coach Garrincha, Goal Keeper – Kayla McIntyre, Emily Andrus, Sydney Bandarra, Samantha Bell, Mya Couto, Karsen Fuhrman, Briana Garcia, Georgia Hamilton, Ally Hicks, Aysia King, Sofia Millar, Kaila Novak, Abbey Putherbough, Rachel Rosborough, Emily Schekulski, Hope Spitzig, Sydney Dicola.

2003 Boys: 2016 Indoor Ontario Cup finalists Top row (Left to right): Jérémie Sorel, Jackson Andrews, Bishop Kaiser – Goalkeeper, Armin Hajdarpasic, Sam Barrowcliffe, Connor Dupuis, Garrincha - Coach. Bottom row: Blake Gillespie, Jacob Regier, Juan Borrero, Sammy Karagiannis, Hayden Mounsey, Mihailo Njegovan, Jason Kwon. Absent: William Ratelband (was at tournament, but injured during the finals and was at hospital when picture taken)

2003 Girls: 2016 Indoor Ontario Cup Champs Coach Mike Marcoccia, Ass. Coach Jade Kovacevic. Front row (left to right): Tia Nagle, Aelwyn Nash, Hailey Burk, Sam Merritt, Rowan Canario. Back row: Ella Vande Sompel, Mackenzie Barwell, Caelin Sandford, Kyra Gunnell, Issabella Randall, Jill Hogewoning, Faith Krijnen, Katherine Palmer. Missing: Teja Gatfield, Maddy Michenzie

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New venture set for launch Submitted by FC LONDON As the 2016 League1 season approaches, FC London’s Men’s and Women’s coaching staff is grinding, getting creative and organizing their tactics for back-toback Men’s and Women’s LEAGUE1 home openers at the German Canadian Club on Cove Rd. on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14. At the helm of these teams as they play in the top league in Ontario are two highlyranked individuals, Mario Despotovic, head coach of the Men’s League1 U23 program, and Michael Marcoccia on the women’s side. Both will have a great influence on the new face of FC London. Despotovic, one of few UEAFA PRO License holders with experience coaching at the U15 and U21 level with Croatia’s Dynamo Zagreb, brings his expertise of periodization training with a goal of fine tuning the Canadian culture in football here in London. “I came here for the International camp

FC LONDON coaches Mike Marcoccia (Head coach League1 Women's) and Mario Despotovic (Head coach League1 Men's)

for AG London, and I saw there is a lot of talent here, but we are just missing some guidance through periodization and coaching education,” said Despotivic. “This could turn out to be a really nice story.” The League1 men’s team faces the 2015 league champion Oakville Blue Devils on the first day of May. On May 13, the men finally gain home field advantage against the ProStars at the German Canadian Club. Marcoccia, a former professional player with several years of head coach and technical director experience, will lead the FC women’s squad. Also following the periodization model, Marcoccia has set the bar high, and the quality and enthusiasm of his players is also high, especially for a first season club. “We’re entering the season with a very young squad, so our preparation will

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be very important in order to compete against players that are 3 to 5 years older,” said Marcoccia. “The addition of a League1 Women’s team gives London the opportunity to make a name for local talent,” said Ian Campbell, the majority owner backing this exciting new venture. “It also creates an environment for aspiring youth to strive towards something bigger, creating new pathways for females in this beautiful game.” FC London has partnered with UMBRO for the 2016 season, and is happy to be aligned with Source for Sports who has been a dedicated soccer supporter for many years at all levels. “The summer will also bring an opportunity for young fans to engage with players at games and in camps,” said Campbell, referring to both the post-game ‘Fan-Zone’ autograph area and the camps coached by FC LONDON players in July. Fans have the option of individual or season ticket packages for the 2016 season, which will run from mid-May to mid-September, and with 20+ home games between the two teams, there will be plenty of high quality soccer action for fans to enjoy..

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Transitioning to outdoors Submitted by Eurostar Football Academy This past indoor season many Eurostar players participated with FC Albania in the local LDYSL league. All of the teams did extremely well, winning several division titles. Training during the indoor season also continued with 3-4 sessions per week. The focus remains on technical skill, ball control and conditioning to help individual players grow in their understanding of the game. Plans are well underway for the outdoor program. The SAAC league commenced on Saturday, April 9 in Vaughan, and games will continue through to the championship weekend later in November. Competition in the league has expanded this year with two new academies that have been approved from Ottawa and Kingston. Around 50% of Eurostar games will be scheduled locally and played at North London

Three Eurostar U17 players were invited to European training camps: Kian Newell (left) and Tanner Page (centre) attended the Real Valladolid Academy camp in Spain this past March. In April, Keegan Windover (right) attended the Wolverhampton Academy camp in the UK. All three have been invited to return.

Athletic fields. Some additional highlights for the season ahead include: • Several Eurostar teams will be participating in tournaments and showcases in Ontario and Northeastern U.S., including Umbro, Empire Cup, and the Columbus Crew Showcase • Coaches from the Lazio academy will be in London this July to lead training sessions for academy players. They will also offer a soccer camp which is open to all regional players • Eurostar is happy to welcome Jessie Fleming to the training program. Jessie will be with Eurostar during her ‘time off’ from the women’s national team. Eurostar is an OSA-recognized Non-Club Academy serving in the London region by offering a year round soccer training

Eurostar U16 (pictured) and U17 teams participated in the Total Soccer Showcase in Cleveland, Ohio in February. Both teams had a solid showing, with several U.S. university coaches contacting individual players following the event.

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www.eurostarsoccer.com LAZIO SUMMER CAMP Register today for the Lazio summer soccer camp July 18-22! The day camp is open to all London regional players up to U17. This is a great opportunity to train with professional European coaches. Visit the Eurostar website for more information.

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A Global partnership on the pitch By Adam Newton In February, Byron Soccer announced an exciting new partnership with Global Premier Soccer (GPS), one of the largest youth soccer clubs in the U.S. (active in 21 states). GPS is committed to the growth of soc-

ational and competitive players to develop their skills and love of the game,” said Byron Optimist Soccer Club President, Nicole Davey-Makris. “Not only will GPS help improve and deliver our programs, they will be integral to mentoring our coaches, and educating parents and volunteers about the sport and youth development. Our players and coaches will also have access to GPS' training plans and unique playing opportunities across Canada and the United States.” It is an extremely exciting time to play soccer in Byron. GPS and Byron Soccer will be working closely to develop a series of new programs to grow the love for the game in all of our players – from age 4 to 21 and in recreational and competitive. As the outdoor season gets underway, we are all excited to see where this new partnership will take us!

cer across North America, and beyond. GPS develops players and people, encouraging youth to become both premier players and premier people. As an Ontario Soccer Association Gold Excellence Club, Byron Soccer has established a reputation for delivering quality and affordable youth soccer programming. Byron Soccer has a strong focus on developing our participants into athletes who will love the game and be successful for years to come. This new partnership with GPS will further enhance the quality programming Byron Soccer provides to the West London Community. “We’re excited to be working with GPS to provide new opportunities for our recre-

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Why Nor’West is best Submitted by Nor’West Soccer After a wildly successful ‘offseason’ in our own turf facility, we’re back out on the grass pitches again! With new leagues, new ideas, new programs and new coaches, we’re glad to get out for some fresh air

Young Gideon Alfred came to visit our facility and discovered that it takes a LOT of balls to run a good Long Term Player Development Program!

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and fresh grass stains in our same old sport! As the largest and most focused club on Long Term Player Development in the district, Nor’West is proud to offer our continued attention to a player-centred approach to the game that we all love! We ran Recreation, Development and Competitive player programming on turf all fall and winter, as well as NCCP coaching courses from January to May. An unprecedented 225 coaches were trained and certified in Long Term Player Development and Making Ethical Decision LondonSportsXpress

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Make way for Little Kickers! Submitted by the Little Kickers The highly anticipated arrival of Little Kickers to London is finally over! Beginning May 14, Little Kickers will be introducing its unique brand of pressurefree/fun soccer classes to young children of London, aged 18 months to 5 years old. The Little Kickers program was developed in England by FA (England’s national governing body for soccer) qualified coaches in conjunction with nursery school teachers to ensure that children’s developmental objectives were successfully interwoven with age-appropriate soccer skills. The program was established in 2002, and one of the key reasons the company was founded was to halt the increase in childhood obesity by provid-

ing the youngest kids in society with the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of sport. Children who are obese are more likely to become adults who are obese. As children get older, this

school soccer academy with a network of over 1,500 coaches in 16 different countries. Their classes have been designed so that in addition to receiving a sound basic instruction in soccer from qualified coaches, children are also provided with a fun, positive introduction to sport. Little Kickers classes run year-round. For the summer, classes will be held outdoors at Springbank Park and Whetherfield Park before going indoors in the fall. For more information, or to enroll your Little Kicker, please visit our website or call our hotline:

“The highly anticipated arrival of Little Kickers to London is finally over!” likelihood increases. By the time obese children reach the age of 6 years, their probability of becoming obese adults is more than 50%. Meanwhile, obese adolescents have a 70-80% chance of remaining obese when they become adults, so the importance of getting children involved in sport at a young age cannot be understated. Little Kickers is the world's largest pre-

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Subway gives KidSport a leg up Submitted by KidSport London Subway Sandwich Shops located in the Greater Toronto area, the Golden Horseshoe, and Southwestern Ontario joined forces with KidSport last year to give back to local communities. From April to August, 2015, more than 900 local Subway Sandwich Shops participated in the “You Share. We Share.” campaign to help support KidSport provide underserviced children with access to organized sport in Ontario. Prior to a youth soccer match on Feb. 28, 2016 at the BMO Centre in London, Subway representatives (Manny Morias and Steve Grover) presented KidSport London Chair Bill Smith and KidSport

Ontario Executive Director David CarrHarris with a cheque for $90,000. The event recognized and celebrated Subway and its franchisees’ support of the KidSport mission of ensuring that all kids can play in communities across Southwestern Ontario through the “You Share. We Share.” program. Subway representatives recently presented KidSport London Chair Bill Smith (far left) and KidSport

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LVCAMP 2016 DATES! LVCamp Week #1 July 25-29, 2016; $250 + HST • Two sections! 5 to 10-year-old and 11 to 17-year-old

Submitted by the London Volleyball Club Our mission at the London Volleyball Club is to foster an environment in which young boys and girls can develop not just their ability to play the game, but more importantly, an overwhelming love for the game. Coaches - The first branch of our vision is having the right people in place to help build towards our goal; this support staff is the face of our program and will do everything in their power to ensure you have an amazing experience with our sport. Athletes - The second branch of our vision is empowering the athletes to

become involved with this sport for life. Building one's love for the game allows a lifetime of enjoyment staying connected to ‘all things volleyball.’ Community - The final branch of our vision is the volleyball community. Sure, there are other things in life, but where better to meet life-long friends, create lasting memories, and gain the personal satisfaction of being a part of something bigger.

LVCamp Setter + Libero Edition Aug 3-5, 2016; $200 + HST (*NOTE - three-day mini-camp!) • One section! 11 to 17-year-old LVCamp Week #3 Aug 8-12, 2016; $250 + HST • Two sections! 5 to 10-year-old and 11 to 17-year-old LVCamp runs from 9:00am-4:00pm with an ‘extended hours’ package available for $25/week (drop off as early as 8:00am and pick up as late as 5:00pm). Once again, this year we will be at Supreme Courts Volleyball (11 Buchanan Court). Registration is now OPEN.

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Sharks spiking interest in volleyball Submitted by London Sharks Volleyball

When working together makes sense This past season has been a special one for volleyball in the London area, as many new programs were created and the number of successful teams and athletes continued to soar. Supreme Courts Volleyball is largely responsible for this evolution, as it is the only facility in London with six volleyball courts, housing many volleyball programs like Crosscourt Volleyball league for adults, the Ontario Volleyball Association, Supreme Volleyball series in partnership with the Forest City Volleyball Club, Seniors Volleyball League, Advantage Volleyball training, Elite Volleyball Camp, London Volleyball Camp, Kids Learn and Play, the London Sharks Volleyball Club and others.

This year, the London Sharks will become the facility operators at Supreme Courts. This will allow for the club’s very successful programs to continue to grow and expand. Two Sharks teams finished the season as the top teams in London and top 15 in the province in the 13U and 14U girls categories, and most of the club’s players were graduates from the Sharks Developmental Programs, further demonstrating that these programs work. These developmental programs include the Little Sharks program, The SmashBall for boys program, the Sharks Academy, and the developmental program. London Sharks has grown to 10 competitive teams and over 300 players registered in all programs. And these numbers will

grow exponentially next season.

Volleyball House league Finally, London will soon have a Volleyball House league thanks to a partnership between the London Sharks and Supreme Courts. This league is ideal for boys and girls aged 12-16 who are looking to play more volleyball than just at school, but who are not looking to play on a competitive team. Kids will have a chance to learn the game, become better players, meet new friends and have a lot of fun. The league will start in September, and players may register in the summer.

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Butterflies or Pterodactyls? By Dr. Natascha Wesch, PhD We all feel them… butterflies. The truth is, butterflies are neither good nor bad; it’s all in the way you interpret them. Butterflies are what we feel when our stress-response (a.k.a. fight-or-flight response) has been activated; and it gets activated when our brain perceives a potential threat. The key words so far? Interpret, perceive, and potential. Here’s what I mean: butterflies are simply the energy that your body generates to help you deal with a potential threat. The threat doesn’t even have to be real, you just have to think there’s a threat and your stress response switches on. And what most people do once the butterflies start is to think “uh oh, this isn’t good. That feeling in my stomach means that I’m nervous, and nervous is bad.” This is mistake number one! As soon as you interpret the butterflies as bad, then your brain sees this as a threat (something bad is going to hap-

It’s not so much about relaxing and getting rid of the butterflies, Natascha Wesch it’s more about keeping the butterflies within your control and turning nerves into excitement. Here’s the fine print: You actually have to practice this mindset! Yes, you read that right; it doesn’t just happen on its own. The way you think is a skill – you have to train your mind to think in a way that is performance-enhancing. Practice is about repetition, so any time you feel those butterflies, acknowledge them and welcome them! They are there to help you. Smile and focus your thoughts on what you can control. Don’t worry about others, don’t worry about the outcome, just focus on yourself, your game, your strengths. Take control of your butterflies; use them and feel their positive energy!

pen), and your stress response goes into over-drive. And the cycle begins. The little butterflies become enormous pterodactyls that eat away at your confidence. Your heart rate soars, your breathing rate increases, and you begin to sweat (and not in a good way). Some athletes even get sick. This is all normal, but it doesn’t have to be this way. All of these symptoms occur because in times of stress, the body shuns all the blood away from the gut and directs it to the muscles, heart and lungs so that you can spring into action. But as long as you’re stressed, your ‘thinking brain’ shuts down -- that’s why you tend to make mistakes or overthink things. So how do you tame those butterflies? First, you have to see butterflies for what they are: a signal from your brain that says “Hey, pay attention, what you’re about to do is important, so let’s get the energy going.” The key is to interpret that extra energy as a form of excitement. Tell yourself, “Yes, here we go! My energy is flowing, and I’m excited for this game.”

Dr. Natascha Wesch is a Mental Performance Consultant Counsellor & Coach in private practice who works with athletes, coaches, and teams of all levels and sport backgrounds. To learn more and to contact her, visit her website:

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Annual games for seniors Submitted by London Senior Games The concept of annual games for seniors in Ontario began in 1982 when a program was developed through the impetus of the Older Adults Centres Association of Ontario to increase leisure options for active seniors. The Ministry of Tourism and Recreation funded a provincial coordinator, the province was divided into 40 Districts based on geography and population, and very soon, largely through efforts by volunteers in the various communities, thousands of

seniors were competing locally in a wide variety of activities. London Senior 55+ Games (LSG), District 30, is comprised of a group of volunteers who work hard to promote an active lifestyle for seniors through participation in a wide range of activities in the city of London. We meet once a month throughout the year and plan games that anyone 55 years or older can participate in. Our summer games, which run in May and June, consist of the following activities: bid euchre, bocce ball, carpet bowling, contract bridge, cribbage, darts, euchre, floor shuffleboard, golf (18 holes), horseshoes, lawn bowling, slo-pitch, swimming, tennis, and walking, as well as cycling, golf (9 holes), and mini golf billiards. London Senior Games (55+) offers a wide variety of sports and activities during the winter Our winter games, and summer, including badminton, volleyball, table tennis, skating and skiing and more. @SportsXpressLON

which run in November and December, consist of the following activities: alpine skiing, badminton, 10 pin bowling, curling, duplicate bridge, hockey, Nordic skiing, prediction skating, table tennis, volleyball, and crokinole. The winning individuals and teams from each District are eligible to compete at Actifest and Winterfest. Ontario 55+ Summer Games is a threeday competition held biennially every even year. eg: 2016. 2018. Ontario 55+ Winter Games is a three-day competition held biennially every odd year. eg. 2017, 2019. For more information, check out our website!

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A time for reflection… Submitted by London Junior Mustangs During the past five years, the London Jr. Mustangs program has certainly made their presence known in Ontario Football. Since our inception in 2011, we have won five championship titles, and we hope to continue that trend this year. Although there are still many faces from our first days, we have also grown in so many ways. We are happy to announce our new Head Coaches for 2016 with Coach Tom Flaxman at our Varsity level, Coach Jason Kenemy at our Bantam level, and Coach Sean Campbell at the Peewee level. These new coaches join our returning Head Coaches, Coach Jean-Paul Circelli at Junior Varsity and Coach Bruno DeSando at the Atom level. The Jr. Mustangs are happy to announce Coach Mike Circelli as the current President of the club. A well-known member of the football community in London,

Mike brings to our program a great deal of knowledge, not only in the fundamentals of the sport, but also organized sport in general. His time with the Western University coaching staff, the London Beefeater program, and at Catholic Central has provided him with a lifetime of knowledge that we are fortunate to now have with our Jr. Mustangs program. Coach Circelli brings a genuine care for the safety of our players, and the development of athletes on and off the field. He believes in developing, mentoring and coaching our young athletes to be the best they can be. The London Jr. Mustangs have also secured a new facility this year for equipment storage. This facility will allow us to manage equipment distribution, registration, etc., and it is truly a great addition to our program. The facility can be found at 571 Commercial Drive.

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The 2016 season will mark the fifth anniversary of the Jr. Mustangs program, which provides young athletes with a fantastic football experience

Tryouts are currently underway with over 280 young players working hard to earn a position on the 2016 roster. The season will kick off at TD Stadium on May 21. The feature game will be our Varsity division, who will be determined to prove to the Essex Ravens that it’s a new season! This group is certainly ready for a ‘do over’ from the 2015 season, where the Jr. Mustangs lost to the Ravens after a fake punt and an upset of 4 points! We encourage London and area to come out and support this football program and cheer us on! The London Jr. Mustangs program has been fortunate to have some of the best volunteers in London, and without them it would be difficult to be successful. We would like to take this time to thank each of those individuals! For more information, please visit our website (www.londonjuniormustangs. com) or follow us on twitter and facebook for the latest updates.

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Improving London football together Submitted by London Minor Football Association Volunteer coaches are the backbone of every great sports organization. That is especially true with London Minor Football, as our coaches train and prepare in the offseason as well as give their time and energy in the fall. With 24 teams and 3-5 coaches per team, our group of dedicated coaches is second to none. The Bulldogs coaches (who all return in 2016) are a great example of dedicated volunteers. Tyke coach Cam Evans, atom coach Corey Seybold and peewee coach Jason Gnay all work together, as the teams practice on the same field all season long. Both Corey and Jason were involved in the 2015 LMFA all-star teams, while Cam is coaching with the OFC’s Forest City Thunderbirds this summer. When coaches can commit to the same team for a number of

years, they help to build a strong overall program. The Bulldogs saw big improvements in all three age divisions last season, with the peewees losing a thrilling last second semi-final playoff game. Having all their head coaches return in 2016 will help these teams continue to build and get better! Registration for the fall 2016 season

is open online. The season’s registration fee of $275 includes the rental of all football equipment, a jersey to keep, and a team picture. For more information on registration and the 2016 LMFA season, please visit www.lmfafootball.ca or call 519-852-4465.

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still coaches today after 15 years. John Jakobi, another long-time coach, is currently the head coach of the Hawks’ tyke age team. Meanwhile, George McQueen from Parkside coaches the peewees. The head coach of the atom Hawks is Paul Chapman, who won the LMFA atom coach of the year award in 2015. He also runs a flag league in St. Thomas in the spring called Game Time Flag Football, an initiative that LMFA supports. In 2015, the tyke and peewee Hawks both reached the LMFA semi finals, while the atom Hawks lost in the championship game. Several players and coaches from the Hawks also participated in the London Minor Football vs. Windsor Minor Football all-star game in November.

league football to boys and girls aged 7 to 13. We teach fundamental football skills, as well as teamwork and sportsmanship in a fun, relaxed setting. There is a place for every child, regardless of size, athletic ability or experience. Our mission is to prepare players for high school football and to create football fans for life. Registration for the fall 2016 season is now open online. The season’s registration fee of $275 includes the rental of all football equipment, a jersey to keep, as well as a team picture. LMFA has 3 age groups – tyke (7 to 9), atom (10 and 11), and peewee (12 to 13). For more information on registration and the 2016 LMFA season, please visit us online (www.lmfafootball.ca) or call 519-852-4465.

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‘Elite 8’ brings home the Gold Submitted by Joey Pipicelli & Roop Chanderdat It was a warm evening last October when the U13 London Gold Medal Basketball team was born. A group of only eight girls came together to form a team in a club which is well known for its strong boys programs. All but one girl had played organized basketball in the past. This first year team soon became known as the ‘Elite 8’ throughout Ontario Basketball due to their suffocating pressure defense and strong fundamental play. After earning silver medals in two tournaments this season, they finally struck gold at the Provincial Championships hosted in Windsor, Ontario on April

15-17. The ‘Elite 8’ went 3-0 in round robin play, beating teams from Vaughan, Ottawa, and Guelph. They won the Gold Medal game versus the Ancaster Magic, 48-35, played at Windsor Herman Secondary School. The team is looking forward to working on their fundamentals this off-season and coming back together even stronger next season. For more information on the programs and summer camps that Gold Medal Basketball has to offer, check out our website.

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The U13 Gold Medal London Basketball Club won Gold at the Provincial Championships - Front Row (left to right): Shreya Dalal, Emma Rankin, Althea Ebreo, Micaela Howard. Back Row: Coach Joey Pipicelli, Meagan DeNijs, Rachel Pipicelli, Denise Dias, Neela Chanderdat, Coach Roop Chanderdat, Coach Rik DeNijs

Five ‘Stangs added to Wall of Champions Submitted by Jeffrey Fischer and Western Alumni The 2016 Wall of Champions Induction Dinner Ceremony presented by the Champions Club was held in mid-April and honoured five Mustangs Football alumni who have made significant contributions to Mustangs Football. This year’s recipients are below …

Rob Kochel BA’78

Defensive Back, Calgary Stampeeders (1978, 1979, 1980) A gifted player with great instincts, foot speed and field vision, Rob helped the Mustangs win the national championship in two of his three seasons (1976 and 1977). Drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in the second round of the 1978 draft, Rob started at inside safety in his first season and went on to play for three years before an injury ended his career. Today, he lives in Toronto with his wife Dolores, and travels across North America as a nationally recognized keynote speaker and workshop leader in the investment industry.

Irv Daymond BA’85

Offensive Lineman, Ottawa Rough Riders (1986 through 1995) In five seasons with the Mustangs, Irv helped Western capture three Yates Cup titles (1981, 1982, 1985). He also earned Western’s most improved player award in 1982, and was a two-time OUA First Team All-Star. Drafted by the BC Lions, Daymond was claimed by the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1986, beginning a relationship with Ottawa that lasted until 1995. A two-time

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East Division All-Star, the CFL’s defensive players named Irv the CFLPA’s Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1992, and the Rough Riders twice selected him as the team’s nominee for the Tom Pate Memorial Award for his outstanding community work in the Ottawa area. He is currently the Offensive Line Coach of the Laurier Golden Hawks.

Jeff Keeping BA’11

Defensive Tackle & Offensive Lineman, Toronto Argonauts (2005-present) Jeff Keeping joined the Mustangs in 2001, and immediately fit into the Mustangs offence. The 6-5, 240-pound tight end was an OUA Second Team All-Star in 2003. Keeping was drafted by the Toronto Argonauts in 2005. Playing on both sides of the ball, he was named Argos Rookie of the Year. He joined the Montreal Alouettes in 2008, but returned to Toronto in 2009, where he played through 2015. Jeff helped Toronto win the 100th Grey Cup in 2012, and in 2013 he was named an East Division and CFL All-Star, and was the East’s Most Outstanding Lineman. He has signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for this season. Jeff was also recently named the new President of the CFL Players’ Association.

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nant defensive players in Mustangs history. He came to Western in 2007 and made an immediate impact, earning OUA Second Team All-Star honours and helping Western hoist its first Yates Cup title in eight years. In 2008, he helped guide the Mustangs to their first Vanier Cup appearance in 13 years. In 2009, he became the first underclassman in CIS history to be selected in the NFL Draft, going in the fourth round to the San Diego Chargers. He spent four seasons in San Diego, before moving on to stints with the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, and Detroit Lions. He recently signed with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes and will continue his career on Canadian soil in 2016.

Craig Butler BA’13

Defensive Back, Saskatchewan Roughriders (2011-2013) and Hamilton Tiger Cats (2014-present) Craig joined his hometown Western Mustangs in 2007. In his four seasons, he won three Yates Cup titles and racked up four OUA all-star honours (at three different positions -- kick returner, rush-cover, and defensive halfback). He was also a CIS First Team All-Canadian at defensive halfback. He ended his Western career by winning the Dr. Claude Brown Memorial Trophy, awarded to the University’s top male athlete. In 2011, the Saskatchewan Roughriders drafted Craig in the second round, where he played for three seasons before signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2014. He was a West All-Star in 2011, and he won a Grey Cup in 2013.


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could mark the winner of a ‘best-of-five’ ing closer to the crown. scenario between the two for who makes And when all is said and done, the Lightning plan on wearing that crown. it out of the Central Division to the NBLC Playoff tickets can be purchased at the Finals. Budweiser Gardens box office or online. Surely, the Lightning are just as hungry, if not hungrier, than the rest of www.lightningbasketball.ca the league to reclaim their status as the NBLC’s most successful team. There is an air about playoff basketball that is unmatched by other sports. The emotion from both teams is palpable from the opening tip-off. A ferocious Stephen Maxwell slam dunk, a Warren Ward three-pointer to tie a game, or a big block from Marcus Capers to deny the opposing team a basket brings the crowd to their feet and the noise level to a deafening level. You can’t help but be swept up in the moment where the only two Playing together as a team and past playoff experience will be key to the Lightchoices are going home or movning regaining championship glory in 2016

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Year round Lacrosse in London? Submitted by London Minor Lacrosse Association Goodbye, Glen Cairn? Farewell, Farquharson? Sayonara, Silverwood? The London Free Press wrote on December 14, 2015 that ‘London’s hockey community -- players, coaches and especially parents -- could be forgiven if they jump for joy as city hall moves ahead with plans to get rid of those three aged rinks. The trio -- with good ice, but little else -- are easily the least popular hockey venues in London, and likely near the bottom for the entire province, with small viewing spaces, few if any amenities and comically small locker rooms.’ The City of London could make other local organizations, such as London Lacrosse, jump for joy at the opportunity to have a year round venue for our sport. As one of many groups that are forced to take a hiatus when the ice is in, London Lacrosse would welcome a place to call home year round! Our timeframe to access concrete arena floors is currently the latter part of April, at which time our 600+ minor players, along with our Junior B team and the London Werewolves Masters players, are finally able to start their lacrosse season, well behind many other centres. During the winter months, our most dedicated and competitive players travel the snowy roads to other communities that do have appropriate facilities to

offer year round lacrosse. Small towns, in talks with the City of London as part of including Paris and Ohsweken, host such the repurposing process for these aging programs, which makes one wonder why arenas. We, along with other users of dry a city the size of London has nothing pad arena floors, are excitedly looking comparable in the way of winter use dry forward to the day when we have space or turf pads. Even the village of Aylmer is to play our sport year around, and not a step ahead, replacing their ice surface just during the hockey offseason. with turf for the summer. Be sure to follow us on Facebook In order to stay competitive with other (London Lacrosse News) and Twitter lacrosse clubs across Ontario, London (@London_Lax) to learn how you can is forced to make due on gym floors for support us in this endeavour! our spring camps and rep try outs due to www.londonlacrosse.com the lack of appropriate venues in the city. Lacrosse parents would gladly use the small viewing spaces of an aging Silverwood arena versus the open gym at North London Optimist Centre, where there is no glass to protect them from flying hard rubber balls! Goalies would gladly squeeze into the ‘comically small locker rooms’ of Farquharson if it meant having an actual crease around their net! The lacrosse community of London and area The Syl Apps arena in Paris, Ontario boasts a year-round turf floor that looks forward to the draws lacrosse, walking groups, fundraisers, indoor golf, RC flyers, opportunity to engage birthday parties and other endless possibilities.

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It’s time to climb! Submitted by Junction Climbing Centre So you've decided to try climbing! An image is in your mind of standing above the ground, gracefully clinging to a soaring wall. There's a rope, of course ... wait, who's holding the rope? In climbing, your rope safety system is called a ‘belay,’ the person operating the rope a ‘belayer,’ and the act of

controlling it ‘belaying.’ There The rope safety system is called a ‘belay,’ and the most common type is the Top-rope belay are several types of belay. The most popular and common is and try out their new skills. called a Top-rope Belay. The top-rope belay class has been Many people are intimidated by the popular with parents looking to bring thought of being a belayer, fearing their kids, as it allows them to support complicated knots or not being strong and be involved in their child’s climbing enough. But, in fact, belaying is a in a meaningful way. Youth aged 13 and simple, easily mastered skill that can over can learn, and this gives siblings be learned in a couple of hours. a greater opportunity to work together. More than a thousand Londoners The belayer-climber relationship is the have now taken our belay class at foundation of climbing's social, supportJunction Climbing, and are coming ive quality. Belayers do not need to be out to enjoy climbing on Junction’s at the same size or skill of their climbing 40 top-rope climbs. Classes are $55, partner. with a 10% discount when booked If you're thinking about getting deeper with a partner. You'll learn the knot, into climbing, or if you have kids who harnessing, and rope skills necessary would like to, you can book a belay lesto keep yourself and your partner safe son today by emailing: info@junctionthroughout the climb. Participants in climbing.com. the class are given a two-week memMore than 1,000 Londoners have already taken the belay www.junctionclimbing.com bership to the Junction to come back course at the Junction Climbing Centre

Celebrating 30 with a giveaway By SportsXpress Team It’s TLC Landscaping’s 30th anniversary this year, and that means not only celebrations, but a big giveaway! It’s a Landscaping Legacy Project, and with the help of their sponsors, TLC will be giving away landscaping worth $30,000 to those deemed especially deserving within the community that could not otherwise be capable to complete the project. There could be one winner, there could be several, but the total value will be $30,000.00. Anything goes, as long as it’s good for the London community! If you know someone/organization that is in need of some professional landscaping, check out the TLC website (www.TLC. ca) for more details. You can fill out an online form to submit a nomination. A short list of nominees will be visited by June 2016

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Riding into Spring Submitted by Boler Mountain The staff at Boler Mountain is excited also participate in the Treetop Adventure Boler Mountain has different trail networks for riders to kick off the green season this year with Park, games, activities and swimming. of all abilities! the opening of Boler’s mountain bike Come out and ride with us! New this and fitness trails, summer mountain bike spring, Boler is offering Social Saturday Upcoming Events: camps, the addition of new mountain Rides, which will run throughout the • Social Saturday Rides: Start Saturday, bike programs, plus the always exhilarat- summer and begin Saturday, May 7 at May 7 ing Treetop Adventure Park. Ontario’s 9:15 am. This is a great way to meet new • Thursday Night Race Series: Start most dynamic destination for outdoor friends while experiencing a fun ride on Thursday, May 12 (14 weeks) adventure truly offers something for the trails with one of Boler’s Trail Guides. • Maycourt’s Take to the Trail Walk/Run: everyone! If you are interested in learning how to May 14 Boler Mountain has different trail mountain bike, Boler is now offering • Mountain Bike Festival: Sunday, networks for riders of all abilities. There two sessions of evening Adult ‘Learn to July 10 is a skills/warm up loop, a 3km beginner Mountain Bike’ group lessons in May and • 5K Foam Fest: Saturday, August 6 trail, and a 6km advanced trail. If you are June. • Mantis Eco and Arts Festival: looking to run or hike, our fitness trail Boler’s Mountain Bike Race Series is Saturday, August 13 offers 5km of terrain that is an excellent back on Thursday nights! The races are For more information about Boler training facility for endurance running open to everyone of all levels and ages. Mountain’s Programs, Events, Trail and challenge races. Registration opens at 5:30pm and the Rates or Season Passes, please visit our The summer mountain bike camps race begins at 6:30pm. The first race is website! are a favourite with kids aged 7 to 13 scheduled to start on May 12. www.bolermountain.com that love to be in the outdoors and seek adventure. The bike camp offers a unique experience for youth and is led by experienced counsellors who guide campers to develop their mountain bike skills. The Boler’s Mountain Bike Race Series on Thursday nights is open to The summer mountain bike camps offer a unique and fun experience for youth, campers will riders of all levels and ages! and also include time in the Treetop Adventure Park

Want to try something new? Submitted by the Boys and Girls Club Have you heard about the ACT-i-PASS? No? Then keep reading for a great surprise! The ACT-i-Pass program allows all

grade 5 students that live or attend school in the city of London the opportunity to access FREE recreation programs throughout their entire school year. Our

partners, including the Boys & Girls Club of London, the YMCA of Western Ontario, and the City of London, open their doors to all London children in Grade 5 who want to try new recreation programs! Students that register for ACT-i-Pass can also bring one friend, family member or chaperone to select programs for free.

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A new day, a new experience Submitted by REV3K At REV3K, each day offers a new experience and an entirely different routine, developed and taught by our certified coaches and lasting only 50 minutes (or 3K seconds). Expect a fast-paced, exhausting workout where you can pick your own pace but are constantly pushed to your limits. Our 6-week all-inclusive program, REVolution, lets you set your own goals (to lose weight, upping your game, getting ready for big race …), and REV gives you all the tools to achieve them. The program starts with a reset period

followed by a nutritionist-designed diet plan to teach you proper eating habits. Then, combine that with REV3K classes, 1-on-1 coaching, a personalized workout plan and weekly check-in classes.

Push for Tush - Rev3K Sparkles Push for Tush is an annual race that is being held in London. It is Canada’s largest colon cancer-focused event series in the country. It was brought to London last year for the first time, and chaired by one of our REV members, Sheila Builder. Sheila is now a survivor of colorectal cancer. The Funds raised go to national awareness and patient care efforts. A large portion of the funds raised stay in our own community. Last year, part of the funds raised went towards the purchase of surgical instrumentation for a new, less invasive treatment for colorectal cancer called Tamis. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men, and third among women. Join us on Sunday, June 5 for a 5K or 10K, walk or run. Bring your family and friends, help us celebrate the survivors, and honour the lost! For more information about REVolution or Push for Tush, contact us at the Gym (519) 474-2871 or email us at rev3kfitnessrefined@gmail.com. You can also follow us on our Facebook Page!

The Program includes: • Cardio, performance, and strength REV units, which are designed for clients to challenge themselves individually while under the guided eye of our trainers. Completion of 10 REV units are to be completed on a weekly basis. The 10 units are divided in: 3 REV classes, 1 check-in REVolution workout, and any combination of REV units (6), to be determined according to the individual’s goals. • Weekly check-in workout is Wednesday 8-9pm. Clients discuss progress, take measurements, and set up for the new week ahead. • The first reset week will be followed up by a custom meal plan. We use each individual’s age, height, and weight to build a meal plan based on a person’s caloric intake needs.

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week. Students will be able to try many different activities, like aikido, gymnastics, and so much more! Check out their website (www.bgclondon.ca) for the full range of programming. The YMCA is also a great place to be after school. Come and join all the terrific drop-in programs at any of their three locations! You do not need to be a member of the YMCA to access the Act-i-Pass programs. Interested in finding out more? Check out: www.ymcawo.ca. Are you familiar with Spectrum programs? The City of London offers selected Spectrum programs to ACT-i-Pass users. Check out the Act-i-Pass seasonal calendar on the Middlesex-London in motion™ website (www.inmotion4life. ca). Signing up your child for Spectrum programs is just a phone call away:

519-661-5575. If you are interested in skating or swimming, the Act-i- Pass can be used at any City of London arena or pool for free. Please check available public skating or swimming times before you go. Last, but not least, ACT-i-Pass even offers the opportunity to try a round of golf! The Hickory 9 Hole Golf Club offers one free round of golf when you present them with your ACT-i-Pass card.

teacher. 2. Receive your ACT-i-Pass by mail in July – your grade 5 student can start using it right away! THANK YOU to all of our Community Partners for their continuous support of this program!

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Plenty in store for season four! Submitted by CheerStrike While season three winds down with all CheerStrike teams attending a National Championship competition, season four is gearing up. Team Placements will take place during the first week of May for any athlete aged 3-18. All details can be found on our website under ‘allstar cheer.’ Next season, we are excited to add two new teams to our ever-expanding Royal Family. We will be offering a Youth (11 and under) level 3 team, Youth Heiress, and our first ever Senior team (18 and under), Senior Sovereignty. The talent in our club cannot be contained, and we feel privileged to offer teams that allow our athletes to be pushed and reach their full potential. Why should Alexis Thompson you choose

CheerStrike? Weaved throughout our training is purposeful character development that provides the athletes the opportunity to be good teammates, positive competitors, and coachable athletes who aren’t afraid of a challenge and who persevere through obstacles. If you missed our Team Placements, do not worry, there is always room for more. Simply email us at info@cheerstrikeroyals.com and we will arrange a placement session. Looking for a unique summer day camp experience? CheerStrike is it! We’ll be offering summer camps throughout the month of July. We offer great discounts when signing up for multiple weeks. The more weeks you attend, the bigger the discount! For full details, visit our website. Camp will include special outings, cheer training, games, crafts and so much more. Weeks 2 and 4 will be tumbling intensive for anyone interested in spending a week improving their skills. See you in the summer!

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Stay in form, stay fit, perform better Submitted by Olympic Karate Karate is so much more than simply learning how to fight better. It is a philosophical belief, a system of discipline, a method of protection, and an off-season training method. An off-season training method? That’s right, karate can be a great way to stay in shape and in top form during the fall and winter sports

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offseason! Hockey, and other winter sports, require peek physical fitness, calculated coordination, flexibility and focus. Karate is a wonderful compliment to the skills required for many sports, and the practice of karate can help to maintain the skills developed in other sports and

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the discipline required to remain a healthy athlete. Olympic Karate has classes and private lessons that run all spring and summer, as well as a summer day camp to keep you fit and focused. Our dojo is an ’everyone is welcome’ environment. We encourage all who haven’t tried a karate class to come in and try for free. If you’re nervous or intimidated, we want you to know that we will do our best to make you feel welcome and included. The only thing not welcome is a bad attitude. Call us today to book a free trial class or inquire about our classes or camps! Also, feel free to use the online form on our website to book a free trial class or send us an email at your convenience. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Olympic karate … learn to be your best!

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Hitting the podium in style Submitted by London Gymnastics Academy LGA shone brightly at the 2016 Ontario Championships held April 7-10 in Mississauga. We are so proud of all our athletes and commend them for their hard work, determination and beautiful performances! Five of our amazing athletes earned positions on Team Ontario and will be heading to Quebec to compete at Eastern Canadian Championships on May 5 - 8! One of our LGA stars, Bailey Inglis, placed first overall, winning all four of her events to earn a well-deserved spot on Team Ontario as well as secure a Team Coach position for Jen Kraemer (Head Coach and Owner of LGA). In addition, LGA also had four other athletes earn a spot on Ontario teams. Kayla Sanidad, Level 9, placed first all-around, earning another Team Coach position for Jen Kraemer, while Rachel Simpson (Level 9) placed second all-around, and Alice Zaric and Alena Beniamin (Level 8) also placed second all-around in their respective age divisions. They will also be proudly representing LGA on Team Ontario. On a special note, our three Level 9 athletes won the coveted team competition at Ontario Championships. This is determined by using the top three scores from each team, and with only three scores to use, these girls took the prize! Special congratulations to Chloe Burridge, Level 9, for placing second allaround and qualifying to represent Team Ontario at the Canadian Championships to be held in Edmonton, AB from June 1-5, 2016. We wish all of our LGA Superstars the best of luck at Easterns and Canadian Championships! LGA ALL THE WAY!

the team: “We knew going in that it was going to be a hard push to get this team ready, but this has been a goal we’ve new members for the coming competitive been striving to achieve for the past few season. Come out to London Gymnastics seasons,” she said. “To have helped Academy on May 14, 2016, and we can team 5 Alarm achieve their skills for find an appropriate team for any athlete the chance at National Championships with a desire to develop their personal was a dream come true; to come home fitness and confidence, while creating with a close second-place standing their lasting friendships in a fun atmosphere! first time on the National floor was truly inspiring to witness. It just goes to show londongymnasticsacademy.com what hard work, dedication, and a little (or a lot of) sweat can achieve.” Are you interested in experiencing the rewards and camaraderie that AllStar Cheerleading has to offer? Our team tryouts will be taking place on May 14, 2016! Athletes 11 years of age and under are welcome from 4-6pm, and athletes 12+ from 7-9pm. Email londonheatjamie@yahoo.ca for more details! We are proud to offer 12 teams of varying ages and levels that are looking for Heat Cheerleading’s hottest team, 5 Alarm, brought home an impressive second place trophy from the National Championships this year.

Heat Cheerleading Ring the alarm for London’s hottest team: 5 Alarm! Congratulations are in order for the athletes of London’s only Level 5 All-Star Cheerleading team this season. These spirited athletes have trained persistently to achieve the new skills required to compete in the National Championships. And all their hard work paid off when they came home with the second place trophy! Coach Jamie has nothing but praise for

LGA enjoyed great success at the 2016 Ontario Championships, as five local athletes earned positions on Team Ontario, while the Level 9 athletes won the team competition at the provincial event

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PCG promotes playing many sports Submitted by Power Cheer Gym Early spring is maximum competition time for cheerleading, and the Power Cheer Gym Vipers have been busy on both sides of the border. Close to 120 athletes and family members from the Junior and two Senior teams were in Orlando in March as a tune up before the CE Nationals in Niagara Falls. PCG placed three teams on the podium at Nationals this year. The younger ‘local’ teams also had excellent results at their respective Provincials and Finals, posting their best scores of the season in April to close out the year. The Vipers’ Special Needs team ‘S-10’ also competed at the CE Nationals in April. The London Knights connected again with the Vipers at FanFest in March, as 30

Viper athletes from all age groups put on a demonstration at Bud Gardens prior to the opening round of the OHL playoffs. Mother Nature was in a great mood that day, and the thousands of fans were treated to plenty of acrobatics and fun for their warm and sunny afternoon pregame. ‘Off-Season’ means play more sports, and the PCG staff firmly believes in the value of having athletes involved in multiple sports and school activities throughout the year. As such, once the competition season wraps up, we encouraged our kids to participate in other sports, summer leagues and camps. The unfortunate norm in the cheer industry (as well as a lot of other youth sports) is to lock members in to 11-month schedules and year round training. Overtraining does NOT produce better athletes, and PCG feels that its athletes greatly benefit from

having the freedom to enjoy their childhood, learn multiple sport skills, and not be tethered to the gym. It is never too late to get involved at the Power Cheer Gym. See web site for information about pre-tryout Prospects Nights on May 5 and 9th. The fully credentialed, friendly and fun staff and coaches are always available to introduce new athletes to competitive cheer, and families are welcome to come for a visit and test drive us before tryouts! Parents will love our comfortable lounge and reading room overlooking the gym.

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Power Cheer Gym is one of the most successful cheer programs in the province, sending countless teams and athletes to the podium over the years. But PCG is firm in its belief that young athletes should play all sorts of sports in the offseason, choosing diversification over specialization.

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Little Gym of London named Top Franchise Submitted by The Little Gym of London The Little Gym of London was recently named a Top Performing Franchise at The Little Gym Annual Reunion. The prestigious President’s Circle Award recognizes franchises that grow their businesses through the successful delivery of high-energy, fun programs that help children develop physical skills and self-confidence. The award highlights The Little Gym franchise locations that have shown exemplary performance in the previous year in growing their member base. According to The Little Gym President and CEO, Ruk Adams, these top performing gyms ‘excel at delivering a positive

experience for children and their families, attracting new customers, and retaining existing customers by creating a loyal customer base.’ The winning franchises were announced at the annual Reunion Conference, held from March 3-6 at The Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC. This year also marked the 40th anniversary of The Little Gym, which now boasts more than 200 gyms in the U.S. and 300 total worldwide. The company’s reach extends to 30 countries, meaning that The Little Gym’s Reunion attracts an international audience, with attendees from the U.S., Canada, Belgium, China, Australia, India and Brazil. “We are proud to recognize this outstanding group of entrepreneurs at our annual Reunion conference,” said Ruk. “The Little Gym is committed to helping children build the developmental skills and confidence needed at each stage of childhood. The President’s Circle At the company’s annual reunion in March, The Little Gym honoured the Award recipients London, ON chapter with a prestigious President’s Circle Award.

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excel at delivering on The Little Gym promise of helping children develop their physical skills and build a foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits and respect for their own abilities.” “It’s an honour to join the elite group of The Little Gym franchises who have achieved President’s Circle Award status,” said Ed Hughes of The Little Gym of London. “This Award affirms that our dedicated staff is delivering a great experience for London area children designed to help them burn energy, make new friends and have fun while they develop confidence in themselves and improve their physical skills.” Currently, The Little Gym is taking enrollments for Summer Gym & Music Classes and Camps, as well as FALL REGISTRATIONS too! The Little Gym of London is located in Sherwood Forest Mall at 1225 Wonderland Rd N. at Gainsborough. Please call 519-642-0660 or

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Bentley Hearing recognizes Sporting Seniors Featured Organization: The Elmwood Lawn Bowling Club

A sport for all ages By SportsXpress Team & photos by The Elmwood Lawn Bowling Club It’s one of the best-kept secrets in Numerous competitive tournaOld South London, and this spring the ments are organized at various Elmwood Lawn Bowling Club is looking times and days throughout the to give more Londoners the opportusummer. nity to learn about the game and have We’re located at 171/2 Edward a great time. ‘Learn to Lawn Bowl’ Street, mid-way between Bruce lessons will consist of four sessions Street and Elmwood Avenue. (for $20), from May 19 to June 9. Each We celebrated our 100th ansession will run from 10:30am to noon. niversary in 2011. We encourDo you enjoy sunshine and outdoor age visitors, spectators and activities? Do you want to have FUN potential bowlers at all of our while getting some exercise? Do you events. Drop by, say hello, want low cost entertainment? Then and stay awhile! why not come out and check out what lawn bowling is all about! www.elmwoodclub.ca It truly is a sport for all ages. Lawn bowling provides gentle, healthy exercise and competition in a relaxed social atmosphere. It is perhaps the only outdoor sport where men and women, young and old, ex-jocks and ex-loafers, can all compete on an equal footing. Everyone is welcome to visit the Elmwood Club, whether it’s just to watch games or join and receive free instruction from exThe Elmwood Lawn Bowling Club offers fun and exercise for its members and visitors. Give lawn bowling a try this summer! perienced coaches. All you need are flat-soled shoes or sneakers (with no heels). Members are welcome to wear whatVoted Best Hearing Centre for the 5th year! ever clothes suit their style and comfort. The special balls (the bowls) used to play the game can be borrowed from the club. Barb Bentley & Barb Taylor For personalized service, call: Doctors of Audiology New members normally use the AuD., Reg. CASLPO club's bowls until they decide to purchase a set of their own. 460 Springbank Drive, Suite 108, London *Free Patient Parking From the latter part of May to mid-Sept., jitneys (the www.bentleyhearing.com social, mainly-for-fun version of lawn bowls) are organized on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays evenings (7:00 pm), and during the day at 10am.

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TGA Junior Golf Camps now booking! Submitted by TGA Premier Junior Golf TGA of London invites all parents in and around London to register their children now for what many are calling “the summer camps of a lifetime,” … “the most fun kids can have with a golf club in their hands,” and “lifetime friends made with the lifetime game through TGA London.” TGA London has been listening to parents and has created 27 summer golf camps this year at their two great locations: Forest Glen Golf Centre on Oxford next to Fleetway and Crumlin Creek Golf Course on Crumlin Road next to the London Airport. TGA London camps are conducted by trained TGA Premier Junior Golf coaches who have had thorough police background checks completed along with an extensive training program on how to teach all campers aged 4 to 14 how to play golf and have the most fun possible at our TGA London camps. On this page you will see a coupon offering To claim your discount use a first lesson free promotional code londisc20

($40 value) for any of our year round golf enrichment programs. When registering for a summer camp in 2016, you may also use this coupon to get a special SportsXpress discount off the price of a summer camp package (provided that you register your child or children before June 15, 2016). Simply use the following promo code at checkout: londisc20. This will give you not only $40 off the price of a camp, but a sensational $65.80 off the cost of our full day/full week camps and $47.80 off the cost of our ½ day camps, courtesy of SportsXpress. To register, simply go to www.PlayTGA.ca/London, click on Sign Up Today, in the search

bar type in Forest Glen or Crumlin Creek (whichever location you prefer), select the camp date you would like, and get registered. If you need more information or assistance, please email Joe Barnes at jbarnes@playtga.com or call our office at 519-457-1473.

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Why is Junior Golf important? Submitted by City of London Municipal Golf Golf is a sport that boys and girls can play at a young age and enjoy for the rest of their lives. When golfing at the City of London Municipal Golf Courses, juniors meet new friends, enjoy the health benefits of physical exercise, learn to manage their emotions, set personal goals, improve their concentration, and learn valuable communication skills all while having fun outdoors. Golf helps shape the lives of juniors by teaching them the following key life values:

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Responsibility and Respect Honesty and Integrity Courtesy and Perseverance Sportsmanship and Confidence Our Municipal Golf System promotes junior golf through summer camps, free weekly leagues, free Club Championships, free golf at Fanshawe’s Parkside 9, and by offering low, affordable membership packages and green fee prices for golfers aged 7 to 18.

2016 Junior Camps This program is designed for juniors who wish to learn the basics of golf so that they can enjoy the game for the rest of their lives. Instruction will be provided by PGA of Canada Golf Professionals in a fun, stress-free environment. Junior golfers will be introduced to a proper grip, stance, basic swing mechanics, and short game skills (chipping and putting), as well as rules and etiquette. This is a 4-day morning camp taking place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There will be a 9-hole fun golf tournament followed by a barbecue lunch on the final day. Juniors should provide their own clubs. Proper

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Using HIIT to blast fat Submitted by Sportmax Nutrition High-intensity interval training (HIIT) – performing repetitions of a series of high-intensity exercise bouts followed by rest -- builds fitness and decreases fat faster than prolonged aerobic training. While it can be painful, you can increase endurance, power and strength in only a fraction of the time that it takes to do a traditional aerobic workout.

Do 4 to 8 sets of explosive exercise on a stationary bike, treadmill, rowing machine or elliptical trainer for 30 seconds at 90 to 100 percent of maximum effort. Rest for three to four minutes between sets so that you are fully-recovered. Scientific studies show that HIIT builds endurance, maximal oxygen consumption, increases muscle glycogen and enhances mitochondrial capacity. Give it a try! Kevin DeLuca, the guru at Sportmax Nutrition, is a proponent of high-intensity interval training

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Extreme Indoor Golf, London’s best known secret, is W S London’s only alternative to outdoor golf. Offering practice, game play, lessons, clinics, corporate and private events, we have become the leader in the industry in Southwestern Ontario. State-of-the-art technology offers our clients a realistic alternative to outdoor golf and our unique and welcoming facility is the only one of its kind in London and the surrounding area. What began as a small, one simulator facility has now grown to a 5,300 square foot facility with four simulators, liquor licence, leagues and a large membership base. The AboutGolf technology (as seen on the Golf Channel) offers the most accurate results in simulated golf, basing results on ball flight as well as impact and club head speed. Comfortable, climate controlled private and semi-private lounges come together to make the perfect environment for practice and game play in tthe he off fff season.

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sportsfiles Golf program recognized nationally, internationally By Tyler Schepens Golf has a growing joint initiative between Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada, and the Provincial Associations for recognizing junior golf programs around the country that offer best in-class programming, instruction and coaching. First and foremost, the initiative points parents, teachers and junior golfers in the right direction for finding the best, most welcoming experience for junior golfers. The London area has a nationally recognized program, the London Junior Golf Development Centre (LJGDC). As a National Golf Development Centre recognized by Golf Canada and the Golf Association of Ontario, the LJGDC has certified PGA of Canada Professionals leading Golf Canada’s Golf in Schools, Learn to Play, and Learn to Compete programs. Led by our certified and awardwinning PGA Professional Brian Gallant, the Learn to Compete program fosters the development of competitive junior-aged athletes through a three-stage program in line with the Long-Term Player

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Development model. In 2016, the program sees over 25 juniors involved in the New Competitor, Developing Competitor, and Advanced Competitor stages. Some of the highlights and accomplishments of the juniors involved in the LJGDC programs: Canada Men’s Amateur Championship (1 participant) • Canada Junior Girls Championship (1 participant) • Canada CN Future Links Championships (4 participants) • Golf Association of Ontario Men’s & Women’s Amateur, Junior Boys and Girls, Juvenile Boys and Girls, as well as Bantam Boys and Girls participants • Maple Leaf Junior Tour National Championships (4 participants) • Maple Leaf Junior Tour Ontario event champions (over 5 champions) • U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and Regional event participants • Tyson Tour division champion (over 10 event champions)

Currently, the Learn to Compete program has three juniors on scholarships in the United States. The quality of programming and commitment to junior golf at the LJGDC includes juniors at various stages in the Long-Term Development Pathway. This year, juniors can participate in the following programs: • Active Start (under 6) • Learn to Golf Junior League (ages 6 to 14) • Summer PGA Golf Camps (ages 7 to 14) • Team London New Competitor, Development and Advanced Teams (ages 10 to 22) To become part of this best in-class golf program and community, visit www.golfbetter.ca.

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Strong showing at trials Submitted by the London Aquatic Club The London Aquatic Club was represented by seven swimmers at the 2016 Olympic Trials and Para Swimming Trials at the Toronto Pan-Am Sports Centre in Scarborough in early April. Devin Gotell was selected to his third Paralympic team on the strength of his performance in the 100 metre backstroke, shaving more than a second from his previous best time. Devin represented Canada in Beijing in 2008 and London

in 2012, and was also a triple medalist at last summer’s Para Pan-Am Games. Maggie MacNeil will also represent Canada this summer in Hawaii as a member of Canada’s 30-swimmer strong Junior Pan Pacific team, which will compete against teams from the U.S., Australia and Japan, among others. Also competing at the Trials for LAC were Jessica Allen, David Armstrong, Paulina Bond (who was recently named Western University’s 2016 female athlete of the year), Ryan Estabrooks and Brayden Salmon. Bond and MacNeil Maggie MacNeil will swim for Canada this summer in Hawaii as a member of the established new LAC club

LAC will host 800 swimmers at its annual Hollandia Invitational meet in mid-May

records in the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly, respectively. On the Saturday of the competition, 55 LAC swimmers and staff arrived to cheer on their teammates, as well as complete a training session in the main competition pool between the racing sessions. It was an opportunity for them to see ‘up close’ how Canada’s best swimmers race. LAC also sent a group of 16 swimmers to Florida for a training camp over the March Break, and the club will host its annual Hollandia Invitational swim meet in mid-May, which will be attended by 800 swimmers from across southern Ontario.

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More than 50 LAC swimmers and staff got the opportunity to cheer on their teammates and watch up close some of Canada’s best swimmers at the 2016 Olympic Trials and Para Swimming Trials in April in Toronto.

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Middlesex tops in SW Ontario Submitted by Middlesex Swimming More than 60 teams and 600 swimmers competed at the 2016 Ontario Masters Swimming Championship on April 1-3, and when the water settled, the Middlesex Masters swimmers were fifth in the province and #1 out of all teams from Southwestern Ontario. A total of 31 Middlesex swimmers competed at this year’s Masters event, which was held at the Markham Pan Am Centre. And an impressive 76 medals were won by the Middlesex team, including 32 gold, 23 silver, and 21 bronze. Every member of the team scored point with a top 8 finish, thus contributing to the team’s fifth-place showing overall and #1 in Southwestern Ontario. The individual highlight for the Middlesex team was a provincial record set by Terri MacDougall in (female 50-54 category) in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:23.31.

About Middlesex Swimming Middlesex Swimming is a positive and exciting Masters team consisting of over 80 swimmers (and growing!). New members are welcome any time during the year. We will help you achieve your individual and team goals. For more info, check us out online (www.middlesexswimming.ca) or email info@middlesexswimming.ca. you can also follow us on twitter! @Middlesexswim

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Rugby FAQ Submitted by St. Georges Rugby We know you’ve got questions about rugby, so we’ve put together a little guide to help you out … Q: Do you have to have experience? A: No way! We love having new players out. We start with the basics and work from there. Q: Can both boys and girls play? A: Sure can, we have teams for both boys and girls, men and women. Q: How old do you have to be to play? A: If you’re between 6 and 80 years old and can pass a ball, we’ve got a team you can play on. Kids start with minis,

move to juniors, then senior teams, and finish their playing careers on the ‘old boys’ Got some questions about the wonderful game of rugby? We’ve got answers! team (open to both men and you get a few bruises? Yes, but that’s part women). of the fun, I promise! Q: Do you have to be ‘huge’ to play? A: No. That’s one of the great things Q: How many players are on the field about rugby; there’s a spot for everyone at once? on the pitch. Each position requires difA: Fifteen is the standard number, howferent strengths and abilities, so there’s a ever there’s a faster paced version called need for different sizes and body types. Seven’s, where there are only 7 players a Q: Am I going to get hurt? side. A: Yes and no … this is where we difQ: Do I need to have any special skills ferentiate between being hurt and being to play? injured. Rugby A: Not especially. Passing and tackling tends to have fewer injuries than are all taught at practice, so just a willingness to learn is required! other sports due If you have any other questions, just to the time spent shoot us a line (LondonRugbyFC@gmail. learning proper com). Or better yet, come out and watch tackling, scruma game! ming and contact

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Happy, Healthy and Moving By Richelle Hirlehey for Dance Extreme and photo by Charlotte Brown With the daily stresses we experience, and with the busy lifestyles we have, it is important to find activities that provide dual health benefits for our bodies. Dancing provides physical, psychological, and social benefits galore. Making dance a part of your everyday lifestyle can improve your mood and be a great source of exercise for you. Dancing gets your heart rate up, and is therefore a good form of aerobic exercise, which boosts your heart health and general well being. Dance has also been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, and stress and boost self-esteem, body image, coping ability, and overall sense of well-being, with the benefits lasting over time. In a study on Dance Movement Therapy by Arts in Psychotherapy, it was proven that dance is effective in increasing the quality of life and decreasing the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Many studies have found that dancing can improve balance and gait in frail elderly people. Some have shown improvements in gait, walking speed, and reaction time, as well as cognitive and fine motor performance. Additionally, in the past fifteen years much research has been conducted on the benefits of dance for people living with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is characterized by rigid muscles, slowed move-

ment and impaired balance. Dance for hip hop, jazz and Bollywood. There are PD, a non-profit collaboration between many dance forms available to suit your the Mark Morris Dance Group and the individual comfort level and style. Brooklyn Parkinson’s Disease Group, has With the benefits of dance being countgrown to provide classes to those living less, consider incorporating dance into with Parkinson’s Disease and has develyour regular physical activity routine. You oped a training program for dance educa- never know, the combination of music tors. Special populations can gain many and movement may just perk up your of the same benefits through dance. spirits while providing some necesThere are many social dance styles that sary exercise. The social, emotional appeal to people as well. If you want an and physical benefits are endless. Live upbeat, calorie-burning style, you can happy, make healthy choices and keep try jazz, tap or swing, for instance. If you moving! want something more reserved, there is www.danceextreme.com tango. Foxtrot is a good choice for beginners; quickstep for more advanced dancers. If you are looking to sway your hips, try salsa or mambo. Many of these styles you can learn with or without a partner. Many gyms also provide fitness classes in the form of Zumba that incorporate more traditional Studio Owner Rebecca Brettingham-Filice guides and instructs some of Dance Extreme's students. dance styles like

Keeping dancers healthy By Emma Jack From an early age, wherever I went I was dancing. I trained classically in ballet throughout my childhood and early adulthood, and with each year my passion grew stronger. Unfortunately, so did the wear and tear on my body. And as injuries mounted, I was forced out of the studio and chose to pursue a career in physiotherapy. I knew that I was no longer going to be a prima ballerina, but I wanted to ensure that other young dancers did not face the same obstacles

and countless injuries I had experienced. My time in the dance studio was not in vein, but instead helped create a

Though dance may not be viewed as a mainstream sport, young dancers place high physical requirements and demands on their body, not unlike other athletes. A special combination of strength, flexibility and motor control are all required in a dancer. Small and often subtle changes or compensations in movement will easily lead to injury and delay recovery. It is critical that these small issues are caught early before injuries begin to mount. A quick screening by a physio-

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Summer means time for tennis Submitted by OF COURTS If you haven’t already heard, Canadian tennis is starting to heat up. With stars like Milos Raonic currently ranked #12 in the world, Genie Bouchard #42, and Vasek Pospisil #25, there is no better time to get your kids into one of the most exciting sports around. For the past 35 years, thousands of kids have started their journey of a lifelong passion in tennis at the John Hatch Tennis Center. With the best summer Junior tennis camps in the region, Boys and Girls aged 6-18 of all skill levels can learn from some of the best instructors in the city. These camps provide technical instruction, drills, games and exercises designed to promote the skills necessary to enjoy ‘The Sport of a Lifetime.’ Camps run Monday to Thursdays from 1pm-4pm. Two different locations are

available: John Hatch Tennis Center, Wonderland Rd. S, or University Tennis Center, UWO Campus. A 10% discount is also offered for 2nd and 3rd members of the same family. The camps run every week of the summer, excluding Aug 1-5. The cost to attend is $168/week (HST Included).

If you’re interested in signing up, please contact info@johnhatchsportscamps.com or call 519-652-2205. All camp participants will receive 10% off any purchase at OF COURTS racquet sport store at 121 Oxford St E. (SE Corner of Oxford and Talbot).

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The John Hatch Tennis Camp offers youth aged 6-18 (of all skill levels) some of the best instruction in the region while they learn and develop skills to last a lifetime.

therapist can be critical in this process and lead to a lifetime of healthy dancing!

My advice for the injured dancer • Breathe and don’t be a hero. If you continue to dance when you have an injury or are in pain, you are much more likely to make that injury worse and lengthen your rehabilitation time. • Find a physiotherapist who knows and understands a dancer’s body and the demands for return to activity. • Stay in the studio while you rehabilitate your injury! Your physiotherapist should be able to provide you with exercises to keep the rest of your body in shape while you watch. Being in the studio is good for you, both physically and mentally. • Don’t go back too soon! Many dancers

are worried that their teachers will be upset with them for taking too much time off. But often, teachers would rather you take the time to heal properly and prevent further or reoccurring injuries. • Listen to the advice of the medical professionals. If your therapist or doctor makes recommendations that you don’t like or agree with, ask them more questions and clarify why those are their suggestions. They will be keeping your body’s best interest in mind – and you should too! Emma Jack is a physiotherapist at ReActive Physiotherapy who specializes in working with dancers. She has also worked with Hockey Canada.

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Finch, Bone big winners at Mustangs Gala Submitted by the Western Mustangs Men's football player Will Finch and women's track and field athlete Robin Bone were recognized for their outstanding careers as the Western Mustangs held the 2015-16 Athletic Awards Gala at the London Convention Centre in early April. Finch became the 77th winner of the Dr. Claude Brown Memorial Trophy, while Bone was named the 60th F.W.P. Jones Trophy winner. Both awards are presented to an athlete judged to have made the greatest contribution to intercollegiate athletics within the university during their time at Western. In his four seasons with the Mustangs, Finch established himself as one of the greatest players in Western football history. Leading the purple and white to the 30th Yates Cup in program history in 2013, he also guided the Mustangs to a pair of undefeated regular seasons in both 2013 and 2015. A two-time OUA MVP, three-time OUA All-Star, and two-time CIS All-Canadian, Finch ends his career in third place on the Mustangs all-time passing list with 8,243 yards in 30 regular season games. His 3,047 yards in 2013 was the highest single season total in Western football history. For the past four seasons, no one has dominated the OUA and CIS pole vaulting ranks like Robin Bone. The London native

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captured gold at the OUA Championship in each of her four seasons, while also taking silver at the CIS Championship in 2013 before claiming CIS gold in each of the past three years. Owner of 19 meet records, Bone holds the OUA and CIS in-season and championship records, as well as the Thompson Arena pole vault record. Along with her OUA and CIS success, Bone has competed on the international stage, representing Canada on the World Youth team, Pan Am Junior team, U23 National team and at the FISU Universiade. Meanwhile, receiving the fourth ever Male Athlete of the Year Award was track and field athlete Riley Bell. Bell posted his best season to date in 2015-16, starting the season ranked first in the CIS in long jump and finishing it with a gold medal at the CIS Championship. He also took the top spot at the OUA Championship, posting a personal best of 7.49m, as well as earning a silver medal in triple jump. For his efforts, he was recognized as the OUA Male Field Event MVP. Paulina Bond claimed the fourth Female Athlete of the Year Award after an outstanding final season in purple and white. The fifth-year senior earned a Graduating Athlete Award of Distinction at the OUA Championships after winning three gold and three silver medals, along with setting an OUA record in the 50m butterfly. She continued her success at the CIS Championship, winning the Sprinter's Cup after taking the top spot in both the 50m and 100m freestyle, while also winning gold in the 50m butterfly. Also presented were the prestigious Purple Blanket awards, given to studentLondonSportsXpress

athletes, usually in their graduating year, that are judged to have made an outstanding contribution to Western athletics. This year, 14 Purple Blankets were handed out. The recipients included: Robin Bone, Paulina Bond, Brent Duncan, Will Finch, Greg Morrow, women's Katelyn Gosling (Hockey), Tenyka Snider (Lacrosse), Jill Moffatt (Rowing), Jennifer McNaughton (Swimming), Ricky Osei-Kusi (Football), Adrianna Giuffre (Badminton), Tori Edgar (Soccer), Izzy Ogieva (Track & Field), and Shannon Davidson (Softball).

www.westernmustangs.ca MUSTANGS TEAM MVPS: Men's Badminton: Bryan Jok and Daniel Paulson (co-MVPs) Women's Badminton: Karissa Chan Baseball: Nolan Anderson Men's Basketball: Greg Morrow Women's Basketball: Mackenzie Puklicz Men's Cross Country: Chris Balestrini Women's Cross Country: Kristina Popadich Men's Curling: Aaron Chapman Women's Curling: Kaitlyn Poirier Men's Fencing: Connor Wilson Women's Fencing: Marie Lecoq Field Hockey: Emily Cozens Figure Skating: Jessica Reid Football: Will Finch Men's Golf: Joshua Zhang Women's Golf: Sara Holland Men's Hockey: David Corrente and Stephen Gaskin (co-MVPs) Women's Hockey: Katelyn Gosling Men's Lacrosse: Jordan Jones-Smith Women's Lacrosse: Sheehan Mulholland and Jacqueline Owens (co-MVPs) Ringette: Amanda Storie Men's Rowing: Aaron Kirkey (Heavyweight), Matthew Christie (Lightweight) Women's Rowing: Genevieve Favreau (Heavyweight), Larissa Werbicki (Lightweight) Men's Rugby: Mike Turnbull Women's Rugby: Andrea Bowra Men's Soccer: Parker Seymour Women's Soccer: Angelika Mihalopulos Softball: Melanie Smith and Shannon Davidson (co-MVPs) Men's Squash: Stefan Houbtchev Women's Squash: Holly Delavigne Men's Swimming: Gamal Assaad Women's Swimming: Paulina Bond Table Tennis: Changjing Zhu and Rongge Zhang (co-MVPs) Men's Tennis: Vahagn Tonakanian Women's Tennis: Helen He Men's Track and Field: Riley Bell Women's Track and Field: Kaleigh Hole Men's Ultimate Frisbee: Wesley Tin Women's Ultimate Frisbee: Jacqueline Man Men's Volleyball: Matt Hooker Women's Volleyball: Kat Tsiofas Water Polo: Jared Webster Men's Wrestling: Kyle Bonk-Dann Women's Wrestling: Alyssa Medeiros and Julie Steffler (co-MVPs)


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Join the ball hockey craze! Submitted by Ball Hockey International BHi London is an outdoor ball hockey facility located at the Curinga Italian Canadian Sports Club on the corner of Clarke Rd. and Hamilton Rd. BHi London offers organized ball hockey leagues year-round for all ages and genders. Our facility is also commonly used for rentals and birthday parties, and as a dry land training component that allow teams to focus on drills prior to going out on the ice. This allows the teams to use the full hour of ice time to implement drills previously taught on the ball hockey rink. Also, it is great for team-building exercises, having fun, and staying in shape. BHi London offers a wide range of divisions for participants, which are geared to their respective skill levels and competitiveness. Typical divisions

include: Men’s & Ladies, as well as Youth divisions for the following age groups: 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years, 13-15 years, and 16-17 years. In recent years,

involved in various divisions and skill levels. The league activities become social within BHi’s club-like setting. The team and/or player registration fees are minimal with negligible equipment costs. With the continued rise in costs of other sports, ball hockey is a proven affordable recreational alternative. BHi London operates four seasons per year: Spring (March to May); Summer (June to August); Fall (September to November); and Winter (December to February). Teams play a 12game regular season schedule plus playoffs. Teams consist of a minimum of 11 players each and all teams qualify to participate in the playoffs. Register now for the Summer Season!

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Chelsea Zavitz East Elgin Secondary School Chelsea Zavitz is an honour roll student at East Elgin Secondary School, where she is a multi-sport athlete competing in basketball, hockey and soccer. During her secondary years, she has been acknowledged with multiple awards and achieved many accomplishments, including a podium WOSSAA standing in all three sports and an OFSSA bronze medal in soccer. Chelsea has won multiple MVP awards, and has been recognized as Junior Athlete of the Year and Leader of the Year. The young athlete was also presented with the Stu Phoenix Award, given to an E.E.S.S athlete who displays characteristics like determination, strong work ethic, and a desire to attain success. Chelsea demonstrates outstanding leadership abilities, and was selected as co-president of her school’s Athletic Association. Chelsea has often been recognized as either the captain or assistant captain of her teams. She is also active in her community, volunteering her time to coach the past three seasons in the St. Thomas Soccer Club (the U-8, U-9 and U-10 girls competitive teams). In addition, Chelsea has organized and run clinics for the East Elgin Youth Basketball club, and has also coached the St. Thomas Shock Novice girls basketball team for the past two seasons.

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May 14-15 & 21-22 Slow Pitch Ontario Superseries, London Area

May 28-29 Play On! 4 On 4 Hockey Tournament, Victoria Park

May 21 Stephanie Worsfold Classic - Body Building Competition, Centennial Hall May 27-29 London Blue Devils Invitational Tournament, Kinsmen Arena/Stronach Arena May 27-29, June 3-5 11th Annual Cardinal Classic Tournament (baseball), Doug Tarry Sports Complex May 28 Fanshawe Yacht Club Annual Open House, Fanshawe Park May 28-29 Play On! 4 On 4 Hockey Tournament, Victoria Park May 28 MEC London Race Three: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, Potterburg Park

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May 28-29 & June 25-26 St Thomas Soccerfest, Athletic/Cowan Park, St Thomas

June 12 SMGH Colour Run for Health, Strathroy Hospital

May 29 Kids Tri 4 Kids, Carling Heights Community Centre

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May 29 Run the District Running Series: Chuckle Run, Western Fair District June 3-5 London Pickleball Tournament, North London Optimist Centre June 5 Rock the Road 10K, Masonville Place

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June 19 Runners' Choice Father's Day Walk/Run, TD Waterhouse Stadium

June 8 KidSport London Golf Tournament, The Oaks Golf Course

June 24-26 Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals, Grand Bend Motorplex

June 25-26 Slow Pitch Ontario Superseries, London Area June 25 London's Corporate Challenge, Harris Park June 25 UFE Showdown - Natural Fitness, Centennial Hall

July 17 Running the District Series: I Run for Ice Cream, Western Fair District

June 26 Ride Don't Hide, Thames Park

July 23 Rug-Rat Back Pack Beach Volleyball Tournament, Port Stanley

June 27 Lexus of London Golf Classic, The Oaks Golf Course

July 23-24 Slo-Pitch Super Series, Slow Pitch City

July 1 Embro Highland Games, Embro

July 23-24 Rona MS Bike Tours, Grand Bend to London

July 8-10 Slo Pitch Ontario Eliminations, Slow Pitch City

July 28-August 1 STIHL Timbersports at Rib Fest, Victoria Park

July 10 MEC London Century Ride: 60K/100K/160K, Railway City Brewery

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North London Nationals - Minor Atom MD The North London Nationals Minor Atom MD squad is a team made up of 9 and 10-year-olds who are passionate about hockey and are constantly learning and improving on the ice. The team had only four returnees from last year, so the majority of the 2015-16 squad was firstyear competitive. That showed at the beginning of the year, as the Nationals spent the first third of the season in last place. But things quickly turned around, due to hard work and determination by the young players and the coaches alike. Impressively, by the time playoffs rolled around, the Nationals were the team to beat! In the post-season, the squad eventually bowed out after a heartbreaker of a loss in a triple overtime game in the Alliance final in Niagara. But what a season it was. Going from the basement to the top of the league was a phenom-

enal feat for the Minor Atom Nationals, and they should be proud of their accomplishments. From Day 1, the team showed that its strengths were its level of determination – both on and off the ice, and their level of respect for one another, as well as for

their coaching staff, their opposition, the referees, and the game of hockey itself. Besides dedicating themselves to respect, the team worked hard all year on every facet of the game to improve, and most importantly they made sure to focus on having fun!

North London Nationals - Minor Atom MD Back row (left to right): Coaches Kris Dinel, Mark Santandrea, Paul Murphy. Standing players (l to r): Ben Kopichanski, Jacob Skocir, Elliot Hindle, Noah Radbourne, Matt Murphy, Owen Thompson, Lawson Pender. Kneeling players: Brason McConnell, Rainey Chamberlain, Ryan Dinel, Jessica Lee, Nick Loupos, Liam Ironside, Grady Santandrea, Brennan Hayward. Goalies: Ethan Sorges-Speers, Ryan Swinamer

Elgin Middlesex Chiefs - Minor Atom The 2015-2016 Elgin Middlesex Chiefs Minor Atom squad (b. 2006) plays in the Alliance AAA division, which includes centres from Hamilton to Windsor. According to myhockeyrankings, the team is ranked #7 in Ontario, quite an accomplishment for

Western Division (and finishing with the top record – by 5 points – among all Alliance teams). Most recently, the Chiefs squad became Alliance Playoff Champions after defeating the London Jr. Knights. This year’s team motto was ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’ (TEAM), and the players truly bought in right from the beginning of the season. Head Coach Marc van de Ven’s goal was to take 17 very skilled hockey players from various different centres, bring them together and build upon their individual skills and abilities, but all while instilling in them the belief in a team-first system and concept. Not only did the youngsters achieve that, but they enjoyed some impressive accomplishments along the way – including outside of regular season play at four tournaments throughout the year. Through determination, perseverance, a strong belief in themselves, and most of all, a TEAM concept, the Chiefs did great things on the ice this year and they should be proud of their accomplishments!

an impressive group of 9 and 10-year-old boys. Besides two scheduled games per week, the Minor Atom Chiefs practice for at least an hour and a half weekly. And boy has it paid off. The team posted a regular season record of 27 wins, 3 losses and 2 ties while winning the Alliance

2015-16 Elgin Middlesex Chiefs - Minor Atom From the top left to right: Bench staff : Jim Griffith,Tim Stubgen, Marc van de Ven, Mark Kerr. Top Row : Dawson Watson, Aidan MacMillan,Julian Stubgen,Donovan Appleford, Owen Gray, Owen van de Ven, Nathan Lee , Caiden Kerr. Bottom: Rene VanBommel,Cameron Reid,Dylan Richter, Lucas Wilson , Ryder O'Neil , Colin Langstaff. Goalies in front : Dawson Walcarius , Logan Griffith

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Play On! returning to Vic Park Submitted by Play On! The largest sports festival in southelement is a barrier to entering the sport, love street hockey, and the way the kids western Ontario, Hockey Night in so Play On! is a fun alternative to share react seeing them play in the same event Canada’s Play On! is gearing up for a and enjoy the game.” is absolutely priceless.” return to Victoria Park in London on May Celebrity appearances are also the www.playon.ca 28 & 29. norm at Play On! with over 70 NHL playOver 600 teams are expected to ers having particicompete in what has become an annual pated in the event PLAY ON! QUICK FACTS: highlight for the Forest City. in past years. Dates: May 28-29, Victoria Park, London “It’s the consummate Canadian event,” “I’m continually Team registration at: www.playon.ca/events/london said Scott Hill, the founder of Play On! amazed when I see Age divisions from 7 & under to 55+ and a local area resident. “Families, superstar athletes Teams also divided by ability & gender – rookies, veterans, women, men. friends gathering to enjoy our national signing up to All can enjoy! game in the heart of the city makes for a participate in our really special weekend.” event – they really New for this season is an increase in the number of youth age divisions to address competitiveness concerns. “Our research was showing us that teams were losing on the basis of their relative age, so we’ve added more divisions – 8-year-olds will now only play against kids the same age rather than potentially playing a team of 9-year-olds,” said Hill. Interestingly, the event attracts quite a few non-hockey players as well. “Almost 50% of our audience doesn’t play ice hockey, which is pretty amazing,” said Hill. “I Back by popular demand, Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! is set to return to London this spring (May 28 & 29) with more than think that for some, the skating 600 teams participating.

Hockey Tourney gives KidSport a boost Submitted by KidSport London and photo by Ryan Robinson Since its inception in 1974, the Ontario Electricity Utility Workers Hockey

Tournament (OEUHT) has brought together utility employees from all over Ontario for the annual 3-day event. Each event raises money for local charities. A tournament player since the first event in ‘74, Mike McElwain took over as tournament organizer in 1985. The OEUHT now travels back and forth between Kingston and London. In 2012, Mike approached KidSport London as the OEUHT charity of choice. With the two past

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events held in London, just under $20,000 has been raised. April 1 kicked off the third year for the event in London, and we are proud to announce that we raised $13,500. We at KidSport London are so appreciative of Mike and his amazing team of helpers, his corporate sponsors, Power Workers’ Union-Meridian, Real Clean Gear, and of course the 66 teams that participated in the tournament. We look forward to your return in 2018!

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The benefits of girls house league hockey By Andrea Chisholm and John Fryer, House League Director The London Devilettes Girls Hockey Association (LDGHA) provides a house league program to enable girls to play hockey in a recreational format with the emphasis on fun, fair play, and safety while encouraging participation in a lifelong social and athletic endeavour. LDGHA runs programs for girls ages 4 through 21. Teams play games once per week, and have practices once per week in most divisions. There are no practices in Midget/ Intermediate. Our Tyke (4 to 6-year-olds) program is focused primarily on development, with scrimmages in the second half of the season. Games and practices are LDGHA house league teams all at City of play games once per week and also practice once per London Arenas. week

Other than participation in a couple of optional tournaments, there is no travel outside the city of London. The season is approximately 26 weeks long, running from October through March. Registration is opening in June for the upcoming 2016/17 season.

Benefits of girls hockey • The change room atmosphere is allgirls, creating a safe environment that is full of laughter, cheers, music, and socialization. • There are many social opportunities in all-girls hockey, beginning with team warm-ups, dressing room participation, social events, tournaments, and activities outside of hockey. This allows for friendships to develop that extend beyond the arena. • Girls can feel more comfortable playing with other girls, and as a result can be more engaged, play harder, and build more confidence vs. playing with boys. They can have more time with the puck, and can receive and send more passes to and from girl players.

• Girls can enjoy hockey more when they play with other girls. At all ages, girls feel like part of the team, feel respected, and see cooperation and teamwork on a girls’ team. Most of all, girls can be more likely to stay in the sport if they are playing on girls’ house league teams.

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McDavid Skills PAK = SUCCESS The 2015/2016 season saw Power Edge Pro release the McDavid Skills PAK to teams across Canada. Each player who signed up received a McDavid Dangler to train with at home, iPad software containing Connors stickhandling curriculum, and the McDavid Skills Series (on-ice program). Each team received 10 on-ice PEP training sessions. Three London Junior Knights coaches signed up for the PAK, and each one of them experienced a very successful season, winning the Alliance Championships! PEP London would like to congratulate these coaches and their teams!

ment, but it did so in a true team environment. PEP improved the players’ skating, and it also improved core strength, conditioning and creativity. This all translated into a more confident player, especially with puck possession. Our team focus was always about skill development, and PEP partnered with us to deliver a great program. At season’s end, we were crowned Alliance AA Champions and finished ranked 2nd in Ontario.”

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Q&A with Zach Hyman Submitted by Progressive Hockey Development (PHD) Photo by Christian Bonin/TSGphoto.com PHD Athlete and Toronto Maple Leaf forward Zach Hyman is enjoying his time in the Show...

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PHD: What was it like to play for Michigan at Yost Arena? ZH: Yost Arena is amazing. It’s the best atmosphere in all of college hockey. The crowd, the student section, the singing, it is amazing!

#11, Toronto Maple Leafs (at the time of print, Zach was getting ready for the playoffs with the AHL's Toronto Marlies). Minor Hockey Association: GTHL Jr. A Hamilton Redwings University of Michigan Wolverines PHD: Zach Hyman, Toronto boy, GTHL grad, and now Toronto Maple Leaf. How does it feel? ZH: It’s a dream come true. It's awesome! PHD: So, being a kid from hogtown, you must be hounded for tickets from family and friends? ZH: I try to get some tickets, but it’s hard to get them for everyone. As the oldest of five boys, there can be a lot of people asking, but my parents have been a big help in keeping the requests under control so I can focus on hockey. PHD: Who was your favourite NHL team growing up? ZH: The Leafs. PHD: Really? Or are you just saying that because you are now a member of the Leafs? ZH: No, I was a huge Leaf fan growing up. PHD: Who was your favourite player? ZH: Mats Sundin. PHD: Who was your biggest hockey influence? ZH: Definitely my Mom and Dad. PHD: Favourite hockey memory? ZH: My first NHL goal, and playing at the University of Michigan. PHD: Tell us something that most people would be surprised to find out about you? ZH: I am a writer. I have had two children’s books published. PHD: Very cool. What are the titles of the books? ZH: ‘Hockey Hero’ and ‘The Bambino and me’ PHD: Sports books. Nice. Would you like a chance to plug them? Where can someone buy these books? ZH: *(laughs)* Sure. Available at book stores

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PHD: Let’s talk about Michigan. Go Blue! ZH: Go Blue!

PHD: Who do you hate more? Ohio State or Michigan State? ZH: Tough call. Michigan State is a bigger hockey rival, so we will go with that. PHD: So, from Michigan, then drafted by the Florida Panthers, then traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs (for fellow PHD Athlete Greg McKegg) … what is the biggest difference in suiting up for the Leafs? ZH: It’s great to be home, but I would say the huge number of media. PHD: How do you like playing for Coach Babcock? ZH: Its great! He is great. A great teacher, a great communicator, he is just great to work for. PHD: You spent quite a bit of time working with Mike Ellis (PHD Founder and head instructor, and Toronto Maple Leafs Skills Coach). ZH: Oh yeah. Working with Mike has been awesome. He has helped me improve bigtime. PHD: What kinds of things have you been working on? ZH: Everything. He has helped change many aspects of my game. Helped me get to the next level! Skating, edges, transitions. We have worked on eyes up stickhandling, eyes up passing, eyes up receiving, eyes up shooting. Spinning off a check, or spinning off to create time and space. PHD: Sounds like lots of eyes up work. ZH: It is, but I will tell you, it changes the way you play the game. Forces you to get comfortable doing everything at a high speed, high repetition with your eyes up. You see the game better, recognize things happening on the ice soon, with more time to react. It has been a huge game changer for me. PHD: Are you becoming familiar with the PHD language? Crosby's, Skinners, etc. ZH: Yes, for sure. It’s amazing how you can

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take a simple move like a Crosby, and add a single element to that move and it becomes a weapon for you. It allows you to protect the puck, and it allows you to make a play sooner. It’s amazing how quickly you can take what you learn and incorporate it into a game. All this work with Mike has really got my game NHL ready. PHD: What else would you say you have learned from Mike Ellis? ZH: He is big on repetition. Lots of puck touches, lots of edge work. Lots of weight transferring, lots of stick handling, lots of video work. Mike is big on videotaping the sessions and then going over it with the players. He is also great for getting in-game video and showing me how what we have been working on is helping in games. A great teacher, a great communicator. I am grateful that we get a chance to work with Mike Ellis, he has helped change my game for sure. PHD: So, Toronto boy, playing for the hometown Leafs, playing with the Maple Leaf on your chest, your name stitched on the back, in front of friends and family, the team you dreamed of playing for your whole life ... What's next? ZH: Help bring home the Stanley Cup! Where it belongs. PHD: Can't wait to see that! Thanks for the time, best of luck the rest of the way. ZH: Thank you.

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Wildcats growing girls hockey Submitted by Woodstock Wildcats there is a girls only option. The Wildcats are also looking to expand the Kittens program to have more ice times and competition. The current program is a learn to play hockey program. The next level the club is trying to create is a extra ice time per week, more enhanced instruction, and an introduction to games against other organizations. The big success this season for the Wildcats was their Peewee BB team, which recently won the bronze medal at the provincial championships. The organization is very proud of all they accomplished this season. The Wildcats’ mission is to give an opportunity to as many girls in Woodstock and surrounding areas the opportunity to play hockey in a fun and active environment. To learn more about the Wildcats, visit their website!

This year, the Woodstock Wildcats’ women’s hockey program had seven minor teams - Novice (ages 7-8), Atom (9-10), Peewee (11-12), Bantam (13-14) and Midget (15,16,17). We also had two Senior teams, which gives the girls a place to play after they've finished their minor hockey career. In addition to these formal teams, we

also have a beginner’s program called Kittens-Timbits. It is for girls aged 4-7 as a place to start to learn hockey. These girls graduate into the Novice teams. We keep the cost low so that kids and parents can give it a try before the leap to a full-fledged team. There are approximately 140 players across all these levels. Last year, the organization started spring tryouts for the first time. Girls hockey is following boys hockey in this regard. The Wildcats are trying to grow the organization to have teams for both competitive and house league teams. Often, when parents The Woodstock Wildcats’ Peewee BB team won bronze at Provincials. Front row (left to right): sign their girls up in Madison Horne, Marisa Freeman, Morgan Porter, Elizabeth McDonald, Bill Ebel (Coach), Charlise Wharram, Sydney Ebel, Cait Karelsen. Back row: Darryl Wharram, Doug Karn, Madeleine Sloan, the boys program, Morgan Leblanc, Georgia Strickler, Aprile Nash, Ashley Kilgour, Leah Woods, Wayne Murphy, Kyla they don't realize that Csordas, Dani Karn.

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Ball hockey with the Knights Submitted by Lexus of London & Toyotatown Despite cold and wet conditions, more than 600 people came out to the annual London Knights’ ball hockey day on January 31 at Lexus of London and Toyotatown.

The Rollie the Goalie Road Hockey Tournament was a great success once again, as youngsters (14 and under) got the chance to play against some of their favourite London Knights!

It was another great day at the London Knights’ 2016 Rollie the Goalie Road Hockey Tournament

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Western Conference Champions and Sutherland Cup Finalists The London Nationals were in the Sutherland Cup final when this magazine went to print

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Knights fortify roster at OHL Draft By Katrina Squazzin and photo by Aaron Bell, OHL images the Knights’ current playoff run. Max Jones, the Knights’ 2014 first round pick (18th overall), is a nominee for OHL Rookie of the Year and is a projected top 15 pick in this year’s NHL Draft. The Knights already have high expectations for this year’s first round (18th overall) pick, Liam Foudy. The six-foot center is fast on and off the ice. He holds the OFSAA track and field record in midget boys 300-metre hurdles. “Hopefully when you draft a centerman of his size and talent and skill, hopefully one day he’s going to be able to take over your power play and run your half wall and be able to play up and down your lineup, whether it’s in a shutdown role or an offensive role,” said Simpson.

The London Knights continued to bolster one of the league’s leading lineups at the 2016 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection on April 9. Assistant General Manager Rob

Simpson says that the organization looks for three main factors when drafting young, up-and-coming talent. “I think our style of player that the London Knights have always selected has been skill, hockey sense, and have a base in character,” said Simpson. “If we start with those three, we try to see them on the ice, see their skill, what they can do and then obviously get to know them off the ice and see what type of character they have.” The Knights’ three-pillar framework has a history of success. Defenseman Evan Bouchard, the Knights’ first round pick (17th overall) last year, has developed into one of the team’s most versatile Knights fans should get used to the name Liam Foudy, as the players, moving up to forspeedy six-foot centre was taken by London in the first round ward when called on during (18th overall) of this year’s OHL Draft

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The Tornadoes Bantam team struck gold

each other; 3) A positive atmosphere was a must. Moore and the other coaches treated the players like young adults and saw a lot of good – both on and off the ice; 4) They lived by the 3 A’s of hockey: Attitude, Aptitude, and Ability – in that order. The Tornadoes placed no less than silver in each of the tournaments they entered this year, including winning the championship in the highly-competitive Oakridge Tournament held in London. Moore, who has been coaching for five years and been a trainer for eight, at levels ranging from Senior AA to OHL U15, U16, U17, and his favourite local league, says he was impressed by how the team really came together and grew as a unit throughout the year. “It amazes me how quickly a team can respond if you show them honesty, fairness, accessibility and friendship,” he said.

By SportsXpress Team and photo by Diane DeBlaire A slow start didn’t stop the Tillsonburg Tornadoes Bantam squad from achieving their goals. In fact, given that they began the year with four straight losses, their achievements are all the more impressive. By the end of the year, the team of

14 and 15-year-olds found themselves in the division finals of their Intertown local league. Tillsonburg Minor Hockey Inc. (TMHI) has 30 teams and is classified as a BB centre in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA). Coached by Dave Moore, the Bantams were made up of players with varied skills and experience, and they played by four key principles: 1) The entire team played both offensively and defensively; 2) They lived by “A1”, meaning the team was all in it together Back: Price, Chloe, Kyle, Nathan, Matthew, Curtis, Dauntee, Landon, Chris, Haden, and working with Cody, Cole. Front: Dan, Blake, Dave. Missing: Jordan, Dimitri

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North London Blue Sharks, front: James, Carter, Brett, Haden, North London, front: Kyler, Ali, Adnan, Patrick, Ayden, Back: Ethan, Avery, Carson, Logan, Blake, Owen, Josh, David, Jack, Back: Cash, Marcus, Nicholas, Finn L, Alec, Finn T, Steven, Coaches: Matt, Brad, Chris, Jason Ryder, Lexy, Sarah, Jackson, Coaches: Chrissy, Pete

West London Jets, Back: Ella, Emerson, Carter, Reese, Spencer, Front: Frazer, Griffith, Ewan, Mitchell, Nathan, Goalie: Jacob

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West London Canadiens, Front: Ella, Miller, Lucas, Jack, Justin, Maddox, Back: Pat (coach), Nathan, Hardy, Mya, Luka, Cameron, Owen, Coaches: Matt, Bruce, Dan, Ryan

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fromthesidelines Murray inspires Chiefs teammates By Frazier Andrews, for Elgin Middlesex Chiefs Jake Murray has played eight years of AAA hockey and is always ready for a challenge. Late in the 2015-2016 season, though, he faced a challenge off the ice. He felt congested and had frequent headaches throughout the season, but thought it was just a sinus infection. After several visits with doctors, he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor. Though the youngster was devastated by the news, his doctors remained optimistic that his form of cancer would be treated and cured. Jake tackled this challenge head-on, and with the tremendous support of family, friends and teammates, he began his treatments. The weeks and months to follow were filled with mixed emotions, but through it all Jake developed a new appreciation of life and won the admiration of his teammates and opponents. Jake led the Alliance in scoring after 32 games with 51 points (23 goals and 28 assists). He found it very difficult sitting out the first round of the playoffs as he watched his fellow Chiefs lose 3-1 to the Windsor Jr. Spitfires in the first round. He played one playoff game, scoring two goals in a 7-4 loss and realized his road to recovery would take some time. Like most 15-year-old

Jake Murray not only overcame serious illness to inspire his Chiefs hockey players, this year was teammates, but the 15-year-old was also drafted by the extremely important for his Hamilton Bulldogs in the OHL draft. future. This was Jake’s OHL game series, and the Minor Bantam and draft year, and the need to Major Bantam Chiefs, who won their perform at an extremely high level is the respective playoffs. Fantastic Job! dream and expectation of all competitive players. He inched closer to his dream www.elginmiddlesexchiefs.com of playing professional hockey on April 9, 2016, when he was drafted by the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs in the fourth round. Jake, the Chiefs Organization wishes you all great things as you move forward in life. Congratulations also go to three of our seven winning teams in the playoffs, including the Minor Atom Chiefs, who captured the Alliance Championship in a dramatic seven2015/2016 Alliance Playoff Champions - Major Bantam

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