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Islander to race at national 5km championship

Congratulations to Gore Bay’s Greg Bond whose application has been accepted by Athletics Canada to compete in the Canadian 5km Road Race Championships at the end of this summer. The Canadian Masters Athletics association will hold its annual title run as part of the Yorkville Run on September 13th in Toronto. Greg qualified thanks to his excellent time in last weekend’s Sudbury Rocks 5K run. Finishing in 15th place out of over 815 runners, Greg ran a speedy 21:30 to get the call up. Normally, the long distance runner has never focused in a race so short but Greg is enjoying the new concentration in the surprisingly tough distance. Good luck in your summer training, Greg!

Island football player drafted to CFL

Kagawong’s Campbell Allison was drafted 41st overall by the BC Lions in the fifth round of the May 12th CFL draft. Campbell, who played for Eastern Michigan University, is mainly an offensive lineman however proved he could play anywhere on the line, starting at least one game at guard, tackle and center in his 2014 season. Allison played in 43 games over his career at Eastern, making 25 starts. Congratulations, Campbell.

Call for Legion Meet athletes

Daryl Leighton is the Sports Officer for Legion Branch 514 out of Gore Bay and he has once again graciously agreed to offer his assistance with the advance registration of the Manitoulin athletes. With meet day registration is not permitted, Darryl will do all the legwork with the added bonus that the Gore Bay Legion will take care of the registration fees, up to a maximum of four events.

On Saturday, June 13 the annual District H Legion Track and Field Meet is being held at Laurentian University. This opportunity is open to all Island athletes, 17 years and under as of December 31, 2015

Daryl’s wish is to have a strong representation from Manitoulin Island again this year at this event. Many of our local athletes did very well however, one of those athletes, Joseph Maxwell, did best-in-Canada good! To put the icing on the cake, he even set a Canadian record on top of the hardware.

The deadline to send Daryl information for on-line registration is Monday, June 1. Please contact him in advance so that he can provide the necessary forms. You can contact him by phone at 282-9946 or by email at

Classic date change!

Whoops, I made a big mistake last week on the date of the annual Mindemoya Classic but have thankfully been corrected! The 14th annual run-paddle-pedal triathlon, will not be on June 28 but the following week, July 5! The good news is that you have an extra seven days to prepare or even to postpone your training for another seven days.

The event is part of the Central Manitoulin Lion’s Club annual, Homecoming Weekend. It is open to just about anyone as people in their 80’s competed and those under one have even been along for the ride in bike trailers. For more information you can visit

Defeat depression this weekend

The annual Defeat Depression fun run/walk is slated for this Saturday, May 23. This great event has a distance for everyone with 1, 5 and 10km routes and all are to start and finish at the Grace Hartman Amphitheater in Bell Park on Lake Ramsey. The fundraiser is to support the Sudbury/Manitoulin chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association. For full details the race link can be found at the Sudbury Rocks website at

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