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Ontario Provincial Artistic Gymnastics Championships coming to Amherstburg

 

Special to the RTT

The best young gymnasts in Ontario will converge on Amherstburg’s Libro Credit Union Centre to compete in the Ontario Provincial Artistic Gymnastics Championships next April.

This sporting event is both a Championship and a qualifier for high level events such as the Eastern Canadian Championships and the National Canadian Championships.

The championships, which start April 5, 2018, run over four days and will see

athletes ranging in ages from 8 to 18+ competing in events as seen in the Olympics. The levels will range from provincial to national and high performance (Olympic) levels.

Libro Centre

“This will be Rose City Gymnastics’ fifth time hosting the event. To put this on, it requires many volunteers, donations and community involvement. We are very excited to once again be hosting and especially to be hosting in the Town of Amherstburg,” states Tom Deslippe, general manager of Rose City Gymnastics. “Amherstburg continues to demonstrate that we are a tourism destination, whether it be cultural or sport”, notes Mayor Aldo DiCarlo. “We have an outstanding volunteer base and the administrative expertise to host any event and work to enhance the town’s strategic vision. Collectively, we will be ready to support this event, proving once again that Amherstburg is the place to be.”

The event will draw over 1,200 athletes competing for gold in the various men’s and

women’s events. The championship is expected to also draw over 5,000 spectators to the town for the four-day event.

Amherstburg Sharks welcome area swim teams for annual meet

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A total of 190 swimmers from seven area swim teams made a trip to the Lions Pool for the annual Amherstburg Sharks swim meet.

“It’s a little bit less (this year),” said Lions Pool co-ordinator Kaitlyn Meloche, who is also one of the coaches of the Sharks’ swim team. “There are a lot of vacations this year.”

Jack Williams competes in one of the 64 events in the recent Amherstburg Sharks swim meet at the Lions Pool.

Jack Williams competes in one of the 64 events in the recent Amherstburg Sharks swim meet at the Lions Pool.

Of the 190 swimmers, 29 were on the Amherstburg team. Other teams came from Essex, St. Clair College, Harrow and Beach Grove as well as those who came from as far as Tilbury and Dutton.

The final results showed that Amherstburg had most points overall and most points for the boys. St Clair had most points for the girls.

“Things ran very smoothly this year,” said Meloche.

Meloche added it was her fourth year in charge of the swim meet.

“By now, we’ve gotten it down to a science. It’s a well-oiled machine,” she said. “I’ve also got a lot of help. There are a lot of volunteers this year and it’s a big help.”

Aven-Noelle Miller dives into the pool at the start of one of the races at the Lions Pool.

Aven-Noelle Miller dives into the pool at the start of one of the races at the Lions Pool.

Strokes of all kinds were featured, as were relay events, with 64 swimming events taking place throughout the day. Organizers were able to get the youth swimmers in the pool for 46 of those events before the lunch break, Meloche pointed out.

“This is my last year running the meet,” she added, noting she has been working at the Lions Pool for six years in total. “It’s been an incredible experience. It’s just been awesome.”

Meloche urged other youth to look into becoming lifeguards as “it’s the best summer job there is.”

Local youth makes Team Ontario for U15 national lacrosse championships

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local youth is gaining notoriety on the lacrosse field and his talents are leading him places.

The latest place that Connor McManus will be going due to his lacrosse talents will be the U15 national championships in Saskatoon. He will be leaving Aug. 31 and will return Sept. 4 and will be the goalie on Team Ontario.

The 15-year-old St. Thomas of Villanova student made the provincial team after three tryouts in the Toronto area. He was one of 14 goalies from across the province to try out, with that list being whittled down to four and then to two.

Connor said he felt “really good” about making Team Ontario.

“I found out at the last (tryout),” he said. “At some points, I didn’t think I was going to make it but towards the end, I knew I was going to make it. This is my biggest accomplishment so far.”

Connor McManus will be competing for Team Ontario at the upcoming U15 national lacrosse championships in Saskatoon. The Amherstburg youth will be competing with his teammates Labour Day weekend.

Connor McManus will be competing for Team Ontario at the upcoming U15 national lacrosse championships in Saskatoon. The Amherstburg youth will be competing with his teammates Labour Day weekend.

Connor plays box lacrosse in Canada with the Windsor Warlocks, which is five-on-five lacrosse in an arena. His father Rob noted there is no field lacrosse in this part of southern Ontario so Connor has to play in Michigan.

Rob noted Connor has the same coach on both teams – John Rosa – and that it was Rosa who encouraged Connor to try out for Team Ontario.

“He volunteered to play net on Juiced Cherries. That’s what started it all,” said Rob, with Juiced Cherries being the Michigan team Connor plays for. “He volunteered until we found a goalie. He didn’t leave.”

Connor said he was just trying to help his team out but now enjoys the position.

“The coaches said he is a natural,” Rob added.

Connor works with a goalie coach – Logan Shamblin from the University of Detroit-Mercy Titans – when he plays in the U.S. His Canadian team finished ninth in Ontario, Rob said.

Connor said he is nervous but excited to play for Team Ontario but added he is looking forward to playing for the team.

“It’s another big step in trying to get a scholarship,” his father added.

Rob said his son has worked very hard to get this far and that “it’s all him.” He added that Connor is the only player south of Hamilton to make Team Ontario. The cost to go to Saskatoon is $2,000 but that is covered mainly by local sponsors.

“Our town is getting bigger but we have a good core of people that support our local athletes,” said Rob.

Pee Wee Interlock teams come to Amherstburg for playoff tournament

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

Teams from around Essex County converged on Centennial Park for a playoff wrap-up tournament for the South Shore Interlock Baseball Association (SSIBA).

Delaney Gillis makes a play at shortstop.

Delaney Gillis makes a play at shortstop.

Nine pee wee teams (ages 12-13) from around the county, including one from Amherstburg, competed in the tournament. Convener Dan Hebert said the three-day tournament was conducted with a round-robin format with each baseball team guaranteed at least three games.

“We bid for it at the beginning of the year,” said Hebert. “Amherstburg has had it the last few years.”

Tyler Jenkins get a hit for Amherstburg in the Aug. 11-13 South Shore Interlock Baseball Association tournament at Centennial Park.

Tyler Jenkins get a hit for Amherstburg in the Aug. 11-13 South Shore Interlock Baseball Association tournament at Centennial Park.

There will be another playoff baseball tournament in Amherstburg this weekend, as nine house league teams and four bantam teams (ages 14-15) will use both Centennial Park and the Libro Centre to decide their championships.

Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic presents $50,000 cheque to Canadian Cancer Society

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic has given a big boost to the fight against breast cancer.

The July 13 golf tournament was held at Pointe West Golf Club and raised $50,000 for breast cancer. The official cheque presentation was held Thursday at Amherstburg Buick GMC, as the dealership helped sponsor the tournament and dealer principal Scott Elliott was one of the organizers.

“It’s great,” Jovanovski said of the final total. “I think coming into it, we didn’t know what to expect. With the support from the community, friends and partners we developed, we were able to raise $50,000 for breast cancer research. We are thrilled about that.”

Organizers and volunteers had a number in mind, the former NHL defenseman said, but exceeded it.

The official cheque presentation from July's Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic took place Aug. 10 at Amherstburg Buick GMC. From left: committee member Andrea Sikora, Ed Jovanovski, Canadian Cancer Society's volunteer engagement co-ordinator Theresa Blondin and dealer principal Scott Elliott.

The official cheque presentation from July’s Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic took place Aug. 10 at Amherstburg Buick GMC. From left: committee member Andrea Sikora, Ed Jovanovski, Canadian Cancer Society’s volunteer engagement co-ordinator Theresa Blondin and dealer principal Scott Elliott.

“People are generous,” he said, adding that people are great to support causes like breast cancer research or causes relating to any other kind of illness.

“The feedback was great. We think (the tournament) went well,” he said. “We’re definitely excited.”

Jovanovski has a personal connection to breast cancer, as his mother had stage two breast cancer and is in her second year of remission. His brother Deni played an important role in organizing the tournament as well, he added.

Plans for next year’s tournament are already underway, with the second annual tournament planned for Pointe West July 20, 2018. Elliott said people will be able to get details soon at www.jovogolfclassic.com.

Elliott was also thrilled with the overall total.

“I think it’s fantastic,” he said. “It goes to a great cause.”

Theresa Blondin, volunteer engagement co-ordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society, said breast cancer is the most diagnosed form of cancer in women, with 88 per cent of women surviving the disease. That said, there is still more work to be done with a cure being the main goal.

“We are overwhelmed with the amount of support,” she said, regarding the $50,000 donation.

As the money goes towards research, Blondin acknowledged that research has helped lead to early detection and that has resulted in the 88 per cent survival rate.

“Screening can save your life,” she said.