Libro Centre

Drone racing event coming to Libro Centre Sept. 23

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Libro Centre has featured a number of events from hockey, figure skating, baseball, football, soccer and more.

Now, drone racing can be added to that list.

The group FPV Canada is hosting a drone racing event this Saturday at the Libro Centre with local president David McCall stating it is “a new and exciting sport” that originated in Australia and “has become a worldwide phenomenon.

“Drone racing entails the building and racing of small radio controlled drones which can fly at speeds of 80 mph and are controlled by a pilot using a radio transmitter and FPV or First Person Video goggles,” he explained. “Each drone carries a small micro video camera and record which is connected to the FPV Goggle and which allows the pilots to see as if they were on the drone. This is a very exciting and immersive style of flying.”

McCall stated that an aerial track is set up creating a type of aerial obstacle course that the pilot must maneuver through. Flags, gates (arches), hoops and other obstacles “create a very challenging event for the pilots and exciting visual display for the spectators.” The races are flown in heats with each heat two to three minutes in length and McCall added the pilot must maneuver through the course as many times as they can in the allotted time.

There can be upwards of eight to ten pilots flying during each heat and the completion becomes an elimination style event down to a single winner,” he pointed out.

McCall said they don’t know how many people to expect for the event.

“Since this is our first Windsor-Essex County public event, we are truly not sure of the size of turnout to expect. Drone racing is new and very popular among students, university and millennials but also has an appeal to the curiosity of an older crowd,” he said. “People will definitely travel to an event, recently a large event was held in B.C and people came from all over as well there is the upcoming Drone Nationals held in Ottawa and people will be coming from all over.”

FPV Canada which McCall said is Canada’s largest drone racing league and which FPV Windsor is a registered chapter.

“We chose Amherstburg because of the central location to the county, the size of the Libro Centre, the parking for spectators, the size of the field space and their forward vision with regards to drone racing. They see the future of racing and the positive potential for their town and community as this sport continues to grow,” said McCall

McCall noted there are various sizes of racing drones or quads as they are more commonly referred to by racers. He said they range from micro quads being a drone that will fit in the palm of your hand, to mid sized and racing or 250’s as they are referred too.

People who wish to race may contact FPV Windsor though Facebook or online through the Windsor Drone Racing League website at www.windsordroneracingleague.com. They can contact them via e-mail at fpvwindsor@gmail.com.

“Anyone is welcome to come and watch and there is no admission to do so,” said McCall. “We are encouraging the public to come and see what we do and ask questions. We feel that the sport will grow through interaction and education.”

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, with Sunday being a rain date if needed. McCall stated that spectators are asked to stay to designated spectator areas.

“We will be presenting a series of micro-races through the fall and winter if anyone is interested please contact fpvwindsor@gmail.com for details.”

Ladies hockey league getting ready to start a new season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League is gearing up for a new season and is looking for players.

The league is now being run by the father-daughter duo of Marc and Carly LeBlanc and they are aiming to have four teams and 64 players for the 2017-18 hockey season. They have been conducting in-person registration at the Libro Centre and plan another registration night Sept. 8 from 6-9 p.m.

“We’ve got a lot of players returning from the previous league,” said Carly. “We’re looking at getting four solid teams.”

Marc and Carly LeBlanc are organizing this year’s Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League.

Marc and Carly LeBlanc are organizing this year’s Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League.

The league plays Sunday nights at the Libro Centre on the Movati ice pad (Pad B) with a registration fee of $240 and a jersey deposit of an additional $25 . Registration fees help pay for such things as ice time, jerseys, referees and insurance. The ages of players range from 18 to 60.

“It’s a non-competitive, non-contact league,” said Carly. “We want everyone to come out and have as much fun as possible playing hockey.”

No experience is required, either. Marc said he approached Mike Parlette about conducting two weeks of fundamental sessions at the start of the year to teach newcomers about the basics of the game.

“He jumped on right away,” said Marc.

Carly said experienced players can use those weeks as a way to “shake off the summer cobwebs.”

The LeBlancs are confident they can fill the league.

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“The interest is there,” said Carly. “The word is getting out there.”

While they would eventually like to see the league grow to six teams, the plan is four for the upcoming season with a waiting list to be compiled if they surpass 64 players.

The first two weeks – Sept. 17 and Sept. 24 – will be the fundamental sessions with games beginning Oct. 1. The season should conclude by mid to late-March.

For those who can’t attend the registration in person, they can visit aburgladieshockey.wordpress.com or find them on Facebook. Anyone seeking further information can contact aburgladieshockey@gmail.com.

Local house league baseball teams converge on Amherstburg

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

House league baseball teams from around Essex County and Windsor converged on Amherstburg for a weekend tournament earlier this month.

The wrap-up tournament saw eight teams in the pee wee division with teams coming from Kingsville, Forest Glade, Turtle Club (LaSalle), Leamington, Belle River, Tecumseh, Windsor Central and Riverside. That division played primarily at Centennial Park.

Amherstburg was represented in the bantam tournament held recently at the Libro Centre. (Back row): coaches Rob Faraday, Mike Bergeron , players Ed Laroye, Kain McDonald, Coach Brian McDonald, players Nolan Crain, Andrew Pickle, Andy Beneteau, head coach Dave Wharram. Bottom row: Jake Hamilton , Jacob Kelterborn, Matthew Pickle, Devon D'Alimonte, Ryan (Buzz) Wharram. Laying in front is Josh Bergeron. (Special to the RTT)

Amherstburg was represented in the bantam tournament held recently at the Libro Centre. (Back row): coaches Rob Faraday, Mike Bergeron , players Ed Laroye, Kain McDonald, Coach Brian McDonald, players Nolan Crain, Andrew Pickle, Andy Beneteau, head coach Dave Wharram. Bottom row: Jake Hamilton , Jacob Kelterborn, Matthew Pickle, Devon D’Alimonte, Ryan (Buzz) Wharram. Laying in front is Josh Bergeron. Frankie Jariett is absent. (Special to the RTT)

The bantam division saw five teams compete. Action was mainly at the Libro Centre, though one game was at Centennial Park. Teams from Amherstburg, Turtle Club, Riverside, Windsor South and Forest Glade took to the field with Amherstburg being eliminated with a 15-5 loss Saturday night to Forest Glade.

This was the second straight tournament in Amherstburg in successive weekends, with the South Shore Interlock Tournament the previous weekend for the pee wee players. That was at Centennial Park.

Ed Laroye pitches to the plate  during the recent bantam  tournament held in Amherstburg. Most of the games in the bantam division were at the Libro Centre while pee wee teams  competed at Centennial Park.

Ed Laroye pitches to the plate during the recent bantam tournament held in Amherstburg. Most of the games in the bantam division were at the Libro Centre while pee wee teams competed at Centennial Park.

“This team being put together in a very short period of time to represent Amherstburg in the tourney we were hosting. This team really worked hard and although didn’t make the finals on Sunday we still walked away winners. I couldn’t be more proud of the dedication these 12 guys showed the past month or so while preparing for this tournament,” said bantam head coach Dave Wharram.

CanSkate welcoming new participants

 

Chances are good that, by now, you’ve heard the name Michael DiPietro!

If not, he is a hockey goalie from Amherstburg that played for the Windsor Spitfires and won the Memorial Cup! He has now been drafted into the NHL by the Vancouver Canucks! Small town dreams do come true!

Michael, like so many other NHL players, got off to a great start by signing up for CanSkate! CanSkate provides the best foundation for any ice skating sport, whether it be hockey, figure skating, speed skating, or ringette.

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CanSkate is Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program. The program is open to all ages and no skating experience is required. CanSkate features circuits and games that make learning to skate a ton of fun! A typical CanSkate session provides a maximum coach to skater ratio of 1:10 and 90 per cent movement to keep skaters engaged. The CanSkate program is a nationally-tested and proven curriculum that guarantees skater success.

Skate Amherstburg offers two CanSkate sessions starting this fall! Mondays: 6:25-7:15 p.m., and Thursdays: 6-6:50 p.m. Registration is now open! You can register online at any time by visiting www.skateamherstburg.com. People can also register by phone by calling Lynn Fox at (519) 566-1574 or they can register in person at the Libro Centre in the Skate Amherstburg office.

Registration times are 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 8, 11, and 14.

Woofa-Roo sees incredible numbers, despite brief storm during set-up Friday

 

By Jolene Perron

 

When a quick storm passed through some parts of Essex County Friday evening, a number of tents at the pet festival were overturned.

However, after putting in countless hours of work overnight, they recovered and the weather for the remainder of the weekend was in their favor.

From the dock diving organized by Ontario Dock Dogs, to the display of the many skills by Border City Barkers, the festival was a huge hit with pets and their humans.

One of the more popular events at Woofa-Roo’s festival was dock diving, where dog owners threw toys into a large pool of water to encourage them to jump as far as they could.  Some dogs reached lengths of 24 metres.

One of the more popular events at Woofa-Roo’s festival was dock diving, where dog owners threw toys into a large pool of water to encourage them to jump as far as they could.
Some dogs reached lengths of 24 metres.

“We’ve been coming here for three years and Cody really enjoys the event,” said Joe Ulakovich, owner of seven-year-old Yorkshire-bichon Cody. “We did some shopping, and it’s a great day out for the family. It’s a nice event, it’s very family-oriented and it’s comfortable being here with the family. We can give him treat samples and see what he likes.”

Owners such as Jon Ashe, owner of a two-year-old miniature Labradoodle, said the event is great for people who want to socialize their dog with other animals. Although it was his first year at the event, he said he plans on coming back next year and wants to teach his dog how to do dock jumping. He said all of the dogs they encountered over the weekend were great, and he loves bring able to bring his dog to an event, since he is a part of their family.

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“This has been phenomenal, we have had record-breaking crowds,” said Woofa-Roo director/founder Lorene Clayton. “Everyone is happy, we have a lot of dogs and the response has been very good. This is a dynamic weekend with a charitable twist as our festival benefits nine different charities and rescues. We enhance their profile with the public, help their fund raising efforts, increase their volunteer base, foster homes and secure homes for animals needing to be re-homed.”