Ice Chips & Canoe Quips

The M.T.C. all set for summer! 

The Manitoulin Tennis Club is starting up their summer season. They will be meeting at the Manitoulin Secondary School tennis courts every Wednesday and Sunday at 6:30 pm and everyone is welcome to join. If you’d like to borrow a racquet, or get some lessons that’s also possible. The club encourages to “Come out and play some tennis with us!” Even the tennis balls are provided. 

The club has also rescheduled the just-for-fun “Black-fly” doubles tournament for this Saturday at 10 am. Get out and meet some other players while rotating through a few rounds of matches with various partners. $5 for entry, balls and refreshments provided. We’ll also have a small gathering to officially open the refurbished courts. Come one, come all!

Girl Guide troop survives amazing fitness ordeal

Members of the Girl Guide Unit in Manitowaning and Blind River spent the weekend learning new skills at John Island Camp. Despite the bugs, rain and cold temperatures, these girls spent their days learning how to paddle kayaks in rough water and steer canoes towards given points. A test of core strength was demonstrated on the rock wall, high ropes course and obstacle tight rope challenge. For those brave enough, a refreshing swim was offered several times throughout the stay. Congratulations to Miah and Saveen for partaking in the afternoon swim. The girls discovered how difficult it can be to run on sand. Across the camp, the girls sprinted for activities, building endurance. Manitoulin girls who participated were Jordan, Robyn-Ashley, Madison, Saveen, Autumn, Zoe, Sara-Marie and Miah. Until the next camp adventure, troop, keep paddling!

Ultimate has started!

Ultimate Manitoulin (they are on the Facebook) started up yesterday and will go all summer on Tuesday evenings. Games start at 7 pm until you drop or dark, whatever comes first. It is an amazing game and an amazing group. Absolutely no experience needed Ultimate on Tuesday this week. The fun and fitness happens down at Low Island in Little Current. Check it out!

Mountain bike course for kids!

It is great to see an opportunity for kids to learn how to mountain bike properly. Friends will know I would have benefitted greatly a similar chance when I was a kid. The event is for kids aged 8 – 12 at the Maclean’s Park trail system (just off Highway 6, North of the Slash and South of Squirreltown) from July 15-18. A link to online registration will be available through the Township of Assiginack website or the Manitoulin Mountain Biking Facebook page and will open June 1. 

Still with MacLean’s Park biking there will be group rides there every second Thursday through July and August to introduce new people to the sport. Dates will be on July 4, 18 and August 1, 15 and 29 from 6 pm. 

Track and Field accolades

Congratulations to Birch Island’s Avery Sutherland who recently won the midget girls’ 3000m event at the “city meet” in Sudbury. The speedster will move on to the next level and looks to do well at the all-northern-Ontario NOSSA meet. Good luck, Avery! 

Come on people, pickleball!?

Manitoulin Pickleball is back up and running. Their summer/fall hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 12 noon. Also evening slots are available on Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 pm. The club offers recreation activity for social, beginners, intermediate and competitive play. Manitoulin Pickleball is affiliated with Pickleball Association Ontario and Pickleball Canada. Check out their website, for information and updates.

Parental support matters!

Hats off to Irene Peltier Trudeau on her great support for her very athletic children Isaiah and Taylor. Tay-Tay is an elite hockey player while Isaiah is a star in both hockey and lacrosse in the Toronto area. They are the grandchildren of Genevieve Pheasant Peltier. Irene is also the sister of the late artist, Josh Peltier – ba.

Omission correction

Apparently, one member of the CMPS Outdoors Club has his (large) nose out of joint. Scooter (the dog), who proudly photo-bombed over all three days was unfortunately omitted from the coverage last week. Many apologies and chicken hearts will follow, Scooter.

A good sport is good for sports.