Ice Chips and Canoe Quips

OFSAA Islanders!

James Scott has had a great track and field season. On top of his regular training he has done on his own he has also been regularly travelling to Sudbury to train with the Track North club. His hard work earned him two spots in the last weekend’s all-Ontario OFSAA championships. He ran the 1500m in four minutes and 40 seconds, beating his personal best by five seconds, placing him 24th out of 25. In the 800m he once again eclipsed his P.B., this time, by three seconds with a 2:10 clocking. His effort placed him in 17th out of 25 runners. James loved the experience competing against the “crazy fast, city kids” and watching the CN Tower every time he came down the back stretch.

Jacob Pitawanakwat was part of the St. Charles Cardinals 4 X 100m relay team that finished in 21st spot overall. Way to go James and Jacob, get back there next year!

RDSB Junior meet

Congratulations to the large team of Little Current Public School Coyotes who attended the first Junior meet for the Rainbow Board. Here are the top-eight finishes for the younger set that will send them on to the Champions’ Meet. Aysia Francis-Debassige was third in the long jump, 2nd – standing long-jump, 8th high jump;  John-Michael Taggart – 4th long jump; Jared Toope 2nd – standing long jump; Noelle Naokwegijig 5th – softball throw; Billy Biederman 1st – softball; Colin Lindner 7th – softball; Autumn Deschenes 8th – 80m; Jacey Varey 7th – 200m; Whittier Gauthier 4th – high jump, 8th – triple; Braiden Phillips – 8th – triple. Also, a shout-out to Jake Robinson who has been throwing around stones at home for training and it paid off with his own personal best shot put. Way to go, Coyotes!

Pickleball medals comes home!

The Manitoulin Island Pickleball Club continues to not only provide great fun and exercise they are also apparently a training ground for some elite players. Bud and Pierette Hebner (who happen to be this year’s club organizers) were just in London for a Pickleball Tournament. The couple came back with a lot of hardware.  Bud and Pierette garnered bronze in the 60-65 mixed doubles category.  Bud then won a silver medal in men’s doubles and Pierette won a gold in ladies doubles. The Manitoulin Island Pickleball club is proud to have such great players who take the time to go and represent the club at various tournaments.

New Sports Camp

Manitoulin Sports is offering a multi-sports camp this summer (Gore Bay July 20 – 24, and tentatively Assiginack July 27 – 31) for ages 7 to 13. This is a great opportunity to participate in sports such as tennis, basketball, ball hockey, capture the flag, etc. with instruction from a NCCP Certified coach who is a BPHE graduate. The camp will offer the same mix of fun skills and drills that is offered through Manitoulin Sport’s MBA (Manitoulin Basketball Association) program. You will play at your skill level and then get to take what you’ve learned and apply it during scrimmages. Space is limited however so book early to avoid disappointment. Register by email at, but ends June 19 and includes a T-shirt for every camp participant. The hours are 9 am to 4 pm at a cost of $150 (extended hours are available for an additional fee).

Canada D’Eh Run for Fun

Why not celebrate Canada Day with a run!? On Wednesday, July 1 you have the option of a 1k, 5k or 10k routes to take in the sights of Little Current on Canada’s 148th birthday. If you register before June 20 for $20, you will receive your race kit full of coupons, samples and a t-shirt. Proceeds are to go towards the Little Current Canada Day festivities. Registrations can be made at the Island Jar on Water Street downtown. For information or to offer your volunteering services you can send an email to or call 705-368-1881.

A good sport is good for sports.