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High School Track and field

Despite the ongoing high school teacher strike a North Shore Secondary Schools Association (NSSSA) track and field championships took place last week hosted by Elliott Lake Secondary School. Several Manitoulin athletes competed with three from Manitoulin Secondary as well as a small team from Wasse Abin High School in Wikwemikong.

The three MSS runners will all be moving on to the Northern Ontario NOSSA qualifier for the all-Ontario OFSSA championships next month. James Scott finished with three silver medals (800m, 1500m and 3000m). Incidentally, James lost each of his races to an Elliott Lake runner, Nicholas Lambert, who set three new NSSSA records in the process. William Scott is off to NOSSA thanks to his 2nd place 200m race having just been edged out of gold by 3 one-hundredths of a second. Also moving on is Carissa Holliday who took third in the 3000m.

Wasse Abin athletes also had some great results as well. Aurora Ominika-Enosse was 4th in the 1500m, Harmony Rivers took 4th in long jump and was first in high jump with teammate Dehmin Eshkawkogan-Recollet, second; Delani Trudeau, first, shot put, and fifth, long jump; and Matthew Oshkabewisens, fourth, triple jump.

Over in the Sudbury NOSSA qualifier, the SDSSA, Manitoulin’s Jacob Pitawanakwat, who competes for St. Charles, took first in the long jump with a massive 5.70m leap and was also part of the winning 4 X 100m relay squad.


Legion meet deadline Monday!

Daryl Leighton, the Sports Officer for Legion Branch 514 out of Gore Bay, is nearing his deadline to pre-register all Island track and field athletes 17-years-old and younger as of December 31, 2015. With meet day registration 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. The annual, District H Legion Track and Field Meet is on Saturday, June 13 and is being held at Laurentian University.

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


Manitowaning badminton

A cooperative effort between Noojmowin Teg and Assiginack has brought badminton to the Manitowaning Arena. The program is five weeks long, and is open to 6 to 14-year-olds. Due to such a great turnout, they even modified the evening to include 6 to 10-year-olds for the first hour, 11 to 14-year-olds for the 2nd hour. The program is every Tuesday (with the exception of June 2) from 6 to 8 pm at the Assiginack Arena. The agenda for each session includes a brief warm-up and stretching, followed by skill development drills. Participants then have “free time” for the last half hour to rally with friends and have some friendly competition.


Want to sail?

The Little Current Yacht Club has got some amazing opportunities this summer for people of all ages who want to sail and offers five different programs to suit everyone.

The “Taste” session is a fun introduction for kids aged 6 – 10. “Intro to Sailing” are fun, non-certified sessions for students 11 – 16. “CanSail” with levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 is a certified program for those 8 – 14. The “Racing” division is for upper-level, CanSail sailors who want to try a bit of competition. Finally their “Adult” program is booked on an individual basis for a fun and relaxing way.

Dates and prices are listed on the LCYC website at or call 705-368-3452 for further details. By the way, they are currently offering a discount will be applied to those who register for additional courses and before June 8!


Island Ultimate starts again

Little Current’s Low Island will be under siege from flying saucers every Monday as pickup games of Ultimate will take place for the rest of the summer. Ultimate is a fun, collegial game that is played with discs (Frisbees) and is very easy to learn so those who have never played are also welcome. Curious? Want great exercise in a cooperative team game? Why not give it a try. Just show up down at Low Island, Mondays at 7 pm.


Pickleball anyone?

There is a super opportunity to get a primer on the great game of Pickleball. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the curling rink at the NEMI Recreation Centre the local club will provide instruction and equipment for anyone who wants to go out and try. For more information you can contact Bud and Pierrette Hebner by email at: or by phone at: 705-368-1953.


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