In this Issue:
- Our 2018 Student Award Winner - for
the 2nd year in a row!
- Rocks Winter Outdoor Action
- YOUNG: Do we ever hug an athlete again?
- Cross-country success flows into indoor
season - or not
- Upcoming Events:
Cross Out Cancer Ski Loppet, Love to Run 5k, Sofie Loppet
and Hypo Half
- Running Room Run Club Update:
- Track North News
Congratulations goes out to Laurentian's Stepfanie
Our 2018 Student Award Winner
- for the 2nd year in a row!
Our 2018 Student Award Winner
Stepfanie Johnston is an Anishnaabe-Kwe from Elliot
Lake, Ontario. She is in her final year of studies at
Laurentian University for Indigenous Studies with a
minor in Indigenous Healing and Wellness. She is currently
working with Laurentian University as a Research Assistant
conducting interviews to understand more about the Aboriginal
History of Sudbury and how that has evolved over time.
She also helps as a Teachers Assistant for the Aboriginal
Healing and Wellness class at University of Sudbury.
She recently became an ambassador for the FitSpirit
program where she will go to visit schools in Northern
Ontario to give presentations to young girls in hopes
to help motivate, promote self-esteem, helping other
while having fun with physical activity. She also spends
time running, cycling and swimming in preparation for
many athletic events that happen in Sudbury and the
Her main career interest is to uplift and empower Indigenous
people and communities. She also hopes to be a strong
advocate for health care and human rights, through health
care provision, and promotion.
Rocks!! Outdoor Action
Friedi, Ewa and Ania
Running around Ramsey lake was a great run
with fun company. Good thing Vince showed us the shortcut across
the lake as we ended up at 26km any ways... The beautiful weather
helped too - sun and no winds. Thank you and Lise for water
Rocks!! (George) at Kivi Park
Lise at Kivi
Kivi Lake shore
Kivi ski track set
Vince and George at Kivi
Rocks!! Wednesday Run through Laurentian and
the Sacred Fire
YOUNG: Do we ever hug an athlete
Laura Young, Special to Sudbury Star
Monday, January 29, 2018
Brooklyn Moors of Canada
competes on the balance beam during the qualification
round of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships
on October 3, 2017 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada.
Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images
Your gymnast has nailed
the routine. It's their personal best. Wow, that was
You're the coach. Would you dare hug
that athlete to celebrate? In this day and age?
Recently, I posed this question to a
gymnastics coach I know, all in the context of the current
mess of American gymnastics.
And, so here we are: In the last 100
years, humans have discovered insulin, cellphones, vaccines,
and swimming goggles.
But we also still have cases where a
now former doctor (No names. You know who he is) was
banished for abusing girls and women under the guise
of medical treatment.
Few authorities acted, even after the
story began to emerge, reported in The Indianapolis
Star in 2015. Nor did the paper get its due credit,
until now, according to the New York Times.
Now the convicted ex-doctor has been
sent away for more than two centuries combined for preying
on hundreds of athletes for decades.
The fallout, the survivor impact statements
-- all has been horribly fascinating. Since December,
Kellogg's, Proctor & Gamble, Hershey's, Under Armour,
and AT&T either ended or didn't renew sponsorship
of USAG. The USAG board is resigning.
But what does it all mean at a grassroots
level where most athletes toil? This violence happens
everywhere, not just in gymnastics. What do we do now?
Horan, manager of violence intervention and prevention
program at Sudbury's Health Sciences North, says 500-plus
men, women and children per year come forward with sexual
assault/abuse complaints. An extensive array of services
are available at HSN, at Voices for Women, the sexual
assault centre, and through Centre Victoria pour femmes,
for the Francophone population.
It's the nature of their work to believe
everyone who comes forward with allegations of sexual
assault, Horan says.
Among their projects at HSN, the program
has conducted outreach in the Sudbury sports world.
Rape crisis centres across Ontario and
the OHL launched the OHL Onside initiative in 2016.
This two-hour workshop is mandatory for hockey players
and OHL team staff and serves to increase their awareness
of, and respect for, women in all they do.
Last Fall, Voices worked with Laurentian
University's athletics department to provide training
similar to the OHL model. They always attended LU's
Frosh Week activities.
"I think they realized in the sports
world that they needed to provide a little bit more
guidance around consent and behaviours directed at sexual
harassment," Horan says.
Having read of the American gymnastics
case in the news, Horan spoke to the question why people
aren't believed when they report sexual assault. Perhaps
that lack of belief reflects the real ugliness of rape.
"We don't want to believe a normal
physician or a normal man in our society rapes women.
When people come forward, that may be the reason we
don't want to believe (them). Then we're faced with
that reality that normal people do these bad things."
It's phenomenal to view the larger picture
today, because as she says professionals in her field
always believed the victims, but now the public believes
"Back in the day, we wouldn't have
fired those people. They won't have resigned in a day
The current dialogue means we need to
ask questions and be open to the possibility that people
do assault women and men, Horan says.
In the meantime, Gymnastics Ontario
and Gymnastics Canada have spoken to the situation in
They have policies in place for the
screening of employees, coaches, judges, support staff,
and volunteers who travel and work with the athletes
in our sport, says local gymnastics coaches.
They continue to review and update the
policies and procedures "to ensure that they meet
our commitment to safe sport and minimize risks to our
participants," they add.
Gymnastics is a fundamental sport, like
swimming or running. From it, other sports blossom.
Gymnastics is so incredible that even
the basic cartwheel shimmers with beauty and elegance.
The gymnastics coaches I interviewed
are alternately horrified, heartsick, and shaken.
"For athletes, (gymnastics) is
about activity, sport, team spirit," say the coaches.
"When something like this happens,
we are reminded how important it is to protect our young
athletes and to provide them a safe place to train and
develop. It is also important that parents and guardians
are involved at all levels of their child's sport journey."
And, so back to the original question.
Do we hug the athlete?
"We as coaches shouldn't underestimate
the power of a smile, high five or positive words when
trying to show our athletes that we are proud of their
efforts," the coach says.
Laura Young's column runs every other
flows into indoor season - or not
Attached Photo: "Sagriff_Passi" -
Paul Sagriff (#8) and Liam Passi (#9) in the 3000m.
Coming off a very strong
cross-country season in the fall, it would be easy
to presume that the Laurentian Voyageurs indoor
track team would easily transition into another
highly successful stretch, their outdoor training
regimen now largely behind them.
That, however, would only be part
of the story.
Certainly, one cannot help but to
be encouraged by the early signs. Competing at their
first official event of the new year, coaches Dick
Moss and Darren Jermyn and their troops returned
from the Ottawa Winter National Invitational Indoor
Track Meet last weekend. The L.U. crew registered
18 personal-best performances, amassed five medals,
all while qualifying no less than a program high
eleven athletes for the OUA championships in February.
Certainly, for the likes of 1000m
racer Heidi Tuszkiewicz, the fall played heavily
into a first place finish (3:00.76) that pushed
her through to the all-Ontario showdown in Windsor.
“Cross-country, this year, went the best for
me, ever,” she said. “Usually, I’m
not really a fan of cross-country, I like track.”
“Cross is something for me
to stay fit. This is the first year I feel that
I really “raced” cross-country, really
enjoyed the workouts, and the team aspect of it
here really helped me thrive. Knowing I set a lot
of PR’s (personal records), running faster
than I have, gave me a lot of confidence into the
indoor season – even just knowing that I’m
fitter than ever and looking to run fast.”
There are a number of factors that
vary between the setting of a standard cross-country
race and the move to the indoor venues, certainly,
including a dramatically different look at the starting
line for each event. It would be next to impossible
not to alter one’s race strategy, given the
“You kind of play around depending
on who you are racing,” Tuszkiewicz suggested.
“If there’s a lot of really fast girls
in the race, girls who are faster than me, then
I’ll just hang on to them. But if I know that
I’m going in with one of the fastest times,
then I have to know my split times going in, have
a plan going in.”
Kingston native and L.U. freshman
Liam Pedersen will join Tuszkiewicz and nine other
teammates, so far, in competing at the OUA championships,
covering his 600m race in a time of 1:23.30. While
some middle distance runners might make the jump
to the cross-country circuit in the fall, that wasn’t
the case for the 19 year old newcomer.
“During cross-country season,
Dick works with the (XC) girls and Darren works
with the (XC) guys,” explained Pedersen. “So
Dick gives us workouts, every practice, and (coach)
Joe (Burke) will supervise and watch us. They tell
us what to do and they trust us, and we just go
out and do it.”
It’s a recipe for success
that Pedersen first tasted while living in Maryland
in his teenage years, being part of a Canadian military
family and all. “I ran track in grade nine,
but to be honest, I didn’t take it super seriously
and didn’t do anything with it,” he
recalled. “In grade ten, we made States for
the 4 X 800m (relay).”
“It was a real eye-opening
for me, that if you put in a lot of work, you can
get a lot out of it. I kind of locked in from there,
and here I am.” Returning to Canada to complete
grade 12, Pedersen would post outdoor track times
that earned him a look from coach Moss. With no
outdoor track season available within the OUA, he
now returns to a setting which certainly isn’t
completely foreign to him.
“In the States, we did indoor,”
Pedersen said. “It wasn’t completely
new, but I was pretty rusty, to be honest. More
often than not, you’re running on a 200 meter
track, so there’s more turns, it’s tighter,
it can be a lot harder on the body. It’s also
much drier, most people don’t think about
that, it’s harder breathing. It’s not
a big deal, but definitely something you have to
Twenty-seven year old Collège
Notre-Dame graduate Eric Roque has not yet reached
OUA standards, but he is a very familiar face to
anyone who has followed the local sports scene for
A city championship sprinter and
noteworthy football talent during his time with
the Alouettes, Roque completed a four year degree
with majors in French and Environmental Management
at the University of Waterloo, all while mixing
in an introduction to varsity athletics with a pair
of Warrior teams.
After graduating in 2014, Roque
opted to enter the workforce, before meandering
his way back to the academic environment, enrolling
in Teacher’s College at Laurentian this past
fall. Where some might have long forgotten their
athletic dreams, such was not the case for the local
sprinter. “I always told myself that it was
something I could come back to,” he said.
“It was always something in
the back of my mind. I love sports, I love being
competitive, and I guess I missed that competitiveness
and being part of a team.” Thankfully, it
wasn’t right back to square one for the young
man who still holds the current SDSSAA records for
both the 100m (11.07) and 200m (22.73) events for
“Being an athlete and growing
up playing so many sports, I guess you just always
have that side of you that wants to workout and
keep in shape,” said Roque. “If you’re
not in the gym for a little while, you start to
miss it. It’s always been a part of my life,
and probably always will be part of life.”
And while his training resumed in
earnest only this past September, he is encouraged
by some of the signs to date. “It’s
been a while since I had a real workout and trained
this hard,” he said. “My times are not
bad, but I definitely have room for improvement.
It’s nice that I have another year of eligibility
Rounding out the group of OUA qualifiers
from Laurentian, to date, are Hannah Merjavec (60m
dash), Danielle Roy (60m dash), Natasha Mayer (300m),
Kirsten Crowe (300m), Nicole Rich (1000m), Jenny
Bottomley (3000m), Megan Crocker (3000m), Skyler
Savage-Perreault (60m dash) and Paul Sagriff (3000m)
Upcoming Local Events
February 4th 2018
for the 5km and 15km. The tracks will go from
8 to 4 to 2.
at 10:30 am and 10:45 am for the 5km and 15km.
Love 2 Run 5km
Public · Hosted by Running Room (Sudbury)
Saturday, February 10 at 9 AM - 12 PM
Running Room (Sudbury)
117-1984 Regent Street, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 5S1
are on Sunday. Para nordic 1.5km - stadium and
shed. 5km - gully, shed, wall, extension, 1 lap.
16km - gully, shed, wall, sophies, extension,
two laps, 24km - 3laps. All races start on the
field and all races conclude with one lap of the
Tentative start times on Sunday
are 10:00 for the para nordic and 10:30 for the
February 18th, 2018
10km and 5km Races
Sudbury Running Room - View Map
Cedar Pointe Plaza
117-1984 Regent St
Sudbury, ON P3E 5S1
Information and Registration
Hello Run Clubbers,
Well, the snow is back and with a vengance. But,
here at the Running Room run clubs, we're not going
to let a little snow get in the way of having fun!!
This week we have select shoe models being marked
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new shoes! The Triumph 3, Hurrane 3, Guide 10, and
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iceberg for this sale. Garmin is having a sale on
three models the Forerunner 35 - $179.99 until February
1st, Vivoactive HR & Vivoactive W - Now $199.99
until February 8th, and finally the Vivosport - now
$219.99 until february 11th.
Such great deals to deal with this snowy weather!
Cheers, and see you all Tonight at 6pm run club
Eric, Ania, Cassandra, Brendan, Sam, Erich, Caleb
We have FREE run club
Wednesday nights at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
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