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Around the KW Boys Softball by Cody Houston, Vice-President, diamonds Submitted KW Minor Boys Softball As the winter months have finally come to an end, the 47th season of KitchenerWaterloo Minor Boys Softball is upon us, and I am very excited about this upcoming season. I am entering my first term as Vice-President after 11 seasons in the league. I have been reflecting on all the opportunities I have had to grow as a person, with coaching being one of the most important of those highlights. Being a role model to young people is a feeling I can’t describe. I have also been fortunate enough to be able to coach some fantastic ball players through the years. Enough about me though, and more to the question that you’re probably thinking about right now, “Boys playing softball — why?” I find that softball is a very challenging game — more so than its baseball counterpart. Softball games are shorter, which heightens drama. The mound is flat, so seeing a pitcher throw windmill puts an interesting twist on batting. I dare any of the professional baseball players to try softball and see how they do. I bet even the greatest would struggle! May 28 and 29 are the dates of the Friendship Tournament for the Novice and Squirt divisions. The Novice division consists of players born in the years 2010 through 2012, while the Squirt division consists of players born 2004 through 2006. The following week, on June 4 and 5, we’re holding the Friendship Tournament for the Mite, and Peewee divisions. The Mite division consists of players born 2007 through 2009, while the Peewee division consists of players born 2001 through 2003. The annual Friendship Tournaments, hosted by KWMBSA, are my absolute favourite parts of the season. It is what the league preaches from the start of the season to the very end. I know I have made many friends throughout my years in the league, and this is usually where all that magic begins. Why not come out to Wilson Park in Kitchener, watch some fantastic ball, and learn what the KWMBSA is all about? Come visit me during the tournaments. I’ll be around, and I’m never hard to find!

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Around the KW Boys Softball diamonds WMSC Spring Classic reaches new heights Athlete of the Year Speed skating - the fastest sport! Skills Plus Hockey Skate treadmill training The Kumar Classic Learn to swim - it’s for life! Use STEAM to make your bid successful Grand River Bass Derby Results Kitchener Girls Softball extends thanks! Synchronized swimming - it’s ice dancing in the water! Row Swim Club holds successful swim-a-thon event Fall back into sports with CARL! KSA’s latest grants


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

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WMSC Spring Classic reaches new heights Submitted by Peter Mackie, Waterloo Minor Soccer Head Coach

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Waterloo Minor Soccer Club’s (WMSC) Spring Classic is gaining momentum. The club hosted its third annual Spring Classic Training Camp on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at the University of Waterloo with 142 enthusiastic soccer participants from Waterloo United’s U13 and U14 boys’ and girls’ Rep programs.WMSC also expanded the program this year and embraced 37 players from Oakridge Soccer Club and KleinburgNobleton SC. The event provided players with a wide range of experiences over the course of the weekend as they stayed in Ron Eydt Village residence, participated in training sessions from elite-level coaches and attended classroom sessions pertaining to scholarship opportunities in Canada and the United States. The event also attracted Gustavo Coelho, a renowned sports psychologist from Perfect Mind Consulting. “The Spring Classic brings together our club teams at the end of offseason training, immerses them in the game and provides connections to an educational pathway. Excellence and education are strong, shared values within our club and our community,” noted Club President Brian Jewett. The training camp included an outstanding list of guest coaches and facilitators including: CSA National A and B-licensed coaches, USSF and UEFA-licensed coaches, elite-level coaches from the Ontario University Athletics (OUA), Ontario College Athletics as well as NCAA coaches from the United States. The OUA was well represented once again this year with Mario Halapir

from Wilfrid Laurier University, Shayne Campbell (University of Guelph), Tina Cooke (Ryerson University), and Martin Painter from the University of Western. WMSC Head Coach Peter Mackie was recruited from the Ontario College ranks along with Rick Morandini from Georgian College and Julian Carr from Centennial College. The guest list also included heavy hitters Bart Choufour (Vancouver Whitecaps), Jordan Feliciano of Toronto FC and Dan McCarty from Seton Hill University (a NCAA school located 35 minutes west of Pittsburgh). The camp had a well-rounded list of guest coaches including Matt Evans (Pittsburgh Riverhounds), Chris Loucks (Technical Director at NorWest SC), Cypriane McFarlane (McFarlane Recruiting Services), Gustavo Coehlo (Perfect Mind Consulting), Sam Foti (Newmarket SC) and, rounding it out, Adam Weller from the University of Waterloo. The Waterloo United Spring Classic is growing and progressively building a reputation of high-level training as well as providing a memorable experience for U13 and U14 competitive players. As WMSC Head Coach Peter Mackie proudly stated, “On behalf of Waterloo Minor Soccer, I would like to thank all of the guest coaches, staff and volunteers for their commitment to this unique club event. We will collectively strive, as an organization, to implement this program as a part of the overall player and coach development pathway. We aspire to engage neighbouring clubs within the soccer community to join us every spring.”

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Brandon Horn was part of the Canadian Men’s National Team competing at the 2012 Pan American Championships where Canada won the Gold Medal. At the 2013 International Softball Federation (ISF) Men’s World Softball Championship, Horn led the team with a .467 batting average as Canada finished fifth.

Mandy Bujold is a Canadian amateur boxer, whose career was launched following a successful 2006 when she claimed the Canadian National Championship and Boxer of the Year titles. She has made her way as a Fly Weight Champion, with a trail of titles and victories following her.

2015 Highlight: Pan Am Games Gold Medalist Hometown: Kitchener ON • DOB: August 20, 1985 Team: Hallman Twins & Team Canada

2015 Highlight: Pan Am Games Gold Medalist Hometown: Kitchener ON • DOB: July 25, 1987 Team: Team Canada


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Coaches that make the difference Submitted by Olesia Fiodorova, Owner of EuroFit

Coach Anthony believes in family being an important priority in life and that a football team is family grounded in the common goals of competition and winning together. Anthony has been coaching players for over 15 years and is a registered member of the Coaches Association of Canada. He is no stranger to motivating players to succeed, having coached teams to five championships. Anthony has served for four years as assistant coach of the Junior Varsity Predators and head coach of the 2014 OMFL Predators, who had a tremendous season going to the semi-finals. Anthony continually demonstrates grit and determination, and considers

adverse situations an excellent opportunity to learn and grow. “I believe you can never give up and you have to dedicate yourself to having fun and doing what you love,” said Coach Dennis. “Success comes with hard work and never being satisfied. Everyone gets knocked down in football, but you can’t ever quit; you have to get back up in order to win and that goes for life as well!” Coach Anthony is a terrific motivator and believes that, in order to have asuccessful team and be a positive member of that team, you need heart, dedication and hard work.




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Speed skating — the fastest sport! Submitted by Kelly Schmidtke, Marketing and Communication Director at KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club Without the advantage of wheels or gravity, speed skating is the fastest sport that relies solely on human propulsion. If you love speed, or are looking for an excellent physical fitness activity, speed skating is a great activity for you — individually or your whole family! The KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club is busy gearing up for our next introductory Learn to Speed Skate (LTSS) session. This popular program is an excellent introduction to the

sport we are so passionate about, and runs for four consecutive Saturdays in September at RIM Park. Each session is one-hour long and includes on-ice instruction with a certified coach. If you chose to join the club upon completion, the LTSS registration fee is applied to club membership. Speed skates are also available for rental, if required. All skating levels of ability are welcome! For more information on registration, dates and times,

visit the Learn to Speed Skate page under the Programs tab at, or email us at Full information and registration forms will be posted on our website by the end of July. Come and check us out — we’d love to have you skate with us!

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Individual Technical Skills – Executing a Forehand Saucer Pass Improving your forehand saucer pass to generate a consistent and accurate pass will make you more effective at playmaking. The objective is to consistently pass the puck with elevation through traffic (the other players on the ice). The elevation of the saucer pass (lifting the puck off the ice) makes it more difficult for your opponent to intercept the pass. Efficient use of your arms, hands and hockey stick will optimize your release, accuracy, consistency, and execution. Players should practice and understand the following fundamentals: • Load Position: in the hockey position (knees bent, two hands on the stick body-width apart, upper body slightly leaning forward and shoulders broad), wrists and arms are flexed, puck is positioned on the stick near the heel of the blade. •

Release Mechanics: the arms and wrists turn over whipping the stick through with a soft fluid movement. The stick blade will open and close

The follow-through of the stick and arms will saucer the puck through the air and determine the direction of the pass: your arms and stick should be extended out towards the target you are aiming at.

A simple drill to practice these defensive skills with a friend: Partner up with another player and stand together in an open area of the ice with a puck (X1 and X2). • X1 & X2 - start stationary about 10 metres from the boards, facing the boards •

X1 - saucer pass the puck towards the boards over a low lying object (2 x 4 piece of wood or similar placed halfway between you and the rink boards - the puck should land flat on the ice on the other side of the object - follow the pass by skating and jumping over the object, retrieve the puck and stop and face X2 - saucer pass the puck back over the object towards X2’s stick, landing it flat on the ice before it gets to your partner - skate back to your starting position, avoiding X2 who is now ready for his turn

• X2 - take your turn performing the same movement Repeat the drill over and over – remember with lots of practice, you will be able to effectively execute this move under pressure in game situations!

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Benefits of treadmill training

The force of the treadmill moving under the skater is initially difficult, which is similar to swimming against a small current. Once the body builds enough strength and gains more comfort on the treadmill, the instructors will then take the skater to a whole new level of speed and explosive power. When the skater is ready, we introduce stick handling and shooting while skating on the treadmill. This is the ultimate challenge! The treadmill will not allow skaters to stop moving their feet while stick handling, passing, shooting or performing the many puck-handling moves with which we will be challenging our players.

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We want you to dive with us!

The Kitchener-Waterloo Diving Club (KWDC) is one of Ontario’s largest diving clubs. Its members span all levels of the sport with upwards of 150 Learn-to-dive participants annually, approximately 40 recreational and competitive divers who compete at the provincial and national levels and a diver who participated in this year’s Canadian Olympic team trials. The national team, coached by Rob Wells, had a strong season with eight divers who qualified for National Finals: Tyler Risman and Emmitt Reesor at the D (U12) level, Abigail Dixon at the C (12 and 13-year- old) level, Justine Hodson and Kevin Hasselman at the B (14 and 15-year- old) level along with Reese Wakefield and Nate Grobe who dive at the A (16 and 17-year- old) level. CJ Moore was the open-level diver who qualified for the Olympic trials. CJ, Kevin and Tyler were named outstanding divers in each of their respective age categories. Not to be outdone, the provincial

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competitive team won the overall top team at the provincial championships, with Coach Terri Breen tying for coach of the year honours. Our team also had some competitors recognized as the outstanding divers in their categories: Owen Weiss for Men’s B, Gavin Klemetch for Men’s C and Dominic Arnold for Men’s D. Each year, the club runs summer camps that have been called the “Best Ever” by many participants. This summer brings a special event — the Ontario Summer Games taking place in Etobicoke in August. Our club is sending an unprecedented number of divers, 16 in all. With the Olympics in Rio this year and the expectation that Canada will win some diving medals, there is increased interest in the sport so the club expects to double in size. We need to hire a new coach, so if you are qualified and interested in being part of this dynamic club, see the webpage: www.kwdiving

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The Kumar Classic

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“KUUUUMMMMAAAAARRRRRR,” rang out again and again after each 3-pointer, getting louder until the final shot was made. This is what it’s all about, commented Brad Matsugu, tournament organizer, with a smile. The 3rd Annual Kumar Classic was held on Saturday, June 11 at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in memory of Jay Kumar. In 2014, the KW Vipers lost Jay to an aggressive and rare brain tumour known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). In Jay’s honour, the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Basketball Association (KWYBA) hosts the 3v3 Kumar Classic. This year’s tournament welcomed over 500 players, spectators and volunteers from all over the province. Players and their families came from local areas such as Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford and Guelph, as well as surrounding regions such as Hamilton, Burlington, Toronto and London to participate in a full day of activities. The tournament set a new record for furthest distance travelled for a team as the LeBron James Division had a team come all the way from Ottawa. It made it to the finals battling hard against a local KW team. The tournament’s events included 3-on-3 competition with seven divisions of both male and female ballers ranging in age from 9 to 18. Six courts bustled with players all day with volunteer referees and court monitors keeping track of scores. Throughout the day, hundreds of players tried to qualify for the afternoon’s 3-pt Shootout Challenge, where the best players competed to be crowned the 3-Pt Champion. Last year’s champion, Brent Lasovich, was put to the test but in the end pulled through and retained the title of 2016 3-Point Shootout Champion. Men and women varsity basketball players came from both


the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University to play, showcasing their talents and providing advice to our young players. “We are extremely proud of what the Kumar Classic has become and cannot thank the participants and volunteers enough as they make our event so successful every year,” said Matsugu. Plans are already underway for Kumar Classic 2017. For more information, check out and follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@3v3KumarClassic) and Instagram for the latest details.

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Basketball success for Vipers

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KW Vipers U17 Juvenile Boys win provincial gold The KW Viper U17 Boys Basketball Team won the Division 1 Provincial Championship in Newmarket, beating out 55 other teams for the coveted title — the first Viper team in the organization’s 20-plus-year history to win the provincial title. The boys also did it as an underage team (could have played in the U16 age group). They finished 24-4 in Ontario (27-6 overall) with three tournament wins and two second-place finishes. With wins over Scarborough Blues, Hamilton Wildcats and Toronto Fire in their pool games, the #1-ranked Vipers beat #2-seed Brantford in the final (42-41). SJAM Jr. Star (and WCSSA tennis champ) Dragan Stajic hit a step-back 3 at the buzzer for the win.

Other Viper Boys’ teams have successful Ontario cups The KW Viper U13 Bantam Boys won the third gold medal of the season for K-WYBA when they took the D4 title in Niagara in April. Despite a loss in the opening game of pool play to the Mississauga Monarchs, they rebounded with wins over North Region and Team

Successful end-ofthe-season Viper Banquet Breakdown to gain a berth in the final. They finished their season off with a 50- 44 victory over MUMBA Basketball. Two other Viper Boys’ teams, U10 Novice and U19 Junior Elite, finished their seasons with fourth-place finishes in Division 1 Provincials.

U16 Major Midget Viper Girls won Pennsylvania AAU tournament The U16 Major Midget Viper Girls, under coaches Eddie Lopez and Jody Moore, travelled to Pennsylvania in May and won an extremely important AAU tournament. The most impressive fact was that these girls were actually U15-age! The win moved them on to the Nationals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in June. Congratulations for all your hard work.


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Over 400 Viper players, coaches, managers, parents and other family members closed the 2015/16 season with a very successful banquet in the Forbes Room at RIM Park. They enjoyed a great meal catered by Mel’s Diner staff, numerous door prize giveaways, four silent auctions and a continuous loop of hundreds of pictures of Viper players and teams. Each team was introduced along with a short review its accomplishments and the announcement of its Most Improved Player and its Mr. or Miss Viper — the team’s player who had exhibited all those characteristics that make a good teammate throughout the season. The three teams who won gold at their Ontario Cups received special introductions and congratulations. It was a very good way to end the season. Check for our upcoming events. Registration for 2016/17 registration will start in mid-August!





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Learn to swim — it’s for life! Submitted by Jillian Fleming It’s never too late to learn. Swim lessons and programs benefit people of all ages! Swimming is for life. It’s a fitness activity you can benefit from no matter your age or skill level. The benefits of swimming and exercising in the water are endless! Water is an ideal environment in which to work out and get fit. Swimming (or waterfit) fitness programs are challenging for all levels — beginner to advanced — and yet easy on the joints thanks to the low-impact and high

resistance nature of water. Swimming and water fitness builds endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness. It really gets the heart pumping and helps to reduce stress. Participants maintain a healthy weight and build lung capacity and, best of all, the workout is done in a cool and relaxing atmosphere! Whether you want to learn to swim, improve your strokes, become a lifeguard, or train for a triathlon, the City of Waterloo has the right aquatics program for you.

It’s never too late to learn.

Register now before swim classes fill up!

The City of Waterloo has a number of aquatic programs designed specifically for teen and adult learners. Some of these fun and unique swim programs include: Teen and Adult Swim Lessons, Aqua Cycle, Triathlon Training for Adults, Stroke Proficiency program for Teens (the only one of it its kind offered locally), and Leadership Courses. Register today for specialty teen and adult swim lessons and more at

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Use STEAM to make your bid successful Have you ever been asked to supply an economic impact review when applying for funding grants to host your sporting event and not known what to fill in? The Regional Sport Tourism Office can help you with this. Conducting an assessment can be both costly and time consuming and you also may not know where to even start. The RSTO can assist with this through the use of the Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM). The tool, developed with several partners, was launched by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance in 2002. Over the years, it has undergone modifications but is considered a standard and credible measurement of economic impact in the industry and a best practice worldwide.

The tool takes into consideration information on those participating in an event along with those in attendance to watch and the information contained within your business plan. By looking at estimated spending, length of stay, distance travelled and other demographics, an assessment can be generated that looks at the direct and indirect economic impact to a region or city. The STEAM tool can be applied to all events, small and large. It is often used to help inform a potential bid committee whether they should move forward with their submission. It has been used to assess events in Canada as the impact of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, several Memorial Cups, Grey Cups, and Canada Games (to name just a few).

How important is it to complete an economic impact assessment? It simply could be the best pre- or post- event investment you can make. Not only does it help you to better position your event with potential sponsors, but it helps to give you an idea of the return on investment which most funding agencies consider when reviewing your proposal. Potential funding agencies need to assess if you qualify for assistance as well as what amounts to award you with. For more information on the RSTO, or to find out ways we can assist you, please contact Sherry Doiron at sherry@ or by phone at 519-271-7000, extension 201.

Sports Events Calendar July & August KW Gymnastics Weekly Summer Camps @ Kitchener-Waterloo Gymnastics Club July 8-10 Paul Hauch Invitational @ Thames Park Pool, London July 15-17 Can-Am Para-Swimming Championships

July 18-22 Everton in the Community @ RIM Park, Waterloo July 27-31 Canadian Age Group Championships August 4-7 Canadian Swimming Championships


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August 15-19 Synchro Mermaid Camp, KW Synchro @ Cameron Heights Pool

August 22-26 Competitive Synchro Camp, KW Synchro @ Cameron Heights Pool

August 19-21 Fundamentals Speed Skating, KW Cobras @ RIM Park, Waterloo

September 5 Warriors Football Minor League Day @ Warrior Field

August 22-26 Synchro Mermaid Camp, KW Synchro @ Cameron Heights Pool

Grand River Bass Derby Results The Grand River Bass Derby (held July 9 and 10, 2016) is one of the largest and longest-running bass derbies in Canada. The derby attracts hundreds of people from Southwestern Ontario to fish the Canadian Heritage River and enjoy some fantastic smallmouth bass fishing. Prizes are awarded for the longest fish brought in alive as well as specially tagged fish. All entrants are also eligible for the Grand Draw Prize and hundreds of other draw prizes contributed by local businesses. The Derby, organized by Natural Sports and hosted by the Optimist Club of Stanley Park raises money with

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100% of the proceeds going towards improving fishing opportunities and public access to the Grand River.

5th - Tom Hummel 19 1/8” (prize package)

Open Division

Youth Division

​ st - Glenn Elliot 1 19 15/16” ($2,000 cash)

(All winners in the Youth Division won fishing packages.) 1st - Jacob Kufske (18”) 2nd - Hunter Restoule (17 13/16”) 3rd - Levi Lichty (17 1/16”) 4th - Nick McCann (16 1/2”) 5th - Conor Douma (16 3/8”) Congratulations to the winners!

2nd - Jordan Ford 19 25/32” ($1,000 cash) 3rd - Mark Kozak 19 13/32” ($500 cash) 4th - Tyler Scheerer 19 3/16” (prize package)

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Kitchener Girls Softball extends thanks! Submitted by Torsten Wandelt From its beginning in 1966, the Kitchener Minor Girls Softball Association (KMGSA) has had a primary focus to provide a fun, competitive and safe sports environment for the young ladies of our community and help develop them develop a passion for the game of softball. On behalf of KMGSA and its board of directors, I would like to thank each and every one of the volunteers that has given and continues to give his/her time to this organization. This great group of volunteers includes all the coaches, instructors, administrators and board members who work tirelessly to keep the various KMGSA programs running. Additionally, without the support of the City of Kitchener and local businesses, KMGSA would not be able to provide the programs we currently do for girls aged five through 19. Every year, we face challenges in providing the best experience possible for these young ladies and rely heavily

on this support in order to keep costs reasonable for the players. KMGSA, and the hundreds of young ladies we serve (and continue to serve) in our community, thankyou for your ongoing support of girls’ softball in Kitchener.

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Synchronized swimming — it’s ice dancing in the water! Submitted by John Ortiz Today, synchronized swimming is a strong and powerful female sport, but only a pair of women, a duet, will be representing our country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. In the past, leading back to the days of Benjamin Franklin, men were just involved in synchronized swimming as women. Franklin described his swim in the Thames River from Chelsea to Blackfriars, performing, on the way, “many feats of activity, both upon and under the water that surprised and pleased those to whom they were novelties.” More than 100 years after Ben Franklin’s

damp balletics, a vaudeville performer named Annette Kellerman toured the country giving stunt-swimming exhibitions. Kellerman is described as being the first modern synchronized swimmer. At the 2015 World Aquatic Championships, FINA (swimming’s governing body) added mixed pairs to every aquatic discipline. Many countries, including Russia, Japan, Italy, Ukraine, France, the USA and Canada, sent athletes who completed in the mixed-pairs technical and free programs. Yes, of all the disciplines, it’s synchronized swimming which has had the most history of mixed pairs at worlds

and Canada’s own Rene Robert Prevost and Stephanie LeClair finished eighth. Olympic synchro comes in duet and eight-person team varieties. Competitors first perform technical routines, in which they’re judged on how well they execute various required elements, and then free routines that put more of an emphasis on artistic interpretation. The performances last between two-and-a-half and four-anda-half minutes. When men are added to the mix, its two people intertwined in artistic performance and athletics, it’s ice dancing in the water — we just call it synchronized swimming!

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Row Swim Club holds successful swim-a-thon event On April 2, the ROW Swim Club held its annual swim-a-thon event with over 70 athletes participating in a 12-kilometre relay swim. The volunteer-run event was a great success and attracted athletes from all programs within the club. The participants were broken down into teams of four to six athletes per team with a team captain and athletes of all ages. The event began at 6 a.m. and continued until 10 a.m. when all teams had completed the swim. The youngest swimmer participating was 7 years old. All participants had fun! The Swim-a-thon event is a fundraising and team-building exercise for the ROW Swim Club where athletes of all ages and


abilities are paired together and given a chance to meet, interact and develop mentoring relationships with each other. Nationally, Swim-a-thon is a fundraising event that benefits the local club as well as the provincial and national swimming organizations. This enables the clubs to send teams to international competitions, like the Olympics. This year, the ROW Swim Club is using the fundraiser to purchase new dry-land training equipment and a video system to help athletes of all levels improve their abilities. Running alongside the event, the athletes participated in making supportive signs and banners for our Olympic

and Paralympic Trials competitors the following weekend. The athletes completed many poster-sized banners as well as one larger banner to show our support for those athletes.

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KW Gymnastics invites you to get flipping Submitted by Kellie Hinnells, KWGC Executive Director at Kitchener Waterloo Gymnastics Club Looking to join a team of talented, friendly athletes and learn fun-filled, new skills? The Kitchener-Waterloo Gymnastics Club (KWGC) is the place for you. Regardless of your age, your strength or your personal fitness goals, classes here are designed to suit everyone. Whether you are a toddler who wants to learn a cartwheel, a 10-year- old who can’t stop jumping on your bed or a 45-year- old parent looking to improve your coordination — we have a class that is perfect for you. We design all our recreational and competitive classes to incorporate the fundamentals of gymnastics: strength, flexibility, speed, balance, power, coordination and discipline. Gymnasts in our club have a ton of fun learning new skills while gaining both physical and social benefits. The beam teaches balance; the vault requires power; the bars and rings teach users how to lift, swing and move their bodies in completely unique ways. Socially, gymnasts learn how to listen, take direction, cheer on their teammates and build lasting, trusting relationships with their coaches and friends. You can sign up for a recreational class or try out some of our specialty classes, which include trampoline and tumbling training. We also offer adult gymnastics

and adult boot camp classes. These specialty classes are offered in beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, helping athletes develop and fine-tune their skills. But, it’s not all work at our club — there is lots of time to play as well, especially when you celebrate your birthday with us! Our parties offer children the chance to show off their skills to their friends with up to 80 minutes of gym time and 40 minutes in the party room. With something exciting for everyone, the Kitchener-Waterloo Gymnastics Club is the place for you. So come on out and get flipping!

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KSA’s latest grants Every year, the Kitchener Sports Association (KSA) raises money through the sale of 50/50 tickets at Kitchener Rangers home games and the hosting of bingo sessions at the K-W Gaming Centre in Kitchener. KSA uses the money, approximately $150,000/ year recently, to support local minor athletes, sports groups and charities. Whether it be a capital project, travel grant, fee assistance, or special request, KSA is here to provide funding – over $2,500,000 in the past 22 years proves it! Grants awarded by KSA in June 2016 include: • $5,000 to Kids Ability (for special wheelchairs for youth basketball), • $2,500 to the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame, • $500 to Supreme Athletics (a KSA Athletic Excellence grant in support of Joey Daniels), • $4,000 to the K-W International Children’s Games (in support of the 26 athletes travelling to Taiwan


Submitted by Kitchener Sports Association, team photos provided by Carrie Debrone, Kitchener Citizen

for the summer games in July). KSA holds monthly dinner meetings — open to everyone — but is now on summer break so the next dinner is September 20. Have a great summer and, enjoy the games!

Stanley Park Optimist Ball The Stanley Park Optimist Ball Program has received KSA grants for additional safety equipment (Infielders’ masks and safety bases) and feeassistance over the past several years. KSA’s support helps ensure that everyone not only gets to play, but has the equipment to do so safely and can enjoy the experience. With momentum created by a kick-off grant from Healthy Kids, and additional donations from participants in the program, Stanley Park now has an inventory of baseball gloves to lend to those in need of such. The Stanley Park Ball photos are from the wrap-up tournament held Sat. June 25 at Wilson Park for all 54 participating teams, family and friends — a great end to a fantastic season!





1. Several 2016 players were recognized for their outstanding performances. Front row, from left: Ben Quiring (MVP Award, Junior 3-Pitch - League leader in home runs, RBIs and slugging ratio) and Miya Murakami (MVP, Senior 3-Pitch). Back row, from left: Kohl Grevenstein (MVP, Senior 3-Pitch) and Michael Lafleur (On-base percentage, Senior 3-Pitch.) Other recipients, (absent from photo), were James Lee and Spencer Daniel (Slugger Awards, Senior 3-Pitch), Owen Jonker and Owen Gouthro (On-base percentage, Senior 3-Pitch). 2. (L-R) Gord Dearborn (Chair-Stanley Park Optimist Ball), Mandy Bujold (Special guest - 10-time Canadian Women’s Boxing Champion & KW’s 2015 Athlete of the Year) and Colin Wyatt (one of the Umpire Crew, 2016). Mandy came out to meet some of her local fans including her Junior T-Ball team (Team Bujold) and exchange greetings and best wishes before she heads off to represent Canada at the upcoming summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil. 3. First Choice Haircutters beat PSG Masonry to take the Senior T-Ball Championship. Front row, from left: Corbin Hicks, Eoin Godfrey, Amie Chambers, Braden Hardman, Sophie Demsey, Makala Hunt. Back row, from left: Alan Paulin (Coach), Liam DeSoto, Logan McKittrick, Isaac Patterson, Ryder Vertulia, Ben Paulin and Nathan Godfrey (Coach). 4. Tentworks beat PSG Plumbing (29 –28) to take the 2016 Senior 3-Pitch Championship. Front row, from left: Logan Hind, Mackenzie Kolpean, Graham MacDonald, Cecilia Shaefer, Hailley Rowden, Phoenix Bradley, Joel Grevenstein. Back row, from left: Amanda Ducey (Coach), Kathy Uuldriks (Sportsmanship), Hans Grevenstein (Assistant), Kohl Grevenstein, Miya Murakami, Michael Lafleur, Josh Uuldriks, Faith Merling, Logan Knowles, Randy Uuldriks (Coach), John Kolpean (Assistant). 5. Milton’s Restaurant beat Alfran Trophies (23 – 22) to take the 2016 Junior 3-Pitch Championship. Front row, from left: Farah McKellar, Brooke McFee, Felipe Sanchez Hancox, Angus Cutler, Ben Atkinson. Middle row, from left: Nolan Phuong, Alex Pipilas, Nikos Piperakis, Lucan Farmer, Wyatt Dallier, Caleb Gillespie, Julia Sherritt, Gabby Phillips. Back row, from left: Coaches & assistants - Brad Cutler, Lee Dallier, Brian Gillespie, John Sherritt.

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everton FC Pro-CAMP


July 18th to 22nd RIM Park Waterloo

Come and join the trained coaches arriving directly from the English Premier League’s Everton FC for a very exclusive and fun one week Everton FC Skills Development Camp. Let your child learn and practice the skills that are used by the English Premier League stars at Everton FC.

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(U8, born 2008 to U14, born 2002)

Times : 9 am - 4 pm (early drop-off and late pickup available) Fees : $350 (by April 30, 2016)


$375 (May 1, 2016 onward)

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