Ice Chips and Canoe Quips

Maxwell at Worlds!

Congratulations to Evansville’s Joseph Maxwell who recently competed in shot put at the 2015 IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World Youth Championships in Cali (Pascual Guerrero), Colombia. Just one of only 21 of all male athletes selected in all of Canada, Joseph easily qualified with his then personal best toss of 20.01 metres, needing only 18m to make the cut. In the qualifying round in Cali, Maxwell was up against 31 other athletes from all over the globe. Needing to be in the top 12 or a put of 19.45m, Joseph easily moved into the finals with a 19.67 measurement.

When athletes at the world’s best level get to this point they have trained so carefully to peak for their main event, have a strict performance oriented diet and have prepared mentally with visualization exercises that for them to achieve a personal best it is something to celebrate. Joseph, who is self-trained, smashed his old mark with a 20.29 throw to eclipse his old mark set back in February by 28 cm! The mark put him at 6th best in the whole world! Way to go Joseph, on the P.B. and the obviously, astute preparations.

Pickleball hardware

Some of the local Little Current Pickleball Club members took part in the Pickle Ball Eastern National Championships and based on the results, the local chapter is doing something right in order to bring back such amazing results.

Congratulations to: Mike Mic, bronze, mixed doubles, age 65 to 69; Bud and Pierrette Hebner, silver, mixed doubles, age 60 to 64. (The Gold was only 2 points away…argh, so close!); Marg VanCamp, bronze, women’s doubles; Bud Hebner, bronze, men’s doubles; and Pierrette Hebner, silver, women’s doubles.

The club is also open to those with more of a fitness aspect instead of competition with a lot of supportive members willing to spread the Pickleball message. 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.

Haweater action!

The 48th Annual Weekend seems to have more and more activities for those fitness minded every year. Starting off on Friday at 3 pm is the 4 on 4 Ball Haw-Key Tournament. Age divisions include ages: 5-8; 9 – 13; and 14 – 18. You can register as a team or as an individual. Prizes are awarded to division champion and as the best costume/team spirit award. Although getting close to supper time, don’t worry, there is a snack bar on sight to replenish your energy stores. To register (before July 29th) call Amanda at 705-368-1620.

The 22nd annual Slo-Pitch Tournament is being run once again all weekend by Lion Bruce Burnett! He can be reached at 705-368-3163, but the tournament is full.

The annual Haw Run(s) are on Saturday starting and finishing at the NEMI Public Library (50 Meredith street) Registration for the 10k is $15 and starts at 8:30. The 5k is $10 and it starts at 10 am. Then at 11 am organizers will do the 1K for all ages. Registration starts at 8 am and everyone that registers gets a chance at some great island prizes! For more information, please contact Nelson Wood at 705-368-0375 or by email at

There are free adult Zumba lessons at the NEMI Rec. centre at 11 am right on the usual ice surface courtesy of Casey Boisvert. At noon, the annual beach volleyball tournament will be happening down at the Low Island courts. Contact Tracy Esposto at 705-368-3415.

Tennis Club open to all!

The Manitoulin Tennis Club is an enthusiastic group of diehard local and seasonal players who are getting organized to meet up and play at local tennis clubs around the Island. To be apprised on the exact day to day club schedule you will need to search Manitoulin Tennis Club.

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