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Manitoulin among the top-ranked athletes at board meet

In the first time since 2019, the Rainbow Board is hosting the board-wide elementary series of track and field championships at the Laurentian University Track Complex in Sudbury. Even with a gap in competition, Manitoulin athletes were again quick to rise to the top in the aggregate (combined events) titles of the first Senior Meet. The following are the Island athletes who won top-20 recognition.

In the Grade 7 division, Charmaine Webkamigad from LCPS finished in the second overall position in the board with 21 points of a possible 30! She was fourth in the long jump, and second in both the 1,500m and 800m! Morgan Dedman, 12 points (LCPS), finished sixth, Lily Stewart from Assiginack was just a point behind, in eighth, while Samantha McKenzie (CMPS) took top-18 honours.

Central Manitoulin’s Jack Bridgeman tied for first overall with a near-perfect 28 points in a super-competitive field! Little Current’s Xavier Aguonie took top-10 honours. Jack, for his part, started the day placing 2nd in the 1500m, then won first in high jump and finished off winning first, by over a metre, in triple jump!

We have to go back eight years to 2014 for the last overall winner from the Island, James Scott, also from Central Manitoulin. Jack adds his name to the prestigious roster of aggregate champions from the Island in the ‘modern era’: Rebecca Tallman (‘03), Emma Tallman (’04), Andrew Argall (’08), Evan “Becks” Becks (‘09) and Kennedy Lanktree (’10).

The Grade 8 upper echelon included Mya Balfe (CMPS) in third (27 points) with a third in the 200m, and then firsts in the long jump and triple jump. Ava Corbiere (CMPS) was 8th overall, Jordyn Holmes (Assiginack) was close behind in ninth while classmate Sapphire Case scooped up 13th spot and Phoebe Aeschlimann (CMPS) took 20th!

In the guys’ Grade 8 group, Greyson Case of Little Current earned seventh spot in aggregate with a fifth in the 100m, third in the 200m and third in the 400m.

The RDSB’s next meet will be the Champions’ Meet on June 14 for all athletes who finished in the top eight in their individual events from both junior and senior divisions. Good luck, Manitoulin!

Mountain biking results

Ben Quackenbush’s youth development crew has had another great turn-out to their weekly Sunday instruction and race day over at the McLean’s Mountain Bike Trails. They still have two more dates for their youth group rides/lessons on the 12th and 26th of June and anyone is still welcome to join. Interested riders can meet for the 2 to 4:30 pm sessions at McLeans Park (Assiginack, just off Highway 6).

In their fun race results the fastest senior male was Tobias Madigral, fastest junior male was Xavier Coleman and fastest female rider was Rachel Quackenbush.

Mountain bike clinic for adults!

Breakaway Sports (Little Current) is also excited to announce that they have invited Minii Adventures to come and conduct a MTB Skills Clinic for Beginner and Intermediate adults on July 16 and 17 on Manitoulin Island.

Charlotte Batty is a professional mountain bike instructor who will be teaching small group personalized lessons for the full day (max six riders/day). The opportunity is available for riders ages 18+ from beginner to intermediate, and will have something for everyone. Featuring a morning skills and drills session to learn and practice new skills and techniques, followed by a trail ride to solidify your learning and enable you to practice your newly acquired or finely tuned skills on your local trails.

If you are interested, you can visit the Minii website to find out your skill level at: Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email, they will be in touch two weeks before the Skills Clinic with the finer details and what you need to bring. To register continue to:

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