Ice Chips & Canoe Quips

RDSB Champions’ Meet

Manitoulin athletes were once again at the top of the Rainbow District School Board’s upper echelon of track and field results. In the individual aggregate standings Island competitors in the top-10 included: Tykes: Fia Flanagan with 9 points for a 9th place finish overall. LCPS’s Jack Carter was 6th overall with his 12 points and C. C. McLean’s Ethan Witty was 8th with his 10 points.

Atom Saraya Eshkawkogan, of LCPS, was 5th with 14 points as was John-Michael Taggart, also in 5th with 13 points. C. C. McLean’s Jaydan Hayden was 9th with 10 points.

Amazingly, Gore Bay’s Sophie Heitkamp outdid herself once again to finish in second place amongst Grade 8 girls’ with 28 points! She did this while establishing a new RDSB record in the high jump with a stellar leap of 1.58m, a first in the long jump and a close second in the 200m! Little Current’s Autumn Deschesne was 6th with 20 points, Whittier Gauthier was just behind, in 6th place with 16 points.

Eagles fly at Challenge Meet!

At the Rainbow District School Board Challenge Meet on Tuesday, June 19th, three Island athletes from Central Manitoulin P.S. competed along with over 300 athletes from the Sudbury area. 

Maryann Nichols’ best throw in Atom Girls Ball Throw was 16.00m which gave her the Bronze medal with third place overall. Maryann also placed 6th in the 100m Dash and 8th in Atom Girls’ Standing Long Jump. 

Lily Verboom won Gold in the Bantam Girls’ Shot Put with a 6.65m toss. As well, she captured third place in the Standing Long Jump. 

Yashua Marsland also took first place in the Atom Boys Shot Put with a 5.32m toss. He placed third overall in Standing Long Jump and sixth place in the Atom Boys 25m Dash.

The Challenge Meet is run by a large number of dedicated volunteers providing opportunities for vision and physically impaired and developmentally delayed students to take part in Track and Field events at Laurentian University. Speaking of dedicated volunteers, how about CMPS Coach Bruce Lindsay who worked with his students tirelessly. Congratulations coach and team!

Miner’s Mayhem

This past Saturday, Mindemoya’s Liam Bridgeman and three of his Nickel City Major Bantam AAA teammates, Hayden Radey, Marco Vallilee and Vinnie Lavoie, undertook The Miner’s Mayhem, a 6.5 kilometer obstacle race at its new home, in Kivi Park, overlooking Long Lake in Sudbury. The boys, competing against the clock and 28 other teams, ran under, over and through the wet, muddy course, and finished in a respectable 6th place. 

17th Annual Classic 

The Mindemoya Classic run, paddle and pedal triathlon is heading into its 17th running and organizers are hoping for another great year. The event’s motto: “a challenge for everyone” still holds true and organizers encourage everyone to give it a try. The Classic is part of the annual Central Manitoulin Lions Club Homecoming weekend over the Canada Day long weekend. This year the race falls on Sunday, July 1, as was the date of the original race!

The event is a lot of fun with something from the ultra to the anti-competitive and all for a “can’t-be-beat” price. The race that started out as a co-ed team-of-four event only has grown to include an open pairs division as well as a solo, race category. As part of a team you can choose to enter the relay version where a team of four will have one runner (5.5km), two paddling a canoe (approximately 3.5km) and finally, your fourth person will bike (13km). A relay-pairs team will have one who runs, both paddling and one who bikes. The other way to complete the challenge is to try your hand and feet at the endurance race where all members of your team (4s, pairs or solo) complete each of the 3 legs with a team of four using 2 canoes.

For more information check out the website at or search it on YouTube. You can see past years’ photos and results and pre-register (guaranteed t-shirt size on race day and five dollars cheaper!) all in one handy location. If you are still in search of a team or just need one more to make up that foursome drop an email to let organizers play matchmaker for you.

Ultimate Tuesday!

Another reminder of Ultimate Tuesdays in Little Current. A game that was originally called “the ultimate game experience” back in the late 60s became Ultimate Frisbee and finally today, is known simply as Ultimate. It is a game that I.M.H.O. comes by its name honestly. It is often described as a mixture of football, soccer, handball and basketball. The goal is to get a flying disc down the field from player to player (without the disc holder running) and into an end zone. One of the amazing twists of the sport, even at the highest levels is that there are no referees. Players are expected to adhere to the ‘Spirit of the Game’ and play with the outmost sportsmanship and be able to self-officiate. Could you picture this with Island hockey?!

Ultimate Tuesday started as all organized sports do, on Facebook, thanks to Ben and Sarah Quackenbush. The group can be searched simply as Ultimate Tuesday on FB to check out the details. They are relatively simple. Every Tuesday all interested (you don’t need to be experienced…curious maybe) players will meet on the Low Island field at 7 pm and play till you drop or 9 pm, whatever comes first. You too, can be the first one in your family to use the word ‘hucking’ in polite conversation.

A good sport is good for sports