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Uxbridge native Jessica Phoenix and Waylon Roberts of Port Perry both picked up Eventing medals at the Pan Am Games on Sunday, July 19.
Phoenix won both the individual silver for her performance as well as a team bronze. Roberts and his horse Bill Owen helped the team pick up it’s third place honours in the four day event, moving up from 34th position after dressage, to 17th after a strong cross country portion. He finished with a score of 69.10.
“To be able to come home for the Pan American games and represent Canada on the team has been wonderful,” Roberts said in a press release. “I’ve been coming to the Caledon Equestrian Park for 15 years, and it’s great to see all the familiar faces and everybody rooting for the Canadians.”
Phoenix was sitting in third place heading in to the last part of the event, the show jumping portion. Her and her horse Pavarotti produced a clear round, helping her to the second place finish, just behind Marilyn Little of the United States.
The 31-year-old said in the same press release that taking home a medal in front of the Canadian crowd was a great feeling.
“To be able to do this in our backyard, with all of our family and friends around, and to have all of the Canadians cheering has just been amazing,” Phoenix said.”It was one of the most amazing feelings in my life.”
She also added that her horse Pavarotti deserved some of the credit as well.
“He was absolutely amazing and I just loved every single moment,” Phoenix said.
Phoenix was the defending Eventing champion, after winning gold in Mexico in 2011. For Roberts,the youngest member of the team, this was his second appearance at the Pan Am games.
Before the show jumping competition, Roberts, Phoenix and the rest of the Eventing team had a chance to get some guidance from 10 time Olympian Ian Miller.
“We had the fortunate opportunity to walk the course with Ian Millar (the morning of the competition), and it rode just the way he said it would,” Roberts said.
The team was in second place after dressage, but fell one spot following the cross country portion. With Phoenix and Roberts, the team was also comprised of Colleen Loach of Quebec and Kathryn Robinson of British Columbia.
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SCUGOG: Jenn Sunnerton’s love for the sport of paddle boarding began after she saw pictures in a magazine and videos of the sport.
“I took an old windsurfer base out and a paddle we had,” she said. “I taught myself the basics and I knew that it was just a beautiful way to get out and enjoy Lake Scugog and that was special and addictive.”
Mrs. Sunnerton decided then that she wanted to share the sport with Scugog residents, so her and her husband Sid founded Port Perry SUP in May of 2014.
“Sid and I got interested in it and thought that it was ridiculous that it was not in Scugog yet,” she said.
Stand Up Paddle boarding involves participants standing on a board thicker than a surfboard, and using a paddle to propel yourself across lakes, rivers or oceans.
Some of the programs Port Perry SUP offers includes an intro to SUP course, as well as chances to practice on the water with their regular paddle sessions. They also do Vinyasa and Yin Yoga on the water.
“Yoga on the board is actually easier than people anticipate. The boards are anchored down and your paddle tucks under an elastic on the board so the only thing you have to worry about is moving thought the postures,” Mrs. Sunnerton said. “The Yin classes are slower and more fluid, based on breath and relaxation, and the Vinyasa class has more movement and flow to it.”
There is also a Board Bootcamp for participants looking to push themselves. Involved is paddling a lap and then doing planks on the board.
Mrs. Sunnerton said that one of the initial obstacles keeping people from participating was the nervousness of a unknown sport.
“That is why we’ve made it our main objective to try and create events where people can come out and surprise themselves and find out how easy this is as a sport,” she said.
The fear for most people is falling in the water, but she added that this fear is pointless.
“Most people don’t fall in on their first lesson,” Mrs. Sunnerton said.”Normally when you do fall in is when you stop paying attention. It’s when they get confident and try to chirp at their friends.”
Port Perry SUP has, in the past, hosted events with the Scugog Memorial Public Library to get others interested, such as participating in the How to in 10 festival. Their next event is a fundraiser relay event known as Take Back the Lake on Saturday, August 15.
Businesses and citizens can create relay teams of four people, and race from Palmer Park playground to the town dock and back. The fee for registering a team is $180.
Each team member who races will be entered to win a Rogue Paddleboard valued at $1,800. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Scugog Lake Stewards. Mrs. Sunnerton added that there is no experience level required to participate in the competition.
Take Back the Lake is similar to an event they held last year known as Paddle of the Businesses. Local business members had a chance to try out the unique sport and race against people from other businesses.
Mrs. Sunnerton said that Stand Up Paddle boarding is great for all types and ages of people.
“We have had five year- olds on the board and we have had 80 year-olds and all have had a wonderful time,” she said.
For more information, and to register for classes or events, people can contact Jenn Sunnerton by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 905-244-5366.Port Perry SUP is based at 57 Water St.
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With summer vacation here for the kids, numbers for some of the games can get lean with families away at the cottage and other summer activities. This isn't too much of a problem for the young soccer players of North Durham United FC, as time and again the kids that are available for games take their efforts up to even higher levels of play and effort.
It was a successful week for a couple of North Durham United teams in TDYSL league play. The U15 girls, coached by Doug Beard, had a Saturday matinee at Herrema Fields in Uxbridge against the North York
In a high scoring, back and forth contest, the NDUFC girls came away with a 4-3 victory against there well established rivals from the north Toronto area. Leading the way for our girls with a pair of goals was Carley Brawn - the other scorers were Abigail MacDonald and Hannah-Rose Gilpin. The weekend win puts the girls in the top half of their division.
The U14 boys did their usual thing in a game at Eglinton Flats against High Park. The team was led by keeper David Hoover, who recorded another shutout in dominant 3-0 win on the road. Goals were scored by Carter ‘Thunderfoot’ Cannon and by two newcomers to club this season, Nathan McLennan and Julio Fonseca. Julio has been in Canada for just over six months after moving to Port Perry from Brazil, and has brought the flair on the field he had learned in South America. The three points has kept the U14 boys atop the division with a 15 points out of a possible 18 available. Excellent job by all the North Durham players so far this season.
The younger boys and girls are also in full action as they compete in the LTPD circuit. North Durham United FC has teams entered in a variety of divisions at this level with representation in the U9, U10, U11 boys and girls groups, as well as the U12 girls group.
Links to all games for our teams can be found at the club's web site, www.northdurhamunited.com.
Well done to the US Women's team for winning the World Cup that was held here in Canada, and it won't be long until their Men's team realizes its potential and becomes a powerhouse in FIFA.
That is the kind of success that an organized and supportive home soccer program can do for a country, hopefully the CSA can follow the American's footsteps and get our National Programs going in the right direction.
We'll see how Canada does in the upcoming Gold Cup that is being held in the US, with a couple of games being hosted in Toronto.
Later this month, the Canadian Men’s National Team will learn its opponent for the latest round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Two high-profile European club teams will be playing a pre-season friendly in Toronto at BMO Field on Saturday, July 18, when French champions Paris Saint-Germain take on Benfica, the Portugese champions.
Toronto FC had a weekend to forget, losing by a score of 4-0 on the road against the LA Galaxy.
Again, send me your soccer info at email@example.com.
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Since she was two-years-old, Cynthia McVey has been learning how to dance from Port Perry studio Dedicated to Dance. Now she has a chance to apply those teachings representing Canada on a global stage.
This past April, the-10 year-old Brooklin resident auditioned in Whitby for the chance to compete at the Ballet, Jazz and Modern World Championships which are being held in Poland, from Dec. 6 to 13.
“I went in and I was like ‘whoa there’s a lot of people here and I don’t think I can make it.’ But after that it was really fun,” she said.
Near the end of May, her family told her that she had been selected.
“They told me early in the morning so I was really tired, but I just jumped out of bed,” Ms. McVey said.
If there is one thing that Cynthia has learned over her time at the studio, it’s that the art of dance takes dedication.
“You really have to focus and remember everything,” she said. “It’s pretty hard to do that, but at the same time it’s really fun and you’ve just got to keep practicing.”
Kim Duncan, artistic director at Dedicated to Dance, has seen Ms. McVey grow up through dance and said she has become a person other dancers want to emulate.
“She constantly pushes her peers in all her classes. She is definitely a leader at Dedicated to Dance.”
Ms. Duncan also added that this is a great opportunity for the studio.
“It’s a great representation for us,” she said. ”I think when you get to know Cynthia as a person as well she is a wonderful little girl so the fact that we have such a wonderful person and amazing dancer representing Dedicated to Dance really means a lot to us.”
Cynthia will also be busy leading up to her trip to Poland, as she will be competing at Canadian Nationals this week, before traveling to Disneyland for another dancing competition later this month.
The World Championships are run by the International Dance Organization. The European based organization represents over 250,000 dancers across the world.
In last year’s championships, Canada won Silver in the Adult division and placed fifth in the Junior division.