Rockland’s young paddlers

in their fair share of competitions – having competed in the 2016 Provincial Cham- pionships near Niagara Falls, where Davies won the goldmedal for the single-man Kayak 2000 metres as well as the gold for the four- man Canoe 500 metres. At the same tournament, Mazzarotti took home the goldmedal for the two-man Kayak 500-metre race and the silver medal for the four-man Canoe 500-metre race. Davies and Mazzarotti have their own specialities when it comes to racing, but also compete together from time to time in the C2, a narrow canoe in which they paddle in races of either 1000 or 2000 meters. The boys will be participating in the Eastern Ontario Division on August 19, at Sydenham Lake in Gananoque.


For the second year in a row, Ben Davies (13 years old) andNicholasMazzarotti (12 years old) participated in the Flatwater Canoeing and Kayaking Provincial Cham- pionships – this year’s tournament was held on August 12 and 13 at Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa. Davies finished with a silver medal for the C4-1000 meter race, while Mazzarotti and his team came in fourth in the C4-500-me- ter race. In order to qualify for the 2017 Provincial Championships, bothDavies andMazzarotti had to participate in the qualifying races held on July 29 and 30 in Ottawa. Although they often compete against others with higher levels of experience, the boys managed to succeed through their per- severance and a lot of practice. They spend their summer in the youth racing program at the Petrie Island Canoe Club (PICC), a club near Clarence-Rockland that trains boys and girls from 6 to 16 years of age in flatwater canoeing and kayaking, and also spendmost of their weekends pad- dling around Petrie Island and across the Ottawa River. Both boys have been members of PICC for a few years now. The training they re- ceive from the club has allowed them to be prepared enough to race in several Regatta

SHIELD quest for RUSC soccer

BenDavies (13 ans) et NicholasMazzarotti (12 ans) sont photographiés ensemble dans leur canoë. Pour la deuxième année consécutive, Davies et Mazzarotti ont participé aux Championnats provinciaux de canoë-kayak. Cette année, le tournoi s’est déroulé les 12 et 13 août, à Mooney’s Bay à Ottawa. Davies a gagné unemédaille d’argent pour la course C4 1000 mètres et Mazzarotti et son équipe ont terminé en quatrième place dans la course C4-500 mètres. — photo fournie

It’s soccer weekend in Rockland on Aug. 20. Rockland United Soccer Club (RUSC) hosts two of the Eastern Region Soccer League Shield games (ERSL). The Shield series is a single-elimination competition

against either Carleton Place United or the Ottawa Futsal Elite. RUSC’s U16 GT1 team won the Shield last season when they were in the U15 Girls division. The second semifinal match is at 8:30

played throughout the seasons for teams in the ERSL District Competitive League’s U13 to U18 divisions. S u n d a y ’ s Shield matches in

p.m. at L’Escale’s field under the lights, fea- turing the RUSC U16 BT1 coached by Mike Schubert. They play against St. Anthony Surad in the U16 Boys semifinal. The winner

Les équipes de football junior de Rockland rivaliseront le 20 août pour avoir la chance de participer aux finales régionales de SHIELD.

races throughout Eastern Ontario. Although young, the boys have already participated

Rockland start at 6:30 p.m. at L’Escale’s soc- cer field. The RUSC’s U16 GT1 team, under the direction of Coach Gregg Harmison, hosts Ottawa City in the U16 Girls semifinal. The winner of thematchmoves on to play for the Shield itself in their division on Sept. 17,

of the match goes to the U16 Boys Shield final on Sept. 17 against either Kemptville or Seaway Valley. Rockland has won the Shield five times since 2006, three times in the boys division and twice in the girls division.


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They played until dark on the Wednesday night and were still tied after seven innings. So the Clarence Creek Cougars (orange) and Rockland Black Stars (black) gathered at the St-Pascal-Baylon ball field two days later, on Aug. 11, to settle the score with one final extra inning in their Prescott-Russell league schedule. The Cougars won with a final score of 18-17. —photo Gregg Chamberlain

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