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Description: Now that the Olympic Games are held every two years instead of every four years, it’s easy for things to sneak up on us. Granted, the athletes – winter and summer – still prepare within a four year period, but those of us who cover those athletes have to be prepared a little sooner these days. That means our Manitoba athletes who are currently competing, lifting, running, skating and skiing their way to PyeongChang in February of 2018, are just one short year from the Opening Ce

sportslife 2017 Volume 4 Issue 2 Winnipeg Edition Winnipeg s place to play Winnipeg s Emmanuel Akot emerges as Manitoba s best young basketball prospect 300-metre champion Tayo Babalola leads the University of Manitoba Bisons to the team title at the 2017 Bison Track & Field Classic Tyson Langelaar wins four World Junior Championship medals and prepares for Olympic Speed Skating trials www.SportsLife.life Goldeyes Re-Load Page 14 Large 2-TOPPING PIZZA an pizza p Super Thick & fluffy pan pizza crust new (204) I joined the High Mileage Club. 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(204) 275-6859 Super_Lube_WPG superautocentres.com Contents 4 sportslife 20 10 Rugby 12 14 Baseball Emmanuel Akot One of Canada s Finest 06 the starting line-up Hottest News Stories in Manitoba Sports 26 Olympic speed skating 30 football 34 ringette Grassroots Program Introduces Rugby to 4-15 Year Olds 28 World Juniors Speed Skating Tyson Langelaar Comes Home With Four Championship Medals Ex-Bomber Taylor Renaud Used Touch Football to Make it to Pros Heather McLean Sets Sights on PyeongChang Successful Athletes Give Back to the Sport water ski wakeboard Goldeyes Round Up Winning Team for 2017 32 rowing awards Manitobans Take Home RCA National Awards 18 basketball manitoba Upcoming Programs and Events 20 basketball 22 lacrosse 25 boxing 36 winter olympics 38 track & field 39 Billboard WRL Open Implementing Trial Mixed Division Emmanuel Akot One of Canada s Finest 37 high school basketball Tec Voc Invitational Photo Feature 2017 Bison Classic Photo Feature Manitoba s Olympic Hopefuls Photo Feature Encouraging Growth in Individuals and Communities Winnipeg s Boxing Community Fighting Parkinson s Support Your Local Community SportsLife is Manitoba s amateur sports magazine. This is where sports fans will meet the Olympians of tomorrow and the medalists of today and they all compete right here in Manitoba. We exist to pay tribute to those who make sport so important to this province. Published by SportsLife Publications it is edited by Scott Taylor and is designed and developed by Scott Taylor Debbie Dunmall and OV Suvajac. SportsLife Magazine is printed by Quantum Graphics. Any opinions expressed belong solely to the authors and do not necessarily express the views of the magazine or of the publishers. All published work is edited for accuracy style and clarity. We do accept unsolicited material as long as it refers to athletes coaches or volunteers involved in sport in Manitoba. For all information and advertising rates we can be reached at 204-996-4146 or 204-296-GOAL (4625). PUBLISHER OV Suvajac publisher sportslife.life 202B - 2621 Portage Avenue Winnipeg Manitoba R3J 0P7 204-996-4146 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Scott Taylor sdtaylor2 shaw.ca ART DIRECTOR Debbie Dunmall ddunmall gmail.com ADVERTISING OV Suvajac SportsLife live.ca COVER PHOTO Jeff Miller CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jeff and Tara MIller James Carey Lauder Bruce Fedyck Dan LeMoal Water Ski Wakeboard Manitoba Janice Tonnellier Southend Rugby JJ All Photography Manitoba Basketball Skating Manitoba Hockey Canada Rowing Canada Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Scott Taylor Lisa Lysen Jeff Eyamie Amber Penner One Year Away from PyeongChang Now that the Olympic Games are held every two years instead of every four years it s easy for things to sneak up on us. Granted the athletes winter and summer still prepare within a fouryear period but those of us who cover those athletes have to be prepared a little sooner these days. That means our Manitoba athletes who are currently competing lifting running skating and skiing their way to PyeongChang in February of 2018 are just one short year from the Opening Ceremonies that will signify the beginning of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in South Korea. Canada s best athletes now have less than a year to secure an Olympic berth and prepare themselves to perform on the world s most prestigious winter stage. Back in 2014 in Sochi Russia Canada performed spectacularly. Our nation gathered up 10 gold medals and finished and astounding fourth in the overall medal standings. That s pretty good for a country with a population smaller than California. Now less than a year away from the 2018 Games the Canadian Olympic Committee is expecting more than ever from Canada s winter athletes athletes who have been on top of the podium at both World Cup and World Championship events in recent months. Already athletes have been travelling to PyeongChang for various test events and in February our top long track speed skaters competed for the first time on the Olympic ice at the Gangneung Oval. Manitoba s own Canadian champion Heather McLean was there and in this edition of SportsLife we ll introduce you to the next great Canadian female speed skater a young woman following in the blades of Cindy Klassen and Susan Auch. As well thanks to the Canadian Centre for Sport Manitoba we ll offer up a photo page of the Manitoba athletes to watch at the Korean Winter Games. Granted not all of them have earned places on our national Olympic team yet but every one of them has a good chance over the next few months. In the meantime we ll also introduce you to basketball star Emmanuel Akot seven top young football players heading to the U of M next fall a marvelous boxing program at Winnipeg s United Boxing Club and a junior speed skater named Tyson Langelaar. So sit back relax and enjoy the March edition of SportsLife Magazine. And remember the 2018 Winter Olympic Games are less than a year away. SCOTT TAYLOR Editor-in-Chief SportsLife is published at least six times a year by SportsLife Publications. All sales are managed by SportsLife Publications. All design and layout is provided by Debbie Dunmall and SportsLife is printed by Quantum Graphics. www.SportsLife.life sportslife 5 Starting Aimee Harrison Line-Up Compiled by Scott Taylor Photos by Jeff MIller James Carey Lauder and Bruce Fedyck SportsLife Magazine brings you the hottest news stories in Manitoba sports. Once again we ll catch up with a number of the star athletes who have been so sensational in 2016 the HARRISON WINS SILVER AT NATIONAL DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS Manitoba diver Aimee Harrison won a silver medal at the recent 2017 Winter Senior Nationals in Calgary. Harrison led four Manitoba divers into the event. Along with Harrison Mara George Alyssa Gauthier and Serena Backward also competed. Harrison and Geirge qualified for the finals in the One-Metre event. Harrison was second and Mara George finished a solid sixth. I felt like I had two very consistent lists and that was one of my goals heading into this competition Harrison said. I m happy with my performance. Coach Dallas Ludwick added Aimee did really great work on the springboard. Her dives were all a mile in the air. We ve been focusing on the technical aspects of her take offs this season and I m so pleased with how Aimee was able to bring this out in competition. BANNER YEAR FOR MANITOBA DISC SPORTS Last May the Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports announced that the 2018 World Masters Ultimate Championships an event featuring 2000 international adult athletes will be held in Winnipeg. This event (which is expected to contribute at least 3 million to the city and its surrounding communities will be one of the largest and most prestigious tournaments ever held in Canada. Meanwhile last summer local junior standouts Kaycee Hunt Sarah Jocobsohn and Joely Valencerina were part of the national junior team that beat the USA and to win gold at the World Female Junior Championship. Meanwhile local standout boys Quinn Snider Michael Raflaaub and Ethan Duncan won silver in the male event. The same athletes rejoined their provincial team in August of this past year competing at the CUC event in Western Canada. Manitoba won the 2016 Alexa Kovacs Fusion Ultimate Female Player of the Year Junior Boys National Championship while the Masters of Flying Objects won gold at the Canadian Ultimate Championships in Edmonton beating rival Ontario in the process. Meanwhile the women from Fusion Ultimate in Winnipeg went through the National Championships without losing a match en route to a national title. The team also won the Spirit Award. This past month at the Ultimate Canada year end awards Quinn Snider was named the National Junior Male Player of the Year. Fusion Ultimate was given Ultimate Canada s most prestigious award The Ultimate Canada Spirit Award for 2016. And National Team Member Fusion Member and MODS coach Alexa Kovacs was awarded the Ultimate Canada Female Player of the Year. That s what you call a banner year. 6 sportslife BRODY WILLIAMS WINS TEAM CANADA MVP Football Canada s U-18 national team was shut out 26-0 by Team USA at the 2017 International Bowl at ESPN s Wide World of Sports on Saturday night. But Winnipeg s Brody Williams did everything he could to change the outcome. On a cold windy night in Central Florida a perfect evening for football the 5-foot-11 210-pound linebacker who is heading to the University of Manitoba this fall was named Canada s Player of the Game despite the fact the Canadians were beaten handily by Team USA. In the U-19 game the United States beat Canada 33-11. Vincent Massey defensive back LB Galata Gurmu Brody Williams (51) Team Canada was a member of Team Canada. In the U-18 game which included two players from Vincent Massey High School QB Andreas Dueck and OL Tong King the United States took command almost from the opening kickoff but the Williams-led Team Canada defense kept the Canadians in the game until the fourth quarter. Williams who graduates from Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg will play at the University of Manitoba this fall. PROVIDENCE COLLEGE RETURNS TO MCAC FUTSAL LEAGUE Providence College has returned to the MCAC s Futsal League. After a year off the Pilots have re-entered the women s and men s futsal divisions of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference. The conference includes teams representing Assiniboine Community College Brandon University Canadian Mennonite University Red River College and l Universite de Saint-Boniface. Having futsal back at Providence will have a huge impact on the school and its athletes in a number of ways says women s coach Tory Walker. It will allow our soccer players to continue playing in their off-season and as a development tool it translates very well to the outdoor game. It also helps with team bonding as the players will have the opportunity to continue life together throughout the school year. Providence soccer and futsal star Julia Kehler FIVE MEDALS FOR MANITOBA AT 2017 CANADA CUP In late January five members the Manitoba Fencing Association were medals winners at the 2017 Canada Fencing Cup at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond B.C. Cameron Mackay Alex Prefontaine and Eric Vasas all won Gold medals while Gabriel Shuster won bronze and Jenna Brignoly came home with a bronze. The Medal winners Cameron Mackay Gold in Senior Sabre individual Alex Prefontaine Gold in Team Junior Sabre Eric Vasas Gold in Team Junior Sabre Gabriel Shuster Silver in Team Junior Sabre Jenna Brignoly Bronze Team Junior Sabre Other results Gabriel Shuster 12th Senior Sabre Sara Filby 6th Senior Women s Foil 5th Junior Women s Foil Jenna Brignoly 8th Senior Women s Sabre Misha Sweet 11th Senior Men s Sabre Gold medalist Cameron Mackay sportslife 7 DOWNS TO CELEBRATE 60 YEARS On June 10 2017 when the horses go to the post for Race 1 it will be officially the 60th Anniversary of Assiniboia Downs. On June 10 1958 the Downs opened at its current location and replaced Polo Park Racetrack which was closed to make way for the Polo Park Shopping Centre. CEO Darren Dunn called July 15 1970 the most memorable day in ASD history. That was the day the Queen of England visited Assiniboia Downs. The Manitoba Derby was run that day and it featured a visit from the Royal Family Queen Elizabeth husband Prince Phillip and daughter and Olympic horsewoman Princess Anne. The Queen presented a trophy to the winner of the big race that day. That same trophy continues to be presented to this day and is called the Queen s Cup. Dick Armstrong wins on Opening Day in 1958 BISONS TRACK TEAM DOMINATES BISON CLASSIC The University of Manitoba Bisons track and field teams have won the combined team title for the third consecutive year at the 8th Annual Bison Classic Track and Field meet at the James Daly Fieldhouse on the U of M campus. Manitoba finished with 354.50 points in the combined team scoring and easily outdistanced second place University of Regina who ended up with 247. The event boasted more than 300 athletes from five different universities Lethbridge Alberta Regina Lakehead and Manitoba. The prestigious track and field event that was formerly called the Cargill Games featured numerous top individual High jump champion Alhaji performances by the Bisons. Rookie Rebekah Eckert won the Mansaray Bisons Track women s triple jump (11.85m) rookie Emily Blackner won the women s pole vault (3.63m) and sophomore Tayo Babalola was first in the women s 300m (39.93). On the men s side fourth year Adam Gundrum won the men s pole vault (4.10m) second year Simon Berube won the men s 1000m (2 30.41) and fourth year Alhaji Mansaray was first in the men s high jump (2.10m). Overall there were 27 individual Top 3 results by coach Claude Berube s Bison athletes. Check out the Photo Feature on Page 38. Simon Berube Bisons Track GUINTO LEADING SISLER TO GREAT SEASON Raizel Guinto Back in our Christmas edition we introduced you Sisler Spartans basketball star Raizel Guinto who has signed a letter of intent to play NCAA Division 1 ball with Louisiana Tech next season. This year the 5-foot-4 point guard is currently averaging 29 points seven rebounds five steals and six assists per game with the Spartans. In mid-February she helped lead the Spartans to a second place finish at the prestigious Luther Invitational Tournament in Regina Sask. and then put up 44 points against the Vincent Massey Trojans in league play. She was named tournament MVP at the Sisler Spartans Classic and a tournament all-star at the Oak Park Raiders Classic St. Vital Invitational and the Luther Invitational tournaments. She was the MHSAA Player of the Week from February 6-13. Not only that in Grade 12 this year she maintains an 80 per cent academic average. 8 sportslife Sit in your basement or party with champions G O L D E Y E S . C O M Grassroots Rugby Program grooming athletes for 2021 Games Photos courtesy of Southend Rugby It has been announced that Rugby will make a return to Manitoba and Canada games. Athletes born in 2003-2004 will be the next group to participate in both men s and women s rugby at the 2021 Canada Games. Rugby Manitoba has been pushing hard to develop a grass roots age grade program. While strong grassroots programs were running successfully in Westman (Brandon Souris and Minnedosa) and Eastman (Niverville and Landmark) there was no community programing in Winnipeg. Coach Chris chapman founded South End Rugby to address this lack of grassroots rugby programing in Winnipeg. Partnering with Dakota Community Centre in 2014 for the 1st year he ran Rugby Canada s Rookie Rugby program geared for 4-15 yr olds. The program emphasised gross motor skills while introducing Manitoba Flag Rugby. South End then branched out and partnered with NorberryGlenlee Community Centre to offer mini flag and tackle rugby. Coach Chris Chapman solicited the help of local rugby clubs (Assassins Wasps and Wombats) to provide quality instruction to children in the community expanding the program to offer co-ed flag rugby program as well as U-13 U-15 U-17 U-19 boys and girls tackle programs. There is also a U-11 co-ed tackle program. South End Rugby made its first rugby tour to Okotoks Alberta in August 2016. The team travelled and were hosted by the Okotoks Lions with teams coming from Calgary to compete. The U-13 boys went 4-1 while the girls worked hard but came home without a win. They have also successfully competed at the Manitoba Regional Championships in Brandon October 2016. Teams representing U-13 U-15 U-17 boys U-15 and U-17 10 sportslife U16 girls fundraising for Ireland with neighbourhood bottle drive girls and U-11 co-ed did very well at the 1st ever Regional Championships. The Club currently has athletes heading to the National 7s championship representing Manitoba in Vancouver March 8th-11th. The U-17 Girls and U15 boys are heading to Ireland to play 4 rugby sevens tournaments while enjoying watching Canada s national team play at the women s world cup. The South End Rugby club will work towards competing at the club championships being held in Winnipeg at Thanksgiving. Coach Chapman is always looking for new athletes and indicated there was such a buzz of excitement as the Canadian men and women won gold at Pan Am Games and the women finished with a bronze at the Olympics. Chapman also serves as Rugby Manitoba s director of youth rugby and is responsible for the provinces Rookie Rugby Program geared as a flag program for 4-15 yr olds from April 22nd to June 25th. l South End Rugby Football Club is providing the opportunity for young Women and Men ages 6-19 to learn & play Rugby. We welcome players of all ages and abilities. Come on out and see the possibilities that can provide as a way to stay healthy and active and as away to grow as leaders and members of a team. Flag and Tackle Rugby Programs for both Girls and Boys will be available in Spring 2017. 204-612-2416 chapper55 shaw.ca For more information on registration please contact Coach Chris Chapman sportslife 11 Water Ski Wakeboard Manitoba s Rip N Ride Produces the Province s Best By Scott Taylor Photos courtesy Water Ski Wakeboard Manitoba Lukas Neustaedter has become one of the best young competitive water skiers in Manitoba. Neustaedter started skiing at age six and entered Water Ski Wakeboard Manitoba s Rip n Ride program in 2008. He has skied in a umber of Provincial Championships and reached his first National Championships in 2013. He finished in third-place over-all at the Water Ski Nationals held in Winnipeg in 2016 and is one of the best young skiers in the nation. He believes that he never would have reached the level that he s at now without the Rip N Ride Program. I was both an athlete when I was younger and now I m working in the program as a coach said Neustaedter. This program opens up the door for kids who want to get involved in the sport. Personally I was in the program for four or five years before I made it onto the provincial team and it s incredible what can be accomplished through this program. Without that I never would have achieved what I have in the sport. The Rip N Ride summer camps certainly turn out top competitors. Just look at the success of Neustaedter Taryn Grant and Brandon Boresky. Grant started skiing at age three. She was a Canadian Champion and was U-21 World Champion in 2015. She was collegiate athlete of the year at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. She has been giving back to the sport as one of the leading coaches for Water Ski Manitoba. Boresky started skiing at age five and entered the Rip n Ride program in 2008. He skied in the Provincials in 2011 and went to his first Nationals in 2013. He finished fifth overall at the Canadian Water Ski Nationals held in Winnipeg in 2016. All of these athletes have learned from the Rip N Ride Program but they ve also had a great deal of fun at Manitoba s Rip N Ride summer camps. According to Neustaedter they are a fun safe towed water sports skill development program. The program follows a progressive learning approach with multiple levels to measure progress and encourage participation. There are Bronze Silver and Gold levels for each of Water Ski Slalom Trick Jump Barefoot Wakeboard and Wakeskate. This is a program that takes its participants from never having skied at all to being ready to compete if they re inclined to be the next Boresky Grant or Neustaedter. It is the perfect opportunity for 6-to-15-year olds to take lessons with Manitoba s top water ski and wakeboard coaches and members of the provincial Water Ski and Wakeboard team. We train as athletes at the same time as the kids in the Rip N Ride program said Neustaedter a Grade 12 student at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate who will start a business program at Red River College next fall. It s really fun but at the same time we hope that they ll watch us and be inspired to continue to work hard and enjoy the sport. l 12 sportslife sportslife 13 Goldeyes Re-Load Rick Forney Getting the Championship Band Back Together By Scott Taylor Photos by Jeff and Tara Miller and Dan LeMoal It s been quite an incredible off-season for Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney. On one hand coming off an American Association championship in 2016 is a great way to enjoy the winter months. On the other hand getting the old band back together was obviously one of the post-season priorities. And Forney has been quite successful. Despite the fact he lost first baseman Jacob Rogers (Texas as a pitcher) rightfielder Josh Romanski (Minnesota) and catcher Tanner Murphy (Colorado) to major league organizational deals and catcher Carlton Tanabe announced his retirement he almost has the entire championship team from 2016 under contract. On top of that he replaced Romanski with an outstanding bat from St. Paul. It s been a good off-season and as you know it s never easy to get guys signed as early as we ve been able to sign them this season Forney said. I m pleased with what we ve been able to put together this off-season. While there is still plenty of time before the season begins to make more deals the Goldeyes open the 2017 season on May 18 on the road against the expansion Cleburne Railroaders while the 2017 home opener is Monday May 29 against the Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park the current list of signings is impressive 2017 Winnipeg Goldeyes Rookie Signings RHP . . . . . Icezack Flemming RHP . . . . . Caleb Kellogg 1B . . . . . . . Kellen Marruffo RHP . . . . . Daniel Minor So far Forney has brought back the entire infield (minus a catcher) and most of the starting pitching staff. In fact the four starters who finished the season on the mound and brought the championship to Winnipeg will return in 2017. Let s get re-acquainted with the 2016 now 2017 Winnipeg Goldeyes 2017 Winnipeg Goldeyes Veteran Signings OF . . . . . . . Reggie Abercrombie LHP. . . . . . Kyle Anderson 1B . . . . . . . David Bergin RHP . . . . . Victor Capellan RHP . . . . . Edwin Carl 3B . . . . . . . Wes Darvill SS . . . . . . . Maikol Gonzalez 2B . . . . . . . Casio Grider LHP. . . . . . Kevin McGovern RHP . . . . . Cameron McVey RHP . . . . . Mikey O Brien OF 1B . . . David Rohm RHP . . . . . Duke von Schamann Outfield Reggie Abercrombie The 36-year-old centerfielder who will begin his fourth season with the Goldeyes in May had quite a year in 2016. The one-time Major Leaguer hit .297 with 20 home runs and 68 RBI in 95 games. He also had 71 runs scored 19 doubles and 21 Casio Graider stolen David Rohm Reggie Abercrombie 14 sportslife bases. It was the second time Abercrombie had recorded 20-plus home runs and 20-plus stolen bases in a single American Association season. Reggie was also named the American Association s first Scott Miller Brian Rose Man of the Year in 2016. Infield 1B David Rohm Rohm 27 had an MVP-calibre season for the Goldeyes in 2016 ranking fourth in the American Association in batting average (.339) while hitting seven home runs. He was tied for fifth in the league with 71 RBI. A Californian Rohm added 58 runs 19 doubles three triples and a .398 onbase percentage. Rohm represented the Goldeyes at the American Association All-Star Game in St. Paul and took home MVP honours with a two-forfour performance that included two RBI and a stolen base. A right-handed batter Rohm was also voted onto the AA Postseason All-Star team as he hit .404 with runners in scoring position and .409 with two outs and runners in scoring position. During the playoffs Rohm paced the Goldeyes with a .436 batting average and assembled an eightgame postseason hitting streak from September 8-17. 2B Casio Grider Grider 29 returns for a third season in Winnipeg and is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he batted .279 with 11 home runs and 68 RBI. The Californian appeared in 99 games and had 61 runs scored with 18 doubles 22 stolen bases and a .361 on-base percentage. Defensively Grider committed just eight errors all season and his .983 fielding percentage at second base ranked second in the American Association at the position. Grider who bats and throws righthanded was especially potent down the stretch driving in 51 runs over his final 52 games. He then hit .308 in the postseason with eight more runs scored. 3B Wes Darvill Darvill 25 finished the season hitting .262 with two home runs and 41 runs batted in. He played in 96 of the Goldeyes 100 regular season games. A product of the same British Columbia baseball academy that produced big-leaguer Brett Lawrie Darvill scored 51 runs had 16 doubles six triples and was a perfect 18-for-18 in stolen base attempts. He posted a .345 on-base percentage and finished third among American Association third basemen with a .958 fielding percentage while leading the league with 260 total chances at the hot corner. ranks fifth on the league s all-time list for batting average (.313 minimum 2 000 plate appearances) seventh in runs Wes Darvill Maikol Gonzalez scored (362) fifth in triples (25) sixth in walks (251) second in stolen bases (189) and second in on-base percentage (.398 minimum 2 000 plate appearances). SS Maikol Gonzalez Gonzalez who hails from San Francisco Venezuela was the only member of the Goldeyes to play in all 100 games last season. He hit .256 with three home runs and 43 RBI and also tied for second in the American Association with 31 stolen bases was second in walks with 75 and was sixth in runs scored with 72. Defensively Gonzalez s .956 fielding percentage was fourth among league shortstops who played at least 50 games at the position. The Goldeyes originally acquired Gonzalez as part of a trade with the Joplin Blasters on December 18 2015. A right-handed batter Gonzalez Starters Mikey O Brien O Brien started 20 games for the Fish last season and finished the year 10-4 with a 4.34 ERA. He pitched a workhorse-like 122.1 innings walking 49 and striking out 78. It was the sixth consecutive year in which the veteran starter eclipsed 100 innings of work. O Brien who hails from Roanoke Va. allowed three or fewer earned runs in 13 of his 20 starts in 2016 and yielded more than four earned runs in just four of them. Like many of his championship teammates O Brien was effective down the stretch posting a 3-0 record and a 3.52 ERA over his final six regular season starts. sportslife 15 Mikey O Brien Edwin Carl Carl was 10-6 with a 4.70 earned run average in 2016 and was instrumental in the Goldeyes American Association championship last season. Last season Carl struck out 115 batters fifth best in the league. He also allowed only 104 hits in 113.0 innings of work and Kevin McGovern McGovern was 8-3 last year in 21 regular season starts while finishing 12th in the American Association in ERA (3.56) and second in strikeouts (125). Duke Von Schamann Von Schamann was 8-7 with a 4.87 ERA in 20 starts and two relief appearances last year. He struck out 66 batters in 116.1 innings pitched while allowing just eight home runs and 23 walks. The son of former Miami Dolphins kicker Uwe Von Schamann Duke walked two batters or less in 18 of his 20 starts and walked three or less in all of them. He also pitched into the sixth inning 16 times. Edwin Carl Von Schamann 25 had the sixth best walks-to-inningspitched ratio in the American Association with only 1.8 walks per nine innings (minimum 100.0 innings). He ranked first among Goldeyes starting pitchers in throwing first pitch strikes at 63 per cent. Relievers Victor Capellan Capellan has been one of the most durable and effective relief pitchers in the American Association the past two seasons. In 2016 the right-handed sidearmer was a combined 3-2 with nine saves and a 2.79 ERA in opponents hit only 45 relief appearances between the .237 against again fifth best in Goldeyes and Joplin Blasters. He struck the league. out 56 batters in 51.2 innings pitched In the postseason Carl 28 while allowing just 36 base hits (.205 was absolutely brilliant going batting average against) and three 3-0 with a 2.60 ERA over three home runs. starts and one relief appearance. Born and raised in Monte Cristi Dominican Republic Capellan made 13 of his regular season appearances with the Goldeyes after being acquired from Joplin on August 12th in exchange for cash. Capellan represented Joplin during the American Association AllDuke Von Schamann Star Game in St. Paul. Kyle Anderson Anderson was 3-1 with one save and a 3.44 ERA in six starts and 23 relief appearances. Anderson 26 who was born in Woodinville Wash. and now makes his home in Kevin McGovern In one of the biggest games in Goldeyes franchise history McGovern started and won the winner-take-all Game 5 of the American Association Championship Series on September 19th at Wichita. McGovern who hails from Philadelphia kept the Wingnuts off the scoreboard for the first six innings allowing the Goldeyes to build an eight-run lead en route to an 11-4 championship-clinching victory. 16 sportslife California is returning for his fourth season in Winnipeg. Last year he threw 73.1 innings walked only seven and struck out 37. On June 3 2016 Anderson took a perfect game into the Victor Capellan Kyle Anderson seventh inning against the Lincoln Saltdogs at Shaw Park and eventually finished off a two-hitter that went down as the first complete game of his professional career. It marked the fourth consecutive year in which McVey finished with more strikeouts than innings pitched. He did not allow an earned run in 31 of his 39 outings. The 6-foot-5 McVey was originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants as a 22nd-round pick out of Biola University (La Mirada California) in 2011. l Cameron McVey McVey has been one of the most effective relievers in the American Association for the past two seasons. In 2016 McVey was 2-2 with two saves and a 3.41 ERA in 39 relief appearances for the Goldeyes. McVey 28 hails from Glendora Cal. Last season he struck out 41 walked 16 and allowed just one home run in 37.0 innings pitched. Cameron McVey Photography by Jeff and Tara Miller 204-430-5522 sportslife 17 GIRLS Session 2 ages 13-15 March 27-31 1 00pm to 3 00pm there will be waiting list if a session is sold out. CAMPS ARE FILLING UP Basketball Manitoba High Performance Spring Break Camps Set for March 27-31 Spring Break High Performance Camps for boys and girls ages 10-15 to run Monday March 27 to Friday March 31 2017. A set participation cap per camp is in place so register now Deadline to register is FRIDAY MARCH 24 at 4 30 pm or when the camp sells out The camps have sold out the last 3 years so register now to avoid disappointment. Linden Woods Community Centre 414 Lindenwood Dr W Winnipeg MB CAMP CAPACITY 24 players per session CAMP COST 125.00 per person REGISTRATION DEADLINE FRIDAY MARCH 24 at 4 30 pm or when the camp sells out All campers are insured under the Basketball Manitoba insurance program. GIRLS CAMP LOCATION BOYS CAMP SESSIONS DATES & TIMES BOYS Session 3 ages 10 to 12 March 27-31 10 00am to 12 00pm BOYS Session 4 ages 13 to15 March 27-31 1 00pm to 3 00pm there will be waiting list if a session is sold out. St. John s Ravenscourt School 400 South Drive Winnipeg MB CAMP CAPACITY 28 players per session CAMP COST 125.00 per person REGISTRATION DEADLINE FRIDAY MARCH 24 at 4 30 pm or when the camp sells out All campers are insured under the Basketball Manitoba insurance program. BOYS CAMP LOCATION GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP The girls sessions will be lead Basketball Manitoba High Performance Coach & Technical Director Dan Becker along with other support coaches. GIRLS CAMP SESSIONS DATES & TIMES GIRLS Session 1 ages 10-12 March 27-31 10 00am to 12 00pm BOYS BASKETBALL CAMP The boys sessions will be lead by University of Manitoba Head Coach Kirby Schepp and University of Winnipeg Wesmen Head Coach Mike Raimbault and their respective coaching staffs and select players. Visit us on the web for more information... www. basketballmanitoba.ca SENIOR LEAGUE 18 Adult league for Men and Women with competitive and recreational divisions JR NBA 5-7 YEAR OLDS Introductory program for boys and girls 5-7. Program runs 1 time a week for 1 hour. STEVE NASH YOUTH BASKETBALL 8-10 YEAR OLDS Fundamental skill of basketball focus. Players will practice 1 time a week and have 1-2 games per week. COMMUNITY CLUB BASKETBALL 11-18 YEAR OLDS Recreation based program for girls and boys 11-18. Practice 1 time a week with 1-2 games per week. MANITOBA BASKETBALL LEAGUE 12-17 YEAR OLDS Competitive league for teams age 1217. Programs are not associated with community clubs. WMBA Full Line Up of Spring League Basketball for Ages 5 REGISTER NOW The league will be offering programs for ages 5 and up tied to the Jr NBA Community Club Manitoba Basketball League and Senior Leagues. All leagues are fully insured and sanctioned by Basketball Manitoba. Full details are at wmba.ca news.php news_ id 1315836 For more info on the Basketball For Life license plate go to www.basketballmanitoba.ca sportslife 18 Todd MacCulloch Hoop School set for Spring 2017 Host Schools Needed Basketball Manitoba Sport Manitoba and Todd MacCulloch are excited to announce plans for the 17th running of the Todd MacCulloch Hoop School Program spring session to innercity children. The TMHS is designed to teach basketball fundamentals to children of inner city Winnipeg schools and is open to 5 schools from the Winnipeg 1 School Division that host Grade 6-8 students. If your school is interested in hosting this program. This program is in a basketball camp format for ages 12-14. It should be viewed as a blueprint to developing a well-rounded basketball player. There will be 8 1 hour teaching sessions over a 3 month period and will end with a jamboree where participants use the skills they develop in games and contests in front of family and friends. The fundamentals that will be taught and the progression in which they are done will allow players to develop a solid base of skills in all phases of the game. At the conclusion of the program participants will have individual skills that will contribute to the success of any team they are apart of. This program also benefits coaches. The coaches will be present during the teaching sessions. They will work with the instructors and become comfortable with the fundamentals and how information should be presented to their players. This will enable coaches to work with any player that comes to their program and provide them with the basic skills. The program is completely funded by Todd MacCulloch and the Sport Manitoba Bi-Lateral Program and was written by Garth McAlpine of Winnipeg. This program will positively affect the lives of the participants and the future of basketball in Manitoba. Participants & Timelines Participants in grade 6 7 8 9 24 girls and 24 boys. Each gender requires 8 1 hour time slots between October and December. It is preferred that 1 gender goes right after the other on one night for a 3 hour block. Dates of the sessions are at the discretion of the school in consultation with the head coach provided by Basketball Manitoba The Program will provide 1 head coach Lesson plans for each session to be left with the school T-shirts for all participants Basketballs for all participants Coaching attire for all assistant coaches Participating Schools to provide Facility and selection of the dates in partnership with the Head Coach 2 assistant coaches to attend ALL sessions Selection of the athletes To have your school considered for the program please contact Ian Dickey at ian basketballmanitoba. ca. Please indicate a head contact name for your school and a brief outline as to why your school is interested. For general information on the TMHS go to www. basketballmanitoba.ca Junior High Basketball Championships Coming March 20-23 The Junior High Basketball Championship tournament is open to 12 teams from each gender and level (Senior & Junior) from the Junior High Middle School levels. The event will run March 20-23 2017 out of 4 locations in the greater Winnipeg area. The tournament format will see a 12-team single game knockout format used (similar to the high school provincial championships). All tournament finals from the four levels of play will be held at one site location on Thursday March 24 at Tec Voc High School. The 2017 sites for the tournaments are confirmed as follows (subject to change) Junior Girls (Grades 7-8) Senior Girls (Grade 9) Junior Boys (Grades 7-8) Senior Boys (Grade 9) J.H. Bruns Collegiate (Thursday night) Valley Gardens Junior High Acadia Junior High Sargent Park School All Finals Tec Voc High School Full details on the event including a copy of a sample schedule can be found at www.basketballmanitoba.ca sportslife 19 Manitoba Star Sets His Sights on Top NCAA Programs By Scott Taylor Photos courtesy JJ Ali Photography Manitoba Basketball It is no surprise that Winnipeg s Emmanuel Akot is emerging as one of Canada s finest young basketball players. The 6-foot-8 198-pound small forward who has played his last two seasons at Wasatch Academy Prep in Mt. Pleasant Utah is now ranked No. 28 in the 2018 Rivals 150 NCAA Prep scouting service and just participated in one of the most prestigious basketball camps in the world. In fact Akot was quite impressive at the NBA-FIBA 2017 Basketball Without Borders Global Camp that was held at NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. Canada was represented by Akot along with fellow Canadian future stars R.J. Barrett Ignas Brazdeikis Luguentz Dort Noah Kirkwood Andrew Nembhard and Simi Shittu. He then left for Wasatch where he was able to reclassify as a Grade 10 student so is officially a high school junior now. It s a great break for the constantly improving Akot who would have been in grade 12 here in Manitoba. Akot a member of Team Manitoba has also played for Team Canada over the past two summers and is certainly expected to play for the national team again this coming summer. Born and raised in Winnipeg he played at Valley Gardens Middle a school in Grades 6 through 8 and played then played at Kildonan East Collegiate for grades 9 and 10. I started playing competitive basketball in the 5th grade but only started taking it seriously in 7th grade said Akot in an email interview from Wasatch Academy. My high school career (in Winnipeg) was pretty good. We always had a winning record but I wish I could have won a provincial championship. I loved my coaches. Alex Barra Chitrangit Goswami Mike Page Abe Araya just a lot of my past coaches that have helped me become the player I am now. Even though he s just a junior Akot s biggest challenge these days is selecting a university program. He s been offered scholarships at some of the most successful programs in the NCAA Arizona Louisville Oregon and Utah. Akot will graduate in 2018 and while he s still undeclared he has 20 sportslife some tremendous options. Scouts believe Akot really became one of the top prospects when he played for Team Canada s U-17 squad in Spain two years ago. His ESPN scouting report at the time read like this Akot can be seen as a fluid athlete that is a decent shooter but is best pushing the pace off of the defensive glass and in making the appropriate pass within the open floor. He boasts some similarities with current Kansas star Josh Jackson. The upside might not be as elite though the strengths and weaknesses are fairly comparable. I realized that I was a good player last summer and that was just because I started playing with a lot more confidence and started competing with the top players in the country he said. Playing with the national team taught me a lot about basketball at the next level. The game is more about making the proper reads. It was a great experience and I learned a lot. Akot does very well in school. He s carrying a 3.8 GPA and says he s almost as confident in the classroom as he is leading a fast break. Akot is now considered a five-star recruit a distinction he worked hard to accomplish. He s had quite a run in the past couple of years and was even selected to play in the prestigious Biosteel All-Canadian Basketball Game in Toronto in April of 2016. Being among the The top 24 in Canada was a huge step for a young player who is expected to be a major force in the NCAA over the next three or four years. Playing at Wasatch has certainly raised his profile. Being at Wasatch was hard at first being so far away from home but I got used to it and I m loving it now he said. My goals were to make Team Canada and become a 5-Star recruit. I put in a lot of work to reach those goals. Akot whose older sister played basketball at Kildonan East comes from a basketball family. As he said My dad played back in the day. However it s Emmanuel who is the star now. After all he just attended a major prep camp at the practice facility of the NBA s New Orleans Pelicans with Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri serving as Camp Director. Players and coaches led Akot and the rest of the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court including movement efficiency positional skill development shooting and skills competitions five-on-five games and daily life skills seminars I realized that I was a good player last summer and that was just because I started playing with a lot more confidence and started competing with the top players in the country focusing on health leadership and communication. With direction from international NBA players like Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans) Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks) and Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets) it was a once in a lifetime chance for Manitoba s top player to spend a weekend with the best in the world. l www.SportsLife.life sportslife 21 Manitoba Lacrosse endeavours to grow as the sport s Popularity expands around the world WINNIPEG Manitoba -- Team England battled Team Germany on a warm summer night in Coquitlam British Columbia. As the sun dipped behind the rolling hills I approached the field and squeezed between two German families lined up along the waist-high chain link fence. While I watched the father of one of the players struck up a conversation with me about the game of lacrosse. The U19 World Championships was his first opportunity to watch his son play the game of lacrosse. He was exuberant in his description of the game it s so interesting compared to other American sports he clamoured. He continued most American sports like baseball or football you need beer or food to make interesting not lacrosse. As the English and Germans battled on the field he continued to describe his excitement towards this rather new and growing sport in Europe. The excitement of the new European lacrosse parent raised an important question as to why lacrosse remains a fringe sport in some areas of North America like Manitoba while it thrives in others. Despite Manitoba having reducing registration numbers lacrosse remains one of the fastest growing sports across the world. Over the past decade Alberta Saskatchewan and the Maritime Provinces have seen exponential growth to go along with the strong lacrosse communities in Ontario and British Columbia. In the United States there is approximately seventy four-year colleges have varsity lacrosse programs. Moreover between 2009 and 2014 lacrosse saw a twentya former Division I Student-Athlete eight percent increase in Boys Lacrosse at Robert Morris University(RMU) and thirty-one percent increase in girl s and current member of the Rochester lacrosse. The next closest sport only Knighthawks in the National Lacrosse seeing about nine percent increase in League who grew up in Pine Falls the five-year period. Manitoba highlights this when asked Lacrosse s growth has extended about his time at RMU. He states It outside of North America the is something I will never forget and Federation of International Lacrosse always be grateful for. I met some now has members in fifty-six countries of my best friends at school and got including countries in the Middle-East to pursue a dream. I don t take it for Brett Jewell Asia South and Central American and granted. Being a part of a team while even two countries in Africa. Players you re in university is special. Our team from all over the world have begun to was very family oriented and I wouldn t experience the tremendous benefits change a thing. To add to this Keenan of the game of lacrosse. However Koswin a Division I Student-Athlete at lacrosse continues to be a fringe sport the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Manitoba despite the enormous describes his role as an upperclassman available opportunities to Manitoba There has been a huge emphasis on athletes. Many Manitobans still are building a foundation and culture. We unaware of lacrosse s distinct benefits really want to set a good example for and roots but what are these specific the freshman so they can follow in our elements that makes lacrosse so unique footsteps. Both Magnan and Koswin and special highlight the importance of family and You can easily point to the deep community within their own lives based tradition and culture from the on their lacrosse experiences. indigenous communities across North In more informal conversations with America or simply the novelty of the both high-level and lifelong casual game. Lacrosse combines an athletically players they all emphasize the lifelong fast-paced game with a ball that moves relationships they have built through with additional swiftness. However the playing lacrosse. The passion that most attractive component to the game comes out of these communal and of lacrosse is the close communal and family ties is visible on the floor in family ties built through participation lacrosse player s personal relationships and camaraderie. and in communities where lacrosse is This factor is most evident when prevalent. It is the goal of the Manitoba speaking to some of Manitoba s top Lacrosse Association to provide players who have played lacrosse at athletes with the best possible playing the highest level. They all emphasize experience and to enrich empower and the importance of friendship and encourage growth in individuals and family for themselves their teams communities. l and their communities. Luc Magnan 22 sportslife Lacrosse More than a Game Come Join Us Midget 15 to 16 Bantam 13 to 14 Peewee 11 to 12 Registration is now open for both male and female age groups... Novice 9 to 10 Tyke 6 to 8 Minityke Under 6 Season Dates Red River Lacrosse League April 15th 2017-June 30th 2017 Manitoba Highschool Field Lacrosse League April 22nd 2017-June 25th 2017 If you have interest in joining the lacrosse community in Manitoba or have interest in developing a lacrosse program in your community contact the Manitoba Lacrosse Association at lacrosse sportmanitoba.ca. For more information and current programs visit www.manitobalacrosse.com sportslife 23 gameonmag.ca For all the up-to-date hockey news in Manitoba Plus the digital versions of every issue of Game On Magazine. 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A debilitating neurological disease it affects young and old and has no known cause or cure. In Manitoba alone there are approximately 6 000 cases. That number is expected to double over the next 15 years. But there s perhaps nothing as contagious as a success story when battling an illness. And in 2006 an encouraging discovery was made by two friends one reaching out to the other in a gesture of support. Boxing with Dene Today Gus Tonnellier back in the day Always an inspiration with his never give up fighting spirit it was obvious Gus Tonnellier wasn t about to quit this time either as he battled two flights of stairs to the gym. With a love of boxing that began in the 1940s Gus is no stranger to the determination and stamina it takes to belong in the ring. Getting some tips at United Boxing Gus hitting the heavy bag Now at 85 he fights a very different battle. Gus Tonnellier began his amateur boxing career as a teenager eventually replacing fighter s gloves with coach s gloves. Over the years Gus dedicated countless hours spanning decades as a trainer at Winnipeg s Pan Am Boxing Club. These days he s stepping into the ring to face a new opponent and because of his boxing background he has an unexpected edge. Scott Newman had been suffering the onset of PD with cruel swiftness after his initial diagnosis. His friend a boxer invited Newman to join him for a workout. What happened next surprised both men. Newman was not only able to keep up but at the end held out his arms and without any evidence of the tremors or rigidity that plagued him declared Look at me I m rock steady From that simple beginning Rock Steady Boxing developed. The program has since won several prestigious awards gained recognition and spread across the United States throughout Australia the United Kingdom and now into Canada. United Boxing Club has brought the basics to Winnipeg in its own adaptation of Rock Steady Uturn Parkinson s Counter Punch. Open to anyone interested no experience necessary the program is non-profit. Anytime an organization gives back to the community its worth celebrating but when that giveback can only come from a specific organization it s even more meaningful. And knowing Winnipeg s boxing community is interested in fighting Parkinson s is very encouraging. More exciting is that the help the program promises is real. Watching my father climb those stairs the day he made his first visit to the club I couldn t imagine a workout was even possible. I couldn t have been more wrong. After a short rest at the top an introduction to the wonderful people running the program this elderly gentleman who relies on a walker or cane to get around made his way to the heavy bag. Refusing a chair he began slowly at first to hit the bag. Before long he was throwing jabs and doing footwork with the expertise befitting someone of his experience. Although not a cure Counter Punch is certainly a help in delaying and diminishing Parkinson s symptoms. And for my Dad being able to enjoy engaging with his children and grandchildren in his love of boxing and also to trade stories again at the gym was every bit as helpful as the workout itself. Better yet was the sparkle that the program put back in his eyes. l sportslife 25 McLean Zeroing in on 2018 PyeongChang Podium By Scott Taylor Photos courtesy Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba Winnipeg s Heather McLean was probably not overwhelmed by her finishes at the World Speed Skating Championships in Gangneung Korea in mid-February but she s still had a pretty great 2017 season. In Korea McLean Canada s national champion finished fifth in the 500-metres with what she called lots of room for improvement. She then finished 18th in the 1 000 and knows she can do a lot better. Back in January at the Olympic Oval in Calgary McLean celebrated her 24th birthday by defending her two sprint titles at the Canadian long-track championships. There is very little doubt now that she ll be an athlete to watch at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang Korea. In Calgary McLean set personal bests in both the 500- and 1 000-metre events. It was also the second straight year in which she s won Canada s women s sprint titles. Working with coach Kevin Crockett McLean has become the best female sprinter in the country and while her results at the ISU World Single Distance Championships in Gangneung weren t as satisfying as she might like that Top 5 finish in the 500 makes her a medal threat in PyeongChang. After all it was a trial event for the 2018 Games and she certainly made her presence felt. I m grateful for what I ve accomplished and the opportunities I ve had she told Speed Skating Canada. Right now the journey is way more important than the end result and I m really enjoying the journey right now. While Heather s performances this season in the 500 had already prequalified her for the Worlds he result in the 1 000 in Calgary in January meant she joined teammate Kaylin Irvine in that event. Raising at the Healthy Living Centre The Banner I m really proud that I made it in the 1 000 for the World Championships McLean said in Calgary. For the past two years it had come down to a skate off and I had missed out on both opportunities. This year I made it and that s a big step for me. McLean (centre) and her Team Canada mates Crockett a former Olympic won a gold in the women s team sprint. medalist and Canada s national She then followed that with her first speed skating coach has praised individual medal in the women s 500 in McLean time and again since he Inzell Germany. started working with her. She added another bronze in the The sky is the limit for Heather 500 in January of 2016 in Stavangar said Crockett. She is a young talent Norway and then won another bronze who had a breakthrough year on the in March in the 500 to complete her World Cup circuit in 2016. 2015-16 campaign at the World Cup Amazingly Heather started the final in Heerenveen Netherlands. That 2015-16 season without having ever was a huge competition for McLean. won a medal at an ISU World Cup There was such a big crowd today event. However in the fall of 2015 she and I wanted to enjoy my last race Heather McLean 26 sportslife in this environment McLean told Speed Skating Canada. My parents were here to watch and it felt great that they got to see me on the podium. The overall result of the 201516 season meant a big change for McLean. Suddenly she had gone from being a young upand-coming sprinter to a multimedalist on the World Cup circuit who was now ranked No. 6 in the world in 500. The personal bests are definitely what I m always most happy with she told CBC Sports. That s always a step in the right direction. I think I have the best sprint training group in the world right now and Kevin has set the bar pretty high. McLean was three-years-old when she began skating tagging along to her older brothers training sessions. She fell in love with the sport and by the time she was 18 she was representing Manitoba at the 2011 Canada Winter Games winning gold in the 100-metre sprint. In 2015 she won her first World Cup medal and in 2016 she won both the 500- and 1 000-metre events at the Canadian Single Distance Championships in Calgary. At the 2017 Canadian Single Distance meet she defended her national titles and set personal bests along the way. Heather McLean in action at the Canadians Heather is on the rise said Crockett. Her goals is to reach the podium at World Cup events throughout this season and she is working to remain focussed on her major goal not only reaching and competing at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang but also reaching the podium there as well. According to the Canadian Centre for Sport Manitoba Heather is an ambassador for Fast and Female an organization that not only assists but advocates for the participation of young women in sport. If she continues on her current path she just might be one of Canada s medalists at the 2018 Winter Olympics. l Working with coach Kevin Crockett McLean has become the best female sprinter in the country sportslife 27 Langelaar Leads Manitoba at World Juniors By Scott Taylor Photo courtesy of Speed Skating Manitoba For Manitoba speed skating coach Tyler Williamson Derraugh the improvement of sprinter Tyson Langelaar can be summed up in two words Hard work. Of course when it comes to athletes on a collision course with the Olympic Games hard work is kind of a given. And make no mistake Winnipeg s Tyson Langelaar is on a collision course with the Olympics. In mid-February Langelaar joined his Team Canada mates at the 2017 World Junior Speed Skating Championships in Helsinki Finland. A year earlier at the World Juniors in China Langelaar had earned a silver medal in the Team Pursuit. This year Langelaar jumped up onto the podium four times. On Friday Feb 17 Langelaar celebrated his 18th birthday by winning a bronze medal in the men s 1500-metres. The next day he went on win another bronze in the 1 000-metres a silver in the Team Sprint and another bronze medal for Over-all Ranking. In all he returned to Winnipeg s Susan Auch Oval with four World Junior Championship medals around his neck. It was a tremendous performance but it wasn t entirely unexpected. After all at the Canadian Junior Championships that were held from Jan. 27-29 at the the Clarence Downey Oval in Saskatoon Langelaar won gold in the 500-metre Mass Start and then won silver medals in the 500-metres 1 000-metres 1 500-metres and the AllRound. (NOTE 15-year-old Alexa Scott from Clandeboye also won silver in the 3 000-metres). His coach knew heading into the World Championship meet that when it came to Canada s top young skaters Langelaar was not only dedicated but professional and was ready to shine on the world stage. He s just a great kid who is super talented and we expected big things from him this year said Tyson Langelaar Speed Skating Williamson Derraugh. He s just so hard-working and mature for his age. He competed last year as a 16-year-old won a medal Jewell Brett and had a great learning experience in China. Now with his focus and concentration something you don t always see with young skaters his age he was definitely prepared for Helsinki. Winnipeg s Tyson Williamson Derraugh was a Langelaar competitive skater in his own right pounds and expects to get even bigger and was camped down with Canada s and stronger as his body fills out. national team in Calgary for a decade. These days he s concentrating Now back in Winnipeg he s had on being ready for the 2022 Winter Langelaar under his wing for the past Olympics but admits he s going to two seasons and the Grade 12 student from Westwood Collegiate has emerged the 2018 Olympic trials and he is not putting the 2018 PyeongChang Korea as one of the best in the world. Games out of his mind. Not bad for a kid who started skating I think 2022 is realistic he said. short track at Winnipeg s St. James But I ve qualified for the 2018 trials in Speed Skating Club when he was six and jumped into long track at the age of late October or early November and I ll be focused and ready. I mean I won t seven. Obviously Tyson Langelaar is no be all that disappointed if I don t make stranger to competition. it this time. I really believe that it s in I think I was prepared this year my best interest to focus on 2022 but Langelaar said. Last year in China I I m going to trials this year and I m won 13th overall and in Team Pursuit definitely going to keep working hard won a silver. in order to make the 2018 team. This year I think the big difference Langelaar will graduate from for me was my main goal to be as Westwood Collegiate in June and professional as possible. For every intends to join the national team in event I wanted to be on top of my Calgary on a full-time basis in July. warm up and my cool down. I wanted After 11 years as a competitive skater to be prepared as professionally as it s time for the next challenge. I could be for every race. I did all I ve applied to the University of the right things with my sleep and Calgary so I ll go to school while I m jet lag routine and I was focused on there he said. But the game plan for skating my very best every race. I me is to move to Calgary and put all my think by approaching every event as energy into speed skating at the highest professionally as possible I was fully possible level. prepared to be successful. It s hard to imagine that with his Langelaar has one thing going commitment and dedication he won t for him that many other junior be successful. l skaters don t size. He s 6-foot-3 180 28 sportslife sportslife 29 LIVING THE DREAM Ex-Bomber credits touch football for helping him make it to the pros time you need to perform for your team Renaud says. Through championships playoffs awards trophies stats et cetera players are driven to perform. You see a great mix of competitiveness and camaraderie. Renaud was both All-Canadian and Academic All-Canadian while attending Acadia. And then the call came from the team he grew up watching. Being able to graduate University and coming home to play for the Bombers was a lifelong dream come true he says. I remember going to the games with my dad when I was young envisioning running out of that tunnel. I worked every day of my life to make that dream into a reality and I was so fortunate it came true. I remember walking into the locker room and it being surreal. Growing up in Winnipeg these were guys I was paying to watch play to now be teammates with them. It was very cool. Renaud signed 2013 but suffered a hamstring injury during camp and elected to go back to Acadia graduate and play a final year of CIS football. He re-upped with the Bombers for By Jeff Eyamie Taylor Renaud credits his time playing touch football with helping him with his dream of becoming a Winnipeg Blue Bomber. Since its inception in 2008 Renaud has played in Winnipeg s PIT League. I decided to check it out and quickly realized how much the PIT was going to help me with the tackle game. The PIT began in 2008 with 40 teams and is now the largest touch and flag football organization in Canada with 4 000 members and nearly 400 teams offering four seasons of touch football an outdoor season from May to October and three seasons of indoor through the autumn winter and spring. It is fun football but at the same the 2015 season where he had a solid camp and spent the majority of the year on the practice squad. These days Renaud works for a major smoothie-selling corporation you ve probably heard of and says the values work ethic leadership and teamwork he learned through football has shaped his business career as well. But something was missing. Leaving the CFL I was left with a void. You spend the majority of your life fixated on football and training for your opportunity. I m thankful to have the PIT to help fill this void he says.. Once the ball is in your hands it s the same feeling and same goal of reaching the end zone. Renaud isn t the only ex-Bomber to play in the PIT. In addition to cameo appearances by the likes of current Bomber running back Andrew Harris an evening in the PIT could showcase Kito Poblah ex-VP Jim Bell members of the Huculak family and maybe even some future Bombers. The goal is to continue with the PIT until the body doesn t allow it anymore Renaud says. I may not have the same burst I had in my college FreeMarketEvaluation withnoobligation Advertising24hours adayuntilsold Adviceonstaging pricing andyour entiretransactionprocess Helpful knowledgableadviceforall buyersandsellers Andrew Town 204-295-8074 andrewtown royallepage.ca 30 sportslife years but I will stick this thing out until the bitter end. That could take a while. With 4 000 members and divisions that range from elite to novice an over-40 Masters high school co-ed and women s divisions PIT players run the gamut in skill level and age ranging from teen to late 70s. You can be a complete beginner and become a stalwart in the PIT. Take recent Player of the Week Mike Hayhow. Hayhow says he was at the indoor soccer complex at the University of Manitoba when he saw touch football players. He did a quick Google and was playing on a team in the PIT s masters division three weeks later. In February after three years of playing in PIT Hayhow was named as the player of the week for the league. It says that guys like me who play Masters Co-ed and in lower levels are part of this league too Hayhow says. I get more out of it than just playing the game. It s the camaraderie the sportsmanship. It feels really good we re having fun and really enjoy- ing ourselves and it gets you off the couch. At the end of the day football is football Renaud says. The touch game really allows your inner athlete to shine. Jeff Eyamie is a two-time PIT AllStar and a 12-time champion. His novel No Escape from Greatness was published by Turnstone Press in 2016. www.eyamie.wtf l Canada s Largest Touch & Flag Football League Men s Women s Coed High School Masters (Over 40) Divisions available Team or Individual Registration Available All Skill Levels Welcome sportslife 31 Gray Named National Junior Rower of the Year By Scott Taylor Photos courtesy Rowing Canada and Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba It s unlikely any Manitoba female athlete had a better more surprising year than Winnipeg s Emma Gray. In fact it s hard to imagine that outside our 2016 national athletes of the year nobody could possibly have done more at the age of 18 than Gray. Granted veteran swimmer Chantal van Landgehem won an Olympic medal and U of M freshman Kelsey Wog made her mark as the next great Manitoba swimmer but Gray virtually came out of nowhere to become the best young rower in the nation. Wog has long been thought of as a potential Olympic swimming prospect. Nobody had any idea a year ago that Gray would be such a force in rowing. In fact back in mid-September Winnipeg s young rowing star officially became the fastest junior female rower in the country. In Burnaby B.C. Gray won two gold medals and a silver medal at the National Rowing Championships and led Manitoba to Rowing Canada s National Championship trophy. Gray had been rowing for less than two years when she went out and dominated the national junior events. Of course she had been rowing for less than a year when she exceeded every elite benchmark established by Rowing Canada at the Montreal regional RBC Training Ground event held last February. Her strength (isolated arm and leg push pulls) and endurance (Schwinn arm leg bike) results separated her from the field of elite athletes. These remarkable performances earned Gray funding of up to 10 000 per year for the next three years to enable her to participate in more international events. Now Gray has some new hardware for her mantel. At the 2017 World Rowing Conference and Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) National Awards Ceremony Gray and two other Manitoba coaches athletes and umpires Award winner took home prestigious Meghan Montgomery awards based on their outstanding contributions to the sport of rowing. Gray was selected the recipient of the prestigious RCA Junior Athlete of the Year Award. This award recognizes one athlete above all others for his her performance as well as their sportsmanship leadership community involvement and representation of the values of Rowing Canada and its members. Antony Patterson was selected as the Runner-Up for the 2016 RCA Coach of the Year Award. Sandra Kirby received a Long Service Award to Rowing for 40 years of commitment and dedication to the sport. She is an active contributor to the Winnipeg Rowing Club the Manitoba Rowing Association nationally and internationally as an umpire and advocate for safe sport. And Meghan Montgomery and her team received the International Achievement award for their achievements at the 2016 Para Olympics. Rowing has always been a sport of strength for Canadian international athletes. However it s young rowers led by Winnipeg s Emma Gray are the ones who will maintain its position at the top of Canada s Olympic roster. This year Gray and Co. proved to be quite capable. l Award winner Emma Gray Emma Gray in action 32 sportslife Wanna Swim Fast Join The St James Seals Swim Club Celebrating More Than 50 Years of Competitive Swimming We have programming ranging from pre-competitive Pups program (from ages 6 & up) to national age group level swimming. Registration and swimmer assessments are taken throughout the swim season. For more information and to register visit www.stjamesseals.com or call 204-782-9879 or email stjamesseals shaw.ca JA ST MES SE A LS WE EAT FISH FOR BREAKFAST New RegiSTRaTioNS welCoMesportslife 33 ThRoughouT The SeaSoN SWIM TEAM www.stjamesseals.com www.saintjamesseals.com Winnipeg Ringette s New Open Directions By Amber Penner Over the past season the Winnipeg Ringette League (WRL) council has been working hard to ensure the happiness of our players. When I ran for WRL Open Rep I hoped to bring the wishes of the Open division players into reality. Throughout the past season the WRL council the Open subcommittee and I have been actively working together. As a result some new directions will be coming to the Open division for the 2017-2018 season. As many Open players and coaches are not privy to attending our subcommittee and council meetings it is my hope that this article will provide insight into the motivation for these possible changes. The two biggest changes we hope to implement will be (1) starting the season earlier to allow for additional games and (2) implementing a trial mixed division. with associations and various arenas and community centres that we can acquire enough ice in September and October to bring this goal into fruition. in a mixed format we could provide a competitive environment for teams who have been restricted by goalie availability. The WRL council voted and approved the inclusion of a mixed option at the Open level for trial in the upcoming season. The mixed format will allow a team to be made of up of 20% males playing as goalies or skaters. It is important to note that all grandfathered goalies will still be allowed to play in the regular female open divisions if they choose. By starting the season earlier it is our hope that teams may be able to play four to eight more games per season. Somewhat fittingly there have been mixed feelings about the implementation of a mixed division for trial during the 2017-2018 season. One of the largest ongoing issues facing the WRL Open division is the loss of goalies. Adulthood has a funny habit of getting in the way of the things that we love and the participation commitment required from goalies far surpasses that of most skaters. The Open division has previously witnessed the loss of teams due to a shortage of goalies. Furthermore the WRL does not currently allow non-grandfathered males to play goal. This year I received numerous emails from various teams asking if an exception could be made with regard to registering non-grandfathered male goalies so that teams could still register and play competitively. As an exception is not possible many teams were forced to play with non-goalies in net acquire temporary goalies for each game (providing complications during playoffs) or simply chose not to register a team. This issue was brought to the WRL Open subcommittee s attention and a mixed league was found to be the best option to rectify the problem by allowing males to play Mixed feelings about the implementation of a mixed division. I am optimistic that through the implementation of these changes to the Open division more players will be drawn to the sport and current players will receive greater satisfaction from their participation. l By allowing males to play in a mixed format we could provide a competitive environment for teams who have been restricted by goalie availability We have many participants and lovers of this sport that simply wish to be able to play more. By starting the season earlier it is our hope that teams may be able to play four to eight more games per season. One major challenge standing in our way of making this idea a reality is available ice time. It is our hope that by starting the conversation early 34 sportslife Amber Penner Open Representative liaison between the players of the Open division and the WRL. My goal is to encourage a league that works for all Open level players coming from all levels of play and commitments. I still play in Open 1 and have played continuously since I was 3 years old. I am a hydrologist for the Province of Manitoba. 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