DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: This weekend, the Uxbridge Historical Centre is taking local history to the streets as it plays host to its second annual Adventure Car Rally.
Entrants are encouraged to dress up in the theme of this year’s event - the Fabulous 50s and 60s.
The Adventure Car Rally is one of the newest fundraisers for the Historical Centre, and money raised through this family-friendly event will help the Centre continue to offer fun and educational family programming and events for our community!
Teams will compete throughout the afternoon on an exciting driving adventure around the Uxbridge town and countryside visiting historic sites, farms, public green-spaces, and hidden treasures to solve clues and riddles for points and prizes! The event is fun for all ages, and teams are encouraged to bring family members, friends, and co-workers too! There will be prizes for the highest score, best team costumes, oldest car, and much more.
The action gets underway at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, and will run until 4:30 p.m., beginning and ending at the Uxbridge Historical Centre, located at 7239 Conc. 6.
The entry fee is $40 per team of up to four adults), kids 15 and under will race for free.
To find additional information and download a registration form participants can go online to uxbridgehistoricalcentre.com/CarRally. Registration can also be done on the day of the Rally. The Historical Centre can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 905-852-5854.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
Dedication to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to participate in sports, led to a pair of Uxbridge Township staffers recently being named as finalists for the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities Community Partner Award.
Earlier this year, those involved with Jumpstart were asked to nominate community partners that had gone above-and-beyond to support Jumpstart initiatives. Amanda Ferraro and Rebecca Harman were nominated for the honour by Uxbridge Canadian Tire owner Pat Higgins.
“Both of these ladies give many selfless hours of their time to support and promote Jumpstart in our community,” Mr. Higgins said in his nomination. “Through their efforts, I believe that we have one of the strongest Jumpstart programs across the country.”
Since the program launched in Uxbridge in 2005, more than $180,000 has been raised to support more than 1,700 local children and youth to participate in a host of activities, ranging from minor hockey to dance, swimming, soccer, and more. Last year, the Uxbridge Jumpstart chapter raised more than $53,000, with every single dollar put back into the community, helping keep children and youth active and engaged in recreational activities.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The warm weather won’t deter the Uxbridge Bruins from hitting the ice this weekend, as the team travels to Toronto to compete in the annual Team Elite Prospect Showcase Tournament.
Running from Friday, June 26 until Sunday, June 28, at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke (400 Kipling Ave.), the tournament draws more than 20 teams from across the province, and will serve as a proving grounds for prospects eager for an invite to the Bruins’ main Training Camp in August.
“It’s another step in the evaluation process,” Bruins Head Coach Geoff Hodgkinson told The Standard. “Competition was really strong at our rookie camp and we have identified some players that we would like to have a better look at against some tougher competition ahead of training camp.”
The Bruins will kick off the tournament on Friday afternoon with a 2 p.m. tilt against the Mississauga Chargers, followed by a 7:30 p.m. match-up against the Colborne Chiefs.
On Saturday, the Bruins are back in action with a pair of games. At 11 a.m. against Showcase Hockey and at 4:30 p.m., they take on EHC hockey to wrap up round robin action.
The elimination round is set for Sunday, with the top two teams in each of the four round robin groups advancing to compete for the tournament championship.
The Bruins are one of three COJHL teams taking part in the tournament, with the Little Britain Merchants and Georgina Ice also scheduled to attend. As well, the Junior ‘A’ Lindsay Muskies and Pickering Panthers are also slated to be sending teams to participate in the weekend tournament.
Weekend or single-day passes are available for the tournament. For more information on the tournament including a complete schedule, please visit www.tephockey.com.
Loose Pucks: Earlier this month, the Bruins announced changes to their executive for the 2015-16 season. Among the changes, Cam Stewart will be taking over the President’s role from Pat Kiely next season after serving for several years as the team’s Secretary. For more Bruins news, please visit www. uxbridgebruins.com.
J. WALLY NESBITT The Standard
For the second consecutive year, Uxbridge driver Jason Hathaway claimed the checkered flag on the quarter-mile Autodrome Chaudiere oval, earning his sixth career victory in the 100th race for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. Hathaway is just one of three drivers to make every NCATS start, this accomplishment shared by DJ Kennington and Scott Steckly.
“It was cool to win the 100th race,” expressed Hathaway. “There was a bit of pressure for me coming from the win last year and going back for the 100th of the series.”
Qualifying in 13th position, Hathaway guided his #3 E.H.R./ Choko Motorsports Chevrolet up to seventh place before the mandated halfway break. Returning to action in a car that he was informed “was enough to get us the win,” Hathaway soon found himself engaged in a battle with race leader Scott Steckly. On a late race restart, Hathaway used the outside lane to work his way past the former series champion.
Explained Hathaway, “(Scott) was getting tight, so I wanted to run him hard for a five or six laps. I stuck it on the outside for as long as I could, the car was working well there, and I was able to get a nose past him.”
With 30 laps remaining in the 300 lap contest, Steckly's #22 Dodge began trailing a cloud of smoke, forcing him to slow, allowing Hathaway a clear track at the front of the 18 car field. Although pressured by pole sitter Alex Labbe (#36 Dodge), Hathaway “ran like a scared chicken” and took the checkers .307 seconds in front of the Quebec driver.
DJ Kennington, Andrew Ranger and Alex Tagliani completed the top five finishers.
With his victory, Hathaway moves into a tie with series rookie Gary Klutt atop the Canadian Tire Series point standings, with Kennington two points further back in third spot.
The next appearance for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will be on Saturday, June 20 when the series will make its debut at Sunset Speedway.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
Kiera Kuebeck recently capped off a sensational wrestling season by capturing the gold medal in the Bantam division at the Canada East Wrestling Championships in Niagara Falls.
In her four matches at the tournament, Kuebeck did not surrender a single point, as the Team Impact grappler outscored her opponents by a combined tally of 42-0.
“Going into the final match, I was confident, but still really nervous. All I wanted out of the tournament was to have the kind of matches that I knew I was capable of having. To win the gold medal was really awesome,” said Kuebeck.
The gold medal victory capped off an already impressive year for the Grade 8 student at Port Perry’s S.A. Cawker Public School. She was dominant locally, capturing an individual DEAA championship for her school, part of an Eagles wrestling team that won four out of six Durham Region championships. In addition to starring on the mat, she also helped to coach the school’s junior wrestling team.
The 14-year-old Greenbank resident started wrestling just three years ago, originally as means to help one of her sister Shauna’s teammates at Port Perry High School.
“It all started when I came out to help a girl on the team at the high school that was my size to train,” Kuebeck told the Standard. “I really fell in love with it. Before that, I had done a lot of gymnastics and dance, but once I found wrestling, that was it, and I developed a real passion for the sport.”
During the season, Kuebeck maintains a rigorous training regimen between wrestling at school and with Team Impact. She explained that in a typical week, she is practicing as many as six times. The hard work paid off for her this year, as she only lost a single match during the recent season, a result that drove her to focus even more on success on the mat.
“I felt like the one match that I did lose this year, I really shouldn’t have. So now, I try and go into every match with confidence and more focus. My coach has started calling me K-2 since it’s not the biggest mountain, but the toughest one to conquer,” added Kuebeck.
The summer offseason sees Kuebeck trade in her singlet for a pair of cleats when she takes to the rugby pitch with the Oshawa Vikings, competing with the Under-16 team.
In the fall, Kuebeck will continue the legacy her sister Shauna has left at Port Perry High School. Earlier this year, she won a provincial championship for the Rebels at OFSAA, which is just one of Kiera’s goals as she continues with her wrestling career.
“Aside from being a part of the wrestling team at Port Perry, I’m focused on winning at provincials so that I can earn a spot at Nationals in Calgary next year and keep testing myself against the best possible competition.”