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Two Local Lacrosse Players Bond Away from Home, Jacob Ruest.

Two Local Lacrosse Players Bond Away from Home

Recently, the Houle family, consisting of a few local lacrosse fans and players, had a wonderful experience visiting Toronto to watch the Toronto Rock versus Colorado game. For those who don’t know, local lacrosse player Jacob Ruest plays for Colorado and played an excellent game for them that night.

Natalie Blanchard-Houle says their family had an amazing time watching the game, watching Jacob and enjoying the city. Blanchard-Houle says her family was lucky enough to meet up with player Jacob Ruest after the game, allowing the kids to bond over lacrosse and their hometown.


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Sea Lions Athlete Attends RBC Canadian Swimming Championships.

Sea Lions Athlete Attends RBC Canadian Swimming Championships.

Gregor MacPherson was one of the youngest athletes to compete at the RBC Canadian Swimming Championships in April. Fifteen years old is the youngest qualifying age for By Victoria Klassen male swimmers, which meant the May-born Gregor competed at age 14.
“Gregor’s competitive spirit makes him strive to be competitive with the best age group swimmers in Canada” said Sheilagh McNeil, Gregor’s coach at the Cornwall Sea Lions Swim Club. She said only about 40 swimmers from across Canada compete in each event in an open age category.
At last summer’s Canadian Junior Championships, Gregor qualified for the RBC Canadian Swimming Championships. Unfortunately, shortly after that he was diagnosed with fractures in his vertebrae and a herniated disc that required eight to 10 months for recovery. During the healing process he continued with some training, but only returned to competing in the last month. Despite these challenges, Gregor went into the RBC Canadian Swimming Championships with a positive outlook.

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Growing by Leaps with Studio C Dance School.

Growing by Leaps with Studio C Dance School.

When Candy Pollard opened up Studio C in 1991, her daughter had taken up dancing and Pollard was looking for a way to stay involved in the sport. Today, Pollard and her daughter are both teachers at the expanding studio.

“This year we moved our physical location and basically doubled our space. Now we have two dance rooms that are 20 x 40 feet in size, with sprung dance floor and professional vinyl dance top. We have a much larger waiting area and some much needed storage space as well,” Pollard described.

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Tanya Deeks: Competitive Coach and Competitive Athlete.

Tanya Deeks: Competitive Coach and Competitive Athlete.

Tanya Deeks is a great local coach, but what does she do for fun? In the process of getting an answer, I learned a lot. She’s competed in Nordic ski races, triathlons, marathons, and mountain bike races, including seven Ironman races (3.8k swim, 180k bike and 42.2k run). In 2011 she raced the notorious “Leadville 100 miler” mountain bike race.

Her competitive drive comes from her dad who competed in alpine ski races into his early 80’s. She grew up with skiing, soccer, figure skating, and excelled in dressage & eventing equestrian sports. Her love of equestrian competition brought her success nationally and ended as university and a career got in the way.

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Sharon Miller Talks Multisport.

Sharon Miller Talks Multisport.

Sharon Miller is a retired business professional who now enjoys being active with friends and family members. She loves spending time outdoors and exploring new places through sport. Miller is also the mother of three children and the grandmother of seven. She is also an active member of her community, including serving as a volunteer at the Cornwall Sunrise Rotary Club as well as a director on a number of notfor- profit boards.

When she’s not balancing all of the above, she’s participating in the Cornwall Multisport Club.

“I was introduced to the Cornwall Multisport Club when I joined the Sea Lions Masters swimming program 11 years ago,” says Miller. “I kept hearing about the fun running and biking events that happened on an almost monthly basis and I wanted to be a part of it. I started off with attending the Monday night Duathlons with my son and though I was at first intimidated, I was quickly welcomed by the members and received lots of tips and encouragement.”

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Ryan Flaro: A Passion for Fishing.

Ryan Flaro: A Passion for Fishing

When 39-year-old local real estate developer Ryan Flaro isn’t working, you can probably find him fishing, especially with the warmer weather. Flaro has a strong passion for fishing and the outdoors.

Flaro says he enjoys “watching the sun rise on beautiful Lake St Francis and the ability to work with great partners and sponsors such as Ranger Boats, Garmin electronics, and Aqua-view cameras, which enable me to target fish with most leading edge technology, by using these resources to make anyone’s dream of catching fish become a reality.”

Flaro has been fishing for most of his life, but remembers his very first fishing memory, which was a 1982 Budweiser walleye championship at Lancaster Inn Marina.

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Local Hockey Star Pete Piquette by Ellery Maloney

Local Hockey Star Pete Piquette

Ellery Maloney, recently spoke with Sports Energy News to remember his friend Pete Piquette. Piquette was a local hockey goaltender in the 1940’s and 50’s who saw great success in his hockey career, landing him a spot in the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame. Maloney says he’s known Pete and his wife Betty for most of his life.

“We both played hockey, we were both goaltenders on separate teams. We’ve been such close friends since our early teens,” says Maloney. “We were in each other’s wedding parties as well.”

Pete Piquette was an exceptional good goaltender and he started his junior hockey with the Cornwall Community Sports Club. Piquette was soon called to play with the Oshawa Generals Jr. A team in the OHA, (Currently OHL). Maloney recalls one of the highlights of Piquette’s time with the Generals was his encounter with George Armstrong, an All-Star player with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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