It takes commitment, heart and hard work to excel in sports. Huntsville has an abundance of athletes who are making a mark both locally and on the national and international stage. We’ve shared their successes with you and many were among your favourite stories of the year. Here are a few of them.
(And don’t forget about all of our athletes of the week. You’ll find them all here.)
Raylan Jamison (pictured above) began competing in triathlons just two years ago. In September 2018, she made her way to Australia for the ITU (International Triathlon Union) World Championships. In her two competitions she placed 21st and 32nd overall, earning bragging rights as the fastest Canadian in her age group and, in the first competition, second fastest Canadian woman overall.
Freestyle skier Dara Howell went big to end the season and it paid off big time. The Sochi Olympics gold medallist took to the skies in Quebec City on March 24 for the final competition of the freeski World Cup 2017/18 season. She was up against some of her fellow Olympians for the Big Air competition—her first—and once again gave it her all, rising to the top of the field.
A fall at the first Big Air World Cup of the 2018/19 season in New Zealand in August resulted in surgery for a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament, so Dara is sitting out this season but we’ll look for her on the slopes again in 2019.
Sometimes it’s the people behind the scenes who allow for athletes to accomplish great things. The annual Band on the Run road race has been a favourite for many: a new challenge for some, a goal or training opportunity for others.
But it’s a lot of work to organize, even if it’s become a beloved community event. After initially deciding not to hold the popular race next year, organizers Justine Brown and Rob Horton kept encountering people who would spontaneously talk about their plans to enter Band on the Run in 2019. So they had a change of heart and it will be back for its eighth year in June. Registration opened earlier this month.
More than 200 people—the most ever—attended the Huntsville Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Active Living Centre on May 12. Heartwarming stories were told, old friendships were rekindled, and an unexpected guest added something special to an already remarkable night.
It’s one thing to be named to play for your province in a National championship. It’s quite another to have that honour three years in a row.
Jason Knox and Caleb Creasor were members of this year’s Ontario U18 Men’s Field Lacrosse Team, their third and final year on the team. Both were named Captains for the second year in a row. And they came away with another Canadian Nationals championship win.
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