In this Issue:
- Sudbury Fitness Challenge
Sofie Manarin Ski Loppet
- Randy Pascal at the Olympics
- Nordic Knights share winning feeling
- Sudbury's Collin Cameron
Nominated to the Paralympic Team
- Cambrian Athletics: Graduate shows
you can return
- Rocks Winter Outdoor Action
- Upcoming Events:
- Running Room Run Club Update:
- Track North News
2018 Sofie's Loppet Start Corral
The events 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 stadium.
Randy Pascal at the Olympics
February 13, 2018
(We missed his professional coverage at Sofie's
Loppet. Our loss was PyeongChang's gain)
Randy writes on February
So we are now into
tournament grind mode. For four of the next five
days, I am scorekeeping three games a day at Kwandong
(have already worked seven of the first eight).
I have Canada vs USA (W), Canada vs Switzerland
(M) - i am told there might be a nice little CBC
surprise for the folks back home if u tune into
that one., and Sweden vs Finland (M). So days
right now involve leaving resort at 9:15 am, at
rink for three games until 11:15 pm, and back
to resort to get enough sleep to do it all over
again the next day. Looking forward to off day
on the 19th...only one game on 16th so heading
out to take a few more lakeside pics...things
are going very well....lots of great feedback
Nordic Knights share
Ben Leeson, Sudbury Star
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Josh Tillson rarely feels
as good as he does with a pair or poles in his hands
and cross-country skis strapped to his feet. So even
when the 17-year-old Lo-Ellen Park student woke with
a sore throat Thursday morning, he wasn't about to skip
the SDSSAA Nordic championships, held at the Naughton
Trails. "Definitely not,"
Tillson said with a laugh. "It's too much fun."
The 12th-grader has suffered from depression,
but finds that physical activity, and Nordic skiing
in particular, did wonders for his mental wellness.
"Getting out there and pushing myself to my limits,
it really feels good. It makes me feel great, makes
me want to talk, makes me want to share my story. When
I go out there and I've got the endorphins pumping and
I'm working my butt off and I'm training hard, it just
feels great. "Right now,
I'm on top of the world."
Not only did Tillson finish first in
the senior boys race, but he got to share the winning
feeling with his teammates. The Lo-Ellen boys swept
the first seven spots in senior boys and dominated in
senior girls, junior boys and junior girls, as well.
Shortly after finishing his run, Tillson
embraced Kelly Thompson, his teammate, close friend
and the third-place finisher in the senior boys division.
Together, Tillson explained, they hope to lead Lo-Ellen
to an even better finish than in 2017, when the Knights
hauled in four medals at the OFSAA championships. "We
have a really strong team," Tillson said. "Kelly
and I are in Grade 12 this year, we're the two seniors
on the team, and every year we grind it out and we usually
get those high-up ribbons, so we're really excited this
year, because we have two Grade 11s who are really fast."
Those are Cameron Boland and Lucas Mrozewski, who rounded
out the senior boys top four on Thursday. "To have
them on the team and giving us a chance of being on
the podium, that's really exciting," Tillson said.
Thompson recalled when he and Tillson
started out at Lo-Ellen, two in a group of only eight
skiers. On Thursday, more than 40 racers represented
the south-end school. "A lot of the talent coming
up, they used to ski when they were little, like Jackrabbits,
but never got into the racing scene," Thompson
said. "But now that we're all in high school, the
team is looking really strong and I think it's going
to be a good season."
Coached by Colin Ward, Sara McIlraith,
Neil Phipps, Ryan Lafreniere, Vanessa Catto and Lance
Patry, the squad has nearly doubled in size since 2016-17,
but remains a close-knit group. "It's easy to go
fast when all your friends are going fast, because you
don't want to be the last one out there," Thompson
said. "We're all just pushing each other to be
the best that we can."
Several are still fairly new to the
sport, but some, like senior girls champion Jayde Hurley,
have proven to be quick studies. Though a longtime athlete,
cross-country runner and hockey player, she only started
skiing in December 2016. "At first, I was really
bad," the 16-year-old laughed. "First practice,
I just fell again and again and again. It was really
fun with the team, though, so I just decided to keep
trying and it got a lot easier, because the coaches
are really great and they helped me work on one thing
at a time. Last year, it was just about building that
way and then this year, I knew I was going to do OK."
Thursday's event was an important step
toward for the NOSSA Nordic championships, to be held
at Laurentian University next Tuesday, then the OFSAA
meet, also on the Laurentian trails Feb. 22-23. "I
want to be ready for OFSAA," Hurley said. "Every
race I do, I have to pretend it's OFSAA, so I can be
ready when I get there and not freak out. For the team,
it's really big, because we're strong and we're trying
really hard to build for OFSAA. Our coaches are going
for the overall banner and thinking if we can do well
now, go out to NOSSA and do well there, we can be ready
to compete at OFSAA."
Coach Ward stressed the importance of
Lo-Ellen's coach-by-committee approach to any success
on the provincial stage. "The best performances
we can put together at OFSAA, that is the goal,"
Ward said. We'll see if we can do something comparable
to, and in some places maybe exceed what we did last
year. "We've got a great
group of athletes who are obviously keen on this and
we had a wonderful time last year, then we grew so much
this year, because the word was out. And we've got a
great team of coaches, filling the different roles and
without those coaches, and without those coaches, it
wouldn't be possible to have the team where they are
For full results from Thursday's championships,
Cross Country Canada
Nominates Medal Winning Line-up of Athletes to PyeongChang 2018
Canadian Paralympic Team
Collin Cameron Nominated to the Paralympic Team)
nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Team! So honoured
to be representing Canada in South Korea next month
at my first Paralympics. Thank you to everyone that
has helped me reach this dream!
February 12, 2018 OFFICIAL
CANMORE, Alta. (February 12, 2018) – Canada is
planning to send a high-powered group of cross-country
skiers and biathletes to the start line in PyeongChang
with a focus on contributing to the nation’s medal
count at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, Cross Country
Ski de Fond Canada announced on Monday.
A total of 14 of the nation’s best Para-Nordic
skiers and biathletes, 10 men and four women, have been
nominated for selection to don the maple leaf race suit
next month in PyeongChang. The 12 athletes and two guides
will include a group of Paralympic, World Championship
and World Cup medal winners led by 13-time Paralympic
medallist Brian McKeever (Canmore, Alta.) along with
his guides Graham Nishikawa (Whitehorse, YK), and Russell
Kennedy (Canmore, Alta.). Kennedy is also representing
Canada at the Olympics this week for the first time
in his career.
Two other Paralympic medallists, Chris Klebl (Canmore,
Alta.), and Mark Arendz (Hartsville, P.E.I.) are also
returning to Canada’s Paralympic Team with a focus
on skiing back onto the podium. Klebl captured a gold
medal in the men’s 10-kilometre sit ski event
in Sochi 2014, while Arendz celebrated two podium finishes
“This is a well-balanced team of veterans and
rookies, and an exciting time within the team as we
have never had this type of depth. I look forward to
seeing everyone achieve their goals at the Games, whether
it is celebrating personal bests or medals,” said
Arendz. “Personally, my focus is on the key factors
I have control over that will drive performance. It
is all about the preparation because the athlete who
is best prepared is the one who achieves success. I
get very excited to be a part of the Games and to see
the power that sport can bring to the world.”
They will be joined by a stellar group of international
medallists including: second-time Paralympian Brittany
Hudak (Prince Albert, Sask.); along with Collin Cameron
(Sudbury, Ont.); and Emily Young (North Vancouver) who
are making their first trip to the Paralympic Games.
“Being named to the Paralympic team is truly an
honour,” said Young, a former wrestler, who joined
the team at the beginning of this quadrennial where
she has developed into a medal contender. “I never
expected myself to end up in a winter sport, and to
have found myself amongst such an amazing team, I couldn’t
be prouder to be wearing the maple leaf with them on
our suits. I’ve had a lot of catching up to do
these last three years, but it has been worth every
Two rising stars in Canada’s Para-Nordic circles,
16-year-old Natalie Wilkie (Salmon Arm, B.C.); and Derek
Zaplotinsky (Smokey Lake, Alta.) will be keen to make
their mark in PyeongChang. Rounding out the team will
be Yves Bourque (Bécancour, Que.); Sébastien
Fortier (Quebec City, Que.); Ethan Hess (Pemberton,
B.C.); and Paralympic basketball star Cindy Ouellet
(Quebec City) who will hit the start line for the first
time at a Winter Games.
“This is an experienced group of athletes who
have delivered under the most intense pressure at major
international competitions, and are on a mission for
medals in PyeongChang,” said Mike Edwards, Para-Nordic
high-performance director, Cross Country Ski de Fond
Canada. “Depth is critical to mounting a podium
attack, and we have a nice blend of veterans and NextGen
athletes capable of putting the maple leaf on the Paralympic
podium at the nordic venue.”
“I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations
to the athletes who are now part of Team Canada for
the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games,”
said the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science
and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.
“Canada has performed admirably in the past in
the Para-Nordic event, and I think we can expect more
great things from the athletes named to Team Canada
today. I know for a fact that I, and all of Canada,
will be rooting for them!”
NOMINATED PARA-NORDIC SKIERS AND BIATHLETES:
Mark Arendz Hartsville, PEI
Yves Bourque Becancour, QC
Collin Cameron Sudbury, ON
Sebastien Fortier Quebec City, QC
Ethan Hess Pemberton, BC
Brittany Hudak Prince Albert, SK
Russell Kennedy (GUIDE) Canmore, AB
Christopher Klebl Canmore, AB
Brian McKeever Canmore, AB
Graham Nishikawa (GUIDE) Whitehorse, YK
Cindy Ouellet Quebec City, QC
Natalie Wilkie Salmon Arm, BC
Emily Young North Vancouver, BC
Derek Zaplotinsky Smokey Lake, AB
The 14 athletes have been nominated for selection to
the Canadian Paralympic Committee and will be subject
to a final review. The Canadian Paralympic Committee
will officially announce the Canadian Paralympic Team
later this month.
CCC is the governing body of cross-country skiing in
Canada, which is the nation’s optimal winter sport
and recreational activity with more than one million
Canadians participating annually. Its 55,000 members
include athletes, coaches, officials and skiers of all
ages and abilities, including those on Canada’s
National Ski Teams and Para-Nordic Ski Teams. With the
support of its valued corporate partners – Haywood
Securities Inc., AltaGas, Mackenzie Investments, Swix
and Lanctôt Sports– along with the Government
of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic
Committee, Own the Podium and B2ten, CCC develops Olympic,
Paralympic and world champions. For more information
on CCC, please visit us at www.cccski.com.
Cambrian Athletics: Graduate
shows you can return
Randy Pascal, For The Sudbury Star
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
The Sudbury Star From left: Amanda Kosmerly, Lawrie Oliphant
and Julie Rathwell all finished in the top 40 at the World Triathlon
Championships in Edmonton.
participation has always remained the constant for Amanda
As a youngster, it seemed only natural.
Any opportunity to run, to swim, to play made for a
good day. By the time she first attended Cambrian College
in 1992, at the age of 21, Kosmerly had already been
introduced to the triathlon scene, as well, courtesy
of Ron Beaudette.
Kosmerly, however, was far more than
simply a participant in sport. She excelled at it. Making
her OCAA debut in 1992, she ran to a silver medal, upgrading
to gold a year later, with the Cambrian Golden Shield
women's crew capturing the aggregate team banner for
both years as well.
"I loved this experience,"
Kosmerly reminisced during a recent return to Sudbury.
"The tri-season would end and the college cross-country
season started up. I think my best memories of running
cross country for Cambrian was being part of a team.
Up until then, most of my running had been individual
based. But in college, every runner counted and we had
just enough to make a team."
By the time that Kosmerly returned to
Cambrian roughly a decade later, intent on pursuing
a degree in nursing, the world around her had changed.
She and husband Greg had expanded the family notably,
with children Hayden, Tayte and Shaylin all in the mix.
It's tough to maintain a rigid training regimen all
while chasing three young toddlers around the house
all day long.
"It was a lot tougher coming back
once you have a family of your own, and I was pretty
much out of shape when I started," noted Kosmerly
at the 2006 Cambrian Varsity Athletic banquet, the season
in which she was named Female Athlete of the Year at
With more than 10 years of separation,
Kosmerly reclaimed the gold medal that she had first
earned before the new millennium, enjoying a much different
perspective on a first place finish that came after
her 30th birthday.
"Running for Cambrian was a test
of time management skills when I returned for a second
education," said Kosmerly. "Not only was it
a challenging program, but I now had three young children.
I was very motivated to do well in school. But I must
have been crazy to add cross country to my already overflowing
plate. I managed to train between classes, and then
I would give my books to a friend so that I could run
home after class."
Far more than any other particular accomplishment
during the "Kosmerly - The Sequel" return
to the OCAA cross-country ranks, the very driven athlete
walked away with a whole new awareness of exactly what
was possible, given one's beliefs. "Being in Cambrian
really taught me that I could accomplish anything that
I put my mind to," she said.
"Over the course of those years,
I grew stronger, both academically and athletically.
I am still competing in triathlons, cross-country skiing,
open water swimming and bike races."
No great surprise there. In a very fortunate
merging of lifestyles, the Kosmerly clan would enjoy
the opportunity to move to British Columbia for work
almost 10 years ago.
There may not be another area of the
country that truly embraces general fitness in the manner
that is seen in so many pockets of the west coast. It
was the perfect setting for Kosmerly to remain committed
to a lifestyle that is very much at the core of the
person that she is. "Over the last decade, I got
back into triathlon and have really enjoyed competed
in the sprint distances," she noted.
Morphing slightly to take part in the
World Aquathlon Championships in Penticton (1-km swim
plus a 5-km run), Kosmerly finished second in her age
group. "I felt so proud to stand up on the podium
with the Canadian flag," she said. "I had
worked very hard coming back from an injury (a fall
during a ski loppet caused a second concussion that
took some time to overcome). I was grateful for being
able to compete."
Looking forward, Kosmerly maintains
that she is less about setting one or two particularly
large goals, but prefers the option of targeting several
smaller ones along the way. "I'm competing at the
Sovereign Lake Loppet in a few weeks, and managed to
get a bucket list goal as well as I'm entered in the
Alcatraz - Shark Fest open water swim (3 km) in San
Francisco in June."
More than anything else, however, Kosmerly
takes pride in trying to provide an entry level for
others who might wish to pursue a similar path in athletics.
"My biggest accomplishment, I believe,
has not been an award or placing, but has been to motivate
and teach many people to try and challenge themselves
to participate in one of my favourite sports, or even
just try an event."
Cambrian Athletics run Tuesdays during
the school season.
Rocks!! Winter Outdoor
Steve and Sara on Laurentian Lake Trail
Vince and Sara
Friends on the Trail
Crossing the Ski Trail
Ania and Tim at Bell Park
Friede and Ania on Laurentian Trails
Simeks Trail at Laurentian
Upcoming Local Events
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
Good afternoon Sudbury Runners and Walkers,
Yes Hypo race weekend is finally here and looks to
be shaping up well with everyone get there registration
in order. Online Registration ends Friday at midnight
there is in store registration Saturday as well as
race kit pickup from 9:30am to 6pm and a VIP event
where Runner's and Walkers recieve 25% off everything
except electronics where you recieve 10%.
Race day Sunday February 18th all races start at
9am so be here a bit early and to follow the race
runners and walkers are invited to Buzzy Browne's
for a post run brunch. See everyone Saturday for racekit
pickup and of course Sunday for the race.
Still time to sign-up online before Friday cutoff
See all Wednesday for Run Club at 6pm :)
Eric, Erich, Ania, Cassandra, Sam, Caleb
We have FREE run club
Wednesday nights at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
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