Ice Chips & Canoe Quips

Manitoulin, elementary Track and field stars

It was a busy week for the Island’s running, jumping and throwing athletes. There were way too many to recognize everyone, although everyone does need congratulations. To be noted are a few Island track and field record breakers, the provincial Legion winners and the RDSB champions meet winners. 

Island Track and Field meet record breakers included Lakeview’s Maren Kasunich who beat the long standing 800m record held by Emma Tallman by 12 seconds. Maren ran a 2:39 while training partner Ava Assinewai was right behind her in 2:41, also breaking the record. Maren did not stop there as she also lowered the 400m (1:10) and 1500m (5:20) marks!

Delaney Bridgeman, triple jump (9.03m); Jack Bridgeman, high jump (1.26m); Noah Thorpe, high jump (1.36m), Ava Assinewai, high jump (1.41m), Jordan Holmes, shot put (6.44m); Jazmin Colwell, 200m (30.5s); and finally, the CMPS 13-plus relay team ran a 1:01 for the 4 X 100m event.

Manitoulin also fared very well at the Rainbow Board Champions’ meet. Maren was also catching notice by breaking the 800m (2:33), beating former record holder in the records and the race, Syla Swords. Similarly, Maren beat Syla in the 1500m and broke her record for the distance in 5:14!

Manitoulin top 10 individual aggregate finishers include: Rhyis Arthurs (LCPS), 3rd; Ava Assinewai (CMPS), 7th; Brooke Gibeault (Assiginack), 10th; Annie Balfe (CMPS), 10th; and Maren Kasunich (Lakeview), 2nd.

Congratulations, finally, to our Manitoulin legion athletes who get to move on with Sophie Heitkamp to the provincial legion meet in Brampton this coming July 11 -12. Whittier Dwyer–Gauthier, Maren Kasunich, Avery Sutherland and Keaton Gauthier!

Second annual Mindemoya Youth Tournament!

Organizer Greg Lockeyer after another great weekend of ball in Central Manitoulin. He would like to extend thanks to everyone who helped make the event a big success as it takes a great deal of dedicated volunteers to host something of this size that accommodated 310 kids aged 5 to 16. Greg thanks the following: Shannon Drouin, Annette King, Steve Redmond, Al Davy, Glenn Duncanson, Tamey McAllister and Reid Taylor. 

He also expressed many accolades and apologies to the generous, volunteer umpires. As Greg said, “It takes some thick skin at times to put up with comments that are made by those who just sit there. We could not have done the tourney without you.” It is unfortunate that with youngsters and their parents present on this great weekend, that there were still those that felt it necessary to berate these people. Sad.

The following teams were the A and B division champions. Congratulations to them and all of the players who won a pennant or not. In the Peewee Division – A Champs were the Sandlot Tigers over Sandlot Legends. Peewee Divison – B Champs: M’Chigeeng over the Odd Sox.

In the Bantam Division, the A Champs  were the Mon Stars  over The Outsliders. The B Champs were the 2 Can’s Clan over M’Chigeeng.

The Midget Division A Champs were The Chiefs prevailing over the Purple Jellyfish. The B was won by the SeaWorld Sluggers over the Mystery Gang.

Classic Weekend features fun!

The 18th annual ‘run, paddle and pedal’ triathlon is ready to go this coming Sunday morning, June 30. The Mindemoya Classic has almost moved out of its “surly, teenage years” yet can be expected to provide a fun, yet, a not too early morning experience. Registration is easiest online, ( but organizers can get you set up on race-day starting at 8 am. If your online registration is received by 3 pm on Saturday (June 29) you (and you and your team) will receive the early-bird discount.

The event a 5.5K run, 3K-ish paddle and 13K cycle triathlon can be completed as a team of four, part of a pair or all on your own. That being said, there are always “unranked” teams who like to get creative with the established categories. So, if you have a team of three or five (maybe even the first ever Voyageur entry?) and if it is the difference between you participating or not, you are more than welcome to enter. There are no division bragging rights, but it is all about being active and having fun so, why not? As always organizers can use a couple more volunteers especially a safety boat, so visit the above website for more information. (

Last, Mackenzie’s Run soon!

The final Mackenzie’s Run and Walk for CHEO will be held in Low Island, Little Current on July 13 with all proceeds being donated to CHEO. This event is in memory of Mackenzie Nodin Peltier who passed away at CHEO on September 3, 2011 at the age of two. There will be a 5km run, a 2km walk and a 1km event for children. The cost to register is $20 per person and $5/ child under 10 yrs. Each participant will have a chance to win a prize and every child who participates will receive a small prize as well. 

A good sport is good for sports.