Thursday, 02 April 2015, 5:07 am

Centre for Ethics in Sport fights to keep athletes honest

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New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez sat out the entire 2014 baseball season due to performance enhancing drug violations. Submitted PhotoThe stories usually read the same even if the names change. Another athlete busted for using performance enhancing drugs. However this problem extends past professional sports and into the world of amateur athletics as well; that’s where Doug Peacock comes in.
Peacock, 43, of St. Catharines, works with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) as a Doping Control Officer (DCO) administering drug tests at various events for the organization, including the upcoming Pan-Am Games, which will be held this June in Toronto.
The CCES is an independent national not-for-profit organization with a mission to “activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system, advocate for sport that is fair, safe and open, and protect the integrity of sport.”
Despite Peacock being involved with the CCES’s anti-doping program, the organization is also trying to combat other ethical issues it deems a threat to sport including violence, poor parental behaviour and lack...


Niagara’s Penguins Win Tournament

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The 2014/2015 Brock Niagara Penguins celebrate their first tournament championship at the 6th Annual Niagara Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. PHOTO BY ALEX HENDRYHome court advantage had not been a benefit historically for the Brock Niagara Penguins, however, this year things changed.

At the 6th Annual Niagara Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament held at Brock University, the Penguins won their first championship at their host tournament, competing against Southern Ontario’s competitive wheelchair basketball teams.

Ranked as the No. 1 seed after the round robin stage, the Penguins won an intense 29-25 semi-final match against the Twin City [Kitchener/Waterloo] Spinners and continued momentum in a 25-10 championship win over the Toronto Tornadoes.

Celebrating the victory both athletes and managers credited the supportive environment created by volunteers, coaches and organizers in the Penguins’ growth.

“When our team first started we didn’t sink baskets and couldn’t win a game, then all of the sudden we started moving a little bit closer and closer,” said Karen Natho, co-ordinator and founder of the team.



Set in Stone

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Steve Stone of Niagara College sets the ball during the National Championship in Charlottetown, PEI. Photo by JOEL OPHARDT.Fighting for concentration through the buzzing crowd and burning lights, he draws a deep breath as he gazes into the ball, shuffling it methodically between his hands.

“Ten, nine, eight, seven …,” chant the opposing players, hoping to find a way to break into his walled off mind.

With one foot firmly in front of the other, he remains completely motionless, staring through the seams of the ball.

Just before the chant reaches “one”, he shuffles, takes a few quick steps –a toss, a leap, a well timed crack against the spin of the rubber –the ball whips down the court for a service ace.

As his teammates come together, he relaxes for a moment, soaking in the approval with a subtle smile.

The brief reprieve is over. He gathers his composure, retrieves the ball and brings it back in front of his face, blocking out the...


Toronto FC looking to be best in field

SUBMITTED PHOTOFinally, soccer sports fans around Toronto have hopes of seeing a playoff game in Toronto, as Toronto FC (TFC) started off the season strong with a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
TFC made big moves in last year’s winter transfer window, bringing English striker Jermain Defoe from the Tottenham Spurs and American-born midfielder Michael Bradley from AS Roma.
Defoe didn’t work out the way Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) President Tim Lieweke hoped, as a year later the striker and his mother demanded a transfer back to England, where TFC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko shipped him off to Sunderland where he signed a three-year contract. TFC got American International striker Jozy Altidore in return, who scored two goals in the team’s 3-1 win versus Vancouver Whitecaps in the season opener.
Cody Doucet, a 22-year-old from Welland, Ont., and a member of TFC’s supporters group called the Red Patch...


They did it! Knights win bronze medal at nationals

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Logan Varga tips a point over St. Clair’s defence, fooling the blockers during Niagara College’s bronze medal match at the men’s volleyball national championship in PEI. Photo by JOEL OPHARDT.CHARLOTTETOWN - The Niagara Knights made history Saturday night, winning the college’s first-ever medal at the men’s national volleyball championships. 
The Knights wrapped up a fantastic season with a bronze medal, winning emphatically in three straight sets in their final match of the season.

“Finishing third in the country feels pretty good,” said St. Catharines native and team setter, Steve Stone. “It was our goal to win a medal here, so it’s a little bit of redemption after a disappointing quarter final.”

The team was able to reflect on its medal win at its hotel in Charlottetown, stranded by an east coast blizzard until Tuesday afternoon.

"We really showed composure by coming back and really turning the tournament around against some very good clubs," said Bret Polfuss, outside hitter for the Niagara Knights.

The team fought to stay in the first set, coming back from being down 20-23 to win...


No silver spoon for Knights

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It’s not the result they wanted, but Niagara’s women’s volleyball team members can hold their heads high after winning a bittersweet bronze.
It was always unclear whether the Knights could dethrone the now eight times in a row provincial champion Humber Hawks, of Toronto, but it was always expected they would be there to battle for it.
Unfortunately for Niagara, it wasn’t in the cards; they opened their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) championships against the Cambrian Golden shield, of Sudbury, which proved to be the better team on that day.
“They made very few errors, they played very hard and I thought we were tentative, and a little scared it looked like. We weren’t really ourselves; quite honestly it was the worst game we played all year,” said Niagara Head Coach Joey Martins.
In the end the Knights fell on their own sword. A team, that all yearlong lived for...


Niagara Knights play for Bronze Medal tonight

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Bret Polfuss goes up for one of his 6 kills in the match against Red Deer College at the Men’s Volleyball National Championship in Charlottetown, PEI. Photo by Joel OpHardt.CHARLOTTETOWN - The Niagara Knights are headed to an all-Ontario bronze medal match at the men’s volleyball national championships after beating the Red Deer Rebels in four sets Saturday afternoon.
Despite losing their opening set, the Knights looked sharp from the start, playing their best game of the tournament against the Rebels.
“I felt like we had a really good team effort today,” said Logan Varga, the 6 foot, 5 inch middle blocker for Niagara College. “We were consistent with our serving, our defence played well and we didn’t make very many hitting errors.”
Varga was named player of the game after playing his best game since arriving in Charlottetown and leading the team in attacking percentage and blocks.
With the game behind them the Knights need to quickly shift their focus to the bronze medal where they will be facing a familiar opponent in the St. Clair Saints.
“We know what they’re...