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By JEREMIAH LINK
Sharks have been spotted racing on the south shores of Lake Ontario, the 24-foot Shark sailboats that is.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Sailing Club (NOLSC) hosted the Homecomers Regatta Sept. 26 weekend, in the birthplace of the famous sailboat.
The year’s final Canadian Shark Class Association (CSCA) Counter Regatta is a two-day event consisting of 23 skilled sailing teams, spanning seven exciting races exclusive to the Shark. The team sailing on the boat Tiger Niles, consisting of Peter Aker, Jeff Mitchell and David O’Sullivan, triumphed finishing first overall in the regatta. Bedlam managed to snag second place followed closely by Devil With a Blue Dress in third.
“The races this weekend were good for us,” says Aker. “We ended up having a good strong day yesterday (Saturday) with some very challenging windy conditions. We had two firsts and two thirds going in for the day. Fortunately for us, in spite of having...
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By DAVON JAMES
Dedication and tenacity turn a good team into a great team.
Heading into the fall season, the Niagara Knights’ women’s varsity team is more than excited to begin a new chapter of the upcoming basketball season. Finishing last year’s season with 11 wins and seven losses, the Knights seek a better season beginning Oct 24.
This year, the Knights are hosts for the 2015-16 provincials having high hopes of contending for a medal come playoff time.
Recruitment was a big boost this year for the Knights, adding six new guards and two new forwards to the roster.
“For the first time in my tenure we have depth and talent at every position,’’ explains Head Coach Mike Beccaria.
“Having significantly improved from last year’s roster, it will take time and hard work to seize team chemistry and incorporate everyone into the mix of things.”
Beccaria outlines key attributes that are going to be...
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By GAGE LEBLANC
Sledge hockey is a worldwide paraplegic sport known as the equivalent of hockey for individuals with disabilities.
While sledge hockey has been in the Paralympic games since 1994 for men, women have never had a chance to show their own skills in the sport, until now. Women’s sledge hockey is scheduled to be a demonstration sport in 2018 and an official sport in the Paralympic games in 2022.
“My dream is to represent Canada at the Paralympic games in sledge hockey,” says Christina Picton, the captain of the women’s sledge hockey team and a graduate of Niagara College.
“This dream is particularly challenging because women’s sledge hockey is not a medal sport in the Paralympics, due to a lack of female teams across the world. Plus, we are not funded by Hockey Canada or any major corporate sponsor.”
At a young age, Picton was diagnosed with a deficiency affecting both...
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By SAM JANJAC
She did it again. Winning, so she could be sent to defend her national title. Lorelle Weavers, alongside teammate Evan Littlefield, won gold during the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Golf Championships at Hunters Pointe last week. As did the men.
Weavers and Littlefield, winning gold, were also both named 2015 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association All-Canadians. The two are the eighth and ninth Knights to earn this distinguished honour. Weavers is the first ever two-time recipient in Knights history to be honoured with this prestigious title.
“With us hosting the OCAA tournament this year I found there to be a little bit more pressure on us as a team than last year, but I do think there was a bit of a home course advantage that we were able to use at Hunters Pointe,” says Weavers.
Out of four divisions, Niagara was on top with first place titles in...
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By EMMA MASON
An exciting season is underway for three of Niagara’s newest residents. Ben Jones, Hayden Davis and Christian Mitri are learning the ropes as they prepare for the Niagara IceDogs’ 2015/2016 season.
May 13 was a big day for the IceDogs, as two of their first round draft picks signed standard player agreements with the team. The IceDogs’ first round, seventh overall pick in the 2015 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection was Ben Jones, a six-foot, 167-pound centre from Waterloo, Ont. The 16-year-old spent last season with the OHL Cup-winning Toronto Marlboros.
“It was amazing,” Jones says. “I mean obviously you always dream about it as a kid, that’s what you want to do, it’s the stepping stone to get to the pro level, so when I heard my name called by such a great organization I could not have been happier.”
When asked if there was anything that...
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By EMMA MASON
On Saturday night, the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines was full of fans taking in a hockey game. Less than 24 hours later the ice was covered by a hardcourt and kids were having a free throw contest.
The Niagara River Lions are the National Basketball League of Canada’s (NBL) newest team and St. Catharines’ first professional basketball team. It held a contest to decide its new name, and after about 700 submissions chose the Niagara River Lions after the creature on the Niagara Region’s coat of arms.
“After meeting with the city and management group for the Meridian Centre, we decided to go ahead and establish this partnership. It was evident that there was no better place to call home during our inaugural season,” says Jeffrey Sotiriou, the team’s director of operations.
The River Lions, who start their 40-game season after Christmas this year, join the other eight...
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By DAVON JAMES
It’s what you do extra that helps you succeed.
As a new academic year kicks off, Niagara College’s Recreational and Fitness department at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) campuses, offers an opportunity to join intramural sports and fitness activities so all students can actively engage in weekly physical activity.
Beginning on Sept. 28, intramurals sports and fitness programs will run team-oriented sports and activities.
Recreational Co-ordinator Jenna Wilson explains the department is offering more sporting activities for students and introducing the “privilege” of having the winning teams from each sport compete with other colleges.
“During the Winter semester, we will be running extramurals in particular activities [such as] dodgeball, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball where we will be sending the winning teams to other campus locations to compete.”
Registration for intramurals is open online prior to the startup on Sept. 28 when programs will take place Monday through Thursday at both the...