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Full Value Fitness!

Manitoulin Secondary teacher Jonathan Balfe, a tireless promoter of healthy eating and fitness, has developed an amazing and unique fundraiser for two Manitoulin Panther teams. In addition, he would like to emphasize that a private philanthropist has vowed to match every dollar going to Panther minor hockey that will go toward the school farm initiative at MSS. What a great initiative and match for Jon and his wife Tina.

The event will take place on September 29 up on the Manitoulin Secondary track in M’Chigeeng. The timed event will have people go through 11 different sections for time. Mr. Balfe will be setting up a schedule so that you can book the most convenient time for your Saturday anywhere from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm so you can get your time and then go on your merry way if you would prefer.

The events are all very functional skills that you would normally have to perform on any given day as you go about your tasks on your schedule. The following is the list of what you will be doing as officials record your times. Jon is a huge proponent of self-improvement and not feel a huge pressure to finish faster than anyone else. It is all about you becoming healthier.

1) Agility and balance section (stepping on tires, broken train tracks, stepping into tires). 2) Sled pulls (one hand over hand, and one dragging). 3) Farmers walk. 4) Bar facing burpees. 5) Overhead walking lunge (carrying a rubber weight overhead). 6) Plate run (running with rubber weight). 7) Jumping (10 two foot jumps over a line, six single leg jumps over a line, broad jumps). 8) Lateral movement (zig zag). 9) Crab walk (feet first). 10) Backward run and finally 11) Rowing (…on a stationary trainer!) Modifications can be made on the spot, they want participation at all costs.

Jon has created an amazing trailer of what his course will look like, complete with very cool drone footage of the location and his own children performing most of the tasks. It looks like it will be a ton of fun and amongst a super-supportive atmosphere. Check out Jon’s posts on YouTube labeled, Full Value Fitness Challenge Trailer, he explains it better than I can here!

Bayer takes bronze in major marathon

Congratulations to Evan Bayer, who was a long-time elite athlete on Manitoulin who recently finished third overall in the 42.2km Edmonton Marathon. Evan who is a teacher in Calgary, clocked in with a staggering time of 2:38:06. For the geeks amongst us, that is just under three and three quarters of a minute for every one of those 42 kilometers, wow!

Wiikwemkoong 10K coming soon!

Still with running, how about getting yourself in shape for the Wiky Road race and walk. The grand old event is slated for Sunday, October 21. Sponsored by the Wikwemikong Health Centre Diabetes Program the walkers will depart at 10 am in downtown Kaboni. The run starts at 10:50 am. Registration: 8:30 to 10:15 am at Wasse Abin Pontiac School. The fees are still just $20 for adults and $10 for students. There is also a shuttle service available out to the race start line. For more information, please call (705) 859-3164.

Off the Rock, hockey!

Manitoulin was well represented in AA and AAA championship hockey this past weekend.

Samuel Assinewai and his Major Bantam AAA Compuware (based out of Plymouth, Michigan) team won the Consolation Championship at the Toronto Redwings Early Bird Tournament.

Billy Biedermann and his Minor Bantam AA Nickel City Sons team won the Championship at the Orangeville AA Early Bird Tournament. Billy came away with a messed up shoulder, get well soon, Billy.

Kohyn Eshkawkogan and his Major Atom AA Copper Cliff Redmen team won the Championship at the Richmond Hill Mary Parkinson Memorial AA Tournament.

Karate starts tonight!

Come join the Manitoulin School of Martial Arts for its 9th karate season! The first class and registration night is today, 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. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to learn and have fun! For more information, check out our Facebook page, call Renshi Dan at 705-348-0455 or email

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