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Entertaining, informative and engaging articles on local athletes, sports and teams. Learn the basics of curling There ain’t no pom-poms here! Illumin Aqua Get past hockey stereotyping


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SportsXpress welcomes new partner to the team! Fast forward to dragons in 2015 Welland youth, Riley Caron (age 6), excitedly paddles for the Welland Indoor Paddle Tank receives Welland Indoor Paddle Tank during the One Year Celebration government support th Pan Am / Parapan American Games held on July 12 , 2014. The ‘unbreakable’ hockey stick?

Profiling community sports in words and photographs.


07 | Daredevils Lacrosse: growing the sport in Niagara region 20 | Niagara IceDogs season preview


in community sport, recreation and physic 11 | BTO Performance transforming the Research demonstrates that sustained physical act face of Niagara physical, mental, emotional and social well being, 12 | The future is now; go for your goals diverse communities in which we live.

21 | Boost your mental toughness and improve your performance in any sport

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Tips, tactics and ideas are shared by athletes, coaches and fans.

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On deck: 7th annual PrimeTime Sports Conference By SportsXpress Team

PUBLISHER NIAGARA SPORTS ZONE Zoran Knezevic 905-520-5509 EDITOR Andrew Hilton-Wigg GRAPHIC DESIGN Wendy Ferris CONTRIBUTORS Daredevils Lacrosse, Madison Smith,

An impressive group of speakers has already been lined up for the 7th annual PrimeTime Sports Management Conference and Trade Show (with more to come), and the 2014 installment promises to be a can’t-miss event for anyone looking to learn cutting-edge strategies for managing and marketing the business of sport. In addition to PrimeTime Sports founders Brian Burke and Trevor Whiffen, speakers at this year’s Conference, set for Nov. 17 & 18 at The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, will also include: Kevin Abrams (Assistant GM, New York Giants), Scott Moore (President of Sportsnet and NHL Properties), Gord Miller (Play-by-Play announcer, TSN), Don Meehan (President, CEO and NHL Player Agent, Newport Sports Management), and many more! A Toronto-based management and consulting firm, PrimeTime Sports & Entertainment Inc. provides a wide range of services dealing with the business of sports, and has established itself as a leader in the areas of sport and event management, consulting, education, media training and networking. The Conference and Trade Show is the organization’s flagship event, and attendees this November will have the opportunity to learn from leading industry experts about the representation of athletes and the challenges of operating professional sports teams, leagues, facilities and media outlets. This year’s event is expected to pick right up where last year’s event left off. That Conference featured more than 400 delegates and 67 speakers. Don’t miss the 7th annual PrimeTime Sports Conference, as it is shaping up to be a must-attend event! For more information, including a full list of 2014 confirmed speakers (and full coverage of the 2013 Conference), visit PrimeTime Sports & Entertainment online at




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SportsXpress welcomes new partner to the team! I am so very pleased to introduce Ron Bowen, the new Managing Partner for SportsXpress, Niagara Region. Ron is well known throughout the Niagara Region. As evidenced by his picture, Ron was very active in the bagpipe community for many years as a member of world famous Clan MacFarlane Pipe Band and later as Pipe Major of both the Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band and The Braemar Pipe Band organization of St. Catharines. He is a world authority on the instrument and maintains an online museum at www.


Aside from this life-long hobby, Ron has been a key player in several businesses throughout the region, Canada, and the United States. A former banker, he has recently returned from a six-year teaching assignment in Wisconsin and two years as Chief Operating Officer at a private school in Virginia. He is anxious to acclimate back to the region and to once again be active in his community. “It is so encouraging to see so many positive changes taking place. The entire region seems poised for greatness! I’m excited to be home and to have the opportunity to contribute,” says Bowen. Ron is no stranger to the sports world, both as a team-player and as a coach. He has a wealth of experience and expertise to offer and is eager to learn how he can assist throughout the region. I also want to thank our readers, supporting Businesses and sports organizations for allowing me the opportunity to represent your interests and to support your efforts these past few years. I am continuing with SportsXpress and will remain connected to Niagara Region through various special projects. I hope to see many of you during my travels. Wishing you all the very best

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Daredevils Lacrosse: growing the sport in Niagara region

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Established in 2013, DareDevils Lacrosse is Niagara region’s first, and only, indoor grassroots minor lacrosse program. This grassroots, non-profit and volunteer driven program is run by a family of passionate lacrosse enthusiasts complemented by a vast array of coaches with diverse lacrosse experience at the NCAA and professional (NLL) level. We are fortunate to have 3-time World Champion Ian Rubel as one of our high performance coaches; as well as numerous former NCAA players who are now assisting in the program. Lacrosse is hugely popular over the border and we have been involved with a variety of leagues in the USA. We have realized the need to bring the ‘Creators Game’ back to its roots in Canada. Last October we started in Niagara Falls with 20 athletes and finished our final session with over 80 athletes and committed parents wanting more. We pride ourselves on having an incredibly diverse group of coaches who promote physical fitness and athleticism in children. Our future looks bright with the promise of travel teams, a winter house

league, and schools programs with the goal to promote ‘Canada’s National Sport’ to our youngsters. We have dedicated and talented volunteers along with a surge of new players all eager to join the fastest growing sport in the world. Daredevils lacrosse has focused on developing the knowledge and growth in the sport in order to develop a better athlete. An integral component to our success is our ability to bring the young players high caliber professional coaches who are compelled to succeed in their local centers.

plan to attend the best tournaments in the USA where our teams will gain success and notoriety as one of the premier clubs in North America.

Our teams are brought together in training camp formats to develop individual skills and team tactics that will evolve their game to the next level. We schedule our training and tournaments around club tournaments to avoid schedule conflicts and ensure maximum participation. Going forward we

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Fast forward to dragons in 2015 2015 National Dragon Boat Championships I June 26 -28 Nearly 2,000 athletes from across Canada will be coming to Welland to compete in hopes of being named a National Champion. Discover and partake in this ancient Chinese cultural tradition hosted right here on Welland’s Waterway. While watching race action, you will also be able to wander about the venue and take in some regional foods, cool drinks and merchants. Enjoy the sights and sounds. Catch the roar!! We encourage all to come out and cheer on crews from coast to coast as they compete to capture the title of National Champion. These Championships will give revellers a hint of the excitement to come as the sport of Dragon Boat delivers the World again to the shores of the Welland International Flatwater Centre as 4,000 plus athletes from around the globe come to compete in four international championships from August 12-23, 2015.

2015 Pan American Dragon Boat Championships & World University Dragon Boat Championships I August 12 – 16


By Madison Smith

A showcase of unity. Paddler and water. Drummer and paddlers. Twenty two athletes in all, working in perfected precision as they charge down Welland’s Waterway as one! Plunging blades to the

intense beating of the dragon boat drum, surging the boat forward toward the finish line. There is an immeasurable passion encapsulated in each boat, a palpable dedication and spirit, each crew with a national title within their grasps. The first time ever hosted, there will be approximately seven countries racing down Welland’s Waterway over the four days of competition and is expected to attract 500 athletes.

2015 International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) 12th World Dragon Boat Racing Championships August 19 – 23 The Welland International Flat-water Centre is thrilled to partner with Dragon

Boat Canada to host the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships – the first time they will be held in Canada. Consisting of approximately 4,000 accredited individuals in attendance from 30+ countries. The size of this event is huge!!! It will have as many athletes as the Winter Olympics. The economic impact of this event is estimated at $30 million. Stephen Fischer, Executive Director of the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation (WRCC) and Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) stated, “We are honoured to be the site of the 2015 Dragon Boat Racing World Championships. This is exactly where we want Welland to be. This is exactly why it was the right choice for Welland to have made the investment in flat-water sports. Working with DBC and hosting the World in 2015 speaks to the long term return on investment in the WIFC and the event will continue delivering lasting impacts and legacies for our community, and our region, as we stage this spectacular World Championships.” We encourage you to be a part of it!!


Ontario Sport and Recreation Media Release Communities Fund: Ontario Sport and Recreation Comm Welland Indoor Paddle Tank Receives Go Welland Indoor Paddle Tank receives government supportFor Immediate Release –Monday, August 25, 2014. By Madison Smith

The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) is supporting increased opportunities for participation, building physical literacy as the foundation for lifelong activity and strengthening the capacity of the sport & recreation sector through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund 2014 – 2015. The Welland Recreational Canal Corporation is excited to announce the Welland Indoor Paddle Tank Program has been awarded funding from this program in the amount of $100,000 over the next 2 years. MTCS recognizes that providing Ontarians with opportunities to engage in community sport, recreation and physical activity is critical to improving quality of life. Research demonstrates that sustained physical activity contributes to long lasting benefits such as physical, mental, emotional and social well being, thereby strengthening personal development in the diverse communities in which we live. The OSRCF funding will provide support for tank equipment and staffing to engage various community programming initiatives along with strength and conditioning equipment for the designated gym area to further improve the training venue. The tank will begin its programming on October 18th and caters to Dragon Boat, Rowing, Canoe Sprint and Kayak Sprint.

Welland youth, Riley Caron (age 6), excitedly paddles for the first time at the

Welland Caron (age 6), paddles fortothe first2015 time at the Wellandyouth, Indoor Riley Paddle Tank during theexcitedly One Year Celebration Toronto Welland Indoor Tank duringGames the One Celebration Pan AmPaddle / Parapan American heldYear on July 12th, 2014. to Toronto 2015 th CREDIT: ANTHONY GALLACCIO Pan Am / Parapan American Games held on July 12 PHOTO , 2014. Photo Credit: Anthony Gallaccio

engage in community sport, recreation and physical activity is criti Research demonstrates that sustained physical activity contributes physical, mental, emotional and social well being, thereby strength diverse communities in which we live.

The OSRCF funding will provide support for tank equipment and st programming initiatives along with strength and conditioning equi further improve the training venue. The tank will begin its program Dragon Boat, Rowing, Canoe Sprint and Kayak Sprint. For more information regarding the WRCC, please visit For more information regarding the WIFC, please visit

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The ‘unbreakable’ hockey stick?


A group of young hockey playing entrepreneurs out of Toronto have developed what the media has dubbed the unbreakable hockey stick. This idea which was first introduced last winter sparked worldwide interest, from parents struggling to put their kids through hockey all the way up to Professional level teams who have seen their stick budgets spiral out of control. Subsequently there has also been a lot of talk about this stick, so we wanted to visit the factory to get the facts on the product, as well as learn more about the technology used and how it can be applied in other sports.

A: First of all it is important to understand that Nano metals have a grain size of approximately 1000 times smaller than steel. One of its biggest advantages is its ability to flex and bend along with carbon fibres and plastics. That being said just like adding another layer of carbon fibre it does add stiffness to the stick, therefore the composite stick is specifically designed to have a lower flex rating in the coated region so when the Nanovate(TM) Nico is added the flex rating is accurate.

The company is called COLT Hockey, a division of Integran Technologies Inc., an Aerospace Engineering Firm located just North of Pearson International Airport. We toured the facility, met with their staff and asked lots of questions.....

A: Most people comment that our stick is surprisingly light considering that the extremely lightweight nature of these top end sticks is a major contributing factor to them breaking. However, we understand that many players like the feel that it provides. The stick that we start out with is slightly heavier than the top end retail models, simply because of the added reinforcement (just like a Pro-Stock stick), and the Nanovate(TM) NiCo doesn’t add much more weight than a coat of paint. Therefore it ends up being much lighter than the average stick on the market, but slightly heavier than our top end competitors. Spoiler alert – a plan to get even lighter will be announced in the fall of 2014. The weight of the stick is also adequately balanced.

Q: First of all tell us about the stick A: It is a specially designed one piece composite stick sourced from one of the games leading stick manufactures. It features all the latest in composite stick technology in terms of advanced laminate design, flex profiling, and energy transfer, in other words it’s amongst the best that you can get. Our engineers then add a thin layer of Integran’s patented Nanovate(TM) NiCo to the blade, hosel, and bottom 24” of the stick to serve as a protective coating. Q: Is the Nanovate(TM) NiCo (coating) truly unbreakable? A: Although these Nano metals are stronger than steel, this extremely thin layer has been applied to simply withstand the tough nature of the game, in particular to protect the carbon fibre from micro-fractures that lead to the failing of the composite material. In design we had to take into account player safety and different regulations to ultimately ensure this product was good for the game itself. As a result it is very specifically not unbreakable, just promises the player enhanced durability with uncompromising performance, which we back with a 60 day warranty guarantee. Q: What impact does Nanovate(TM) NiCo have on the flex and kick points?

Q: Top-end composite sticks are now extremely lightweight, where does the COLT compare?

Q: How does the stick perform compared to other top-end models? A: Right from the beginning we felt that enhanced durability was not enough and that our stick would have to produce the same shot as other top-end sticks. We knew that adding Nanovate(TM)NiCo would increase the potential to ‘load the stick’ or ‘store energy’ and Integran engineers told us that the response rate of energy release would not be affected. Therefore we strongly believed that adding Nanovate(TM) NiCo would increase the overall performance of the hockey stick. Lab and field tests have now confirmed this to be true and we intend to showcase this to the hockey community with our new line of sticks in 2014-15.

Q: Will we see this stick in the NHL? A: Absolutely! While the durability factor can save you money the performance factor can help make these guys more. The COLT will dramatically reduce the number of times the stick fails in high intensity situations, which in our mind is priceless considering what these guys play for. To date there has been a lot of interest, but it’s all about making the right approach and being ready for that jump. You may see some players testing them in 2014-15 but it’s unlikely that we as a company are prepared for anything more than that.


Gian Grey Q: Tell us about KickStarter and how you energ were able to form COLT? Dan A: COLT was formed out of several people’s belief and desire to make this happen and Kickstarter provided the framework for it to do so. Hundreds of people donated over $100,000 to get this project off the ground. We are forever thankful to Kickstarter and our supporters and strive every day to deliver on our mission. This is very much a grass roots initiative funded by hockey players who wanted to see if we could do it. Also, it would not be possible if we weren’t able to operate as a division of Integran Technologies Inc. It has taken 20 years and approx. $95 Million dollars to develop Nanovate(TM) Technology and we have the exclusive rights to use it on selected sports equipment. Q: Where can the COLT be purchased? A: The majority of COLT products are sold factory direct to the consumer for ultimate purchasing value. A full list is available at our website. We talked to a number of players that have purchased and used the COLT. The general consensus was that they were happy with the stick. However, some noted that it still needed more work. Some customers reported chips in the Nanovate(TM) NiCo and one even had to send it back for warranty because of a cracked blade. The staff at COLT admitted although they were really happy with the product they agree that improvements can and will be made. For more information visit www.


BTO Performance: transforming the face of Niagara Submitted by Gianni Marinelli

Dan Giancola is a Performance Specialist. of my profession but even I was amazed at As a professional athlete, former NFL / CFL my own personal results. player and two time Grey Cup Champion involved in a car accident put Of Niagara n Giancola's BTO PERFORMANCEI was Transforming the that Face now turned CanFit Pro Certified Personal me out of commission for almost two years. One Story At a Time .... Trainer, his optimistic and high energy During that time I could do zero exercise personality is a popular motivator for his and I gained an excessive amount of weight. clients and students. Without a doubt, Dan When I started with Dan, I weighed 325 lbs. is one of the most animated, energetic and To date, I amathlete, at about 280 – stillNFL a ways to ncola ismotivated a Performance Specialist. As a professional former / CFL (2) time trainers out there! go but moving in the right direction. I have

“No matter how big or how small your y Cup Champion now turned CanFit Pro Certified Personal Trainer, his optimistic and high I had the privilege of attending and done nothing to try and lose weight other gy personality isinasome popular motivator clients alike. Without a doubt, goals are – it doesn’t participating of these classes. Infor histhan a few and of hisstudents sessions, cut back on the is onefive of short the most animated, energetic and motivated trainers out there! weeks, I dropped about 40 lbs amount of food I eat, make healthier food have to be some other and that wasn’t even why I participated! choices and programmed my mind to do the rest. It’s just simply amazing what this guy can person. Chase the do with a few kettle bells, a stepper, the ol’ What is BTO all about then? Giancola skipping rope and a yoga mat! I have just believes “ it’s all in your heart.... it’s all dream! Beat the Odds! scratched the surface of my potential but I about family. Why does it always have to be BE THAT ONE!” am living proof of what can be achieved. I someone else? You can BE THAT ONE!” may have had a little bit of an edge because

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The future is now; go for your goals By Tanya Westerof


Last year I decided to do something I had wanted to do for over 20 years but thought it was just something that was always off into the future. Then something changed in my life and I realized I should do the things I had wanted to do; the time was now.

and began my journey. It took a lot of will power to stick to the diet and persistence in the gym but it felt great to see the changes happening. It was a routine that kept me out of the house and away from moping at home.

After losing my dad suddenly last year and creeping up to my 40th birthday, the realization that life really is short sunk in. I had lost my mom eight years ago to breast cancer and was a cancer survivor myself. I felt myself about to slip into a depression. The past few years had not been the most positive ones and now more than ever I needed something positive to focus on. After watching my friend compete in an Ultimate Fitness Events (UFE). I decided that my dream of competing was something I could do and I had the time to do it.

I was very nervous for my first event; fortunately everyone was so nice and supportive. I competed in two categories and ended up placing 3rd in masters fitness model and 2nd in masters bikini model. I was so thrilled! It felt so great to have reached my goal of stepping on stage and doing something I never thought I could do. Even though my teeth chattered the whole time, I was so happy that my fear of getting up there didn’t stop me. I did it!

I looked for events that were around a time frame I could work with and I wanted an event for natural competitors. I found the UFE fit what I was looking for and it happened to be a Halloween event which also meant I could wear a costume! Awesome! Next thing I did was hire a trainer

Next thing I knew I was planning my second competition with the UFE. I took what I had learned from the first one and practiced harder. As a result of placing first in the last competition, I was now competing at the Elite level. With a lot of dedication and endless hours at the gym, I ended up placing 1st in masters bikini model and 1st in Elite bikini model, which earned me my UFE Pro status! Moving forward I am heading to the UFE World Championships being hosted in Toronto in November. It will be quite an experience and one I never thought I would have but I can’t wait! I am super nervous and a little scared but I won’t let it stop me from going for it. The only thing that could make it better is if my family could see me now. I think they would be proud of my accomplishments. I sure have changed as a person and my confidence in myself and what I can do is always growing. I think it is important to do something now that you keep putting off because life really is way too short. Just go for it!

My story I had lymphoma 10 years ago and lost my mom to Breast Cancer shortly after my treatments were completed. A few years later I decided that after finding a few breast lumps to have a double mastectomy followed by reconstruction. I had multiple


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reconstructions after being uphappy about the way the implants were wrinkling and being told that was just how it was. I decided to get a second opinion and was able to have them fixed. I lead a healthy lifestyle now and have educated myself on several holistic topics cancer related and I take care of myself. I am a registered nutritional product advisor and have almost completed my nutritional consultant diploma.

“I decided that my dream of competing was something I could do and I had the time to do it.” I decided last year after losing my father and about to turn 40 that it was time to check something off my bucket list and compete in a fitness event. I placed 2nd and 3rd in the two categories I competed in! I was very happy and decided to continue onto the next level this year and just place first in both categories! Next up is the world championships! Feeling good healthy and fit! I think it is important for woman to not feel bad about their bodies, we all have our scars, stretch marks etc but when you have confidence in yourself, all anyone sees is your smile and positive attitude and nothing else matters.



I think it is so important for woman to speak up, be proactive and educate themselves on how to remain healthy in their lives.

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In the   past   year,   Niagara   Academy’s   Tennis   Force   program   has   worked   with   over   800   children   in   grades   1   through   3.   The   main   purpose  of  the  program  is  to  give  back  to  the   community   and   to   promote   healthy   active   living   through   the   sport   of   tennis.   Niagara   Academy's   tennis   coaches   have   provided   the   Tennis   Force   program   to   schools   in   the   community   and   all   at   no   cost   to   the   schools   or   students!     Niagara   Academy   provides   smaller   sized   racquets,   balls   and   mini   nets,   allowing   this   program   to   be   delivered   in   the   school   gyms.   The   format   of   the   program   follows   Tennis   Canada's   Progressive   Tennis   guidelines,   which   Niagara   Academy   adhere   to,   ensuring   that   students   have   fun   playing   a   sport   that   lasts   a   lifetime.         Progressive   Tennis   has   shown   great   success   across  Canada  and  is  now  finding  its  way  into   the   schools.    Educated   and   experienced   coaches  promote  success  at  the  early  stages  of   active   learning,   by   teaching   important   skills,   such   as:   hand–eye   coordination,   fundamental   movement  skills,  motor  skills  (agility,  balance,   coordination   and   reaction   speed).   All   while   building   self-­‐confidence   in   an   enjoyable,   safe   and  fun  environment.     Tennis   is   a   lifetime   sport   that   families   can   play   together,   all   year   around.   Its   advantage   over   most  team  sports  is  the  low  risk  of  injuries  and   enjoying  individual  success.       Would  you  like  us  to  visit  your  child’s  school?   Contact  Ana  Delgado   Phone  Number:  905-­‐562-­‐0683   Email:   3373  First  Avenue,  Vineland,  Ontario,  L0R  2E0  

NIAGARA ACADEMY OF SPORTS Tennis Programs for juniors

Active Start - Ages 5 to 6 General Objectives: - Instil a love of the sport and of being physically active - Introduce tennis with the appropriate sized ball and racquet - Introduce hand-eye coordination - Introduce, prioritize and promote fundamental movement skills - Promote self-confidence in an enjoyable, safe environment - Introduce fundamental motor skills FUNdamentals - Ages 7 to 10 General Objectives: - Further develop fundamental movement and motor skills - Acquire psychological skills (ability to focus, emotional control, positive attitude, commitment and effort) - Introduce the rules of the game and tennis ethics - Introduce decision-making - Explore the optimal window of trainability for speed and flexibility

Apart from introductory lessons to youngsters, Niagara Academy also offers high performance training, private lessons for juniors and adults, adult clinics and pay as you play court rental. Visit us, we are open all year and registrations are on-going!





There ain’t no pom-poms here! By Charles G.B. Evans

Think cheerleading and you probably picture young ladies standing along the sidelines at a football game waving pompoms and cheering on their team. However, there’s a whole other aspect to cheerleading which has nothing to do with colourful pom-poms and, generally speaking, very little to do with encouraging a football team. Cheerleading is, in all actuality, a sport in and of itself. Cassie, (19) has been involved with the sport for eight years. She originally had no interest in getting involved. However, that changed when she went with her younger sister to sign up and gave it a try herself. She was hooked from the beginning and is now a coach and a member of the World’s Cheerleading Team with Scorpions Niagara based in Thorold, Ontario. She highly recommends the sport to others because, “It’s something fun to do while you’re getting a great workout…and the person next to you is more of a family member than just a friend. You can be a star on stage and know there’s a full team behind you that have your back.” If you’ve never actually witnessed a cheerleading demonstration or competition

for yourself, you’re sure to be amazed when you do! The athletes jump, spin, cartwheel, backflip and, some of them even fly! One of the most exciting aspects of cheerleading is watching the “base” athletes hurl a team member high into the air where she may do a twist, backflip or somersault before coming back down to be caught by her team. While this may vary from one club to another, the Scorpion Cheerleading Club offers programmes for ages 2 years old and up. They also offer a special class for those with special needs, allowing them the opportunity to try cheering and have some fun in ways they normally wouldn’t be able. Cheerleading offers athletes the benefit of becoming active and fit all while having a great time. They learn how to stunt, jump, tumble and control their bodies, all skills that will help them in other sports as well! Barb, (14) is another cheerleader who strongly recommends the sport to others. “I love the idea of being part of a team and working toward a goal together,” she says. When considering a cheer club to join, a few things should be considered. Do they have programmes for different age groups? This benefits athletes by being able to place

them on age appropriate teams, which will help them develop with proper progression and safety. It also ensures they are not hearing inappropriate conversations from older athletes they have been bunched with because of a lack of age appropriate teams. It also ensures their self- esteem is nurtured in a positive and appropriate way.

“It’s something fun to do while you’re getting a great workout.” Also, make sure the club has a reputation you can be proud to be a part of. Do they compete? If so, how often? Do they have a good track record? And, if this is where your interest lies, be sure the club competes in International, National & Provincial championships. Another important aspect to consider is the gym itself and the equipment. A cheer club with its own gym is liable to have more equipment as opposed to a smaller club meeting in a school gymnasium. And, having their own facility also means more (and varied) times are available for classes and practices. For more information about The Scorpions Niagara Cheerleading Club, call 905.325.2560 or email scorpsniagarainfo@ today!


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IceDogs season preview Submitted by Mitch Brandner

The 2013-2014 season was a pleasant surprise for the IceDogs and it has led to high expectations for the upcoming 20142015 season. Despite last season being a rebuilding year and icing the youngest roster in the entire Canadian Hockey League, they were able to finish fourth in the Central Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference to qualify for a playoff spot. The IceDogs faced the North Bay Battalion in the first round of the OHL playoffs and were able to take them to the brink of elimination before losing in seven games. The test would prove be the biggest the Battalion faced from an Eastern Conference foe, with the Battalion eventually winning the Eastern Conference before falling in the league finals to the Guelph Storm. The IceDogs were led offensively in 201314 by Carter Verhaeghe, who led the team in points with 82. Brendan Perlini wasn’t far behind with 71. The 2013-2014 season was the team’s last at The Jack Gatecliff Arena. The team will be moving into the brand-new Meridian Centre for next season. The Jack is home to many IceDogs memories and it was tough to say goodbye, but the excitement surrounding the new arena is remarkable. A thrilling season led to an exciting off season for the IceDogs. That off season would start at the OHL Priority Selection



Draft in April, where the IceDogs selected 14 players, including forward Logan Brown with the sixth overall pick. Brown would be traded to Windsor later in the summer in exchange for six draft picks, after he failed to report to training camp and was considered defected. Since the draft, five of the players selected have agreed to standard OHL player agreements. Christopher Paquette, Stephen Dhillon, Jack Wieringa, Jonathon Schaefer and Evan Krassey have all committed to the IceDogs. After the OHL Priority Selection came the NHL Draft. It was a big day for quite a few IceDogs players. Brendan Perlini was the first player selected as he went 12th overall to the Arizona Coyotes. Blake Siebenaler was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets, while Brent Moran and Aaron Haydon both were taken by the Dallas Stars. Defenceman Ryan Mantha, who had been acquired in a trade from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds earlier in the summer, would also be selected, going to the New York Rangers and he would sign with the IceDogs later in the summer, giving the IceDogs five players on the roster that were selected in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The summer was also a big one in regards to international honours for a number of IceDogs. Brent Moran and Stephen Dhillon were both invited to the Hockey Canada

Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp, while Paquette impressed at Hockey Canada’s National U17 Development Camp where his team went undefeated. Perlini’s big season was capped off with an invite to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp. Last but certainly not least, Graham Knott won gold with Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, while Zach Wilkie won bronze with Team USA. General manager and head coach Marty Williamson made one more splash in the summer, by acquiring overager Cody Payne from the Saginaw Spirit. Payne scored 26 goals and racked up 35 points in 57 games for the Spirit last season. With so many returning players, this has the potential to be a big season for the Niagara IceDogs. The team has a total of seven players drafted to the NHL, along with three highly regarded players for the 2015 NHL Draft in Graham Knott, Vince Dunn and Hayden McCool. With a brand new arena and a very good team on paper, the IceDogs and their fans can hardly contain their excitement.


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Saturday, September 20, 2014. 9am - 4pm

Nick Basciano Centre 131 Richmond Street, Thorold

Free Admission & Free Parking

Exibitors Expo - Win Prizes

Expert Speaker Sessions

Family Fun Activities & Demos

T.C.A.G. Child Care Available

Healthy Food Court

The Niagara Health and Wellness Day on Saturday, September 20th has been designed to provide residents from all areas in the Region the tools required to make better lifestyle choices and live an enhanced quality of life.

Walk With A Doc @ 10 a.m.

CHARITY WALK: “Walk With A Doc” will be a fun exercise at the event. Participants will be grouped with a doctor for a walk and talk down Richmond St. Get forms online to register and support the T.C.A.G.

EXPO: Local experts will be at the community expo to help educate residents, while raising awareness of the options available to make positive lifestyle changes.

Sheri Cirillo Personal Trainer

Dr. Steve Ryan, PhD Editor/Publisher

On one day in September, people of all ages will be inspired to take care of their body, mind and spirit to help enhance every day forward with a healthy lifestyle.

SPEAKERS: The family-friendly event will feature expert speakers to help local residents take care of their families’ health, safety, and environmental well-being.

Dr. W. Gifford-Jones, M.D. Medical Columnist

Laura Discepola Nutritionist

Exhibitors will display information and products at the interactive event. The public will have access to ask the experts questions, view live demos, try samples, pick up literature, and connect with local healthcare providers. The free event produced by Paul Carfagnini, Divine Media, is presented as a public service by the Canadian Arrhythmia Institute to give back to the community.

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All net proceeds will go toward the T.C.A.G. proograms.

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