In this Issue:
- My Time as a Voyageur
- Pool petition pushes the plight of
- Helpers: Volunteering and a five-decade
- Trail Talk - What's Behind the Veil
- Photos This Week
- Upcoming Events
Aug 1 - Aug 31 Sudbury Camino, Aug 29 S.F.C Crowley
Crawl Open Water Swim
- Running Room Run Club Update:
- Track North
My Time as a Voyageur
by Caleb Beland
As I was and
still am very excited about my decision to
attend the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic
College in Toronto, that also means my time
as a Voyageur has come to an end. I however
want to take this time to acknowledge all
those associated with the team such as the
assistant coaches, trainers, support staff
and head coaches for their support and patients
with myself and this team over the years.
I feel as if
these individuals do not necessarily receive
the attention and recognition that they truly
deserve, as they have all had a great impact
on myself, this team and the community of
Northern Ontario. These individuals are some
truly hardworking and motivating people that
have an unbelievable impact on so many lives
throughout this community.
I would like
to thank the student trainers over the years,
you guys were amazing (especially you, Trainer
Dan!) and specifically Ricky for taking care
of this team and myself over the years. Ricky
is an unbelievable professional and has always
been the go-to when we’re banged up
and in need of treatment (and a good laugh).
Thank you to our team Sports Psychologist,
Nicole as well, as she has been a large part
of our goal setting and mental preparation
for everything training and racing, but also
for helping me greatly over the years, even
dating back to my days at Bishop Alexander
Carter, when I had a very hard time believing
in my abilities in my final year. Your impact
on this team and myself are huge and I can
never thank you enough! A huge thanks to Kathy
for putting on team yoga throughout the school
year and for helping us stretch out and relax
during such hectic times during the season
and school, it really does make a difference.
Also thank you to Terry as well for the positivity
and laughs you always provide us with!
Also a huge thank you
to the assistant coaches over the years! Thank
you for supporting this team and me through
the ups and downs and for always encouraging
us. I specifically want to thank Jenna for
always being in high spirits and pumping us
up and supporting us with an endless amount
of positivity and Joe! Joe is easily one of
the most influential people I’ve met
throughout this program for myself. Joe has
always been an unreal supporter of this team
and myself and has always believed in me and
always told me he did. Even in some of my
lowest moments of personal struggle during
these last 4 years, Joe was there to help
me and to chat with me. Joe, you beauty, you’ll
always be one of my greatest friends, thank
Now the head coaches,
Dick and Darren. In my opinion, two of the best coaches
in all of Athletics Canada and U Sports, I feel as
if they deserve more attention for how great their
coaching methods are but more importantly, their mentoring
and support skills. They have always emphasized the
“Student” portion of being a “Student-Athlete”,
which I believe to be incredibly important and for
always supporting our goals and ensuring we were healthy
and happy. They have always made it clear to us the
importance of our studies and our future endeavours.
They want us to be successful in all aspects of life
and have always gone out of their way to ensure we
have the resources and support to do so. They have
always been there for this team and me and are always
trying to better our well-being as a team but also
as healthy individuals. And on a more personal note,
I will always thank them for taking a chance on me
and offering me an Athletic Scholarship to Laurentian
U. I was not where I wanted to be as an athlete at
that time in 2015-2016 but they were always supportive
of me, regardless of what other schools I was considering.
They have always supported me since I joined the Track
North Athletic Club back in July 2013, and they still
support me to this day in August 2020. However, more
specifically, Dick has always been there for all of
us and has always provided us with information in
regards to anything from iron levels to what to wear
for the coming race weekend. Dick has done so much
for this program and club that I don’t even
know of as well, and I know of the challenges and
struggle he has had to overcome on behalf of this
program in recent years as well. However, if there
was one thing I’ve always remembered, that one
thing is that Dick is an amazing coach, but an even
more amazing person.
Now I need to acknowledge
the man who has been coaching me specifically since
July 2013, and that’s Darren. Darren has always
been a hard-ass, “if it was easy, everybody
would do it” kind of coach that has always helped
me push myself to be my best and has always looked
out for me. That’s the kind of coach I always
needed over the years. The amount of knowledge I’ve
learned from being in his presence and amount of patience
he’s had with me is unreal and I’ll always
reflect on the times where he was more than just a
coach, but a father-figure in some sorts. I have always
trusted his process, and will always cherish the moments
of pure happiness I have shared with him, such as
finally winning my NOSSA title, qualifying for OUAs
for the first time in the 1000m and of course qualifying
our resilient men’s XC team for the U Sports
XC Championships in 2018 and 2019. I was always motivated
by my coach because he was always there if I ever
needed him. He was there at every practice and every
race, despite the fact he has his own family to spend
time with and a big role to play at his job with HSN.
Darren has changed my life and has always motivated
me to be better. I am beyond blessed to have such
a role model in my life and I will always give my
100% knowing there are people like Darren out there
investing in me.
Times like these allow
us to reflect, and I believe it is always about repaying
all those who have invested in you and saw something
in you when you didn’t necessarily see it in
yourself. I feel this way every day. This really goes
beyond my LU career even but as long as there is someone
taking the time out of their day to coach or support
me, then the least I can do is give them my best every
time I step out on the roads, track or in the classroom.
You’ll be seeing me around, and the best is
yet to come in my running career and my life career.
Thank you so much, for everything LU XC/Track. I’ll
forever remember my time here.
Pool petition pushes
the plight of local swimmers
Given the times, the
administration of Laurentian University is expected
to face a number of very difficult decisions, determining
priorities that are often based, in large part, on
current financial constraints.
The Sudbury swim community
is hoping to make one decision a little easier, or
at very least, ensure that the repercussions of said
decision are fully understood.
"We had initially
heard rumour that the pool (Jeno Tihanyi Olympic Gold
Pool at Laurentian University) was safe to open as
we moved from Phase 2 to Phase 3," noted Voyageur
varsity swimmer Abby McDonald, a graduate of Marymount
Academy who completed her freshman season with the
L.U. varsity women's team last spring.
we were hearing about pools opening, pools opening.
We kept waiting for the go ahead for our pool, and
then we heard there were maintenance issues until
it finally came down to hearing that we are not even
sure if they are going to open the pool or not."
With no firm opening
date released for the university training site, McDonald
and long-time Sudbury Laurentian Swim Club teammate
Nina Kucheran were moved to action. "We created
a letter to let the board of governors at Laurentian
know why the pool is so important to us," said
"Then we created
a petition, because we understand that opening the
pool is not only important to just us, it's important
to the entire swimming community in Sudbury. That
was basically the foundation of it."
An initial goal of collecting
1000 on-line signatures has been exceeded, with just
over 1100 folks showing their support. McDonald is
pleased, but not surprised. "Our hope is that
if we could get enough people to support the issue,
it might cause them to re-think opening the pool,"
"I've been swimming
since I was eight years old. It's not just a sport,
it's a lifestyle. For me, you get up in the morning,
you have your coffee and you go to the pool. That's
just how my life works. From August to August, every
single year, that's how I got about my daily life."
"That's the same
for a lot of the swimmers on the Sudbury Laurentian
Still, the issue runs
a lot deeper than simply the passion of the athletes.
According to Laurentian head swim coach Phil Parker,
who fully understands and appreciates the financial
constraints facing the university, the pool appears
to be an odd choice for the chopping block on the
expense side of the ledger.
"I have been here
since 1999, as coach, and the university has been
amazing, even through financial hardships," conceded
the man who was recognized as OUA Coach of the Year
during the 2019-2020 swim season. "I just wish
I knew what the hold-up was. I think the value of
the pool, even to the outside community, is pretty
"It's not just about
the varsity athletes. From what we know right now,
and I'm not 100% sure, but I believe that it's 18
of the 21 universities (in Ontario) have released
opening dates for their pool. They want to open the
pools for the mental health and well-being of those
students that are on campus, for the faculty who want
to use it at lunch to swim, and obviously for the
revenues that are generated from clubs that use the
When it comes to the
Laurentian facility, primary user groups, all of whom
pay to use the pool, would include: Sudbury Laurentian
Swim Club, Sudbury Synchro, Laurentian Masters Swimming,
not to mention two scuba diving clubs and a program
which serves special needs children.
"I don't know exactly
what it costs to run the pool, I don't know exactly
what everybody brings in, in terms of revenue, but
I don't believe they are miles apart," said Parker.
"Let's say it costs $180,000/year to run the
pool. The facility brings in $150,000 to $160,000.
It doesn't seem to be that much to provide a service
for other students, staff and the community."
Of course, the above-noted
figures do not included any portion of the roughly
$20,000 in revenues generated for each varsity athlete
that chooses to attend Laurentian, in order to compete
with the Voyageur swim team (the $20,000 figure, I
was told, is based on an average tuition that an L.U.
student would provide, plus the matching government
funding that is allocated on a per student basis).
"Everything is on-line
this year, so it's very easy for any swimmer to transfer,"
said Parker. "They would have to move back home,
but once they do, it wouldn't take much to get set-up
at another university. I don't want to say all, but
at least three quarters of them will transfer to a
school where they can swim."
A quick glance at the
2019-2020 rosters for the Voyageur men's and women's
swim teams would suggest that somewhere between 40
and 50 students athletes could potentially opt to
"If we hear that
the pool is not opening until next September, I would
have to consider my other options," McDonald
admitted. "Swimming is what helps make the school
for me. I love the swim team more than I love anything
else about the school. I think a lot of people will
look at other options."
Parker, for one, does
not believe the ask is too great in order to salvage
the venue for all involved. "We are a winter
sport," he said, acknowledging the OUA decision
to cancel all competitive varsity activities until
at least January of 2021. "If we can't compete
in the fall, that's fine. We are still hoping that
in January and February, we are good to go for provincial
championships - same as hockey, same as basketball."
"We just need the
pool for training" - a pool that, at the moment,
sits in darkness, much like the user groups that use
it the most.
and a five-decade love affair
Meet Darlene and Bill McKetsy, a Sudbury couple
who fell in love volunteering, and passed their love of volunteering
onto their children
12, 2020 By: Marlene Holkko Moore
Bill and Darlene
McKetsy have been volunteering and sharing their lives together
for more than 50 years. (Supplied)
Bill and Darlene McKetsy
are perfect partners in life and in community. Married
for 53 years, they share a love of sports, careers
in education, and they are a dedicated volunteer duo,
both on and off the field.
Born in New Brunswick,
Bill relocated to Sudbury when he was five years old.
His father was a miner at Inco’s Frood Mine.
“I grew up on Eva
Street in the Donovan,” he said, adding, “My
brother, Mark, retired as a draftsman with the city
and my sister, Valerie, is a realtor in St. Catharines.”
Darlene was born and
raised in Toronto. Both her parents worked at Eaton’s
their entire careers. Her siblings still live in the
GTA. Joseph is a retired teacher and Doug is a retired
firefighter. Their late brother, Wayne, was a computer
expert in the early days of technology.
Darlene left southern
Ontario to come North in 1966.
“I intended to
stay here just one year, but I met and married my
soulmate within several months of arriving in Sudbury,”
That same year, she launched
her career as an elementary school teacher with the
Sudbury Public School Board (now the Rainbow District
In 1962, Bill became
an elementary school teacher.
“Part way through
my teaching career, I also took on the role of sports
education consultant with the board. Our team conducted
physical education classes in 26 public schools.”
Bill and Darlene met
in Timmins in 1966 while both were both volunteering
for a regional track and field coaching clinic.
The McKetsys share a
longstanding commitment to sports and volunteering.
Bill was a coach with
the Legion Track and Field Club, Sudbury’s first
organization of its kind. Involved in track and field
since he started teaching, he also co-ordinated and
officiated at elementary school track meets throughout
his career. And, for more than 20 years, Darlene was
an announcer and officiator at elementary school track
When the Ontario Special
Olympic Summer Games were first hosted in Greater
Sudbury, the couple co-ordinated and ran the swimming
volunteered a lot together because we have similar
interests and share a lifelong love of sports,”
Encouraged by their eldest
daughter’s passion for swimming as a youngster,
the McKetsys became involved in the Sudbury Laurentian
Swim Club. Darlene served as club president for many
years, organizing and running local swim meets. She
also co-ordinated fundraising efforts to support members
taking part in competitions.
The McKetsys often drove
local competitors to these regional, provincial and
national championships. They also officiated at all
Sports and volunteering
are indelible passions that are ingrained in their
Eldest daughter Janet
is a teacher at Lockerby Composite School. Because
of her love for competitive swimming since childhood,
she thoroughly enjoys coaching the swim team at Lockerby.
Youngest daughter Heather
works for the federal government in southwestern Ontario.
Her family fosters dogs through Happy’s Place,
a non-profit organization that rescues senior dogs.
While still in high school,
son Stephen volunteered as club administrator of the
Sudburnia Soccer Club. His passion for the game led
to a university degree in sports management and a
career managing a large soccer club in Mount Albert,
Bill and Darlene are
also proud grandparents of seven. “They’re
the light of our lives.” As restrictions brought
on by the pandemic begin to lift, the McKetsys can
now see their two grandsons who live here in Sudbury.
“We’re so looking forward to the day when
it’s also safe to visit with family who live
out of town.”
The McKetsys left teaching
in the late 1990s, but retirement has certainly not
slowed them down.
Bill was retained by
the school board as a track official and co-ordinator
of elementary school track and field meets, a post
he held for the next 21 years. Although he is no longer
co-convening these events, he still officiates and
volunteers at competitions.
Curling is another passion
the McKetsys enjoy together.
Bill has been a member
of the Sudbury Curling Club since 1963 and, soon after
retiring, he served as president for several years.
Although she curled occasionally while still working,
Darlene was able to dedicate more time to the sport
The volunteer duo is
very active at the arena. They established a mixed
curling league drop-in program for pensioners, which
runs Tuesday mornings. “Everyone is welcomed,
whether or not they have curling experience. We encourage
curlers at every level to join us.”
The McKetsys also assist
with various club initiatives, such as the ten-week
‘learn to curl’ event for adults and efforts
to introduce kids to the sport. “Curl Sudbury
has leagues for every age and skill level, and that’s
so encouraging for anyone who wants to give curling
As Darlene has described
it, “Now, Bill and I are what I would call ‘incidental’
volunteers in track and field, swimming and curling.”
The couple’s busy
lives are a strong testament to how important it is
to remain physically active to stay fit and healthy
well into your senior years.
Bill reiterated that
people just need to get involved and not be concerned
about their skill level or experience.
“When I first started
coaching hockey, I knew very little about coaching
the game, but, ‘coaching is coaching’,
and I wasn’t afraid to try an unfamiliar sport.
With a little help from the other coaches, it all
came together, and I developed my own style of coaching.”
Darlene summed up the
heartfelt rewards of volunteering by recounting a
brief story: One day, while they were sitting on their
front deck, a young man walking by came up the driveway
to say thank you. Bill had coached the fellow in youth
hockey and now he was a teacher himself and coaching
his high school hockey team “just like Bill
coached me,” he said.
Bill and Darlene
McKetsy’s Volunteer Words of Wisdom
Bill emphasizes how important it is to explore the
wide range of possibilities beyond your own personal
interests and skills. You just might discover something
you never thought you would enjoy. Living in a sports-oriented
household, it’s natural to volunteer in sports,
but you might also enjoy volunteering in other areas,
too. Think outside the box!
Darlene reiterates how
volunteering helps to keep your mind sharp and your
body healthy. If your job and family are time-consuming
right now, don’t write off volunteering. It’s
never too late to get involved in the community and
experience the personal satisfaction of mentoring
others and helping someone else discover their passions
or develop their skills.
Marlene Holkko Moore
is a local communications professional and regular
contributor to Sudbury.com.
Photos This Week
Sara and Neil
Day trip to the west end of Manitoulin.
Long ride around Wolsey Lake and Barrie Island, and
a hike at Misery Bay. Beautiful day, and checked off
two summer goals
Misery Bay viper
Greg and Scott on Friday ride
Around Laurentian Lake
Natalie at Laurentian
Karen on Lake Laurentian trail
Eva at Lake Superior
Colin at Lake Superior
Liz S. and friends on the Island
Kris C. around Laurentian Lake
Upcoming Local Events
August 1 - 31
Breath of fresh
air with Sudbury's Camino now underway
CTV Northern Ontario
Crawl Open Water Swim
Public · Hosted by Neil Phipps and Sudbury Fitness
Welcome to this
year's Sudbury Fitness Challenge swim event.
There will be two distances available this year
1500m and 500m. The 1500m will have a points
multiplier of 1000 and the 500m will be 500
points. See our page at http://www.sudburyrocks.ca/Fitness%20Challenge%202018/Sudbury%20Fitness%20Challenge%202018%20rev.htm
for more details on how the point scoring works
for the series.
Stage 3 social
distancing guidelines will be in effect for
this event. As such, registration will be limited
to 50 participants this year so don't wait to
sign up! You don't even have to declare your
distance until race day.
The race will be
an interval start format. There will be 2 waves
of 25 swimmers, with a swimmer starting every
60 seconds within the waves. The waves will
start 90 minutes apart. Wave 1 starts at 10am
and Wave 2 starts at 11:30am.
Select your start
time slot and register here:
Sign up for S.F.C.
Crowley Crawl Open Water Swim ( https://signup.com/go/buRciRd
) on @SignUpdotcom today!
Declare your distance
on race day when you check in.
Entry Fee: $15
per person for either distance. Please bring
cash. Exact change is appreciated
Includes: Marked, lifeguard supported race course,
results, Custom S.F.C. Silicone swim cap, repurposed
Technical T-shirt(previous year Beaton shirts
Wetsuits will not
be allowed unless the lake temperature plunges
to an unsafe temperature. Floatie bags are allowed
and encouraged. There will be a minimum of 5
spotter boats in the water and swimmers will
rarely be more than 100m from shore. Water shoes
are recommended for before/after as the beach
is a bit rocky.
us at Beatonclassic@hotmail.ca
if you have any questions.
Good afternoon Sudbury Runners and Walkers,
We have FREE run club
Wednesday nights at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
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