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Jeremy Latour Wins Top Football Award, Arts Award, and Excels in Academics.

Jeremy Latour Wins Top Football Award, Arts Award, and Excels in Academics

Jeremy Latour, a grade eleven student at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, has been making waves in local athletics, arts, and academics. Recently, Latour won the top football award at his school, an arts award, and has been showing excellent results academically as well. Latour, by all counts, is an impressive and well-rounded student.

Latour has taken part in a wide variety of extra-curriculars, including playing numerous sports, and has been on a number of competitive sports teams. Currently, though, his main interest is football. Latour is playing on the Cornwall OFC Varsity 2018 team and hopes to do so for the next few seasons.

For Latour, it felt great to be recognized as the Senior Male Athlete of the Year.

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The 100 Mile Man: Sebastian Warner.

The 100 Mile Man: Sebastian Warner.

When Sebastian Warner’s father suggested they compete in a 10 km race together, neither of them could have imagined that twelve years later Warner would be competing in 100 mile trail races.

“For a lot of people who run marathons, they aim for the Boston Marathon. But for me, what got me hooked on the long distance running was reading about this race in France called the Ultra Trail Mont-Blanc,” Warner shared.

In order to qualify for the Ultra Trail Mont-Blanc, Warner has two years to run in three races that meet the distance and elevation requirements. The first qualifying race Warner completed was last October, where he ran 100 miles in Bromont, Quebec. The next two he has lined up are the 100 km Quebec Mega Trail in late June and the 125 km Ultra-Trail Harricana in Charlevoix, Quebec in September.

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Swimming with the Sea Lions: Addisyn Ladouceur.

Swimming with the Sea Lions: Addisyn Ladouceur.

Last year, eight-year-old Addisyn Ladouceur began swimming with the Cornwall Sea Lions Swim Club as a seapup. Diagnosed with asthma at an early age, Addisyn was on medication and needed two By Victoria Klassen pumps to keep her asthma under control. Now, Addisyn is off of her medications and is down to only one pump.

“When she first started [swimming] you could tell she struggled,” explained Lysanne Ladouceur, Addisyn’s mother. “She would tire easy and sometimes cough but never complain because she loved the swimming. She has proven to us that she may be tiny but she is mighty.”

As Addisyn became more involved in swimming, her asthma did not seem to affect her as much. During a swim competition in June, the Brockville Splash and Grill, Addisyn came in first place in the 50m freestyle. Ladouceur said her daughter was full of smiles and did not need her pump before or after the meet.

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Family Fun at the Annual Paddle Poker Run.

Family Fun at the Annual Paddle Poker Run.

Nine years ago, Blair Bell from Hybrid Marine started the Paddle Poker run to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. It was a cause close to his heart because his mother had Alzheimer’s. Since then it has grown into an anticipated annual event.

The ninth annual Paddle Poker Run will take place on Saturday July 21, at the Hybrid Marine in Summerstown. Participants can pedal, paddle, or sail, using any water craft without a motor. The run to Squaw Island and back takes around two-three hours but there is no obligation to complete the entire course. Neck and shoulder massages, lunch, poker hands, and door prizes will be available for participants once they return to shore.

Last year this event raised over $8,800, more than doubling what it raised in 2016. Josée Roy- Pilon, campaign co-ordinator of the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District, said they are hoping to meet or beat that total this year.

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Dragon Boat Update: A Paddler’s Perspective.

Dragon Boat Update: A Paddler’s Perspective.

In spite of some typically Canadian weather, summer has finally arrived, and life along the St. Lawrence River in Cornwall is picking up. August is fast approaching, and with August comes the Cornwall Waterfest Dragon Boat Races, which will take place on the 11th at the canal in the city’s west end.

An exciting new development this year is the inclusion of two youth teams in the competition. Mikel Billard is a grade 12 student at La Citadel whose uncle, Waterfest enthusiast and committee member Kevin O’Rourke, convinced him to try paddling. Billard loved it.

“It’s great to be out on the water,” says Billard. In fact, he enjoyed the experience so much that he recruited about eight friends from school to crew one of the dragon boats that will race this summer. “It’s very physical, but it’s relaxing at the same time,” he explains. Billard is enrolled in Ottawa U’s accounting program and will start classes this September.

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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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