Ice Chips to Canoe Quips

Call for Legion Meet athletes

Daryl Leighton is the Sports Officer for Legion Branch 514 out of Gore Bay and he has once again graciously agreed to offer his assistance with the advance registration of the Manitoulin athletes. With meet day registration is not permitted, Darryl will do all the legwork with the added bonus that the Gore Bay Legion will take care of the registration fees, up to a maximum of four events.

On Saturday, June 13 the annual, District H Legion Track and Field Meet is being held at Laurentian University. This opportunity is open to all Island athletes, 17 years and under as of December 31, 2015

Daryl’s wish is to have a strong representation from Manitoulin Island again this year at this event. Many of our local athletes did very well however, one of those athletes, Joseph Maxwell, did best-in-Canada good! To put the icing on the cake, he even set a Canadian record on top of the hardware.

The deadline to send Daryl information for on-line registration is Monday, June 1. Please contact him in advance so that he can provide the necessary forms. You can contact him by phone at 282-9946 or by email at

Want to sail?

The Little Current Yacht Club has got some amazing opportunities this summer for people of all ages who would love to learn about the exciting sport of sailing. Living here in the middle of some of the best sailing waters in the world, why not see why people from all over come here to sail. The club offers five different programs to suit everyone.

The “Taste” session is a fun introduction for kids aged 6 – 10. “Intro to Sailing” are fun, non-certified sessions for students 11 – 16. “CanSail” with levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 is a certified program for those 8 – 14. The “Racing” division is for upper-level, CanSail sailors who want to try a bit of competition. Finally their “Adult” program is booked on an individual basis for a fun and relaxing way.

Dates and prices are listed on the LCYC website at or call 705-368-3452 for further details. By the way, they are currently offering a discount will be applied to those who register for additional courses and before June 8!

Pickleball players unite!

The local Pickleball club has started up their spring season and experienced and newcomers this easy and fun sport are all welcome. Having just started this past Monday, May 4 the club nights will run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The club meets in the curling rink at the NEMI rec centre. Instruction and equipment are available for anyone who wants to come out and try. The contact people for this 2015 season are Bud and Pierrette Hebner. Their email address is: or by phone at: 705-368-1953.

Locals at NAHC

Fresh off a win of a lifetime at the national, midget championship Esso Cup a couple of weeks ago Deidre Debassige of M’Chigeeng was joined by Wikwemikong’s Amber Lewis in Halifax for the National Aboriginal Championships. Their Team Ontario made it all of the way to the finals but were edged by defending champion, Saskatchewan 3 – 2 in the gold medal game.

Also competing at the NAHC were Wikwemikong members Gregory Paquette Trudeau and Tanner Webkamigad competing for the Ontario midget boys’ squad but were put out in the quarter finals. Also, Kaitlyn Isaac, who played for the Ontario Bantam side, is the daughter of Wikwemikong’s Marcia Trudeau who incidentally is chair of Aboriginal Sports and Wellness Council of Ontario.

3 on 3 catch-up!

Here are a couple of more teams who were up in the Sault a couple of weekends ago for a really fun tournament, the OpenIce 3 on 3. The 2008 Shoot to Score Team was made up of some of the 2015 -2016 Novice Panthers: Kohyn Eshkawkogan, Greyson Case, and Zaagaasge Toulouse with some friends from the north: Khade Metatawabin, (Moose Factory) and Chapleau’s Tanner Moreau, Jordan Martineau and Jack Cyr.

The youngsters went undefeated right up until the finals! Although the rematch with the top Soo team didn’t provide a championship for the Island players, they’re already wanting to get back in the rink to work on their skills for next year.

The 2007 Shoot to Score team was made up of local hockey players: Saraya Eshkawkogan, Morgan Green, Mackenzie Green, Keannu Bisschops, Max McGregor, Ava Assinewai, Gage Hughson as well as couple of Chapleau skaters: Cole Ellis and Hallee Moreau.

The 2007 team had one tie and although had a tough draw against some tough teams from the Soo, competed well and kept all games very close. Great job, team!

Still looking for any 3 on 3 results from the other 13, Manitoulin teams who were at the event! Send details and roster to address below.

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