Ice Chips & Canoe Quips

Manitoulin Men’s Fastball

Congratulations to the Wiikwemkoong Lumberjacks, who took the championship trophy over the Mindemoya Brewers last week.

Happy New Year!

This week marks the beginning of most students’ start to another school year. Kudos to Lakeview who are already two weeks into their year! As a teacher, I am a huge promoter of academics. However, I must put in a plug for the benefit of athletics that can be bolstered by athletics. There are many tangible and intangible benefits that a student being involved in sports or even becoming more fit without being involved in a formal sports’ program.

An elementary and secondary student/parent should consider the holistic picture of education. I have seen many, many examples over the years of a student that sports has fostered a stronger, work ethic, collaborative ethos and leadership.

Most coaches at this level have the following hierarchy as far as what they find most important in their athletes as they select their teams in any sport. Attitude (I include this in with Sportsmanship), Effort, Dedication, Leadership and Coachability and somewhere near the bottom is Ability! So, if anyone has the former skills, they are far more valuable to a coach then the latter. Please, just get out there and just try to get involved! It doesn’t have to be a school team, but becoming more active will benefit you more than you know.

Calling for all karate curious

Here is an invitation to join the Manitoulin School of Martial Arts for its 9th karate season! The first class and registration night is Wednesday, September 12 at the NEMI Rec Centre in Little Current. The Little Dragon class is 6 to 6:45 pm at a cost of $30/month. Youth class is 6:45 to 8 pm and adult class is 8 to 9:15 pm, both at a cost of $40/month. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to learn and have fun! For more information, check out their Facebook page, call Renshi Dan at 705-348-0455 or email 

Timekeeper opportunity!

The NOHA will be hosting eight timekeeper seminars via webinar over four nights during the month of September. The seminars will be hosted by Sudbury’s own Randy Pascal.

The sessions will be divided into Junior (beginner) and Senior (advanced) sessions. The seminars are being offered at an amazingly low price of $5 per session.

Randy Pascal began scorekeeping at the age of 14, advancing quickly through the ranks, working Junior B, University, Midget AAA and OHL games by the time he was in university. Over the years, he has been the scorekeeper for the Ernestown Jets, Kingston Voyageurs, Kingston Frontenacs, and Sudbury Wolves, among others.

More impressive, however, is Randy’s selection as one of only six scorekeepers selected to work both the men’s and women’s hockey at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and was awarded both the women’s bronze medal and men’s gold medal games. Randy was once again given the opportunity to work the Olympics this time in Pyeong Chang in 2018 being one of two scorekeepers brought in to work the tournament. In addition to this, Randy has worked other prestigious events such as the Women’s World Hockey Championships in 2013 and the World Junior Championships in Toronto, where he was again assigned to the championship games.

Following are the Junior webinar times, please visit the NOHA website for additional details: Wednesday, September 5 from 6 to 8 pm; Tuesday, September 18 from 6 to 8 pm; Thursday, September 20 from 6 to 8 pm; and Monday. September 24 from 6 to 8 pm.

The webinars will be run through Instructions for connecting to the webinar will be sent to participants the day of the seminar they are registered for.

If you have any questions or difficulties please contact Adam Morell at

Special Olympics’ volunteers

Missing from last week’s recognition of the invaluable volunteers for the annual Mindemoya slow-pitch softball tournament were Chase Becks and Liam Bridgeman. Sorry, guys, and thanks for your efforts.

A good sport is good for sports.