DURHAM: Durham Region Health Department is reminding all parents and Grade 5 students it is not too late to activate your Grade 5 Action Pass.
The Grade 5 Action Pass gives all grade 5 students in Durham Region free access to public swimming, public skating; and other programs, such as soccer and squash. The pass can be used throughout the summer until the end of August.
According to the 2012 to 2015 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, only 30 per cent of elementary school students and 20 per cent of secondary school students in Durham Region met the daily physical activity guidelines of 60-minutes a day of physical activity. Additionally, sedentary behaviour and increased screen time is on the rise in children and youth throughout Durham Region, as 49 per cent of elementary school students and 61 per cent of secondary school students exceed the recommended screen time limit of no more than two hours per day.
“If we can provide opportunities for young children to be active with their friends, turn off the screens, and promote positive experiences, while being physically active, this may help to foster physically active behaviours that students can continue throughout their life span,” said Georgette Chambers, a public health nurse with Durham Region Health Department.
In an effort to get children active, Durham Region Health Department has partnered with recreation centres to offer free programs through the Grade 5 Action Pass. Participating recreation centres include the Oshawa Civic Recreation Centre, Abilities Centre in Whitby, Audley Recreation Centre in Ajax, Durham College/UOIT Campus Ice Centre in Oshawa, and many others. For a complete list of participating recreation centres, visit durham.ca/physicalactivity.
Grade 5 students can obtain their pass by visiting local municipal recreation centres, or the Durham Family YMCA, 99 Mary St. N., Oshawa. Proof of address and date of birth must be provided. Students registering in the townships of Uxbridge and Scugog must also bring a current, one by one and a half inch size, photograph of themselves to obtain the pass. Students in Brock Township will have received their pass at school.
“Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy free activities this summer,” Ms. Chambers added. “Let’s all encourage children to turn off screens and be physically active.”
For more information about the Grade 5 Action Pass, please call the Durham Health Connection, at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729, or visit durham.ca/physicalactivity.
KAWARTHA LAKES: As a special 'Welcome Summer!' offer, Impact 32 is offering free bike rentals from now through July 2nd.
“This free offer is our way of introducing everyone to the new bike share program,” says Impact 32's official bike spokesperson, Carly Poole. “Anyone who might want to try a bike will get a chance to take one out for a spin.”
The 7-speed bikes are brand new and come complete with helmet, lock, and a basket to hold your shopping or picnic lunch. It's the perfect way to see a little more of Bobcaygeon area, if you arrive by boat, and also just a cool way to get around town.
Anyone over 5' tall can rent a bike, by downloading the Movatic app to their phone. It's easy to use, and unlocks the bike from the stand for you, then locks it back up when you're finished.
The white city-cruiser style bikes are in stands near the Lock 32 swing bridge, ready to roll. Volunteers have already started to man the Welcome Centre on the northeast side of the swing bridge on weekends and will be available to offer information and tips on local attractions to anyone who drops by.
More volunteers are needed to work 2 or 3 hour shifts, chatting with people at the bike station, helping direct visitors, giving info on the bikes, as well as answering any other questions that might pop up. Volunteers will be provided with information and hand-outs, and stationed inside, out of the elements, so shifts are in rain or shine.
Anyone who would like to share their Bobcaygeon enthusiasm is asked to click the Volunteer for Bike Sharing button, on the home page of www.visitbobcaygeon.com.
KEM CEHAJIC The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: It was another fantastic week for the North Durham United Football Club competitive rep teams, as the boys & girls came away with great results and efforts. The three girls teams went a perfect 3-0 as they climb in their respective league standings.
Coach Anthony Corey's U13G squad went on the road to Peterborough, and came away with a 3-2 victory.
Jessica P, Ashley F, and Jill M hit the back of the net for the Amico sponsored squad, in what was a high energy match with plenty of chances for both sides.
The U14G vaulted into second place with a convincing 4-0 win at Port Hope.
Four different players found the goal as Talia S, Nikki S, Emma M and Jessica T provided all the goals needed for the three points. A well deserved shutout was secured by keeper Faith S.
The historically successful U15G, sponsored by Silverlight Masonry Ltd, travelled to Oshawa for a big matchup against the Turul.
The game was a seesaw battle from start to finish, but a big goal from Epsom's Martina Magnante gave the girls in gold and black the win. The disciplined and skilled squad has yet to concede a goal in league play this year, as they look to continue with their perfect record.
The always resilient U17B lost a hard fought match to their visitors from West Rouge. The game was a physical and mental test for the younger team from North Durham, and they passed with flying colours.
Jordan Brown, another Epsom resident, played a passionate game in goal for the NDUFC group. It was Jordan's first rep league game he has ever played as goalie, and he made some terrific saves, stopped a penalty shot, and showed his physical strength time and again.
Utica's Liam Wilks scored on a perfectly taken penalty shot, as he nears the top of league scoring. Well done to all of coach Cole's players and their parents for showing team unity and class, in a game that the officials seemed to have lost control of by the second half.
TFC came out with their strongest possible lineup, last Saturday at home, and dominated the DC United visitors. The score ended 2-0 for the Reds, but it could have easily been more of a spread, as over 28,000 supporters enjoyed the atmosphere at BMO.
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KEM CEHAJIC The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: One of the unique aspects of soccer is that the match goes on, regardless of what kind of weather is occurring, with exception of lightning or an unplayable field.
Our North Durham United Football Club teams endured wet fields, rain, wind, and plenty of mosquitoes, as the players continued the high level of skill and effort evident since the opening game of the season.
The U14G had another solid game, against the always strong Oshawa Turul, and came away with a well deserved 1-1 draw. The team is sponsored by Kromer Property Maintenance, and has shown to be one of the top teams in their DRSL division.
Maya K had the goal that gave the girls a big point, as they continue to battle for top spot in the league.
The U13B had a difficult match up last week, up against Oshawa. It was a wide-open game with five goals created, as the NDUFC team dropped their first game of the season by a 3-2 count.
Evan G and Tanner S provided the goals for the boys in gold, with every player coming up with a strong effort.
The, Trading Post Quality Foods sponsored, U17B made the trip to Peterborough for a game against one of their long standing rivals, who proved once again to be a tough opponent to beat. The game was played on the field turf at the Trent University stadium, and the final result was a fair 1-1 draw. Coach Cole's squad adapted to the quick surface, the absence of a couple of key players, and the season debut of two others, as the boys held a high backline and poured constant pressure on the older Peterborough team.
Strong performances were led by Julian Fadalti on the back line and, the hard working and always entertaining, Ryan Cole in the mid-field. This group remains undefeated in the season, as they battle against teams with players one and two years older.
Canada's strong Women's National Team played a friendly game against Costa Rica at BMO field last week. Canada came away with a convincing 6-0 victory in front of over 20,000 fans in Toronto. The team is gearing up for the next Olympics, as they try to find the right combination of youth and experience.
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KAWARTHA LAKES: Impact 32 is pleased to announce receipt of a generous donation, from Heartland Farm Mutual, an Ontario based Insurance Company that partners with Darling Insurance in Bobcaygeon.
On June 14th, at 9:15 a.m., Heartland President and CEO Carlos Rodrigues and VP Larry Nickel will be presenting Impact 32 with a cheque for $5,000, to honour the hard work of Bobcaygeon's local volunteers.
Heartland's iHeartCommunity Fund aims to give back to the communities they serve, by supporting selected projects and initiatives. Heartland’s agents, brokers and staff are encouraged to apply for funds to help local causes close to their hearts.
Impact 32 volunteers help maximize the growth of Bobcaygeon's year-round economic development and beautification, for the benefit of residents, businesses and tourists. They operate under the auspices of the non-profit Kawartha Works Community Co-op Inc.
Darling Insurance/JWK Insurance partner and Impact 32 volunteer, Dave Kennedy, heard about the iHeartCommunity Fund donation program and thought the fund could be a good match. He decided to look into it.
Heartland received 93 applications for iHeartCommunity funds this year. Luckily for Bobcaygeon boaters and bikers, Dave's was one of the 38 selected from across the province.
The $5,000 donation contributes to the fundraising drive for additional docking space for boats at the Bobcaygeon locks and will help fund the new bike sharing initiative.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Crossfit Scugog coach, Trevor Britton, recently won a gold medal in weightlifting at the Toronto Cup, held at the Toronto Pro Supershow.
Facing off with about 30 contenders, Mr. Britton was able to come away with a gold medal.
“It was nice. It was my first competition in almost two years, so I was just looking to get back on the platform and have a little fun,” Mr. Britton said.
Explaining to The Standard, he shared how he trained for the competition.
“I basically worked out five days a week, and all of my workouts were based around the two competition lifts.”
Mr. Britton further explained that coming in, the feeling was, the competition was his ‘to lose.’
“I saw the start list, and my numbers were quite a bit higher than anyone else in my weight class,” he said.
Moving forward, Mr. Britton has one goal.
“Try to get stronger. I’m going to start concentrating a little bit more on general strength and try to get back to my old numbers from the height of my competition days,” he said.
Special to The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: With so much rain on the soccer fields, many games were postponed throughout Durham Region this past week, but there were still some of our North Durham United teams in action with league play.
The U13B continued to build on their perfect record, with a 3-1 win over Ajax. Ryan I, Matthew G and Jack D found the net.
The U13G also had a positive result against Kawartha, coming away with a 5-2 rout of their rivals from the east. Emily F had a couple of goals, with singles coming from Jessica P, Jennifer W, and Avery F.
Coach Beth Murray's U14G have started the season strongly, including a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Cavan this past week. Paige M and Jessica T provided the goals needed to secure the three points.
Tournament play was going on this weekend, with the U15G competing in Peterborough. Although the final scores weren't enough to get the team into the finals, they worked hard, as usual, and enjoyed themselves.
The U17B, managed with the help of the incomparable Lisa Hoover when in Stratford for a tournament, which the team and parents like to make an annual event. The squad, which is a majority of 15 and 16 year olds mixed in with a couple of 17 year old players, were slotted into the U18 division. Despite some of the NDUFC players going up against opponents two and three years older, the boys came away with points in a couple of games, kept every match close, and were able to hang in physically with all the other clubs.
The players represented the club and community with impeccable behaviour on and off the field, well done boys.
I didn't catch the TFC loss to New England last week, snapping their unbeaten streak, but playing without Bradley and Altidore put them behind the eight-ball right from the start.
J. WALLY NESBITT Special to The Standard
Last weekend, on the Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal, the ultimate in high-tech motorsports was on display, with the running of the Formula One cars in the Grand Prix of Canada.
This coming weekend, June 15th-18th, in honour of the 50th anniversary of the inaugural Canadian Grand Prix, the FIA Masters Historic Formula One machinery will visit ‘Old Mosport’, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, as part of the annual VARAC Vintage Grand Prix.
The four day festival of vintage motorsports, begins on Thursday with practice sessions for all classes, with qualifying and racing taking place through Sunday. The FIA Masters Historic Grand Prix series, for cars that toured the world-wide F-1 circuit from 1966 to 1985, will depart for England on Saturday, following a trio of on-track competitions.
The VARAC Vintage Grand Prix weekend is one of the most popular on the CTMP calendar. Taking place, appropriately on the Father’s Day weekend, the VARAC schedule not only includes races for the visiting Formula One machinery, but also for the touring Diamond Jubilee Formula Junior cars, the Canadian open and closed wheel Vintage/ Historic vehicles, plus contests for the more current G70+ and G90 cars.
And the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix weekend is much more than motorsports competition.
The Field of Dreams Classic Car Show rolls into the Turn 8 infield area on Sunday, where they will join the Mini Meet North, the largest gathering of Austin Mini cars in North America. After the on-track action is completed, there is the Paddock Tour and ‘Love-In’ travelling dinner-dance party on Friday evening, with Saturday’s activities concluding with the ‘Psychedelic Saturday Supper’ which takes place in the track’s Conference Centre.
One of the must-attend events of any VARAC Historic Grand Prix weekend is the ‘Legends of Mosport Drivers and Racers Reunion’ Meet and Greet. This year, the Sunday morning gathering will showcase a host of Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees, including the likes of Ludwig Heimrath, Eppie Wietzes, Bill Brack, Bill Sadler and Bill Adam.
Perfectly timed for any gearhead father or grandfather, a day or weekend at the 2017 VARAC Vintage Grand Prix will provide priceless memories for any attendee. Bring your camera and autograph book and revisit the past world of motorsports in Canada and celebrate the golden anniversary of the very first Grand Prix to be held on this legendary local circuit.
UXBRIDGE: Uxbridge Secondary School‘s junior and senior girls rugby teams victorious at the LOSSA finals, held at Vikings Rugby Club, Raglan, today.
The junior Tigers defeated Ajax earlier in the week, and qualified for the Championship game against a powerful team from Port Perry High School.
The first fifteen minutes was a tightly contested match, with some tremendous efforts by Port which kept the Tigers on their 22, however, the Tigers remarkable defensive game kept Port from scoring.
The Tigers' commanding display over Port resulted in three tries by Shannon Hollands and one by Chavonne Truter.
Port scored a try with 5 minutes left, but the Tigers powerful team ended the season as Champions, with a 20-5 win.
“Both teams rostered extremely talented players, and Port won this championship the last six years”, said coach McKee. “I am very proud of this young team, and what they were able to accomplish. They kept the best for last.”
LOSSA is the final game for the junior team.
The senior team’s convincing win over Pickering, at 29-0, qualified them to play in the OFFSA Championships, Durham Region, starting on Monday, May 29th, 2017; with the finals scheduled to be held on May 31st, 2017, at the Vikings Rugby Club.
For schedule and standing visit www. www.ofsaa.on.ca
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
SCUGOG: “It’s the biggest and longest standing race in all of Ontario,” said Shannon Kelly, the event organizer. “It’s sanctioned by the Ontario Marathon Canoe and Kayaking Racing Association, and it's received their top race award in the past as well.”
The race starts on the Nonquon river, where racers endure twisty bends along the marshy waters. The river portion of the race is 12km long, followed by 8km sprint through Lake Scuogog to the finish line.
“We have had families with kids do it.” Mrs. Kelly said, “It’s a pretty good mix, if you’re a recreational starting paddler, or more of a competitive paddler as well.”
Racers can just paddle the river section, if they are inexperienced or afraid of weather conditions.
“There’s lots of different options. If you wanted to, just do the river part, you don’t have to worry about the wind or the weather or anything like that. It’s a great way to get introduced into paddling,” Mrs. Kelly told the Standard.
She added, the race can be done by anyone who is interested in canoeing or kayaking.
“People who have never paddled before have done the whole thing.” Mrs. Kelly said, “We had one women last year who was 74, kayaking by herself, and she did the entire thing.”
Safety boats are out on the lake during the race, to aid any boaters in need of assistance and ensure everyone reaches the finish line okay.
The event brings out around 40 volunteers each year, and Mrs. Kelly said, it’s a great way for high school students to get some of their community hours done.
Last year, 105 canoes and kayaks were raced by 166 participants. Mrs. Kelly said, they are hoping for a good turnout but it is usually dependant on the weather.
There will be a silent auction at the Latcham Centre, along with a BBQ, and face painting.
“It’s just a really fun event, and hopefully the weather will be good,” Mrs. Kelly said.
The cost to register is $50 per boat, people can go out and get sponsors, to pledge money towards the race, to win prizes. The top prize is a $200 Brock’s gift certificate, donated by Brock’s Department Store in Port Perry.
All racers must register for the event at the Latcham Centre prior to the race. Racers can register Friday evening, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., or Saturday morning, from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Participants race the clock, and can start at any time in-between 8:00 and 10:30 a.m., Saturday morning.
All the funds raised at the race go towards supporting the Scugog Shores Historical Museum.