Ice Chips and Canoe Quips

Back to school and sports

It is that time of the year again when the kids are back in school and either anticipating or dreading about how their year will go. I would like to encourage all students to give as many sports and extra-curricular activities they can a chance over this coming school year. There are many benefits in addition to the obvious exercise that I think it is important that everyone tries to get involved.

For those that already have an affinity for physical education it gives them another way to express themselves and especially if academics is not their strong suit. For others where academics come easily but coordination and fitness is a challenge then it allows those students to become a much more complete student.

Sometimes sports can get a bad rap, especially when it comes to the consequences of extreme pressure from coaches, parents and teammates. The goal and emphasis however should be that of self-improvement for the individual. If internally motivated, self-improvement is the objective the experience can not only make their sporting experience that much more rich but the lessons learned from sport can be applied to other areas.

The dedication it takes to execute a perfect “Brill Bend/Fosbury Flop” in high jump can be drawn upon later when required to perform several intricate and linked steps from a mathematical formula to wiring a house as an electrician. The guts and determination it takes to train and race as a long distance runner can serve you well in any future endeavour that entails putting up with uncomfortable or even painful situations. With the amount of collaboration required with so much of today’s jobs or even post-secondary education you could not do wrong with learning what it takes to be a valuable teammate. Being able to accept the way your point-guard dribbles in basketball even though she is effective can go a long way in staying on-task despite the idiosyncrasies of a future colleague.

In closing, just give it a try if you are new to sports. Try to improve in all aspects of your game if you are a veteran. Always work hard, especially in practices. Show respect to yourself, teammates and coaches. Have fun in everything you do or try to do and chalk up the difficult times as a learning experience. There is more to sports than sports.

Brewers are Island fastball champs

Kudos to the Mindemoya Brewers who recently captured the Island Fastball Championship! Members of the winning team included: Ben Cranston, Nick Head-Peterson, Happy Gilmour, Corey Karn, Mike Abotossaway, Al Lanktree, Chris King, Tyler King, Barry Barnes, Stuart Pearson, Ryan Prior and Justin Lanktree. A great achievement, gentlemen!

Sons of Pitches just miss National Title

The Sons of Pitches squad narrowly missed repeating as National Aboriginal champions losing out in a quick match and had to settle for silver. Coached by Gerard Baibomcowai of Wikwemikong the All-Ontario aboriginal winning team included local players: Jonas Aibens, Tyler King, Mitchal Payette, Mackenzie Makadebin, Landon Peltier and Austin Jack, who were joined by five others from all across Ontario. Congratulations guys—next year!

Sport chips!

Hats off to Garrett and Owen Peltier who were members of the winning team in the Annual Fastball Tourney last weekend. The “Wiky boys” played for Bob’s Smoke Shop of Naughton. Congrats gentlemen!

Young Danielle Migwans of M’Chigeeng continues to shine for fastball teams in Southern Ontario. An overpowering pitcher Danielle is about to play in the Nationals out on the East coast. Good luck, Danielle.

Standout fastball catcher Lyle Baibomcowai continues to win at the highest level. Despite his youth, Lyle was a star with the Nawashin Senior Club as they captured the All-Ontario Aboriginal Championships last weekend. Mr. Baibomcowai has seen his talent take him across Canada to play the sport he loves and at which he excels.

Little Current’s Billy Biederman (son of Alison and Bill Biederman) is a star pitcher with Gladu Blue Jays in the Valley East Minor Baseball League. Last week he pitched his team to the A Championship. Billy, a former Manitoulin Panther, also plays AAA hockey in Sudbury. He’s quite the all-round athlete and is often at the top of whatever sport he tries.

Best wishes and good luck to Cole King of Mindemoya as he tries out with the Sudbury AAA Midget club. Cole previously played for the Mindemoya Thunder, Manitoulin Panthers and MSS Mustangs.

A good sport is good for sports.